Traveling and laptop connect cards

By: Tim Coles
By: Tim Coles

I went to a NASCAR race in Atlanta recently and I had to take a AT&T laptop connect card to be able to access the internet. Being connected all the time isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

I went to a NASCAR race in Atlanta recently and I had to take a AT&T laptop connect card to be able to access the internet. Being connected all the time isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. I am getting to point of data overload. Even with that said I had to be able to work on a project that weekend. Being that I was in an RV from Friday until Monday morning didn’t lend itself to having a good internet connection. I had used internet cards in the past with poor results. You could call me an internet snob because if I cannot get broadband connectivity I won’t go online. I can say that I have not used a dial up connection for over 5 years. One reason is I do not have the patience to wait for a slow connection. There is no need for slow connections especially with a Starbucks on every corner and Free HotSpots popping up everywhere. This particular weekend I knew I had to use a laptop connect card because logistically it was my only option. I wasn’t excited about the prospect of a slow internet connection thinking about my previous experience. The last time I used a laptop connect card was over two years ago and even though I knew they had improved I had stayed away. Our IT guy loaded the software and I packed the card in by computer case and headed off to Atlanta. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I had an AT& T Wireless laptop connect card with 3G capabilities. I spent a total of six hours online over the weekend and though it wasn’t as fast as my internet connection at home I was able to get my work done. The one glitch I found was email. I wasn’t able to send bulk email(1,500) through the system and I wasn’t able to find a work around. So that job had to wait until Monday when I was at home. Sending regular email traffic is fine and I was able to get them through without too much work. I would love to hear your feedback on your experience with your laptop connect card.

A link to the card I was using:
http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-details/?device=Sierra+Wireless+AirCard+881&q_sku=sku1070083
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