Here at MobileFOMO we’re always on the go! Most people like to work on the go and mobile technology helps us to do that. Sometimes it’s easy to tether your mobile phone to your laptop and then call it good, but you may require more bandwidth. It is any geeks’ worst nightmare to spend an evening or any length of time offline. Enter the glory and wonder that is the WiFi hotspot… There are two kinds of mobile hotspots we have used.
The square kind of WiFi hotspot (by Karma):
The stick WiFi (by FreedomPop):
Both of these mobile hotspots have their key strengths and weaknesses. Let’s start with the square kind. The Karma hotspot is great! It’s cute and it’s fun to take to conferences. You can setup the hotspot and share it with others. We often share our Karma wifi with others and it gives us free bandwidth. SWEET! The downside is that you are going to need to charge it up. One must plan ahead if they want to use this type of hotspot, because a power plug may be required eventually. Yes there’s always portable power, but most of our external battery packs won’t charge it.
The FreedomPop stick has it’s strengths as well – no charger needed. You are not able to share your internet connection with the stick, but you are also free of the need to charge it. The stick will not work with anything but a computer that has USB, so no tablets or phones, here.
How to set up mobile WiFi:
1. Power the device on (square) / plug it into USB (for the stick)
2. Check for the network in your tool bar or settings for internet connectivity via wireless:
3. Try to load a web page or check email. If successful, great! If not, double check the power is on and that wireless is active. Also, it’s not a bad idea to use your mobile phone to double check the network is active.
Traveling with WiFi doesn’t have to be super hard or overly complicated. If you know what your goals are for having your own internet connection, then it shouldn’t be hard to choose which type of mobile hotspot is right for you…