There has been ongoing dialog over the past few months about the new broadband cards for laptops. I love my card and couldn't really do my business efficiently without one.
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I was in Chicago this past week at the Master Sales Event hosted by Floyd Wickman. I was on the 10th floor and figured my broadband card would work perfectly. Nope, it would hardly pick up a signal! I had to go down to the first floor lounge to get a good signal. Fortunately for me, the Pantech card I have from Sprint has an external antenna adapter that I can use with external high-gain antennas. While there working, I went ahead and ordered a new 9DB gain antenna that I can use in the car or in places with bad signal strength. Here is the one I purchased on ebay.I received mine in the mail just yesterday and I have been testing it while out and about in my MDX. It has really made a difference, I can get a good signal in places I never could before.
What's even better is this new antenna can use different adapters, so I can just purchase an adapter and be able to use this on my Treo 700 with an external antenna. I've never really needed this, but you never know when you might.