Virgin Mobile Mingle 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

December 29, 2015  |  Mobile Hotspot News

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Maximum Connected Wi-Fi Devices: 10

Wi-Fi Bands: 802.11B/G/N (up to 150 Mbps)

Hardware: NETGEAR NTGR778AVB

Wireless Network: North American Sprint 4G LTE and 3G Networks

Display: 1.77″ LCD Touch Screen

Runtime Battery: 12 Hours

Battery Capacity: 0000 mAH

 

 

 

 
Product Features

Compatible with most Wi-Fi-enabled devices

So you can easily access the Web.
Provides 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity.

For up to 10 wireless devices.
Operates on Broadband2Go wireless 3G and 4G LTE networks

So you can stay connected on the go.
Long-range Wi-Fi coverage

Provides wireless connectivity in both indoor and outdoor areas.
Password protection

Enables secure access.
1.77″ LCD screen

Keeps you apprised of the hotspot’s status.
Battery

Delivers up to 12.5 hours of use.
PC system requirements

Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7 or 8; Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 4.0, Safari 5 or Chrome 17 Web browser.
Mac system requirements

OS 10.6x, 10.7x or 10.8x; Firefox 4.0, Safari 5 or Chrome 17 Web browser.
Mobile system requirements

iOS 4.0, Android 2.1 Eclair or BlackBerry 5.0 operating system; Android browser (Android 2.2 Froyo) or Apple® Safari Mobile iOS 4.0 Web browser.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

 
51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Feature rich broadband hotspot – initial activation may require customer service, associated data plans may prove restrictive
By Tech Reader on May 28, 2014
This review is being written 5/28/2014 for the Netgear Mingle Mobile WiFi Hotspot (Virgin Mobile) by Netgear, advertised and sold by Amazon on their website.

 
This is a self-contained WiFi hotspot that connects to the Virgin Mobile (Sprint) 3G and 4G (LTE not Wimax) networks. Using this device, you can provide Internet access for up to 10 devices simultaneously. However, given the highly restrictive nature of the available data plans, this is not practical.

 
The Mingle has a small, color LCD display that provides status including signal strength, connection (3G or LTE), Wireless access point name (SSID) and password, and an estimate of the data usage. A rechargeable battery is included as well as the micro-USB cable and AC wall charger. The micro-USB cable can alternatively be connected to a PC for “tethering” (Internet connection via the cable not WiFi), but additional drivers must be downloaded to use this feature. The battery lasts 1/2 a day of fairly constant use in my experience. The Mingle also has connections for external antennas, although I did not test this feature. I found that the battery cover is rather loose and not a very secure design. The Mingle has the features of a regular WiFi home router which are accessible via a web page. I recommend changing the administrative password even if you don’t change anything else. You can also change the SSID (it has Mingle in the name otherwise and it’s usually not a good idea to advertise to the area the manufacturer of your access point), stop the SSID from broadcasting to stop non-hacker users from attempting to connect to your device, limit the number of devices that may attach (default of 10), and set various other networking parameters.Read more ›
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4G LTE rebooting bug is driving me crazy!
By R. Summers on August 1, 2014
Verified Purchase
The worst hotspot I’ve ever used. It’s suppose to be able to use the 4G LTE, but every single time I’ve connected to the 4G LTE in my area the device just starts to freak out! I get only 1 bar of 4G LTE in my area (I’m guessing this device is picking up the signal correctly? possible defective antenna or buggy firmware?), anyway within a minute of it switching to the LTE signal it will force reboot the hotspot over and over and over again, numerous times. I took it outside to test the signal strength of the LTE signal and it just started rebooting at least 10 times in a row. I’ve called and complained to Virgin Mobile that something is not right with this hotspot unit, and they’ve sent me 3 replacement units, one after another. All 3 of them displayed the same 4G LTE reboot bug. Just to use the device without it freaking out when it encounters a 4G LTE signal, I’ve had to force it in the settings to stay on 3G only. It seems stable and does not do the weird reboot bug if you set it to 3G only. But as soon as I set it to Automatic (default 3G/4G LTE detection setting) or LTE only setting, as soon as it detects that 1 bar of 4G LTE it will crap itself and start rebooting repeatedly within seconds, minutes, of switching to the 4G LTE signal. Buyer beware.
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Internet on the Go
By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2014
Verified Purchase
We occasionally visit a New Jersey friend who doesn’t have an internet connection. Not wanting to risk cyber withdrawal again, I decided to purchase a hot spot device for those occasional trips and for those occasions when Comcast is on the fritz. After the usual extensive, perhaps excessive, research I decided on the Netgear mingle since I also have Virgin Mobile phone service.

 
In the box is the wifi unit, a charging cord, and a cursory set of directions for setup and use.

 
My experience:
Installing and charging the battery is literally a snap; the charging is not an all day affair. I was able to power up and install the device before the battery was charged by keping the unit plugged in. Be sure to disconnect your current wifi connection, if you have one, before attempting to set up and register the Virgin Mobile Hotspot.

 
As soon as I clicked on Internet Explorer a link to Mingle Mobile Hotspot appeared. I thought I was home free, but came to many dead ends and a number of times was ready to give up and call Virgin Mobile for help. I got too many messages telling me I had done something wrong or that I could not be connected to the next step. It took me between thirty and fifty minutes to finally register, choose a payment option, and pay. I chose the 25 dollar a month option, finding it a better deal than the five dollars a day option.

 
Once I connected to the Mingle hotspot I was free to roam the internet. Speed and connectivity on the Mingle is not bad at all. Data use on the Mingle is not unlimited so I didn’t watch any movies while using it. I did view a very short YouTube movie and downloaded some photos with no problem ,however.

 
Today my laptop was being finicky and preventing me from getting online.Read more ›
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How Much Bandwidth?
By Gregory George Lewis on November 19, 2014
The title comes from a Tolstoy short story, “How Much Land?” as in, how much land (bandwidth) is enough for a man?

 
Purchased for $99 at Best Buy. I guess you can buy the Netgear Mingle device directly from Virgin Mobile for $79. I asked the sales person at Best Buy if she could set it up, she said “yes”. An hour later my friend was thinking about going to Barnes & Noble without me. Finally the sales person had it set up. I even connected to the device right there using my phone.

 
At home, I connected the device to my laptop using the USB cable. Immediate connection, with a browser-based dashboard, After disconnecting and moving the nicely designed, lightweight hotspot to the window where I could increase the bars, I easily connected. The mobile hotspot performs very well. After a couple days, I noticed it would “go to sleep”, and I’d have to remove the battery (very easy to do, as the back battery cover snaps out and snaps back into place very easily, no tools involved). You put the battery back in, and the device “wakes up”.

 
Technologically, I think the Virgin Mobile (I guess they are really owned by Sprint) Mingle works fairly well. I would even give it 5 stars.

 
Now to start subtracting stars.

 
Broadband2Go, Virgin Mobile’s data plan options: On day 1, my usage hit 1G. I have no idea what was happening on my computer that sucked up so much bandwidth in the first few hours. Was it a background process like Windows update? I don’t know, but the real-time Mingle dashboard manager usage indicator kept climbing. At this rate, my data usage would hit the brick wall in just a few days. This was last Saturday, 5 days ago. I am already at 4 out of 6GB of usage.Read more ›

iSavi WideEye – True Global Satellite Uplink Hotspot

December 29, 2015  |  Mobile Hotspot News

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  •  Broadband Internet – of up to 384 Kbps download, 240 Kbps up, for any connected device. 
       Phone – Make or receive phone calls on your smartphone with a new satellite phone number, or use.
     this service for a local number, or to forward your cellphone to this local number.
       Email – Send and receive email with your existing email client software.
       Instant Messaging – Use your existing messaging software, such is iMessage, or the built in SMS tool.
       Wi-Fi Hotspot – up to 100′ (30 meters) from the device. Connect from inside a building.
      
