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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2010
I brought the unlocked version of this to drive my ipod and laptop when away on business. Uk buyers dont be alarmed when the unit arives badged as '3' network.
There were no issus with unit recognising my 'Orange' sim card and obtaining a signal on the newtwork. Similary connecting wifi enabled devices to the device is a dream, simply enter the encryption key and you are immediatly connected.
Unfortunately thats where the success ended.
The device would not connect to the web, prefering to toggle between coonecting and disconecting as the ipod attempted to visit a web site.
Eventually after connectin the device to my laptop the software auto installed and I was able to load the 'controls dashboard' which is one the most intuitive I have come across.
The range of controls, from basic setting to advanceed is really good. For the device to work (other than with the original'3' sim card) you will need to go into the advanced setting and manually input connecting settings from orange (or your chosen internet provider).

Orange technical helpline were really obiging in giving me the setting the menus required, and after several minutes I was online with both my ipod and laptop.
You can connect up to five devices (the most I had was 3) but even with three the speed was still reasonably good.
The OLED screen is very clear and displays a whole host of information including what the current download usuage is.

If youy are going to try and dowload a technical manual from Huawei ... dont bother!! technical support from their web site is hopeless. Not what I would expect from a manufacturer of their stature.

All in all a really god bit of kit, but if you are going to use an unlocked one be prepared for some sweat and tears before you get any use out of it
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2010
At MifiClub we rent out mifi devices to international travellers who want internet access anywhere so we've experimented with mifi devices from novatel, netcomm, and huawei. The best value for money is definitely huawei and it's what we use.

Our customers love the display screen which tells them how much data they've used, how much battery is left, and how long they've been online. It's light weight. Speed is very fast. The firmware is customisable to allow you to have more than 5 devices connect to its wifi.

The only downside is battery life only which lasts about 4 hours of use.

I love how these now use micro USB. So you can charge it with blackberry chargers.

It beats the others in terms of screen display. It's on par in performance. It edges them out in price. So we highly recommend this.

Until someone puts out a better one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2011
The is a fantastic little device and is great value. It is obviously originally a '3' branded modem that has been unlocked so that it is no longer restricted to the '3' network. It does require some setting up to get it working with your chosen network/sim card but don't be put off! Also bear in mind that the instructions in the box are for the '3' branded modem and are not 100% accurate for the unlocked device.

Out of the box the modem powers up quickly and there was enough charge in my battery to test the unit out. The mobile phone style display is user friendly, showing signal strength, network etc. Connecting to the device by wifi is straight forward using the key provided on the inside of the battery cover, however once connected to the modem's wifi signal you then have to configure the internet connection settings for your chosen sim card. This needs to be done before you can connect to the internet and is, I suspect, the reason for some of the duff reviews posted here. This step is not really covered by the instructions included with the modem because they assume you are using a '3' sim card so I will provide simple instructions here (beyond the scope of a 'review' I suppose!) Once connected to the wifi signal on the modem connect your internet browser to the modem config page (type 192.168.1.1 in your browser address bar) You can then log in to change settings (the default password is Admin The next step is is enter the mobile internet settings in the 'Advanced settings' page. You can get these from you service provider (O2, Orange, T Mobile, GiffGaff etc) or if you have another internet connection, Google is your friend here! You will need the APN address and a user name and password. This only takes a minute once you have located the correct settings.

Once setup I found I had a reasonable connection to the internet for browsing and reading email. One advantage of the device being wireless is that you can place it anywhere in the room to get the best 3G signal whilst still sitting in the comfort of your hotel bed with your laptop! Battery life appears to be around three hours.

In conclusion a great little gadget but perhaps not for the less tech savvy as some config is required. If the vendor had chosen to package some instructions and perhaps a list of commonly used mobile internet settings for each network then I might have awarded 5 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2010
Picked up this device to replace a USB modem I have had for years - This device works flawlessly in Denmark (TDC as the provide), Setup was a breeze and I now can use the same Wireless broadband (flatrate) for all my devices including my Blackberry (which does not have 3G flatrate), My Ipod touch and my notebooks - all of them at the same time. It even works perfect when using it while driving (being a passenger of course) over longer distances. It runs roughly 4 hours on the battery which in general is more than enough for a normal day for me, as it start up so quickly (~25 seconds from off to fully connected to the Internet) that turning it off when it's not used is the way to go.
All in all a 5 star product.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2011
I haven't used the device away from home, so can't comment just yet on how it might perform. However some set up instructions, whilst still fresh in my mind, might be helpful for other buyers.

