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Zoom Model 4520 We3G review

Barry de la Rosa
7 May 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
100
inc VAT

The cute little We3G can share a 3G data connection over 802.11g wireless, but it's much slower and pricier than its competitors.

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Specifications

802.11g, 0x N/A Ethernet ports

Zoom's tiny Model 4520 We3G has 3G SIM card and microSDHC card slots under its rechargeable battery. With no Ethernet port and just a micro-USB port for charging, it's much smaller than the other 3G travel routers we've seen.

Zoom Model 4520 We3G rear

There's a large fold-out paper guide that prompts users to insert a SIM card and an optional memory card. Connection is either via USB (which gives access to the microSDHC card) or via WiFi. Plugging it in for the first time via USB automatically installs drivers. Once a connection is established, the web-based interface can then be accessed to configure advanced options.

The interface is clear and nicely organised, but there's little here – there's no support for Dynamic DNS, port forwarding or QoS. Without a LAN port or support for Wireless Distribution Service (WDS) for extending the range of a WiFi network, it can't become part of a home network to access its ADSL or cable broadband – instead, it's really only designed for use on the move. It's also worth noting that the We3G is an 802.11g device, which severely limits WiFi performance at close range. However, testing with a Centrino 2 laptop 20m away, it was the only 3G WiFi router we've tested that managed to maintain a connection.

Zoom Model 4520 We3G

The We3G's lack of support for 802.11n, Ethernet or various other networking features make it unsuitable for use as a main router, but its small size and weight make it ideal for use on the move. It's far too expensive, though. We'd feel happier with either the battery-powered Trendnet TEW-655BR3G or the low-cost Tenda 3G150M in our hand luggage.

Basic Specifications

Rating**
Modem type3G
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
Draft 802.11n supportno
Draft 802.11n 5GHz supportno
MIMOno
Stated speed54Mbit/s

Security

128-bit WEPno
WPA2yes
Firewallno
MAC address filteringyes
DMZno

Physical

Size14x51x95mm
Antennas1
Internal/external antennasinternal
Upgradeable antennano
Number of WAN ports0
Ethernet ports0
Ethernet connection speedN/A
Other portsmicro-USB
Wall mountableno
Power consumption on1W

Other Features

Dynamic DNSno
Universal Plug and Play supportyes
DHCP serveryes
MAC spoofingno
Port forwardingno
WDS Supportno
USB device supportno
QoSno

Buying Information

Price£100
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailswww.zoomtel.com