Huawei EC228 Aircard Review

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Let’s cut to the chase. You’re interested in the Huawei EC228 or you wouldn’t be here. Most likely, you’ve got some questions like:

  • Will I have good coverage where I am and when I travel?
  • What does it look like?
  • Is it going to be fast enough for my web browsing and download needs?
  • How does it work?
  • Will it work with my computer without major hassles?
  • Where can I get the best deal on this?

I understand where you’re coming from. I had these questions too when I shopped for my broadband card. I’m gonna cover these and other insider information. After you’re armed to the teeth, you’ll know if this is the card for you.

If I don’t cover all the bases, don’t get the card from here. Instead, do me a favor. Drop me a line at the end of the page and let me know why you didn’t. That way I can make it better.

Let’s get to it.

Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Details
  3. Image Gallery
  4. Manufacturer's Description
  5. Manual
  6. Product Specifications
  7. Where To Get It

1. Summary

What’s Good:

Got a white laptop? Then you just found a new friend

named Huawei EC228 that plays

nice with Macs and PCs. Without the USB connection, its about the size of a

credit card.

It's also up-to-date on the latest speeds (EVDO Rev A.)

Also, at the

price we found it for, it's a ridiculous give-away…seriously.

What’s Bad:

Even with the 3 USB connections you get, it may not end up working out for

confined spaces. An ExpressCard or

PC Card may work out better as it inserts quite snug

into the laptop.

Price:

Out of Production

Provider:

Alltel"

Reviewed on: 12/01/08

Bottom-Line:

The Huawei EC228 is a good USB card if that's what you're looking for.

If you have an ExpressCard or PC Card slot, check out another card instead. The form factor is better. Performance wise though, there's not much of

a difference. It'll treat you right, Mac and PC alike.

2.

Details

Apple MouseAt a glance,

the Huawei EC228 looks like a one button Apple mouse. When you whip

out the USB connection, it resembles it even more.

Yeah, I know it's an broadband card but its hard to ignore that. It's a pretty

distinct look that could look refined almost with the right laptop.

For some, it'd stick out like a black eye.

Like most USB cards, they play nice with Windows® XP, Vista (32 and 64 bit), Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.

It's on Alltel's network so it's EVDO based technology. Revision A to be exact

for download speeds up to 3.1 Mbps. In the past you may not have gotten that

fast but Alltel is stepping their

game up to meet Verizon merger

standards.

On the box they tell you it comes with 3 connectors. It's simply 3 different USB connections for your convenience. If you

check out the image gallery you'll see what I'm talking about.

One makes it look like a flash drive. The second connection extends it more like

a mouse for increased flexibility. That will probably come in handy when trying to reach USB slots at

the back of your laptop. Better yet, the luxurious room you get in a packed

airport before you're flight. The third is just a longer version of the second.

Coverage

If you’re interested in what coverage will look like for the Huawei EC228, then check out Alltel’s Wireless Broadband Coverage for the full details:

QuoteAlltel’s coverage area is

limited by itself. However, in the places they do have coverage, it’s good and will be

getting better with their EVDO Revision A upgrades being made. In addition to this, they’re merging with Verizon and have a current roaming agreement with Sprint.

Official System Requirements

Item Required Configuration
USB interface USB 2.0 Full Speed
CPU 866 MHz Pentium or above
Memory 128 MB or above
Free space on the hard disk 100 MB or above
Operating system Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Window Vista
Screen resolution 1024 X 768 is recommended

You’d be really hard pressed to find a computer that didn’t meet the above requirements. Unless you’ve got a PC that still has one of those Y2K compliant stickers, you should be good.

Installing the Huawei EC228 on Windows XP

Note: Make sure your computer is on before connecting the Huawei EC228. Otherwise, the normal installation of the EC228 can be affected.

Huawei EC228 USB Connections

1. Plug the mini-universal series bus (USB) connector into the EC228.

Huawei EC228 USB Connection

2. Plug the connectors of the main USB data cable and the auxiliary USB data cable into the USB interfaces of the computer.

Huawei EC228 USB Connections

3. Connect the EC228 with the computer.

4. The OS auto detects and recognizes new hardware and starts the installation wizard.

Note: If the auto-run program does not respond, go to the driver path. Find and double-click the AutoRun.exe, and then the program will run.

5. Follow the prompts of the installation wizard.

6. After the program is installed, the shortcut icon for management program is displayed on the desktop.

Removing the EC228

Follow these steps strictly to remove the Huawei EC228 from your PC. Otherwise, your system may be damaged, even if it is in the standby mode.

Note: Before removing the EC228, you need to log out of the management program first.

  1. Double-click The Safely Remove Hardware interface is displayed.
  2. Select Huawei Device (actual name based on the name displayed in this menu – "Huawei Mobile Connect – 3G Modem" for example) in the Hardware devices list, and click Stop. The "Stop a Hardware device" interface is displayed.
  3. Click OK.
  4. When the Safe To Remove Hardware prompt is displayed, click OK and remove the EC228.

3. Image Gallery

Alltel Huawei EC360 Aircard

Alltel Huawei EC360 Aircard

Alltel Huawei EC360 Aircard

Alltel Huawei EC360 Aircard

Alltel Huawei EC360 Aircard

Alltel Huawei EC360 Aircard

Alltel Huawei EC360 Aircard

Alltel Huawei EC360 Aircard

Alltel Huawei EC360 Aircard

4. Manufacturer’s Description

The Huawei EC228 offers high speed Wireless Internet access on the Alltel nationwide EVDO data network. The Huawei EC228 supports wireless downloading at a speed as fast as 3.1 Mbps and uploading at speeds as high as 1.8 Mbps. It is a best choice for business users to access the Internet any time from anywhere within the Alltel network. The Huawei EC228 offers higher speed, more reliable performance and easier operation – all to improve the user experience.

5. Manual

Installation Tips From

Alltel

6. Technical Details

From the Manufacturer

  • Dimensions – 4.7 in x 2.1 in x 0.4 in
  • Weight – 0.8 oz
  • Data Download Speed – EV-DO rev A (Up to 3.1 Mbps Down/1.8 Mbps Up),

    EV-DO rev 0 (2.4 Mbps Down/153 Kbps Up), 1xRTT

  • Download Protocol – CDMA 800, 1900
  • Compatible Carrier – Alltel
  • Network Compatibility – CDMA 800, 1900
  • 3G Data Speeds – Yes

7. Where To Get It

There are two kinds of people that visit this page.

Buy Now

The 1st person that knows that this is the card they want and they’re doing their due diligence. If that’s you, I hope I’ve done that for you. If I have, then you can get Alltel to pay you $100 to take it from them (at the

time of this review). Isn't that grand? Here's

where you can find that steal Huawei EC228 deal.

If I haven’t covered everything, let me know what’s missing.

 

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