Mobile WiFi devices are increasing in popularity as 4G coverage makes their use more effective. They allow users to connect devices such as laptops and tablets that don’t have a 4G SIM to the internet without requiring a fixed WiFi connection. The Huawei E5372 4G MiFi device is the latest in a line of Huawei mobile 4G routers so how good is it?
Setting up the Huawei E5372 4G MiFi device
Setting up this device only takes a matter of minutes. You just remove the back to insert a SIM card, a MicroSD card, and the battery, switch it on, and then wait for it to connect to the 4G network. The device supports both 3G and 4G so when you’re in an area that doesn’t have 4G network coverage it will switch automatically onto the 3G network. The device is capable of wirelessly connecting up to ten devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and games consoles, and is ideal for streaming music or video, checking e-mail, web browsing, and gaming.
Features of the Huawei E5372 4G MiFi device
The 4G MiFi device has a number of features including an LED screen on the front that displays useful information such as the battery life remaining, mail alerts, and the connection type and speed. It also has a MicroSD slot that can accommodate a card with up to 32GB, and the contents of the card can be shared with all ten devices connected to the router.
Finally there is a Mobile Control 2.0 app which allows you to control the device from your smartphone or tablet. The device has around six hours battery life which is relatively low for a mobile router, and the battery is likely to run down quicker the more devices you use, so if you want to use the router for long periods of time, for example on long journeys, you’ll need to be able to recharge.
Technical specification of the Huawei E5372 4G MiFi device include:
- Display: TFT LCD
- Download speed: Up to 150Mbps
- Upload speed: Up to 50Mbps
- Modem: 4G
- Wi-Fi Standard: 802.11n
- Bands: 2.4GHz, 5GHz
- Battery capacity: 1780mAh
- Dimensions: 99 x 62.2 x 14.4mm
- Weight: 130 grams
Availability of the Huawei E5372 4G MiFi device
The Huawei E5372 4G MiFi device is available in black or white and is small and light enough to carry in your pocket, meaning that you can set up your own 4G hotspot wherever you are. It can be purchased SIM free from a number of retailers. Three is currently the only 4G network offering the device as part of a broadband package, with costs as follows:
24 month contracts:
- £10.87 per month, 1GB data per month, no upfront cost
- £15.99 per month, 5GB data per month, no upfront cost
- £20.10 per month, 15GB data per month, no upfront cost
Pay As You Go:
- £59.99 PAYG preloaded with 1GB data valid for 30 days
- £69.99 PAYG preloaded with 3GB data valid for 3 months
- £119.99 PAYG preloaded with 12GB data valid for 12 months