Fred Griffin: My Best Techo Secret - The MiFi Wireless HotSpot for 4G Internet!

My Best Techo Secret - The MiFi Wireless HotSpot for 4G Internet!

     My Greatest Technology Secret is the ability to access the Internet wherever I am, at any time.  MiFi Wireless Hotspot provides Wireless Internet Access anywhere that  a cell phone signal is available.

      At a Listing  Presentation,  you won't have to ask the Seller, "Do you have a WiFi connection so that I can use my Laptop?  Can I have your Password and your Access Code?"  If they do not have Internet Access, it won't matter...  your MiFi will connect you to the World Wide Web at 4G speeds!

 

Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi®

     Riding as a passenger in an automobile?  Boot up your Laptop, set the MiFi on the console or the dashboard, and enjoy web surfing as you ride along.  Case Study:  My brother took me on a road trip recently; he drove.  I maximized the time by working on the Internet during the ride.

      Likewise if you are using public transportation such as a Taxi Cab, the City Bus or the Metro.  You have a secure WiFi signal that gets on and off the Bus with you!

 

Novatel Wireless Broadband MiFi 

 

     The MiFi is a wireless router that acts as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.  MiFi is geek speak for "My Wi-Fi".  The device has been out since 2009, but has gained popularity only in the last couple of years.

    I use the Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4620L , which is manufactured by Novatel.  Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and most Carriers offer MiFi devices and MiFi service.

 

 

AT&T MiFi via CNET 


     Tablets are great, smartphones are great -  but you often need the "Large Screen and the Big Keys" of a Laptop for serious work. 

      No more concerns over insecure WiFi signals at Starbucks or McDonald's or a Hotel Room.  No electric cord or wall wart to plug in - just keep the battery juiced up and you are good to go!

      Unlike a tethered cellphone, the MiFi provides WiFi at incredible speeds - often as fast as Cable Broadband or DSL.

 

Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi®

 

 

 

 

The MiFi sitting on my desk, as a stand alone Wireless HotSpot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Your Professional Life (and your personal life) often depend upon fast and dependable Internet Service.  The MiFi gives you the Tech Advantage!

 

Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi®

 

     Shop the Internet, or go to Costco, Walmart, Best Buy, or your Telephone Carrier's Store, and buy a MiFi today!   You will wonder how you ever lived without it!

 

 

Disclaimer:  Nothing in this blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.

 

Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker    Tallahassee, Florida

 

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Comment balloon 50 commentsFred Griffin • June 25 2013 04:13PM

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FRED! ... What an awesome gizmo! I did not know such an animal existed. I am going to have check that out. This BEST TECHNO SECRET is better than my language translator app!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) about 4 years ago

Fred, Thanks for the entry. How about you make a short 1 minute video of you using the hotspot, then you will get the extra 500 points. I use this same gizmo and love the access even if we are in our boat in an anchorage somewhere in the San Juan islands. 

Posted by Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate, Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties (RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales) about 4 years ago

Sussie, these things really are great.   Just be sure to keep an eye on the usage, unless your Carrier gives you Unlimited. 

Helen and Larry - thanks!  I intend to make the Video; sometime tomorrow I will add it to the Blog.  

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) about 4 years ago

awesome. i need to get one this week. someone else was mentioning this to me but didn't know the name. suggested.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

interesting Fred, need to look into this. 

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) about 4 years ago

Fred, my stepson uses this technology as he commutes on the train. It's a great little device but I don't have the need right now. I'll save this technology for when I buy my next laptop.

Posted by Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN ((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) about 4 years ago

I never heard of it before and it sounds exciting. When your traveling it can serve as a connection on the road for sure. I am going to look into it.  Thanks, Jim

Posted by Jimmy Faulkner, The Best Of St. Augustine (Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage) about 4 years ago
Fred, thanks for sharing this information about a very handy gadget that will truly make us independent in public places. I've seen these used when I was in Germany recently and thought I would like that.
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Fred, I have an at and t wireless card which is the same thing...I think

Posted by Christine OShea (RE/MAX Realty Select) about 4 years ago

Hi Fred. You're absolutely right! I just got one of these and it is fantastic. I'm playing with it now, but having it might just eliminate my "hi speed" connection at home. It seems OK for general use and why pay for two connections!
Thanks for sharing!
Bruce

 

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) about 4 years ago

Fred I've got to agree this is my favorite tech gadget as well.  I've got unlimited usuage so whether I'm with seller, buyers or teaching a 3 hour  class it's always up and running. Priceless!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 4 years ago

Debbie, shop around...  just like your Cell Phone, you pay for the Device, then you choose the Service.  You can get a Monthly Plan, or do a No Contract Prepaid.

