Smart recently released the newest addition to their wireless broadband lineup – the Smart WiFi Plug-It, and we’re taking it for a spin. Check out our initial tests below.
Smart used the Huawei E355 mobile wi-fi device for the WiFi Plug-It. It is not just your ordinary broadband stick – this device can also act as a wi-fi hotspot which can accommodate up to 5 devices. Check out the specs below.
Smart WiFi Plug-It (Huawei E355) Specifications and Features
WLAN: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
HSPA+ data service of up to 21.6 Mbps*
HSUPA data service of up to 5.76 Mbps*
microSD Card Slot (up to 32GB)
Equalizer and receive diversity
Data and SMS Service
*Depending on the state of network and environment
This is almost similar to Smart’s Rocket WiFi but this is just not powered by a battery – you will always have to find and connect it to a USB power source. It is also an advantage to battery powered device though, as you can just bring this for very long road trips instead of the battery powered ones.
The Smart WiFi Plug-It can have a maximum of 21.6 Mbps speeds when connected to an HSPA+ network, but Smart listed it’s just up to 7.2 Mbps. Perhaps they are trying to not to disappoint their customers by listing a very high maximum speeds when all they can get is mostly lower than that. Anyway, check out our initial speed tests below.
The test was conducted at around 1:15 AM when most users are probably downloading torrents *ahem* while their computers are left turned on. The average download speed is around 1.81 Mbps while the uploads are fast at an average 1.02 Mbps compared to the average 0.54 Mbps on our PLDT DSL connection. I will do more speed tests in our area and hopefully I’ll have time to go around the Metro too.
Stay tuned for our review coming up next week.