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CradlePoint PHS300 first look

Friday, January 02, 2009 by Dave Winer.

The new router arrived this evening, I charged it up, followed the minimal instructions, and it worked the first time. I'm using the router now to write this blog post. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

I'll have unboxing pictures soon, but first the speed test. Permalink to this paragraph

speedtest.net thinks I'm in Kansas City, MO. Permalink to this paragraph

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People ask why I lusted for this and the answer is the same reason I want one of these. A 3G battery-operated router that fits in a coat pocket, or a pocket on a knapsack, or in the glove box of a car -- very rational idea. A perfect fit for netbooks, and you know how ga-ga I am over those. For a while it looked like netbook "service plans" were going to catch on, hence the $99 netbook meme, but this is smarter. Why should the netbook have the service plan -- instead I'll use the USB modem I already have, plug it into the CradlePoint, and get on the net using wifi, which all netbooks already have. It's still a little klunkier than the Novatel approach, but this one is shipping, and it's pretty close.  Permalink to this paragraph

If they had gotten this to me before Thursday I would have said this is the most rational product of the year for 2008, also the one that makes me the most giddy with a living-in-the-future feeling, right up there with the Eee PC. It would be hard to choose between the two. Wish I had had this at the DNC in Denver. Permalink to this paragraph

It has a very nice browser-based config system, so there's a web server built into the router. Screen shot of the Dynamic DNS config page. Permalink to this paragraph

Here's the set of unboxing pictures.  Permalink to this paragraph


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