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Franklin Wireless

USB Modem EVDO : CDU-550

(Mobile Broadband USB) Product of the Month
November 2006 

by Linda A. Epstein

Franklin Wireless USB Modem EVDO

Franklin Wireless  USB Modem EVDO : CDU-550

(Mobile Broadband USB)

On a daily basis many of us travel between meetings, airports, trade shows, sporting events, schools shopping malls and grocery stores.   Having the ability to connect to the internet from where ever you are definitely makes life easier.   From the road warrior to the busy mom on the go, the ability to connect to the internet anywhere anytime has become the ultimate convenience. 

Franklin Wireless  USB Modem EVDO in use on the TabletKiosk eo UMPC

Until now those who use Tablet PCs or the new UMPC's ( Ultra Mobile PCs) with out a PC slot did not have the option of being able to connect to the internet on the fly from where ever they happen to be.   Using the internet outside of our home or business networks was limited to hot spots, and pay per use services such as those in airports and hotels.

Now, with the new Franklin Wireless USB Modem EVDO it is possible for anyone using a Tablet PC or UMPC with a USB 2.0 to have an Internet Connection Anywhere, Anytime.

ANywhere wireless Internet

The review unit I tested came with Sprint Mobile Broadband Service already activated, setup took less than two minutes and couldn't have been easier.    Just install the included software, insert the USB Modem, click on the Franklin USB Connection Manager, and your ready to check your email or surf the net. 

FW Connecting

Franklin Wireless Connected

What's in the Box:

  • USB Modem EVDO : CDU-550
  • travel case
  • Connection Manager Installation Software CD
  • USB cable
  • Quick Install guide

From the Franklin Wireless web site:

Radio Frequency:   Band Class 0: 800MHz
(RX: 869 ~ 894MHz TX: 824 ~ 849MHz)
Band Class 1: 1900MHz
(RX: 1930.0~1989.95, TX: 1850.0~1909.95)
RX Sensitivity: Nominal -106dBm
Dimensions:   Size: 88×41×8mm Weight: 21gram
Environmental:   Storage : -30 ~ +75?, Operating : -20 ~ +50?
Power Consumption:   CDMA Typical <300mA,
Sleep < 4mA
Operation Voltage: 5VDC (USB V-bus)
Data Options:   Packet data(1x and EVDO Release 0), ASYNC data, Quick Net Connect
Data Rate:   1xRTT: Forward / Reverse Link: Up to 153Kbps EVDO: Forward Link: Up to 2.4Mbps, Reverse Link: Up to 153Kbps
Hardware Interface:   USB Type A, USB 1.1 and 2.0
Software Interface:   IS-707 AT command set and extended
AT command set
IS-683A compliant , IOTA and OTA
OS Support:   Windows 2000, Windows XP
MAC and Linux


  • Allows users of Tablet PCs and UMPC's with out a PC slot to have an an Internet Connection Anywhere, Anytime.
  • Easy to use
  • Eliminates the need to pay for internet service in airports and hotel rooms
  • can be used on multiple machines
  • lightweight and small in size
  • Supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux


  • Currently only available with Sprint Mobile Broadband Service
  • Cost may outweigh the need for some
  • sticks out from the machine

In Conclusion:

An excellent solution for anyone using Tablet PCs or Ultra Mobile Pcs that do not have a PC slot and want the ability to have an Internet Connection Anywhere, Anytime.

Franklin Wireless USB EDVO modem

For more information visit Franklin Wireless




Please visit the links below for past products of the month, or take a look at the reviews accessories and software pages.

Previous Products of the month can be found at the links below 2004 Accessory of the Year- Oakley Thump
Ziplinq, Fujitsu Bump case, Franklin Covey Leather Case , Motion HardTop Keyboard Diskeeper Pro, SecuriKey Pro,  GoBinder 2005 Targus Rolling Backpack, Motion Field Case & Motion Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard, Casio EX Z50, OtterBox 4600, Xhifi Speakers, Targus Jackie Leather Tote , Zen Portable Media Center , Targus Accessories , Kingston's DataTraveler® II Plus - Migo Edition & 4-GB Kingston's DataTraveler Elite  Lowepro CompuRover AW Oakley Razrwire Oakley Thump 2  Samsung V700 DIgital Camera  HP Photosmart 385   Ultimate Ears pro 5    OtterBox 7030 Rugged case, Logitech Harmony 659 Advanced universal Remote