Connection of mobile phone & Laptop

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 05, 2002 at 01:00
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Interested to hear the experience of others who may have connected a Nokia 5110 mobile phone to a Laptop to stay in contact while travelling along the australian coast line. Is cost prohibitive and range may be a problem. I already have cable connection but I understand I will also need the data suite. Your comments welcomed.
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Reply By: Allan - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
Don, I used the Nokia Data Suite with the 5110 and it worked fine. I dialed in every time I was in range and if you use it a night during the off-peak rates it is not expensive. Excellent way to handle business, banking, share and just staying in touch. Not suitable for photographs though as it is slow at 9600 baud. Regards

Allan
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Follow Up By: Don - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
Allan, many thanks for your comments I will look at buying the data suite.
Regards,
Don
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Reply By: Grinner - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
I've used a setup of linking my Nokia 6210 via the infra red port to the laptop, Used it for checking emails, weather, road conditions etc.
I'm not familiar with the 5110, but I don't think you need the data suite software. In your Windows Control Panel, under Modems, just try adding a Standard Modem, connectted to COM1.
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Follow Up By: Don - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
Grinner, many thanks for your comments.
Regards,
Don.
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Reply By: Neville - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
Don, same experience as Allan. I regularly use the Nokia Data Suite and a 5110. No problems with the basic stuff, but a little slow with graphics.
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Follow Up By: Don - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
Neville, thanks for your comments, this forum works well. Always good to here the experience of others before laying out the cash.
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Reply By: Steve campbell - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
Don, I use CDMA as it gives much more range out of the major cities (up 10 100kms with the right external arial). I had a Nokia 5110 when I had GSM, but have an LGC-800W. It connects at 14.4K no problems, and I can be miles away from the tower. CDMA is also looking at getting 140K data transfer rates later this year. Might be worth talking to a Telstra shop about their plans for CDMA and the phone range.
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Follow Up By: Don - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
Steve, many thanks for your reply.
Regards,
Don.
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Follow Up By: Jack Rotman - Thursday, Apr 18, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Apr 18, 2002 at 00:00
Steve, I am currently trying to connect an LGC-800W to a laptop. I have bought the connecting cable. Do I need any special software or how can the PC be configured to comunicate with the phone?
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Reply By: P.G. (Tas) - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
Don, I have used Nokia Data Suite with my 6150 (fancy 5110). Unfortunately the 5110 series family must use Nokia Data Suite (mine was ver. 3.0a, downloadable from www.nokia.com, however you will need an original ver 3.0 for the download to work), with the DAU-9P cable. I use the CARK-91 Car Kit and with the addition of a DAC-2 cable, plugged into the control box of the car kit, you can leave the mobile in the cradle while using the laptop (connects laptop to car kit). I have since upgraded to the Nokia 6210 using the same setup with DLR-3P cable. Each phone family use their own "intelligent" cables (at about $60.00 ea for genuine ones, thank you). The 5110 Series and 6210 use the same car kit and batteries are interchangeable, although the 6210 uses later battery technology. The 6210 can be setup as a stand alone modem or you can download PC-Suite from Nokia. It is not as good as Data Suite and for the extra money I don't think the 6210 setup is any better than my old 6150. As far as cost is concerned I can down load an average email in about 20-25 seconds each. I guess it depends which plan you are on. Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Don - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
P.G. (Tas)
Thanks for your comments.
Regards,
Don
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Reply By: Bob - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2002 at 01:00
I don't know how old your phone is Don, or if you have an IR port on your lap top, but it may be cheaper to upgrade your phone to the 6210 rather than buy the data suite. The 6210 and the Apple Powerbook work via the IR port without drama under System 9.2, but I have had no luck using OS X.1.
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Reply By: Allan - Thursday, Mar 07, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Mar 07, 2002 at 01:00
While I used the 5110 and cable with great success, I have upgraded the phone to a 8210 with an IR port. I find the IR connection is not as practical as the cable connection. For example, both the phone and notebook has to remain fixed and still so the IR ports do not loose contact with each other. This is a problem if you want to use it on your lap (and you have to move because the smoke from the camp fire always follows you). The cable connection lets you sit in your vehicle while the phone can be on the roof for better reception. Only my opinion but I have used both and never had a ‘drop out’ with cable.
Regards Allan
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Reply By: rich - Tuesday, Mar 12, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2002 at 01:00
My two cents worth..
Steve Campbell is correct, CDMA has a better transfer rate and can far surpass anything GSM might offer in both range and dataflow, now and into the future. (Just as soon as Telstra ramp up the software !) If your serious about remote IP connectivity, CDMA is the go....well, except a satellite!
FYI..the CDMA (Code Division MULTIPLE ACCESS) phone uses GSM when available, so you have the use of all these towers + the CDMA towers.
cheers Rich
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