Help - Can you explain how Mifi works

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  1. comer13

    comer13 iPF Noob

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    A friend told me that you get better Internet access using a Mifi with a wifi only iPad than with a 3G iPad.
    She said this is because a Mifi accesses the Internet through wifi and not 3G and Wifi is better. However When I went to the store to buy a Mifi I was told that a Mifi accesses the Internet through 3G. So does a Mifi access the Internet
    in the same way that an iPad with 3 G does i.e. they both go through 3G? I'm new to all this and very confused so
    any emanation appreciated.
     
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    Gabriel1 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Mifi uses 3G so in that sense it is the same as a 3G iPad however, it transmits the 3G to your iPad as a wifi signal therefore some apps which restrict use over 3G are fooled into thinking its really a wifi signal. A good example would be the built in restriction of 20mb (I think) for downloading new apps over 3G.....with mifi there is no such restriction.

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    I was wondering how mifi worked to thank you!

    Charlotte
     
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    Hi Charlotte, as an update and depending on where you are 4G mifi's may also be available.

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    You can also place the MiFi in an area that gets a 'better signal', such as on a windowsill and perhaps get a slight increase in speed.
     

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