Andy Westlake tests a mobile Wi-Fi device
TP-Link M7350 LTE-Advanced Mobile Wi-Fi at a glance:
- Personal Wi-Fi network connects up to 15 devices
- Fast 4G data connection
- Compact, pocket-sized design (116x66x16mm)
- 10-hour rated battery life
- Price: £69
- Website: uk.tp-link.com
Mobile devices permeate almost every aspect of our lives. Smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, and with increasingly powerful apps such as Snapseed and Lightroom for mobile, they have become useful tools for editing and sharing images quickly. Likewise, it’s now possible to get small, lightweight laptops that are powerful enough for serious photo manipulation. However, many devices are entirely reliant on Wi-Fi for their connectivity.
This is fine when you’re within reach of a reliable network, but it can quickly become a problem when you’re out and about. With the right contract for your smartphone, you might be able to tether other devices to it, but this can quickly get expensive if you use a lot of data.
The solution is a ‘Mi-Fi’ device such as the TP-Link M7350. This sets up a personal mobile Wi-Fi network to which you can connect up to 15 devices. Fit a data SIM from any mobile network provider, and you can then access the internet with a super-fast 4G connection. Using a Micro SD card up to 32GB in capacity, the M7350 can also work as a file storage and sharing device using the free tpMiFi app.
TP-Link M7350 LTE-Advanced Mobile Wi-Fi – Key features
The device has a full-sized SIM card slot, with micro and nano card adapters in the box.
This button allows quick configuration of network settings.
This is used for charging the battery (1A USB adapter supplied) and can also provide a wired connection to a laptop.
A low-power OLED screen shows connection status, battery level and a useful mobile data display – speed and usage.
TP-Link M7350 LTE-Advanced Mobile Wi-Fi – Our verdict
The M7350 is quick to set up, using a USB connection to a computer or a web interface over Wi-Fi. You can easily change your security settings and it can save profiles for multiple SIMs, making it easy to use in different countries. Network speeds depend on location, but can be super-quick with a good 4G connection. Handy if you’re uploading to, say Flickr, while travelling.
SCORE: 5 out of 5
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TL-MR3020 Portable 3G/4G Wireless N Router
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