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Published on March 29th, 2013 | by Mac


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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331 Responses to Sun Broadband Pocket WIFI MF-51 Review

  1. Kevin Naling says:

    Hi ask ko lng po kung may sun pocket wifi na mbps ung hndi po sya nauubos ksi ung sa pinsan ko tnanong ko 1.5gb lng sya pg nging 2g d na dw mggmit thanks..

  2. mary ann says:

    I was reset sun pocket .. I want change new paswd.. how?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Transferred pocket Wi-Fi sim to my phone bec. The pw is open I want it to be locked tried it in my cp but when I returned it again to the pocket Wi-Fi unit I can’t connect and the connections name does not exist

  4. Ash says:

    Pwede po mag ask pano po kung my wifi din ung kakilala mo tapos hinihingi niya ung default pass ng ip address mo ung info po ba ng number ng wifi ko ang makikita niya o hindi?

  5. Ash says:

    Pwede po mag ask pano po kung my pocket wifi din ung kakilala mo tapos hinihingi niya ung default pass ng ip address mo ung info po ba ng number ng wifi ko ang makikita niya o hindi? Thanks po

  6. Russ says:

    2yrs na ung wifi q and bumigay na battery.. Pag gamit q xa dpat na ka saksak na lagi sa charger…
    Meron ba na bibiling battery for this model?

  7. Immortalface says: askko lang po kung ano madeactivate po ba ang acct name ko sa Sun kung hndi ko tuloy bayaran ung s pocket wifi ng sun? Kase po bfre ako apply ng pocket wifi pinili ko ang sun kase walang contract para anytime n hndi kaya bayaran e pwede ko stop.kase nung nag inquire ako e ganun sabi ng buntis n pinag inquiran ko.isang tanong isang sagot lang kase xa ako nman natuwa po kase ganun patakaran .so nung tym nga n hndi ko tuloy e ipapasa ko s kmag anak ko.nagulat ako at sabi n may utang daw ako.e sabi ko e di ba pg hndi nkabyad automatic cut off na kase hndi n gumana ang internet ko nun. E sabi opo pero tuloy prin ang account nio so dapat daw ipa deactivate prin..hndi na explain skin yan.kaya ung inis ko sa buntis n yun noon e tlgang hndi ko bnayaran kase unfair. So ano po mangyari kaya? Mededeactivate at blacklist lang b account ko po sa sun ?

  8. michelle dionisio says:

    ask ko lang bkit kapag ngtype ako sa browser ng ufi home ayaw lumabas yung log in form sa google lng lumalabas

  9. Omixam Eksdeii says:

    Hi pa ask lang po bago lang po ako ng apply eh, sun plan 599 may isang alcatel phone onetouch at may ksamang alcatel tablet po yung gamit ko sir, tapos tiningnan ko yung signal indacator naka red. po sya at hindi maka.connect wala po daw ng signal.. paano po makuha yung green signal??
    Pls. reply

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