So you want to get connected to the Internet
with your Pocket PC? A new Xircom CompactCard Modem 56 enables you to
connect at the highest rate possible.
Overview of the Modem
The CompactCard Modem 56 is a type II
CompactFlash™ card that will work in any Pocket PC with a type II
The CompactCard Modem 56 is designed to work
in many countries throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. (Check
Xircom's Web site for product details.) It
has an external dongle that connects to a standard RJ-11 phone jack
for easy remote access. You will need to carry a phone cable with you
in order to connect.
Also, if you purchase the GSM cable
(available separately), you can access the Web via your GSM cellular
phone. If you do want to use a phone with the modem, you will also
need to purchase a splitter.
The CompactCard Modem (right) and its external dongle (left).
Using the CompactCard Modem 56
It was easy to insert the CompactCard Modem
56 into my Pocket PC. I was able to connect to the Internet to send
and receive e-mail as well as surf the Web. It supports pulse and tone
dialing for easy access via any phone line.
One thing I really like is the status LEDs.
Once you're connected, the green LED stays lit until you disconnect.
The yellow LED is used to indicate that you are sending or receiving
Though it works with most Pocket PC models,
the CompactCard Modem 56 will not fit in any model with a type I slot
(HP 545 and Compaq Aero 1550). Make sure to check your device
specifications before purchasing this card. Also, it's difficult to
remove the card from the slot without first attaching the dongle to
pull it out -- a small edge with which to pull it out would have been
a nice touch.
The CompactCard Modem 56 is a must for
accessing the Internet while traveling. It will work in many different
countries making it an especially handy accessory for international
travelers. I found it simple to use, and it worked flawlessly. The
status LEDs made it easy to see when I was online and that data was
being sent or received. Of the modems available as of this writing,
this is the modem I carry with my Pocket PC. If you need any
additional information or would like to purchase the Xircom
CompactCard Modem 56, visit
Xircom's Web site.
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