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    iPad2 / Mifi

    I am considering buying an iPad2 for use in my motorhome. When in the motorhome we usually stay in a fairly remote area in Northern California that has poor cell phone coverage.

    In the motorhome I use an ATT iPhone4 on which I can get a usable cell signal if I use a Wilson Sleek Cell Phone Signal booster. (the phone sits in a cradle) Without the Sleek I have one bar with no internet connection.

    With the Sleek I usually get 2-3 bars usually with Edge service but occasionally I will get 3G.

    I don't like using the iPhone for internet access because of the size of the screen and because it sits in a cradle making it awkward to use so I have a separate desktop that I use with a Verizon UMW190 USB modem. Using the modem I get a weak one or two bar but usable signal for my Internet use.

    I am very confused and really need help determining what would be the best way for me to use an iPad in the above situation.

    I am wondering if mifi might be the answer. I have been reading about mifi offered by Verizon and ATT (virgin mobile does not offer coverage in this area) and understand that it turns 3G into a wifi hotspot.(is that basically what the Verizon USB modem does for my desktop?)

    Will mifi offered by either ATT or Verizon be able to grab enough signal to allow me to use the iPad2?

    Will iPad2 operate on Edge signal?

    I have other questions but will start with these, thanks to anyone that is willing to help me out!

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    I would call vzw and ask if the can convert your wireless Internet plan to a mifi. If so, you already know the signal is usable. Do it, and get a wifi adapter for your pc. Now one data plan covers your desktop and iPad, and it could even serve your iPhone when it has weak data reception.

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    You should be able to use your IPhone as a hotspot for your ipad2. With the iPhone 4 in the settings you Should have a tab for Personal Hot Spot. Turn it on setup a password then turn your Wifi on your ipad2 then connect and you are good to go. We have a Motorhome as well and will be doing this.
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    The iPad 2 will work with Edge - but slowly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by testerdennis View Post
    You should be able to use your IPhone as a hotspot for your ipad2. With the iPhone 4 in the settings you Should have a tab for Personal Hot Spot. Turn it on setup a password then turn your Wifi on your ipad2 then connect and you are good to go. We have a Motorhome as well and will be doing this.
    Unless he has activated the hotspot feature with AT&T, cost $20 if I remember correctly, he will not be able to activate the hotspot feature of the phone.

    The Verizon MiFi would be the more expensive option, but it might work better. Verizon has better coverage in rural areas than AT&T, mostly. Check their coverage map. If there is any doubt ask around what kind of coverage people are getting there. If you are going to a camp ground the owners might know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by testerdennis View Post
    You should be able to use your IPhone as a hotspot for your ipad2. With the iPhone 4 in the settings you Should have a tab for Personal Hot Spot. Turn it on setup a password then turn your Wifi on your ipad2 then connect and you are good to go. We have a Motorhome as well and will be doing this.
    Thanks for the suggestion however, isn't that considering tethering? I believe there are additional charges to for tethering to your iPhone as a hotspot.

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    Does anyone know if I can I return the mifi device if I find it does not work for me?

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    Okay another thing I am not clear about:

    If I purchase the WiFi/3G iPad2 I need to purchase a data plan in order to use it for 3G, correct?

    When I purchase the iPad2 I need to decide if I want to purchase an ATT or Verizon version because that is the provider service I am going to need to use for any 3G usage, is that correct?

    The fee that either ATT or Verizon charges for the iPad2 data usage. is this an additional charge to what I would be paying for the MiFi data plan or is it one and the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by npad
    Okay another thing I am not clear about:

    If I purchase the WiFi/3G iPad2 I need to purchase a data plan in order to use it for 3G, correct?

    When I purchase the iPad2 I need to decide if I want to purchase an ATT or Verizon version because that is the provider service I am going to need to use for any 3G usage, is that correct?

    The fee that either ATT or Verizon charges for the iPad2 data usage. is this an additional charge to what I would be paying for the MiFi data plan or is it one and the same?
    I believe the answer to all those is yes. But assuming mifi works in the locations you want, you would only need to buy a wifi only iPad... Having 3G and mifi seems like doubling up for you unless you are going with different carriers to cover your bases...
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    Quote Originally Posted by npad View Post
    I am considering buying an iPad2 for use in my motorhome. When in the motorhome we usually stay in a fairly remote area in Northern California that has poor cell phone coverage.

    In the motorhome I use an ATT iPhone4 on which I can get a usable cell signal if I use a Wilson Sleek Cell Phone Signal booster. (the phone sits in a cradle) Without the Sleek I have one bar with no internet connection.

    With the Sleek I usually get 2-3 bars usually with Edge service but occasionally I will get 3G.

    I don't like using the iPhone for internet access because of the size of the screen and because it sits in a cradle making it awkward to use so I have a separate desktop that I use with a Verizon UMW190 USB modem. Using the modem I get a weak one or two bar but usable signal for my Internet use.

    I am very confused and really need help determining what would be the best way for me to use an iPad in the above situation.

    I am wondering if mifi might be the answer. I have been reading about mifi offered by Verizon and ATT (virgin mobile does not offer coverage in this area) and understand that it turns 3G into a wifi hotspot.(is that basically what the Verizon USB modem does for my desktop?)

    Will mifi offered by either ATT or Verizon be able to grab enough signal to allow me to use the iPad2?

    Will iPad2 operate on Edge signal?

    I have other questions but will start with these, thanks to anyone that is willing to help me out!
    Yes iPad2 will operate on the Edge signal, but it is much slower than EVDO Rev A. As you know data transfer is capped at 5GB per month. You can go over for a fee ... generally more than you want to pay. For that reason I don't stream movies or watch YouTube.

    There is no radio in ipad (1) or (2) that works with 4G. As you know the availability of 4G is limited ... mainly in large cities. Not where you will typically be camping. This is also why I did not go for the 3G radios built into the iPad2 as in a couple of years all this will be changing. I would rather have a 5 channel router than one dedicated channel (air card). Also the battery on the tethered phone is only about 4 hours max and the speeds are not nearly a good as Wi-Fi. My suggestion is load up movies on an SD card or on the iPad its self and watch what you want. Then update the movies as you desire so a new one is available.

    I have iPad2 & Verizon Novatel 2200 Mi-Fi. It is stricly trial and error for us. It depends upon the signal strength at the location you are in. Data transfer speed is proportional to signal strength ... higher strength ... faster data transfer. If you get a good Verizon signal your in business. As we all know no one carrier is the best in all areas. For example at Crane Lake in Northern Minnesota ATT was better than Verizon as for signal. However in the Mankato area where we live ... in the surrounding Mankato area, Verizon is much better than ATT. We were so busy catching fish we didn't have time to play with the phones or ipads. What is so nice about the camera connect kit is the photos you take can readily be backed up via SD card or USB from Camera. Then you can see a gorgeous slide show on the ipad2. So it goes.


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