Feeds

3 boots up portable Wi-Fi modem

Wi-Fi where you want it

High performance access to file storage

UK network operator 3 is to launch a multi-user mobile Wi-Fi dongle by Christmas.

3_huawei_wifi_unit

3's portable Wi-Fi dongle will be out by Christmas

The 86 x 45 x 10mm device will allow you to create a personal Wi-Fi connection while on the move – provided you’re within range of 3’s network, of course. You won’t have to install any software on your laptop, simply power-up the unit and jump onto the Wi-Fi connection it then picks up.

What’s great about 3’s Wi-Fi modem – which is actually the E583X from Huawei – is that you can use it to simultaneously connect up to five wireless devices to the internet. It also features an integrated Micro SD memory card slot, which could come in handy.

The gadget will last for around five hours of continuous use and can be recharged through a USB connection, according to Huawei.

Novatel_MiFi

Novatel's Mifi unit works like 3's Wi-Fi modem, but doesn't require an airtime contract

It’s worth noting that similar devices from other manufacturers are already available in the UK, but 3 told Register Hardware that it’s Huawei-manufactured unit is the first to gain the …ahem…exclusive backing of a UK network operator.

Novtel’s MiFi unit, for example, works in much the same way and allows you to slip in a pay-as-you-go SIM card from any network operator in order to create a personal Wi-Fi network.

Pricing for the 3 Mobile Wi-Fi unit and mobile data packages haven’t been announced, yet. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month
... but don't worry, charter members, you're still in 'for life'
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.