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Sapido Mobile Router as 3G/4G Hotspot

Bought a Sapido 3G Mobile router last year as a possible replacement for my SmartBro Share-It. So I’m just waiting for my 24-month contract to expire so I could completely move up to this set-up in the car. But then, the local distributor met up with me early this week and showed me their whole new Sapido line-up.

They even gifted me with this “Mobile Hotspot‧Mini USB Power Supply Pocket N+” which is a small mobile router that support 3G dongles, smartphones, DSL and even WiMax connections.

The device is actually small (smaller than the Apple Magic Mouse) and has a couple of LAN/WAN ports at the back as well as a switch to make the Sapido an access point (AP), a DSL router or 3G/4G/WiMax router. The WiMax is still untested since we don’t have any commercially available WiMax dongle around (update: Wi-Tribe has one but we don’t have any available). However, this will work with your DSL modem at home, your Smart/Globe/Sun and even BayanTel (CDMA) 3G dongles as well as the Tonino Lamborghini Tattoo stick.

I am told this could also tether your smartphone as well although that seems a bit redundant since Android and iPhone devices can already serve as WiFi hotspots on their own. This should only be useful when you have an old 3G device (or older Android OSes) that doesn’t do WiFi tethering.

I have to admit though, setting up this Sapido router isn’t a walk in the park. First, you have to hook it up via LAN cable to your PC before you can gain access to the admin panel. Then, you’ll have to set up the APN settings of the device you are hooking it up with and you’ll have to change it every time you plug in a different device (I think the Huawei E5 does that automatically already).

But I guess that’s what you get if you want a device that can do a whole lot of things and support a host of other 3G/4G devices.

This unit does not have a built-in battery so you’ll have to really plug it in the socket or the USB port of your laptop (a portable battery will also suffice). I am told there are other variants of this that has built-in batteries which can last up to 8 hours. It’s also WiFi 802.11n compliant though so you get up to 150Mbps along your local network.

This Sapido router (Mobile Hotspot‧Mini USB Power Supply Pocket N+) has a suggested retail price of Php1,900 and I’m thinking it’s a good alternative router at home that can be both a DSL and 3G router at the same time (3G is mostly as back-up when your DSL is down). Or you can bring it in the car and hook it up to your smartphone (it charges it at the same time, btw) or 3G/4G dongles while on the road.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

46 Responses

  1. Avatar for freddie freddie says:

    pwede po ba sa wi-tribe USB dongle to? Kung hindi pa-suggest naman po kung ano pwede…salamat

  2. Avatar for chris chris says:

    if this is hard to find, try cdrking
    http://www.cdrking.com/index.php?mod=products&type=view&sid=11540&main=50

    http://www.cdrking.com/index.php?mod=products&type=view&sid=10184&main=50

  3. Avatar for Francis Maralit Francis Maralit says:

    hi, does anyone here know where to buy that item near Lucena City.. or any computer shops.. thanks!

  4. Avatar for sheena sheena says:

    I bought this at PC Chain SM Marilao for 1.2k Php, Pwede siya sa Smartbro Canopy to wifi, natest ko na so far is 1 PC, 1 Laptop and 1 smartphone sabay sabay wala namang problem. One step process lang isasaksak lang ang lan cable then magcoconnect na siya. Make sure that the PC has a usb network adapater na pwede makasagap ng Wifi.. :)

  5. Avatar for Oliver Oliver says:

    Hi,

    May nakaka alam ba sa inyo if saan ito available?

    Salamat

  6. Avatar for justin justin says:

    merun ba nyan available sa cebu and free ba set-up if bibili ako… planning to buy please email me where will i buy this sapido…

  7. Avatar for esalonga esalonga says:

    Sir Abe,

    Saan po available and sapido? Or saan pwede mag-place ng order?

  8. Avatar for dinoalbert dinoalbert says:

    whats the difference of that Sapido to this CDRKing version na may rechargeable battery pa:

    http://www.cdrking.com/index.php?mod=products&type=view&sid=9422&main=50

  9. Avatar for Newbie Newbie says:

    yung DSL po ba namin macoconvert sa Wifi kapag kinabit dito? Thanks po

  10. Avatar for Vachira Vachira says:

    Is this auto volts?

  11. Avatar for norobiik norobiik says:

    I have one of these, you can set it up so that you can administer the router using a WiFi connection – no UTP needed. Also external mobile battery packs (ie. for iPod touch, iPhone, Android etc) with a mini-USB power interface will work with this unit. If you take a good look at this Sapido’s power charger you”ll notice that it actually has a full USB (power) port.

    There is a PC-Chain store in the 3rd floor of Vira Mall – it’s near the escalator.

