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Old 01-20-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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I am trying to set up “Road Runner While Traveling” using a Motorola V710 cell phone and data cable connecting the cell phone to my laptop computer. I finally got it to work, but although the cell phone connects at 14.4, the speed at the computer is 2.4 (really slow). In the past when using this same setup with Verizon Quick Net, both the cell phone and computer showed the speed at 14.4. Road Runner has been no help at all. Anyone have any ideas on this. Won’t use it a lot, but there are times while out in the boondocks, it could be handy.
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Old 01-21-2009, 04:56 AM   #2
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Where are you getting the "speed at the computer"? Windows normally shows the rated speed of the comm port rather than actual speed, so the 2.4 speed (and is that k-bytes or k-bits?) may represent a setting in your computer rather than real speed. Check the COM port properties for the cell phone and see if it is set to only 2.4 kb (or 2400 bps). It will show under Port Settings in the Properties. If it is, increase it to 14,400 or more. That will change the displayed speed, but I doubt if it will affect the actual performance much.

Likewise, the 14.4k-bits for the cell connection is merely the maximum speed the cell modem connection can get over a voice cellular signal. There is no guarantee you will actually get anywhere near that if the cell tower is busy with other calls (and most of them are these days). Nothing Roadrunner or Verizon can do about it either - it's the nature of the technology that it shares available signal bandwidth with other calls.
14.4k-bits IS painfully slow for the volume of today's internet traffic. Even emails have gotten larger as folks get accustomed to having higher speeds available.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info RV Roamer. I have tried several numbers and they all are very slow. Thank goodness my need is very small for this feature so its not a big deal. Thanks again.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:07 PM   #4
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I am not familiar with the equipment you are using but the slowest you should be connecting at is at least 60 Kbps. 1X speeds are that high or higher. Broadband connection speeds are much higher.

(National Access:
Connect at speeds bursting up to 144 Kbps, with typical speeds of 60 to 80 Kbps.

Broadband Access Rev A
Downloads — typical speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps Bursts up to 2000 kbps
Uploads — typical speeds of 500-800 Kbps


To best of my knowledge Verizon has discontinued Quick to Net along with analog cell transmissions.

I know that about four or five years ago when I got my aircard and a new phone they said they were going to charge $0.25 per minute for Q2N useage and would discontinue it entirely when they were allowed to get rid of analog. The FCC stop allowed date came and went some time back.
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