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Linux Gazette: Using the Wireless Modem Ricochet

Jan 06, 2001, 17:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Nielsen)

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"The Ricochet modems are wireless modems that let you connect your computer to the internet through an ISP provider that is hooked up to the wireless network. It is only available in certain areas."

"The modems will connect at 80 Kbps with a serial port and 128 Kbps for a USB connection. I only use the serial port connection, for now, and it seems faster and more stable compared to a normal dial-up over the phone. Sometimes it crawls, but overall, I am very happy with the modem."

"None of the ISPs support Linux. Wireless Web Connect seems to be more liberal, so I choose them. All the other service providers seemed to have staff that had no clue what Linux was and they had a big corporate feel, which I usually try to avoid. I bought my modem through the service provider for around $100, which apparently was a special price, but I have noticed that special prices tend to become the normal prices over time in the ISP market."

"Installing the modem was really easy after I found the right webpage: Metricom modems support in Linux."

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