In the mobile space there are leaders and followers, and our friends over at Novatel Wireless are clear leaders. The company’s MiFi devices set the market abuzz as people rushed to replace their older mobile broadband devices with portable mobile hotspots capable of connecting multiple devices to cellular data networks via Wi-Fi. Now, Novatel is extending its lead in the space by updating the AT&T MiFi 2372 with DLNA streaming media support. We’re big fans of making good gear even better, and by adding wireless media server capabilities to AT&T’s MiFi, that’s exactly what Novatel did. We tested the MiFi 2372’s new DLNA functionality and it indeed works exactly as expected — by simply connecting to the device over Wi-Fi, users can stream media stored on the MiFi’s microSD card to computers, smartphones, tablets, televisions or anything else that supports DLNA. We were able to stream movies, music and even browse photos from an iPhone, a laptop and an LCD TV as well. We had no problems whatsoever, and — surprisingly — battery life doesn’t seem to take too much of a hit. If you own an AT&T MiFi 2372 and haven’t updated the software yet, consider this your motivation. A video showcasing the MiFi’s DLNA capabilities follows below. More →
Following Bell’s lead, Canada’s Rogers Wireless has issued a recall notice for the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372 Rocket mobile hotspot on account of its faulty battery. Novatel will be sending Rogers MiFi owners a pre-addressed and pre-paid envelope so they can send in their device to have it replaced. According to Rogers, Novatel will have the MiFi back in the customers hands within 7 to 10 business days of receiving the device. It doesn’t look like Rogers will be giving their customers a Rocket stick to make up for the temporary loss of mobile data, although credits will be given for the time the MiFi is out of action. Anyone with questions or comments is asked to call 1-866-511-5311.
We were a bit taken back the other day when trying to locate the Novatel MiFi 2372 on Bell’s website to no avail, and now we know why — it’s been recalled. According to Bell, the MiFi’s battery is prone to swelling and, not surprisingly, this poses not only a safety risk but may also “[cause] the device to malfunction.” Bell is planning to get MiFi’s back in the hands of its customers just as soon as they can get them replaced by Novatel, but in the meantime every affected customer will be sent a U998 Turbo Stick to tide them over. Just in case you’re the type to throw caution to the wind and want to keep using your MiFi until the replacements are shipped out (which just so happens to be 6 to 8 weeks away), Bell has taken the precaution of remotely deactivating your kit. More →
It only took them four months, but Rogers has finally followed in Bell’s footsteps with the release of the Novatel Wireless 2372 Rocket Mobile Hotspot. Better known to consumers as a MiFi device, the Rocket Mobile Hotspot connects to Rogers’ 3G network and acts as a portable hotspot for up to 5 computers, mobile phones, or anything else with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi capabilities. Compatible with both Windows and OS X, it also supports microSD cards up to 16GB for easy file access and has a battery that is rated for four hours. The Rocket Mobile Hotspot is available on a 3-year contract for $49.99 or just by itself for $249.99. More →
For you Canucks who love traveling or sharing your Internet connectivity, or both, we just received word that the Bell MiFi 2372 is going to hit soon. On November 30, you can pick one up for $249.95 or $99.95 if you sign up for a three year contract. The Bell MiFi, like the ones on Verizon and Sprint, can support up to five devices at the same time. It also has a memory card slot capable of storing up to 16GB of data and is compatible with both Windows or Mac operating systems.