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Old 07-12-2012, 11:02 AM
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So, I have limited internet choices for a home network. I've had Wild Blue and wasn't thrilled, so in my new house I'm leaning towards a Verizon Wireless Jet Pack, formally the Mifi. Here's the problem that I need to work out.

I need a traditional wireless router for a home network that contains wireless printers, so the folks at Verizon (whom I don't trust for accuracy) tell me that the Jet Pack can be connected to a wireless router, as long as the wireless router has a USB input as well as traditional Cat 5 input.

So as I picture my network, Jet Pack collecting a 3G (no 4G where I live) signal, sending to the wireless router and all devices (laptops and printers) connected to the wireless router for a full home network.

Make sense?

Any ideas on where to buy a Wireless Router, with a USB input?

I'm not a techno geek, so I don't understand a lot of how this stuff works, so if someone has another idea, I'm open to suggestions.

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Old 07-12-2012, 11:18 AM
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Mike the Linksys has a built in USB http://www.walmart.com/ip/DB-N900-Ro...Ports/20551448

I don't use a wireless print server anymore, as most newer printers have them built in. the advantage is you do not have to keep your main computer on all the time.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:25 AM
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I just got a new Jetpak Monday, 4G rocks! maybe your area will be soon!

That being said, the 4620L is a "traditional" router. You won't need another one.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
Mike the Linksys has a built in USB http://www.walmart.com/ip/DB-N900-Ro...Ports/20551448

I don't use a wireless print server anymore, as most newer printers have them built in. the advantage is you do not have to keep your main computer on all the time.
Thanks, I'll check out that Linksys. Actually my printer has built in wireless also, sorry, I didn't clarify very well. but the printer has to be connected wireless to the router and therefor the same network as my Jet Pack. That's what I'm shooting for.
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
Thanks, I'll check out that Linksys. Actually my printer has built in wireless also, sorry, I didn't clarify very well. but the printer has to be connected wireless to the router and therefor the same network as my Jet Pack. That's what I'm shooting for.
The Jet Pack is a router, you don't need another.
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Have you experienced the mifi? I have one and hate it. Always have to reset it and the signal strength blows. About the only good thing is that it's portable.
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Originally Posted by Mako 234 View Post
Have you experienced the mifi? I have one and hate it. Always have to reset it and the signal strength blows. About the only good thing is that it's portable.
I've had a mifi for years now for work, but 3G tablets with Hotspot have outdated the Mifi for work, but your right, the tablets and the Mifi need resetting almost daily.

My thought for using the Jetpak is to have it on a timer programmed to reset for 10 minutes in the middle of the night maybe.

the signal strength of the Mifi did not differ at all from my smart phone signal however. Not sure why yours did, but that in reality, there is no perfect system for those of us out of reach of high speed wired internet.
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Originally Posted by Crabpot Man View Post
The Jet Pack is a router, you don't need another.
Well that would save me some grief (and 50 bucks). My printer will see the Jetpack also?
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
Well that would save me some grief (and 50 bucks). My printer will see the Jetpack also?
Yep.
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I use the jetpak for work (now). Its a pain in the ass(has to be reset almost hourly - im on a tugboat) and slow(IMO), but it is convienient. The standard 5gb is enough most most people, but if you do any streaming, like netflix or skypeing, it will burn it up pretty quick. I have 5gb of useage and 2 hours of streaming and another hour of text/msgboards daily uses about 4 gb in my two weeks. With Verizon, its $10 per gig over your monthly allotment.

I use it 2 weeks a month, then I use the wireless house system when I not at work.
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Originally Posted by capt.holiday View Post
I use the jetpak for work (now). Its a pain in the ass(has to be reset almost hourly - im on a tugboat) and slow(IMO), but it is convienient. The standard 5gb is enough most most people, but if you do any streaming, like netflix or skypeing, it will burn it up pretty quick. I have 5gb of useage and 2 hours of streaming and another hour of text/msgboards daily uses about 4 gb in my two weeks. With Verizon, its $10 per gig over your monthly allotment.

I use it 2 weeks a month, then I use the wireless house system when I not at work.
Reviews like this make this move kind of disturbing. I've seen the report a lot on the internet. Resets every hour and slow speeds. This makes me hesitant.

Problem is this, I need an alternative if its not going to be the Mifi. I could always go back to Wild Blue, but they sucked also. I would go full days without service if we had low clouds/fog/rain.

Quite a conundrum when you live in the sticks.

hmm.

the 5 gb thing no longer applies. I have 8 devices on my account and we share data usage. I can increase my plan up to 20 gb. Its really not that expensive.
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Make sure you have the latest update for the jetpack. I have one and it works great. Stream pandora through it all day.
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Most home grade routers/access points do not offer bridge capabilities that will connect and distribute a mifi type connection.

A home user solution to the mifi and connection sharing would be to impliment a wireless bridge.

Recommended Solution = install DD-WRT aftermarket firmware on a compatable router. After moderate configuration, the DD-WRT router will connect to the mifi for net access while all your other networkable devices connect to the DD-WRT router. This will give you a cost effective answer to solve your connection sharing problem.
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
I'm not a techno geek, so I don't understand a lot of how this stuff works
Originally Posted by mrdabbs View Post
Most home grade routers/access points do not offer bridge capabilities that will connect and distribute a mifi type connection.

A home user solution to the mifi and connection sharing would be to impliment a wireless bridge.

Recommended Solution = install DD-WRT aftermarket firmware on a compatable router. After moderate configuration, the DD-WRT router will connect to the mifi for net access while all your other networkable devices connect to the DD-WRT router. This will give you a cost effective answer to solve your connection sharing problem.
I just googled some of the stuff you just wrote and the hits game me instant headache. I appreciate your input, but don't understand it. Got something for dummies?
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Mike,

I'm on my fifth day with my 4620L, no resetting issues yet.

Again, you don't need another router.
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