  12. Avatar for razorous razorous says:

    I’ve seen this before. Brand name was CNet Wireless-N Pico 3.5G Router sold at Compex. But I’m happy with my Huawei E5 (MyFi) from Globe, because of not needing to be plugged in. The only thing that sucks, is Globe Tech Support. It seems they don’t know anything about the device. I Have been transferred from Post-paid to Pre-paid department like 5 times…

  13. Avatar for yopme09 yopme09 says:

    i think edimax router is better than this one although it’s a bit bulkier. this looks like the one made by dlink.

  14. Avatar for Rizza Rizza says:

    For those who have this, please inform us how far can you place the device from this router to get the wifi. thanks in advance!

  15. Avatar for Jeremy Jeremy says:

    this is available in COMPEX SM North Edsa. Saw this last year but was not sure if I really about its performance. Thanks

  16. Avatar for Mark Mark says:

    Follow up.. you can buy it on PC Chain Stores they are the the distributor of Sapido Models here in the Phil (as what the customer rep told me). Meron sa SM North Annex. For Bicol region, I saw one in SM Naga.

  17. Avatar for Mark Mark says:

    we have one in the office, but different model (Sapido GR-1102). It has some additional features, like you can use it as a file or print server. Very useful, really serve its purpose well! Meron sa SM North Annex. For Bicol region, I saw one in SM Naga.

  18. Avatar for vince vince says:

    yeah, cdrking has a similar product but I think its wifi only, only 1 LAN port for the DSL modem unlike this product which has 2 LAN ports. Also comes in 220v and battery operated versions. See the cdrking website. As with all cdrking products, buyer beware

  19. Avatar for jlapitan jlapitan says:

    san po nkakabili nito sir abe.. thanks!! or pde rin sana sa yugadeals nyo…

  20. Avatar for jlapitan jlapitan says:

    where can i buy this?

  21. Avatar for coachjojoc coachjojoc says:

    Does this work if your house has a circuit breaker? I remember being told that the older Sapido is useless if there’s a circuit breaker.

    • Avatar for darren darren says:

      sir wala po effect ung circuit breaker sa sapido 3g router.. i think sa mga power line ang may ganitong problem.

  22. Avatar for btmmx btmmx says:

    to those who have tried this, how’s the signal? do you still get a good signal after passing through two 8 inches concrete wall (straight line from router to wifi device)?

  23. Avatar for IT Rush IT Rush says:

    Yes, it’s always a good idea to have a backup connection plan in case your main internet connection is down and looks like this one works fine. Not the installation thing though :(

  24. Avatar for Z Z says:

    I bought one in hk a few months ago (about P1400 also). Its been a lifesaver specially in hotels with just LAN and no wifi. They also had a version without 3G but for the small price diff I think the 3G is well worth it. Only problem with sapido is that their instructions are not so user friendly so you have to do a bit of “googling” to get it set up properly.

    • Avatar for Nine Nine says:

      Hi Z,
      Did you find helpful steps online on how to setup this baby? I tried installing from the box the first time it was detected I was connected. I then decided to change the network name, added a passkey and after it refreshed, I can’t detect any network from it. Bleah. I can’t get on the GUI directly since I don’t have an extra LAN wire to plug it in directly to my lappy. Fail. I bought this from Yugadeals. I hope you guys can help me out. Thanks!

  25. Avatar for gringo gringo says:

    san yan ma bili? my website po ba yan sila?

  26. Avatar for leo leo says:

    kung bibili ka neto does it mean or guaranteed ba na magkaka3G signal ang device nio na puede dalhin kahit saan? pahirapan kasi ang signal ng 3G dito samin.

    tnx

  27. Avatar for jun jun says:

    san po nakakabili nito.. pero mas ok ata if yung me battery.. sana maliit din tulad nito para pwede dalhin kahit saan :)

    • Avatar for jun jun says:

      nakalimutan ko i click yung notification :) .. sana mura lang yung me battery version..

  28. Avatar for friend.com.ph friend.com.ph says:

    mas ok b to sa pocket wifi?

  29. Avatar for MykeH MykeH says:

    Will the WAN port work with SmartBro Canopy?

  30. will it work on wi-tribe dongle? if it does, I will grab one.

  31. Avatar for leo leo says:

    san mkkbili nito? metro manila area.

  32. Avatar for dgenx210 dgenx210 says:

    wi-tribe has WiMAX USB dongles….

  33. Avatar for Calvin Calvin says:

    it’s a good home alternative wireless router nga especially for that price. you’d get a wireless n na. well that is if it would last long. i’m proud of my trusty cheap dlink that does not give me any problems at all for 4 years now with it always on most of the time. wireless g nga lang.

  34. Avatar for @ambinp @ambinp says:

    where can i buy this sir?i’m in ilocos region

  35. Avatar for ambinp ambinp says:

    yay.i wanna buy this one.i heard cdr-king is selling something like this but it’s bulkier and if i can remember, it retails at 2k +

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