Okay I just ordered mine and I am waiting to receive it, but I wanted to ask a question to somebody who already had one. I plan to not only use my MIFI for my laptop when on the road and what not, but also as my primary internet connection on my personal desktop computer. Now the service rep said yes I can do this but like I said, I wanted to check with someone who truly knows. Can I have the MIFI plugged up to my Desktop Computer via USB and have the WIFI connection being put out so I can have interent access on my personal desktop & use the WIFI on my Playstation 3 or other wireless internet device in my house? Like I said, the service Rep said yes, but I wanted to confirm with an owner. Thanks and please tell me what you think of the MIFI also.
The MiFi does NOT simultaneously support USB data connectivity and WiFi. One possible solution would be for you to purchase a USB WiFi adapter for your desktop and connect to the MiFI over WiFi as well as your Playstation 3 or other wireless internet device. One advantage in this configuration is that you will have more freedom (within 30' of the WiFi-connected devices - I was able to use it up to 50' without problems) in optimizing the placement your MiFi in a better location to receive data service.
The MiFi will support WiFi when connected to its power supply and, presumably, from most powered USB ports using a charging cable (without the data leads).
I like the MiFi quite a bit, it is a great device. Other than a few glitches in initial setup, it has been working near flawlessly since. It's almost too easy to use - be sure to keep good track of your usage! Which leads me to the following warnings: Even assuming you will go for the 5GB service, remember (a) that is for total sent and received data - not 5GB up plus 5GB down, (b) data speeds may not be sufficient to give adequate bandwidth to your Playstation3 and other devices simultaneously, (c) it is near impossible to keep track of actual usage in real time - even at 5¢ per MB after you exceed your cap, you could easily rack up a huge bill.
Can you please direct me to a link for this adapter you are talking about? Is it expensive? So in essence this USB Adapter allows my Desktop Computer to pick up WIFI?
As regards to my PS3, I currently have a Novtel Ovatio U720 & it works great. I plug it directly into my Desktop & then I run a Ethernet cable from the back of my PC directly to my PS3 and most of the times I dont have connection issues sharing internet between the two. I am hoping for the same with the MIFI since it's suppose to be just as fast.
Arkfbplayer52: Yes, a USB Wi-Fi adapter would allow your desktop to pick up Wi-Fi. They are sold at most electronics stores (BestBuy, Radio Shack, many on-line stores) for well under $100. Since the MiFi is 802.11 b/g, that's all you need for your desktop as well.
From your OP I understood you were connecting your PS3 to the internet over Wi-Fi, not that it was cabled via Ethernet to your desktop. However, if you were able to share the connection from your Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 (Sprint) with your PS3 over Ethernet, I presume you'd be able to do the same using the MiFi - USB/WiFi adapter combo to bring internet to your desktop, but I have never done that myself so YMMV.
But again, as I said in my first post, be aware of how much data you're using ... it could get very expensive if you go over your data cap.
EDIT to add: As I said in my first post, my MiFi works fine.There were a few glitches when I first started using it (including the flashing amber light indicating a "modem error", but it has been running well for me since. BTW, there is a small hole in the back of the MiFi through which you can poke a paper clip to reset the MiFi.
it has been driving me crazy how we can be on $80 overage on my 10 GB wifi plan with verizon. what am i doing wrong? how can i get this back under control? I don't understand the whole sent and receive thing? so for every 5 GB im using is 5 GB thrown away. I had to do this (well guess i should have shopped around first) my unlimited unit was from Alltell, they are going to shut down that system around January. The sales guy at verizon said it was just fine without using to much netflix. im not even using netflix anymore. my mother in law uses way less than 1 GB per month for 3 computers and with a desk top and laptop i am blowing my 10 GB out of the water, HELP