If you are the type of mobile worker that hangs out at coffee shops not just for the coffee but also for the excuse to be around humans, you will also yearn for that always-on internet device that you can easily carry around for internet accessibility. Why? Because a coffee shop internet connection will never be enough. Those lines have limitations either with sites that you can access, the bandwidth you can use, or the amount of time you can connect to their network. Thus, the need to have your own personal zone for yourself and your gadgets.
The Globe Tattoo Superstick (Huawei E5) is a pocket wifi modem – a device that a mobile worker like me might find very convenient to use. It is a handy and light device that you can easily hide in your bag or include in your gadgets pack for storage. Right now, it is part of my mobile pack for when the need to go out of house arises.
The first thing that I did when I had the device (since it’s postpaid) was to find a sim card for it. I had to specify that I needed the Tattoo mobile broadband sim for the device. I got it at Greenbelt for about Php 200.
When you open your pack, you will get two guides for your device. Included is the USB cable which you can use to access the device admin UI. It is also the same USB cable that you can use to charge it. Aside from that, you have the Huawei E5 and the battery. You will obviously need to put them together — unit + SIM card + battery.
Since the battery is already initially charged (and you can’t wait to use it just like me), you can immediately turn it on using the instructions on your quick start guide. It will initially show you an icon with the number 5 (which probably is the device name – E5- or the fact you can actually connect up to 5 devices to it). After everything is setup, your screen will look like this image below. It shows you the signal that you have, the connection strength (depending on your location), the network name, the wifi icon (not shown) and the battery level.
I connected the device on my laptop via the included USB cable. If you access it on your laptop, it will ask you to install the admin app/UI of the device. Default is 192.168.1.1 or e5/home. The default password: admin. Here in the panel, you can access and change info on the connection, review SMS received, see the SD card status and, of course, change settings. For vanity and security purposes, I changed the connection name and added a password to my connection.
Now that you are ready, make sure you have load credits for your Tattoo SIM. I am not really a Globe user so basically, the network (and branding/terms) is new to me. I had to contact my eloader – Ms. Binky – to load Php 300 via Autoload Max. I am not sure why but she had to do it at 100 pesos at a time. Sending an SMS – SUPERSURF 220 and sending to 8888 will now give you unlimited access to the network for 5 days.
- Flexible WiFi Hotspot (5 devices)
- WiFi 802.11 b/g
- HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS 2100/900 MHz
- EDGE/GPRS/GSM 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
- Equalizer and receive diversity (UMTS 2100/900 MHz)
- HSUPA data service of up to 5.76 Mbps
- HSDPA data service of up to 7.2 Mbps
- MicroSD card slot
- Li battery
- LED display
- Plug and play
To sum, the device is something that I would use when I am mobile. I can easily connect the iPad, iPhone, and laptop to it. Traveling and on the move? No problem. Just turn on the device, leave inside the bag you are carrying and now you have a network you can use to access Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, etc.