Vista64 with Verizon Aircard 595
Well, for once, a question that I can answer!!. I recently upgraded my 3-year old Gateway Laptop from WindowsXP 32 bit to Vista 64 with nightmarish results. It took about 2 months to get most of the bugs out and I'm reluctant to admit that most of the bugs disappeared when I started running in Administrator mode only. I will have to fix this someday but for now, it will have to do.
I am a fulltime RVer so getting to the internet is absolutely imperative. I have spent lots of money and time trying to find cheep ways to accomplish all this but the bottom line for me has been using Verizonwireless at $59.99 a month with a Sierra AirCard 595 also called a Verizon Aircard. I wouldn't use any model that wouldn't let me use an antenna and this PCMCIA card is the only one that I could get at the time that would allow me to have a antenna on the car for travel $39.99 from Wilson Antenna and one on the roof of my RV for camping $89.99. Do not get a USB access if at all possible because they stick out and bend if they get pressure from a laptop and I already had to have a motherboard replaced because the USB ports went out.
Right now I'm on the lowest possible extended network, working all day on the Web because it's raining again (in Washington), and I'm accessing the Web on demand with no roaming, no after 9 pm, or no long distance charges.
This setup will disconect when your out in the boonies and it will go dormant as per your user agreement with Verizon and because Verizon doesn't own full access rights on extended network towers, which shows up in the vzAccessManager in the lower left corner. It takes time to come back from dormant and for the blue lights will start blinking when it's ready to go again, but you do have access from the top of Mt Rainier to Death Valley.
In the big cities, it hits great download speeds with no problems and will not disconnect on a Broadband type access.
I'm sure there other AirCards just as good, but I haven't seen any of them work and most don't have antenna ports.
You will also have to download the special version of vzAccess Manager for Vista 64 but after that I didn't have any problems.
Feel free to ask me more if I can be of any help.
Sorry to be so wordy, I never have known how to explain anything in 100 words or less.
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