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What is MiFi?

This page on MiFi vs WiFi describes difference between MiFi and WiFi technologies.It mentions what is mifi, mifi router and how mifi router works.This router provides wifi and cellular connectivity for LTE,EVDO and HSPA networks.

Unlike WiFi which provides internet connectivity to wireless devices through fixed wifi hotspots, MiFi provides connectivity when devices are on the move. Here MiFi router acts as mobile hotspots.

The MiFi is the brand name for Novatel Wireless portable devices which provides mobile WiFi connection.

MiFi router consists of two main parts viz. modem and wifi router. Modem part composed of 3G or 4G or LTE based on different wireless standards and takes care of providing connectivity with next generation wireless devices. Wifi router part takes care of providing wifi connectivity.

There are different versions of MiFi to support different cellular standards such as EVDO, HSPA, LTE etc.

To connect a MiFi with the cellular network needs connection with service provider. With MiFi one can connect about 5 wifi devices simultaneously.Connection speed depends on capacity of cellular network standards implemented in the MiFi router.

Popular service providers providing MiFi packages include Orange, vodafone and T-Mobile.

MiFi vs WiFi-Difference between mifi and wifi

mifi hotspot device from novatel wireless

We have already compared mifi vs wifi and have seen the difference between mifi and wifi. As mentioned MiFi devices provide wireless internet connectivity using mobile wifi hotspots. The devices used for the purpose are called as MiFi routers.

WiFi devices provide wireless internet connection using fixed wifi hotspots. The devices used for the purpose are called as WiFi routers.

The major difference is that mifi devices support cellular connectivity in addition to WLAN connectivity. WiFi devices does not support cellular connectivity. It only supports

Figure depicts mifi device model 4510L from Novatel Wireless developed for verizon wireless. The features are mentioned in the table below.

Mifi Router manufacturers

Following table mentions few of the popular mifi hotspots also referred as mifi routers. As mentioned they have wifi as well as cellular connectivity.


Mifi Router manufacturer with model number Features
Novatel Wireless for verizon, MiFi™ 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot Supports mobile broadband with CDMA, EVDO Rev.0 and EVDO Rev.A
Supports 600 kbps to 1.4 Mbps download speed and 500-800 Kbps upload speed
Supports 802.11b (2.4GHz,11Mbps) and 802.11g (2.4 GHz,54Mbps)
Supports security types-WEP 64bit and 128bit, WPA Personal/PSK (TKIP) and WPA2 Personal/PSK (AES)
Novatel Wireless for verizon, MiFi®4510L Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspot Supports LTE with 700MHz bandwidth, 3G EVDO Rev.A, GSM with HSPA+, WCDMA, EDGE, GPRS and Wifi 802.11b,11g,11n
Supports all the security types as mentioned above
Novatel Wireless , MiFi®500 LTE Supports LTE bandwidth(800,1900,2500MHz), 3G EVDO Rev.A, WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Supports GPS over Wi-Fi
MAXIS , MiFi MODEM, MF60 Supports 2G, 3G and WiFi(WLAN connectivity)


How to setup MiFi 2200 Router

This page describes how to setup mifi router 2200. This device acts as portable wifi hotspot to provide mifi internet services,
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