Review and specifications of Huawei Power-Fi E8221


If you're looking for a USB data card that allows you to share your 3G internet connection with others by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot, then have a look at the Huawei Power-Fi E8221. This is an end user review of this product with specifications and pictures.

Huawei Power-Fi E8221 is a USB data card that allows you to use and share 3G internet using a SIM card. The main feature of this device is a SIM card slot which gives you the freedom to choose any operator of your choice. This is a plug & play device and all you need to do is plug it to any USB power source to create a Wi-Fi hotspot.

This device lets you share your internet connection with a maximum of 10 users at a time. It provides a maximum download speed of 14.4 Mbps and an upload speed of 5.76 Mbps on 3G or 2G network. There are two LED lights on the data card which have different functions. The first LED light reflects the internet connection whereas the other shows if Wi-Fi hotspot is created. They light up steady if the device is connected to the internet or if the Wi-Fi hotspot is created. If the LED lights up in green, it indicates that you're connected to a 2G network whereas if its blue, it indicates that you're connected to a 3G network. If you open the back cover of the device you can find a reset button which is used to reset the device to factory settings. It is located right next to the SIM card slot.

The rear view of Huawei Power-FI E8221

If you need to plug this device to a wall outlet, you can use a 5 volt - 1 ampere DC wall adapter with a USB port to provide power to the data card. This device can be setup by any Android phone using a 'Huawei Hi-Link app' that is available at the Google Play store. Huawei Hi-Link is a great app for users as it provides you the following features:-

  • It is a free Android app that is available at Play Store.

  • You get details on the data usage using the application

  • It also lets you see the users currently connected wirelessly to this device. You can also block a specific device, if you do not want to share the internet with it.

  • It displays the network signal as well as the current network(2G/3G) along with operator details.

  • The app also let you send SMS.

  • You can share your app and your images, with others who are connected to the device using WI-FI

  • You can change/edit the Wi-Fi password with the help of this app.

  • This app also gives you the freedom to turn On/Off the mobile data as well as select the preferred network and change APN settings if you need to.

  • You can also reboot the device using the app.

This amazing device is currently available for Rs 1499 on Amazon.com. You may get a better price by searching other e-commerce stores for this product.

Huawei device working as plug and play device using a Adapter.

Other features of this device:-
WLAN : IEEE 802.11b/g/n
EDGE/GPRS/GSM 1900/1800/900/850
Upload speed up to 5.76 Mbps
Download speed up to 14.4 Mbps

System Requirements:
It is supported on Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1/SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
It requires a minimum display resolution of 800x600 pixels.

My Verdict - I have been using the device for a while and I'm quite happy with its performance. I used to activate internet packs on two of my cellphones but after purchasing this device I connect both my cellphones to it directly. I power up this data card via an adapter (as shown in the picture above) or through one of the USB ports available on my PC. When I use it through the USB ports on the computer, it allows me to access its internet connection simultaneously on computer as well as on my smartphones. You can also go for Huawei E8231 which has similar specifications but different download/upload speeds.

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Comments

Author: Timmappa Kamat05 Feb 2015 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

Nice information indeed. Instead of getting tied up to a particular operator, you can use any SIM card of your choice and you are free to change it as many times as you would please. Great app in addition to a great USB data card.

Guest Author: Swati27 Jun 2015

Please can somebody tell me why can't I access internet after successfully installation of device even with 3G network? It shows limited on my connection.

Guest Author: SRIRAM07 Dec 2015

Swati, is that issue resolved for you? Even I am facing it for a while and not able to figure out the exact cause and solution for it either on Win8.1/8.0.

Guest Author: Abdul Majeeth12 Dec 2015

Thanks for the details. Please suggest how to reset the WiFi password for the Huawei power FI E8221 device. I have lost the package and could not recall the password.

Author: Alok Nath Pandey30 Dec 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

There is a small reset button on the device to reset the package or you can use login into device settings and you can also change the password from there.



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