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Novatel MiFi 2200 Mobile Wi-Fi Modem (Verizon Wireless)

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  • Portable wireless hub for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices at one time--including PCs, phones, gaming systems and more
  • Operates on Verizon Wireless Mobile 3G Mobile Broadband network with typical download speeds ranging from 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps
  • Advanced security and authentication technologies; VPN capabilities; two-way text messaging (Windows only); compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Internal battery provides up to four hours on the road or 40 hours of standby time
  • What's in the box: MiFi 2200, rechargeable battery, wall charger, USB cable, protective pouch, quick reference guide, VZAccess Manager software and user guide available on device

Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 3.5 inches, 2.3 inches, 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 2.24 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Product Description

Novatel MiFi 2200 Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot Modem (Verizon Wireless)

With Mobile Broadband Service and Wi-Fi capability, the MiFi 2200 for Verizon Wireless enables you to take full advantage of America's largest and most reliable 3G network. This Intelligent Mobile Hotspot automatically connects to Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband service to give broadband Internet access to up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. You and your colleagues will be able to check email, access corporate intranets, download files, send pictures with a Wi-Fi-enabled camera, and access the Internet on any Wi-Fi-enabled device--even when you’re nowhere near a traditional hotspot.

The MiFi 2200 intelligent mobile hotspot connects to the verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband and offers access to up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Easily portable, the MiFi 2200 is about the size of eight stacked credit cards and weighs just over 2 ounces. Other features include two-way text messaging capabilities, compatibility with Windows, Mac and Linux PCs, VPN capabilities, and multiple Wi-Fi security settings. The lithium-ion battery provides up to four hours on the road or 40 hours of standby time, and you can extend the battery life of your work session by connecting the device to your notebook via a USB cable.

Verizon Wireless Service
With the Verizon Wireless Mobile 3G Mobile Broadband network, a high-speed connection to the web is always in reach with typical download speeds ranging from 600 Kbps and peak rates up to 1.4 Mbps. You can select from two Mobile Broadband plans:

  • $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and 10 cents per megabyte overage
  • $59.99 monthly access with a 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents per megabyte overage

MiFi 2200 Features
Developed by Novatel Wireless, the MiFi 2200 lets you create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the reliability and high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as notebooks, netbooks, cameras, gaming devices or portable media/MP3 players. Small enough to carry in your shirt pocket, it combines a variety of features into its streamlined form factor, including integrated internal CDMA and Wi-Fi antennas, advanced security and authentication technologies. When one device is connected through Wi-Fi, the MiFi 2200’s rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of active use and 40 hours of standby time on a single charge.

Novatel's NovaSpeed technology improves simultaneous upload and download times so you can transfer large files with minimal interruptions or buffering. Keep would-be trespassers from using your connection with password protection, CDMA authentication and identification, dynamic Mobile IP (MIP) key update, Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) firewall, VPN pass-through, and more. It also features auto-install, autoconnectivity, Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) support, VPN capability, and a removable lithium-ion battery. You’ll also get two-way text messaging when you connect via USB (Windows only; Mac client to be available soon).

  • Mobile Broadband (BroadbandAccess and NationalAccess): CDMA Rev. A, Rev. O, 1XRTT
  • WiFi Mode: 802.11 b/g for connection of up to 5 devices
  • Type A USB port compatibility via included microUSB cable
  • Antenna System: Internal; Receive diversity 800/1900 MHz CDMA
  • VPN Compatible; Dial Up; NDIS support
  • PC compatibility: Windows 2000, XP and Vista and Mac OS X 10.4.0 or higher and Linux
  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 2.05 ounces
  • Battery life: Up to 4 hours of continuous use, 40 hours of standby time (1150 mAh lithium-ion battery)

Frequently Asked Questions
How is the MiFi2200 different from other Mobile Broadband USB, PC Card and ExpressCardmodems?
There are significant differences between MiFi2200 and other devices, primarily because it connects multiple devices to Mobile Broadband over Wi-Fi. The other modems require a physical connection, and may only be used with one notebook at a time. Further, MiFi2200 connects not just notebook computers, it can connect to Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as cameras, gaming devices, digital photo frames and more.

How is this different from a Router?
The MiFi2200 is an Intelligent Mobile Hotspot that can operate as a USB Modem (with a USB Cable) or in Wi-Fi/BatteryMode, eliminating the need for a wired connection or an AC connection. Its lightweight, slim and compact features, make this the ultimate mobile hotspot.

What kind of security is available?
MiFi2200 supports all the latest WEP/WPA/WPA-2 security and SPI firewall. It is recommended that security is set up in order to prevent unauthorized use.

