Today Cradlepoint’s announcing that a firware update will make its wireless routers’ compatible with Novatel’s MiFi cards. I use a MiFi 2200 that I bought from Sprint and have been very pleased with it so far, but Cradlepoint’s routers are much more robust that the MiFi.
““Customers can increase the range of their WiÃ¢â‚¬ÂFi signal, connect up to 64 WiÃ¢â‚¬ÂFi devices, and add features like automatic failover and unlimited LAN connections by tethering the MiFi to a CradlePoint router,Ã¢â‚¬Â
said Jack Alton, VP Sales North America for CradlePoint. ““It really is a terrific option for users that need more range and speed than the MiFi can manage, like when you need to cover an entire home or office with a WiÃ¢â‚¬ÂFi signal.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I use my MiFi to work remotely on my PCs, upload photos with my Eye-Fi card and to get online with my iPhone since 3G is prety much MIA in my neighborhood. Since I got the MiFi card, my Cradlepoint router’s pretty much sat in the closet.
Cradlepoint isn’t trying to suggest that anyone carry around both a MiFi and a Cradlepoint router, but to instead use the Cradlepoint/MiFi combo when at home or in the office as a backup solution. This reminds me of one of my good friends who uses a USB modem with his Cradlepoint router at home instead of signing up for Cable or DSL.