We have been using the MiFi 2200 for a little over a month and, overall, am pleased. We live in a rural area but have been ASSURED by Verizon that there is good coverage for our area. We got the MiFi to replace satellite internet. We have two Macs working off it.
We have had several instances of disconnections occurring but not enough to cause me great concern at this point. What I would like to know is if there is a way to increase the signal strength. Presumably, this would increase speed of downloads but perhaps I am making an incorrect assumption. I've recently read about the CradlePoint and wondered if that might help pick up a stronger signal from the cell tower.
Thoughts or recommendations?
One option is to use an external amplifier such as Wilson Electronics, Inc. (http://www.wilsonelectronics.com). These allow you to locate the antenna outside (where the signal would be stronger), then provide either a direct connection inside or a wireless connection.
I've been using the Wilson Electronics dual-band amplifer for some time and have been pleased. I typically get about 10-15 dB of signal improvement--more if I locate the antenna either outside or near a window.
By the way, I've been using a mobile amplifier (intended for vehicles) indoors rather than an indoor amplifier. The indoor amplifiers are really intended to boost cell phone signals within a home, but are much more involved to install (since you need to insure that the indoor antenna's signals don't interfere with the outdoor antenna's, otherwise you'll have a nasty feedback problem). The mobile amplifiers are more intended for single devices (like I have) and much simplier to install.
the cradlepoint is a cellular router, not a signal amplifier. there are some folks who have used a router to position their mobile broadband device in a part of home with better cellular signal, but its not the router that boosted signal, it was placement.
do a google search for 'boosting your mifi's signal' and you should find an article that will help you.