3G Router - if you have 3g dongle already ! - £25.13 Delivered @  Amazon
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3G Router - if you have 3g dongle already ! - £25.13 Delivered @ Amazon

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Found 30th Nov 2011
The TP-Link TL-MR3220 wireless router gives you instant access to a high-speed 3G/3.75G internet connection.
Featuring a 4-port switch, this wireless-N router supports transfer rates as fast as 150 Mbps and works well with UMTS/HSPA/EVDO USB modems, meaning you can establish a WiFi hotspot wherever 3G coverage is available.
Whether you're camping, on the train or at a construction site, the TL-MR3220 has all your wireless networking needs covered.
Full 12-month UK manufacturer's warranty included.

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So do you plug your usb dongle direct into the router,which then pushes the data out as wiFi?Could be useful as a broadband backup device.

Original Poster

yes, you need a 3g dongle already, get one for £20,
from any isp plug it in the back and share the 3g service over wifi
good for friends with no broadband

i bought one so my daughters can use their laptop, tablet, bbm and any other wifi device you could use a ps3
Edited by: "MaZSuPeR" 30th Nov 2011

Looking at the back of the unit:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5159Zw70azL.jpg

This actually uses the 3G as backup for when the regular internet is down
(will use 3g all the time if you don't connect that blue socket!)

I'd like to know how it chooses to switch ethernet(blue socket) to 3g,
or is it done manually ?


Edited by: "mikerr" 30th Nov 2011

Seems like a decent price for what it is, could come in handy.

Would advise getting one of these to go with it so you can place the dongle in a better position.

or for little more cash ,8 pround more. 300M

TP-Link TL-MR3420 300MBPS Wireless N 3G Router

I used the 300n version on my stand at a show at earls court and saved the £1000 they wanted to charge me for an Internet connection! Great product!

Been using for 12 Months, works a treat with 3 Dongle

incredibly hot, bought this for £40 and would happily pay that again now, £23 is a steal

Isn't it better to just get a cheap android phone like the samsung europa, stick your sim in, then create a wifi hotspot?

usman330

Isn't it better to just get a cheap android phone like the samsung … Isn't it better to just get a cheap android phone like the samsung europa, stick your sim in, then create a wifi hotspot?



How is that cheaper?

I have one of these. It can be set to be 3g with wired as a backup or wired with a 3g back up or 3g only. I used it with a One Plan sim and a 3 premium dongle. It worked ok until 3 got wise to me using the sim in a dongle and I switched to a cheap android phone which has been more stable but has a weaker wifi signal. My router did freeze about once a day but that may well be just me being unlucky. Good price though.

ag248

or for little more cash ,8 pround more. 300MTP-Link TL-MR3420 300MBPS … or for little more cash ,8 pround more. 300MTP-Link TL-MR3420 300MBPS Wireless N 3G Router



I got this one today. Works a treat. Connects to tv ps3 n xbox 360 laptops n iphone

So if I buy this I need a dongle from 3 or someone similar? How much would it cost me to run that for a couple of months?

is there any difference between using the 150 and 300MBPS? although the same 3G dongle will be used (mine is on T-mobile H)

Potentially very daft question here. Can you only use a 3G dongle? Or could I plug my iPhone into that USB socket on the back of the router and share its data (in tethering mode)? Would the USB socket re-charge the iPhone's battery at the same time?

before you all get over excited about this check the compatability list here

tp-link.com/com…d=1

many dongle are not listed and may not work.

I know this from experience with a solwise router - for example the O2 MF100 does not work with most 3g routers

EliTom

I tried using my phone with it in tethered mode with no success. It did charge it though.

hi is using thus router will spread access faster than using the android phone (Samsung Galaxy apollo I5800)?

id be careful using some sims - like avoid tesco "thieving bar steward" mobile

on payg their unlimited internet isnt - you get 100mb which isnt mentioned anywhere on their site whilst you are in your account, so in 14 days i used >£28 of data, despite onova and 3g watchdog stating 0 used! it is working as it now shows 600kb used this week after 4 days use

needless to say they refunded me
Edited by: "royals" 2nd Dec 2011

Potentially very daft question here. Can you only use a 3G dongle? Or could I plug my iPhone into that USB socket on the back of the router and share its data (in tethering mode)? Would the USB socket re-charge the iPhone's battery at the same time?

Banned

Ok, I'm in ... But can someone explain what it is and what you'd use it for?!

Excuse my ignorance but could you not use Connectify to broadcast from the laptop instead and save yourselves £25 quid?

My HP laptop has Intel My WiFi software which I am currently using with my 3G dongle to broadcast internet to my iPad and iPhone. I'm sure Connectify could do this also?

Could I plug my ALFA 2W wifi amplifier with a Yagi, to connect to a FON spot 200m away, into the posted product for wifi round my house?

