Wi-Fi data sharing
High-Speed data connection
Easily connects through USB adapter
Wide compatibility across platforms
Text messaging support
No voice calling support
Lack of 4G LTE connectivity
MicroSD card slot absent
Huawei Power-Fi E8221 has all the great things in a small package with an affordable price to give Internet access on the go.
People in today’s scenario require Internet access on the go, no matter whether they are using a notebook, tablet or a smartphone. Huawei designed the Power-Fi E8221 with the same view, to provide Internet access on the go, with a compact design to ease all such people.
Huawei Power-Fi E8221 is equipped with a USB 2.0 interface and comes with a standard 6-pin SIM card slot to give users the ability to access high-speed data as well sharing data over Wi-Fi. For data connectivity, the data card supports GSM/GPRS/EGPRS R99 WCDMA/HSDPA R5, HSUPA R6 and HSPA+ R7 and IEEE 802.11b/g/n is available for data sharing. Users can share their packet data with up to 10 devices through WLAN and can also secure the Wi-Fi access using the provided WEP, WPA, WPA2-PSK and WPA/WPA2-PSK security algorithms.
The Power-Fi E8221 supports all the currently available Windows and Mac OS versions. Additionally, users can plug it with any compatible tablet or smartphone to get connected to the Web. The data card can also be connected with any AC socket through a USB adapter to provide Wi-Fi hotspot support in a decent range.
Users do not need to install any third-party software for connecting to Internet through the Power-Fi E8221. The data card itself comes with all the necessary drivers and files which automatically install on a desktop when connected via USB.
The interface of the data card control panel is easy-to-use for the newbies. Users are required to enter username and password to get started with the data card. The interface provides information on the homepage about sent and received data packets, WLAN status and signal strength. Users can disconnect or connect data access right from the homepage.
In addition to providing general information, users can send and receive text messages from the control panel. Similar to mobile devices, the control panel has an Inbox, Outbox and Drafts to give an extensive text messaging support. Furthermore, users can also choose between 3G and 2G networks through the control panel.
For data conscious users, the control panel provides in-depth statistics about monthly data usage and total data usage. Similarly, information about connected WLAN clients is also available on the statistics page.
The Power-Fi E8221 connected well across multiple ISPs that we chosen during our testing. As claimed by the company, the data card gave us about 5.76 Mbps upload speed and 14.4 Mbps download speed on a 3G network. The data card does not support 4G LTE connectivity but as the service is so far limited in India, it is not an issue to be considered on high note.
On our testing, the Power-Fi E8221 provided Wi-Fi connectivity in a range of over 200 square yards. This much range is enough for using a Wi-Fi connectivity source in indoors, especially when using at home or a workplace. After connecting to the Wi-Fi network, users are required to enter credentials on the connected devices to get data access from the data card.
The control panel does not support Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) protocol for communicating with telecom operator, which allows to check remaining data in prepaid connections. There is also no support for voice calls which means that users won’t get call alerts through the data card when it is connected with a desktop.
Overall, the Power-Fi E8221 performs decent across the avenues it is designed for. There is Wi-Fi support and the data card can even provide Wi-Fi connectivity without a desktop, with connecting through a car charger or power mains. This can be considered as its USP in the current market.
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