     Lightweight – The iSavi terminal weighs 1.9 lbs (850 grams).
       
    Ultra-Portable – The iSavi physical dimension are 7.1″ x 6.7″ x 1.2″ inches (179 x 170 x 30 mm).
       
    Global Coverage (except the extreme polar regions) – Travel anywhere- IsatHub coverage map
       
    Low Cost Service  IsatHub service is less expensive than BGAN service plans.
       Connect multiple devices to the WiFi hotspot – No limit to the number of devices that my connect.
       Little or no training needed to operate. Quickstart guide helps first time users.
       IsatHub Voice App – Make and receive calls from anyone (with a new satellite phone number).
       May also make voice calls via VoIP – Call any phone worldwide with applications such as Skype.
       Easy pointing terminal antenna with visual & audible pointing indicators.
       May operate on the ocean in very calm waters. more
       Network availability is 99.9% of the time. Inmarsat reliability!
       Built in SIP voice server with auto-connecting to SIP capable systems.
       Up to 24 hours standby, 2 hours transmit (at max power if transmitting 100% of the time).
       No roaming charges. All phone costs are the same anywhere you travel.
       Voicemail, Contact Lists.
       Usage reports – Know how much data – calling – SMS texting you’ve done each month.
       Advanced screens – Wi-Fi security, MAC address filtering, device passwords, etc.
       Usage controls – Set the number of Megabytes to be used in any session with Control App.

    IsatHub Questions – Answers to the most common Questions for the IsatHub iSavi.

  • IsatHub offers global talk, text and internet using Inmarsat’s Global 3G Satellite Network
  • Data speeds of up to 380 Kbps down and 240 Kbps up
  • Wideye iSavi IsatHub is lightweight, highly portable and is quick and easy to set up with no technical expertise or training needed
  • Wi-Fi Connections for multiple device with built-in Firewall. Compact and portable, easy to deploy and user friendly apps
  • The terminal has a 30 metre Wi-Fi range and multiple devices can share the same connection

Product Description

Imagine a new service from Inmarsat that will enable your smart phone or tablet to work seamlessly, anywhere on the planet*, completely independent of cellular or fixed networks. The IsatHub package includes: • Terminal and standard battery • Quick start guide in 8 languages • Power supply/AC charger and USB cable IsatHub will enable you to talk, text, and access the Internet on your smart device, anywhere inside – or outside – the coverage of cellular or terrestrial comms, with one global tariff. We all know how much we depend on our smart devices for work, pleasure, and keeping in touch with friends and family. Empowering you to stay in touch wherever you go, this new service represents a significant step-change in your own personal connectivity, worldwide. IsatHub will enable you to continue to use your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet beyond the reach of cellular or terrestrial networks. The service is accessed via an app on your device, which connects to a new, low-cost terminal, smaller than an ipad. You will feel empowered knowing you can talk, text and access the internet with your personal or work smart devices wherever you go. In some sectors this will prove to be part of everyday life, such as, journalists who rely on social media and other digital channels to update their readers on news as it happens. And of course, using data speeds of up to 384kbps and an unrivalled network availability of 99.9 per cent, no other mobile satellite operator can offer this level of performance and reliability for smart device connectivity. * Coverage is over the global Inmarsat-4 satellite network, which excludes extreme polar regions.

Putting Satellite onto your Smartphone

Developed to connect your iPhone, iPad or Android device directly to the Inmarsat system of global communication satellites, iSavi is a new generation of personal satellite connectivity device. It’s simple to set-up and use, with no technical training required, so you can seamlessly remain in contact without ever changing your smartphone habits: update your Facebook status, send and receive sms and emails, surf the web, call any mobile phone or landline anywhere. From the edge of Antarctica to the northernmost edge of Alaska, the iSavi extends the range of your smartphone beyond the reach of cell phones or terrestrial networks with its reliable, robust satellite connectivity.

Designed for Your Smartphone or Tablet

The iSavi is designed to work seamlessly with your smartphone or tablet so you don’t need to change the way you stay in contact, no matter where you go. Compact and lightweight, the iSavi can be stowed in a briefcase or knapsack and taken wherever you need to take it – wherever you take your smartphone or tablet.

Built for the new IsatHub global satellite service for iOS and Android devices, the iSavi gives you satellite connectivity at an affordable price, with tools that help you manage your usage and keep your costs low. The free, downloadable IsatHub Control App gives you full control of how and when you use the IsatHub service right from your iPhone, iPad or Android device, enabling you to connect multiple Wi-Fi devices at once, view the data usage of each device, and manage which devices can access your connection.

The iSavi can be set-up quickly and easily, so you can focus on the things that are important to you. Weighing just 850g (1.9 lbs), with dimensions of 179 x 170 x 30 mm (7.0 x 6.7 x 1.2 in) the iSavi is the size of a small tablet computer, with a sleek profile and rugged casing ideal for business or adventure travel. Just turn it on, flip-up the integrated antenna, point it towards one of the Inmarsat satellites, and you are ready to go. The LED indicators make this part easy. With its 30m Wi-Fi range (100 ft), the iSavi is a highly-portable communications hub, designed for your smartphone and ready to go whenever you need it.

Personal Satellite Connectivity

The iSavi is a new generation of what we at BlueCosmo call “personal satellite connectivity” because it’s made specifically to integrate with the way you already communicate. By bringing satellite connectivity onto your smartphone, and into the app-based environment you are accustomed to already, the iSavi enhances and extends your personal communication capabilities, without changing the way you communicate. Whether its Facebook or Instagram, SMS, voice or email, personal satellite connectivity means you can use your own smartphone and go beyond the range of cell phones or terrestrial networks, to regions that are only reachable by satellite, with a level of crisis-proven network reliability un-matched by any other communication solution. Dial your home office from an deep-sea oil-rig, update your status from the Amazon Basin, send an SMS from the shores of the Bering Straight, all using your own iPhone, or Android device.

Global Reach with Your Own Smartphone

Satellite networks are made to meet critical communication needs from locations un-reachable by any other technology. But how you communicate should be up to you. With the iSavi portable terminal and IsatHub global service, you can stay connected in the ways you already know, using the devices you already own. Now is the time to take the ultra-reliable, crisis-proven Inmarsat satellite network, and put it on your smartphone.

iSavi Features

  • Voice Calls, Text Messaging (SMS), Email & Internet from just about anywhere with your smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac
  • IsatHub Control & Voice Apps works with iPhone, iPad and Android devices – free from App Store or Google Play Store
  • Broadband data speeds of up to 384 Kbps down, 240 Kbps up
  • Global coverage except poles (not recommended above 60° N or 60° S latitudes)
  • Easy setup, just point terminal with visual indicators and connect
  • IsatHub supports all your smartphone or tablet applications, use them as normal
  • VoIP Support – Call any phone worldwide with applications such as Skype, Facetime or Google Voice
  • Wireless range up to 100 feet (30 meters) from the iSavi terminal
  • iSavi terminal weighs 1.95 lbs (885 grams)
  • iSavi Physical dimension are 7.1″ x 6.7″ x 1.2″ (179 x 170 x 30 mm)
  • Up to 8 hours standby, 2 hours transmit (at max power 100% of the time)
  • Inmarsat IsatHub Network availability 99.9% up-time

