Devices Operators

3’s next-gen MiFi unit powering iPlayer without breaking a sweat

I had another play with the next generation 3 MiFi unit (see yesterday’s post) and decided to check out just how usable it was. I’m pleased to report that the device performed perfectly. I checked out the speedtest iPhone app (running on the iPad) and also streamed an episode from the BBC’s iPlayer. Flawless.

Here’s the vid:

More information on the device at 3’s Mobile Broadband site.

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4 replies on “3’s next-gen MiFi unit powering iPlayer without breaking a sweat”

Hi Ewan
That was quite impressive. I think there is a lack of general knowledge about what seems to be great technology (which even I wasn't fully aware of) and you're right everybody being stuck on old dongles.
As you seem to be covering this mobile broadband issue a lot recently and know your stuff:
Does the mifi-unit boost the 3g signal that it receives as it creates the WI-FI hotspot, thus giving it an advantage over a regular 3G dongle.
If it does would that mean that out and about on the same network in the same location (for fairness), a wi-fi only ipad connected via a mi-fi would be faster then a 3G ipad.
Also, if you are getting a 3G signal into the mi-fi unit and have muliple devices connected, doesn't the strength of the connections for each device get diluted as it is being split, or does the Mi-Fi unit compensate for that?
Any pearls of wisdom would be much appreciated.

Now that is a very nice bit of kit! And the first one looked great too! So what I want to know is can you tell us what the actual unit is called once the operator branding is removed? I am seriously considering hunting one done here in Finland or even importing one for my family, as two laptops plus phones could really benefit from something like this when we are holiday/not on the house network.

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