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  • quiksilvr - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    Wouldn't it make sense to pay for speed instead? I guess the LTE network needs to be more widespread in order for this to work, but it just seems like a sick joke. Oh here's 10 Mbp/s, enjoy it for an hour a month!

  • Brian Klug - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    That's actually *exactly* what AT&T's plans for LTE are. Part of their plan will involve QoS enforced speed tiers just like any other ISP. That was part of what was leaked a while back, you can see for yourself here:

    Also speeds will be between 8-12 Mbps on AT&T's 700 / 1700 / 2100 MHz LTE deployment.
  • zanon - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    Of course it makes sense, on every network. Bandwidth caps and QoS tiers are what all connections should be, it's what actually is limited. Datacaps exist because it makes it easier to both milk people for more money, and to limit disruption to outdated existing technologies. Given the control concentrated into so few hands however it's very hard to see anyway to get this situation fixed. Reply
  • mlosee222 - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    Good review, you are spot on about the lack of configuration options in the web front end. My device is never further than arm's length and it would be great to turn down the wifi power. I actually learned how to write an android app specifically so I could keep track of my data usage and view connection stats on my phone without being logged in the browser interface. Its functional but the GUI is about as pretty as a linux shell.

    I don't have LTE in my area yet, although I got to use it a little bit in Vegas. In my experience the 45010L had trouble switching between 3G/4G and required a reboot to get the signal back. I did about five speed tests in Vegas; never broke 5mb and latency was never below 100ms.

    LTE just went live in Salt Lake and my area *should* be getting it soon. The last couple weeks I've periodically seen phantom LTE signals with good stats (-60 dbm, 8 snr) but am so far unable to connect. I'm not sure if its a real signal or if the device is lying to me.

    I actually use the 4510L exclusively for the data plan on my Nexus S. I don't mind carrying another device in my pocket since I get a data connection that actually works reliably. In my opinion, its a good idea to decouple the data connection from the phone. Tethering a PC is mandatory for my workload and I don't like the red tape carriers put in the way of using phones as a hotspot. That, and its nice to get LTE with a phone that has only an HSDPA antenna.

    Overall I'm satisfied with the 4510L. I haven't really experienced LTE yet, although I'm tickled pink with the 3G connection alone. Then again, I'm just happy to get away from the stone-age, overloaded TMobile towers.
  • jrs77 - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    The Huawei E5830 has all you want. It supports all bands, has a neat web-interface to configure it, has no sim-lock and supports USB-storage. Oh... and it's dirt-cheap for $80 and can connect up to 5 clients simulatanously.
  • dreddly - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    cool. this sounds like what I need. Our LTE is missing in Canada Reply
  • Brian Klug - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    Maybe next we will check out one of these, I carry around a couple of Huawei modems for personal use that I've never really reviewed or anything. Their Mobile WiFi lineup seems to be gaining a lot of traction lately.

  • ggathagan - Friday, July 15, 2011 - link

    But it doesn't list as a 4G/LTE device Reply
  • yelped - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    Sorry for being off-topic, but what's up with Anand's Evo 3D review? The self-evident answer is that he seems pretty busy lately.

  • Brian Klug - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    He's working on it, just busy ;)

  • jigglywiggly - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    What's the point of this if the max data thing you can get is 10gb? Reply
  • Brian Klug - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    I really think that Verizon is testing the waters to see what will stick when it comes to their pricing. At this point, $80 for 10 GB is... well, too much, really. At least for me personally.

  • testprof - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link


    Perhaps you could do a follow-up comparison to the Sprint MiFi 4082. The Sprint furnished configuration appears to be much more extensive than what you show for the 4510L. The lack of a robust configuration for WiFi is a shortcoming, but is not a problem for me, as I do not attend many large gatherings... I use it principally for updating test systems in the field that have no corporate network connections for security reasons. The 4082 has a MicroSD slot for up to 32GB and supports file sharing, active on-board GPS, USB tethering, and has application widgets. I would prefer the Verison LTE network for its better coverage, but cannot complain about the single price unlimited 4G on Sprint. I am disappointed at the 5GB cap on 3G and the incredible level of overage costs if you exceed that. It is $0.05 per megabyte of data. That's $51.20 per gig!!!
  • Luscious - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    Have you taken a look at Clearwire's Clear Spot 4G mobile hotspot? They charge only $45/month (or $50 with a business plan that includes a QoS contract) and let you use unlimited 4G (no caps).

