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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Little Box of Tricks, 14 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Zoom 3G/4G Wireless-N Travel Router (Electronics)
This is a great little device !

My kids have iPod Touches, my wife has her laptop and I have my iPad. How can we all get access to the Internet, at home, on holiday, in the car, at the airport etc?
Easy, you just need to create your own WiFi hotspot using this neat little mains/battery powered travel router.

Step 1 - Get this travel router and configure it with WPA security - this will keep you safe and stop others from hijacking the wireless connection (unless they know your password). This is easy to do using the admin software provided and there are full instructions on the CD provided.

Step 2 - Next you need a suitable USB modem that will work in your desired locations (using a locally sourced SIM card of course, to avoid huge roaming charges).

There are a number of options here:

Option 1: Buy the sibling product - the Zoom USB 3G Modem which is fully unlocked and will take any SIM card from any network - definately the most hassle free solution
Option 2: If you have an existing USB modem locked to a UK network provider you could try and unlock it (a quick google on modem model number and you will be on the right track)
Option 3: Buy a USB modem in the country in which you are travelling to ( but remember unless you unlock it, it wont work when you get back home) - it will probably come with a pre-charged SIM card with say 1GB data. In Portugal, this cost around 40 euros.

Important - before buying a local USB modem remember to first check the compatibilty list on the Zoom Website - most mainstream modems are supported

Step 3 - Plug in the USB Modem with a locally source SIM data card and switch on. In the majority of circumstances it should simply work. If you have problems it is most likely that your APN parameter needs to be configured - you will need to contact the local network provider for this information.

The device itself is about the size of 1.5 playing card boxes and the battery last in the region of 2.5 hrs with typical use. Because the modem plugs in to the side on the router, it is a somewhat awkward shape to carry around - so when transporting suggest you disconnect to reduce the risk of snapping it off.

Because it runs of the battery you can easily move it about to get the best 3G reception - the status screen has a signal strength output which is useful.

One point to watch out for - don't set the wireless type to "n only" as iPhones and iPod Touches don't support n - they need g to work, so go for "n/g mix"
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2013 21:00:12 BDT
will this work with the kindle fire do you know

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2013 14:12:49 GMT
DoubleDutch says:
Carol - yes I dont see any reason why it wouldnt

Posted on 15 Feb 2015 20:46:17 GMT
Aufermo says:
Nice one.
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