A MiFi is a portable wireless hotspot that connects computers and other devices to the Internet via a cellular data network. Your wireless service provider will automatically activate the MiFi device, which can then be connected to your computer or device via Wi-Fi.
Part 1 Connecting to MiFi
1. Install the battery and SIM card (if applicable) into your MiFi device.
2. Switch on your MiFi device. To turn on the MiFi, press the power button on the front of the device.
3. Check that the MiFi device’s indicator light turns solid green. This indicates that the MiFi is now connected to the cellular network of your wireless service provider.
4. Turn on your computer or device and navigate to the Wi-Fi menu. The Wi-Fi menu appears in the system tray on Windows computers, in the top right corner of Mac OS X, and in the Settings menu on iOS and Android-powered mobile devices.
5. Select your MiFi device’s Wi-Fi network or SSID. In most cases, the network name / SSID includes the name of your wireless service provider and is printed on the back of your MiFi device’s sticker.
6. Enter the MiFi device’s password. The password should be printed on the label beneath the SSID or supplied by your wireless service provider.
If your wireless service provider does not provide you with a password, try using “admin” as the default password.
7. Allow your computer or device to connect to the MiFi network. Your connection status will be “Connected” in the Wi-Fi list, and you can now browse the Internet from your computer or device.
Part 2 Troubleshooting MiFi Setup
1. If the MiFi device does not power on, ensure that the battery is fully charged and properly seated. In most cases, problems with power outages are caused by a faulty battery.
2. If you’re having issues with poor connectivity or no service, try relocating your MiFi device. Structures such as walls and large furniture can sometimes block or weaken the cellular signal.
3. If the MiFi device does not appear in the list of available Wi-Fi networks on your computer or device, refresh the list of available Wi-Fi networks. It may take up to 15 seconds for the MiFi device to appear in the list of networks in some cases.
4. If you are unable to connect to the MiFi, contact your wireless service provider to ensure that your MiFi device was successfully activated. In some cases, your wireless service provider may have overlooked adding the MiFi service plan to your account or properly activating the device.
5. If you have frequent connection problems or forget your password, reset your MiFi device. Resetting the MiFi device returns it to its factory default settings.
Remove the MiFi device’s battery cover and battery.
Locate the reset button, which is a tiny button labelled “Reset” and located beneath the battery.
Press and hold the reset button with a pin for about five seconds. The MiFi will restart automatically, and the default settings will be restored.
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