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Topic # 113145 8-Jan-2013 08:19 Send private message

Anyone got one of these devices and what is your impression of it??

http://store.telecom.co.nz/mobile/prepaid/mobilebroadband/huawei-mobile-hotspot

I downloaded the user gude but not much info on how to set it up .  The only security seems to be WEP, no mention of WPA /WPA2. Can you login and change the SSID and security or is this thing a hack waiting to happen??

Thanx in advance..





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  Reply # 741390 8-Jan-2013 08:49 Send private message

I have one of these devices and it is great.
I will check out what you requested and post back.




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  Reply # 741395 8-Jan-2013 08:56 Send private message

Ok when I bought mine I changed no settings and the WLAN security is on WPA/WPA2 and it can be changed.




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  Reply # 741413 8-Jan-2013 09:31 Send private message

Hi Old3eyes,

The Huwawei hotspot can be customized for wpa2 and you can change the SSID.

To do this,

Connect your hotspot to a compatible device.
On your device's web browser, navigate to 192.168.1.1 
The username and password are both "admin"

You should now see a range of tabs where you can customize the device.

Cheers
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  Reply # 741593 8-Jan-2013 13:25 Send private message

Thanx Ned and Ron,

Will get one when I get back to Auckland. It would have been handy this week rather than running a Tstick




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  Reply # 741817 8-Jan-2013 18:16 Send private message

What 3G freqencies do these support? 900, 2100?

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  Reply # 741874 8-Jan-2013 19:39 Send private message

http://mobile-wifi.com.ua/docs/huawei_e586es_description.pdf

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  Reply # 741875 8-Jan-2013 19:45 Send private message

I've been eyeing this device too. What is the battery life like in reality?

From the pdf link above it say 4.5 hrs, which is on the lower end compared to the Netcomm ones Telecom had a few years back.

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  Reply # 741981 8-Jan-2013 22:47 Send private message

heavenlywild: I've been eyeing this device too. What is the battery life like in reality?

From the pdf link above it say 4.5 hrs, which is on the lower end compared to the Netcomm ones Telecom had a few years back.


The form factor of the two devices is significantly different.... The Huawei box is tiny in comparison to the old netcomm 3G routers.  Plus it's a HSPA+ at 21mb rather than HSPA 7mb.  So that's sure to need more power.

Battery life depends on how far away your router is from the cellsite and thus how much power it needs to run the radio, and how many and how far you run your wifi devices from it.  All of those factors will greatly impact it's battery life.

IMHO I think a few hours on a box that small is pretty good... But I don't own one of them, but know a number of people who speak highly of them.




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  Reply # 741989 8-Jan-2013 23:23 Send private message

Awww crap. I'd rather one of those than the vodafone one I bought 8 weeks ago.




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  Reply # 742027 9-Jan-2013 06:51 Send private message

ALTRON: What 3G freqencies do these support? 900, 2100?


WCDMA 2100 / 1900 / AWS (1700) / 850


There is also a dual carrier device, Huawei E587

http://store.telecom.co.nz/mobile/prepaid/mobilebroadband/huawei-mobile-wifi-e587




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  Reply # 846476 27-Jun-2013 22:42

I have one of these too, but I am having trouble with it constantly disconnecting. Right in the middle of your online Banking session or during every single email that I write.
My devices also have difficulty logging on to it and sometimes I will have to "refresh" my wifi options list 10-20 times before it seems to wake up and say "Oh Yeah here I am, you guys ready now?"
When it works, it is fast but when it doesn't it really doesn't.

Any suggestions?

Telecom have been very good and have replaced the original one and loaned me a "loaner" but my second one is behaving the same way.

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  Reply # 846862 28-Jun-2013 19:36 Send private message

When Telecom replaced it did they take the sim out of the old one and put it in the new one? If so it could be a faulty sim. I had a similar problem when using a 2degrees sim, replaced with a new 2degrees sim and it has worked flawlessly for the last 6 months. The faulty sim worked fine in a phone.

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  Reply # 846935 28-Jun-2013 21:57 Send private message

doug3: When Telecom replaced it did they take the sim out of the old one and put it in the new one? If so it could be a faulty sim. I had a similar problem when using a 2degrees sim, replaced with a new 2degrees sim and it has worked flawlessly for the last 6 months. The faulty sim worked fine in a phone.


This won't be the case for Telecom NZ. I can't speak for 2D but TNZ SIMs are for the most part the same when in operation. Swapping from one SIM ID to another when the 1st SIM can obtain signal will not help.

I've seen less than a handful SIMs in my time that are actually faulty.

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  Reply # 846936 28-Jun-2013 21:58

Thanks for the thought!
I had that one too, so I have tested the sim with other devices including the "loaner" hotspot that Telecom provided and it appears not to be a faulty sim.
The "Loaner" is an older model but it works a treat! All the problems I have had with the latest model do not seem to happen with the older model.

Since I posted, I have discovered a setting which I need to change online, to do with "travelling ?"

I will have a look at that.


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  Reply # 846939 28-Jun-2013 22:01 Send private message

GirlGeek: I have one of these too, but I am having trouble with it constantly disconnecting. Right in the middle of your online Banking session or during every single email that I write.
My devices also have difficulty logging on to it and sometimes I will have to "refresh" my wifi options list 10-20 times before it seems to wake up and say "Oh Yeah here I am, you guys ready now?"
When it works, it is fast but when it doesn't it really doesn't.

Any suggestions?

Telecom have been very good and have replaced the original one and loaned me a "loaner" but my second one is behaving the same way.


Sounds like a compatabilty issue of some sort between your devices WiFi chipset and that of the Wireless Hotspot.

Have you tried a different wireless security encryption such as WPA2?

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