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Old 03-26-2015, 07:41 PM   #31
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Would be very interested in what folks get for throughput with a hotspot. Have DSL at home and get just over 1Mb outbound and maybe .25Mb inbound.

Jon's right. There are a lot of variables. We are camped at Crooked River Ranch just outside Terrebonne Oregon. Just ran a speed test and its 12.5 Mbps down, 15.5 Mbps up. Yesterday at Ainsworth State Park on the Columbia River it was 8 Mbps Down, 6 Mbps up.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:11 PM   #32
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Thanks guys, I'll try talking to Verizon.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:24 PM   #33
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Is there any advantage to the cradle models that work for one phone only, as compared to the broadcast type that will do up to 4 devices? Other than the cost, of course. Is it more portable from the TV to the RV? We mostly only need better reception for two phones anyway.

I see the 4G-S comes with a Mini Magnet Antenna. Is this other one you list an additional on for just the trailer?

At our land, the carrier I have used for over 20 years now for cell service, does not work. I need to drive a half mile up from the river to get reception. This is a pain the odd time, but frankly, a nice relief most of the time. I can just tell customers I have no service, sorry.
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Don't know Jim. The idea of the cradle is to create a near field antenna so that the roof mount antenna is for all intents and purposes connected to the device. Don't know if a broadcast type device would be as effective. I can tell you I'm sold on this one. Great performance. And, since in my case it's the MiFi that goes in the cradle, many devices can share the speed.
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Robert, how does this MiFi differ from using your phone as a hotspot? I have done that many times to get my laptop, or my wife's tablet online. Does it boost the cellphone signal, or just provide a data connection?

Please excuse my silly questions, I know very little about this, but it is something I am interested in learning some about.
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Mifi has more of a router functionality while a hot spot is more throttled in bandwidth for multiple devices. We're not gamers, so the hotspot works fine. Many phone companies also have an additional device charge for using a Mifi device as it adds another device ID to your phone bill.
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Robert, how does this MiFi differ from using your phone as a hotspot? I have done that many times to get my laptop, or my wife's tablet online. Does it boost the cellphone signal, or just provide a data connection?

Please excuse my silly questions, I know very little about this, but it is something I am interested in learning some about.

There is very little difference. A MiFi is really just a cell phone, but one that automatically connects to the 3G or 4G data network and doesn't do voice. If your plan has a lot of data, I see no reason why you couldn't just slap the phone in the cradle and use its hotspot functionality. Both the MiFi and the cell phone (when working as a hotspot) are DHCP servers and act as routers. The throttling of bandwidth has to do with the carrier and the plan, not the device.

In my case, I use the MiFi for two reasons: one, it's provided by my employer and data use is not a concern, and two, it frees up my phone.
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Also, a slight edit: when acting as a hotspot SOME phones don't have the range of a MiFi. Perhaps another reason to use a dedicated device for Internet access.
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In my case, I use the MiFi for two reasons: one, it's provided by my employer and data use is not a concern, and two, it frees up my phone.
Freeing up the phone can be a good thing, though I think my phone would default to a call, and temporarily drop off as a hot spot.

How does the provider charge for the data used, does the mifi have its own plan?

I just can't seem to keep up with technology these days.
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Freeing up the phone can be a good thing, though I think my phone would default to a call, and temporarily drop off as a hot spot.

How does the provider charge for the data used, does the mifi have its own plan?

I just can't seem to keep up with technology these days.
I can't keep up with it either, and I work in IT.

You can get a separate plan for a MiFi or a "bundled" plan from many carriers. I guess the bundled plan treats the MiFi as an add on device. In that case they would probably share the data on the plan.
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