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Rex (Admin)

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Are "aircards" obsolete?
« on: July 27, 2020, 11:40:14 AM »
Along the lines with last post about AIS fibre being down this morning, I am using an AIS "aircard" to connect to the internet. I got it in 2012 as an alternative to hotel WiFi when traveling, and a for emergencies like today. It's a lifesaver in that sense, however maddeningly slow just coming off a broadband connection. I see that this one is 3G and only 21 Mbps.  I don't see them for sale on the AIS website now.  I wonder if they are obsolete and if people are still using them. I would guess that, if available, they have them in 4G and much faster speeds now ( ??? ) .


In case you don't know what an aircard is, it looks like a big, fat flash drive that you plug into the USB of a pc or laptop. It has a SIM inside which I guess is just an ordinary data-only SIM.


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Re: Are "aircards" obsolete?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2020, 07:16:58 PM »
I got an AIS' NU Mobile sim card, unlimited internet connection with 200 minutes of calling per month, very, very reasonable!  Then, in an emergency, you could use your smart phone as a hot spot for your computer!

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Re: Are "aircards" obsolete?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2020, 10:04:43 PM »
What does "NU" stand for?

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Re: Are "aircards" obsolete?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 09:03:20 AM »
I agree with Frank. When my house internet goes down and I just have to have internet, I use my smart phone internet as a mobile hotspot. All current smart phones can do this (become a hotspot) - doesn't matter your mobile provider or your other device - laptop or i-pad etc.

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Re: Are "aircards" obsolete?
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2020, 11:00:17 AM »
Thanks Avvocato and Frankacoto!  But this would only work for a laptop, not a pc unless you get some kind of dongle for the pc, right? 

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Re: Are "aircards" obsolete?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2020, 11:26:44 AM »
As above, I get a very big phone data allowance so I can connect my phone to my laptop or PC with a USB cable ("USB tethering").

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Re: Are "aircards" obsolete?
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2020, 04:46:15 PM »
I get it now.  Tks, Screamer, Avvocato, Frankocato!