If you’ve been following my Twitter updates you know I was on my EVDO card quite a bit this weekend. As a result, I’ve got some knowledge to drop. 😉
- Sprint’s DNS servers are s-l-o-w! Use OpenDNS and get a big performance boost. I thought I was already doing this, but Mac OS X gives you the ability to set different DNS servers for each network location and I hadn’t put the OpenDNS servers in for my EVDO card. Thanks to Alex at EVDOinfo.com for reaching out with the tip.
- Apple provides drivers for most of the EVDO cards out there, but these drivers are Intel-only. If you bought your EVDO card from EVDOinfo.com, they will give you PowerPC friendly drivers and nice step-by-step installation instructions. I’ve now got my EVDO card working on my old PowerBook G4 as well as my MacBook. I plan to install the drivers on my desktop machine (PowerMac G5) too so that I can plug in the EVDO card when my DSL craps out.
- Sprint’s network along I-80 has gotten a lot better over the last 2 years. You can reasonably expect to stay connected all the way through Nebraska. If you bring enough power (or 2 laptops), you can get a bit done on the road. 🙂