The router TP-LINK 3G Mobile Wi-Fi M5350 is a simple device, designed with today’s portability standards. This small router allows the user to connect to the Internet anywhere and with any device, following a few simple steps. All you have to do is insert a SIM card, and the router 3G will convert the data to WiFi. And this is done wirelessly, without the need of a USB cable.
Design and appearance
The M5350 router has a small and light design. Actually, during its presentation in the CES 2013, it received the iF 2013 Product Design Award and was declared CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award Honoree. This small device with rounded edges only has a power button, a micro USB charge port and an OLED screen. The latter displays notifications, such as upload/download speed, the name of your ISP or the received SMS.
Once configured, the router works in a very simple way, all you have to do is turn it on and connect to it any device. But first, you have to take a few simple steps.
First, we need a “traditional” SIM card, so if ours is a micro SIM or a nano SIM, we’ll need an adapter. To insert the card, remove the lower cover of the device, and you’ll see the one SIM card slot, and for a memory card. Below these, there will be a sticker with three numbers: S/N, MAC and IMEI. These codes identify the router, but the most important ones are on the reverse of the cover: the SSID and Wireless password. It’s a good idea to write them down somewhere, because we’ll need to make the router work.
One the SIM card is in its place and the router is turned on, we can connect to it, for example, our computer. It can be used like pretty much any other WiFi router, just remember to write down the Wireless Password.
What if I do all this and still can’t get the device to work?
If the SIM card you are using is a mobile phone’s, it may have a PIN code. If that’s the case you need to configure the modem by accessing the website to register and manage your device (something that has to be done anyway) and correctly configure it.
We can Access this page through the URL http://192.168.0.1. We can use the “Quick Setup” option to use pre-set configurations, or go to the “Advanced” menu to do it manually. To deactivate the PIN code, go to Advanced Options, Dial Up, and then PIN code. Here you can change or deactivate it, and the router will be ready for use.
Once configured, we can take our WiFi connection everywhere and enjoy speeds of 5.76 Mbps uploading and 21.6 Mbps downloading.