Affordable mobile wifi
Mobile WIFI solution:
I am paying $60.00 per Mo. For AT&T data plan with a quicksilver usb mobile modem(Unlimited minutes). My new IPAD ; is wifi only; AT&T does not have a mobile wifi hardware product.
After much web surfing I have found the CradlepointPHS300 mobile personal hot spot. This device takes my AT&T quicksilver usb modem and converts it into a mobile hot spot !; it is portable ; small; battery operated; allows car charging; and my ipad will run at blazing speed everywhere I get mobile coverage!.
The retail cost is $ 179.00 band can be found online for $ 160.00. The reviews I have read are very positive.
Any first hand experience would be appreciated.
I have used cradle point and also used a netgear and a linksys. Personally, I like the cradlepoint MDR1000 because it can take the card as well as USB. However, the Netgear was far easier to use with my USB modem.
mifi 2372 for AT&T
Check out the new Novatel Wireless mifi 2372. Several places you can buy online for around $269. It has the ATT 3G frequencies (including 850 mhz) and you simply take your sim out of your usb device and put it in. Make sure to get the 2372 as the 2352 is for Europe.
Intelligent mobile hotspot for HSPA networks, optimized for Americas and capable of providing Internet connection for up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices. Integrated microSD slot for up to 16GB, shared over Wi-Fi.
KVMKVM - did you wind up buying the Cradlepoint router? I'm considering as well, as I already have a USB 3G modem (don't need another account for the Novatel MiFi), and I'm wondering about 'downgrading' to the WiFi only iPad and using the roaming cradlepoint WiFi access as an alternative to the 3G iPad.
I recently picked up a Cradlepoint PHS300 and love it with my Verizon USB modem. Setup was a breeze, just insert the modem, turn it on and your good to go with a few basic settings. Its a lot easier to use it in an airport with my ipad than bring up the whole laptop just to check a few sites. The biggest reason I picked this one up was because it has the battery for about 2-3 hours since you can never find an outlet in an airport.
If you want portable WiFi on a budget, check out walkinghotspot.com
Downside, you have to have a compatible phone.... Upside, you will save a ton $ if you do. I personally use this, more for backup and I am totally impressed how well it works.
AUGIE - Do you know if your cradlepoint PHS300 was Hardware version 1 or version 2? Apparently they made some changes to accommodate 4g and wimax. Is 2-3 hours the maximum life from a single charge? It looks like a nice 'single point' solution to funnel all wireless data charges through (laptop, iPad, +/- iPhone). It happens I have a USB 3G modem with an unlimited plan, so I'm thinking I should take advantage of it!
If you don't mind using Sprint, their Overdrive mobile hotspot is decent. It's a 3/4G modem so if you're lucky enough to be in one of Sprint's 4G areas you can connect to that system and take advantage of the supposedly better speeds. In Honolulu I'm only getting moderate speeds via 4G, between 1M and 2.5M download. They claim up to 7M but I haven't seen anything close to that in 3 weeks of testing. The modem is a lot smaller than the Cradlepoint router and that setup would leave your USB modem hanging off the edge of the unit. With the Overdrive, I can leave the modem in my laptop bag and use the iPad on wifi no problems.
I have the Sprint Overdrive and had a chance to try the 4G in Portland a few weeks ago.. I didn't have a speed test App at the time but i can tell you Portland was blazing fast. Reminded be setting at home with my broadband connection. Downside,, by battery was gone within an hour. I'm assuming battery life in 4G is a lot worse in 3G areas cause im getting a little over two hours in my home 3G network. A car charger is a must have with these units. for sure..
Originally Posted by CPMS