USB Modem

AT&T USBConnect modems refreshed: HSPA+ and pre-pay options

AT&T USBConnect modems refreshed: HSPA+ and pre-pay options

AT&T has outed its latest range of USB modems, and while the carrier doesn't actually have an active HSPA+ network at the moment, two out of the three new models will support the high-speed connectivity when service goes live in early 2011.  The AT&T USBConnect Shockwave and USBConnect Adrenaline each offer HSPA+, while the AT&T USBConnect 900 lacks the higher-speed support but will be sold contract-free.

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Verizon LTE USB Modem Images Break Cover

Verizon LTE USB Modem Images Break Cover

As we inch closer to 2011, or more accurately, the end of 2010, Verizon's plans to burst into the 4G market get closer and closer. It looks like the 4G equipment is starting to flow into Verizon employee hands. Not a bad thing at all, especially considering that hopefully means it will start slipping out into the customer's hands sooner than later.

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Integrated 3G to overtake external modems by 2012

Integrated 3G to overtake external modems by 2012

Will flexible data contracts like Apple have negotiated for the iPad - and Spring Design are planning for their Alex ereader - drive adoption of integrated 3G/4G data connections rather than external modems?  That's certainly one interpretation of DigiTime's latest statistics; they're quoting industry sources who reckon global sales of built-in 3G modules will exceed sales of external data cards by 2012.

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Netgear MBRN3000 and DGN2200M WiFi-N routers get 3G/4G WWAN backup

Netgear MBRN3000 and DGN2200M WiFi-N routers get 3G/4G WWAN backup

Netgear have announced a number of new wireless routers with different combinations of WWAN and DSL support at CES 2010 today.  The range is led by the new Netgear 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Wireless-N Router (MBRN3000) and the Netgear Wireless-N 300 Router with DSL Modem - Mobile Broadband Edition (DGN2200M), both of which - as the names suggest - have WiFi 802.11n support along with a USB port which can be used to hook up a 3G/4G modem.  That modem then offers backup connectivity should your primary broadband connection go down.

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Motorola launch WiMAX WiFi base station & USB dongle

Motorola launch WiMAX WiFi base station & USB dongle

Motorola has announced two new WiMAX products, a desktop base-station which shares WiMAX over WiFi and supports VoIP - the Motorola CPEi 725 - and a USB dongle, the USBw 200.  The two products - which will go on sale via WiMAX carriers, rather than directly to consumers - enable both deskbound and mobile workers to take advantage of the next-gen high speed networks slowly spreading across the US.

The CPEi 725 is perhaps the most interesting of the two new products, and has twin WiMAX antennas to support the 2.5GHz band.  As well as WiFi it has an analog voice adapter port for plugging in a handset and using the WiMAX connection for VoIP calls.  As for the WiFi side of the equation, there are MIMO antennas for improved coverage.

Alternatively, the Motorola USBw 200 is a USB dongle intended for a single user.  It will be available in 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5GHz versions, and has a "power boost" system for better connectivity with reduced draw; in fact, it requires just 1.5W, which means the notebook you're using it with should last even longer.

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