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Old 08-01-2011, 10:12 PM
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Default Connecting a wifi router/repeater to a Spring Mifi 4G Hotspot?

I have also been looking for an alternative internet option for my office which is over 16K ft from CO (under 1mbps down on DSL). All other land line based option were pretty expensive by comparison so I start looking at wireless options. Turns out the cheapest option would probably be a 3G/4G Mobile hotspot if I can get good signal strength.

After reading a bunch of reviews. It seems Verizon is the current speed king (10mbps+ on full signal) for Mobile 4G but they don't have a unlimited plan and it would cost me $80 for 10GB and $10/GB after. While my office is not large, we do use about 20GB of data a month and you can see how that adds up.

I then looked at Sprint which have a older 4G system but they do have a unlimited 4G plan at $45. People general report speed of 2-3mbps down if you can get at least 2 bars of signal and up to 6mbps on full. If I can get at least 2 bars of signal at the office it would still be 2-3 times faster than our current speed at a lower cost.

Well, I went down to the local Sprint store and got a Novotel Mifi 4082 3G/4G hotspot yesterday. Went back to the office and fired it up. I was real happy to see that I was getting between 3-4 (4 being full) bars of signal. Ran a couple speed test apps and I was getting 8-10mbps down and 1.4 mbps up. Just to make sure I went to ATI and download the latest driver and I was getting a stable 800k+/sec.

OK, Now that the experiment is a success. I have a problem. We still have a few desktop PC in the office. Currently they are connected via Ethernet to a Linksys wireless router which is connected to the DSL modem.

Is there any ways to connect a Wifi router or repeater to the Novotel so I don't have to get Wifi adapter for all the desktop? It would also allow me to get around the 5 device limit that the Novotel supports.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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