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Discussion in 'iPad Carriers' started by garusll, Jan 28, 2010.
Some of us still need a laptop to accomplish the things that the iPad is not designed too.
I mainly need my PC as I still earn a living with it.
Your missing my point. You can connect multiple devices with mifi including your laptop so why not use mifi instead of tethering
59.00 for the device with a 2 year contract at 59.00 per month for the verizon mifi 2200.
I am frugal..... ok, lets call it what it is, I am cheap. The USB is moving out of the spotlight so the rates and the device charges are cheaper than the new whiz-bang Mifi 2200 wifi access point.
I think you are missing another point.
At your home you pay for internet service by whatever means you choose and then through a wireless router for your wireless access.
On the road you use the Myfi for that internet access and the wireless access.
When you can show us such a device that can do all this device can...please let us know.
I don't have access to the Internet other than by the cell networks. I have been using an AT&T broadband PC card for over 3 years.
I use the card in an Airlink 101 cellular broadband router. The router was available at Fry's for about $70.00, iirc.
At home it is connected to my Mac Mini via LAN cable. When I leave for work I simply hook it to a 110volt converter in my car or truck. This means I have my own mobile wifi hotspot everywhere I go.
Had the MIFI been on the market at the time I would have bought that instead. Now, I am on month to month, under the old terms, that means I have no monthly data limit. If I get the MIFI I would have to sign a new contract, thus placing myself under the 5 gig limit.
Mifi and the iPad (a marriage made in heaven)
For anyone who is not familiar with mifi it is a verizon's 3G signal. You activate it on your PC or Mac and then you use it like a roaming hot spot. You do not need to attach it to your computer or your ipad after activation. It automatically sees your ipad and computer after you authenticate once. It is about as big as 6 credit cards staked on top of one another. It costs $50 and there are a couple of data plans. I travel all over the US and this is extremely valuable. You do not need to wait for ATT's slow 3G service. People need to get educated on what this is. Incidentally, this device handles 5 concurrent connections. There is an SSID and a Password written on the bottom of the MiFi. There is even an ipad app to monitor your data usage and battery life. There is a 4 hr rechargable battery.
swdp you said yesterday that you used the verizon palm pre to connect the ipad to the internet. I have spent a lot of time with Verizon and everybody I talk to says the only way you can use palm pre as a connection to the web is using a usb cable to the laptop & ipad does not have usb. I tried to by the Palm pre plus for that purpose & Verizon keeps saying no. Any ideas? thanking you jim_joh
MiFI is not exclusive to verizon it's also available from Sprint. Also Mifi is not the only personal hotspot device. The Sierra overdrive hot spot device works with 4g or 3g depending on what's available where you are. Although only Sprint has 4g currently in the US AFAIK.
I'm talking about the Verizon mifi.
Where did you find the iPad app to monitor mifi?
I routinely get 5 plus hours on the mifi.
Mifi can be had for zero dollars - call verizon but it requires a 2 year contract.
Mifi can be activated just like any other verizon device - simply activate your esn. I have 2 mifi's and have never connected either via USB.