With the recent hype from Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) about their new 4G LTE Service which they are calling 4GEE, many comparisons are being made between existing 3G and the new 4G wireless broadband services. EE (Everything Everywhere) are using some Ofcom report which states that the average 3G Speed in the UK is only 1-2Mbps and their new 4G service will be five times faster (I suppose that means 5-10Mbps).
This 1-2Mbps is not the reality for most users and since Three.co.uk updated their 3G network to the new HSPA+service which offers download speeds up to 21Mbps, many users find that their download and upload speeds on 3G are around 5-6Mbps for download and 2Mbps for upload and many users of traditional fixed line ADSL broadband services in rural and semi-rural locations do not get this kind of speed and are moving to 3G wireless broadband internet.
When we tested our 3 Mobile SIM card inside a Zalip CDG561WE 3G Router which is a HSPA+ Router we consistently got 12Mbps download speeds and 2Mbps upload speeds which we thought was very impressive.
So when you are asking the question How Fast is 4G then you should also ask How Fast Is 3G so you can make a proper comparison when deciding whether or not to invest in a new 4G LTE Router or 4G Modem and whether existing 3G mobile broadband is enough for you especially as many networks still cap your 3G data limits when using a 3G Modem, 3G Dongle or 3G Router with many of the uncapped 3G data plans only available for use in 3G Smartphones.
The award winning Option XYFI is a 14.4Mbps 4G Modem with built in WiFi Hotspot. TheOption XYFI is the World’s smallest WiFi Hotspot.
The Option XYFI is priced at £119.00 + VAT and is available in the UK from the 3G Router Store.
XYFI – The world’s smallest 3G and WiFi Personal Hotspot
XYFI is the World’s smallest WLAN/3G router
Network offloading – switches between 3G and WLAN as required
Dual mode WiFi for simultaneous Hotspot access
Simply secure out of the box WPA encryption with WPS
File sharing microSD
Optional high capacity battery pack and AC adapter
Customizable clip-on covers
Retractable USB connector
SIM card interface compliant with 3GPP 31.101 and 31.102 supporting 1.8 and 3V UICCs
Dual Mode AP and client operation
WPA, WPA2, WEP
microSD File sharing
1-8 simultaneous users
Dual or Triple band configuration supporting combinations of the following bands: 2100, 1900, 1800, 900, 850, AWS
Advanced receiver with equalizer
HSDPA: Category 10 (14 Mbps)
HSUPA: Category 6
UE Power Class 3 (except Band II: Class 4)
GSM Power Class 4 (2W) for 850/900 bands
GSM Power Class 1 (1W) for 1800/1900 bands – EDGE/GPRS air interface
3GPP Rel99 with selected Rel4 features
EDGE 8PSK class E2 (+27 dBm in 850/900 bands, +26 dBm in 1800/1900 bands)
GPRS/EGPRS Multislot Class 33 (5 slots Rx, 4 slots Tx)
GPRS/EDGE Class B Type 1 MT
GPRS CS1-CS4; EDGE MCS1-MCS9
EDGE data throughput (peak): 247 kbps
EDGE data throughput (average): 215 kbps downlink and 200 kbps uplink
Terminal Equipment Interfaces
USB 2.0 High speed (1.1 compatible)
Optional Device Drivers: Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS (version 10.4.1 or later)
Approvals and certifications
All applicable security and regulatory approvals, Operator and Infrastructure IOT
Environmental Operating temperature: 0 to +40ºC
The Option XYFI can be used as your main connectivity device becuase it will also connect to WLAN networks and switch to 3G Network when out of range of the Wireless Hotspot. In the UK this means that if you use BT Openreach Hotspots you can have the Option XYFI connect to the BT Openreach network when available and switch to 3G mobile broadband when you move out of an Openreach hotspot. This will save you having to keep checking and selecting whether to use 3G or search for hotspots simplifying your mobile broadband use.
The XYFI 4G Mobile Broadband WiFi Hotspot can be powered by any USB device so is ideal to connect to the USB port of your PC or Laptop, a USB Power Socket or car USB port.
