USB-based WiMAX modem or MiFi-like device?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by kylera, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. kylera macrumors 65816

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    Between using a USB WiMAX modem or accessing a MiFi-like device via wireless, which in your opinion would consume lesser power?
     
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    You mean your computer's battery power? The external Mifi transmitter. Macs are good with Wifi power usage, and would save power compared to having to power the USB adapter itself.
     
  3. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, the Mac's power.

    Would you think the power usage difference is substantial?
     
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Probably not significant difference really. For convenience of only having to worry about one battery to charge, the USB would be good.

    Advantage to the Mifi is if you ever want to let someone else use your connection or if you want to use it with a non computer like an iPad (due to software installations).
     
  5. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Okay, gotcha. If I can get a used USB modem I think I'll try running some tests.
     

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