Yes, it has been flaky for me as well.
Oftentimes VZAM doesn't recognize it is plugged-in. And although I can usually workaround that by moving it to the other USB port on the laptop, it's annoying.
The other issue is highly variable service quality. Even when it falls back to EVDO, in cases where I probably would have had stable service with my previous devices, the service goes up/down, up/down, the speeds vary all over the place.
This is on a laptop that has been using Verizon EVDO (ie "Broadband Access") for probably at least 3 years now, using 2 different PC-card devices. (First a Kyocera KPC-650, lately a PC5750 card after VZW rolled-out EVDO-revA which the KPC-650 doesn't support) Windows XP-SP3
Never had these kinds of problems with the PC cards.
It was a little better after removing the driver for the old Pantech PC Card (aka Verizon PC5750) in terms of not recognizing the presence of the device, but it didn't fix the problem entirely.
I'm thinking of swapping it out for the LG card, which seemed to get better speeds in the store anyway. I just picked the Pantech because of the more flexible USB plug and the alleged future GSM/UMTS/HSPA capability.
Try changing the Power Settings on the Computer.
If you have a Linux/Mac/Windows app that NATs the connection you can share it. Should be #777 standard dial. Only the UML290 works with Mac/Linux at the moment.
My version of VZAccess doesn't have the Activation option.
I'm running VZAccess version 18.104.22.168 (2495t)
Also, I'm assuming that the Power options are for Windows Vista/7? In XP, I think I found a comparable option by going to the modem's properties in Device Manager. There is a Power Management tab.
However, I'm noticing that if I leave the modem alone for a while, XP disables it. I can see this in Device Manager. How do I prevent this from happening?
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Same problem, except I don't even get 10 minutes most of the time. I had a UM175 and it worked great all over the state! It seemed to do a bit better on the Vista computer..The one running Windows 7 gets a few minutes at best. I have tried this in 4 locations and get the same result. Trying both the power setting and changing from global to 3g. I haven't been able to get 4g even 1 time. Reloaded the software, tried the second machine... Called tech support, said my signal seemed good (nice, but not helpful). I guess if this continues I will have to go back to the UM175 and pay 10 dollars more for the same service I should get from this new 4g. Very disappointed with this. Been connected for 17 min since I made the changes - so far that beats anything in the last 2 days. Maybe locking to 3g is the answer.
I'm so frustrated with this issue... I had the LG card and exchanged it for the Pantec UML290. Really getting ticked here...
If I'm in an area that is 4G/LTE the card might lock onto the LTE or might hit 3G/1X and if so, it will not connect to anything. The card will show connected but I cannot access the internet.
If I'm in an area that is marked as 4G/LTE on the Verizon map, I find that there is no real coverage in the area. Come on Verizon, get your maps correct. Barrington IL (60010) is maybe 10% 4G/LTE but the map shows 100%. Same for the 3G but the signal is weak and non-existent in most cases. Same goes for Cary IL (60013) and Fox River Grove (60023). Lake Zurich and Palatine show 4G/LTE and it works there but Wauconda IL (60084) has poor coverage in 3G and no 4G even though they show it there.
I've had to lock my card into a 3G mode due to the hand-off issues. I should not have to do this.
The auto-connect is also not functional. I'm very computer literate and have trouble shot this issue with Verizon and by myself and it will not connect. I have also tried the power fix and it is not working.
So right now, we are downloading an update but I'm doubtful that it will be fixed. I'm very frustrated by all the issues that Verizon is having and the total lack of support that I feel that I'm getting. I switched to these cards from SprintPCS. While the Sprint card was slower in 3G, at least it worked in most areas. This Verizon card is totally disappointing me.
How about giving me some credit here for all my frustrations? Not trying to get something for free but come on, this is getting old with the sheer amount of problems that these cards have.
And with the new update to VZW manager, my computer now will not recognize my UML290. Cannot find the driver. Have the disk in the drive and nothing. This is ticking me off in ways that I cannot describe. And of course, tech support is not working...
I will be surprised if I''m still a Verizon customer by the weekend's end. Way to go Verizon... Substandard product put to market before the bugs are worked out (again)...
