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Makin' It Work

Makin' It Work
by Gary Woods

I've had my iPad for a few months now. I bought the 3G Model thinking we would use it in our Real Estate business because usually we're in the car. The programs we use most are AlwaysOnPC which gives you a Linux Desktop in the cloud with Firefox on it and LogMeIn which allows you to access your own desktop at home or the office. The problem was that the AT&T 3G service just didn't provide enough bandwidth to make it work. When you access the 3G cellular data on the iPad the device limits the bandwidth and everything slows down. The pauses with the 3G were agonizing and when you're standing in front of a client trying to come up with an answer that's unacceptable.

Then I got Verizon's Mifi 2200 and everything changed. The MiFi 2200 device but the iPad sees it as a WiFi signal so it doesn't slow the iPad down. The MiFi gave us sufficient bandwidth to access the information we require plus it's a 5 port hub so if our client has a notebook in the backseat they can be on the net as well.

Apple and Verizon must have thought it was a pretty good idea because they're bundling the MiFi and iPad for the same price that the 3G version of the iPads cost, $629 for the 16 GB, $729 for the 32 GB and $829 for the $64 GB. Verizon is also redoing their data plans reducing the monthly cost dramatically. For $20 per month you can use 1 Gigabyte of data, for $35 per month you get 3GB and for $50 per month for 5 GB of access. If you want your iPad to perform the way you hoped it would check out the MiFi 2200 and start flying along.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc