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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to setup and use, great battery saver., 14 Aug 2013
This review is from: TP-Link M5350 High Speed 3G Wi-Fi Unlocked Modem (HSPA+, 21.6Mbps, 2000mAh Internal Battery and LED Display) (Accessory)
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Whilst my phone has a tether mode, it destroys the battery life. Went camping recently for the weekend and took this, slipped my SIM card from my phone in here and used this for our groups Wifi Access in the middle of field. Because my phone wasn't using 3G, it's battery life improved, and I survived the whole weekend without needing to charge it. At this point I was already won over with this product :-)

Setup is dead easy. Slip your SIM card in, the wifi code is under the battery cover, and connect to it like you would any other Wifi access point. The is a display that shows you how many users are connected, battery life etc and even how many text messages you have (you have to log into the web interface to view and send text messages).

There is a MicroSD slot, but it's mostly pointless, you can't access it wirelessly, you can only access it via cable, I would treat this as a bonus feature, it's not really core functionality. However I feel there is a lot opportunity, as it's a shame there is no embedded SAMBA server running for Android users to access the SD card as a network drive over Wifi.

It should also be noted that it takes full size SIM cards, not the micro or mini SIM cards, so if you have one of the smaller ones, then you may need an adapter. It's a shame they aren't included in the box, as the cost would be close to zero for the manufacturer to included these.

Signal-wise 3G and Wifi were VERY solid, and I got more than the 6-7 hours quoted battery life, which I guess is part dependant upon how much data is being transferred.

For the cool factor of having a Wifi access point in the middle of a field, and the kudos from friends for supplying it, it's worth every penny! :-)
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