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How to Speed Up Your Sprint Wireless Card

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I bought my Sprint PCS EVDO card about a month ago. I loved the fact that no matter where I was I had internet connection, the only thing I noticed was that my speed was not as fast as I had expected. I did a little research online and found that the average connection speed using the  EVDO card from Sprint was about 630Kbps – I was connecting at 230Kbps, that’s close to 4X the speed of dial up! Not what I was looking for. So I called up Sprint, after being transferred to about 4 different technical departments, I finally ran into someone who knew something about my situation. He quickly asked me to check the max speed of the connection, via the connection properties; it was set at 230Kbps – the speed I was constantly connecting at. He asked me to set it at the max (921.6Kbps), after this change I have been connecting at that speed constantly.

The technician that solved my problem explained that the Sprint PCS Connection software, when installed sets the default max speed to about 230Kbps. So for those of you who have the card and have not made changes to the default connection settings; please follow the steps below to unleash your cards’ true speed potential. As always comments/suggestions are  welcome.

Click on the pic tutorial link to view the guide -> pictuticon How to Speed Up Your Sprint Wireless Card

1. Go to Start > Connect To > Sprint PCS – Your Card Manufacturers Name (In my case it’s the Novatel Wireless card).

2. A dialog box will open with the current status of the connection. Click on Properties.

3. Another dialog box opens, make sure you are in the General tab, click on the Sprint card installed and click on Configure directly below.

4. A dialog box will open with several settings, click on the Maximum Speed drop-down menu and select 921600, click OK.

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Originally posted Aug 13, 2006

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  • John

    Hey Gil this is John, I was wondering if u know if i could use this aircard to play halo on my xbox? Thanks in advance

    • XBOXLOVE GUY

      ok so first go to ur network connections and click on either mobile or 3g connection..it should be in a dial up connection..then click connect…dont connect through sprint smartview…ok so after connnecting u need to go to properties advanced tab and then check the box with internet sharing…then take a ethernet cord and plug it into ur xbox n pc and connect this is how i got live

  • Annoyed

    My connection speed is still at 245 kbps. even after i change the maximum bps to 921

    • Annoyed

      When i right-click on my aircard it say 921.6 kbps….but it is very slow and speakeasy says my speed is .26 MBps

  • Sheilah

    Gil – Do you know what the equivalent fix would be for a MacBook? I’ve prowled around some but can’t find anywhere to make the change. Thanks for any thoughts.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      I’m afraid not. No experience with this card on a Mac. Sorry. I’d direct you to http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/

      Best of luck.

  • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

    ablack,

    Thank you so much for catching this…it looks like the article was copied over incorrectly from the other blogging platform I used before. I have updated the article and hope that you find it useful. Have a great day.

  • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

    ablack,

    Thank you so much for catching this…it looks like the article was copied over incorrectly from the other blogging platform I used before. I have updated the article and hope that you find it useful. Have a great day.

  • ablack

    PLEASE BE SO KIND AND REPOST THAT METHOD IN THE RIGHT WAY WITHOUT ALL THE SYMBOLS… I CANNOT MAKE IT OUT AND I AM DESPERATE TO FIX MY WIRELESS CARD SPEED. THANKS

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      ablack,

      Thank you so much for catching this…it looks like the article was copied over incorrectly from the other blogging platform I used before. I have updated the article and hope that you find it useful. Have a great day.