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3G WiFi Hotspot White
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- Form Factor:External
- Device Type:Mobile hotspot
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This device enables you to insert a SIM (Standard size, so a Micro or Nano SIM will require an adaptor to fit, but most SIMs come with those anyway now) and then it broadcasts WiFi while connected to the mobile network - so you can carry your WiFi hotspot with you and as long as you have mobile signal you have access. Easy!
It's incredibly easy to set up, insert the SIM, pop the battery in and charge it up - then power on and it's ready! Obviously you'll need the WiFi security key which is printed in the inside of the battery cover, you can change the password to something more memorable if you like (once connected go to http://192.168.8.1/html/index.html on your smartphone or laptop and click "settings" - default password is "admin", once in you can change the admin password and the Security Key). The device charges via Micro USB cable (included).
Obviously you'll burn through data if you use this for streaming film, etc, so you'll need a SIM with high data allowance, or unlimited data. But this does work great, my home Broadband speed is only 3.5mbps so if I connect my Smart TV or PS4 to this I actually get quicker connection speeds than with my home Broadband. When I'm working from I also use this rather than my Broadband because my VPN seems more stable over it (presumably because my home Broadband bandwidth is very limited until I get fibre!Read more ›
Everything worked well though the range of the device was limited by thick walls of the stone built farmhouse. The Huawei is so tiny it was easy to slip it into a pocket or place it on the patio table (having cleared wine bottles away to make room). The battery life is not very long but when we were indoors (not often) or overnight it could be left on charge and sent its signal throughout the 4 bedrooms, dining room, sitting room and kitchen.
The only problem (not with the Huawei) was I had not bought enough data (only 1GB) from LaFrance and this expired after about a week and every time I tried to top up the LaFrance website froze on the confirm order page. I'll buy sufficient next time.
I recommend this gadget it does what you expect it to.
One word of caution follow the setup instructions carefully both for the Huawei and for whatever sim card you decide to use. Perhaps being booze befuddled helped as, usually and in common with most men, I go word blind when following these and try to wing it.
We're using giffgaff and it works very well indeed - a tad difficult to set up but there is a help page on the internet which proved very useful.
We get a "very strong" signal and everything seems to work well.
We only really latched on to this way of doing things after speaking to a friend who takes hers away on holiday with her and we thought that this would be a much more convenient way of doing things rather than relying on a hotel's often patchy broadband coverage as I am tired of hanging over the balcony defying death just to try to keep up with what's happening back in the UK ! Now that we've seen that it works well we intend to buy one for ourselves
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow the range of this bit of kit is great. Use it to get wifi in the Holliday home in Austria with a Local sim card.when we get out of the car on the drive the smart phone updates! Read morePublished 29 days ago by ian lee
Great device enabling me to connect to the internet when I'm travelling.Published 1 month ago by Happy1
Item requires a SIM unlock code despite product details saying it is open for all carriers. I wasted almost a day trying get work and gave up AND I am in IT!! Avoid!Published 1 month ago by TabMan
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