Inmarsat IsatHub iSavi Terminal Specs

Apps – Satellite Phone Applications

  • Developed for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android smartphones and tablets (iOS 6/Andriod 4.1 or higher)
  • Voice App and Control App for user management and data usage monitoring, free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store
  • Web interface via any connected browser by address 192.168.1.35

Internet Data Speeds

  • Up to 384 Kbps download & 240 Kbps upload (Standard TCP-IP)

Security

  • MAC address filtering
  • Wi-Fi password control
  • Firewall Presets – Controlled from web interface

 Battery, Power & Consumption

  • 2.5 hours full transmit power on standard battery
  • 8 hours standby time
  • 100-240 VAC, 50-60Hz
  • International AC Adapters Included
  • Li-Ion rechargeable 3 Amp Hour battery

Wi-Fi

  • 802.11 b/g/n up to 100 feet (30 meters)

Operating Temperature

  • -4°F to +131°F (-20 °C to +55 °C)
  • Terminal has temperature overheating warning

Ingress Protection

  • IP65 Compliant

Dimensions

  • 7.0″ x 6.7″ x 1.2″ (179mm x 170mm x 30 mm)

Weight

  • 1.95 lbs (885g)

Languages

  • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic

Interface Device Ports

  • Power Port
  • USB Mini Port – For firmware updates only
  • Micro SIM Card

Frequencies

  • Satellite Tx (Transmit): 1626.5 – 1660.5 MH and 1668 – 1675 MHz
  • Satellite Rx (Receive): 1518 – 1559
  • GPS Frequency: 1574.42 – 1576.42 MHz

Compliance

  • FCC, CE, Industry Canada (IC), RoHS2 Compliance, WEEE, CMPCS MOU-ITU Registry, Inmarsat Type Approval, UL/IEC, UN, CE (battery pack safety).

What’s Comes in the iSavi Box?

In case you missed the video at the top of this page, we unpack and show you exactly what’s in the box.

  • Wideye iSavi terminal with flip-up antenna
  • Li-Ion rechargeable battery
  • International AC adapter kit
  • User Manual

 Don’t Forget an IsatHub Rate Plan!

iSavi Firmware Update

Widye iSavi Firmware Release Notes R1.0.3 – Released October 26th, 2015

Download the latest firmware R1.0.3 (.zip 9mb)

The enhancements and bug fixes included in this release (compared to the earlier firmware release R01.0.2) are the following:

  • Improved voice quality (this is a key improvement).
  • Improved handling of more than one SIP accounts on the same smart device.
  • Improved handling of SIP voice call over multiple smart devices.
  • Improved handling of incoming SMS by deleting duplicate copy stored in the terminal once delivered to the Voice App.
  • Added WEB MMI warning message when SMS storage is 90% full.
  • Fixed an issue where Chrome browser auto populates the last password entry when accessing the WEB MMI.
  • Included multi-language support on WEB MMI.

Prior Firmware Versions:

Widye iSavi Firmware Release Notes R1.0.2 – Released January 29th, 2015

Sprint – Around Town Mobile 4G LTE Hotspot

December 29, 2015  |  Mobile Hotspot News

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Once connected to the Internet, the AC778AT then acts as a hotspot for you to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi devices.
Designed to work over the Sprint network, there are no contracts or fixed term agreements to adhere to.

Around Town Mobile Internet ships with 1GB of free data. It’s up to you as to when you want to top it up. Perfect if you only need a portable hotspot a few times a year – say, on vacation or if you’re home or office fixed-line Internet goes down and you need temporary access to the Internet.

Netgear Around Town Mobile Internet – Key Features

Lightning Fast 4G LTE Internet Access
Access the Internet using the latest 4G LTE mobile networks. Using the Sprint network, Around Town Mobile Internet will have the fastest and most reliable access to the Internet. Sprint are continuously rolling out 4G networks all over the country, so you can feel confident that you will always have mobile access.

No Contracts
That’s right – there are no contracts or commitments. 1GB of data ships with the AC778AT. It’s totally up to you as to if and when you want more. Having this flexibility is perfect for those who don’t need to use it each and every month. Even if you only need it once a year, data can be topped up as and when required – on your terms.

Share – Up To 10 Devices
The AC778AT can be used as a shared hotspot to up to 10 wireless devices at any one time. This is perfect should your home or office broadband go down, or if you are away from home travelling or working. It’s a simple and fast way to connect to the Internet.

You can connect laptops, phones, tablets…basically anything that has wi-fi enabled.

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LCD Display
It’s useful to quickly see how the AC778AT is performing, and how much data is available. Netgear have included an LCD display. This means you can see exactly what is going on with your new portable makeshift network at any one time.

The LCD display will show:

  • Wi-Fi SSID (Network Name)
  • Network Connectivity
  • Amount Of Data Used
  • Remaining Battery

There is also an account webpage that can be viewed as an alternative to the LCD display.

Protected Guest Network
On the Netgear About Town Mobile Internet, it’s possible to have a Guest Network – just like on your home router. You can have a completely separate Wi-Fi network that keeps your internal network safe and secure.

Long Lasting Battery Life
The AC778AT can last up to 10 hours on one charge.

Netgear AirCard App
A free app is available to monitor the connection status of the AC778AT and other members of the Netgear AirCard family. This can be installed on an smartphone or tablet powered by iOS or Android.

Netgear Around Town Mobile Internet – Tech Specs

 

  • 4G LTE support
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 10 Wireless Clients Simultaneously
  • Up to 10 hours battery
  • Color LCD Display (1.77 inch)

 

 

Instant Internet Straight Out of the Box

Skip the hassle and commitment of contracts. With NETGEAR Around Town mobile hotspot, get 4G LTE speeds to share with up to 10 devices wherever, whenever. The powerful battery lasts up to 10 hours, while the color LCD keeps you informed of your data usage and network connectivity at a glance. Around Town comes with 1GB of data and when you need more, you simply buy what you need.

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Data Options

The Around Town data options were designed with simplicity in mind. There is one simple bundle that never expires. No more guesswork on how many gigabytes you’re going to use this month or paying for expensive plans with unused data. Simply use your data, and reload when you need more.

Get an additional $5 discount on your data bundle thru July 14th.

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You’re Covered

With NETGEAR Around Town Mobile Internet you’ll enjoy 4G LTE speeds and the reliability of Sprint’s trusted nationwide high-speed network. Check out coverage details in your area to learn more.

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Where to Buy

T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

December 29, 2015  |  Mobile Hotspot News

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Super-fast LTE/4G capable connection
On-device interactive UI
Robust battery
Window 8 and MAC 10.8 compatible

Specs
Connectivity
Battery
Standby time: 180 hours

Dimensions
3.9  x 2.28 x 0.75 inches
Weight 4.94 oz

Display
1.7″ 128 x 160 screen
TFT

Keyboard
N/A

Memory
128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
Supports up to 32 GB MicroSD card

Network
GSM: 850/1900
UMTS: 1900 and Band IV (AWS)
LTE: Band IV AWS

Operating System
N/A

Processor
Qualcomm Cortex A5 Processor

System Manager (Carrier IQ)
No

Emergency Alerts (CMAS)
No

HD Voice Capable
No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
WPA2 security
Wi-Fi sharing
Tethering APN
Micro USB
Up to 8 simultaneous connected devices
Web
Micro USB Supported
USB 2.0 or Higher Supported
USB Mass Storage Supported

 

 

Pros

T-Mobile’s only LTE hotspot. Good battery life. Solid speeds and range.

  • Cons

    Unstable firmware drops connections. Data monitor is inaccurate. Doesn’t work abroad.