Kathy, you can review different devices on CNET and other websites.  Talk to the different Carriers in your area; see what they offer.

 

Tammie, I'm sure your Stepson enjoys the Technology!  Thanks for commenting.

 

Jimmy, good luck with this.  Do the research, make sure you have sufficient coverage, try to determine how much Data (Gigabytes) you will use per month.

 

Hi, Silvia  - it gives you a level of Freedom, and a great deal of security.

 

Christine - my brother Joe uses an "Air Card".  Similar, but I have never done a comparison as to Internet Speed etc. 

    One difference - the MiFi can share up to 10 devices.  If you are in a room or meeting with several people who are all on computers, this can be very convenient.  I don't know that you can do that with an Air Card (?)

 

Bruce, aren't these great?  Before cutting your other Internet service, be certain that you have Unlimited, or sufficient Data  (see Anna's comment #11).  Just like a Cell Phone, you don't want to pay "Overage Charges".  I have a 10 Gig Limit on my MiFi; I monitor the Usage on the Verizon Website so I don't go over.

 

Anna - I am looking for an Unlimited Plan.  So that I can cut my other Internet line at home!

 

 

 

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) about 4 years ago

I read about this MiFi before, but really didn't understand what a great tool it could be  Thanks for the heads up on this.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 4 years ago

Fred:  I have pretty much the very same model as you and love it!  No need to worry about secure connections ... no need to worry about having internet service.  Plus I can have as many as 10 devices utilizing it at once, so great for seminars.  A real plus.  I'm glad you are spreading the word about this very handy tool ...

Congrats on the Feature!

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 4 years ago

I use my iPhone as a hotspot.  No need for another device and it's only $20 a month for unlimited usage.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 4 years ago

Hi, Joan - you are welcome!

 

Gene, thanks for stopping by!

 

Cindy - I used to "tether" my Cell Phone for a Wireless Connection, but I couldn't get the speed I get from the MiFi. I don't use an iPhone, so I honestly don't know how fast it would be. Good for you for using one less device!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) about 4 years ago
Fred, we've been considering one of these. This post may have pushed us into doing it.
Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Hallmark Realtors) about 4 years ago

Fred, I opted for an iPad with a plan because of the cost - about $60 a month for the device vs. $30 for the iPad plan which never runs over - except last month when my grandson spent a few days on it nonstop and I got a notice from AT&T that I had only 17% left - but running 10 devices and getting rid of internet at home is very compelling. Thanks for the great helpful post about your favorite tech tool! Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 4 years ago

Fred, this is a great opportunity to use our laptops anywhere.   I have T-Mobile, and had a need for them to send a new signal to my phone once a week, and finally discontinued it.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 4 years ago

But at what cost, isn't it very expensive to have wifi everywhere

Posted by Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services) about 4 years ago

Wayne and Jean, talk with your current Provider, learn the costs, the pros and cons.   You can also search the Websites of most Carriers (Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T) to get an overview.  Good luck!  

 

Hi, Sharon.  Read the comments on this Blog, especially see Gene Mundt et al who have the MiFi. 

 

Joan, I have a T-Mobile Cell Phone (in addition to my Verizon Cell Phone and Verizon MiFi).  T-Mobile is hands down the cheapest, but the service is not that great.  

 

Charles, most companies will give you the MiFi Device for free, or for $10 or $20 if you sign a 2 year agreement.  If you go "No Contract", the Mi-Fi Device will cost you $100 - $200.

