If you like road trips and the great outdoors but like to stay connected to the outside world, I have the perfect product for you. The D-Link DIR-450 3G Mobile Router for EV-DO Networks offers you WiFi Routing for those convenient Wireless 3G Internet Cards.
If this sounds a little confusing, itâ€™s not. Don’t worry, Iâ€™ll explain it all. This router works with these nifty PCMCIA adapters that your cell phone service provider carries. If youâ€™ve never seen one, itâ€™s the best thing since sliced bread for people that are on the road and need to have Broadband Internet access. And essentially, if you have cellular signal, youâ€™ll have Broadband Internet access: most carriers offer 1.5Mbps.
Back to the DIR-450. This router supports all your regular WiFi G routing features: 54Mbps, 802.11g/b connectivity, DHCP, VPN Pass-Through, NAT along with WEP, WPA and WPA2 Encryption and finally 4x 10/100 Ethernet ports. This is a must for a Geek like me; I love the outdoors, camping, hunting and wildlife photography but I still feel the need to satisfy my addiction for communications and the Internet.
D-Link offers 2 Variants of this unit: The DIR-450, which is compatible with the following 1xEV-DO Carriers Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and the following PCMCIA Cards
- Kyocera KPC 650 (Sprint & Verizon – Cardbus)
- Kyocera KPC 680 (Verizon – ExpressCard) [requires Cardbus adapter]
- Novatel V620 (Sprint & Verizon – Cardbus)
- Novatel Merlin S720 (Sprint – Cardbus)
- NovatelOvation U720 (Sprint – USB)
- Sprint PCS Connection Card PC-5740 (Sprint – Cardbus)
- Sierra AC 580 (Sprint & Verizon – Cardbus)
- Sierra AC 595 (Sprint – Cardbus)
- Sierra AC 5220 (Sprint – Cardbus)
- Verizon PC-5740 (Verizon – Cardbus)
- Pantech PX-500 (Sprint – Cardbus)
- Verizon PC-5750 (Verizon – Cardbus)
The DIR-451 is compatible with the following UMTS/HSDPA Carrier Cingular and these PCMCIA cards
- Sierra Wireless AirCard 860 (Cingular – Cardbus)
- Sierra Wireless AirCard 875 (Cingular – Cardbus)
- Novatel Wireless Merlin U730 (Cingular – Cardbus)
Aside from carrier compatibility, these 2 variants are Identical, so be sure you select the unit thatâ€™s right for you and your service provider.