  • Bottom Line

    T-Mobile’s first LTE hotspot can go all day, but it needs a firmware update to reach its true potential.

The painfully awkwardly named T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile Hotspot LTE is made by ZTE, and it’s a chubby little device at 3.87 by 2.25 by .7″ (HWD) and 4.2 oz. Most of that space is taken up by a large 3000mAh battery, which gave the hotspot solid battery life: 6 hours, 11 minutes of streaming audio from an LTE network onto an Android smartphone.

The hotspot has a prominent, raised power button on the front along with a washed-out 1.77″, 160-by-128 LCD display. There are four control buttons under the display, which isn’t a touch screen. You can use the display to check your network name and password, see how much data you’ve transferred in this session, and see which devices are connected to the hotspot.

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On the side of the hotspot there’s a USB port for charging, along with a microSD card slot. If you pop in a microSD card, the hotspot shares it out over DLNA, which is a lost opportunity as no human knows how to use DLNA.

Performance and Interface
The Sonic 2.0 supports T-Mobile’s HSPA+ and LTE networks, but almost nobody else’s. It can’t roam internationally. T-Mobile doesn’t have any decent international roaming plans—its only affordable data roaming option is restricted to business customers—but it would have been nice for the hotspot to work with SIM cards purchased abroad.

T-Mobile’s data prices are reasonable: $30/month for 2GB, plus $10 for each additional 2GB, with no contract. Sprint matches those prices, but requires a two-year contract; Verizon and AT&T tend to be more expensive. Only carriers that use Clearwire’s old WiMAX network offer better deals, with Virgin coming in at $35/month for 10GB and Clear offering the only truly unlimited hotspot plan for $50.

I took the hotspot to eight locations in Manhattan and Queens and compared speeds on aSamsung Galaxy S4 sitting next to the hotspot with a Samsung Galaxy Note II. On average, speeds were comparable, which is impressive considering you typically bleed off up to 20 percent of your speed when converting from 4G to Wi-Fi. I saw, on average, 8Mbps down and 7.6Mbps up with 40ms ping times on both devices.

The hotspot also handled distance well. I didn’t see much degradation even with the Galaxy S4 up to 125 feet away, as long as it wasn’t on the other side of a wall.

I ran into several stability problems with the hotspot, though. When it dropped from LTE to HSPA, the connection completely broke and the hotspot had to be rebooted. In an area with a weak LTE connection, that happened too frequently. The hotspot would latch on to a very weak LTE link, lose it, and freeze.

I didn’t see the stability problems in places with a consistent, strong connection. For instance, at home (with a strong LTE connection testing at 10-16Mbps down) I was able to stream audio for almost 20 hours without a break. The hotspot’s Web-based interface lets you kick it into an HSPA+ only mode, which could improve stability.

The Sonic 2.0 has a Web-based administrator interface that lets you see which devices are connected to the hotspot and change settings. The hotspot supports WPA2 encryption along with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, but only on the 2.4GHz band. There’s a basic firewall with MAC filtering and port forwarding, and you can set data usage limits for individual devices connected to the hotspot. But the Web portal’s data counter was wrong when I was using it, which was disappointing. Oddly, if I drilled down, it would show me how much data was used by each individual connected device, but not the right total for the hotspot as a whole.

The Sonic 2.0 also works as a USB modem for Windows, Mac OS and Linux PCs; plug in the cable and drivers will appear. It still functions as a hotspot when in USB mode.

Conclusions
T-Mobile has growing national LTE coverage. That might make it a good carrier to check out for your hotspot needs, except that I’m concerned over the stability of this hotspot’s software. Since hotspot users are typically data hogs, an accurate data counter is also a must, and T-Mobile needs to get with the program and offer international-capable devices.

The T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile Hotspot LTE has some attractive features, but it isn’t the perfect hotspot for T-Mobile. A firmware update might help make it so. For now, obviously, this is the hotspot to get on T-Mobile—you want LTE, and it’s your only option. But I’d like to see the carrier come out with an even better choice.

AT&T Unite Pro 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

December 29, 2015  |  Mobile Hotspot News

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  • Connect up to 15 Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Internet
  • Surf, stream, and more for up to 16 hours of continuous use
  • Keep your smartphone going with BatteryBoost. Use the 2.4 inch capacitive touchscreen to manage your connection
  • Travel internationally and stay connected globally in more than 200 countries around the world
  • Device supports LTE Advanced

Product Features

  • Connect up to 15 Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Internet
  • Surf, stream, and more for up to 16 hours of continuous use
  • Keep your smartphone going with BatteryBoost. Use the 2.4 inch capacitive touchscreen to manage your connection
  • Travel internationally and stay connected globally in more than 200 countries around the world
  • Device supports LTE Advanced

Dimensions

  • Size (LWH): 4.41 inches, 0.75 inches, 2.68 inches
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Qualcomm MDM9225 and WTR1605L processors and 512MB of RAM
  • 2.4″ Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Dual-band Wi-fi with support for up to 15 devices
  • AT&T LTE Network and global connectivity
  • 4020mAh battery
  • Up to 16 hours of usage time
  • Up to 16 days of standby time
  • BatteryBoost to top off USB powered devices
  • 1 USB port that charges the device and with an adapter will charge other devices using internal battery
  • 2 magnetic connection ports for external antennae
  • 2.23″ long x .77″ thick x 3.64″ wide
  • 4.47 ounces

 

4020 mAh – In-use time up to 16 hours; Standby time up to 16 days

On the bottom edge, there are two FME connections for a 5db external antennae made by Netgear to boost signal strength. I didn’t need the boost since the internal antenna provided an ample connection to AT&T’s LTE in my area.

In the middle of the bottom edge we find the micro-USB port. It serves double duty. The port charges the 4020mAh internal battery. There’s also a special cable that reverses the power flow so that the internal battery can charge a USB-powered device, like a phone or small tablet. It’s a hotspot and a battery backup capable of juicing up a phone or tablet.

The built-in 2.4″ capacitive touch screen feels responsive and shows up brightly enough in most settings.

AT&T Unite Pro 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Wi-Fi and beyond. .. Power to Do More. ..

Experience 4G LTE speeds on all your Wi-Fi enabled devices. With AT&T Unite Pro, upload, download, and stream on AT&T’s nationwide 4G LTE network*. AT&T Unite Pro lets you:

  • Connect up to 15 Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Internet
  • Surf, stream, and more for up to 16 hours of continuous use
  • Keep your smartphone going with BatteryBoost
  • Use the 2.4 inch capacitive touchscreen to manage your connection
  • Device supports LTE Advanced
  • Travel internationally and stay connected globally in more than 200 countries around the world

On the bottom edge, there are two FME connections for a 5db external antennae made by Netgear to boost signal strength. I didn’t need the boost since the internal antenna provided an ample connection to AT&T’s LTE in my area.

In the middle of the bottom edge we find the micro-USB port. It serves double duty. The port charges the 4020mAh internal battery. There’s also a special cable that reverses the power flow so that the internal battery can charge a USB-powered device, like a phone or small tablet. It’s a hotspot and a battery backup capable of juicing up a phone or tablet.

