I’m getting to the mountains of Pennsylvania for a retreat and am getting ready all the tech tools I’ll need to manage the registration process for the 100 attendees.
Some tools I’m taking include a Flip camera, Dell Latitude E6400 (on loan from Dell), Wasp Barcode reader, HP printer, and my trusty HTC Ozone Phone.
What I’m also taking with me is a Verizon Wireless MiFi 2200, portable broadband wireless, WiFi hotspot.
You know something works well when it has that simple “Apple” look, a small manual (which you should not have to read) and minimal instructions.
I opened the box plugged the USB cable into the MiFi and my computer and ran the Verizon Wireless Access Manager software. After a quick and automatic configuration, I unplugged the USB cable and opened Windows WiFi network connectivity. I saw the Verizon Wireless MiFi access point listed and connected! It’s that simple.
For times when you want to provide others with WiFi access (such as meetings), a personal WiFi hotspot is a very productive tool to have.
From what I can read on Verizon’s web site, the device cost at most $60 per month (it all depends on how much data transmission you want to buy) and the device itself comes with your plan.
2010, more than any other year we’ve had in recent time, will continue to force businesses to DO MORE with less and be more innovative and productive. A personal MiFi (Sprint has them as well) can help your team of staff, who might normally not all have Internet access be more productive. You might need to buy mobile broadband for each employee, but using a MiFi might save you some money.
Imagine going to a customer site and wishing that 2 or 3 others had Internet access. Maybe it’s in a place without WiFi or where you have to pay for WiFi. Having a MiFi in your bag or suit pocket can be the difference between a deal or no deal.
Based on the Twitter posts I see, many people are enjoying their MiFi’s