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Beware if your 3G coverage is weak
on 15 January 2015
It works as described, but I have two issues with it.
1.. It's not the most intuitive admin interface on the planet. The unit was taking quite a long time to initialize the SIM which was making me think that it wasn't working correctly. I phoned the TP-Link support number for some assistance and got through to a support person in Japan (I think) who was worse than useless. I was repeatedly told to connect the dongle to my computer, despite me telling her repeatedly that I didn't have a computer and I was connecting it to a TP-Link router and wanted to use it with an iPad. I just wanted to know if there was any diagnostics I could do, but I may as well have asked the nearest sheep.
2.. When I eventually got it going, I discovered that it gets a weaker signal than my iPhone when situated in the same location using the same service provider. I've always thought that the 3G signal on an iPhone was worse than just about every other 3G device on the planet, but I'm clearly wrong. The TP-Link MA180 beats it hands down.
To its credit, once I found a place with a stronger signal the MA180 has performed happily and reliably but I would say it is best avoided in weaker signal areas.