[Hidden-tech] connecting in Leverett

Jan Werner jwerner at jwdp.com
Fri Sep 4 08:32:56 EDT 2009

Verizon has recently started selling the MiFi mobile hotspot, a tiny 
portable AP/router that sets up a local WiFi network with Internet 
access through their 3G cellular service. I believe it costs $100 with a 
2-year data contract and supposedly gets 1.5mbs down, 256kbs up.

Engadget reviewed the Verizon MiFi a few months ago: 

Sprint also sells their own version of the MiFi for their cell network.

Jan Werner

Robert Heller wrote:
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> At Thu, 03 Sep 2009 15:01:05 -0400 andrew at stakeholderscapital.com wrote:
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>> Hey HT,
>> Trying to help a friend who moved to Leverett right near the Cushman 
>> section of N. Amherst.
>> What are suggestions for cellular and/or internet service there?  We 
>> don't think verizon DSL nor Comcast Cable reach there and ATT cellular 
>> gets no signal.
> I think there is *Verizon* EVDO/3G (or whatever Verizon calls Internet
> over celluar) service out of a cell tower somewhere N. Amherst, so you
> have to get a *Verizon* 'Air Card'.  You can get an 'Air Card' (either
> PCMCIA or USB) and use that.  It is possible to get a router that takes
> a PCMCIA card and some PCMCIA cards can take a cable to a roof-top
> antenna -- the router lets you connect up multiple desktop machines
> (with CAT5 cables) or multiple laptops (802.11<mumble> WiFi).  The
> antenna can be used to deal with a weak signal. Otherwise, your friend
> is going to have to get one of those 'old fashioned' RS232 modems (yes,
> they still make them and many of use still use them) and be reduced to
> 56K (or worse, given the cruddy nature of what passes for POTS up here
> in the sticks).  That is right, *most* of us hilltown folk are still
> using *dial-up* internet.  Verizon DSL *might* reach, but the phone
> cables are cruddy and NOT up to spec -- DSL is supposed to reach 18,000
> (a little over 3 miles) cable feet from the DSLAM, but where they have
> put in DSLAMs (southern Leverett and Shutsburry), the signal is not
> quite reaching 2 miles (< 10,000 feet).
>> Thanks,
>> Andrew
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