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I have a Huawei E586 "Mifi" as described here...:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/three-mifi-hspa-huawei-e586_Peripheral_review

 

This used to serve me very well in the UK. Basically it picks up a mobile 3G signal and creates a mobile Wifi zone wherever I go.

 

It would be great if I can get this to work here in Cebu. But then I'll need to resolve at least three questions...

 

- How or where can I get the device unlocked? I suspect it is locked to the UK "Three" network by default.

- What kind of SIM would be suitable for it here? (It takes a standard size GSM type SIM.) Apart from basic 3G, the device supports the HSDPA+ standard, which works great in the UK but I have no idea if that means anything around here. Is it related to LTE at all?

- Assuming I get a suitable SIM card, how do I add load to it and enable Internet for e.g. 30 days? Obviously there's no keypad on this device, but it can send and receive SMS via a computer link. I'd like to go down the prepaid route before committing to a subscription.

 

Sven

 

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I can't answer the rest of the question, but as for unlocking it the theory is 3 Customer Service will give you the necessary information. This assumes that you have had it long enough from 3 to have "paid for it". I have an EE 3G stick (originally Orange). The rules from Orange said I needed to have paid the subscription for at least 3 months (I hadn't at the time I tried it in the Philippines). I have now, so the next time I go, I will call EE and (attempt to) unlock it.

 

 

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Did you pay £84 for that ? Im using a Huawei E5220 here, i paid 2800p from Globe, load it once a month for 999p unlimited, Its loaded by buying load from Globe or load reseller by putting the sim into my phone. Smart and others have them too, I use mine in Cebu, Toledo and Bantayan successfully, though nowhere near as fast as many on here would require. Dont recall ever having a drop out.

I just arranged for Globe to email me an account each month, i print it off and pay it at any LBC office, and its reloaded automatically.

Well this is the first month, lets see how that works, hehe they suggested it after I kept coming in to get them to do the reload.lol.

There was a thread recently about 4LTE , i think it is, which I gather is better. ( you can probably tell im not very expert at this stuff )

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December 07, 2011 Huawei E586 Review
 
 
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The HSPA+ network of Smart and Globe are continuously growing and getting wider coverage around the country. Devices like the Huawei E586 maximizes the speed of the HSPA+ network (just like the ZTE MF60). Check out our full review after the jump.

I’ve been using Huawei’s MyFi devices for years now and have seen similar ones offered by other manufacturers (see our Huawei E5 Pocket WiFi review and the ZTE MF60 review).

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This newer model, the E586, supports HSPA+ networks with speeds up to 21Mbps. I’ve used this device in a lot of the foreign trips I had this quarter (Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China) and it has worked flawlessly each time.

The package comes with the pocket WiFi, a removable battery, micro-USB cable, a wall charger and manual. The design of the device is pretty much almost the same from the previous models of the E5 we’ve seen before. The most noticeable improvements would be the LED display and the use of a micro-USB port instead of the mini-USB port (following the universal standards in charging ports).

The SIM card tray is still found inside the battery compartment, behind the 1500mAh battery. The power button and the WPS button are on the right side of the device while the microSD card slot is found on the left side.

The LED display now indicates a whole lot of information and device status, including:

  • Signal strength of the cellular network it is connected to
  • Connection type of the network (H, 3G, E, G)
  • WiFi status + number of connected devices
  • Internet connection status
  • New/unread SMS + number of messages
  • Battery life indicator
  • Name of network
  • Data volume consumed
  • Total time active

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These information displayed on the LED provides you a whole lot of data you need to know about the device and the network without logging into the web admin panel.

For users who are on volume-based charging, the “total traffic data” is very useful when you want to monitor your bandwidth usage.

Huawei E586 HSPA+ Pocket WiFi:

  •  HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS 2100/1900/900/850 MHz, EDGE/GPRS/GSM
  •  HSPA+ download data service of up to 21 Mbit/s
  •  HSPA+ upload data service of up to 5.76 Mbit/s
  •  HSDPA download data service of up to 14.4 Mbit/s
  •  WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and WPS
  •  Built-in DHCP Server, DNS RELAY and NAT.
  •  Built-in UMTS and WLAN high gain antenna
  •  microSD card slop, up to 32GB
  •  Li-Ion battery 1500mAh

The device works with most networks automatically and from experience with other networks abroad, the device often detects the settings and plugs it in. For the most part, the E586 is practically plug-and-play. Tried it with Globe, Smart and Sun and the auto-configuration works. Same thing when I was using it in Singapore, Jakarta and Hong Kong.
 

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To access the Web Admin panel, you connect to the WiFi hotspot of the device and log in via the local IP (192.168.1.1). Even the welcome page of the Web Admin already shows you some very useful information like connection and WiFi status, currently connected devices and bandwidth used. It even shows if the battery is being charged or not.
 

Logging into the Web Admin Panel provides you with the complete configuration options for the Wireless LAN, Encryption, Firewall, Network settings and more. Access to the built-in SMS feature is also available here.
 

The E586 limits the number of connected devices to a maximum of 5 which is a bummer especially if you have more than 5 devices with you.
 

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The Web Admin also has a mobile version if you log in via your mobile phone or tablet. The mobile version has limited features though. Fortunately, you can always switch back to the classic version anytime via a link at the footer of the page.
 

While speed tests are more of a measure of a network’s performance rather than the device, we’re still curious just how fast the E586 can do given the right conditions.
 

The fastest download I’ve seen via Speedtest.net is about 9.26Mbps on a Smart Bro Postpaid account at 3AM here in Makati. While it is not consistent, at least it showed us it can handle those speeds pretty well.
 

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On normal days, I’m seeing between 2Mbps to 4Mbps on our local network (both with Smart and Globe). The speed tests carried out here measures the bandwidth from the client to the ISP’s network and does not really reflect real-world speeds. In any case, it gives us a good perspective when we see the same speed tests are done on other devices, line or network. What’s more interesting though is the impressive latency times, most of which at under 100ms (great for gaming?).
 

Battery life is really tricky to measure since it heavily depends if the device is actively connecting or in idle mode. My closest estimated is in the vicinity of 4 hours but degrades significantly on the type of activity and the number and type of devices connected to it.
 

Just to be sure, I always use a extra portable battery that charges the E586 all the time giving me an almost all-day, walking hotspot service.
 

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If you’re always on the road and carry multiple devices with you, the Huawei E586 with it’s HSPA+ capability gives you the most optimized connection while mobile.
 

However, please remember that the device is only as good as the network it is connected to. The ideal set up is to get an unlocked MyFi and carry multiple prepaid SIM cards with you just to make sure you can switch networks anytime, anywhere.

The Huawei E586 retails for just under Php7,000 in online stores and independent sellers. It’s still expensive but if you’re on the road most of the time, it certainly is a wise investment.
 

DisclosureHotGadgets provided us with this review unit. You can find the item being sold in TipidPC here and in Sulit here.

 

 

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