have kindly provided us with more technical details behind the . This is made by Huawei, and we understand it will work with any Huawei USB Mobile Broadband modem, including the original 3 , as well as the more recent dongle versions. It won’t, however, work with every USB modem 3 have sold, eg the black and green ZTE modem will not work (by virtue of being made by ZTE, and not Huawei).
As a passing comment, the ZTE modem has now been dropped bydue to limited remaining stock, and the overall move to USB dongles, although it’s still available as one of the if you really must have a green and black modem!
After the ethernet port we mentioned last week, the key feature the D100 router has is a built in Li-Ion battery. It’s 950mAh, which is equivalent to many mobile phones, so we would expect this is capable of powering the device for a few hours; this may seem shorter than a mobile phone, but remember it’s got to power the USB modem as well as provide a constant Wi-Fi signal. However, the inclusion of a battery will allow the device to function whilst out and about without necessarily needing a power socket, which has to be a good feature.
The tech specs are:
- Weight : 200g
- Size : 110 x 90 x 27
- Battery : 950mAh (LiP) BST-38
- Speed : Dependent on modem being connected.
- WLAN: IEEE 802.11b/g
- UMTS Signal Indication
- Lion Battery and power indication
- DC connector and external DC power supply
- Connector for external USB device (ie the )
- Up to 32 user connected through Wi-Fi
- Networks : GPRS 900/1800/1900/UMTS 2100
- 1 RJ45 port
have also confirmed it will retail for £69.99 (when buying a new contract), and is available today from the . It’s half price with the offers we mentioned last week; as well as those taking a new phone *and* Mobile Broadband contract, it appears it will be half price for existing Mobile Broadband customers, although you may need to ring up to get this offer.
We should also state, it is tied to 3, so will not work with Huawei dongles on other networks.
3 are stating this is capable of replacing a home broadband service, and certainly for occasional internet users that is a very possible situation. For those that travel with multiple devices, or even small offices, it could also offer an attractive option.
Update: It appears the tech specs fromthemselves may be wrong, and it may not include a battery after all. We’re seeking confirmation from on this point…
Update:have confirmed this was an error in the initial technical specs that were sent out, it does not contain a battery and that the tech specs on the 3 website are now correct. have apologised for the confusion this has caused.