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Wireless Mobile Broadband
UK Price £67.99
Available from: Amazon.co.uk
Pros: Small and stylish with a strong signal which has worked everywhere I have taken it, so far.
Cons: Watch a video, download a few things and watch your data disappear quicker than I can say ‘milk and two sugars’
As a travel blogger there are certain pieces of essential equipment that I carry around with me, one of which is my Netbook and now I am pleased to say that the 3 Mi-Fi Huawei E585 Wireless Modem has joined that essential list.
The Mobile Wi-Fi or Mi-Fi as it is known is very much like your wireless connection at home except with this you can take it on the road. The modem sends out a signal which you can connect to with any of your Wi-Fi enabled devices like your laptop or mobile phone. At any one time you can have five devices using the signal which makes it very handy if you are travelling in a group.
The number one thing I love about this is the size and look. It is very small indeed, smaller than my mobile phone in fact and weights very little which is great for transporting it around, most of the time I just slip it into my pocket and turn it on when needed.
On the front of the modem is a small screen which indicates how much battery you have left, the signal strength, if you are connected and how much data you have used.
The battery lasts around five hours and to charge it you can either plug it into your computer or use the wall charger that comes with it.
Setting it up to use for the first time is very easy using the online dashboard where you are able to set a password and pin so that other people around are unable to connect to your signal and use your data. Here you are also able to top up your data allowance when needed.
The modem comes with 3GB of data when you buy it but be sure not to watch any videos and keep any downloading to a minimum as it will eat away your data allowance incredibily fast. For general internet use like e-mailing and browsing it is very good.
I have been incredibly impressed with the signal strength and speed. So far everywhere I travelled to, including the Shropshire countryside, it has picked up a good signal. This is of course the number one test for the modem which it has passed with flying colours.
It is an excellent travel gadget that I highly recommend.
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