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Published on March 29th, 2013 | by Mac | Views: 11,386


Sun Broadband Pocket WIFI MF-51 Review

Sun Broadband Pocket WIFI is a nifty device for sharing your internet connection via Wireless Fidelity (WIFI). I’ve been eyeing to buy this gadget since day one but why shell out cash when I can have it for free from Sun Cellular. So I had one last week as part of their loyalty program a.k.a. Sun Perks. The device is Sun-locked and comes with a 24-month contract, which I care less because I’ve been a postpaid subscriber for many years now.

I got a new and shiny Huawei LTE Mobile WIFI E5372. Click here to read my review.

There’s a rumor in the forums that Pocket WIFIs are supposed to boost the signal and speed strength. In my opinion, this isn’t quite accurate at all. While MF-51 offers up to 72 14.4 Mbps of speed,  it’s still very much a network-dependent device which means your ISP, Sun Broadband in my case, controls the overall performance of your connection. Luckily, I live in Talisay City, Cebu where connection problems rarely occur compared to other areas in Cebu City where persistent disconnection and extremely slow downloads are beyond a joke.

There are basically two modes you can use to acquire a connection from the Pocket WIFI – cable and wireless. Laptops can take advantage of both but since I’m using a desktop PC that doesn’t have a wireless dongle, I only use the  USB-provided cable for that, which is efficient and ingenious because it charges the device while I’m using it.

When I’m out and about, I just turn on my phone’s WIFI and connects to the Pocket WIFI device in seconds. If I’m not mistaken, the device can last up to 4-5 hours before recharge for a one (1) device at a time usage. I can only assume the battery would drain much faster if two or more devices use it at the same time.

Overall, I’m a very satisfied user because it works out of the box! However, if you’re not keen on setting up gadgets, you would want to ask help from their Help Desk Agents to do that on your behalf.  The first time I use it, the gadget only sees an EDGE connection instead of the usual HSDPA, so tweaking the settings is required via its browser-based interface.

How to password-protect your WIFI?

If you need to put password to your WIFI, so that only those legit may use it, you need to go to its  Settings Page by accessing it through http://ufi.home/ via your web browser. Once you’re in, simply go to the Settings >> WIFI Settings >> Security.

sun broadband dashboard

How to reset the device in case you forgot the password?

Press WPS and Power buttons simultaneously, and hold on about three seconds until all LEDs are off, then release the buttons, the device will restart automatically and restore to the factory default settings. The default login password is: admin.

Update: (06/12/2013): I’m experiencing configuration resets lately. I can’t explain why it’s happening and don’t honestly think it’s a battery/power issue. I’ve set the device to use only HSDPA since day one and suddenly reverted to Edge connection without any warnings minutes ago. Unlike the USB plug-its, you don’t get visual cues (LED light changes color) if Edge is being used. By the way, the green LED indicator turns blue whenever Edge connection is active.

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246 Responses to Sun Broadband Pocket WIFI MF-51 Review

  1. Mary says:

    Hi! Accidentally na-factory reset yung MF65 ko… Now lagi nalang siyang edge. What’s the proper APN setting for my pocket wifi?

  2. ivy jane says:

    Hello guys pano ba mag change password sa sun pocket wifi?need your help. Thanks

  3. Anne says:

    How to know kung may naka connect sa wifi ko or ilan ang naka connect sa pocket wifi ko. Please i need your help. Thank you. :)

  4. paul says:

    kabibili ko lang po ng ZTE MF65M.. why is that laging EDGE sun sinunod ko naman yung nsa manual.. pero nung nilagay ko ulit ung sim ko sa dati kong broadban(USB type) hspda naman at mabilis.

    • Mac says:

      Same network ba ang new at old sims mo? If that’s the case, baka nag i-initialize lang yung new sim at di pa nya na detect yung hsdpa. If ever 2G lang talaga ang na de-detect ng new sim mo, try to access the dashboard and find the setting that says ‘3G network only’ or similar option. Hope this helps.

  5. lex says:

    Hi, ask ko lang kung maganda ba ang LTE SUN BROADBAND dito sa Malolos bulacan? nag kakaron kasi ng problema ang SMART BRO ko ee

    • Mac says:

      I wish I knew but base sa experience ko didto sa Cebu, LTE sucks! (at least from where I live) I’ve been lied, again.

  6. melai says:

    hi ung wifi ko is always naka edge sya… anong dapat kong gawin?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sir tanong ko lang okay lng po ba na naka roaming yung status ng pocket wifi ko? May R sya sa tabi nung HSPDA , para kasing bumagal… May way ba para mawala ito? Ni-reset ko na din same result lng.. Tnx

    • Mac says:

      Pag roaming sya, it means you’re using the Smart network. It should be OK, ina-advertise pa nga ng Sun na to speed it up, use the Smart. If you’d really like to stick it to Sun’s network, you need to access the dashboard ng pocket wifi mo, tapos dun sa Network Settings, dapat Sun, not Auto. Most routers will ask you first to scan the network manually, tapos you’re given with a short list, select mo lang yung Sun. Hope this helps.

  8. Gemmalyn Toralba says:

    Ask ko po sana kung paano po ireset ang pocket WiFi kaso HND kso n po maopen
    Ang IP address ang nklagay po pag tinatype ko ung admin lumalabas NAN attempts n daw HND ko tuloy mabago ang settings nadisable ko kasi yung broadband ssid pano po b I open ulit un cp LNG po kc gamit ko for connection e tnx po

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