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.
You 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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