The E585 has an internal IP address of 192.168.1.1 - if you have another device on your network that shares this address (which is highly likely), you will need to change that other devices address to enable you to get into the set up routine.

The 'dashboard' software is incompatible with Windows 7 64 bit. However this is not a problem. Assuming you have changed the IP address of any other device that shares 192.168.1.1, then all you need to do is enter that address (192.168.1.1) in your browser window and you'll be in the set up software.

You then need to log into it using Admin and Admin and go into the advanced setting section to change the APN settings. Most settings don't need a user name or a password - simply the APN. For Orange in the UK (for example) it's 'orangeinternet' in lower case without the apostrophes. For Ortel it's 'ortelinternet', other APN details can be found on the web.

Once you have this set up, it should find the network.

Hope this helps someone as I struggled for an hour or so to work out why it wasn't working.
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2011
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2011
I bought this item to use with my O2 dongle sim card as I wanted a mobile router that gave me Wi-Fi for more than one device at a time. It is suprisingly fast and works well with no problems. To get it setup I kept the existing unactivated 3 sim card whilst I connected to my3 home site to enable me to connect to the device and establish a shortcut on my desktop. I then replaced it with my pay monthly O2 sim card, phoned O2 to get the correct settings (which were very straight forward), changed them using the shortcut and I was away.

An added bonus was that whilst logging onto my O2 account to see how much of my 3G allowance I had used I discoverd that they had given me a free unlimited download bolt on with no end date. No fear of exceeding my allowance now - result! Excellent product.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2012
Just the job! A great little product. Have only used it with a 3 contract SIM so no set up involved. Insert the card, switch it on, log onto it with iPAD, Kindle, laptops and mobile phone and away you go. No more fiddling about with a dongle, taking it in turns to log on and check emails. Pros:
*you can position it where you get the best 3G/GPRS/whatever signal (comes with a double sucker so you can stick it on a window - presumably also on your car windscreen!)
*multiple users simultaneously
*wifi only iPAD and Kindle can connect to the internet
*much better connection than with dongle
Cons:
nothing I can think of. Some people say short battery life but you can keep it plugged into the charger if that's a problem.Unlocked Wireless Modem Huawei E585
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2010
fantastic bit of kit

so much easier to use than the previous model. this is literally one touch power on and then it connects to what is available, suffice to say you need to setup the relevant details from its inbuilt web interface, but is so much easier to use and to read thanks to the detail text screen as opposed to coloured icons this time round, shows you live update of that sessions usage.

highy recommended for its portability, can now be charged off a usb port and used simultaneously also

very configurable interface for security and other pertinent settings, having owned the previous version, i would buy this solely for the new features even if i was getting along ok with the previous model.

seel your old one and get this, you can pick these up for under £40!

chalk and cheese.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2011
You'll have read the other reviews singing this device's praises. It really is an excellent piece of kit.

One thing that no one has emphasized is that this is really has all the features that any fixed router provides.

For example, security:
Wireless
* You can turn off SSID broadcasting, so that no one can see the device unless they know it by name.
* It supports WPA2, which is the best WiFi security standard available. Set it to WPA2 AES to force all devices to connect using the most secure mode.
* It has MAC filtering, so I can set up the router to only accept connections from my devices.
* Devices that connect to the WiFi are 'isolated' from each other by default, so other devices on the WiFi network can only see the router (this can be switched off).
Internet
* The attached devices sit behind a firewall (on by default)
* Upnp and other services that poke holes in the firewall are off by default.

Given these settings (and strong passwords), I'm confident about using this in public areas. And even if one device were to be 'hacked', or someone guessed your password, it's much less likely that this could compromise other devices on the network. I do recommend that you update the Admin password (which defaults to Admin), in case someone did manage to break in, they would be able to reconfigure the router.

Advanced users could even do funky things like exposing servers from the WiFi network, so you could even run a web server on the move!

In short, this device is awesome!
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