Sierra Wireless AirCard 300 Network adapter PC Card

The Good No dial-up connection necessary; wireless; works with Windows CE.

The Bad Expensive; slow data transfer.

The Bottom Line This card works best for email users who want a hassle-free mobile connection.

Editors' Rating
6.0 Overall

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Sierra Wireless AirCard 300 Network adapter PC Card
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Review

Sierra Wireless AirCard 300 Network adapter PC Card

A network interface card in wireless-modem clothing, the Sierra Wireless AirCard 300 is a fabulous alternative for mobile users who are sick of having to dial up to check email. Unlike traditional connectivity solutions, this card works with cellular digital packet data (CDPD) networks that have been used primarily for voice devices. The only real downsides to this solution are the slow connection speeds, which can seem agonizing at times, and the relatively high price. A network interface card in wireless-modem clothing, the Sierra Wireless AirCard 300 is a fabulous alternative for mobile users who are sick of having to dial up to check email. Unlike traditional connectivity solutions, this card works with cellular digital packet data (CDPD) networks that have been used primarily for voice devices. The only real downsides to this solution are the slow connection speeds, which can seem agonizing at times, and the relatively high price.

Cellular Setup
Although it has an antenna, the $549 AirCard functions like any laptop card by popping into a slot on the side of your notebook. The AirCard works with Windows CE, 95, 98, and NT. Its setup software, Wireless Expert, was helpful when we set up our account. Just as with a cell phone, the software lets you choose from a number of service providers, from whom you get an IP address and a DNS server for your card. Monthly CDPD service is available from wireless ISPs for as low as $60 per month.

After we entered all of our account data, we attempted to connect to the network, but the AirCard Watcher diagnostics program informed us that the network was unable to establish a data link with the Sierra Wireless. A quick call to tech support cleared things up, with the technician instructing us to unplug the antenna from the card and plug it back in. Problem solved.

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