Supra has been promising a version of eKey for the Apple iPhone for several months now. I was starting to think it was vaporware until the application finally showed up on the iTunes store recently. I personally don’t own an iPhone and I was a little concerned that I might be excluded because the iPhone was the only compatible device shown in Supra’s marketing material. Thankfully, it turns out that my hunch was correct. The iPod Touch works as an eKey flawlessly. There is one caveat however…
Before you go to buy a dongle from your local MLS office, you should download the eKey app from the iTunes store. It’s free and easy to install. The problem you will run into is when you go to purchase the dongle from your local MLS. During the process, they will probably ask you to enter an authorization code that they provide you with and then they will want you to sync your device. At home, you have your wireless router so this is not a problem in the long term but at the MLS, I doubt they will give you their wifi encryption key to allow you to sync your device on their wireless network.
To solve this problem, I borrowed my wife’s Verizon Mifi. This is a fantastic little device that acts as a wireless hotspot for up to 5 computers at once in any location that you can get 3g cellular service. I went through the process, hit “sync now” and everything fired off without a hitch. There are a few other solutions that I can think of, but most of them are a little clunkier than something like the Mifi.
Certain devices available from Clear might be able to serve the same function or if you have an air card for your laptop, you can take your laptop in and set it up to provide an adhoc wifi network connection to your iPod Touch however the details for that are a bit beyond the scope of this article.
If you are lucky enough to have an iPhone, the eKey setup process should work flawlessly without a hitch. If you have an iPad, you may have to jump through some of these hoops to make it an eKey depending on which model you have.