The first day brought to a light a few problems. One was the choice of router. That FON router would drop connections often. I recalled that there was an issue with using this router and the NIT's, related to the power saving mode in the WiFi. I bought a cheap D-Link router that night, and the router issue was solved.
The other problem I had was with the modem dropping connections sometimes. It would go roaming for a signal, and take a few minutes to acquire it again. Some twisting and shifting of the modem proved to be useful in securing a reliable spot to place it in.
Surfing on the first day was good. I used the 'mobile' versions of most sites that I frequent. Funnily enough, the ITT site was one of the hardest to switch to mobile since the option is in a drop box at the bottom of the page. Loading the full site on the Basic connection I had was slow. Gmail, Google, Wikipedia, CBC News, and more were very usable in their mobile forms, or basic HTML versions.
I was chatting via GoogleTalk with some friends, and even placed a VOIP call via GoogleTalk. The call was fairly clear, but would cut in and out frequently. I need to do some more testing of the VOIP when connected via the WiMAX modem.
The Portable Internet Basic I had was slow, no doubt about it. But for access at a fixed remote location, and with the usage of mobile optimized sites, it proved to be very usable.
Stay tuned for Part 3, where I will discuss actual speeds obtained from speed tests and load times of common mobile sites.