Novatel Merlin S620

It’s here, it’s here!  I received my Sprint mobile broadband card today.  I went with the Novatel S620.  The S620 has a dual band diversity antenna that enhances performance by maximizing data throughput. The Merlin S620 operates on the EV-DO and CDMA2000 1X 800 and 1900 MHz networks.  Have I lost you yet?

CDMA stands for code division multiple access.  CDMA2000 is a 3G (third generation) mobile telecommunications standard.  1xEV-DO refers to Evolution-Data Optimized.  The next incarnation of this technology will be 1xEV-DV (Evolution-Data/Voice).

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, let me slim it down a bit.  It is a high speed wireless card for my laptop computer.  It allows me to access the Internet even in places without traditional forms of internet access.  So I could be sitting in a park writing this post.  Since it is late at night, I am in my living room (and not that park).  But I am using the Sprint card for access.  So how fast is it?  Well, I am getting about 450 Kbps on average.  That is about a third of regular DSL speeds, but it is about 8 times faster than dialup.

* CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association.

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