Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352

The Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 allows up to five 802.11b/g wireless appliances to share one wireless 3G connection

Novatel Wireless Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Works well, very convenient

Cons

  • Expensive

Bottom Line

It's expensive, has limited battery life away from the mains and its build quality suggests something a little cheaper. Yet this Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 is a 3G-cum-Wi-Fi micro-router that works superbly, bringing online connectivity with the help of a 3G SIM card to anyone with a Wi-Fi laptop. If you need effortless and wire-free connectivity away from the home or office, this little device could become an indispensable joy.

Would you buy this?

The Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 is a totally wireless 3G modem that shares its connection like a Wi-Fi router. Sold exclusively through Internode in Australia, the MiFi is $349 outright or $299 when bundled with a 24-month Internode data service. We'll have an review up shortly that includes the MiFi's performance using Australian telcos' networks, but for now here's the assessment of our UK colleagues.

We've seen wireless routers before with '3G failover', so that if your main broadband connection is down you'll have a 3G backup. But the Novatel unit here survives purely on a diet of 3G wireless, distributing its online connection via Wi-Fi to nearby computers and other networkable gadgets.

The Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 allows up to five 802.11b/g wireless appliances to share one wireless 3G connection; or it can also be used wired to one PC via USB, just like a conventional 3G dongle.

A microSD card slot - with a 2GB card already inside - means it also has the makings of an elementary NAS drive, accessible by wireless clients through a web browser interface. When used wired, the microSD card mounts like a normal USB mass storage volume.

But this is no fit-and-forget indoor solution - the Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 is a portable device with an onboard rechargeable battery, and is actually smaller than most mobile phones.

Put another way, this Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 device is wireless in exactly every sense possible: wire-free data input, wire-free data distribution, and a wire-free power source.

The Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352's primary purpose is to create temporary wireless hotspots, useful for business meetings or trips away from home, especially when you need to get more than one computer online.

It worked well to enable internet connectivity for a laptop while commuting on the train, for instance, with the Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 tucked into a jacket pocket, and no clumsy dongles hanging off the surfing notebook.

Once setup, you join the Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352's wireless network as you would any wireless network, after presenting your password credentials. Initial setup is through the typical web browser interface, where you can set up such niceties as MAC address filtering, VPN passthrough, and security up to WPA2 level.

Listed in the specs is GPS location services, but this only refers to the potential for a third-party developer to access the facility. At present this function is not put to any use.

We found the Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352's 802.11 wireless range impressive at around 15m indoors, through walls, and this proved useful in placing the unit upstairs for best 3G reception, while we connected over 802.11g downstairs.

But this Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 is a portable gadget, which suffers the usual problems of battery life. Its little 5.7Wh lithium battery is good only for around three hours use; less, we discovered, if more than one client is connected at a time.

Once the battery is flat, you'll either have to charge the Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 via an included mains adaptor, during which time the unit is still thankfully usable wirelessly; or you can plug into a USB port, when the 3G connection becomes a solo link again.

We also noted that charging via a single standards-compliant USB port is never completed to the point of the multi-colour LED showing a full charge.

Nevertheless, this compact Novatel Intelligent Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2352 device works extremely well in its stated task of building a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot out of a 3G wireless modem.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Read more on these topics: broadband
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?