AT&T has announced that it has a new USB modem available for customers that operates on its 4G LTE network. The modem is called the Beam from Sierra Wireless. One of the most interesting features of the USB modem is that it has an integrated LCD screen.
Netgear is a company that's probably best known by most people for wireless networking gear in the consumer market. The company also produces a range of set-top boxes and other devices as well. Netgear has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire select assets of the Sierra Wireless AirCard business.
With the AT&T MiFi Liberate you've got what's straight up the most advanced mobile hotspot on the planet, complete with a full-color touchscreen, microSD card storage, and DLNA connectivity. This machine is unique in its abilities as well as its physical state, it sitting upright like a tiny folded-over book of notes with AT&T's 4G LTE network under the hood. The hardware here was created by Novatel Wireless and the network is all AT&T, and as this is just one of two AT&T hotspots on the market at the moment, you'll find that the few features it hold above the head of its brethren do indeed make it worth the extra few bucks you'll be paying right out the gate.
Sierra Wireless has revealed the first triple-mode LTE, WiMAX and 3G mobile hotspot, the 4G LTE Tri-Fi, set to hit the Now Network later this month. Promising up to eight hours of active battery life and sharing for up to eight devices over WiFi b/g/n connections, the 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot also has a microSD card slot for working as a portable NAS using DLNA for easy access.
This week the folks at Verizon and Sierra Wireless have announced that the Airlink GX440 from Sierra will be allowed to work on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. For Sierra Wireless this is big news especially because with this product running on LTE with Verizon, its audience has just increased a hundred fold at least. You've got a monster of a gateway here in your hands complete with the "nations most reliable network." LTE speeds and a crunch-proof bit of hardware, what more do you want?
Sierra Wireless has announced a pair of new WiFi hotspots at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The two new hotspots are the AirCard 753S and the 754S. Both of the devices are about the size of a deck of cards and are made to be lightweight for portability. The hotspots are easy to use and allow the user to connect in under a minute.
US WiMAX provider Clearwire has outed its latest 4G modems and personal wireless hotspots, promising broadband-like speeds in areas with suitable 4G service. The new CLEAR 4G and CLEAR 4G+ personal WiFi hotspots (the latter being a rebadge of the Sprint Overdrive) each pull in a WiMAX signal and share it with up to eight nearby devices (the 4G+ also works with 3G connections). Meanwhile there's a new dual-mode 3G/4G USB modem for Mac and Windows users.
Sprint have announced their latest 4G WiMAX modem, the Sierra Wireless Overdrive, and it's basically a MiFi on steroids. Like the MiFi, the Overdrive can connect to up to five WiFi clients simultaneously; unlike it, though, it's sharing out a high-speed WiMAX connection that's theoretically 10 times faster than regular 3G speeds.
The modem comes in the form of a stick that is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X computers and works by giving users access to Telus' EVDO network. The device has its own internal memory and can install the necessary drivers on its own.
The USB 598 also has a microSDHC slot to allow for up to 32GB of data storage on top of the modem functions. If you sign up for a two or three-year contract, you can get the USB 598 for free. However, if you want to buy it outright, you can expect to pay $199.99.
Sprint have launched their first two-in-one mobile broadband card, in the shape of the Sierra Wireless AirCard 402. The AirCard 402 can either be used in a narrow ExpressCard slot or, with the broader adapter casing fitted, in an older PC Card slot.