The Wi-Fi Dongle is an amazing piece of technology, and to be honest. We don’t usually go as overboard as this to describe any kind of tech, but these things can literally transform your web browsing experience. Let us say that you have a tablet, or a laptop. You suddenly find yourself out there in the near-wilderness (a slightly more rural place perhaps) with no Wi-Fi hotspots nearby that you can hook up to. A Wi-Fi dongle allows you to create your own hotspot wherever you are. This means that, even with something as notoriously tricky as an iPod touch, you can be online and using Wi-Fi quickly as long as you have a dongle.
Wi-Fi Dongle UsesSuch dongles are useful for the iPad owner who chose not to buy an iPad that has 3G on it, for example. There is really only one reason why someone might not choose to have 3G on their iPad, and that is because the cost of buying a 3G version is close to an extra £100 on top of an already nearly extortionate cost for buying the iPad in the first place. This prices a lot of people out of buying 3G for their iPad. A Wi-Fi dongle changes all that.
A dongle for your iPad takes out the hassle of having to fork out of a 3G iPad. There are obviously carrier costs when it comes to accessing the internet when using a Wi-Fi dongle, but the fact that it removes the need to fork out that initial £100 to Apple makes it a lot easier to swallow.
Network Wi-Fi DonglesWi-Fi dongles are sometimes referred to as MiFi dongles, these are slicker versions of the technology. They are small and compact, and now offer a step forward in this particular field by using displays on the devices to help you navigate the process of setting up Wi-Fi on your device and creating a portable hotspot.
The MiFi dongle is a term used by the Three Network, and they talk it up as being versatile and capable of managing multiple devices. We tried it with an Apple iPhone 4S, iPod touch and a Acer Iconia tablet, and it handled these devices pretty well, with no noticeable slowdown in browsing speeds. This is quite a feat when you consider that some home hubs slow down when more than one device is present.
Three MiFi Dongle
The provider Three offers their MiFi with a dock so you can use it and keep supplying it with juice in the home. This is a neat touch because it is pretty powerful when it comes to allowing you to stay connected, and you can override the problem some people have with trying to use their Wi-Fi in the garden, just like those first pieces of Wi-Fi hype promised us. Walls don’t seem to dampen the signal either, so you’re getting a good deal all around.
The MiFi dongle is available on pay as you go from £89 and comes with 3GB of data, However we think 3’s best deals can be found within their contract offerings, which start at £18.99 per month for 15GB of data usage per month on a 24 month contract. View MiFi dongle plans
T-Mobile also offer a Wi-Fi dongle solution called a ‘wireless pointer’ and this is a little more affordable on a contract basis. This one comes in at £15 per month, and promise load up speeds for Web pages as quick as one second.
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