Stepping Stone

by Jennifer Doran

@ctivelink Wireless Messaging Module
Rating 81

It used to be that handheld pdas were measured by their memory and organizational capabilities. But with wireless technology abounding, it’s now imperative to have Internet browsing capabilities.

Weighing a mere three ounces, the @ctiveLink module holds over 500 e-mails. It only sends text messages. Attachments are unreadable on the device, they must be downloaded to a desktop system.

We tested it with the Visor Deluxe and were pleased with the breadth of topics available on @ctiveLink, as well as how easy it was to use. We downloaded a number of applications onto the Visor, which took a maximum of two minutes to do.

The @ctiveLink module provides Internet access but unfortunately, it is not instant. Instead users enter specific data to query and the @ctiveLink returns an e-mail within two to three minutes. The loaded software is not compatible with Microsoft Outlook nor does it link to Internet Explorer, AOL, or any other Web browser — it is a basic e-mail service . There also is no capability for purchasing off the Internet. While @ctiveLink captures messages and downloads information under any condition, it does not make up for the fact that it doesn’t integrate with any business software packages.

Overall, Glenayre’s @ctiveLink Wireless Communication Module is very affordable and handy for accessing more pedestrian information such as flight and movie schedules. And it does allow for an e-mail account on Glenayre’s server. But for busy professionals who already use Outlook or Lotus — this is not an ideal solution.

Pros: Quick synching capabilities; easy-to-use; great service coverage even indoors
Cons: Bulky; More of a query application for searching the Web

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.
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