ENR Technologies Pegasus III IR 56k Modem: for Palm, Pocket PC and
Notebooks by Lisa Gade,
Have a PDA, but can't find a modem designed to work
with it? Or do you want one modem that will work with all the PDAs
you own, as well as your PCs? The Pegasus III modem might be just
what your're after. It's a compact and lightweight universal modem
that can work with most any PDA: Palm OS, Pocket PC, Psion and even
notebooks. It's also a 14.4 fax (you'll need to purchase fax software
separately for Palm OS and Pocket PC PDAs). Plug a phone line into
the modem, align your PDA and modem's IR ports and you're ready to
surf the Net and download emails.
The Pegasus III is a 56k v90 modem supporting
the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) standard that's
housed in a plastic casing. It's a versatile unit in terms of connection
and power methods.We tested the Pegasus
III PP2I model, which supports both IR and serial connections.
You could use the modem via IR with your PDA or notebook while
traveling and as a modem for your desktop PC via the included serial
cable when at home. The unit has a switch on the rear that allows
you to set serial or IR as your connection method.
The modem comes with a reasonably light and small power
adapter (it looks very similar to the iPAQ's power adapter). It also
accepts 4 AAA batteries if you'd rather leave the power adapter behind.
If you use rechargeables, they'll be charged while the modem is plugged
in— very cool! Do not plug the modem into the power adapter
if you are using disposable batteries. You should get many hours
of use from a set of disposable alkaline batteries, since the unit
consumes little power and will go to sleep to save power.
Installation and Use
The Pegasus comes with a user's manual and
drivers for PCs on a diskette. The manual suffers a little
bit from what I'd guess is translation-ese, but by the time
the unit hits the market, the manual will likely be improved.
Regardless, the unit is so easy to use you won't have to
spend much time reading!
Palm OS PDAs such as Palm brand, Sony
Clié and Handspring,
as well as Pocket PCs have built-in
support for IR modems, so you won't have to install any
drivers. This makes the Pegasus one of the most easy and
straightforward modems to use.
Simply create a new connection, and select
Generic IrDA modem on the Pocket PC, or select modem and
the connection method as IR for Palm OS PDAs. Make sure your
PDA's IR port is turned on, specify the rest of your connection
settings such as your ISP's phone number and your login name
and password and you're done!
If you're going to use the modem with a PC
and a serial cable, you'll install the drivers included on
the diskette. There are no Mac drivers and the serial cable
is a standard PC DB9 connector. The manufacturer states that
the modem will work under Linux, though we didn't test this.
Connections were fast and reliable both in
terms of IR and modem-to-ISP connectivity. Sony Clié owners
will be thrilled to know that it worked flawlessly with our
Clies, including the popular SJ30.
Since there aren't modems available for many current Clie
models, this unit should fill a large void.
Front view of the modem, with IR window,
speaker, activity LED and reset button shown.
The modem is quite small and light. It's
about the same size as the compact Sony
SJ30 shown at left.
It's compact, light, and capable of reliable 56k connections.
It plays nicely with any current PDA on the market. The power options
are awesome: plug it in, use it with AAA alkaline disposables or
allow it to charge your rechargeable batteries. You can even use
it as your desktop modem. I heartily recommend this modem to anyone
in the market for a land line 56k modem, especially if you're looking
for one modem to work with several PDAs and notebooks.