Sony Adds MiFi Feature to Notebooks


The MiFi revolutionized sharing 3G data connections with other devices by combining a Wi-Fi router with a 3G modem in a little form. Sony (s sne) has not ignored the popularity of the MiFi and is adding the capability to its VAIO Y and Z series of laptops. This new feature effectively turns select VAIO notebooks into very big (and expensive) MiFi units that share the integrated 3G connection with up to five other devices over Wi-Fi.

Dubbed “Share My Connection” by Sony, the feature will be available June 20 on select VAIO Y and Z notebooks. Activating 3G service with Verizon (s vz) will be required to take advantage of this new feature.

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@Eul, not all devices can connect to an ad-hoc network. Like you, I thought that I could share a network connection at work from my laptop to my Pre, but found that the Pre can’t connect to ad-hoc networks. I believe quite a few other phones might behave in the same way, too.

Sony’s inclusion of MiFi is probably a good thing, and shows that they are listening to what people have been trying to do.


Weird. Have they ever heard of Ad Hoc mode? Anyone can set it up and share their 3G connection with any number of friends.

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