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dondrm
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:35 am    Post subject: Verizon UM150 EVDO USB Modem

Alex wrote:

the UM150 is a mystery.... nobody knows anything about it:
http://www.evdoforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=40677#40677


Rolling Eyes So has the secret been unlocked and its hidden nature revealed, O keepers of the key? Laughing
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Michael
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:45 am    Post subject:

We should know a LOT more over the next few days, since we have one on the way to our warehouse right now for testing.
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dondrm
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject:

Fun. Thanks Michael.

At least we do have the encouraging news that it has an antenna port and that an adapter exists.

The only other details we have on the modem at present are that it was originally discovered in a subterranean chamber between the sphinx and the Nile, and that apparently it was intended by the ancients to provide the soul with a broad band of connection possibilities with the network of deities and such involved in the afterlife. Kyocera took an interest in the discovery, and they arranged to make a copy of the device for possible mass distribution through 3G, where an example of the production model will arrive shortly for further study and experimentation....
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Walter
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:19 pm    Post subject:

dondrm wrote:
The only other details we have on the modem at present are that it was originally discovered in a subterranean chamber between the sphinx and the Nile, and that apparently it was intended by the ancients to provide the soul with a broad band of connection possibilities with the network of deities and such involved in the afterlife.

So should I assume it connects via Ra-band?

(I'll get my coat...)
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tmarks11
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:36 pm    Post subject:

The question in my mind about the UM150 is does it have a mini-pci module embedded in it (aka 720), and what brand/model. I want to extract an EVDO module to use in my Everun UMPC (warrenty blaugh blaugh), and the prime candidate for that is the 720 right now.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject:

Not sure what is inside, BUT the UM150 is slightly bigger than the USB720, so it probably is uses a mini PCI type card (not sure which one).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:46 pm    Post subject:

One thing is for certain about the new UM150...

it sure is HUGE, compared to other USB modems!



for those not familiar, left to right they are:

UM150, USB720, CDU680 and USB727
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tmarks11
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:52 am    Post subject:

Any idea who the manufacturer is? Is it built around a mini pci card? I like the idea of the retractable antenna, maybe it will get better reception.
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dondrm
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:20 am    Post subject:

Alex wrote:
One thing is for certain about the new UM150...

it sure is HUGE, compared to other USB modems!


Oh that is soo not techno-cool..I like it!
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3Gstore
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:43 pm    Post subject:

The Verizon UM150 is now available from 3gstore.com for just $29.99 after a $50 mail in rebate.

More pictures and info, here:

http://www.evdoforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=41558#41558
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:11 am    Post subject:

We also have a "first impression" post at:

Verizon's UM150 USB EVDO Rev-A Modem - First Impressions
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:54 am    Post subject:

For the past couple weeks, I have been able to compare Verizon's USB727 and the UM150. I am out in the country and am connected to the Omni antenna on my roof. I had to de-activate one and activate the other to switch between devices. All testing was done using the same computer and antenna setup.

With VZAccess Manager, the 727 shows a stable and excellent signal @ -65 dBm. I always have -75 with the 150 - it seems to be unable to display a signal below -75. It's as-if it is hardwired to just read -75 even if the signal is stronger. So, I'm not sure if the signal variance is meaningful. Without the antenna, the 727 averaged around -80, the 150 about -83.

Late at night, the 150 provides better peak download speeds @ 1300>1500 and much better upload speeds @ 600>800. Late at night, the 727 peaks @ 1000>1200 downloads and 300>500 uploads. So, late at night, when I am probably the only one using the tower, the 150 definitely out performs the 727. During the day, it is more difficult to tell because factors are much more variable. During the day, download speeds, with either device, peak around 700. At first, the 727 seemed more stable during the day but after more testing, I am unable to confirm this.

I have to return one of the cards later today. I think I will keep the UM150 and return the USB727. For me the 150 is the clear winner for peak performance. Sorry that I can't provide more clinical data. Almost all of my testing was at one location. Results could be much different at a different location.

I also tried Sprint's U727 but Sprint's signal was much more variable, making it difficult to achieve consistent performance.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:26 am    Post subject:

The signal strength indicator makes all the difference.

NO router today gives accurate signal strength info. If you have it plugged in to your computer, you aren't going to move your computer to find a better signal.

Combined with the Cradlepoint router (as it is the only one which supports it) the combination blows away the rest. I've found the sweet spot easily - you aren't going to move your laptop, but you can place routers anywhere, normally for the best EVDO signal.

I also found that my "trucker antenna" doesn't make a significant difference around the area I work in. It only took a few minutes instead of fidgeting with the computer and the antenna at some distance looking at the meter.
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