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MiFi Explained

MiFi Explained

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Last updated: 16 May 2022

Keeping access to the internet on the go can be difficult and you can often find yourself relying on patchy 3G or 4G networks where your coverage is unreliable. MiFi is designed to solve this problem and make the days of hopping between cafés with WiFi a thing of the past. This guide will introduce you to MiFi and work out which device or package is suited to your needs.

What is MiFi?

MiFi devices are small, wireless gadgets which allow multiple users to access the internet whilst on the go.

MiFi devices are now offered by many networks and broadband providers and are available on a monthly or yearly contract, as well as pay as you go deals. If you’re abroad it is also possible to rent MiFi devices which work overseas, allowing you to avoid costly data roaming fees.

How does MiFi work?

A MiFi device will connect to a 3G or 4G mobile internet network to create a temporary localised signal, similar to the WiFi router in your home. This allows anyone within signal range to connect to the internet using their laptop, tablet or mobile. A MiFi device differs from a traditional internet dongle, which connects one device to the internet, as it allows you to connect up to ten devices to the internet on the go.

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How do I set up MiFi?

A big advantage of MiFi is how simple it is to set up. All you need to do once you have your MiFi device is to turn it on and then connect to the network on your mobile or laptop. There is no extra software required on your devices to connect.

How fast is MiFi?

MiFi broadband offers speeds of up to 25Mbps, depending on your location and the package you pay for. These speeds will probably increase in the next few years as the technology develops.

Do I need a MiFi dongle?

You can use a MiFi dongle to get online but alternatively there are several other MiFi units that do not require a USB port and will help to get you online.

What are the best MiFi deals on offer?

MiFi services are offered by most UK networks with contracts ranging from between 30 days to 24 months. Before purchasing a MiFi deal, ensure you have enough data for your needs as exceeding your data allowance will lead to excess charges. For standard internet connections, you can compare broadband deals with usave. It’s quick, easy and will save you money!

Advantages and Disadvantages of MiFi

Advantages of MiFi

  • Provides internet access for up to ten devices at a time
  • Offers a more stable connection than a WiFi hotspot
  • Very easy to set up, allowing you to be online in under a minute
  • Many MiFi devices do not require a USB port

Disadvantages of MiFi

  • If choosing a pay as you go package there can be a high upfront cost
  • Exceeding your data allowance can lead to excess charges
  • The battery life of MiFi devices vary from between 4 to 16 hours
  • The signal range is small, and users will need to be in within 10 metres of the MiFi device

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Harry Pererra

Author: Harry Pererra

Harry turns on his experience in web design and programming to write about the latest news in the world of tech and broadband. When he isn’t writing for usave he is working towards his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and prefers dogs to cats.