There are a few ways to get mobile broadband access on a portable computer. You can pick up a laptop, tablet, or other device with an integrated 3G modem. You can purchase a 3G or 4G USB stick that you can plug into your computer to connect to a network. Or you can get a portable WiFi hotspot like a MiFi that lets you connect multiple devices to a mobile broadband network.
Now it looks like there’s a new option… sort of. Connect One has unveiled a device called the Wi-Reach Classic. Basically it’s a portable WiFi hotspot that’s designed to work with any 3G USB modem. Just insert your modem in the USB port and the $99 Wi-Reach classic will let you share your connection over WiFi. Up to 10 computers at a time can connect to the hot spot (although I suspect you’ll take a serious speed hit if you try to hook up more than 2 or 3 computers).
You can also download software that adds support for 4G WiMax and LTE networks. Connect One says the mobile hotspot should get about 5 hours of battery life.
List of (officially) supported devices is rather limited, and for example does not include my Huawei E160 (a.k.a. K3565), which is very common in the UK at least. Nice idea though.
it is cool
That sounds cool; in a geeky sort of way. It seems like a great way to give wifi in a remote area or vehicle. The price seems reasonable.
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