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Review of the MiFi 2200 3G WiFi access point from Verizon


Review by Michael Oryl on Tuesday May 12, 2009.

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Today we received the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 in the mail. This little credit card sized device acts as a portable 3G powered WiFi access point for laptop computers, WiFi capable phones, and other WiFi devices. This particular MiFi runs on Verizon Wireless' 3G EV-DO Rev A(INFO) network.

The MiFi 2200 is powered its own battery and can provide WiFi access to a single user for up to 4 hours on a full charge. Up to 5 users can access the MiFi at the same time, but this will drain the battery more quickly. An included micro-USB cable will not only charge the MiFi from a personal computer, but it will also allow the MiFi to act as a tethered 3G modem (though WiFi support appears to be disabled when the MiFi is tethered).

Activation of the device requires the use of a personal computer and the installation of Verizon's VZAccess software, but once that is done, all that users need to start surfing is written on the back of the device. There you'll find the SSID and the WPA key that will grant access to the wonderful world of 3G broadband data. We had a number of devices up and running on the MiFi in no time at all.

When we tested the device, we generally managed download speeds in excess of 1000kbps, which is really fast. When purchased with either a $39.99 (250MB) or $59.99 (5GB) monthly data contract, the MiFi 2200 costs only $100 after rebates. That makes it something that should be considered by anyone looking for a 3G laptop modem. It might not be as convenient as a PCMCIA or Express card, but with the MiFi, multiple people can enjoy the data access.

If you are looking for 3G access for your computer or smartphone while out on the road, it doesn't get much better than the MiFi 2200. We give it a "Highly Recommended" rating.

A Sprint version of the MiFi 2200 will be available in June for the same basic purchase price and 5GB of data monthly cost. Sprint's MiFi will feature a brushed aluminum body and will also offer GPS functionality and the ability to activate the device without installing any software on a personal computer.

Highly Recommended (explanation)
Tiny, blazing fast data, 4 hour battery life
None worth mentioning

 

billm @ 11:49:26AM EDT on Thursday May 14, 2009

Where and when can I get it..??

Jana @ 11:36:45PM EDT on Friday August 6, 2010

I have it. Where do i put it in my four floor house that ever one can get access? The place is small just vertical.

chevy11 @ 9:10:10AM EST on Monday December 6, 2010

I have one and have yet to see over 850 kbps.

About the author

Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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