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Home Networking with your MiFi

 
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Maureen
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:57 pm    Post subject: Home Networking with your MiFi Reply with quote

Did you know that you can create a home network with your MiFi that will allow you to share files between the computers connected, remotely access other computers on the network, do network gaming, or share network printers - just like you would with a "regular" router?

You can, and it's easy! You'll just need to make a quick change to the MiFi's settings and then set up the computers that will be sharing the network, and you'll be all set. EVDOinfo's latest Tip of the Week will walk you through the setup for Mac OSX, Windows Vista, and Windows XP computers.

Read Tip #22: Home Networking with your Sprint/Verizon MiFi 2200
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im_electronic
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

does this still have the 5 wireless client cap?
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ductedfan
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:10 pm    Post subject: Use your Sprint/Verizon MiFi to Set up a Home Network Reply with quote

I would like to use this procedure, however I'm using Win-7, and the stated procedures only cover XP and Vista, does anyone have the Win-7 procedure?

Thanks,
John Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ductedfan—

I believe that if both, or all, of your computers are running win7 you can set up a "Home Network" without regard to the MiFi. It's a Win7 feature.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an existing network that runs off of a comcast wireless router - a desktop and two laptops (all Vista). The desktop has a printer attached and connects to the route via cable. The laptops connect wirelessly to the router and can send print jobs to the connected desktop (which is NOT wireless).


The MiFi2200 and the Comcast Router both appear as available wireless networks but we cannot print when we are connected to the MiFi2200 because it does not know of the desktop (since it is hard-wired to the comcast router.

Would it be so simple as to put a USB wireless antenna on the desktop and connect it to the MiFi2200 wirelessly while it remains hard-wired to the Comcast Router?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LARRYG wrote:
I have an existing network that runs off of a comcast wireless router - a desktop and two laptops (all Vista). The desktop has a printer attached and connects to the route via cable. The laptops connect wirelessly to the router and can send print jobs to the connected desktop (which is NOT wireless).


The MiFi2200 and the Comcast Router both appear as available wireless networks but we cannot print when we are connected to the MiFi2200 because it does not know of the desktop (since it is hard-wired to the comcast router.

Would it be so simple as to put a USB wireless antenna on the desktop and connect it to the MiFi2200 wirelessly while it remains hard-wired to the Comcast Router?


I don't understand what you're trying to do. Your Comcast cable modem is going to be much faster than the MiFi EVDO connection, so it makes no sense to use the MiFi when the Comcast connection is available.

If you are trying to print from the laptops to the printer attached to the desktop computer, just share the printer on the desktop, then connect the laptops to the Comcast wireless network. You can just leave the MiFi powered off, or you can just set the home network to higher priority than the Comcast network.

I guess you could add a wireless network adaptor to the desktop and share the printer on both wireless networks, but that's more hardware and complication than you need.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

........" so it makes no sense to use the MiFi when the Comcast connection is available"

yes...... until the Comcast connection goes belly up and we need to print...

kapische?

so can the desktop with an attached usb printer be on Comcast and Verizon wireless at the same time - simultaneously or would I have to reboot the desktop to Verizon when the Comcast goes belly up?

tanks
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mickey
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does using the mifi as a router count against my usage allowance for my data plan? I have a 5GB data plan with Verizon.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A MiFi is a data only device and has it's own 5GB allowance per month.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand that it has it's own data plan, but I'm wonder if I will use up my 5GB allowance faster if I'm using the MiFi as a router for printing and file sharing at home. I need the entire 5GB for just web usage, I usually don't have much left at the end of the month.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can not use a MiFi as a router only.
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Matt
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheExoticFish wrote:
You can not use a MiFi as a router only.


That is correct, however, the latest version of VZAccess Manager does feature a WiFi hotspot feature.

If you're in a location where Verizon offers public WiFi you can connect to it via the VZAccess manager and while connected to their WiFi source there is no 5GB cap since you're using their WiFi network instead of the cellular network.

Of course that only works near a hotspot but it's an option for users that require more than 5GB of data.
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