MiFi is the name Novatel gave to its portable broadband devices that provide shared internet connections to multiple end-users.
Although Novatel is the most recognized name, MiFi as a technology is not proprietary. Practically any device that can be used as a mobile hotspot or pocket router can be accurately termed as MiFi.
The ability to use MiFi as a supplier of mobile hotspots for mobile devices irrespective of your location was initially very attractive. The technology was widely used until more recent years as alternatives to the pricey gadgetry came up.
Reception to Novatel Mifi
As far as most consumers are concerned, Novatel’s MiFi was hit or miss for the most part. The technology was met with mixed reactions. Products like the Novatel Wireless MiFi 7000 was both loved and hated.
The product was typically reported to be capable of providing stable and relatively reliable connections. The most common complaint was that the device’s battery couldn’t be replaced. While it was most likely designed this way with the intent of urging customers to buy new ones, it upset many of its users.
Irrespective of the battery’s limitations, the Novatel MiFi 7000 allows users to connect 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands at the same time. In addition to multiple connections, it also boosts wireless connection speeds.
Is Novatel’s Mifi Obsolete?
Some would say that Mifi, as brought to us by Novatel, is obsolete by now. With many consumers realizing that there are much more economical alternatives to MiFi, the technology is losing popularity.
As the demand for MiFi products shrinks, Novatel’s business model becomes increasingly unstable.
It is entirely possible that MiFi will soon be relegated to the unenviable domain of legacy technology, something to be remembered, yet ultimately forgotten.