Continuing TechRepublic's look at the latest crop of wireless broadband PCMCIA cards for laptops, we take a first look at the offering from Cingular Wireless. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 875 connects users to the Cingular Broadband network using either cell phone technology or the standard 802.11 wireless protocol, depending on which is more advantageous.
The back of the box highlights some of the card's capabilities. Notice that it only requires a laptop with 300 MHz Processor and 256MB RAM. Just about any laptop of any real business use can meet those requirements.
The Sierra AirCard 875 is painted in the familiar Cingular icon and color scheme. The one I received has a slight blemish, but I'm not concerned. This is the kind of thing that will get beat up during daily use anyway.
Not only will the Cingular Card connect to the Cingular network, you can also connect to standard 802.11 wireless systems. Here the connection software is showing me some known Wi-Fi Locations in Kentucky.
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By Mark Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.