Friday, July 24, 2009

CradlePoint Firmware 2.4.2 for CTR350/PHS300 Adds Support for MiFi 2200

The MiFi 2200 continues to be the hottest thing in mobile broadband, but it has serious limitations that have made it unattractive to some 'hard-core' users who need more versatility out of a router in a home or office setting. The MiFi's limited WiFi range, restrictions to five wireless clients, and lack of ethernet connections are all very annoying.

With the introduction of Firmware 2.4.2, many of the MiFi's shortcomings can now be overcome by tethering the MiFi to a CTR350 or PHS300

While attached to either Cradlepoint router:
  • more than five WiFi clients can be connected at greater distance to/from the router;
  • ethernet connections can be established (CTR350 only); and
  • the MiFi's internal battery is being charged.
Tethering the MiFi to either the CTR350 or PHS300 improves WiFi range as much as three times over that of the MiFi alone. (for even more range, firmware 1.6 allows tethering to the MBR1000 for as much as TEN times more WiFi range than the MiFi's built in radio allows for.)

With the release of 2.4.2 firmware, all Cradlepoint routers support all of the same devices. Of course, this will only last until the next official firmware release that adds support for newer devices.

Read more about Firmware 2.4.2 in the official release notes.
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