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Tenda 3G150M review

Barry de la Rosa
1 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
32
inc VAT

Small, light, fast and packed with advanced features, the lack of battery power is the only snag in this versatile little 3G WiFi router.

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Specifications

802.11n, 1x 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet ports

This 3G travel router can act as a wireless access point (AP) or repeater, connect to a WISP (Wireless ISP) network, and share its 3G connection via Wi-Fi. Unlike some other models, it doesn't come with an internal battery but is powered via it mains adapter or a USB connection. That makes it extremely light and compact – and cheap – but it does mean that it can't be used with smartphones, iPads and other WiFi devices that don't have USB host ports when you don't have access to a mains socket.

Tenda 3G150M

Setup is fairly easy, although after initial setup it's important to be aware of which mode the 3G150M is in. Thankfully there's a row of small indicator lights, and a small button on the side lets you cycle between modes. The setup interface looks basic but the amount of features supported by this little device is truly staggering. Thankfully, it's split up into sections based on the four modes.

Tenda 3G150M rear

Each mode has its own setup wizard, which takes you through the initial steps of entering your username and password (for WISP or 3G connections) and setting up the wireless network. As well as advanced wireless options – including WPS, WDS and MAC address filtering – there's support for a DMZ, port forwarding, UPnP, QoS and access controls.

Amazingly, the 3G150M outperformed conventional wireless routers at close range, although it lost its advantage as we moved our test laptop further away. For smaller homes, it may even be worth using it for WiFi duties at home by plugging it into an ADSL or cable modem. At £32 it's amazingly good value, and wins our Budget Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Modem type3G
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
Draft 802.11n supportyes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz supportno
MIMOno
Stated speed150Mbit/s

Security

128-bit WEPyes
WPA2yes
Firewallyes
MAC address filteringyes
DMZyes

Physical

Size18x63x102mm
Antennas1
Internal/external antennasinternal
Upgradeable antennano
Number of WAN ports1
Ethernet ports1
Ethernet connection speed10/100Mbit/s
Other portsUSB
Wall mountableno
Power consumption on1W

Other Features

Dynamic DNSyes
Universal Plug and Play supportyes
DHCP serveryes
MAC spoofingyes
Port forwardingyes
WDS Supportyes
USB device supportno
QoSyes

Buying Information

Price£32
Warrantythree years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.amazon.co.uk
Detailswww.tenda.cn