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MiFi

MiFi is a portable broadband device that allows multiple end users and mobile devices to share a 3G or 4G mobile broadband Internet connection and create an ad-hoc network.

Although MiFis are manufactured by Novatel, the name is often used as a generic label for any device capable of becoming a personal hotspot or pocket router. Although some smartphones have the capability to be used as hotspots, they do not have the management capabilities that Mifi offers to control data consumption on connected devices. Additionally, because the phone is not a dedicated device like Mifi, the phone's owner must turn the hotspot feature on whenever sharing is desired -- and during that time, the phone itself cannot behave as a Wi-Fi client. On some phones, taking a voice call disrupts 3G/4G data flow, suspending personal mobile hotspot service for other Wi-Fi devices using it at that time.

The name MiFi is thought to stand for "my WiFi." Some 3G/4G carriers sell MiFis (or similar devices) with pay-as-you-go plans, while others require a monthly fee or annual contract.

See also: tethering

 

 

 

 

 

This was last updated in November 2013

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you people are indeed making a great contribution in this field,please keep om the good work. thank you
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trying to find information on my MiFi device charging the battery and how long before recharge. found it on your site in less then five mins. thanks
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I live in a very rural area. Right now my only choices for internet is Satellite service. I hate the service! We would love to have unlimited internet and one that works better too. Do you think this is better option for us?
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I got this weird ass message on this Mifi thing and a random person said come live with me Follow me on this naked woman website! AHHHHH why do people do this crap
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Thank you for sharing your insights. MiFi is a portable 4g mobile broadband wireless device about the size of a credit card that combines functions of a modem, router and access point.The internal modem accesses a wireless signal  and the internal router shares that connection among users and devices.
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