Option has this week unveiled the XYFI currently the worlds smallest mobile 3G and WiFi Hotspot, powered by a USB connection. Allowing you to install the device where ever there maybe a free USB port.
Once inserted into a USB port the Option XYFI mobile 3G, WiFi hotspot can be administered via a web-based GUI and dedicated mobile pages. Its even equipped with its own microSD card slot which can be used to share files and documents over your local network.
“XYFI’s easy ‘out-of-box’ set-up brings instant connectivity to everyone, without the need to install any software or drivers. It can be powered in many different ways, making it ideal for use on the move anywhere that a user has 3G or WiFi coverage, a USB slot and power. The intuitive web pages are optimized for use on mobile devices and guarantee users the best possible connectivity experience.”
The small size, high speed and functionality of the Option XYfi 4G Modem WiFi Hotspot is sure to make it one of the more popular must have travel router. The Option XYFI is a must have gadegt for the person that wants to stay connected in this age of mobile broadband.
The price of the Option XYfi is £119.00 in the UK.
Mobile Broadband is booming in the UK. With the increasing availability of high speed mobile broadband and the latest HSPA+ networks offering extra fast download speeds, more and more people are turing to mobile broadband to deliver high speed internet connectivity whilst on the go and increasingly to replace traditional wired ADSL broadband services in the home.
Mobile broadband users now have a wide choice of hardware solutions to enable them to connect single or multiple devices to a single mobile broadband SIM card, and one of the most popular of recent months has been the Travel Router.
The Travel Router can come in several forms, the first being a router with a USB port so that you can plug your 3G Modem, HSPA+ Modem or 4G Modem into the router and share your connection with several PC’s or wireless devices. An example of this type of router is the Zoom 4501 Router.
The second type of travel router is a battery powered router that you insert the SIM card directly into. This type of travel router, commonly known as a MiFi or Myfi router will provide wireless connectivity for several devices and usually has a battery life of 3-4 hours. a battery powered travel router is great for travelling and products like the ZTE MF60 and Zoom 4506 travel Routers are great examples of this type of router.
Many Travel routers are now available using the lastest HSPA+ network technology offering download speeds of up to 21Mbps, and 4G routers that have the USB port for connection of a USB modem can utilise different modems so you could use your existing 3G Modem and then change the modem to a HSPA+ Modem or 4G Modem when you have access to the new high speed mobile broadband networks as they are rolled out in the UK.
The LM Technologies LM021 3.8G HSPA+ USB modem is an unlocked 3G modem with a CRC9 Port providing worldwide roaming and connectivity, so there are no contract ties to worry about – you can use any sim card from any of the operators worldwide and switch between them.
The modem has an external antenna port. This enables the modem to connect to our 3 dBi external antenna (LM256). With this antenna attached, there is up to a 25% signal boost – meaning that the LM003 will stay connected in more remote or built up locations for longer.
Setup is easy as the software is installed directly from flash memory on the modem itself – no CD-Rom required. Offering a 21.6Mbps download rate and up to 5.6Mbps upload rate anywhere in the world via your 3G SIM Card.
A micro-SD slot on the LM021 4G modem now accepts a memory card for up to 16 GB (Gigabytes) of memory. A simple slide-in of a micro-SD memory card allows the modem to double as a flash drive to maximize the flexibility of available USB ports.
Unlocked High Speed Mobile Broadband Modem
CRC9 port for external antenna usage – upto 25% signal boost with the LM256
Quad-Band Class 12 GSM / GPRS / EDGE Wireless Mobile Broadband Modem
High Speed Download – up to 21.6 Mbps and High Speed Upload up to 5.76 Mbps
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS 10.4.9 -10.6
The LM Technologies LM021 4G Modemis a great value mobile broadband USB Modem from a reliable and trusted brand. The LM021 4G Modem will be shipped with LM Technologies new Connection Manager Software. One of the features on the CM will be that the 4G dongle will turn the Laptop or PC into a Hotspot which will allow 5 other devices to share the internet from one dongle and one data SIM.
