If you want to use IDNet mobile Broadband when you are out and about, you’ll need a mobile hotspot device. These are often called MiFi devices.
Tried and tested on our network, we are currently offering two device options. Both from HUAWEI they are reviewed below.
But first a little background.
What is MiFi?
Mobile Wi-Fi routers, commonly known as MiFi, are small, wireless devices that let multiple users share a mobile broadband internet connection. MiFi acts as a mobile hotspot for any of your devices (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or even your desktop computer).
The benefit of this device is that no matter where you are, you will always be able to connect to IDNet MiFi instead of relying on cellular data.
Who can benefit from MiFi?
If you are a heavy internet user outside of your home, especially if you don’t have an unlimited cellular data plan, you could benefit from using a MiFi device. Also, if you are looking to preserve your phone’s battery life when on the move, consider using MiFi as heavy use of cellular data eats through more battery power.
Business travellers and holidaymakers: If you frequently travel or find yourself in areas without Wi-Fi access, MiFi might be the solution. You’ll avoid using slow and potentially unsecure hotel Wi-Fi. Some hotels and venues still charge for Wi-Fi per hour or per day.
Using MiFi you are likely to get the whole family online at a lower overall cost. Plus, you avoid congested public space wifi zones where everyone is trying to use the same connection.
Families and multiple device owners: If you require several devices to be able to connect to the internet when you are away from home, then you should consider purchasing a MiFi device.
Tablets are great to use at home, but what about on the train, on the beach or by the pool? Wherever you can get a phone signal, you can use MiFi to create a wireless network and get online from any Wi-Fi device.
Exploring the E5576 and E5577 MiFi devices from HUAWEI
HUAWEI make two of our favourite MiFi devices. Fully tested on the IDNet network, the E5576 and E5577 offer longer service time and better WiFi signal capacity in comparison with smartphone hotspots.
They give you instant and stable Internet connectivity with potential data rates of up to 150 Mbps; and their compact plug-and-play design allows you to quickly get online with family and friends anytime, anywhere.
Common features of both are as follows:
- Data rates of up to 150 Mbps download / 50 Mbps upload
- Supports 5G/4G/3G/2G multimode
- Support up to 10 WiFi connected devices
- Up to 6 hours of battery time
The main difference is that the E5577 contains an integrated LCD screen, allowing the user to see all the important status info including the signal strength, network provider, battery status, SSID and password. As a result, it’s a little larger and heavier at 110g compared to the more lightweight and compact E5576 at 71g.
Obviously, actual data transfer rates will vary depending on the where you are. Environmental factors including distance, network traffic, building materials/construction, interference from other wireless devices, and adverse weather conditions can all dent performance, but we found the both devices to be robust and reliable.