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ZOMG! it works !
so I'm trying not to pay Comcast for their exorbitantly  priced internet + cable service.
Since I am already paying for a Verizon EVDO service, I've entertained the idea about using it full time and ditch comcast.

After I moved to my current location, I decided to build my own EVDO router with my spare box, but alas, the hardware haven't been used for a long time and seems to be highly unstable, (plus I accidentally bought the PCMCIA bridge that is not supported by 2.4.x kernel and I'm too lazy to configure a full blown RH/CentOS installation to do what I want). so I went out and bought a Linksys WRT54G3G-ST

WRT54G3G-ST is the US version of WRT54G3G found in some other countries, it's basically a WRT54G with a PCMCIA slot that accepts data service cards. 
Officially the ST version only supports Sprint's cards; searching on the google did not yield much infoo about using it with Verizon cards. There were even a few posts complaining about certain verizon cards not working with it.

As much as I could tell, no one had said anything about using it with a KPC650 card ( possibly the best pcmcia EVDO card for verizon in the market now. )
Anyways, so I bit the bullet and ordered one from an online vendor, dreading that I might have to deal with the hefty 15% restock fee + return shipping or may have to wait a few months for newer version of OpenWRT/DD-WRT firmware to be release to use it.

BUT it worked!

as soon as I plugged the card in, the blue power indicator lit up, and I logged into the web interface, clicked 'connect' and all my computers were online again! i didn't even have to put in any configuration for the EVDO network!

the cell reception in my apt isn't that great but I'm still getting about 550kbps/110kbps, which is quite acceptable for light internet and bi-nightly tivo schedule synchronizations.


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Jan. 30th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to when Verizon can fully compete with Comcast in Arlington.
Jan. 31st, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
That's a very interesting solution, I may have to keep that in mind next time I get stuck with finding broadband service for a location with inadequate/no wiring.
May. 11th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
Which version
Great to see that you had the KPC-650 running!
I just got a WRT54G3G-ST myself and the Kyocera doesn't seem to work out of the box. Which version of the firmware did you have? Was it the stock firmware or you had to install OpenWRT?

Thanks for your help!

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