If using your dongle does it still count as download usage?

wifi signal is weak and not every dongle works, beware Works very well though!

coathanger

If using your dongle does it still count as download usage?



Yes.

danielbb

wifi signal is weak and not every dongle works, beware Works very well … wifi signal is weak and not every dongle works, beware Works very well though!



Are the settings changable or is there an option to flash the eprom?

coathanger

If using your dongle does it still count as download usage?



This allows some dongles to work as a wifi hotspot, it's cheaper than a Mifi, but the disadvantage is it's not portable. If you have an Android phone with 2.2 or later you can turn this in to a wifi hotspot easily, but you may be limited by tethering restrictions from your service provider.

Sorry if this is a daft question, but can this be used with a (compatible) 3G dongle to allow an iPad to use the internet? What I mean is, I wouldn't need a laptop or any other device to connect to the internet first?

I'm thinking about getting it to use in Turkey (I have a Turkcell dongle already which I usually connect to my laptop and then use Connectify Me to share the connection - with iPad or whatever. But it would be great to NOT have to take my laptop with me when travelling there.)

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!

x

yes, this will let you without any need for using the laptop.


Honey9036

Sorry if this is a daft question, but can this be used with a … Sorry if this is a daft question, but can this be used with a (compatible) 3G dongle to allow an iPad to use the internet? What I mean is, I wouldn't need a laptop or any other device to connect to the internet first?I'm thinking about getting it to use in Turkey (I have a Turkcell dongle already which I usually connect to my laptop and then use Connectify Me to share the connection - with iPad or whatever. But it would be great to NOT have to take my laptop with me when travelling there.)Any advice appreciated. Thanks!x


CrazyBob

Would advise getting one of … Would advise getting one of [url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.amazon.co.uk%252FTP-Link-UC100-USB-Cradle%252Fdp%252FB002YCKG38%252Fref%253Dsr_1_2%253Fie%253DUTF8%2526qid%253D1322655637%2526sr%253D8-2]these[/url] to go with it so you can place the dongle in a better position.


Cheers for this. Picked one up as it'll come in handy for other things and is 50p cheaper than on their actual site!

I very often have to use my three dongle in the end of a USB extension lead, wrapped in a polythene bag and stuck out of a window to get reception. This device sounds like a more elegant solution as I wouldn't have the lead trailing across the room/caravan/boat/etc., as I assume my usb extension lead could be plugged in the back and I could then position my laptop wherever I wanted.

But just how is this device powered - is it mains only? (think of camping where there's no hook-up).

My ZTE Blade can do that, too.

Now if the router had Gigabit Ethernet, that would be different. After all you need Gigabit to make full use of 802.11n. But it does not look like this one has it.

This is pretty cheap, but I've got no need for it so I'll pass... would be ideal for anyone traveling with friends (within the UK of course)

djmetsandy

Excuse my ignorance but could you not use Connectify to broadcast from … Excuse my ignorance but could you not use Connectify to broadcast from the laptop instead and save yourselves £25 quid?My HP laptop has Intel My WiFi software which I am currently using with my 3G dongle to broadcast internet to my iPad and iPhone. I'm sure Connectify could do this also?



This is true... but remember you laptop would have to be in range, switch on and connected when ever you want to use it. With this devise you don't even need a laptop. £25 it's too much to pay for that luxury

Great lil gadget though and very reasonable price.... have some heat

Slightly off topic - but if you wish to create your own wi-fi hotspot AND if you already have a connection to the internet AND if you have a laptop running Windows 7 (not sure if it works with other versions of Windows) - Then you may be interested in "Virtual Router" which is a FREE download (http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com) and turns your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot. I am using it and it works really well. If you want to know more about this it was featured in issue 359 of "Computeractive magazine" (Page 42).

dtc333

Slightly off topic - but if you wish to create your own wi-fi hotspot AND … Slightly off topic - but if you wish to create your own wi-fi hotspot AND if you already have a connection to the internet AND if you have a laptop running Windows 7 (not sure if it works with other versions of Windows) - Then you may be interested in "Virtual Router" which is a FREE download (http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com) and turns your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot. I am using it and it works really well. If you want to know more about this it was featured in issue 359 of "Computeractive magazine" (Page 42).



Same as Connectify!

biggzi

This is true... but remember you laptop would have to be in range, switch … This is true... but remember you laptop would have to be in range, switch on and connected when ever you want to use it. With this devise you don't even need a laptop. £25 it's too much to pay for that luxury :)Great lil gadget though and very reasonable price.... have some heat



Good point but not enough to get me to let go of £25. My laptop is generally on all the time so happy enough to broadcast through it. I suppose it's down to personal preference.

Could some kind folk please explain to me whether this would improve the mobile broadband speed provided the area can support this and also whether this can be used as a router for Adsl bb ?I have a zte 3 dongle but the speeds are dire....
Thanks
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