    My monthly usage falls around 25GB, so at 10GB Verizon's LTE service is in my case overpriced and insufficient. If carriers insist on caps they should raise them!!! 25GB should be the minimum for one month of laptop tethering.

    I'm confused though why you want 5GHz in a hotspot when netbooks and notebooks still ship with 2.4Hz radios inside. I don't fancy a wifi dongle sticking out the side of my device, and if interference were an issue, plugging in via USB would solve that.
  • wpellis - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    To Luscious last comment, the point is that you have flexibility to seamlessly share that internet connection with multiple laptops, devices, etc. Reply
  • schmitt - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    iPads ship with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Reply
  • schmitt - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    I was a Clearwire customer and used the iSpot. But, their 4G coverage in Vegas was bad. So, I gave the iSpot to a friend and cancelled the service. They will throttle your speeds.

    This is from Clearwire's website:

    Effective August 22, 2011

    Unlimited Use Plans. If you subscribe to a service plan that does not impose limits on the amount of data you may download or upload during a month (or other applicable service period), you should be aware that such “unlimited” plans are nevertheless subject to the provisions of this AUP. What this means is that all of the provisions described in this AUP, including those that describe how Clearwire may perform reasonable network management such as reducing the data rate of bandwidth intensive users during periods of congestion, will apply to your use of the Service. The term “unlimited” means that we will not place a limit on how much data you upload or download during a month or other particular period. However, the term “unlimited” does not mean that we will not take steps to reduce your data rate during periods of congestion or take other actions described in this AUP when your usage is negatively impacting the Internet experience of other subscribers to our Service.
  • gonna621 - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    I upgraded from my 3G to this 4G. The 3G worked great, this thing sucks ass. It does not work with 4G because there is not enough 4G cell sites in my area. It did not work at all when I first got it, because it was hunting for a 4G signal. Tech support had to force it to stay on 3G for it to work.
    It turns itseld off several times and day and has to be constantly reset.
    You can connect to it and it does not tell you that it is not connected to the internet.

    I tried to take it back but they won't accept it.

  • ggathagan - Friday, July 15, 2011 - link

    Verizon is certainly to blame if you're disappointed with the 4G coverage in your area.

    The fact that there are not enough 4G "cell sites" in your area, however, has nothing to do with the 4510L.
  • biffsbiz - Friday, August 12, 2011 - link

    Gonna621, You are correct, this device works poorly in CDMA, EvDo, & LTE areas. It drops connections continuously, it never shows a signal strength anywhere near what a MiFi 2200 shows, it cannot switch between CDMA, EvDo, & LTE, it is just a poorly functioning device. If you have a MiFi 2200 do not be fooled by it's ease of use and functionality into upgrading to the MiFi 4150L. Keep your 3G device until LTE software works with 1x, 3G & LTE properly. Biff Reply
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  • nitink - Monday, August 01, 2011 - link

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  • motor162 - Friday, October 21, 2011 - link

    I've had this MiFi for several months and am very disappointed in its performance. I had the MiFi2200 previously which performed very well. The 4510L disconnects frequently on me and is hard to re-connect most of the time.

    I've had several techs try to fix the problem and have had the unit replaced twice with the same results. The last tech finally locked out the 4G function trying to make the unit more stable with no real success.

    It seems to go into sleep mode at times and there doesn't seem to be any way to wake it without turning it off and starting it up again. What a disappointment. I wish I had my USB760 back, but I need a Wi-Fi hotspot to feed signal to my iPod Touch.

  • hawkxp71 - Saturday, January 12, 2013 - link

    Has anyone been able to use the 4510 with XBox live, without NAT issues? Reply

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