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mifi distance in hotels?

JeffW

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I bought off ebay a Virgin mifi 2200 unit. [For those that don't know what this is, mifi - my wifi - are credit-card size devices that contain a 3g (or 4g) cell data modem, which can broadcast it's internet access to 5 other wifi-equipped devices. This is sort of the next generation from USB-based modems, which could only work on a laptop with a USB port.]

For those that have this unit (and I believe the ones sold by Verizon and Spring are basically identical on the 'wifi' side), I'm curious as to what wifi distance you've been able to get in hotel rooms? When I go to Las Vegas this year, I'm wondering how close my BIL's room would need to be in order for him to share my signal. Obviously the closer the better, but if they can get us 2 rooms away (same side), or 1 room away (opposite sides of hallway), I'm wondering if that would be good enough, or does he really need to be next door.

Thanks.

Jeff
 

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Most only have an effective distance of 30 feet, though I've found mine to be more reliable even closer. I have one of the newer 3G/4G units which I've used overseas for multiple devices and it works great on trains, in hotels, etc. I wouldn't count on it working even in the room next door, though it very well might.

Fwiw, I think all hotels in Vegas have wifi now, though of course your BIL may have to pay for it depending on the location. I know the Marriott timeshare in LV has no charge wifi, though.
 

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My brother was able to bring home a Verizon 2200 from work. Outside in a parking lot, the wifi signal dropped off at I'd say about 50'. No idea if it was on the charger (and currently a little more current), if the range would be longer. I was wondering how much the drop off would be through a steel hotel building.

Wireless internet at the casino we're staying at was $13/day last year, I'm guessing it's no better this year. No skin off my back if my BIL doesn't have internet access in his room (worst case, he'll probably just visit our room more!).

Thanks.

Jeff
 
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