When do I need to use the USB Cable?
The USB Cable is required when MiFi2200 is used as a USB Modem and for first time setup and activation with VZAccess Manager. The cable can be used to connect after activation if MiFi2200 is out of battery power and there is no access to AC power. The cable can also be used for charging, but only when the device is dormant and not in an active data session.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches ; 2.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0029ZAJ0K
  • Item model number: MIFI2200
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,756 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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By Peter Payne on December 26, 2009
Bought at full retail price, and returned immediately once I found out that Verizon's policies are all intended to get you to sign up for a contract, no matter what. Even if you pay full price and intend to use the device as a prepaid device, you'll find that they've structured things against you. Instead of the $59 for 5 GB that is widely reported for non-contract, prepaid use, it's actually just 500 mb for $50, so you get nowhere near the use you need to get through the month. The fix is to sign up for an automatically renewed account which is difficult to get, you need to do the credit check and fax in a copy of your monthly bank statement, just to turn this on, as well as pay a $35 activation fee. None of this is clearly noted and you should NOT purchase this otherwise fine device without knowing all of this. Really, it's useless unless you are going to do it with a contract, period.
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I have had a Verizon Wireless MiFi Broadband Router for about weeks now and felt it was time to share my real world experiences and thoughts on the device. In three words: IT IS GREAT!

What is it? It is basically a Verizon Wireless EVDO card in a small casing that acts as a Wi-FI Router and allows for 5 simultaneous devices to connect to it.

How does it work? The MiFi is like any other router, on the underside of it you will find a SSID and a WPA Security key so you can connect any of your devices to it via wi-fi. If you dont have a device with wi-fi y ou can plug it into your computer via usb and use the VZAccess Manager software to gain connectivity.

How big or small is it? Simply put, it is the size of a Kit-Kat bar.

Battery Life? I charged it fully for testing purposes and connected my blackberry 8900 and iPhone 3g to it. My commutes are usualy about 4 hours round trip per day and thus this was the best way to test the device. I enabled streaming stock quotes on the blackberry and browsed using my iPhone for the entire time to really put it through its paces. Real world is after heavy usage about 5 hours of battery life. This will of course change based on coverage areas and the such.

Speed? This is where the MiFi shines - I must say I was impressed. Since there is no easy way to do a speed test from a mobile device, I simply connected my laptop to it via wi-fi and did 4-5 speed tests in different locations to make them as accurate as possible. The average speed is about 1.75mbits down and close to 800kbps up. Impressive to say the least...especially in remote parts of New Jersey and while moving in a vehicle. (Someone else was driving :-))

I am no stranger to mobile connectivity.
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Purchased this via Verizon's web site for $99, to renew my contract. I had a Cradlepoint PHS-300 and a Verizon V740 Expresscard EV-DO Modem. I connected the two with an Expresscard to USB adaptor. It was a big annoying 3 peice setup, but was totally battery powered and self contained. I thought, "It does nt get any better than this.

But it does. I get a device that is smaller and half the thickness of my Cradlepoint PHS-300, but also contains the EV-DO modem. I take it with me everywhere I go. I connect to it via Wifi with any one of my 3 laptops, including a Mac, and even my iPhone!! Haha. If I am out and about friends connect their laptops and PDA's including the iPod Touch to it, and browse the web just as fast as if it was directly connected.

Of course it has a USB connection on it. I wish they had gone with the older style Mini-B connector, but went for the new flatter one. Supposedly it is more durable than the old one, but still. I have like a million of the old A to Mini B cables laying around. If the battery drains and I have a laptop with me, I can just hook it up via USB and use it as a USB modem while it charges. WiFi no longer works when it is in USB mode.

Its a very nice touch that it comes with an AC adaptor. I would hate to rely on charging it ONLY with the included USB cable. Also has a very nice web interface that you can access when connected to it via WiFi, just go to [...] to see reral time information on the device, including signal strength and battery power. Speaking of battery power, it lasts between 3 and 4 hours and is user replacable. Just pull off the door and stick another one on. I would like to see Verizon or Novatel, someone, offer a bigger battery for it.
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I wouldn't buy this from Amazon. Buy it from a Verizon store (or website). That's what I did.

It works great for me. I was worried after reading these reviews and was expecting to return it to the Verizon store within the 30 day trial. It performs exactly as advertised. I use it once a month to connect three coworkers at a meeting in the middle of nowhere. It works in my car and in my basement. My iPhone doesn't work very well in the basement with 3G. I've yet to find a place in my travels where it doesn't work. It may be slower in some locations but it's usable for business (email, VPN, web, and smaller file transfers).

Several people had issues with installation and configuration of the device. The included PDF manuals answer every one of the issues I've seen posted in these reviews. The only exception is coverage problems. I think those are completely legitimate and I would test it for the 30 days before committing. Just because I've had good luck doesn't mean you will.

I use the device with a MacBook Pro and a Windows laptop. Connections are just like any other wireless Internet device. It's slower then my cable modem (which is 20 Mbps) but I don't plan on streaming HD TV with it. The performance is great to get work done.

I'm not giving it 5 stars for the following reasons:

1. It requires Verizon special software for the initial activation.

2. The Verizon special software didn't work with my OSX laptop.

3. The Verizon special software caused a blue screen of death on my Windows XP machine (it did allow the the modem to be activated).

4. 5GB/month isn't enough for the price.

5. Verizon needs an unlimited data option.

6. It doesn't allow WIFI sharing if it's plugged into a laptop with the USB. You have to plug it into a wall outlet with the included cables if you want to charge it and use it for WIFI.
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