The built-in 2.4″ capacitive touch screen feels responsive and shows up brightly enough in most settings.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars***Updated Review – 07NOV15*** Great product!
Bygadgetzon February 21, 2015
***UPDATE***
It’s now 07NOV15 and I’ve been using the AT&T Unite Pro WiFi Hotspot (AKA Netgear AirCard 781S) in conjunction with Netgear’s DC113A cradle for about 8 months. The cradle connects to the WAN port on my router via ethernet. This has proven the perfect solution for dependable, whole house, always on, high-speed internet for my rural home.
I can’t speak more highly of this setup. The only challenge has been making sure that we don’t blow through our monthly data allocation – not hard to do when a house full of devices have access to a fast LTE connection. Champagne problems :-).
***UPDATE***
***UPDATE***
On 23FEB15, Netgear responded to an inquiry I lodged at https://www.facebook.com/AirCard. They informed me that cradle compatible with the AirCard 781S is now available (Model: DC113A). The lack of a compatible cradle was the only reason I didn’t initially give the 781S a five star rating. Although I haven’t tested one of these cradles yet, I’ll give Netgear the benefit of the doubt for now and upgrade the rating to a full five stars.
For more info on the DC113A cradle go to this link: http://www.netgear.com/home/products/mobile-broadband/hotspots/DC113A.aspx#tab-compatibility
To purchase the DC113A cradle go to this link: http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-AirCard-Signal-Boosting-Ethernet/dp/B00QIH1CWO
***UPDATE***
Ok, so here’s the deal: The AirCard 781S is rock solid and works great as a “Mobile WiFi hotspot.” So, if that’s all you want to use this device for, you can stop reading and go buy it right now.
With that being said, I live out in the middle of nowhere and use this device as my sole connection to the internet…so my requirements of the device are perhaps slightly different than Netgear’s target market.
THE RUB: For whatever reason, this device will only serve out 15 IP addresses at a time. Personally, I find it hard to believe this is a hardware or software limitation…we have the technology…my best guess is the limit stems not from Netgear, but rather from AT&T because they don’t want people using it to connect every device in their house…but that’s just what I’m going to tell you how to do :-).
So, 15 devices can connect, but #16 won’t be able to connect until somebody else gets off the network. When you’re out and about, using this product as designed, the family may have a few tablets / laptops…but probably not more than 15 – everyone is going to be able to connect happily. However, set this thing up in a modern household as the sole gateway to the interweb…and you’ll be amazed how quickly you run out of IP addresses.
How can this limitation be circumvented? Of course, you say to yourself, just use a CAT5 cable to connect the ethernet port of the AirCard to the WAN port on a WiFi router, and let the router serve out IP addresses…oh wait…ugh…there isn’t an ethernet port on the 781S :-(.
Well, most of the AirCards built by Netgear have an accessory called a cradle. The cradle provides two main benefits: 1) Larger antennas extending WiFi range, and 2) at least one ethernet port (remember this is what we need to connect a router). Except…sadly…Netgear doesn’t make any cradles compatible with the 781S (if you survey Netgear’s site, you’ll find no shortage of cradles for AirCards…except for those AirCards designed for AT&T’s network…yep, I blame AT&T).
So, what can be done? I cracked this nut by picking up Netgear’s EX6200 WiFi Range Extender, which has 5 ethernet ports (remember, this is what we need to connect a router!). I am able to use the EX6200 as a bridge connecting the network as such:
AirCard 781S <–(WiFi Connection)– EX6200 <–(CAT5 Cable)– Router
Link to the Netgear EX6200 WiFi Range Extender: http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-AC1200-Power-700mW-Extender/dp/B00HQ883QW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424617341&sr=8-1&keywords=ex6200
This setup is far more complicated and expensive that it should be thanks to AT&T; nevertheless, it has proven to be stable. I suspect this reliabiity is owed greatly to the fact that the 781S and the EX6200 are both made by Netgear, maximizing compatibility between the two devices.
So, if you’re in a similar situation to mine, you should now have all the info necessary to connect the umpteen laptops, desktops, tablets, smart thermostats, media streamers, fitness wearables, etc. in your household.
————————————————-
How to remedy the ill effects of “Double NAT”:
Setting up your network as I’ve described above will result in a “Double NAT” situation. Basically, all of your client devices are behind two firewalls, the one that belongs to the 781S and the one that belongs to your router. As long as you’re at home connecting “outbound” to the internet, there won’t be any issues. However, inbound connections from the internet to computers on your network (i.e., people trying to access any servers you may be hosting) won’t get routed correctly due to the double firewall situation. However, there is a work around. Basically, we need to make our router the only firewall and have inbound connections bypass the 781S’s firewall.
The 781S’s internal router does support the DMZ (demilitarized zone) feature. DMZ is a common feature that allows you to select one client (in our case, the router) to which all inbound traffic from the internet is forwarded. So, we want to take the WAN IP of our router and set it as the “DMZ Address.” But, first we have to make sure our router’s WAN IP will never change (by default, the 781S’s internal router dynamically assigns a different IP to the router every time the router establishes a connection, which is not what we want to happen). Unfortunately, the 781S doesn’t support DHCP reservations. So, we can’t tell the 781S to reserve a specific IP address and only assign it to our router. However, this can still effectively be accomplished by assigning your router a static WAN IP just outside of the 781S’s DHCP range.
First, let’s check your 781S’s current DHCP range:
1. On the 781S’s web administration page (by default it’s http://attunitepro/index.html), log in as Administrator.
2. Click “Settings” on the navigation menu on the left side.
3. Click the “Router” tab.
4. Click the “Basic” tab.
5. Scroll down to “DHCP IP Range” to check your 781S’s DHCP range (the default setting is 192.168.1.20 – 192.168.1.99)
So, based on the default DHCP range, you’d want to set your router’s static WAN IP to 192.168.1.100 (of course, if your 781S’s DHCP range is different than the default, you’d just adjust the static WAN IP for your router accordingly to be just outside of your 781S’s DHCP range).
Now that we’ve ensured that our router will always have the same WAN IP address, we can now assign that static WAN IP address to be in the 781S’s DMZ.
To enable DMZ on the 781S:
1. On the 781S’s web administration page (by default it’s http://attunitepro/index.html), log in as Administrator.
2. Click “Settings” on the navigation menu on the left side.
3. Click the “Router” tab.
4. Click the “Basic” tab.
5. Scroll down to “DMZ Enabled” and select “On”
6. Just beneath that, input the router’s static WAN IP in the field labeled “DMZ Address”
7. Click Submit (Submit button appears once you make a selection.)
Ok, with that, you should have effectively circumvented the negative effects typically caused by a “Double NAT” situation. Technically, both firewalls still exist, so your router will still report a “Double NAT” status. However, instead of passing through the 781S’s internal firewall, then the router’s firewall, and finally to the client devices, inbound traffic from the internet will now be sent directly to your router’s firewall and on to the client devices (point being, the 781S’s firewall will get bypassed, which is what we want to happen in order to mitigate the issues commonly associated with “Double NAT” status).
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1.0 out of 5 starsDevice is OK; AT&T isn’t
ByAncient DIY’eron September 14, 2015
Since this device is totally linked to AT&T this review also addresses AT&T. The device is probably OK but it is hard to tell. I bought an unlocked 781s because I only use the service for about 5 or 6 months a year for my mountain cabin and AT&T has a 5 GB for $50 a month plan compared to almost double the price for Verizon. Last year I had a Verizon Jetpack and it worked extremely well. Both AT&T and Verizon have their antennas on a mountain top that is line of sight about 4 miles away. The AT&T signal is about half of what Verizon’s is at my location, and I bought a Maxmost Yagi 11db gain antenna to get better reception for the 781s; the signal went from one to two bars to a solid 5 bars and I thought my connection problems would be solved. Not so. The device regularly reestablishes the connection every 5 to 15 minutes and one day I had no service at all. I spent 4 hours on the phone, AT&T cell using the same tower, with support and even with advanced support. They couldn’t figure it out but the next day it worked. I believe from my experience that AT&T cuts off data users in favor of the voice users.
I have endured a lot of frustration to save a little money, which went to the antenna; I should have just gone with Verizon. The Verizon data didn’t cut out and was much faster without the antenna than AT&T is with 5 bars. YMMV
