Mobile Hotspot Technology - MiFi Is The Best Of Both Worlds!
hotspot is the common name
for a MiFi device. With a Mi-Fi hotspot you can connect any
Wi-Fi enabled device to a mobile broadband (i.e. cellular) modem,
instead of using a PC Card or USB modem. If you haven't yet
the previous page, follow the link to MiFi (at the bottom of the page)
to learn more about this technology and how it works. Or
reading below to learn more about this great technology!
The best of both worlds!
my opinion, MiFi is the best of the Wi-Fi and mobile broadband worlds!
You and a small handful of friends or colleagues can access
device using Wi-Fi, which is high speed, reliable, and secure.
You also don't have to worry about damaging a PC Card modem
out of the side of your computer, or snapping off a USB modem (even the
super small ones still stick out and are fairly fragile). On
top of that, you
the convenience of mobile broadband with 3G technology (or 4G - see
below!) that you can
take anywhere, and you don't have to worry about installing drivers
like you do with other broadband modems.
So what's the downside?
now you might be thinking that a personal mobile hotspot is
really too good to be true!
There are some downsides to consider:
MiFi device itself is usually more expensive than a standard PC Card or
USB modem. That said, this has changed dramatically in recent
years, and is generally very competitively priced due to its popularity.
device is a larger
than a normal mobile broadband modem. I think when you see
though, you'll be impressed with how compact it really is.
have to manage yet another device with a battery. This is
probably the single annoyance that I find using it. The
lasts between 2-3 hours, which really isn't bad, however, now not only
do you have to think about plugging in your laptop, but you also have
to consider your mobile hotspot. It can be plugged into your
however, many models lose their WiFi capability once plugged in via
USB. Hopefully this limitation will be removed from all
in the future.
Where do I get it!
When I first added this topic to the site, only Sprint and
Verizon offered MiFi service (and not prepaid). However,
couple of years these devices literally exploded across virtually every
carrier, including prepaid wireless providers. You can now
so many options listed on the Best
page that it will boggle your mind! I'm truly thrilled that
technology evolved into prepaid so quickly, providing customers with
some great options!
the future is already here! MiFi devices have become so
popular that you can now find them in many different flavors across
virtually every carrier. Even smaller MVNOs
offer prepaid hotspots, though they are often older models, and some
don't offer backwards compatibility. In other words, they
offer 4G, however, when you're out of coverage, they're not compatible
with older 3G networks, which results in critical access issues.
Of course, this limitation is eliminated as 4G becomes the
hotspots are a fantastic technology development that I expect will
become even more and more popular, and may even eventually replace PC
and someday USB modems. They're compact, convenient, and easy
use! In fact, I truly don't understand why anyone would buy a
modem (PC cards are largely extinct at this point). MiFi
allow you to connect multiple devices, and don't require the
installation of any drivers, which can often lead to setup nightmares.
Other than having to think about charging a hotspot, there
isn't any point to a USB only modem. I believe that the next
evolution would be a USB modem that is also a hotspot. This
be a different form factor, as it would not have a battery, but rather
would be powered from your USB port like today's USB modems.
suppose only time will tell. To learn about how to turn your
smartphone into a WiFi hotspot, visit the Tethering