Gadget Finder

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mobile WiFi hotspot modem, D-Link DIR457

This is the coolest gadget I've bought in a while. I actually bought it for my iPad but I'm using it for all my devices now. It's a 3.5G wireless modem + WiFi router in a small little portable package the same size as an iPod Touch. It comes in a nice gloss white and matches all my Apple gadgets nicely too. Hehe

Here's how it looks like.
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This is how it looks like with the back cover off. There's a replaceable battery, SIM card slot and Micro SD card slot for file sharing too. I put the puny 512mb Micro SD card there just for the picture, It's the only Micro SD I have at hand. Will get myself a nice fat 16gb card soon. Hehe
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Size comparison with an iPod Touch. It's about the same size.
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The internet speed is of course dependent on your service provider but I've included some sceenshots off my iPad using Speedtest.net. Here's the iPad running off the home wifi on Streamyx.
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This is the iPad running on Digi Wireless off the D-Link DIR457.
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I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and I'm really happy with it. It's awesome actually. Having a fast internet connection on all my devices, wherever I am is just fantastic. It can handle up to 6 connections and I've tried it with 5 connections and it handled it really well. I tried it with a MacBook Air, iPad, iPhone, iPhone 3Gs and iPod Touch all connected at the same time. All were flying along nicely while connected to the DIR457. Only problem I encountered was battery life. The spec sheet says up to 5 hours of battery life. As usual, battery life specs is a load of bull. All I get on a full charge is about 2.5 hours average. Not a major problem though. I can always plug it into the MacBook's USB and it will charge the DIR457 while remaining connected to the internet. I'll probably buy a spare battery pack for the DIR457 soon. That's the beauty of having a removable battery pack, I can buy as many batteries as I need and never run out of juice so I can stay connected all day long if needed. Hehe.

Setting it up is easy as 1,2,3. Just key in the APN settings as provided by your service provider and set up the WiFi router with your own SSID and WPA2 password. After that, just enjoy fast internet wherever you are.



22 comments:

akachester said...

How much does it cost? :)

Ian Ho said...

Oh I forgot to mention the price. It cost me rm499 from All IT at Ikano.

TY said...

As I recalled, iPad have a wifi and 3G version, why the unit ?

Ian Ho said...

TY, the 3G unit was not available yet at the time. Besides, I prefer it this way coz my MacBook Air, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad can all connect to it.

akachester said...

Ahh,,RM499 is abit more than what i expected. Was hoping it goes around RM200+. LOL..Still a good device. Should have gone for this instead of the 2 USB stick 3,5G modem that i got.

Ian Ho said...

I heard from 1 of my fiends that All IT has the Huawei version now. That 1 is supposedly going for only rm380. Go check it out.

TY said...

Yup...is good when you travel,where you create your own wireless network.

Won my Huawie unit in Digi Road show.

Ian Ho said...

Wah I didnt know Digi officially supports the Huawei MiFi. Coz the Huawei MiFi's I've seen r mostly grey imports meant for use in other countries.

TY said...

Whenever there is Digi roadshow, Huawei always have a booth beside...

Steven said...

wats the latest price now for this D-Link or Huawei E5830 3G mifi router?

and which shop in LYP carry this brand?

thx

podrunner said...

hi! When you wrote "...off the digi wireless....", does it mean you have a digi sim with data plan only? If yes, may I know which plan? there's broadband and 3G, so am unsure which to get. Just got the ipad +wifi so am hoping to connect to the net while on the go. thanks heaps in advance.

Ian Ho said...

Steven, I'm not sure about the current price but I paid rm499 at All IT in Ikano. Sry for the late reply, didn't see it earlier.

Podrunner, I'm using the Digi Broadband SIM that comes without the USB modem. It's a data SIM with no call capability.

laetitia&alain said...

Hello, I have a problem to go on the web with my Dir-457 router. Can you help?, I have entering the IP adress 192.168..etc configure the wifi with the wizard, I have the full network appearing on my IPAD and IMAC adn everywhere, so sounds perfect, but when i enter a www adresse it does not work !!! my 3G is perfect i try it on the modem mode, but in the router mode impossible to connect to the any web page , if you have an astuce or a solution will be great....i'm diying to use it

Ian Ho said...

Try resetting the whole unit n do the settings again. I didn't have any problems setting it up. It was very easy n I was up n running within a few minutes.

Aleli said...

How can I set up my Dlink DIR-457? It seems that i can't do it. Can you help? I'm a newbie.

Thanks

Ian Ho said...

Aleli, just reset it back to factory default setting. Then follow the owner's manual step by step n u should be up n running within a few minutes.

Some of my readers have also called the D-Link customer service number n got the help they needed. Try that if you're still stuck after the reset.

Anonymous said...

its much cheaper now
selling between rm385~rm400 @ LYP
bought one recently, works like charm. recommended for all...

Ian Ho said...

Wow rm385 is a really good price. All u fellas who have been holding back due to the high price, time to get yours now. Hehe.

hystrionic said...

I just bought one yesterday at Low Yat for rm399. Works well. But I can't change the admin password. In fact i can't even find the default password. Anyone can help?

Ian Ho said...

You can change the admin Password n also the SSID name n password. U can also choose what type of security to use. Just follow the owner's manual exactly as it says. Some of my other readers have also called the D-Link customer service n got step by step guidance tru the phone.

chocolate cake recipes said...

We have a D link Wi fi modem but my mobile not connected so how to configure it

Ian Ho said...

You just need to follow the owner's manual step by step carefully and you should be up n running