Huawei E5331 21.1Mbps Mi-Fi Router
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The Huawei E5331 sim free, High Speed 3G/4G MiFi 21.1Mbps HSPA+ MOBILE WIFI
1X Huawei E5331s-2
1x USB cable
1x 1500mAh battery
1x Quick Start Guide
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Battery life is good lasting around 5 hours and a mains charger is supplied together with a USB lead which can recharge the unit from a PC, albeit, more slowly than from the mains charger. You can connect up to 5 wireless devices and connection is simple, you just enter the security code from the unit when prompted, and, that's it - you're connected. Of course with PAYG if you lose the unit your loss is limited to the amount of credit remaining on the card.
One thing that is certain is that it is cheaper to buy a new SIM card on the 3 Network at Amazon prices rather than to top up the expiring SIM card. The two main 3 Network options available are 1GB to be used within a month or a 3Gb card valid for 3 months. There is also a 12GB option valid for a year.Read more ›
Once connected, either through USB or wifi you can log into it and play with the settings, encryption, NAT, sleep mode, cellular, etc. The main ones are there, there's even port forwarding and DMZ so it's rather like an off the shelf 3rd party router, just for 3G.
I've set the sleep settings as conservative as they can be which allows me to easily get a good days use on my iPad or laptop as it automatically sleeps when I stop using it for 10 minutes. You just tap the power button to fire up the wifi instantly when you need it.
Please note, this is a HSPA+ device. It won't do DC-HSPA+ nor will it do LTE. If you want a mifi that supports those features be prepared to shell out far more. However this mifi can easily get 10-15 meg down and ~3-4 meg up on three which I've decide to stick with while in the UK.
All in all I would defiantly recommend it.
First charge (cable but no charger included) for 4 hours. Then connect via USB cable (supplied) to to PC; software installs automatically which enables the unit to be set up: SSID, WPA key (= password), plus other optional settings. Software also displays useful information - battery state, total volume of data downloaded, etc. Also the Help facilities on this software are useful to non-expert users - including explanation of terms/abbreviations.
WiFi linked to laptop (Windows 7), iPhone 4 and iPad (both iOS 6) with no problems - just select the relevant SSID name from the list displayed on user device and enter the password.
Once set-up, the unit is very easy to use (one button - on/off); automatic connection of user device WiFi via 3G to internet in 20-40 seconds.
Maximum download data rate 3.5Mbps - taken from speedtest.net (3G only, haven't tested HSPA+ yet).
Maximum WiFi range appears to be about 25 yards (Obviously this depends partially on the WiFi tx/rx in the user device.)
The mechanical design/construction of the unit is adequate to good - but you wouldn't want to have open and close it too often, and avoid dropping it on to a concrete floor from a height of 6' or more.
NB: Recent price increase - I bought it for £46:90 on 28/1/2013.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love these and have purchased 4 of them for work colleagues.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easy set up. Good range and good battery life. In normal use lasts all day with three phones and tablets accessing regularly. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great product and was debranded. Went travelling and automatically logged on to any sim and able to go online immediately.
The company's policy and backup is 2nd to none.
It does the job, so can't complain.
I used it while in Germany with a sim I bought in Germany and it worked well. Read more
While my phone could connect to this, my laptop would only see the wireless network set up by it intermittently, would manage to connect even less often, could hardly ever get an... Read morePublished on 3 May 2013 by D. R. Cantrell
I just transferred my T-Mobile PAYG internet SIM to this device
and off it went. Only problem was re-discovering how to open
the E3131 dongle to get out the SIM card! Read more
Works well. The real speed with the T-Mobile SIM 5/2 Mbps which is affordable. Setup is rather challenging for a non-experienced user. Many usual wifi setting options. Read morePublished on 4 April 2013 by L. Zoltan
A simple and useful tool. It is a very easy and cheap way of accessing the Internet and email. I thoroughly recommend it.Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by R CHALKLIN