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Published on March 29th, 2013 | by Mac | Views: 10,026

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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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230 Responses to Sun Broadband Pocket WIFI MF-51 Review

  1. jeffry says:

    Suddenly ngreset yung pocket wifi zte mf51 nging blue yung 3g indicator help nmn po sa settings

  2. carlo says:

    hi, in my case hindi ko ma access ang webGUI ko, which is 192.168.0.1 i think?
    nag install nman ung sun ng maayus, sinusunud ko lng yung process sa manual. Peru nd ko talaga ma access ang GUI ng pocket wifi.

    • Mac says:

      Have you tried connecting it directly to your PC to access the dashboard? Useless naman po kung di nyo ma access ang dashboard but kung casual user lang kayo, I guess the vanilla settings will just suffice.

      • carlo says:

        yup, gusto ko sanag gamitin sa desktop ko eh.

        ok na po, na ayus ko na. try ko po sa ibang pc, automatic siyang ng install. while sa pc ko, installing the device… lang nakalagay. ni reformat ko na lang pc ko hehe.. thanks

  3. lea says:

    hi po..ask konlg po sna f totoo po b na hihina ang mbps ng sun pocket wifi pag na drain po ung battery nya? tnx po

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi…bkit po hnd kmi mkapag connect sa youtube…unli naman po at very strong yung signal…

    • Mac says:

      Kung sa YouTube lang nagkaka problema, it’s probably a temporary issue and will resolve soon. Have you tried using another pc or laptop kung ok ba?

  5. jenny says:

    hi sir mac,kaka avail ko lang ng sun pocket wifi,nu po ibig sabihin ng blinking yung green na signal?is it possible na mahina ung signal sa lugar nmin or dahil sa kaka avail ko lng di pa stable ung signal?pls.help,thank you

    • Mac says:

      ahh yung blinking green signal, ibig sabihin nun, successful at naka konek yung gadget mo sa Sun Broadband network, kasi pag steady lang sya, meaning disconnected ka.

      Yung actual connection mo (speed at signal strength) dun mo lang makikita sa dashboard nya. In my case, I use http://ufi.home to access my dashboard, so if you want to know kung gaan kalakas ang speed at signal mo, you have to access the gadget’s dashboard. Hope this helps.

      • jenny says:

        di po kasi ako maka connect online kahit blinking yung green signal eh.i’ll try to check the speed and strength sa binigay yung link.thank you and God bless :)

    • Mac says:

      Try mo muna e connect sya directly sa pc/laptop using the supplied USB cable. If OK yung connection mo sa USB and not sa WIFI, so meaning, yung WIFI setup mo ay may kailangang baguhin.

  6. che says:

    meron ba to dapat kasamang sim?
    yung sa aken, walang sim na kasama.

    thanks!

  7. me says:

    paano po pag inereset ko po yung pocket ano poyung mangyayari

    reply po thanks…..

    • Mac says:

      If you reset the device, yung factory default settings na ang ga gana, meaning, it’s like buying and using it the first time.

  8. me says:

    at paano nmn po alisin yung roaming sa pocket wifi koh

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