A question we are often asked by our trial law clients is, “How are you guys always connected/online?”. In the past, as WiFi technology trudged along (often mired in red tape over the telecom industry’s desire for dictatorial control over consumer usage), BNI operatives in the field have had to resort to, at best, spotty connections to quickly research or transmit documents. Our attorney clients have contacted us from, literally, the courthouse steps requesting last minute information that had to be accessed fully and immediately.
In the past, we’ve recommended free WiFi enablers, such as WiFi Radar and, while Wi-Fi Radar will do in a pinch, every investigator (and trial lawyer) should be prepared for the unexpected need for field connectivity with a practical, small-sized, hi performance WiFi connector such as the Alltel UTStarcom UM150AL. You don’t even need a wireless card or a cumbersome external device. Alltel’s UTStarcom UM150AL connects to current USB ports and can support Windows or Mac platforms.
We’ve tested this model while traveling (at the posted speed limits, of course) in various vehicle models, inside buildings (particularly those with no cell phone or laptop allowed signs) and in congested urban areas as well as on McDonald’s Farm (Athens, NY). Alltel’s UTStarcom UM150AL has effectively come through in each setting.
For $49.99 it’s also cost convenient to have online connection security in your pocket.
BNI Operatives: Street Smart, Net Savvy.