Tuesday, June 07, 2005

What does EVDO smell like?

No, EVDO isn't a fragrance; it's a cellular data protocol. Did you ever wonder what it smells like? Apparently, the folks over at EVDOinfo do, because they have an article that provides sniffing instructions.

"This tip will show you how to get EVDO from new EVDO towers before anyone else gets it (a few days, weeks or even months). This tip is making your PC 5220 card invisible to the 1xRTT signal and only listening for EVDO signals. The downside to this tip, is that if you are ONLY in a 1xRTT area, your PC 5220 card will report No Service, vs. automatically switching to 1xRTT. So, you can easily revert the settings, so that both 1xRTT and EVDO are visible to your PC5220 card.
The other problem that this tip solves, if you are directly between a 1xRTT and EVDO tower. Your EVDO signal MAY bounce back and forth between 1xRTT and EVDO and make it difficult to maintain a reliable connection. Symptoms: Flashing BroadbandAccess and then back to NationalAccess and back and forth."


This sniffing tip requires the PC 5220 card on the Verizon Wireless network; the instructions won't work with any other wireless data card. Now if they only had "scratch and sniff cards"....


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