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Published on March 29th, 2013 | by Mac

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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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260 Responses to Sun Broadband Pocket WIFI MF-51 Review

  1. Keyrose Corporation says:

    Do not purchase anything from Sun. Especially their pocket wifi. Aside from the horrible customer service, their internet is simply slow. Get globe or smart instead. I hope I’m able to help someone save someone further headaches and money.

  2. Red Vergara says:

    Hello po. Good day. Yung sun pocket wifi ko po postpaid i just bought it this week. Now im having a problem sa connection ko na didisconnect po sya everytime na o-off ko ung device. When i turn it on again to use it hnd na po nag bblink ung sa signal nya and no net connection na po. Pls reply it will be a very big help. More power! Xx

    • Mac says:

      Hi Red and thanks for reaching out. The device must have been configured as ‘manual’ mode. Inside your dashboard, explore your menu and look for 3G Settings or similar, and then look for something that says ‘Automatic’ and ‘Manual.’ Try to tick the ‘Automatic’ see if this will solve the connection issue. Hope this helps.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you so much admin!!! I already solved the problem.you are such a big help better than siri. Hahahaha thanks so much more power.xx

    • Mac says:

      Good to know. Happy to help :)

  3. raffy says:

    hai good afternoon

    ang nu ba puwede iload sa pocket wifi

  4. blueice says:

    sir bakit kaya ganun ung wifi ko, nagcoconnect nman sya pero wlang service. pang 4th day n ngayun. kahit ung ung login page pag wla signal di n rin lumalbas. i tried to put my sim on other sun wifi device pero ganun pa din result.. ano kaya pwede gawin?

  5. VBT says:

    I just bought a pocket wifi and enrolled for a Plan699 postpaid. When I got home I did all the configurations following the instructions in the manual given to me by sun’s personnel. I received a text message from SUN NETWORK informing me my number. I am connected to the wifi device itself now, but couldn’t establish a great internet connection. Is this still a part of your account activation process? How long would it take and how would I know if my account is activated at its finest?

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