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5.0 out of 5 stars***Updated Review – 07NOV15*** Great product!
Bygadgetzon February 21, 2015
***UPDATE***
It’s now 07NOV15 and I’ve been using the AT&T Unite Pro WiFi Hotspot (AKA Netgear AirCard 781S) in conjunction with Netgear’s DC113A cradle for about 8 months. The cradle connects to the WAN port on my router via ethernet. This has proven the perfect solution for dependable, whole house, always on, high-speed internet for my rural home.
I can’t speak more highly of this setup. The only challenge has been making sure that we don’t blow through our monthly data allocation – not hard to do when a house full of devices have access to a fast LTE connection. Champagne problems :-).
***UPDATE***
***UPDATE***
On 23FEB15, Netgear responded to an inquiry I lodged at https://www.facebook.com/AirCard. They informed me that cradle compatible with the AirCard 781S is now available (Model: DC113A). The lack of a compatible cradle was the only reason I didn’t initially give the 781S a five star rating. Although I haven’t tested one of these cradles yet, I’ll give Netgear the benefit of the doubt for now and upgrade the rating to a full five stars.
For more info on the DC113A cradle go to this link: http://www.netgear.com/home/products/mobile-broadband/hotspots/DC113A.aspx#tab-compatibility
To purchase the DC113A cradle go to this link: http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-AirCard-Signal-Boosting-Ethernet/dp/B00QIH1CWO
***UPDATE***
Ok, so here’s the deal: The AirCard 781S is rock solid and works great as a “Mobile WiFi hotspot.” So, if that’s all you want to use this device for, you can stop reading and go buy it right now.
With that being said, I live out in the middle of nowhere and use this device as my sole connection to the internet…so my requirements of the device are perhaps slightly different than Netgear’s target market.
THE RUB: For whatever reason, this device will only serve out 15 IP addresses at a time. Personally, I find it hard to believe this is a hardware or software limitation…we have the technology…my best guess is the limit stems not from Netgear, but rather from AT&T because they don’t want people using it to connect every device in their house…but that’s just what I’m going to tell you how to do :-).
So, 15 devices can connect, but #16 won’t be able to connect until somebody else gets off the network. When you’re out and about, using this product as designed, the family may have a few tablets / laptops…but probably not more than 15 – everyone is going to be able to connect happily. However, set this thing up in a modern household as the sole gateway to the interweb…and you’ll be amazed how quickly you run out of IP addresses.
How can this limitation be circumvented? Of course, you say to yourself, just use a CAT5 cable to connect the ethernet port of the AirCard to the WAN port on a WiFi router, and let the router serve out IP addresses…oh wait…ugh…there isn’t an ethernet port on the 781S :-(.
Well, most of the AirCards built by Netgear have an accessory called a cradle. The cradle provides two main benefits: 1) Larger antennas extending WiFi range, and 2) at least one ethernet port (remember this is what we need to connect a router). Except…sadly…Netgear doesn’t make any cradles compatible with the 781S (if you survey Netgear’s site, you’ll find no shortage of cradles for AirCards…except for those AirCards designed for AT&T’s network…yep, I blame AT&T).
So, what can be done? I cracked this nut by picking up Netgear’s EX6200 WiFi Range Extender, which has 5 ethernet ports (remember, this is what we need to connect a router!). I am able to use the EX6200 as a bridge connecting the network as such:
AirCard 781S <–(WiFi Connection)– EX6200 <–(CAT5 Cable)– Router
Link to the Netgear EX6200 WiFi Range Extender: http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-AC1200-Power-700mW-Extender/dp/B00HQ883QW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424617341&sr=8-1&keywords=ex6200
This setup is far more complicated and expensive that it should be thanks to AT&T; nevertheless, it has proven to be stable. I suspect this reliabiity is owed greatly to the fact that the 781S and the EX6200 are both made by Netgear, maximizing compatibility between the two devices.
So, if you’re in a similar situation to mine, you should now have all the info necessary to connect the umpteen laptops, desktops, tablets, smart thermostats, media streamers, fitness wearables, etc. in your household.
————————————————-
How to remedy the ill effects of “Double NAT”:
Setting up your network as I’ve described above will result in a “Double NAT” situation. Basically, all of your client devices are behind two firewalls, the one that belongs to the 781S and the one that belongs to your router. As long as you’re at home connecting “outbound” to the internet, there won’t be any issues. However, inbound connections from the internet to computers on your network (i.e., people trying to access any servers you may be hosting) won’t get routed correctly due to the double firewall situation. However, there is a work around. Basically, we need to make our router the only firewall and have inbound connections bypass the 781S’s firewall.
The 781S’s internal router does support the DMZ (demilitarized zone) feature. DMZ is a common feature that allows you to select one client (in our case, the router) to which all inbound traffic from the internet is forwarded. So, we want to take the WAN IP of our router and set it as the “DMZ Address.” But, first we have to make sure our router’s WAN IP will never change (by default, the 781S’s internal router dynamically assigns a different IP to the router every time the router establishes a connection, which is not what we want to happen). Unfortunately, the 781S doesn’t support DHCP reservations. So, we can’t tell the 781S to reserve a specific IP address and only assign it to our router. However, this can still effectively be accomplished by assigning your router a static WAN IP just outside of the 781S’s DHCP range.
First, let’s check your 781S’s current DHCP range:
1. On the 781S’s web administration page (by default it’s http://attunitepro/index.html), log in as Administrator.
2. Click “Settings” on the navigation menu on the left side.
3. Click the “Router” tab.
4. Click the “Basic” tab.
5. Scroll down to “DHCP IP Range” to check your 781S’s DHCP range (the default setting is 192.168.1.20 – 192.168.1.99)
So, based on the default DHCP range, you’d want to set your router’s static WAN IP to 192.168.1.100 (of course, if your 781S’s DHCP range is different than the default, you’d just adjust the static WAN IP for your router accordingly to be just outside of your 781S’s DHCP range).
Now that we’ve ensured that our router will always have the same WAN IP address, we can now assign that static WAN IP address to be in the 781S’s DMZ.
To enable DMZ on the 781S:
1. On the 781S’s web administration page (by default it’s http://attunitepro/index.html), log in as Administrator.
2. Click “Settings” on the navigation menu on the left side.
3. Click the “Router” tab.
4. Click the “Basic” tab.
5. Scroll down to “DMZ Enabled” and select “On”
6. Just beneath that, input the router’s static WAN IP in the field labeled “DMZ Address”
7. Click Submit (Submit button appears once you make a selection.)
Ok, with that, you should have effectively circumvented the negative effects typically caused by a “Double NAT” situation. Technically, both firewalls still exist, so your router will still report a “Double NAT” status. However, instead of passing through the 781S’s internal firewall, then the router’s firewall, and finally to the client devices, inbound traffic from the internet will now be sent directly to your router’s firewall and on to the client devices (point being, the 781S’s firewall will get bypassed, which is what we want to happen in order to mitigate the issues commonly associated with “Double NAT” status).
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5.0 out of 5 starsBest hotspot for AT&T network
ByArma Abbason February 6, 2015
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This is the best quality hotspot you can purchase for AT&T network. It has excellent built quality. It was originally designed by a company called Sierra Wireless, personally that Sierra Wireless had good quality products. Now, Sierra Wireless is owned by Netgear and I hope they continue to make good products like this one! This hotspot comes with a built-in portable battery charger for your cell phone and also features more LTE bans than its predecessor Sierra Wireless UNITE.
The only things that is disappointing is that it does not come with an extended battery which cost an extra $30 and it does not come with the special cable used for battery back up. Otherwise, it is a great product for those who need a hotspot!
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5.0 out of 5 starsUnite Pro Works
Bydvd buyeron December 10, 2015
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I live in a rural area and have been fighting with dial-up internet. So far the Unite Pro has been working great. I can actually leave feedback now!
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5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
ByArmenon November 18, 2015
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As described.
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Verizon Jetpack 6620L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

