If you live in an area with no land line internet service, and you’ve found that satellite may not offer the right speed or price for you, you may have found a solution in the form of mobile hotspots. These devices, also called MiFi and aircards, can provide a faster internet connection than dial-up. But depending on the density of cell towers and their signals, the reception could be intermittent, leaving you with a costly aircard that simply doesn’t do the job. While you may be thinking about returning your hotspot, there are some troubleshooting tips that may offer a solution.
The Signal Booster
These devices work in conjunction with an aircard to intensify your internet signal. They do cost a moderate amount of up-front – up to $400 – but they can improve all kinds of cellular signals. Boosters are essentially antennas that are mounted on the outside of the home and then connected indoors to a receiver.
The Repurposed Booster
Another solution could be to use a booster in a different way. For example, you could purchase a booster made specifically to boost the cell phone signal in a vehicle for home use. These types of boosters can work well with MiFi systems, and can come in at a lot less than boosters designed for home use. However, you will need to be aware that most only work over 3G connections.