From time to time, I hear questions about
which modems are available for the Pocket PC. One of them is the
Pretec CompactModem. The slender Type I form-factor offers
compatibility with all Pocket PCs.
Pocket PC requirements
- A phone line
- An Internet Service Provider (ISP) account
I tested the CompactModem with the Hewlett
Packard 545 and an upgraded Compaq Aero 1530.
The CompactModem is a CompactFlash™ modem
that will work in all Pocket PCs. You won't have a dongle to lose with
this modem since you can plug your phone line directly into the modem.
A Wish and a Minor Gotcha
The only feature I wish that Pretec would add
to the CompactModem is cellular communications support. If you need
cellular support, you will have to look at other products.
Where to Buy
You can purchase the Pretec 56 Kbps modem
online from the
Pocket PC eStore
The Pretec CompactModem.
is a CompactFlash type I card that is compatible with the HP Jornada
545 & 548, Compaq Aero 1550, and upgraded 1520/1530 devices. Also, it
is a 56 Kbps modem with a built-in RJ-11 jack. And, you can connect at
the highest connect rates possible to maximize your Internet
One other thing you will notice is that the
CompactModem features low power consumption. This allows you to stay
online longer. Expect your available time on battery charge to
diminish a bit faster with modems, because all modems use more power
than CompactFlash cards. The CompactModem is only for use with a
regular phone line. You cannot use it for analog or digital cellular
connections. It does offer 14.4 Kbps fax capabilities as well.
Conclusion: My Experience
I was happily surprised when I did not have
to install software to use the Pretec CompactModem. All I had to do
was insert the CompactModem into my E-115 and it worked! I was able to
dial the Internet without any problems.
I like the feature of the CompactModem of
being able to plug a RJ-11 jack right in. That way, I don't have to
remember where the dongle is!
Right now, the Pocket PC does not report the
speed of your modem connection to your ISP, so I am not able to report
the baud rate of the connection. Overall I was very pleased with this
product -- and I believe you will be, too.
*The views expressed in the above article
are provided by an independent third party and do not reflect any
official view or endorsement by Microsoft.