Found 11th May 2011
I'm a bit confused about mifi despite googling it.
Do you already have to have a phone contract to use this or is it a standalone thing ?
Does it matter who you have your normal broadband with?

I have a wifi iPad and would like to use it occasionaly elsewhere when travelling.
Would I be able to do this with mifi?

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Disappointed, thought you said Milf question

whatsThePoint

Disappointed, thought you said Milf question



Exaclty what I thought too

I'm out

I bought one from 3 on payg. I managed to get it unlocked cheaply from ebay and can now use it with any sim that has data on it.

You will possibly need a pc in order to add APN details for certain networks. You connect any device that has wifi to it (via a password just like your wireless router) and then use the internet. I think the limit is three devices but that might have changed.

You'll normally need to connect it to your pc via usb in order to make changes to the device, like for instance the connection settings (apn)

It operates separately from any exiting phone service you might have.

As well as the MiFi you need a SIM card that allows data. Most SIM cards sold for mobile phone use only allow texts and phone calls so you need to make sure you buy the right type of SIM card.

If the MiFi is 'locked' you need to make sure that the SIM card is for the same network operator (Three, O2, T-mobile etc.). An unlocked MiFi can be used with any data enabled SIM card.

You need to pay for internet usage. Just as with a mobile phone you can pay on contract, or buy a prepaid SIM card, or buy a PAYG (pay-as-you-go) SIM card. Deals for each types of card vary greatly between operator so the first step is to try an estimate your typical and maximum internet usage each month.

Finally, the 'WiFi' versions of the iPad will work with a MiFi.

Edited by: "nick1austin" 11th May 2011

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whatsThePoint

Disappointed, thought you said Milf question



Me too. oO

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nick1austin

It operates separately from any exiting phone service you might have.As … It operates separately from any exiting phone service you might have.As well as the MiFi you need a SIM card that allows data. Most SIM cards sold for mobile phone use only allow texts and phone calls so you need to make sure you buy the right type of SIM card.If the MiFi is 'locked' you need to make sure that the SIM card is for the same network operator (Three, O2, T-mobile etc.). An unlocked MiFi can be used with any data enabled SIM card.You need to pay for internet usage. Just as with a mobile phone you can pay on contract, or buy a prepaid SIM card, or buy a PAYG (pay-as-you-go) SIM card. Deals for each types of card vary greatly between operator so the first step is to try an estimate your typical and maximum internet usage each month.Finally, the 'WiFi' versions of the iPad will work with a MiFi.


So I would have to have it set up on my mobile phone first and then set up the ipad separately ?
Sorry if it's a daft question but I'm still a bit confused.

i also thought it said milf

summerjoo

So I would have to have it set up on my mobile phone first and then set … So I would have to have it set up on my mobile phone first and then set up the ipad separately ?Sorry if it's a daft question but I'm still a bit confused.


Not sure what you mean. By MiFi I assume your talking about the separate device that has 3G mobile broadband and creates a WiFi hotspot, such as the Huawei E585:
http://j.imagehost.org/0591/Mifi_E585_09-728-75.jpg

The initial setup of the device is just to set WiFi security. After that you just connect to it like you would connect to any WiFi hotspot.

If you have a phone with WiFi then you can connect to the hotspot that the MiFi creates and use it to connect to the internet.

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nick1austin

Not sure what you mean. By MiFi I assume your talking about the separate … Not sure what you mean. By MiFi I assume your talking about the separate device that has 3G mobile broadband and creates a WiFi hotspot, such as the Huawei E585:The initial setup of the device is just to set WiFi security. After that you just connect to it like you would connect to any WiFi hotspot.If you have a phone with WiFi then you can connect to the hotspot that the MiFi creates and use it to connect to the internet.


I think I got confused because of the reference to a sim card and wondered how I would set it up.
I think I have got it now.Does the sim card go in the mifi device , then you set up the wifi security and then its ready for devices to connect to it?
I feel a bit stupid because I originally had thought that you had to put the card in a moblile
phone to set it up or something.
Thanks for your help it is much appreciated.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/16394-large.gif

summerjoo

I think I have got it now.Does the sim card go in the mifi device , then … I think I have got it now.Does the sim card go in the mifi device , then you set up the wifi security and then its ready for devices to connect to it?


Yes!

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