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iBurst Laptop Modem FAQ
Do I need a wireless enabled laptop?
No, the iBurst service is fully compatible with existing laptops which have a PCMCIA card slot - no upgrades are required. All you need is an iBurst laptop modem and the required installation software. Installation is quick and east and typically no more than 5 minutes to complete
Can I connect to a corporate LAN?
Yes, it is possible to use both the iBurst laptop and desktop modem to provide a broadband link to a corporate LAN. The qualification as to whether this is possible depends on how your existing IT system is organised and whether there are any arrangements for remote working already in place. For example, if you already use a virtual private network for access from home then it is a simple measure to extend this to iBurst.
How much power will the iBurst modem use on my laptop?
The iBurst modem power usage is comparable to that of a WiFi device. Power consumption is dependant on the following factors:
What makes iBurst different to WiFi (Wireless LAN, 802.11)?
The main differences are range and speed. Signals from the iBurst modem can be picked up several kms away by one of the iBurst network base stations. By contrast, a WiFi has a range of only a few tens of metres, but its transfer speeds are higher. This means that the iBurst service is able to provide ubiquitous coverage to users, not just near a WiFi ‘hot-spot’.
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