Huawei E355 Wireless Hotspot hands-on review

Are you looking for hands-on reviews of Huawei E355 Wireless Hotspot device? We spent quite some time with a Huawei E355 WiFi Hotspot unit and have shared our experience here. Read this review to find more about one of the best wifi hotspot devices available in India.

Today we are going to have a detailed look at Huawei E355 Wireless Hotspot device. Before we look at the product, let us take a quick look at the company profile. Huawei is one of the most reputed Information and Communication Company in the world. The company offers several communications and networking devices, which include WiFi devices, data cards, modem, routers, tablet computers etc.

Huawei datacards are used by several telecom companies. Most of the telecom companies in India offer their own internet dongle, which are manufactured by Huawei but sold under the brand name of the respective providers.

Huawei E355 mobile hotspot

Huawei launched their wireless hotspot device last year, which is claimed to be the world's first datacard with WiFi hot spot, allowing up to 5 simultaneous connections.

Huawei Pocket WiFi Hotspot device reviews

How it works: This data card allows you to insert a regular SIM (2G or 3G) in to it. Once the SIM is inserted, it will establish internet connection with the provider by automatically dialing through the SIM.

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Huawei E355 supports a wide range of internet service providers and a broad range of technologies like GSM, CDMA etc. For the supported providers, there is no additional configuration is required. It is pretty much a plug and play device. Insert the SIM, connect the device to a USB power source and you are ready to use your WiFi hotspot within few seconds.

I tried using Airtel 2G SIM in the Huawei E355 device and I was able to connect to the Pocket 3G wireless within few seconds. In fact, I was surprised to see that the WiFi hotspot was activated as soon as I plugged it in and without any configuration. I have tried many other hotspot devices and they all required some basic configuration or restarting the computer and so on.

Advantages of Huawei E355 datacard

The best advantages of Huawei E355 datacard are:

1. You can connect it to any USB power source and a computer is not necessary. This offers true mobility. You can even connect it to the USB port of your car, which will make your entire family in the car connect to WiFi using their favorite devices.

2. Absolutely no configuration required. It is a great plug and connect device, which require no manual configuration.

3. Supports a wide range of technologies, allowing you to use virtually any SIM card, giving you the flexibility to choose the most reliable internet service for you.

4. Supports micro-SD card, allowing you to extend it as an expandable data storage.

5. Sleek design: The Huawei E355 is almost the size of a standard internet dongle. It will fit into a small shirt pocket or you can conveniently keep it in your laptop bag.

Compare Huawei E355 with Tata Photon
Huawei E355 WiFi Hotspot is slightly bigger than a regular datacard

Usage scenarios

Huawei E355 in the carThere are couple of different ways you can use E355, thanks to the flexibility built in to the device.

1. Connect the device directly to the USB port of your computer, or, using the provided USB cable and use the device as an internet dongle (without WiFi)

2. Connect the device to one computer and up to 5 other computers/tablets/phones/devices can use it as a WiFi hotspot.

3. Connect the device to any USB power source and up to 5 devices can use it as WiFi hotspot.

4. Connect the Huawei E355 in to the USB port in your car and use it as a WiFi hotspot while driving.

Huawei E355 is designed primarily for home users, small offices and professionals who need travel WiFi when they travel with colleagues. In my case, the primary use is WiFi access for my kids and wife while going on long drives.

Read full specifications of Huawei E355 WiFi hotspot device.

Deals for Huawei E355

You can buy Huawei E355 (Wifi Dongle) Data Card from Flipkart at a discounted price of Rs 2990. Get free shipping and Cash On Delivery options as well.

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Guest Author: Meetshamee15 Mar 2013

Now price huawei e355 dropping up to Rs 2949 with free usb adapter at

Guest Author: Rahul01 May 2013

I just want to confirm that will it work with my nextbook premium 7se android 4.0 tablet ? For your kind information, nextbook premium 7se android 4.0 tablet has a usb power source as well as wifi connectivity. Please help me.

Guest Author: balaji01 Jun 2013

My tablet doesn't have 3g but can connect to Wi-Fi. Is it mandatory that every time I need a computer to activate this sum based 3g modem or if connected one time by just connecting to a power source (not to a computer) will it provide the wireless network? Please clarify.

Guest Author: Steve Coakley23 Jul 2014

I can't recommend anyone getting one of these since I got one on Amazon but it doesn't work at all and seems to be just for the Chinese market. The webpage is all in Chinese with no way to change it to English and it seems to be configured for China Unicom 3GNet service with no way to change that either.

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