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Word of the Day: MiFi



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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“The Mi-Fi is just one example of a 3G/Wi-Fi pocket router – some others include the CradlePoint ClearSpot and the Sierra Wireless Overdrive.” — Lisa Phifer

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is MiFi, a portable broadband device that allows multiple end users and mobile devices to share a 3G or 4G mobile broadband Internet connection and create an ad-hoc network. Although MiFis are manufactured by Novatel, the name is often used as a generic label for any device capable of becoming a personal hotspot or pocket router. Continued…

Related Terms

BYON
hot spot
wireless router
tethering
ad-hoc network
personal area network

Quiz Yourself
You have traveled back in time to the year 2002, only to discover that everyone is talking about warchalking. What the heck was warchalking?
a. a grass roots effort to create a standard iconography for public Wi-Fi access.
b. a grass roots effort to map politically motivated malware attacks.
Answer

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