I surely grok what everyone here is saying. I downloaded the update a few nights ago - took me over four hours because I kept getting booted off the connection! Performance isn't any better - and now I'm getting some really interesting error messages, like "network registration denied." That's on top of EMC100, EMC604, connected - dormant (which is its own pile or problems), device not inserted, device cannot establish a connection, device cannot terminate the connection (when I'm not even connected at all) and VZ Access Manager is already running when I've closed out the application for some time. I spend over half my online time at home working through the disconnects, reconnecting, reconfiguring the device, and rebooting my PC. In exasperation I went to the public library today to use their WiFi - what a dreamy state that was! Noah, none of your suggestions work. Everything about powering down my PC is off. I've emailed Verizon customer service and expect a full refund on this device and contract. This is just unbelievable. PS It took me four reconnects to be able to post this reply. As I go to hit the post button for the final time, I've copied the text, checked the connectivity status, and am keeping my fingers crossed I don't get the boot before this text makes it online. I feel like I should contact a witch doctor and ask him to shake bones and make smokey offerings to the God of Ethernet in order to make this work.
I was pretty happy once the latest VZAccess Manager was released that supported Macs so I was finally able to get this to work on a Mac. However, when at the office (where I don't need access) I can successfully connect over 3G (no 4G access here). Then when I'm in NYC, I see full bars for 4G attempt to connect and receive a Failed - Connection Error. Happens every time. I'm not sure even how to skip connecting to 4G and just go 4G while I try to work this out.
I can honestly say that mine seems to be getting a little better, stable as time goes by. I am using the Pantech on a W7 laptop.
A couple of things that have me frustrated because I can't figure out why and how to fix it. In VZAM I am setup to where it auto connects. When running in 3G it does not work at all.
When I am on the road in a 3G area it's locked on like Alcatraz. Here is what's crazy. If I drive into a 4G area it dissconnects me, I hit reconnect and it connects to 3G, not 4 like it should. I have to unplug, plug it back in, and then it automatically connects to 4G with no problems, like it's supposed to.
So, to sum it up.
It only Auto Connects in 4G.
It will not switch over to 4G without unplugging the device 95% of the time.
Once I am in a 3 or 4G area it stays locked on very well. Not like before at all. So that end has improved.
If I could just express my opinion here for a moment in regards to the people that are wanting to cancel because of there issues. This is a 100% new Network, with 100% all new Devices, Software, Firmware, etc. There is so much involved in this it would spin our heads. I had no intention of this 4G technology working without any problems out of the gate when it was deployed. Verizon could have waited another 6 to 12 months for them to work all the bugs out but we would be yelling and screaming about why they have not deployed it yet. My point is nobody can win here. We just have to try our hardest to be patient and understanding. Believe me, Verizon does not want us having these problems. I am quite positive they are working very hard to correct them.
Don't slam for that, just trying to look at it from both sides a little bit.
I had a chat with a couple of Verizon techs - turns out they DO have a problem with their 4G network devices. I have a Pantech UML290 that keeps disconnecting and powering off too.What is happening is that the device is overloading the USB interface by trying to pass data faster than its connection can handle resulting in device lockup. This is a known flaw with some 4G devices that use a USB 1.x chip that can pass data at only 5Mb in or out maximum speed and the modem can do up to 12Mb in or out.. 3G does not have this problem since the data moves at only 1.4Mb in or out maximum by design. Hopefully this gets resolved soon for all of you 4G device users.
After talking with a tech, they are sending me a Novatel USB760 3G modem that allegedly works fine on their network with no issues and should work fine on my Zoom 3G router. I will post my results after I get it and try it out. I hope it works since I live where thee is no DSL or cable and the only option is dialup
If you go to your Windows device manager, you can disable the option on the modem for Windows to turn it off. It will be in the network devices (the green devices on the device tree). This should be disabled on all network devices anyway to ensure you always have a connection.
I had tried this and yesterday I stayed online. Today I'm disconnecting again, Verizon has let me down. I'm cancelling this upgrade and contract extension going back to my month to month basis until I find a better service. Verizon is too profit mongering without being able to back up the deal!