Sierra Wireless 881 Aircard Review

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Sierra Wireless AirCard 881 7.2 (AT&T)


What’s Good:

Sierra Wireless knows how to make sexy cards. At a theoretical download speed of 7.2 Mbps, it could give cable internet companies competition if AT&T puts the infrastructure in to support it.

What’s Bad:

We’d love to see this same card in an ExpressCard format. If your laptop doesn’t support PC Cards, then this is a no go for you.

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Reviewed on: 10/04/08


It’s a sturdy, sleek card. It’s also free. It’s good stuff all around so long as your laptop supports it.


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Business ManSierra Wireless knows how to make sexy cards. They really do and I make no apologies. It’s got everything you’d expect it to have and everyone will envy you at the office, airport or Starbucks. I’m tempted to drop my card just to get this one. Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of this card.

It is a PCMCIA (PC Card Type II) format. That means you need to make sure you have the PC Card slot to support it. We have a mini-course that dedicates a lesson to just that. Theoretically, it can go as fast as 7.2 Mbps. It maxes out around 1.7 Mbps on AT&T’s current network though.

If you travel internationally, you’ll be able to blow through your 100 MB or 200 MB AT&T limit really quickly.

At the current price of free, not a bad at all. Check out the AT&T Mercury if you’re looking for a USB Sierra Wireless Aircard, check out the AT&T Mercury.


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The Sierra Wireless AC881 PC/Mac PCMCIA wireless broadband card for AT&T is the first PCMCIA card for AT&T that supports HSUPA – for a staggering upload speed of up to 7.2 Mbps and download speeds up to 2.0 Mbps. Built to work in PCMCIA slots, the Sierra Wireless AC881 PC/Mac wireless broadband card is easy to set up, plugs in for instant recognition and lets you surf the Web, send and receive email and text messages, and connect to corporate networks.

From the Manufacturer

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From the Manufacturer

  • Dimensions – 5.2 in x 2.3 in x 0.5 in
  • Weight – 2.5 oz
  • Data Download Speed – HSUPA (Up to 7.2 Mbps), HSDPA (Up to 3.6 Mbps), EDGE (Up to 384 Kbps), GPRS (Up to 144 Kbps)
  • Compatible Carrier – AT&T
  • Network Compatibility – GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900

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