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4G Mobile Hotspot for Business

Discussion in 'Networking' started by respiratorytim, Aug 29, 2016.

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  1. respiratorytim

    respiratorytim Thread Starter

    Aug 29, 2016
    Hello. I have a small medical practice and I am moving into a new office location this week. We will not have our final internet connection until three weeks out. I was wondering if I could power the business using a Verizon Hotspot. We would have six laptops and six cell phones running at once with the six laptops connecting to an electronic health records program installed on each laptop. This program allows us to enter patient data and send out prescriptions and such. The office is a little over 1000sq ft with dedicated rooms for each employee. What do you think??

  2. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Mar 30, 2008
    From a WiFi stand point, you're asking alot out of a small hot spot. I have a Verizon JetPack I use for both personal and business. These JetPacks are typically limited to only support 5 wireless clients. I know there are ways to hack the JetPacks to allow more wireless clients but these JetPacks are not designed to support many wireless devices. Also there's the issue of proper coverage since these devices are small and meant for portability and power efficiency.

    Your best bet is to see if Verizon still offers a USB cellular modem and get a device like a Cradlepoint wireless router. These routers support the use of USB cellular modems and shares out the connection to both wired and wireless devices.

    Outside of the technical nature of this project, you also have to look at the service speed provided by Verizon in your area. I have been in situations where Verizon was not able to provide the best service and had to fall back on AT&T provided by my work's cell service. Also, you need to look at how much data you might be using for the duration where you'll be dependent on Verizon cellular. You need to get a service plan which covers your projected data usage as you don't want to be into the situation where you're into paying extra for any data over the cap you have in your plan. It will get expensive very quickly.

    I also don't know who your ISP will be but you might want to see if they offer WiFi access. Comcast provides their subscribers free WiFi access into their network from any area which has their WiFi service available. If you have this option available, it would be much better than the cellular broadband option. Especially if you only expect to use cellular for a short term solution as I don't think any of the major carriers provide a month to month type plan. And if they do, it will also cost you an arm and a leg.
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