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XYFI – The World’s Smallest 3G WiFi Hotspot Travel Router

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
  • Driverless operation
  • Customizable clip-on covers

Hardware specifications

  • Retractable USB connector
  • Exchangeable/Customizable covers
  • microSD slot
  • Status LEDs
  • SIM card interface compliant with 3GPP 31.101 and 31.102 supporting 1.8 and 3V UICCs

Specifications

WLAN

  • 802.11 b/g
  • Dual Mode AP and client operation
  • WPA, WPA2, WEP
  • WPS
  • microSD File sharing
  • 1-8 simultaneous users
  • Advanced NAT

3G (WCDMA)

  • 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)

E-GPRS

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 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

  • Environmental Operating temperature: 0 to +40ºC
  • RoHS Compliant

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.

4G Router

With the roll out of 4G mobile broadband services in the UK using HSPA+ Network technology, mobile broadband providers have been able to offer high speed mobile internet services with download speeds up to 21Mbps.  To get the most out of these new super fast mobile broadband services you will need the new generation of 4G Modems and 4G Routers.

There are many 4G Modem products that offer a simple USB modem stick like the Option Icon 711 connection for a single user to connect to a USB port of their laptop for mobile data usage, but what if you need to connect your iPad, iPhone or other tablet or mobile phone?  You will need to use a travel router like the ZTE MF60 or the Zoom 4506 4G Travel Router.

You can continue to use your 4G USB Modem at home by connecting it into a 4G Router that will allow you to share your 4G USB Modem with multiple wired or wireless users, for example the Zoom 4501 4G Router will provide high speed wireless connectivity and 2 x 10/100 Ethernet ports for the connection of multiple PC’s, Tablets etc and by plugging in your 4G USB Modem they can all share the high speed mobile broadband connection.

The next step for 4G connectivity at home is the use of an embedded 4G router.  This means that the 4G SIM card is inserted directly into the router rather than plugging in a USB modem.  The advantage of this is that most 4G Routers have the option of connecting a 4G Antenna that can be mounted externally to provide a reliable 4G signal, especially when the router is positioned inside a building with poor signal reception.  4G Routers such as the Zalip CDG561WE and Option Globesurfer III+ are both available in the UK and can be used with impressive results on three mobile HSPA+ network.  There are sure to be many more embedded 4G routers available over the coming months as mobile operators start to roll out their 4G HSPA+ Networks.

Another option to consider in the future is the LTE Router – LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and includes 4G and HSPA+ technology but also includes things like WiMAX which offer high speed connectivity, but WiMAX networks are generally not available in the UK at present, but once the analogue TV spectrum gets sold then we can expect more WiMAX type services for delivery of mobile broadband offering speeds up tp 1000Mbps.  Other Euopean countries already offer WiMAX services and there are already WiMAX Routers and LTE Router products available.