Novatel’s Wireless 2352 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot is built in the same vein as 3’s excellent and affordable Mi-Fi. The idea is simple. Fire the device up and it uses 3G mobile broadband to create a Wi-Fi signal, which can be shared by up to five different devices.
That means if you’re packing an iPad, smartphone and laptop, you can surf on all three in quick-smart fashion.
Set up is a breeze. All you need to do is press the power button and scan for the network using your wireless-enabled gadget.
It’ll show up as Mi-Fi. Simply select and you’ll be away in no time. It pumps out B and G-standard Wi-Fi, but lacks the fastest N standard, which means things can feel sluggish compared with a top-end router at home.
Range is decent enough, covering a large room, although if you want to share this around the house, you might find you struggle picking up signal upstairs.
Decent battery life
Battery life is ample at around four hours of active use, although the fact you can’t use its Wi-Fi skills while charging via USB is a real miss. If you need to be online for a whole working day, then you might want to take a break while it gets back to full power. This niggle aside, the Wireless 2352 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot is perfect if you want mobile broadband but don’t want to be shackled to just one device.
It’s not cheap without a SIM, coming in at just shy of £200. That said, Carphone Warehouse offers deals with both Vodafone and T-Mobile starting at just £15 a month, with the hotspot itself costing a more palatable £70 if you opt for this package.