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Sapido 3G Router vs. SmartBro Share-It

Recently bought this Sapido Mobile 3G Router so I can compare it with the SmartBro Share-It WiFi router I use in my car and see which one makes for a better mobile internet set-up.

For about a year now since I got the SmartBro Share-It, it has found its place inside my car wherever I go around the city.

I tried bringing it up north on long trips and it was still working in Bulacan and down south, as far as Sta. Rosa. We even manage to make it work until the end of the South Luzon Expressway.

The problem with SmartBro Share-It is that they lock you to a certain location (or base stations) so when you travel outside that area of coverage, the device will no longer work or have access to internet. In my case, my Share-It is registered and locked in Makati City.


When that happens, I switch to a USB dongle or tether to a phone for 3G internet. But that means only one device at a time can have internet connection (although you have alternatives like this and this).

So here comes Sapido, a mobile 3.5G WiFi router which I’ve been reading about since last year. It works just like SmartBro Share-It but unlocked so you can also use your Globe Tattoo or Sun Wireless Broadband USB dongle with it.

And on top of having an AC adaptor and a car kit, it also have a DC socket so it’s possible to hook the device to an external battery or power via the mini-USB port. That means I can plug this to that Energizer XPal X18000 Power Pack and get that truly mobile WiFi 3G set-up I need.

Got the Sapido for Php3,300 in one store (near CDR King) in VirraMall, Greenhills this week-end. The car kit is optional for Php200.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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27 Responses

  1. mike says:

    thanks abe. where did you buy it. i have a phone with wifi but no 3g so i need this

  2. yuga says:

    @cutemoboy – Php3,300

    @mike – Virramall, GH.

  3. gringo says:

    range po ng wifi connection?

    nice man to

  4. yuga says:

    @gringo – draft-N so up to 300 feet in the outdoors

  5. nexusboy says:

    me thinks Huwaei for Globe Myfi is better than this.

  6. lolipown says:

    the housing on that thing looks like a macbook charger

  7. Cheftonio says:

    bought mine last may 10. same price. it heats up pretty quickly so what I did was, attach a USB fan dun sa remaining USB port hehe.

    Same ip(?) siya sa linksys so if you have a linksys at home, you cannot configure sapido. you must turn off your linksys router first before you can access the sapido router.

    Just sharing :)

  8. Sherwin says:

    Abe, how do I use the smart bro share it in a usb dongle? Mind sharing the settings? Apn, username and password? Thanks!

  9. cj says:

    You may as well forget buying the Sapido: it will not work if your house has a circuit breaker…

  10. Herce says:

    Nice review, thanks! I did not realize that about the shareit, that it was locked to a region. I’ve been using my phone as mobile hotspot in car LAN but using this device is very clevet. I will follow your advice.

    Do you know where in Makati/Bonifacio that sells this?

  11. David says:

    I’m using a CradlePoint CTR350 3G router with Smart 3G for backup purposes (not needed very often). I’ve used it with a Huawei E156C and also a Huawei E220. Works fine.

  12. paul says:

    What’s the name of the store where you purchased this?

  13. cj says:

    paul: What’s the name of the store where you purchased this?

    If you’re referring to the Sapido, Abacus Microcomputer. (02)727-3172

  14. Webwonker says:

    Take note that you dont need to shut down any existing routers when you use the Sapido. You can change its IP or configure it in Acess Point mode only which means you can use it to extend the range of your existing router/WiFi AP. The Sapido can also be used to WiFi enable your USB printer or USB HDD.

  15. Is there any alternative other than that sapido brand.

  16. Angelo says:

    Got the same thing as the Sapido but branded as Cnet. Bought it this afternoon for P3200 at Octagon. You can check out the Cnet website at http://www.cnet.com.tw/product/cwr-935m.html

  17. paul says:

    thanks sir , got it already but im having a hard time configuring the thing can i ask for help on this ?

  18. war32 says:

    alam ko yan saan na bibili sa virramall sa PCCHAIN 3 floor sila ang distributor ng sapido routers and 3G router.

  19. war32 says:

    alam ko yan saan na bibili sa virramall sa PCCHAIN 3rd floor sila ang distributor ng sapido routers and 3G router.

  20. warrior85 says:

    hindi naman gumagana yung sapido na nabili ko naka on na at nakaconnest ka pero wala naman internet access hindi nya nababasa ang smart bro ko o ang globe tattoe man, pano ba gagawin dito

  21. dayunior says:

    will it work for PLDT Weroam? I recently bought the tplink MR3420, and I’m having a hard time getting the weroam work. checked with PLDT the APN, dial-in number, userID & password but still cannot get an IP from their server. Same thing with EDIMAX.

  22. lyndon says:

    There is a new model of Sapido 3G router with builtin rechargeable battery ( up to 6 hrs)
    for 3,200 only. You can have wifi anywhere as long as you have sun broadband, globe tatoo etc….

  23. hudson says:

    will it work with smart bro plug it?

  24. otz says:

    how does the share-it being location locked? does it just locked to that province or that specific barangay?

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