 The Service for 10 -12 Gigs of Data  run $70 - $100 per month, depending on the Company.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) about 4 years ago

Yep I have been using one of these for about 5 years now. Started 3g and it was definitely better than nothing but when 4g came out WOW it made the internet useable almost anywhere. LOVE IT

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) about 4 years ago

Hi, David!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) about 4 years ago

Fred, I tried one from AT&T - and realized that most of the time, I have wi-fi available either at home or office or even at client's place! Well, will try again and see if it really helps for my needs.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (eXp Realty) about 4 years ago

Fred the places I would most want to use this are in area where I can't get cell service :) Yes there are places still without cell service.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 4 years ago

The one caveat is you still have to pay for Internet/data service as if it is a separate phone line from your regular cell phone.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!) about 4 years ago
Sounds great but I do have a hotspot on my phone and it always works great for me and I have never went over on my usage. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) about 4 years ago
Never heard of it, will have to check it out thanks for the tip.
Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) about 4 years ago

 Getting rid of internet at home is very compelling. I got Comcast at home and I hate it. Thanks for the great helpful post about your favorite tech tool! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Long and Foster) about 4 years ago

Thank you for the information. I will look into it. I will bookmark this post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago

Praful, good morning!  If you don't need it, then you don't need it. LOL, have a great day.

 

Jennifer, I have a Listing in a neighborhood where there is No Cell Service - a "Hole". Nothing will work there.

 

Michelle, I see that some Carriers are offering it as a "Share" for $20 per month. I pay extra for MiFi as a separate line.

 

Norma - if you can get a fast enough signal from your Cell Phone, then stay with it. I prefer the MiFi because it typically runs as fast as DSL or Cable, whereas my tethered Cell Phone signal ran very, very slow.

 

Hi David. if you travel, and/or if you spend a lot of time on a Laptop, this is wonderful Technology.

 

Lise - I hate Comcast, too - but that is another Blog, LOL. May I suggest, try MiFi first, and make sure that MiFi will work for you (especially Data usage) before killing off Comcast.

 

Gita - Good Morning!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) about 4 years ago

Great suggestion and I'm specially interested the speed. .thank you for posting this. .

 

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 4 years ago

Fred, good information! I saw one of these in action the other day. It worked great and was pretty fast.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 4 years ago

Fred-Variety and options. That's one of the things so great about this era. We have so many ways to get things done electronically.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) about 4 years ago

Smart phone means you are connected, wired wirelessly all the time. In your pocket to whip out and show them a video for a property listing, area event or blog post, etc. It shows them what others mobile minded do to tap into the signal if you are broadcasting them, lots of them for the demographics you seek in the marketplace.

Posted by Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 4 years ago

Fred... in my rural area those things are useless.  One of my agents tried it and waited past the 15 days and was for a two year contract and unless she wanted to go on roof tops it would NOT work where a cell signal would.  In our area we loose the 4G on our phones a LOT.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 4 years ago

Fred, I did read the comments and was also  interested in the cost - which you explained a few comments after mine. I am not sure if this would work for me as far as getting rid of home internet, because we still have kids in school who need to use internet for studying and I can't guarantee that I will be home with my hot spot when they need internet. I love the concept though! Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 4 years ago

Fernando - check with your Local Provider about speed - be sure to ask for a Demo on the device itself! 

 

 Michael - nice to see you!  Thanks for stopping by.  

 

Wayne - who could have dreamed of this stuff just a few years ago?  

 

Andrew - this is definitely the way to "impress a Client"!  

 

Tammy -  y'all are so close to Macon, and to Atlanta - I am surprised the Cell Phone Companies don't give you better service!  

 

Sharon  -  I should have stressed that I use the MiFi for when I am away from the Home / Office.  Yes, it works at home and at the Office, but I have "Century Link" Landline for my Primary Internet service.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) about 4 years ago

Fred, these little devices are revolutionizing the way we do business, saves so much time when we are working deep in the woods and no longer have to make a daily trip into town to find a wifi.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service) about 4 years ago

Fred -- I have heard of this but never checked into it.  Great device. I have a full 4G plan on my iPad now. Love using it in the car as you mentioned when I'm not driving, of course!  The plan costs how much exactly a month with all applicable taxes?

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

Hi, Barbara

    My cost with Taxes comes in at $80.00 / month.   Different Carriers offer different plans - I saw some as low as $20 when writing this Blog.   Please check with your Carrier  /  Cell Company for rates.

    You may have the option to get the Device "Free" when you sign a 2-year Contract, or you pay $$$ for the Mi-Fi and get a No-Contract Plan.

    Please read all of the Above Comments for more information.

