You’re getting married in your home town in California tomorrow and your grandma is finally coming out for a visit on the big day. The problem is, she’s stuck in a snow storm in New York and all flights have been cancelled. There is no way she can make it out in time to see you get married. Or is there?
Maybe Uncle Jerry can bring his 3G Mobile Broadband enabled Netbook computer to the wedding. Then, he can make a video conference call with Grandma back in New York using Skype. Once the action starts, he’ll turn his netbook around and point the built-in webcam towards the action. Grandma will be thrilled.
For our test, we used an HP Mini 1151NR Netbook complete with internal Verizon 3G Mobile Broadband (WWAN) card and integrated .3 megapixel webcam.
Netbook was provided by WifiRents for our test. WifiRents is a nationwide internet equipment rental company.
We made a Skype video conference call from the 3G connected Netbook back to a computer in our office. Only the Netbook had a webcam connected. Our test call lasted 5 minutes. Here is what we found.
The test call went through and was able to be answered back in the office just fine. Voice quality was great. We then launched the video which also came up without a problem. The resulting images back in the office were a bit grainy and pixelated but still worked. Motion was fluid and not choppy.
Skype warned us that the call quality was low because the connection speed between computers is slow. We ran a speed test on the Netbook using SpeakEasy.net. Speed test results were 1.04Mbps Download and .45Mbps Upload.