Monday, January 19, 2009

Mobile broadband is cool after all. Very cool.

The resolution to my mobile broadband woes, described so thrillingly last week, is something of an anticlimax. Sprint sent a replacement modem, the new modem... didn't work. It was a different error, but it didn't work.

Fuming, I went online, signed on to my account on the Sprint Website to see what I was being charged, and ... I was prompted for the new widget's serial number. I entered that, the network stopped recognizing the dud device, started recognizing the new one, and my laptop was connected.

I could have used two sentences of instruction with the new card, but it's working now, so fuggehdaboudit.

And it's worth the wait. Even in the absence of Sprint's EVDO network, the regular network gives me a perfectly usable connection. I wouldn't want to download movies using the regular Sprint network, but while I was waiting for new brake pads on my truck, I used the connection to write an Examiner piece today about Ed Rosenthal and to ... ummm ... order a pair of reading glasses.

Well, I'm over 40, goddamnit. The parts-and-service warranty is close to expiration. On me, that is -- the truck is way out of warranty.

So, anyway, I'm very happy with the non-broadband performance of my wireless connection. I look forward to testing performance once I'm in range of the EVDO network.



Blogger akaGaGa said...

Glad to see you're up and running. My brother and his wife have been traveling around the country in a motor home for the last year, and that's what they use. As long as they can get a signal, they're good to go.

And if all you've got to whine about is wearing glasses, be thankful. At least you can take them off, unlike the extra pounds and stiff, swollen joints you'll be dealing with in a few more years. :)

January 19, 2009 5:34 PM  
Blogger J.D. Tuccille said...

You're right, I really can't whine too much about reading glasses. What annoys me, though, is having to wear them over my contact lenses in order to see close up. It just sort of ruins the whole point of the lenses.

Looking forward, I hope to hold on to my health as well as my father holds on to his. At 72, he's had a pacemaker for two years, but still kayaks on weekends, goes to the gym and camps and hikes. I could deal with that.

January 19, 2009 5:57 PM  

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