You may not have an internet connection when you travel abroad. Sometimes there are deals where your current data bundle is valid in other countries, but most of the time it is not. Now how are you going to book your Uber or order food? Right! With a local SIM Card! But changing SIM Cards is not the most convenient way, we have Portable WiFi Hotspots to solve that problem! Today, we have a look at the TP-Link M7200!
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TP-Link M7200 Reviews: Introduction
I’ve traveled to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia and this device made it so easy to book a tuk-tuk, get a Grab taxi or send a quick message to my next hotel. Just turn it on, wait a few seconds and you have perfectly working WiFi network.
The only thing you need to do is to buy a local SIM Card with data only and get it activated via a phone (most of the time the people who sell you the SIM Card will activate it for you), place the card in the TP-Link M7200 and turn it on! Within a minute you will see your own WiFi network. If you ask me if you enjoy traveling, this is a must.
TP-Link M7200 Reviews: Specifications
|Interface:||Micro-USB, SIM Card Slot|
|Battery Life:||+-8 hours|
|LED Display:||WiFi Status, Internet Connection Status, Battery Status|
|WiFi Standard:||IEEE 802.11b/g/n|
|Network Type:||4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20 (2100/1800/2600/900/800MHz)TDD-LTE B38/B40/B41 (2600/2300/2500MHz)3G: DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS B1/B8 (2100/900MHz)|
|Security:||Support WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, Wireless MAC Filtering|
|Package Content:||4G LTE Mobile WiFi M7200, Micro-USB Cable, 2000mAh Battery, Quick Installation Guide|
|Dimensions:||3.7×2.2×0.8 in. (94×56.7×19.8mm)|
|Compatible With:||Windows 10/8/7/vista/XP, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Windows Phone|
|Software:||tpMiFi (Android & iOS)|
TP-Link M7200 Reviews: Design
You want a small, easy to operate and long-lasting device. The TP-Link M7200 has it all. The TP-Link M7200 is small and that is just great. If you have a small backpack that you take with you on your daily activities, these devices won’t be a problem to carry around at all! The size of the M7200 is just.
TP-Link M7200 Reviews: Features
This is not the most complicated device out there. The usage is simple, but there are some features I want to point out. The TP-Link M7200 supports the latest generation 4G FDD/TDD-LTE networks. This gives you the ability to use the TP-Link M7200 in a lot (almost all) countries around the world.
The TP-Link M7200 can easily share a 4G/3G connection with up to 10 wireless devices like tablets, laptops, and mobile phones at the same time. No problem if you want to connect with some friends to the same WiFi network, the TP-Link M7200 can handle them all!
TP-Link M7200 Reviews: Security
Can you use the TP-Link M7200 securely? It supports WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, Wireless MAC Filtering and you have to set it upright to have a secure connection.
WPA-PSK: This uses the original version of the WPA protocol (essentially WPA1). It has been superseded by WPA2 and isn’t secure. WPA2-PSK: This is the most secure option. It uses WPA2, the latest Wi-Fi encryption standard, and the latest AES encryption protocol. You should be using this option.
Wireless MAC Filtering: MAC address filtering allows you to define a list of devices and only allow those devices on your Wi-Fi network That’s the theory, anyway. In practice, this protection is tedious to set up and easy to breach.
How to improve security?
The standard security is not the best. The password is written in the device and so is the admin password.
The first thing you can do to mask that this is a MiFi device, is to change the SSID. Via the tpMiFi app, you click on My WiFi and here you can change or hide that SSID and the password of the network. Easy to do and it improves the security a bit.
The other thing you can do is block unwanted connections. If, for example, you shared it with friends earlier but you don’t want them on your private network anymore, you can block the users and prevent them from connection again.
If you see a user in the list you want to block, you swipe left on the user and this will block/unblock them (Android). Very effective and you keep full control over your network.
TP-Link M7200 Reviews: Set preferred network.
3G can be slow now, especially if we compare it to 4G. You can change the Network Mode on the TP-Link M7200. You can set it to 4G Preferred, 4G Only and 3G Only. If you want speed and nothing else, you can set it to 4G Only. The TP-Link M7200 will not connect if there is no 4G connection available.
Maybe you bought a 3G Simcard, you can set it to 3G Only. Now it will not connect to a 4G network, even if it is available. With the 4G Preferred option, the TP-Link M7200 will connect to the best available network. This can be a 3G or 4G connection.
If you want longer battery life, you can change the range of the WiFi coming from the TP-Link M7200. This might be a handy feature if you are using the TP-Link M7200 in a remote location where you do not have access to power.
The software, tpMiFi, is simple but effective. You can manage everything with the app and set it up just as you like it. Change the name, the password, set a data limit, change how far your WiFi network is transmitted or see who is connected. It is all possible with the tpMiFi software and that is a big plus.
TP-Link M7200 Reviews: How to use?
Using the TP-Link M7200 is as easy as possible. You have to insert the (activated) SIM Card into the TP-Link M7200. Just make the connection with your laptop, tablet or smartphone and enjoy fast 4G internet.
TP-Link M7200 Reviews: SIM Card Size
You may call it old school, but the TP-Link M7200, and many others, still use the largest size SIM Card possible. Why? I have no idea! Luckily everywhere we went, this size was available. If you want to be sure, you can bring along one of THESE to make it fit, no matter what size they give you at the point of sale.
TP-Link M7200 Reviews: Conclusion
There are a lot of 4G routers available like the TP-Link M7200. The tpMiFi software gives me great abilities to control the M7200, which is super handy!
For travelers, this is a must. Even if you are going for 3 weeks, you will need this and it is so easy to turn it on and book a tuk-tuk or Grab to your next stop. I’m going to take it with me everywhere I go now, this device made my travel much, much easier.