Verizon has recently announced the availability of mobile hotspot MiFi 4510L for use with its 4G LTE network. The MiFi device which has been manufactured by Novatel enables users to create their personal 4G Wi-Fi hotspot on the go and enables them to connect up to 5 Wi-Fi capable devices to the internet.
Design and construction:
The sleek black body is made up of good quality rugged plastic. The device sports a glossy black finish at the top and a matt black rubberized finish at the bottom.
The top surface of the device has the Verizon logo at the top left corner and MiFi and 4G LTE logos along the bottom edge. The device has an e-ink LCD display which shows you the signal strength, battery level and number of connected devices. There is a power button below the e-ink LCD display.
There are 4 rubber feet at the bottom which elevate the device from the surface and ensure that it does not get very hot while in use.
The device is very compact – just 3.74” in length, 2.36” in height and 0.53” thick. It’s when you actually hold the device; you realize that its sides are slightly bigger than a credit card.
The bottom edge has a LED which glows green whenever you are connected to a 4G network.
The top edge has a micro-USB port for PC connectivity and also a connector for external antenna which is sold separately.
Opening the bottom cover reveals a 1500 mAh battery which typically lasts for 3 to 5 hours depending upon the usage and the number of devices connected to the hotspot.
Setup and performance:
The device is easy to setup and use. Power ON the MiFi device and the Wi-Fi adapter on your notebook. Now look for the Wi-Fi network matching the SSID which is provided on the sticker at the bottom of the device. The same sticker also has the password for connecting to the Wi-Fi network.
You can go to http://192.168.1.1 from your browser to manage the device.
The management page has an option to update the firmware if new version is available. You can either run the ‘Setup Wizard’ which will walk you through the settings. You can change the individual settings for Wi-Fi, LAN, WWAN, security and other advanced settings whenever required.
The observed download speed when connected to 4G network varied between 12 Mbps to 16 Mbps while the upload speed varied between 2 Mbps to 6 Mbps. The download and upload speeds are comparatively faster than the 4G download and upload speeds offered by the competitors.
In areas where 4G is unavailable, the device automatically falls back to 3G connectivity.
The device can be charged using the provided AC adapter or by connecting it to a PC via the provided micro-USB to USB cable. However, you cannot use the device while it is charging via USB, unless you connect the AC adapter.
Features and pricing:
Following are the main features of the device:
- Model – Verizon MiFi 4510L
- Manufacturer – Novatel
- Chipset – MDM9600
- Technology Bands – CDMA 1xEV–DO Rev.A/Rev.0: 800/1900 MHz, 4G LTE (700MHz)
- Compatibility – 4G LTE mobile broadband, 3G mobile broadband and mobile broadband capable
- Wi-Fi Connections – Up to five Wi–Fi 802.11 b/g/n capable devices can be connected
- User-friendly Web UI – No Software to install, VZAccess Manager not required
- OS supported – Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X 10.4.0 or higher and Linux
- Dimensions – (H x W x D) 3.74″ x 2.36” x 0.53”
- Weight – 85 gm
- Battery backup – Up to 5 hrs with typical usage
- Global data roaming set to ON by default
- Slim, compact size
- Integrated external status display
- High performance internal antenna
- Multi–color service state LED
- External antenna connector (External antenna sold separately)
The device is available at Verizon’s site for $269.99 with a month-to-month service plan or for $149.99 with a 2-year contract.
Pros and cons:
Pros – Great body design, 4G speeds blows out the competition, better reception and battery life when compared to Verizon’s 4G LTE mobile hotspot SCH-LC11.
Cons – No microSD card slot, device cannot be used while it is charging from USB unless AC adapter is attached.