New subscriber Al Rogenski wrote to ask about wireless Internet access. He has a card in his laptop and a router, but they won’t talk together.
Al’s question was:
I have a Verizon broadband card 770 in my laptop. I would like to get a router so I can set up a wireless network in my house for HDTV, etc. I have a Kyrocera KR1 router which doesn’t work with this newer card. What do you recommend I do?
Al’s problem is that he’s trying to mix technologies aren’t doing the same thing.
His Novatel PC770 Mobile Broadband Data Card (Verizon Wireless) has these features:
- 2-in-1 card modem offering connectivity to Verizon’s Mobile Broadband (EV-DO) and National Access data networks
- Can be used with laptops with either an ExpressCard/34 or Type II PCMCIA Card slot; compatible with Mac and Windows PCs
- NovaSpeed technology enables high–speed simultaneous uploads and downloads
- 2–way text messaging support; VPN capability; auto–connect
- What’s in the Box: VZAccess Manager software on device; quick start guide
His Kyocera KR1 Mobile Router , on the other hand, is a:
- Wireless router + 4-port switch, with
- Fast Ethernet,
- 802.11b wireless, and
- 802.11g wireless
- and uses a 1xEV-DO PC Card (and corresponding service) to provide the ability to set up a network remotely, powered by a car’s power adapter.
However, it sounds like he knows the router won’t work with the new Verizon 1xEV-DO card, so he wants to put it to use as a router at his home. It will probably work, but the Kyocera KR1 dates back to 2006 (or earlier), and there’s a lot better technology available now. Newer routers are faster than the 802.11g in the KR1, and offer better security.
There should be a wireless 802.11b, 802.11g or even 802.11n card built into his laptop. He’s probably turned them off — and needs to turn the laptop’s wireless functions back on. Some computers give you a hardware switch to turn off the card. Others do it with a combination Fn-key press. Windows, depending on the internal card’s driver, probably allows you to disable the 802.11b/g/n wireless via right-clicking on the wireless icon in the Windows Status Bar.
If not, and if the laptop is trying to use the Verizon connection anyway, even though the internal 802.11b/g/n card is turned on (and thus using up his Verizon data allowance as well as being slower than his DSL or cable connection), he can simply eject the Verizon broadband card.
The Kyocera router will probably work with the wireless card built into his laptop. If not, switching to a newer model should solve the problem.
These are the 802.11b/g/n wireless router I’ve chosen and the wireless USB adapter I’ve chosen for my old laptop, which didn’t have 802.11n capability.