December 29, 2015  |  Mobile Hotspot News

6620LConnect up to 15 Wi Fi enabled devices

  • Global Ready to Power your connections around the world
  • Stay charged for when you need it most with up to 20 hours battery life
  • Large colorful display with touch navigation keys

 

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Connect up to 15 Wi-Fi-enabled devices Laptops. Tablets. Gaming consoles. Cameras. Music players. Wearables and more. If your gadget is Wi-Fi-enabled, the exclusive Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 6620L gives you a secure connection to America’s largest, most reliable 4G LTE network. Stay charged for when you need it most Charge and stay charged with the most powerful 2-in-1 battery around. It not only keeps you connected up to 20 hours*, but also doubles as a universal charger for external devices that need a battery boost. Now you can surf the web, check email, video chat and more from your Wi-Fi-enabled devices longer.

uestion: I have a grandpa unlimited data plan. will it work if I insert my sim card?
Answer: My understanding is that you have possession of the Holy Grail.
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Answer: Correct-device did not come with a SIM card. however if you sign up with verizon, the SIM card will be installed at no cost.
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Answer: You can purchase a Verizon sim card from Amazon and it will work. Just call or walk into a store to get it activated. This ONLY takes NANO sim cards.
You might also be able to get a free sim card from Verzion by going to the store or via customer support on the phone. You would only get a free sim card from Verizon i… see more
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Answer: Yes. Any Wi-Fi device will connect to this hot-spot.
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5.0 out of 5 starsIt has been everything we hoped for. No more …
ByB. J. Simpsonon March 26, 2015
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It has been everything we hoped for. No more problems using the internet. It stays connected and loads everything we request.
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5.0 out of 5 starsReally great XLTE MiFi Device
ByAl Gatoron November 27, 2015
So far so good. I’ll update this review if I experience any problems that other users are reporting (starting off at fast speeds, then slowing down, etc.). I think those issues mainly depend on your coverage, and you can sometimes help it by getting an external antenna and/or signal amplifier if you are in an area with poor coverage (see below). Since this review is about this device and not Verizon coverage (though if it were, I would also say that they do have one of the larger LTE networks), I’m rating it based on the device itself. Allow me to explain some pros/cons:
PROS:
* Uses Verizon’s XLTE bands, making it essentially capable of faster speeds (higher bandwidth on less crowded spectrum) if you live in an area with that coverage (again, not rating the coverage, just the fact that this device has this capability).
*Many sources online indicate this also is LTE Advanced capable, so this should keep the device current moving forward for some time.
* The device doubles as a battery pack! This would be useful for me, say at a conference or event where I sometimes had to bring another battery pack for a mobile device.
* Fully customizable router-like features. This device is able to port forward, MAC filter, port filter, WPS (security issues aside), supports passthrough VPN, DMZ, can allow devices to communicate with each other (if desired), etc. This is a fully-featured device.
* The web interface allows you to customize many hotspot features and also how they present themselves (or not) on the device itself. Really useful.
* “test port” is really an external antenna port. You do need the adapter which you can find here Novatel Wireless Verizon Jetpack MiFi 6620L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot External Antenna Adapter Cable Pigtail With Fme Male Connector. The adapter goes to FME Male which is useful as some of the Wilson cellular antenna products use this same connector (some antennas use SMA though so you may need another converter on top of this adapter).
CONS:
* Unless I am missing it, I do not see a static IP feature. How do you offer port forwarding, etc. and not static IP. I suppose I could manually set a static IP on my device, but that’s kind of a pain.
* Slightly thicker than I would prefer, because it offers the battery pack feature. This is not a major problem for me though, since it is replacing a battery pack and hotspot device.
Other notes: I have not noticed any ghost data usage but I see a number of other people reporting it online. If I start to experience that, I would probably get a data usage app to double check. I also have set my connections in Windows 8.1 to “metered” and turned off syncing over metered connections. Also, I experienced a moderately decent 10 Mbps Down/5 Mbps Up using an unscientific Speedtest*net.
I also have not had any real thorough experience while mobile (moving in a vehicle, for example). However other reviews have indicated a deficiency here. If I get to test that out, I will update the review.
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5.0 out of 5 starsSimple and easy to use
Bymarian desrosierson November 4, 2015
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Simple and easy to use. It operates as a telephone line. You can use Verizon’s family control plan ($5/month) to shut it off automatically if it reaches a monthly data limit.
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5.0 out of 5 starsRecommend this.
ByBen2on August 13, 2015
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Battery last an entire day always working!
Reception in places where no phones where available.
Recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 starsproduct was easy for verizon to configure
ByJ.Bravoon September 14, 2015
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Delivered as described, product was easy for verizon to configure. Very happy with the purchase
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5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
ByAHMAD A TAHERon October 7, 2015
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Very good 😊
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Huawei E5776 International Mobile Hotspot (4G LTE in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa)

December 29, 2015  |  Mobile Hotspot News

e5776

 

 

 

Suitable for most of the world’s 4G and 3G networks

  • 4G LTE Cat4 150 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload
  • 3G DC-HSPA+ 43.2 Mbps download, 5.76 Mbps upload
  • Supports 10 devices at the same time
  • 10 hours working time with built-in 3000 mAh battery