     Once you get the hang of the Mi-Fi, you will wonder how you lived without it!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) almost 4 years ago

I have not heard of this device. I use the hot spot via my iphone. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to get started, ie., I have to restart my phone and/or my computer before the connection will be established. I've tried to work in the car but it gives me a headache! Would be a good use of time though. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jill Winchel, We make it easy. You make it home. (Royal Shell Real Estate - Koffman & Associates ) almost 4 years ago

Fred, Pretty cool gizmo!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 4 years ago

Fred,  I want you to know, although this post is two years old, it still has life! I don't think they offer the unlimited data anymore. I am researching this for myself (a little behind times, but better late than never). A few questions: are you still utilizing this? Do you have any idea how much data you use each month? Have you eliminated your home coverage & use the MiFi all the time? Thanks so much and I look forward to your advice!

Posted by Pat Starnes, Broker Associate, ABR (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

 

 

Pat Starnes     I don't know of any company (here in Tallahassee) that offers unlimited data.

    I presently use an AT&T wireless hotspot.  My no-contract plan with AT&T is $50 per month for 5 Gigabytes of data.  If I run out of the 5 gigs before the month is up, I can pay $10 for 1 additional gig. 

      Some months, the $50 will suffice.  But most months I run over, I have to buy 2 or 3 extra gigs ("packages" is what AT&& calls them). I pay for them online using a debit card. Typically I use 7 or 8 gigs (about $70 or $80) per month.   This is still cheaper than the $83 that I was paying Century Link for a landline.  

      The speed of the service is about the same as what I was getting from Century Link.

     The caveat:  if you download or upload very large files, especially videos, you will use up a lot of data in a hurry.  Whenever I am downloading videos, etc. I will go to a place that has free public wi-fi (Publix, Taco Bell, the Public Library, etc.)   Of course, when you use Public WiFi, there is a higher security risk...  be careful.

 

    I have not had a landline in a couple of years, and have no intent of ever going back.

    Further word of caution:  if you go with a wireless hotspot, keep your landline for a time, until you are comfortable with the hotspot, and know how much data you are using (you can log in online to find out).

     Best to you!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) almost 2 years ago

Fred, thank you so much. My cousin first mentioned MiFi to me a few weeks ago; I hadn't heard of it, and I've asked her multiple times to explain it. My phone carrier doesn't offer MiFi (CSpire) so I'm exploring Verizon.  One more question: Did you switch from Verizon to ATT? Thanks again!!!!

Posted by Pat Starnes, Broker Associate, ABR (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Hi Fred.  I was just experimenting with connecting my laptop to my cell phone hotspot.  If I am in a good cell reception area, it works fine; but if reception is not very good, it really isn't too reliable.  Have you found that the MiFi device has better reception than a cell phone?  Thanks.

Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) over 1 year ago

     Hi Bob Willis   I've been using Wireless Hotspots for several years now. 

 

    Answer to your question:   If the "cell signal" isn't very good, than the Hot Spot won't perform well, either.   I can look at the strength indicator bars on either device; they will be about the same.  ** I rarely use the cellphone wi-fi capability... I have a separate device (see the photo above for an example).

    I previously had Verizon; at present I am using AT&T.   Both are excellent and I rarely have service issues.  I use a T-Mobile cell phone (for talk), but there are too many "holes" in the outlying areas where service is bad, so I won't use a T-Mobile hotspot.

     *The drawback to the Wireless Hotspot is that if you upload a lot of photos, or other large data files (especially video), you use up a lot of data and the monthly $$$ cost starts to go up.  I am frequently adding $10 or $20 because I am running low on data!   For that reason,  I will probably have CenturyLink hook up my landline Internet service and use that as my main provider.

     But having said that, I will NEVER quit using the wireless hotspot.  It is just way too convenient for those of us who tote a laptop computer to listing presentations, showings, classes, etc.  

     Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) over 1 year ago

Thanks for the quick reply Fred.  I have Sprint for my cell phone, and I wonder if a different carrier might be better for the MiFi. 

My main goal is to use my laptop at open houses for an open house registration website that I have. 

I saw an ad for Karma Go today that looks interesting:  https://yourkarma.com/how-it-works

Do you have any thoughts about it?

Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) over 1 year ago

  Bob Willis   Karma Go looks interesting!   I am going to do some internet searching and see what it't about.   Thanks for the tip, BBL.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker) over 1 year ago

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