"A review of the actual MIFI product, not other factors"4.5 starson by simtiaz
Pros: Fast download/upload speads for a mobile device. Portable, easy to configure and use. Does exactly what it is designed to do.
Cons: Battery life could be slightly better, but still not bad considering that it can support multiple devices. Would be nice if this could be used internationally.
Summary: I've read multiple reviews about this product and I found it interesting that many of the complaints were not about the product itself, but rather, about Verizon's data caps which are static accross the board for ANY mobile broadband device (assuming the user does not have a grandfathered unlimited data account). The other main source of user complaints seems to be due to a lack of understanding of how the product works. For example, some users complained about the device shutting itself down - this is due to the power settings which CAN be modified. Others complained about having to remember to bring it along - really? Kinda like one has to remember to bring his/her wallet/purse, keys, cell phone? Wow.
Ok, now for the actual product review: I upgraded to the MIFI 2200 frrom a USB Card and I can honestly say there is a world of difference.
For starter's the setup was a breeze - I got home and plugged it in and it automatically installed VZ Access Manager and activated itself. Once actviation was done, I unplugged it and started using it in Wifi mode - no need for VZ Access Manager from this point on (unless I want to use the device in USB/non-sharing mode)...
Next, the ease of use is godsent: If other's want to use my data connection, they no longer need to worry about first downloading VZ Access Manager - they simply find my SSID (which can be customized) in their wireless profiles manager and type in the password (also customizable). The MIFI device assignes them an IP and they're online !!
The speed is pretty good too, but will obviously degrade as more users are added. WIth two users connected, I clocked 1.75 mbps download and 668 kbps upload. Another advantage is that unlike most aircards, the throughput stays steady when on the move (in a car/train).
As far as configurability, I already mentioned that the SSID, password, and power setting can be customized but you can also experiment with MAC filtering, port forwarding, port restrictions, SSID broadcast, and much much more.
This device, like all other Verizon Wireless devices, comes with a 30-day guarantee so you really don't have much to lose. If you are looking for a portable/mobile broadband solution, this is a great option.