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Frank Gocinski posted of his difficulties getting connected in an airport to reply to some important email. 55 minutes to detect the wireless provider in the airport, connect, authenticate, wait for my antivirus software to update (it hogs the pipe when it’s downloading), open up Outlook, […]

Frank Gocinski posted of his difficulties getting connected in an airport to reply to some important email.

55 minutes to detect the wireless provider in the airport, connect, authenticate, wait for my antivirus software to update (it hogs the pipe when it’s downloading), open up Outlook, wait for it to connect, instantiate a VPN session, wait for it to connect, authenticate on my server, get access to my box in my office and pull the file down. 55 minutes…

Unfortunately this is a scenario all too familiar to road warriors who need to get a little work done when the free time presents itself. It is one thing I really like about Verizon’s EVDO service. They have streamlined the connect process to just a few seconds which makes it handy for quick connections where the EVDO service exists. I find it much better than trying to tap into some WiFi hotspot, particularly in airports. Frank issued a call to mobile application developers to optimize their apps for this type of situation. Help Frank get his 55 minutes back.

  1. The connect issue appears to be common problem, at least for me, with the intel 2200 chipset. If Frank has the same chipset on his tablet he may want to visit intel’s website to download a newer driver. While the most recent driver release that I have installed does not completely the resolve the issues that I have encountered it does make using wireless less painful.

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  2. My first thought was “Why not set the A/V app to prompt before downloading updates, so you could do that part _after_ checking the important e-mail?”. Even better, what about setting up a remote-access utility like LogMeIn (it’s free!) to skip the Outlook/VPN issues? You could go from hibernate to remotely-connected and answering e-mail within 3-5 minutes in Frank’s situation…

    I use LogMeIn with my tablet to be able to work remotely wherever I’m at. Wi-fi is best for access speed (barely slower than sitting at the remote PC), but even if I have to use my cell phone as a “modem”, it’s quick enough to do what’s needed in a pinch. I have a dual-display on my office pc, and LogMeIn even handles viewing primary, secondary, or both displays!

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  3. Forgot to mention you can even use LogMeIn from a pocket pc or windows-enabled smartphone…

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  4. I put the latest Intel 2200 drivers 10.x.x.x from Motion’s website on my LE1600 this past weekend. Don’t know how a WiFi package can be 77MB (!!!) but connections are MUCH faster now. Maybe they unrolled a few loops and traded code size for execution speed. :-)

    To get more bang out of your cell phone use it tethered via USB. You will notice the difference in RTT, which directly translates into throughput.

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