The AirCard 76xS mobile hotspot product family supports up to 10 simultaneous WiFi connections.
BARCELONA, Spain Sierra
Wireless unveiled its newest family of AirCard mobile hotspots for 4G Long-Term
Evolution (LTE) networks, following the release of the AirCard 754S. The new
AirCard 760S, AirCard 762S and AirCard 763S offer several feature enhancements,
including an improved user interface, longer battery life and expanded
frequency-band support across the product family, providing variants compatible
with most common frequency-band combinations around the world. The company said
the mobile hotspots are expected to launch in select markets in North America,
Australia, Asia and Europe over the next couple of months.
The AirCard 76xS mobile
hotspot product family supports up to 10 simultaneous WiFi connections. The
company claims that on a 4G LTE network it provides sufficient bandwidth to
handle demanding applications like online gaming and streaming media. There is
no software to install, and device settings can be managed through a Web
browser. Once setup is complete, users can also connect devices; the WiFi
Protected Setup (WPS) button can securely connect a device without requiring a
keyboard or large screen.
"Our new generation of
AirCard mobile hotspots has been built to make the user experience even
better," said Dan Schieler, senior vice president of mobile computing for
Sierra Wireless. "We listened to customer feedback and have incorporated
new and improved features to make our hotspots even easier to use, and the fastest
way to keep all your WiFi-enabled devices connected while on the move. We are
looking forward to several network launches for these devices in the coming
Sierra Wireless AirCard
mobile hotspots sport user-friendly display screens, which provide the device
information needed to connect and monitor the hotspot network connection and
battery life. The new AirCard 76xS product family expands this user interface
with the addition of a navigation button that scrolls through additional
screens, providing access to messages and alerts, firmware status and more
detailed device information directly from the device itself without logging in
to the Web interface. This enhancement is designed to save users time and make
it easier to use the hotspot with devices that may not have a standard Web
browser, such as WiFi-enabled cameras or mobile gaming devices.
Noting that high bandwidth
often requires high power, the AirCard 76xS product family comes standard with
a 2,000 milliampere-hour (mAh) battery, expected to improve battery life by
approximately 30 percent, according to a company release. For heavy users, an
extended battery (3,600mAh) will be available as an accessory purchase.
Other accessories available
with the AirCard 76xS product family include a desktop-charging cradle, an
external MIMO antenna and the AirCard Hub. The AirCard Hub, new from Sierra
Wireless and sold separately, turns a mobile hotspot into a small office or
residential gateway. It allows users to create a network at home or in the
office, connecting up to 20 devices at once, between WiFi and Ethernet, to use
the 4G LTE connection. The external MIMO antenna, also sold separately, offers
an extra reception boost for users in areas with lower 4G LTE signal strength.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.