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Clear Hot Spot Internet

Posted 02-14-2011 at 12:37 AM by FredGSanford

I just finish getting this Clear Spot to work using my current Win XP desktop USB port. My next project will see how it works with Linux.

The Clear Spot is a 4G personal hotspot that lets you connect up to 8 wireless devices, everywhere you go in the Clear coverage area.

I had been using the On-the-Go USB wireless device but wasn't satisfied since it wouldn't work with Linux or PPC Macs, so I decided to switch for a home modem at first but noticed the hot spot router. I have 2 Intel PCs and 2 PPC Macs and needed to have all connected to the internet.

So far I'm satisfied, I can connect all computers to the internet but need to see if the hot spot works with linux & the usb cable. Plus, I haven't used the hot spot outside of the home as of yet. I'll take it to work with my netbook and see how it work on Tuesday.

Did I mention you also don't need it connected to any computer if you have wireless adapters on any device. It runs on batteries or plugged into a computer USB port for power and charge it.

Well this all for now until I test it with Linux.
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  1. Old Comment
    Curious, are you going to be using it for daily home use? good luck with them sticking to 'Unlimited' as in the past cases with texting and internet 'Unlimited' means 'Unlimited low bandwidth situations' and not 'Unlimited excessive size transactions' or in the case of sms 'Unlimited monthly sms with daily limits'

    But then, 4G is only 1 - 2.5 Mega bits per second down and 1 Mbs up which is equivalent to the fastest DSL speeds you can get.

    However, if trying to keep costs down, perhaps a hot spot for daily use is excellent. You get to take it with you, and you only have to trust one isp. Other than downloading linux, I don't have any high bandwidth internet activities. I wonder how they would deal with daily mp3 downloads.
    Posted 02-14-2011 at 10:08 AM by lumak lumak is offline
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    Yes, this will be my daily home usage. While using the USB OTG dongle, it did seem to give unlimted, as it was my main internet access. There were times if I left it on overnight, it would be down.

    I've since set this up to run plugged into my desktop using the usb cable, so it can charge at the same time as giving other devices net access wirelessly. It seems to stay connected the whole time.

    Today I brought it to work, an IT mainframe shop, and it connects without issues using my AAO netbook, except I forgot to bring the netbook power cord, which means I can't run it past an hour before battery will go dead.

    I haven't worked on trying the usb cable with linux yet.

    To be continued...
    Posted 02-16-2011 at 12:41 AM by FredGSanford FredGSanford is offline
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    'unlimited' was in reference to the amount of data transferred up and down.
    'always-on' would be its ability to stay connected.

    I don't believe Cell Phone data services are supposed to be utilized as 'always-on'. Additionally, if you try to use it that way, they may start altering your speeds or other methods. Also 'unlimited data' sometimes has other qualifications that you should really check out to make sure you don't end up with an outrageous bill.
    Posted 02-17-2011 at 12:12 AM by lumak lumak is offline
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    Clear is not a cell phone provider but an internet service provider, that offers 4G access. At least on their site it states,

    "Unlimited 4G coverage in your city. It works everywhere CLEAR has 4G coverage."

    So who knows if they will cap speeds at times, as I've read others complain about it, but so far I'm having pretty decent speed.

    Using my old ISP, I didn't have the fastest speed it offered, since I'm not into online gaming and such.
    Posted 02-17-2011 at 01:30 PM by FredGSanford FredGSanford is offline
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    Hrmmm... well it looks like they are actually building their own network, rather than piggy backing off ATT's WiMax network. Interesting to see them state 3 to 6 Mb/s I doubt that would be the case if more people were on the network 3-6 really isn't that bad when compared to the average cable speeds. If they were at the top of the WiMAX spec it would even be 40 Mb/s. I doubt that will be the case before they switch to the next standard. They like adding numbers to their G's

    4G just sound so much better than at max 3Mbs... at least as far as the other carriers go.
    Posted 02-18-2011 at 03:09 PM by lumak lumak is offline


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