In 2012, living without the internet is definitely not an excellent adventure. Who would have thought that life, as we have come to know it, would be so incredibly altered by not having access to your email, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Google Analytics, and the AdMin Panel to the back of your review site…. My internet provider sent three different service technicians, on three different occasions, in three days, to fix the problem. Each time one left, they blamed the other for not fixing the problem in the first place and claimed that "NOW, all is well. Your wi-fi will be up and running and stay up and running." These guys arrived at my house at all hours this past week. The first technician came at 8:00pm, only after I starting crying on the phone when he tried to set up an appointment for the next day. The next service call didn’t come until 10:30pm the following evening and he stayed past 11:30 poking around outside with cables in the driveway and down at the street. When the first two attempts failed to rectify the problem a “specialist” was called in, he arrived before 11:00am. After profusely sweating all over the modem and many trips up and down the stairs, he assured me he’d solved the problem…. Nope, EdAppTalk was scheduled to take place that evening as well as a graduation party for my two sons, and Teachers With Apps still had no Internet service. BRAIN SLAM, my close friend had lent me a MiFi when we traveled to Woodstock, MA over Memorial Day weekend. I wanted to be able to write reviews during the car ride and stay connected to our social media during my mini vacation. I needed a MiFi! You can learn how this concept has been around since 2009, according to Wikipedia. •MiFi is a portable broadband wireless device about the size of a credit card that combines functions of a modem, router and access point. Definition from TechTarget Quickly, I was able to procure hers for that day. I also knew that EdAppTalk would go on as scheduled by the guest host, Ann Adair, of Thinkamingo. Thanks Ann! It wasn’t until the following afternoon that I located a store to purchase my very own MiFi and headed off, into traffic, to drive “up the Island.” So, what exactly is a MiFi? It is a portable hotspot that you can carry and basically tap into the existing network and have a connection just about anywhere. For a price of course! For an initial setup and activation fee of $120.00 and a monthly rate of approx $40.00 per month, anyone can have one of these gadgets. Quite frankly, it saved my week from being a total nightmare. I now have yet another small black box to charge and carry around – BUT what a peace of mind! Try it, you’ll like the comfort it provides.
Written by Jayne Clare
Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.