"trying as alternative to dialup. Not as fast as stated."2.0 starson by PTaylor101
Pros: The device is faster than dialup, but I'm only getting speeds of 200k to 300k as opposed to the 600k to 1400k I was told, even though my 3G coverage is excellent. Usage is great, when it get's going (read CONS on that).
Cons: No manuals came with it. Installation is NOT straight forward. Had to call tech support.
USB mode takes several attempts to work with PC. WiFi mode needs to be constantly powered up even though it's plugged in. Power button takes forever to work.
Summary: As stated, trying several devices as alternative to dialup. This one works decent, nothing to brag about. I would feel better about the monthly payments if it were faster. I'm in a 30 day trial so it might go back.
No books came with it, so tech support was required in order to get it working. and even then, they could offer no solutions to my questions other than what they read out of the online manual. Simple plug and play via USB is not simple. takes a few times and several minutes of waiting to get it to work.
WiFi mode, this is what I like, but the unit powers off if no usage detected, so I am constantly having to walk to it's location and hold the power button just to get on the net. I cannot comprehend that since it was advice as putting it in a center location like a bathroom for transmissions. Again, the unit is plugged into the wall, but it still powers off. and the power button, this makes no sense. Hold for several seconds to turn it on? Hold for 10 seconds to turn it off? If it doesn't come up in the correct mode (USB or WiFi) then repeat the process? It takes a minute or more of messing with the hardware just to do simple searching of the web. It's faster to get on the web with dialup than with this.
I design electronics for a living, and it's like the people who designed this had no idea what they were designing or who for. I hope a firmware update will fix these issues.
Once I 'm on the web, it's very nice. no problems with disconnects or downloading (so far).
Keeping up with how much data is used can only be done in USB mode, that's a negative IMO. If it wasn't for that, I would never need to plug it in to my PC at all.
I would suggest getting some additional software to keep up with usage. and also try other carriers as well. Most have a 30 day trial period. One carrier dropped their speeds after the initial trial period. I'm curious to see if my speeds remain the same after 30 days or several months.
You will not D/L movies with this, this is simply for average surfing. You also will not play online games with this. D/L songs is decent.
This is a great alternative to dialup and satellite internet for light users of the internet. The price is high for 5G, and like I stated, if I could at least get in the average speed range that was advertised, I wouldn't hesitate to keep it. The WiFi get's on my nerves. I use two computers to connect to this device, one is located in my shop. In order to gain access to the net, I must go inside and mess with the power button and hope it comes up in WiFi mode. again, it's not connected to a PC, just sitting on a shelf. Same with the other PC.