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Huawei E5776s-32 Mobile WiFi is a high-speed packet access mobile hotspot. It is a multi-mode wireless terminal for SOHO (Small Office and Home Office) and business professionals. You can connect the E5776s-32 with the USB interface of a computer, or connect the E5776s-32 with the Wi-Fi. The E5776s-32 is penta-band 4G and quad-band 3G. These cover most of the world’s 4G and 3G networks. Specifications: 4G Bands: LTE FDD 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz; 3G Bands: UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz; LTE Cat4 150 Mbps download; 50 Mbps upload; DC-HSPA+ 42.2 Mbps download; 5.76 Mbps upload; Maximum 10 hours working; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n; WEP/WPA/WPA2; Support 10 devices at the same time; Micro SD card slot up to 32GB; Standard 6-pin SIM card. What’s included: 1x E5377, 1x Battery, 1x USB Charging cable, 1x Quick Start
It uses USB 5V about 1 Amp. Or any 5V DC charger rated at least 5 Watts
DrPaper answered on June 15, 2015
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There is conet by USB obly no need any other charger
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Has anyone tried this unit in Kenya with any provider? What results are you getting?
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Haven’t tried in kenya but mine works fine in the philippines, i believe both countries have the same gsm900/1800mHz and umts2100 mhz frequencies.
By Jake on February 4, 2015
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
NO Problems whatsoever – IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING
ByDrPaperon October 13, 2014
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So far I have used my Huawei E5776 in 18 Countries in Europe and Asia…it even worked in the USA with a Swiss SIM but I don’t need it for the USA.
No problems whatsoever – IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING
Some countries such as France (Orange) and Spain (Lebara) have enabled the 4G LTE for Pay as you go customers
Then it is amazingly fast.. in fact, it was faster than my old iPhone 4S (now replaced with a 6+) was on the direct phone networks
The issue that some users have when they bought their local (Foreign) SIM is that the seller did not know how to set up the correct APN for a Hotspot which in many countries (Spain, China) can be very different that the usual cell phone data APN
I was lucky in Spain in that the Lebara Agent knew how to set up the correct APN for a Hotspot. So I bought 2 GB Data for only €8 a super bargain compared to USA…BTW… we pay outrageous rates for data in the USA compared to most countries.
By contrast, my son used it in China and could not get it working until I did some research and sent him the correct APN.
There are plenty of web sites with the correct APN by country such as:
http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/Prepaid_SIM_with_data
I also added an external antenna.. really made the difference when we were visiting in the more remote countryside
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Works fine for me with T-mobile in USA using standard no-contract nano-SIM
ByTourniquetRuleson June 13, 2014
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I chose this model because it is unlocked and had excellent reviews compared to the official T-mobile offerings. It boots fast and works as expected. I had to manually enter the APN for T-mobile. After that, no problems. I like the fact that the LCD tells you how much data you have used. In my case, I took a sim card out of an iPhone 5s and put it in a nano to standard SIM card adapter. My only real problem was the SIM card adapter doesn’t want to stay in unless the SIM door is closed tight. There is a sticker on the front of the hotspot essentially telling you not to use an adapter but a standard card. I had no problems ejecting as others have mentioned. It never said LTE, only 3G on the LCD even though I think I have the correct bands available in my area to support it. That said, the speeds were consistent with LTE in my area. Random testing done by someone else while I was driving came back consistently at 14mbps/3mbps even supporting 2 Netflix streams simultaneously. Well worth the money. I did stream some videos from an micro-SD card in the hotspot just to test it. I also found the wifi easily reached through 2 levels of my home without issue. I have no idea how it works internationally.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bought 3. I just can’t fault this gadget..
ByMr. Christopher Adamon July 26, 2014
Worked so well that my mates went and bought one too!
bought a local sim here in Switzerland and works like a dream.
To be honest, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t love this little gadget or is having issues setting it up.
perhaps it’s the sim – in Europe data sims must first be activated with a mobile phone before you insert the sim into the huawei device, so perhaps some people hadn’t done that and seem to think the device is the problem? I don’t know..
With 3 other devices hooked up to it, I was still able to conduct a video Skype call flawlessly in a separate room on the next level of my apartment. When I took it out with me, i had it ON in my backpack and i was able to surf the net effortlessly.
Also, The speed is as fast as my proper connection at home, or at least it ‘seems’ that is the case. Certainly isn’t noticeably or annoyingly slow.
Perhaps the speed complaints I’ve read here are due to the speed of the data companies of the SIM card provider, and not the device itself?
Setup was basically insert the sim into the huawei then switch it on and off you go, how it could something be any simpler?!!!
Build quality is better than I expected and I wouldn’t expect better for this price point. To me it resembles the build quality of a blackberry, if that helps anyone here..
It seems, based on the mixed reviews, luck has a part to play on whether you’ll enjoy this device but I count myself extremely lucky and hope my luck brushes off on you too 😉
Mr C.Adam
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great device!
ByMadi L.on April 11, 2014
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I travel a lot and used to purchase different wireless modems for each country because they were locked to a carrier. With this device, I can just buy replacement SIM cards, which are much cheaper. Also, it allows multiple devices to connect so I can use my laptop, phone, and Kindle simultaneously. Would highly recommend this as it delivers on its promises.
The minor setbacks are that the instructions on how to configure for different providers are not very clear (although it’s tough because each country and provider would be different). Once I did some Googling and figured out how to change the profiles, it works perfectly. Would love for the battery life to be longer, but you can’t have it all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excelent !
BySandra Diason June 24, 2014
I bought this Mobile Hotstop to be used in Brazil, where the 4G frequency is 2.600MHz and it worked perfectly ! It’s very easy to set up, and it will work on most frequencies around the world. All you need to do is to buy a “Standant SIMCard” (don’t try to use a simcard adapter to nano or microchip – I tried and didn’t work at all), insert it and you are ready to connect via WiFi any device you want, tablets, cellphones, games consoles and so on …
A great purchase !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty good so far.
ByJames Dylanon December 3, 2014
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Works as described. I’m in Afghanistan and use it with Roshan, as our internet here sucks. I have a few issues, but I don’t know if it’s the router or the telephone company. When I connect it will go right to the 3G network, and sometimes after a while, it will go to the 2G, killing the speed. Might be Roshan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great device
ByAmazon Customeron February 18, 2014
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Shick/clean lines and easy to connect to laptop
A little more of a challenge getting SIM card to work but may have been online vendor I used
Can’t wait to try it out in Mexico-based on my last Verizon bill the device should pay for itself the first week I am there
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great device for Canadians (or others) travelling in the US and wanting to avoid Mobile Internet Roaming fees
ByA. Leslieon April 5, 2015
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Great build quality and solid feel. Nice to feel the weight of a capable battery inside. Only issue is that the face scratches easily but oh well. I carry it and my phone back-to-back in my pocket when out and about and no issues as long as I remember not to put anything else in there. The only issue with getting online was finding the correct APN code for the Mobile Internet provider I was using (AT&T — it’s “broadband” not what some other sites listed.) It worked flawlessly on a recent roadtrip from LV to SFO with good connectivity except for very remote areas that I already knew would not have coverage or reception (Death Valley, for instance.) Very happy with the device as a Canadian that often roadtrips through the US and looking to avoid steep mobile roaming charges by picking up a US SIM card. Also great to be able to keep my Canadian number for calls/texts but turn off Mobile Internet and only leave on Wifi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Works great
ByJakeon May 27, 2015
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Works great in the Philippines, my wife really likes it. nothing more to say.
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 Can the Huawei E5776 works through USB with a desk computer?
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yes
By Gerry on March 27, 2015
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 I want to use this this in an rv: 1) what is the input voltage? 2) does it allow for an external antenna?
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Standard USB 5 Volts
Yes they sell an external antenna
By DrPaper on December 13, 2015
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 Can this be used connected to a wall adaptor? will it damage the battery?
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Es muy posible que se dañe la batería si esta permanente enchufado. Suerte
By Alejandro D. Maniera on February 5, 2015
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 Does it work with Verizon?
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Hello,
What we(Otulet) sell is unlocked, you can use with any SIM if it support the device’s bands.
Thank you! Otulet
By otuletus on May 19, 2015    SELLER
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 Does it work in Japan?
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Yes, it works in Japan.
By AirFong on June 21, 2015    SELLER
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 Can this device be configured to connect to a VPN service?
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It doesn’t have a VPN client, but it can do VPN passthrough
By Multiplex Systems on May 17, 2015    SELLER
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 will it work in india
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It works worldwide with any internet providers.
By In2trendshop on May 6, 2015    SELLER
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 Is any SIM card comes with the device, if not what type of SIM (data) should I buy? Do I have to change SIM cards every European country I visit?
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The device doesn’t come with a SIM. Since this device is unlocked, you can pretty much use any carrier. However, make sure the SIM is not a microSIM or nanoSIM, it needs to be a regular sized SIM.
By Anonymous User on January 27, 2015
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Question:
 Since it only comes with the usb cable and no wall connector, does anybody know if the samsung wall connectors have the same amperage/voltage for it ?
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Yes, they will work. Any USB charger will work just fine.
By Multiplex Systems on June 15, 2015    SELLER
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