MiFi™: Broadband internet on the road

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If you are mobile like we are, chances are you have some sort of technology allowing you access to one of the major carriers Mobile Broadband. We have been using Verizon Mobile Broadband for over 15 months through their USB Mini Air-Card. Works 98% of the time and have been very satisfied with it. The only downside, it is for one computer. Pam and I only share it physically; I have it or she does.

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I just learned about a relatively new technology offered by Verizon called MiFi™. It is about the size of 5 or so credit cards pressed together. The best part:

  • It is a Mobile Broadband Access Point (up to 3G speeds) and
  • It is a wireless router for up to 5 devices!!

That means we can be on the internet simultaneously and have access to our HP Wireless inkjet printer. No more competing for the AirCard. I found it very easy to set up. It can run on its battery (4 hours) and is active plugged in and charging. In fact, we leave ours plugged in all the time since we always have electric power into the Providence.

Remaining to see:

  • How it does in low signal power areas and
  • Connectivity speed in non 3G enabled areas (usually get something called Extended Network at slower connection speeds)

I am amazed at the capability in such a small package.

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BTW: The monthly cost is the same as the AirCard ... $60/mo for 5GB of transfer.

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