Winknet MF50 3G Wireless Pocket Router Review | Features and Performance

Are you looking for 3G Wireless Pocket Routers in India? Winknet had launched Winknet MF50 pocket Wi-Fi router in India recently. Please see this article to know more about its features and reviews along with BSNL data plans for this wireless pocket router.

Mobile broadband has become popular after the evolution of 3rd generation wireless network systems. Before 3G, 3G service users were completely dependent on fixed broadband service which is limited in mobility. As technology grows, users are getting mobile broadband access wherever they go not limited to home or office. This peculiar feature has started after the launch of 3rd generation wireless system with high speed packet access technology.

Winknet had launched Mf50 Wi-Fi router in India a few months back. It is a cost-effective mobile, hot spot device working in GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSPA and enables you to communicate anytime and anywhere. It has gained a great relevance in the upcoming mobile broadband world. It is manufactured by ZTE, who is the leading global telecommunication equipment provider. HSPA technology is providing data transmission speed up to 14.4 Mbits/s on downlink and 5.8 Mbits/s on the uplink with 14.4 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload speed. It has LCD display, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n & WPS support that allow you to connect up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices and has 1500 mAh battery. This Wi-Fi router was launched in July for BSNL users with bundled plans first; the box BSNL brand. Let's get into detailed review of Winknet Mf50 3G Wireless routers especially for BSNL.

Box contents

The package of Winknet Mf50 Wi-Fi router consists of 3G Pocket Router Mf50, Quick Start Guide, Battery 1500 mAh, Power Adapter, USB Cable, Warranty Card and Service Center List.

Hardware and design

Winknet Mf50 3G Wireless Pocket RouterWinknet Mf50 Wi-Fi router dimensions of 101.8mm x 51.8mm x 13.65mm (WxHxD) and weight of 80 gm. The device is compact and looks like a mini phone; it is easy to carry where ever you go as if carrying a mobile phone. A small LCD display is present on front panel of the device which displays connectivity status, signal type, signal strength and battery status. There is a small violet layer around the device making it more attractive. On the left side of the router, there are two buttons; one is a power button while other is a combination of WPS and internet button. The internet key allows you to connect or disconnect from the internet. If you hold it for 5 seconds, it gives an option to change between automatic and manual connection. The WPS key allows you to start WPS Wi-Fi Protected Setup authentication process and enable or disable Wi-Fi function. On the right side of the device, there is a USB port and a port that lets you to connect external antenna to enhance the signal strength.

When you open the back of the router, you can see a 1500mAh battery. If you take it out there are two slots, one is for placing the SIM card while other is for placing the micro SD card. This device is using Qualcomm chipset.

Features and performance

Winknet Mf50 is a 3G Wi-Fi router which delivers high speed using the latest HSPA( High speed packet access) technology. The device also supports EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz. It can provide data speed of up to 14.4 Mbps in downlink and up to 5.76 Mbps in uplinks. Wi-Fi router supports micro SD card for storage. Its features are high capacity phonebook, SMS facility and USSD codes for checking the balance. Winknet Mf50 can work under OS Win7, Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS 10.5 or later. It can support up to 10 connections at a time. It has an inbuilt signal booster and provides better spectrum efficiency.

Winknet Mf50 works in automatic setting after you insert SIM card and power on. If you find Wi-Fi status as not connected even after power button is on, then click on the WPS key and hold it for about 2s; LCD display will show number of devices connected. If you use this device for the first time, you need to set USB by connecting it to a PC or Mac. You have to install the required drivers. After installation, it opens Web Gui, you can login to web using the administrator password. The Wi-Fi password will be given under the battery which can be changed later. You can manage the settings there. There is no need of connecting the Wi-Fi router all the time to a computer for sharing the internet.

According to user experience, Winknet Mf50 Wi-fi Pocket router can deliver about 10 Mbps download speed and around 3 Mbps upload speeds.

Cost and data plans offered by BSNL

Winknet Mf50 Wi-Fi router has launched at a cost of only Rs. 5800 in India. BSNL is providing plan voucher for Rs.60 with a free Data usage of 2 GB which is to be used within 30 Days from the date of activation.


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