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Mobile data product review – Wireless MiFi

forbrukeretatenAs somebody who lives off the beaten path, it turns out that some type of wireless net was my only possible solution to greater than dial-up rates for mobile data. After spending some time assessing services and contracts carefully, I decided against satellite in favor of mobile based wireless internet. I wound up with sprint, since they were the only ones in the time offering 3g rates in my area with a plan that included unlimited bandwidth.

Recently, I had the occasion to buy the new Novato wireless MiFi in a greatly reduced cost provided I renew my contract, of course, so I believed it a superior opportunity to talk about my expertise with you. Sprint’s retail on this nifty little do-dad is listed at $299, but I ended up paying $99 after contract and $50 mail-in rebate. When you have not seen the advertisements on television, the MiFi 2200 is a little cell-phone sized gadget which functions as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for as many as 5 enabled devices. This happens to be perfect for my home, which has two PSPS, 1 laptop and two computers using wireless networking. See here forbrukeretaten for further clarification.

I let it charge though the charge light said it was charged and followed the instructions. It was a simple device, a silver rectangle with a single button marked as the power button. The only decoration has been a light and the sprint logo. According to the directions was for the indicator light on the device to power to turn green that is solid, then connect using the standard wireless network setup of my computer. The MiFi revealed ready in about five seconds and turned on, and easily showed up with 100% signal strength in my network list. I was on the web. That was about as simple as it can get, but I was curious, is that all. I decided I need to break out the guide.

With a little reading, I was amazed to find a, and was able to log into the web interface to the MiFi. Features include port filtering, port forwarding and mobilabonnement to mix- mode WPA/wpa2. You can enable GPS on the MiFi, and any user can do searches using the interface of the device. After some poking, prodding, speed testing and hammering at it, I’m delighted to report that the MiFi 2200 is a little piece of gear. It remains to be seen if it will have the longevity of my Partech px500 pc-card. Whether it was created to be an access point, I do not know. Only time will tell. I will give an update in the comments.

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