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Tomoe
post Jan 23 2005, 08:30 PM
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1) What's the average throughput compared to quoted 128kbps?
2) Does it fall down too much at times?
3) Does their web-proxy work only on port 80, or is the whole http traffic regardless of port routed through it?
4) Are you able to use it while commuting in subway/trains?
5) Does that 'platform certificate' program you are required to install/get by upgrading the ROM impose any limitations on USB/IrDA ports or additional SD communication cards (i.e. can you connect to other computers through them while it's running - I would like to be able to use my computer's screen and keyboard to net when at home)?
6) How fast is it drying the battery compared to when you're not using the card; also, is it possible to put it in dormant mode of some kind?
7) I've seen on various pictures that the card bulges out on the side quite a bit. Is it a problem when you're holding your Z in hands and typing?
8) Do they disconnect you at certain time intervals and if they do, do you get the same IP once you reconnect?

Thank you
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Sumo
post Feb 3 2005, 05:17 PM
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1) feels like a 128K throughput also
2) No experience it will work where a PHS phone works, so pretty good coverage.
3) No experience of inaccessible sites.
4) unknown
5) I use it with Rdesktop and it works great connecting to my fibre connected home PC
6) It only switches on when you need it, more like a modem function, than always on, I suspect the battery life would reduce to 1.5 - 2 hours
7) No big problem, the arial rotates fully and is not too uncomfortable.
8) No experience

I recommend it, its good value.

The only trouble you might have is if you converted to English, you may need Japanese fonts for the registration process, although the manual that comes with it shows screen shots although they are pretty tiny. I managed it without but I recall it was not easy...
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Tomoe
post Feb 5 2005, 08:14 AM
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Sumo, thank you very much for your input, it is very helpful.
I have some additional questions, I hope you won't mind answering them.

QUOTE(Sumo @ Feb 3 2005, 05:17 PM)
5) I use it with Rdesktop and it works great connecting to my fibre connected home PC

And you are able to do that while you're connected to the internet through KWINS? Or?
Also, what I meant to ask is, am I able to establish any kind of connection between my home pc and Zaurus while the Zaurus is connected to the net through KWINS, in order to use my pc as a ssh/vnc/x terminal for Zaurus, not vice versa.

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6) It only switches on when you need it, more like a modem function, than always on,

Yes, I read about that later on.

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I suspect the battery life would reduce to 1.5 - 2 hours

Which Zaurus model do you have and for how long does the battery last when you don't use the KWINS card?

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7) No big problem, the arial rotates fully and is not too uncomfortable.

This is good to know.

Another question, are you able to use the platform certification software when you flash the rom to something other than regular Sharp rom?

Thanks again.
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Sumo
post Feb 7 2005, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE(Tomoe @ Feb 5 2005, 08:14 AM)
Sumo, thank you very much for your input, it is very helpful.
I have some additional questions, I hope you won't mind answering them.

QUOTE(Sumo @ Feb 3 2005, 05:17 PM)
5) I use it with Rdesktop and it works great connecting to my fibre connected home PC

And you are able to do that while you're connected to the internet through KWINS? Or?
Also, what I meant to ask is, am I able to establish any kind of connection between my home pc and Zaurus while the Zaurus is connected to the net through KWINS, in order to use my pc as a ssh/vnc/x terminal for Zaurus, not vice versa.

I only have experience of connecting to my home PC, and running Citrix client and or Java apps etc.

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6) It only switches on when you need it, more like a modem function, than always on,

Yes, I read about that later on.

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I suspect the battery life would reduce to 1.5 - 2 hours

Which Zaurus model do you have and for how long does the battery last when you don't use the KWINS card?

SL-c860, I would guess it lasts 7-8 hours.

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7) No big problem, the arial rotates fully and is not too uncomfortable.

This is good to know.

Another question, are you able to use the platform certification software when you flash the rom to something other than regular Sharp rom?

Only used the sharp rom, I don't think the certification program will be a problem it only really lets you generate a password and user name from the serial number they provide. The problem might be the driver for KWINS card, since this is a Japan-only device, I doubt the other non sharp based roms would support it...

Thanks again.
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Your welcome, hope it helps - I looked into some of the other wireless devices in Japan, i.e. AirH" and @freed but this is definitely the most effiecent since you don't need an ISP account. Once you bought the card 11,000 yen for 6 months is a steal!
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