Spotty WiFi can make your wonderful mobile devices useless. Jacki wants to know what she can do about the problem:  “Do you guys have a portable, wireless router that you don’t have to software through a computer? (is there anything like that?) Where I work, sometimes the WiFi goes down & I can’t use my devices. If I could get a (take along) wireless router (or something like that) to use where I work so I can always have WiFi.”

A router probably wouldn’t do you much good in this situation. A router can only broadcast an Internet signal from a modem it’s connected to. So you would need to hook it up to the network at work. You’d have to get your IT department’s permission. If the work issue is a faulty router it might help, but if the problem is with your company’s Internet service going in and out, a new router won’t help because there’s no signal coming in for it to broadcast.

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What would help you in this situation is a mobile hot spot. The good news is that you may already have one. Many smartphones can be turned into a mobile Hotspot. You can check with your wireless company to see if that feature is available.

On my Verizon phone, I look under Settings and then choose more networks.

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From there I can turn the Mobile Hotspot feature on.

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The mobile hotspot feature uses data from your mobile data plan and some wireless companies may charge an additional fee for the service.  But it will create a network that you can connect your mobile devices to.

You can also purchase a mobile hotspot as a separate device. It’s an easily portable device.

 

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It can be part of the data plan with your wireless company or you can purchase pre-paid models like the one shown below from Virgin Mobile.

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The cost for this service is going to vary depending on the provider.

~ Cynthia