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Anyone know how well this will work in Spain and which is the best sim to use, one purchased here or one in Spain? 9 Aug 2014
Mine worked perfectly in Spain using a Spanish SIM. You will be cheaper buying the SIM in Spain. I bought one from Movistar who have shops everywhere but there are also other providers (e.g. Orange). The only difficulty I had is that the SIM comes with a password which you need to enter and then disable using the TP-Link website and to do that you need internet access. Once that was done, no problem. If you use up all the data you can top up again at the phone shop. You can't top up online.
I have used a laptop, ipad, Android tablet and Windows phone on broadband via this device. Also it has had other users connected to it at the same time as myself. Its not a replacement for a decent adsl/cable router for home use unless there is a mast outside your home. If you are going to buy one then check for signal strength in the areas where you are most likely to use it for whichever ISP you are going to use. When its turned on the device you wish to connect to it should show it in its wi-fi settings.
If your iPad 2 has 3G it means you can install the O2 SIM card inside it, you wouldn't need the M5250, but if you want to connect several devices using the same O2 connection, you buy this and install the SIM to it, after that you just power it on and connect any device you want to the Wifi network it creates.
Is it possible to use a 4g UK Sim in this? Obviously if there is a 3G modem in it, I'd expect the speed to be restricted but will a 4g card work? 14 Oct 2014
I am not an expert in these things and I've not tried a 4G card in my device. The Troubleshooting guide part of the manual for the M5350 (the one I bought rather than the M5250 you are looking at) says you need to use a valid WCDMA sim if this helps. The HSPA+ protocol mentioned in the specs for the device is a 3g protocol. See here http://www.tp-link.com/common/features/en/m5350.html?siteid=1. If your 4G card can handle 3G protocols you should be OK. Bit like the way that 3G cards can handle 2G. Giffgaff has a decent page on using 4G - which has a short bit about 4G cards in 3G phones. It which infers they should work, albeit at 3G speeds - http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Using-giffgaff/Guide-to-4G/ta-p/12134248. Maybe you should drop a line to TP-Link to be sure.
Can I recharge this before the indicator turns red, i.e. When it is only partly discharged? 16 Oct 2014
Sorry dont really know, but I would treat the battery like any other rechargeable, which I assume needs to be empty before recharging, it looks like a mobile phone battery. Maybe you could contact the manufacturer for an answer. Sorry cant be more help.
This has the 900 and 2100mhz bands. I'm sure at least one operator will be on those bands. It's not so much a country issue as which operator you go with, so just check with the one you want to use and make sure they are on either of those bands above.
Has anyone tried this on Windows XP as well as Win 7? My Huawei E5330 works well with Win 7 but refuses to talk to my XP laptop. Wonder whether I should swap suppliers 25 Sep 2014
If your Windows XP PC can connect to a WiFi hotspot then yes it will connect to the TP-Link M5250. There is no physical connection between the computer/tablet/phone and the TP-Link so no drivers to install.