There are countless trends competing for attention in the gaming notebook and laptop space but not all of them are either useful or benefit the core gaming experience.
- Data card access
- No built in modem
For data card users, this product allows you to use the same Internet connection on the road using your notebook, as well as on your home or small office PC network. It also serves well as a reliable backup connection, rather than paying for a robust service level agreement.
Price$ 380.00 (AUD)
Telstra recently announced that as of 1 April, its copper wire network service installation fee for residential customers will rise from $209 to $299, in addition to the $30 monthly line rental. Suddenly getting an ADSL connection costs more than before. So what are your options?
With the introduction of the Linksys WRT543G3 router, you have more Internet choices. This router can distribute the Internet from a standard wired Internet connection (ADSL or cable), as well as from a Vodafone mobile data card. The data card simply slots into the PC Card slot on top of the router.
The router will only work with Vodafone's data cards, which are capable of downloading at speeds up to 384Kbps, and the routing capabilities of the WRT543G3 mean you can distribute its connection via Ethernet cables or via 802.11b/g cards.
Setting up the WRT543G3 router involves an initial configuration via an Ethernet cable and a host PC. The router has a step-by-step guide to connect to the Internet, along with a configuration CD. Unfortunately, these didn't work for us, but using Linksys' HTML configuration menu was straightforward.
Once it was connected, it ran smoothly and reliably averaged speeds of 80Kbps. Depending on the data card's geographic location, it does not always run at its maximum download speeds.
The router itself has no modem and requires you to buy a Vodafone Mobile Connect Card, which will cost $399. As a result, this product is designed for people with an existing data card. Vodafone's monthly subscription will exceed the cost of a fixed line connection per megabit of bandwidth and gigabyte of download limit. At press time, plans ranged from $29 to $99 per month.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Tab S4 review: Freestyle
- 2 Sony WF-SP900 review: One step forward, two steps back
- 3 Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 review: Safety first
- 4 Oppo R17 Pro review: Oppo's thriftiest flagship yet drives a hard bargain
- 5 Lenovo Smart Display review: The bigger, better buy
Latest News Articles
- CES 2019: Arlo expand into the smart home, confirm Arlo Ultra pricing
- CES 2019: Li-Fi inches closer to the tech mainstream
- PC World 2018 Editor's Choice Awards Nominees Announced
- Netgear introduces new weather resistant Orbi outdoor satellite
- Netgear introduces Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Mesh Extender
PCW Evaluation Team
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
- CES 2019 Round-Up:
- Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20, and we only have one question
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?