♬ Catch a falling star an’ put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day! ♬
Lyrics and music by: Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, recorded by Perry Como.
Rogers MiFi 2372
I love technology that works well, works easily and enables you to work the way that you want. I was therefore pleased with how the Novatel MiFi 2372 works. By way of introduction, the MiFi 2372 combines a cellular data 3.5g modem with a 5 device Wi-Fi router in one slightly thicker-than-a-few-stacked credit-card sized case that weighs almost nothing (81 grams – 2.9 ounces).
The MiFi 2372 has download speeds of 7.2 Mpbs and 5.76 Mbps upload. This device replaced an aging “Rocketstick” cell modem that has download speeds of 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 2.1Mbps. So the greater upload speeds should speed things up somewhat!
The differences between the Rocketstick modem and the MiFi device:
The MiFi is a battery-powered device with a stated battery life of 4 hours. The Rocketstick connected to your USB port on your laptop and as such, drew power from the laptop giving it the same lifetime as the battery on your laptop. Effectively to extend the connect time with the MiFi you need to carry the battery charger with you (you can run the MiFi plugged into the power charger) and seek out a handy-dandy electrical outlet (and while you are at it, plug in your laptop as well) or install the MobiLink software and connect the MiFi to the USB port on your laptop.
The Rocketstick modem could only connect one user to the web (in order to share this USB internet connection you would have to figure out the Byzantine settings on a laptop’s operating system that enables the sharing of an internet connection wirelessly through the laptop which, to my knowledge, has been accomplished by only five people in the history of mankind, 4 of which work at Microsoft). On the other hand, the MiFi sets up a private secured cloud for up to 5 devices (802.11 b/g with WEP/WPA/WPA2 security pre-configured) that is as easy to connect to as any secured WiFi cloud. The range of the cloud is stated to be 30 feet.
The MiFi has a microSDHC slot that accepts cards up to 16GB where the Rocketstick does not have this capability.
Operating systems: Windows 2000, Vista, 7 or Mac 10.4.7 or Linux 2.4, 2.6.
100 MB of Hard Drive space
128 MB of RAM
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g capability on your browser
USB 2.0 port to use the USB connection capability
A data plan with your cellular provider. In my case this was arranged thru www.rogers.com.
The initial setup was quick and easy and the only glitch was the need to call technical support to enable the SIM/cellular connect (which was not mentioned in the materials shipped with the device – it implied that it was already enabled).
The big advantage of the MiFi is the ability to set up a private cloud wherever you can find a cell connection that can be shared by a private group. You can catch the MiFi and put it in your pocket to use on a rainy day when you can’t find a free WiFi connection.
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