We purchase cellular-based Wireless Broadband service from Millenicom, a reseller of Verizon service. With no contract obligation the cost is $69.95/month for 20Gigabytes of data. The hardware looks like this:
Novatel 4620 jetpack MiFi
About the size of a credit card, this little device connects to the Internet using the cellphone tower network and to our computers using it’s built-in WiFi. It even has a battery so it runs stand alone for about 4 hours. It is shown here with an external power supply connected (righthand wire) and an external antenna connected (lefthand wire).
Standard USB car charger
This little gadget allows us to operate the MiFi on 12V power supplied by Marco’s system.
This Antenna mounted on Mr Marco provides a 9.3dbi gain (amplification of signal) for situations in which we are too far from a cell tower to otherwise “get connected”.
Cyfre 819 Amplifier
For those situations wherein we really need to “reach out” to a cell tower we have this Amplifier. In this PIC the antenna lead wire (extreme left) is connected directly to the MiFi and the Amplifier is bypassed. The 12V MiFi charger is at the top of the PIC.
Later, folks. It’s time to go and ride the Route of the Olympian Hiawatha.