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Spreading the Wealth

Spreading the Wealth
by Gary Woods

If you do ride sharing on your commute or spend a lot of time in board rooms or on the road with your crew Verizon has come up with a device you need. The Verizon MiFi 2200 is a WiFi base station that provides a signal for up to five devices routing them through its on-board 3G cellular data connection. This means that whether you're in the backseat of the family car or hunkered down in a hotel conference room you and 4 or your friends are riding the internet highway.

The MiFi is designed to be used as a modem via Wi-Fi, and it shows up as a Verizon Secure hotspot to any device. It is encrypted, and the password is printed on the back of the MiFi for one-time entry: After that, the notebook or device will connect automatically like it does to any other Wi-Fi hotspot. It's simple and hassle-free, which is the strength of the MiFi over traditional modems.

Weighing in at a little over 2 ounces and taking up just 3.5" X 2.3" X 0.4" this battery operated WiFi router can give you between 7-8 hours of cruising in the cloud. It works with both Windows (2000, XP, Vista) and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

The MiFi 2200 retails for $299 ($100 after rebate with two-year contract) and the service goes for between $40 and $60 per month with day-pass access of $15. If you and your posse need internet access wherever you are this could be a very cool solution.

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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