iPad 3 LTE capable announced today, get online with Wireless 3G or 4G

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Wednesday, 07 March 2012

iPad 3 LTE capable announced today, get online with Wireless 3G or 4G

On March 7th, Apple announced their iPad 3 LTE capable, which is the latest version of the iPad. The majority of iPad, iPad 2 and upcoming iPad 3 users are looking for an internet solution that will allow them fast internet accesson their iPad anywhere the go, securely and reliably. We have tested several different options that will meet the needs of any iPad owner, and have described the pro's and con's of each option to help you decide which option will suit you best! One of the biggest advantages to using any of the setups below (as opposed to relying on open WiFi networks or using AT&T or Verizon's 3G/4G LTE network via the built-in 3G/4G LTE chip) is that you'll be able to provide 3G/4G internet access to any device, not just the iPad! Why pay a monthly fee for something that is only going to work with the iPad, when you can also provide connectivity to your laptop, iTouch, Xbox360/PS3, and so on?

Read on to review the options for getting your new iPad online!

Novatel JetPack MiFi 4510L/Overdrive Pro/AT&T MiFi 2372/DataJack MiFi 2200:

 Verizon offers the MiFi, which allows you to connect up to 5 devices via WiFi to their 3G network

The Novatel MiFi 4510L is an all-in-one battery-powered 3G/4G LTE capable mobile hotspot available from Verizon. It's the tiniest option available and provides 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity to up to 5 users via WiFi. Plus, there are more monthly service options than AT&T's and Verizon's data plans for the iPad itself - Verizon and AT&T give MiFi users the choice of a 5GB plan for 5GB for $50/mo, or 10GB for $80. Sprint gives the largest data plans starting with the 6GB plan for $49.99/mo or 12GB for $79.99/mo. Prepaid users will love DataJack's pricing plans starting at $9.99/mo up to $49.99/mo for 5GB of data!

Carriers Supported: Verizon/Sprint/AT&T/DataJack

3G/4G Compatibility: Verizon 3G/4G LTE support, Sprint 3G/4G WiMAX support, AT&T 3G/4G HSPA+ support (AT&T Elevate for 4G LTE)

WiFi Range: MiFi's up to 30 feet, Overdrive Pro around 100 feet; maximum of five simultaneous WiFi connections (Pepwave Surf Mini or Pepwave Surf On The Go can be used if you need to connect more than 5 users).

Battery Life: 2-4 hours depending on usage (an external battery or extended battery can be used for more battery time)

Pro's: Convenient, affordable, very tiny/portable

Con's: Limited WiFi range (add the Pepwave Surf Mini/Surf On The Go for extra range); locked to Sprint or Verizon (AT&T MiFi 2372 Unlocked!); no ethernet port for hard-wired connections (add the Pepwave Surf Mini or another WiFi as WAN Router for ethernet capability); no antenna port for connecting an antenna directly to the device to improve signal strength (if you need to improve signal strength you will need to use a wireless repeater system like the Wilson Sleek).

Read more about the Verizon MiFi

Other Router + 3G/4G Aircard:
Other routers like Cradlepoint or Pepwave can be used with other 3G or 4G aircards, too!

For folks who already have a 3G or 4G aircard, you can add a router to create a WiFi hotspot that your iPad 3 can connect to (as well as your other devices, of course). If you're not interested in the Sprint U600, the Cradlepoint routers support a huge variety of aircards from Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, Alltel, CLEAR, and many other providers.

Carriers Supported: Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, DataJack, Alltel, CLEAR, and more (see router compatibility chart for supported carriers and devices).

3G/4G Compatibility: Works with 3G and 4G modems from many carriers (see above)

WiFi Range: The CTR35 provides about 50-75ft through walls, much greater unobstructed; the MBR95/CBR400/MBR1200/MBR1400/Surf On The Go provide several hundred feet through walls, much greater unobstructed.

Battery Life: External battery packs are available for the other models if you want to be mobile offering 12 to 24 hours of run time!

Pro's: Most 3G/4G aircards and at least one of Verizon's 3G/4G modems have antenna ports (important for folks in low-signal areas); routers can be used with an existing 3G or 4G aircard if you have one; freedom of being able to switch carriers if needed; works with 3G and 4G aircards from a huge variety of carriers; most router models feature at least one ethernet port for wired connections; wireless "N" routers feature great WiFi range; advanced features like load balancing available on some models.

Con's: Not as small/portable as the MiFi.

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