What better way to test Xohm’s mobile Wiwmax in a city than sprint(ing) or driving through the city at high speeds while doing connectivity tests? I used Mp3car’s new Guru Car computer for the test.
The shop I purchased my Xohm hardware from only received 8 units on their first delivery, there was one left after I bought mine. I think they also had one or two desktop units. I asked the clerk how they make money on this. Apparently they make a few dollars on the sale of the hardware, but their big money comes through revenue shares after activation. This shop also has IT services so they probably make some money there as well. I fist installed this on a laptop, which happened to be my macbook pro running boot camp and parallels. There are no OSX drivers. Then I moved Xohm to the guru car computer pictured above with an SIIG expresscard to USB adapter. They don’t have any USB units for sale yet, so it is good to know there are options if you can’t wait for USB. I did two bandwidth tests on speakeasy. On one Xohm speed test using speakeasy.net's bandwidth test tool I got 3,255 kbps down 1,349 kbps up. A half hour earlier inside a brick building I got the follwoing results: My main test was to see how connectivity would work while driving and moving between buildings as well as going in lower elevation areas. There have been many skeptics saying that wimax won’t work at high speeds. I could only go about 70mpg and Xohm rarely lost ping packets. I was very impressed. It only dropped a few packets on my 10-15 mile test. Comcast is horrible. I am canceling them and moving to Xohm. Hopefully their network doesn’t get oversubscribed. (Driving test Movie here- editing now) More use and installation details can be found in Mp3Car's Mobile Computing Wimax Forum
This is interesting. If the data speeds is truly reflective of what you've documented in your testing, I might just go this route. I live in Baltimore so I'm in good shape. The question I have is whether it is possible to have 1 account and multiple express cards.
[HL]My Worklog (~75% complete, but fully functional)[/HL]:
The only exception is the Pick-2, which is one modem and one other device (right now a card, but I hear others are going to be available soon... did someone say embedded WiMAX in laptops? )
And the beauty is that you can use any number/mixture of modems and cards in your account. You can change them through the service management screen (add and remove MAC-IDs to the access plans) to your heart's content.
Essentially you are signing up for "the right to use a WiMAX device under your account". You tell XOHM what the devices are; they don't care about the rest :-)
Han Solo, Lenovo released WiMAX-enabled laptops today (10/10/08).
has any one tried the usb dongle.. it will be interesting to know its performance. It is the most user friendly device yet.