As mentioned in the previous article “What Is A MiFi Hotspot?,” Verizon Wireless is one of the carriers that offers the Novatel MiFi devices. These devices, which Verizon includes in its category of Dedicated Mobile Hotspots, have come in various forms over the years.
The earliest Verizon MiFi option was also the earliest Novatel device, the MiFi 2200. In October 2010, the company announced that it would be selling the Apple iPad Wi-Fi in conjunction with a Verizon MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot. However, the MiFi 2200 is no longer available for purchase separately on the provider’s website.
At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in January 2011, Verizon Wireless announced that it would be releasing a new MiFi hotspot—the Novatel MiFi 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot. The company also announced a similar product, the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot.
The Verizon MiFi 4510L was released in the first half of 2011, and is currently available on the provider’s website. Like other Novatel MiFi devices, the Verizon MiFi 4510L can connect up to five WiFi-enabled devices at one time, but it also uses the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. You may recall that this network is one of many 4G options available. Verizon is one of a limited number of providers to offer the LTE option, which only became available in early 2011. Other providers like Sprint 4G and CLEAR use the WiMAX 4G network.
The Verizon MiFi 4510L has a high-performance internal antenna, a multi-color service state LED, and the ability to connect to an external antenna. The external antenna is sold separately.
The Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11 is not technically a Verizon MiFi device, but it does have similar capabilities. This hotspot can also connect up to 5 WiFi-enabled devices, and is compatible with the growing 4G LTE network as well as the provider’s 3G network. This device features a Type A USB port for easy charging with the included wall charger, and has a similar slim design.
Is a Verizon MiFi mobile hotspot the right choice for you? It helps to get the most information before deciding, and you’ll find information on many other mobile hotspots right here. You can also learn more about 4G networks in general, as well as LTE and WiMAX specifically, by choosing your subject from the list to the right. Continue checking back regularly for more up-to-date and accurate information on the latest wireless internet news.