Visiting the Apple Store
The Wife’s website is a hit. So much so that I spend nearly all my spare time shooting pics of garments and she spends all her spare time putting the pics in a shopping cart on the website. Our TWC internet is slow and she wants internet capability on trips such as the one we took last weekend to Atlanta.
She thought a tablet might work better than a laptop and since the iPad is the best, we traveled to the Apple Store this morning. As you might imagine, there was quite a crowd, but they had lots of staff, plenty of machines and the Wife was waited on immediately. As soon as the guy learned she wanted to use it to update her website, he advised that tablets weren’t really good for that kind of thing. I could have hugged his neck.
We drove over to Verizon on Battleground, were immediately waited on and explaining our needs, the salesperson recommended a 4G MiFi hotspot. The Wife wants to cancel our internet and telephone service with TWC, so he also sold her a cellular modem to support the telephone number she’s had forever. God forbid a telemarketer or timeshare salesman not being able to contact us.
Back home, she charged the hot spot for a couple of hours and by 4:00, she’d set it up, connected the laptop to the signal and was blown away by the increase in speed. Sometime, I will disconnect the TWC cable modem, connect the hotspot and cellular modem and the Wife will inform TWC we only require their cable service.
The only potential rub is on the rare occasion when she goes out of town without me, taking the hotspot and leaving me with no access to the internet. I think I can deal with that.
With a two year contract the hotspot was $70 with a $50 rebate and $50 per month. I don’t remember how many GBs of data that supports. The cellular modem was $20 and $20 per month.
It’s so powerful while I was standing beside it reading the RF absorption warnings, my reproductive cells mutated and I grew two ovaries. Now, I have to deal with a period every month.
4-22-12 11:00: The Verizon hotspot and cellular modem are going back. Roku stopped working with it and it can’t be connected to the router, so we’d have to disconnect from the hotspot and connect to the router to print. Also, I’d have to install wifi adapters in my desktops to access the internet through the hotspot. We could connect the printer directly to the laptop to print. But it’s just not worth all the trouble for the increased speed and the ability to access the internet on the rare occasions we need it on the road.
14:30: After returning the Verizon products, she called TWC and agreed to pay $10 more per month for turbo speed. She re-booted and is now well pleased with the speed at which she can update her website. And I like it, too.