Sprint to Offer Broadband EVDO Sharing via Linksys Router


linksys evdo routerSprint and Linksys are teaming up to introduce the first commercial WiFi router that is truly wireless (sans the power cord). The Linksys router has a slot for a wireless EVDO PC card to set up a quick wireless network on the go. The router will be able to log on to the network, pick up the broadband connection and enable users to set up a quick wireless LAN almost anywhere. This is a fairly radical concept to the broadband marketplace and could prove disruptive to phone and cable companies looking to be the sole providers of broadband services.

This is a very interesting development since it puts Sprint in the very much consumer broadband business via their wireless network. Sprint’s EVDO average broadband speed is between 400-700 Kbps with bursts up to 2.0 Mbps. This isn’t blazingly fast but if you’ve ever used the service it’s more than adequate for basic browsing and downloads. It’s not clear whether this service will work with the wireless broadband cards from Cingular and Verizon Wireless.

There is a growing trend of users giving up their home phones in lieu of their cell phones. This product could be the first step for a similar movement in broadband access. This is the perfect solution if you live alone or simply don’t want pay for multiple broadband connections for both your home and mobile. Just pop the card out of the router, plug it into your laptop when you’re on the road, and just like that you have instant broadband access. This technology is only going to improve and offer faster speeds over time. I predict the trend will really start to grow and devices like these will only accelerate this trend.





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  • Genius74

    “This is the perfect solution if you live alone”
    :confused: :confused:

    ” or simply don’t want pay for multiple broadband connections for both your home and mobile. “

    That would be beneficial if you needed both, this will depend on the price of course! I really don’t need a blazing connection on the road on my mobile device (non-laptop).

    That would be a huge premium to pay instead of using the local WiFi spots if you don’t really need it. (Obviously, this comment was meant for the people that don’t need DSL speeds in the car or in very rural areas)

    Also the Range of data speed 400Kbps – (maybe) 2Mbps.. that’s too huge to pay too much for……

  • Andrew McLaughlin

    Thanks for the comment. The prices for these broadband wireless cards are about 45-60 a month, which is on par with cable modem and higher tier DSL connections. These cards offer less speed, but a lot more flexibility. It’s not for everyone but if you travel a lot, have a laptop as a primary PC and don’t feel like spending for multiple broadband connections this is a great solution. Obviously you have to have good access to an EVDO tower in your home, but still…

    The EVDO cards also help against the multiple charges at hotels, aitports and coffee shops for wifi.

    Andrew

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    After a little digging around I found the follow info on rates:

    Unlimited Data Plan Options: Either $59.99/month with a Sprint wireless voice subscription or $79.99/month without a Sprint wireless phone voice subscription.

  • GagaGadget

    I’ve been a subscriber to the Sprint EVDO plan at $60/month and absolutely love it! As a consultant, I was thrilled to be online and work with my clients at their office instantaneously. While everyone was scrambling to find cat5 cables, I was on my way to demonstrating how media files were playing on my laptop.

    We were dealing with large media files that day, and their T1 was sucking up so much bandwidth that I found my EVDO to have a faster download rate than theirs. (I was actually surprised by that.)

    A high-level executive was so impressed and said, “If Verizon only had it for my Mac, I’d get one today. Does Sprint have it available for Mac?” I checked online and found that it has the Aircard version for Mac. My client called his assistant that afternoon to get him on the Sprint EVDO plan right away.

    A week later, I shut off my DSL account with our phone company in one of our small offices and replaced it with a Spring EVDO card that turned one of laptops into a router. I can’t wait for the Linksys router for this. However, I just got rid of all our Linksys routers in exchange for Netgear so I’m a bit worried Linksys will not perform as they say market it to do. (I own one of those wifi Linksys webcam from when it first came out and it’s probably one of the most expensive, rotten products I’ve purchased. If only for the fact that I got too busy to have the time to return it to the store, I wouldn’t have it laying around here collecting dust.)

    One more thing, I’m one of those people who have pulled over on the side of the road to get online and take care of a client need. Thanks for my EVDO, I’m able to smoothly connect to my servers and download large files while pulled on the side of the road. Yes, and save the day for a very large corporation.

    Mobile wifi on high-speed connection truly takes us to a new level. You’ll be surprised how we’re utilizing it on our vehicles now.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    In regards to your Mac inquiry, it appears that as right now you can only do it through bootcamp — see: Sneak Peek: Apple MacBook Pro ExpressCard for Verizon Wireless EV-DO. Of course, that’s until Sprint releases a port of their software and drivers to run natively on OS X. You might want to contact Sprint customer service to see if that’s in the works.

  • http://www.countryrubes.com 2rubes

    Hi, we bought the Sprint Broadband card for our lap top last April and I love it. We have internet connection just about everywhere and traveled all over the western states with very little blackouts (just in the mountain passes). It is so much easier than trying to find wifi areas to pick up messages and connect to the internet.
    I have been hesitant to cut the ties with our land line at home because of our big old Dell PC. You can’t use the card with your pc and we need more than one computer. We were ready to purchase another laptop to take the place of the pc, when someone at sprint said there is a router coming out that you can use with your pc. Is that this product? How would I make our pc accept this router or connect with this router? Is that what ethernet cables are for? As you can see, I’m pretty dense when it comes to the workings of the computer and I’m trying hard to understand it all. What kind of distance to you get on a router? We have ten acres on our farm and I can take our laptop to any part of the property and use it. Will I still be able to do that, or would I have to put the broadband card back in?
    Thank you for your time,
    Sincerely,
    Janet

    Andrew McLaughlin said: Sprint and Linksys are teaming up to introduce the first commercial WiFi router that is truly wireless (sans the power cord). The Linksys router has a slot for a wireless EVDO PC card to set up a quick wireless network on the go. The router will be able to log on to the network, pick up the broadband connection and enable users to set up a quick wireless LAN almost anywhere. This is a fairly radical concept to the broadband marketplace and could prove disruptive to phone and cable companies looking to be the sole providers of broadband services.

    This is a very interesting development since it puts Sprint in the very much consumer broadband business via their wireless network. Sprint’s EVDO average broadband speed is between 400-700 Kbps with bursts up to 2.0 Mbps. This isn’t blazingly fast but if you’ve ever used the service it’s more than adequate for basic browsing and downloads. It’s not clear whether this service will work with the wireless broadband cards from Cingular and Verizon Wireless.

    There is a growing trend of users giving up their home phones in lieu of their cell phones. This product could be the first step for a similar movement in broadband access. This is the perfect solution if you live alone or simply don’t want pay for multiple broadband connections for both your home and mobile. Just pop the card out of the router, plug it into your laptop when you’re on the road, and just like that you have instant broadband access. This technology is only going to improve and offer faster speeds over time. I predict the trend will really start to grow and devices like these will only accelerate this trend.