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Understanding The Verizon Mifi Light Codes

Dave Taylor By: Dave Taylor

I’m borrowing a colleague’s tiny little Verizon wireless cell modem gizmo, the MiFi 2200, and I’m totally impressed with it, except for one huge thing: what the heck do the lights mean?

Dave’s Answer:

I’ve been evaluating the Verizon mifi 2200 too, and I’m with you. it’s a great solution for getting online without having to worry about wireless passwords, signal strength or proximity to a cafe or open network. All you need is a cell signal and since Verizon seems to have very good coverage everywhere I travel, that’s a no-brainer.

On the other hand, sometimes devices can be too small, and I am kind of starting to think that this is a case in point. For example, I really want some sort of battery level indicator. Is the device 90% charged or ten minutes away from being completely dead? It’d be nice to know.

There are two indicator lights on the mifi 2200: the button light (which is how you turn the device on and off) and the status light on the edge, adjacent to the micro-USB connector.

Each of these can have multiple different colors, as shown in this handy table:

LED Color Meaning
LED not lit No Power
LED BLUE – Solid Device is Powered on and Roaming
LED GREEN – Solid Device is powered on and fully charged
LED GREEN – Glowing Device is in hibernate
LED RED – Blinking Battery is Critically Low.
LED AMBER – Solid Battery is Charging
LED AMBER – Blinking Error, see Troubleshooting

Got it? Four colors, flashing or not flashing, they could actually have eight messages, so Verizon showed a bit of restraint, right? :-)

Now, the status light can also have a couple of messages for you:

LED Color Meaning
LED not lit No Power
LED GREEN – Solid Device is powered but not transmitting or
LED GREEN – Slow Blinking Device is powered on but there is no service
LED GREEN – Intermittent Blinking Transmitting/receiving data

And now, as they say, you know. Still, a tiny multi-light battery status wouldn’t have added more than a few pennies to this gizmo…


About The Author

Dave Taylor is known as an expert on both business and technology issues. Holder of an MSEd and MBA, author of twenty books and founder of four startups, he also runs a marketing company and consults with firms seeking the best approach to working with weblogs and social networks. Dave is an award-winning speaker and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs.

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