Novatel's 2372 MiFi gets DLNA certified, can serve up some beats with those bytes

The humble MiFi from Novatel has, in various guises for myriad carriers, saved our bacon on repeated occasions at press events, feeding up sweet connectivity when 3G USB modems were few or ineffective. Now it can make that bacon sizzle, too, receiving DLNA certification and becoming a little media streamer. Content loaded to the MiFi's microSD card will now be served up to any compatible media player, receiver, or computer, which includes watching movies on iPads and Xboxes and PS3's. Oh, my! It remains to be seen whether existing 2372s will be upgradeable to support DLNA or whether it'll be new devices only, but the company has said that AT&T will be the first carrier to offer the service. So, there's something to look forward to, T-Mobile subscribers.

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Novatel Wireless MiFi® DLNA Server Receives Certification for Seamless Sharing of Digital Media Across Multiple Platforms

SAN DIEGO, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Novatel Wireless (Nasdaq: NVTL), a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, today announced that it has been granted certification from the Digital Living Network Alliance® (DLNA) for its MiFi® 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.

The MiFi DLNA® Server resides on the MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and runs on the MiFi OS™ as an application to provide simple, hassle-free media sharing. The MiFi DLNA Server enables users to browse, play and share movies, music and photos anywhere, anytime, on any DLNA-compatible device. Users effortlessly access their media stored on a microSDHC™ card inserted in the MiFi device, stream to their screen of choice, and enjoy.

"The DLNA CERTIFIED® MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot improves the end user experience by allowing mobile access to a users personal content such as video, music or pictures and allowing that content to be shared across multiple devices," said Rob Hadley, CMO of Novatel Wireless. "We are excited to see the rapid adoption of DLNA Certified devices and believe our MiFi DLNA Server is a great application to empower consumers to share and communicate anywhere with industry leading ease-of-use."

The MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot will be the first DLNA Certified® device commercially available. AT&T will be the first wireless carrier to offer this service with the MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.

The MiFi DLNA Server enables seamless access to digital content on DLNA-compatible DVD and Blu-ray players, game consoles, televisions, tablets, mobile devices, computers, audio video systems, digital frames, home theater devices and more. The MiFi DLNA server makes it easy to share both user-generated and syndicated digital content without complicated configuration and without having to copy, move and synch media files on multiple devices.

User scenarios with the MiFi DLNA Server include:

Stream movies to your laptop and/or watch directly on your living room TV

Listen to music stored on a microSDHC™ card on your home sound system

In the van, let the kids watch one video on a Galaxy Tab® and another on an iPod touch®

Share vacation photos on the grandparents' TV using their Blu-ray® player

Film the wedding reception, slip the microSDHC card into the MiFi device, and share the movie instantly on an iPad®

According to ABI Research there were more than 440 million DLNA Certified devices already installed in users' homes at the end of 2010. ABI Research estimates there will be nearly two billion DLNA Certified devices in homes worldwide by 2014.

Novatel Wireless will demonstrate its MiFi® 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot with its MiFi DLNA Server at CTIA Wireless in Orlando on March 22-24, 2011 at booth #3416.

About Novatel Wireless

Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leader in the design and development of intelligent wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies providing wireless connectivity. The Company delivers specialized wireless solutions to carriers, distributors, retailers, OEMs and vertical markets worldwide. Novatel Wireless' Intelligent Mobile Hotspot products, software, USB modems, embedded modules and smart M2M modules provide innovative anywhere, anytime communications solutions for consumers and enterprises. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more information please visit (NVTLG)