The LM021 is due for launch in the UK in April 2012.
Many users of Mobile Broadband simply plug their 3G USB Modem into their laptop or PC and start surfing the web. Hoever, if they also own a WiFi iPad and want to use their mobile broadband modem for this, then they can’t. The same applies to other laptops or WiFi products in the house. You could invest in a MiFi unit that runs on batteries and share the connection, but for the home this might ot give the best coverage and will not allow the connection on non WiFi devices.
The 3G Router is the answer to this problem of sharing a single USB 3G Modem, simply insert the modem into the router and you can nowconnect multiple devices using a wired or wireless connection. The Option Globesurfer X1 is a great example of this type of solution. When you plug in your 3G Dongle it provides WiFi for mobile devices and two Ethernet ports for wired connections. The Globesurfer X.1 also feature an additional USB port for a USB Printer or memory stick for file or printer sharing.
Another 3G Router option is using an embedded 3G Router. This simply means that the 3G technology is already inside the router so you just insert your mobile broadband SIM card and connect your PC’s or devices using the traditional Ethernet and WiFi interfaces. The advantage of using an embedded 3G Router is that in most cases is is easier to connect an external antenna to help improve 3G signal reception in poor signal areas. An embedded 3G router provides a more long term solution so is ideal for a home or business user that wants to use a 3G router to replace their ADSL broadband service. Some embedded 3G Routers include a built-in ADSL router so they can be used as a normal ADSL Broadband router and automatically fail over to 3G in trhe event that the wired broadband services become unavailable. This is especially useful for businesses that rely on their internet connection. In fact, the Telecom FM Dataroute router has this built in functionality and even sends the user an SMS message when the router fails over to 3G to warn that the ADSL is down so the problem can be remedied.
One of the problems faced by long term mobile broadband connections is the factthat mobile broadband providers have a tendency to drop the connection which requires the owner of the 3G router to reboot the router to re-establish the connection. Many embedded 3G router manufacturers have tackled this problem by inlcuding some form of automatic reboot. In the example of the Telecom Dataroute, when used in 3G mode only it will send a ping to an IP address on the internet at set intervals and if it does not receive a reply it will assume it has been disconnected and reboot and reconnect to the mobile broadband service. This makes this type of embedded 3G router with Ping Reboot feature very reliable for M2M applications (Machine to Machine). For example, a CCTV company that wants to remotely monitor some cameras can install a lower cost 3G Router mobile broadbad solution instead of an ADSL service and can remotely access their CCTV equipment via the 3G network, with the peace of mind that they can ensure a reliable, long term 3g connection. Other M2M applications include digital signage ad remote monitoring and management applications.
The Virtual Access GW2000 is a HSPA 3G Router providing up to 7.2Mbps download speeds and up to 5.76Mbps upload speeds using a standard 3G mobile Broadband SIM Card. The GW2000 also features asecond SIM card slot so that the user can insert a back-up SIM card from a different service provider so that in the event that the network becomes unavilable for the main SIM card then the unit can switch to the backup 3g service provider to ensure a consistent 3G connection.
When the primary network becomes available the the 3G Router will switch back to the main SIM card.
The Virtual Accss GW2000 features 4 x 10/100 Ethernet Ports and is available in the UK from Westlake Communications Ltd via their dedicated 3G Modem and 3G Router store.
We found this useful article about the uses for 3G Mobile Broadband. The article details how users can share their 3G USB Modem with multiple users and also provides information about how you can use a 3G Router to provide a wireless internet connection for remote offices or for M2M applications such as CCTV. The article also provides information about the way that 3G Mobile Networks drop the connection and how the 3G Router manufacturers have provided innovative ways of ensuring that their 3G devices stay connected and available for critical business applications such as remote monitoring and management.
We have launched our new dedicated online store for our range of 3G Antennas suitable for use with a wide rnge of 3G Routers and modems. Whatever UMTS or HSPA device you have please visit the 3G Antenna Store to view our range of compatible antennas.