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MSNBC: Wireless nirvana in a PC card for Linux; Ricochet 128kbps wireless modems

Jan 03, 2001, 14:51 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Krakow)

"Surfing the Internet without wires has been available for a while now. Whether you do it using a Web-equipped telephone or some sort of cellular modem, you can get on the Internet. But it's always been painfully slow -- 9,600-to-14,400 baud slow. Until now."

"Using the already available, 902-928MHz license-free radio frequency spectrum via something called the Ricochet MicroCellular Data Network (MCDN), Metricom has created two, 1-watt Spread Spectrum, Frequency Hopping wireless modems that claim speeds of 128 kpbs and up. They are both designed for use with Windows (98SE/NT/CE/2000) and with Mac OS computers. They can also do Linux."

"Metricom wants you to install the modem drivers for best results. If you do, the company's software installs the modem with all the necessary settings to begin immediately. But you should know that if you really had to, you could install these modems without the software. That's because computers should recognize them as generic "Hayes-compatible modems." That's one reason why they should be easy to install on Linux boxes without needing special drivers."

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