I’m a writer of fiction, and I need to stay connected while I’m working. My characters know a whole lot about things that I don’t-like the number of gallons of gasoline per minute a Bugatti Veyron consumes at top speed, or the precise weight of a loaded Glock G31 .357 pistol-and I’ve got to keep up with them if I’m going to get the job done. Two things I require are reliable Internet access and a place to plant myself for several hours at a stretch, and so my workspace is generally confined either to my home or to one of our local, Boston coffee houses that offers Wi-Fi access and doesn’t bounce deadbeat writers from the premises.
With a little luck, that’s about to change. I’ve just been offered the opportunity to try out the Sprint Sierra Wireless 250U USB 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Modem. The device is reputed to grab 3G and 4G coverage from just about anywhere in the city of Boston, (along with select other cities across the country,) and I’m looking forward to testing that out. My goal today is to be able work from anywhere in the city I like. The air is light, and the sun is shining, so I pass right by the Weezer-blasting, student-packed coffee house where I usually hide away to write and head off to the park instead.
The experiment is off to a good start. I’ve claimed a rare, free bench in Boston’s famed Public Garden, which offers me not only a nice bit of shade, but also a direct view of the Swan Boats as well. (I am very fond of tourists.) The chapter I’m revising at the moment involves a politician tied to a radiator in a rundown apartment in Boston, and my agent has just informed me that I’ve tied too many people to too many things in this book and need to mix it up a little. I’ve got a lot of rope to untie and a ton of research about dog shock collars and other means of restraint to perform this afternoon, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for the Sprint Sierra.
I plug the Sprint Sierra 3G/4G modem into my laptop’s USB port and open the SmartView program on my desktop. I choose a 4G connection and open a browser as soon as the little, blue, 4G light lights up and remains solid. Here I am, online in the Public Garden on a gorgeous day! I’m watching the tourists enjoy my city, which I enjoy as well and am happy to be out in, while simultaneously searching the Internet for interesting rope-free ways of reigning in a naughty statesman. The 4G connection is super-fast; I switch over to 3G to test the difference between them and go back to 4G almost immediately. The page-load speed is dramatically quicker at 4G, and not only is video streaming a whole lot faster, but I don’t experience any hour-glassing or buffering at 4G like I do with the 3G. The Sprint Sierra Wireless 250U USB 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Modem is an impressive little device that has let this writer out of her wireless cage today. If you’re someone who needs to stay connected, and service is available in your city, I highly recommend it.