I think we all use some kind of portable electronic work or entertainment tool. In the end, smartphones today (almost) everyone, and many people to the collection is a tablet or even a laptop. To use the potential of these devices, you need internet access. What if we are out of WiFi, and our tablet or computer does not have a 3G / LTE modem? The TP-Link M5350 is a solution for these people.
Although today’s smartphones have no problem dealing with 3G / LTE connectivity as WiFi hotspots, this is not the ideal solution. It consumes a lot of battery power, and the phone is a tool that can not be unloaded. It is worth noting that most of the cheap tablets do not have a 3G modem at all, and only access to the network via WiFi. In all of these scenarios, the TP-LINK M5350 Wireless WiFi Router can be a good fit.
This router is a portable hot spot, where we insert a SIM card of our operator and which by telephone 3G network pulls and sends data to up to ten devices connected to its WiFi network. So just one SIM card, so that each of our devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop, console, etc.) can gain access to the network. There is one more great advantage of sharing a WiFi connection – the ease of sharing files between devices. The network structure of such a connection does not differ in any way from a traditional router, so exchanging files between connected devices is no longer a problem.
It is worth mentioning yet another feature of the device, whose potential unfortunately has not been used even in half. This is a microSD card reader located next to the SIM card slot. The device allows access to the data stored on the card, but only … via the cable. The functionality of this solution is limited to a simple card reader. It is a pity that the content of the card is not visible in the form of NAS storage – there are devices on the market that work in this way.
We tested the router on several popular SIM cards. The mandatory point here was to check compatibility with the wildly popular still-available Aero 2 BDI service, primarily based on the UMTS 900 network. The device with this service worked without any problems, as was the mobile internet service of other large operators (Plus, Orange and T-Mobile). How much compatibility with the latter is basically standard, Aero 2 using 10 categories of HSDPA does not like to work with some modems and routers. Plus for TP-LINK!
The nice addition is a well-functioning information screen. Through it we will learn what quality the device receives the signal at which it sends / receives packets, how many devices are connected to it, and what state its battery is. From the router itself, we will not change its settings. To do this, we need to log in via a dedicated web browser (just like in a traditional router) and then make the appropriate configuration.