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Huawei E5730 Mobile WiFi Review

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The Huawei E5730 is a good looking little box to help you on your travels.  With so many gadgets being internet enabled these days it’s easy to feel cut off when your head abroad and don’t have access to your usual WiFi hotspots and using your mobile data connection can rack up a small fortune in roaming costs.

The E5730 aims to solve both problems by creating a WiFi hotspot that uses a mobile connection, but crucially this can be over any network, so you can pop in a local SIM card for a much better data deal.  Pop the back off the E5730 and you can quickly swap out one standard sized SIM card for another.

Huawei have made the E5730 very easy to setup, just pop the SIM card in and if the unit recognises the operator there aren’t any settings to enter, it’ll connect automatically to the mobile network and be available to your mobile/laptop/tablet. The web interface is easy to use and if the SIM isn’t recognised you have the option to enter your own APN settings.  If you have a SIM card with a data plan you can add this information into the E5730 so it can monitor your usage and prevent you from incurring out of bundle charges.

Huawei E5730You can pair up to 10 different devices via WiFi, perfect for those travelling with several mobiles, tablets and laptops.  It has a built in 5200mAh battery which Huawei say provides a working time of up to 16 hours.  If you find your mobile or tablet running a little low on juice you can also use this as a portable recharging battery, but of course this comes at the cost of shortening how long you can use this between charges.

If you have an older laptop without WiFi Huawei have you covered; the R5730 has an Ethernet port allowing you to connect the old fashioned way.  The advantage of connecting by WiFi is that you can move the unit around to find the strongest signal, and therefore quickest connection, without worrying about wires draping across the room.

Very easy to setup, good looking little box that’s easy to carry around, great travelers gadget, although note it supports 3G and not 4G connections.

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6 Comments
  1. Reply
    Andre Pottie Potgieter 18/04/2015 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I just bought myself the Huawei E5730 and it is a nifty device.
    However,
    The device seems to go into “standby mode” after 5 minutes or so.How can i change this or disable this setting

    Advice would be appreciated

    Kind Regards
    Andre

    • Hello,

      I don’t have the device to look at, but I would assume this is due to the connection becoming inactive, so it switches to standby. If that is the case I’m not sure there is a way to change it, I assume you’ve looked in the settings to see if there is a way to increase or disable this?

      If so and if you’ve not found anything I’d suggest getting in touch with the manufacturer to see if they can offer any suggestions. Good luck!

  2. Hi sorry if this sounds daft I have an E5730 and it wont connect to internet I may need to change apn settings how do I do this when not connected to internet??

    • You don’t need to be connected to the internet to change the settings, you just need to make sure you’re connected to the E5730. You then need to go to the dashboard, normally done by typing in an IP address (I forget what it is, it might be shown in my video or will be in the manual) and that’s where you change settings such as the APN settings.

      • Thanks for quick reply I will try again, thought I had tried to get onto dashboard (the handbook gives the IP) but it was saying unable to connect. will have another go

        • If you’re trying to connect via WiFi might I suggest plugging it in via Ethernet and turning off your WiFi. This will ensure you’re only connected to that device.

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