I have had a personal wifi hotspot of sorts for a while now. A 3 mobile 3G router and dongle have been taking up a large space in my tech bag whenever I am out and about. If I am near a socket it runs from the mains. If I am mobile or in the middle of nowhere I use a Power Gorilla. It has given me internet access on trains, in cars, at festivals and when in my top box, even on my motorbike.
Although not that compact, it has been an affordable solution as regards to getting a 3G internet connection shared across all my devices, no matter where I may be. With an ever increasing bag of gadgets to lug about though, I’m always looking for ways to minimize my tech burden.
The moment the Novatel MiFi 2352 personal wireless hotspot came through the door I knew things had just got simpler, easier and much more compact.
The Website lists these features:
• Connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
• Computers, PDA’s, cameras, music players, personal and game players and more
• Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
• GPS- enabled
• Advanced internal antenna system
• NovaSpeed® capable
• Auto-install and auto-connectivity
• 10M (30 ft) range of network coverage
So far I love it. Whether I’m using it with my iPhone, laptop, camera enabled with an Eye-Fi card or all of them together! It takes up little to no space, weighs next to nothing and makes it really easy to give the gift of a wifi connection to those around you, no matter where you may be.
I look forward to the possibility of a future device that can take multiple sims and auto select the carrier with the fastest connection or perhaps even allow streaming across more than one network.
For more information on the MiFi 2352 and other Personal WiFi Hotspot devices by Novatel Wireless, check out their website at http://www.NovatelWireless.com
My sleep deprivation made me say Mega Amps.. Those that know will realise i meant to say Milli Amps.. 🙂
A concise and well-constructed review Doc. I’ve been toying with the idea of picking up some kind of hotspot recently and what with my imminent transference into the freelance field and London travel this may be just the ticket. The size of the thing swayed it too.
Always like your reviews, good quality and no waffle. Nice one man.
Leon Cych says
Excellent review – looks like the perfect solution for people like myself who need access on the go and all the benefits of wifi. Definitely be buying one and looking for the next iteration – agree that the next stage should be multiple sims and better streaming options.
F Hughes says
Good review – but just one aspect missed, I think. This box is a ‘router’. Does it require any ‘setting up’ using Windows only software, or can one simply use a browser to adjust settings (eg. password)?
Hi F Hughes,
Mine worked straight out of the box but I have since logged in via the web browser using a mac and changed the SSID and password with ease.
A dedicated 3G router is a great idea a lot of people who want a roaming lifestyle and live off grid but want to access the internet.
In the UK three has just introduced MiFi
The only drawback is the limited amount of data available 5GB so you are still limited. come on 3 upgrade your data speeds and give us more bandwidth then we may have truly mobile internet.