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Novatel 4510L 4G MiFi for Verizon Wireless Review

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Performance:

The first device we connected to the Novatel 4510L 4G MiFi was a Verizon iPhone 4 and used the SpeedTest.net app. We ran tests connecting to three local servers (Miami Beach, Miami, and Naples), and got download speeds between 6.06-7.16 Mbps, upload speeds of 4.31-5.01 Mbps, and ping times between 299-402 ms. We then preformed the same tests using a Motorola DROID X and got similar results. Even though the download speeds on the iPhone 4 and DROID X when connected to the Novatel 4510L are about 1 Mbps slower than using the Samsung 4G HotSpot, the uploads are about twice as fast.

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We then connected the Novatel 4510L to our HP netbook and used the web browser to load up the SpeedTest.net web site. Again when connecting to the three local servers, we got solid download speeds between 5.86-6.32 Mbps (though occasionally it would spike up to 10-12 Mbps), upload speeds between 4.22-6.19 Mbps, and ping times of 95-165 ms. When we connected to the Samsung 4G HotSpot, it would show downloads of 7-8 Mbps with spikes up to 13 Mbps. We also downloaded a 102MB file from the Nvidia web site, which took 6 minutes 50 seconds when using the Novatel 4510L 4G MiFi, though the Samsung 4G HotSpot was faster at 5 minutes 52 seconds. For web page browsing, we went to PhoneArena.com, and other graphically intense sites, and both units were able to fully load in under 12 seconds.

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Regardless of any slight speed difference between the Novatel and Samsung units, here is the most important thing – the Novatel 4510L 4G MiFi does not suffer from the occasional “web page stalls” that we continue to experience on the Samsung 4G HotSpot. Since our review of the Samsung device last week, we have updated the device to newest firmware, and even tried different Wi-Fi setting, but we still occasionally will get “web page stalls” – which simply means if we are using a connected phone or PC, the web page will load half way, stop for about 20 seconds, and then continue to load. It also appears we are not alone, as other users of the Samsung 4G HotSpot have posted similar problems in on-line forums. Thankfully, the Novatel unit does not have this issue, which to us is the main reason to purchase this unit over the Samsung.

Battery life is rated at 5 hours when using the Novatel 4510L, but we got about 4.5 hours with continual 4G usage.

For additional functionality, you can access the settings page for the Novatel 4510L by going to 192.168.1.1 in your web browser. Within it, you can make numerous changes to settings, such as Wi-Fi modes and encryption, passwords, LAN, VPN, port forwarding, and auto power-down timer.

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Conclusion:

There really is no comparison between the Novatel 4510L 4G MiFi and the Samsung 4G HotSpot. Even though they are priced the same at $99.99 after rebate with a 2-year contract, and have roughly the same 4G LTE connection speeds, the advantage with the Novatel is that it does not suffer from the “web page stall” issue, and you can easily check the signal strength and battery level by looking at the eInk display. The only thing we found missing on the Novatel 4510L is the microSD memory card slot that is on the Novatel 4082 for Sprint, which allows connected devices to use it as a network storage device. But other than that, the Novatel 4510L 4G MiFi for Verizon is the clear winner over the Samsung 4G HotSpot, though the Sprint Overdrive Pro is currently at $49 and the Novatel 4082 is at $79, so keep that in mind. Verizon’s 4G data plans start at $50 per month for 5GB of data and $80 per month for 10GB of data.

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Pros

  • Fast 4G LTE speeds
  • No web page stalls
  • Useful status display

Cons

  • Can’t charge from a PC and use the Wi-Fi at the same time
  • More expensive than the competition
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posted on 26 Apr 2011, 09:30

1. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)


Are you serious phone arena? This is the same device offered by Sprint that you gave 5/10.

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 20:09

2. JoeColletti (unregistered)


I upgraded to this Novatel unit last night, after having returned the Samsung Hotspot last week. It performed flawlessly today.
As for the WiFi being disabled when connected to your laptop, there was a setting that could be changed in the old Novatel 3G MiFi that could change this feature to enable it in the USB mode. I'm betting this will work on this unit too.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 06:13

3. Kuric (unregistered)


Apparently you cannot use a USB micro DATA cable to connect to the PC and charge it you need to use a CHARGE ONLY usb micro cable such a cable can be found by searching google for USB Micro CHARGE only Cable...

One can be found here:
http://3gstore.com/product/2226_retractable_charge -only_usb_cable_for_mifi.html

This will allow the unit to charge but not sync. Therefore the wifi stays on...

just an fyi...

posted on 24 May 2011, 13:20

4. jimi (unregistered)


Curious what others are seeing when connecting iPhones and iPads to the MiFi 4510L. I'm noticing very good speeds when connecting my MiFi 4510L with my Lenovo x200 tablet (12mbps plus up and down). When i connect with iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4 and iPad 2, I only get 1mbps down and a wide range up (between .1mbps to 4mbps). My tests are in Mountain View, Santa Clara California area and have been very consistent.

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 08:51

6. campercraig (unregistered)


THis goes out to any of the above people, First to Joe Colleti did you find out if you could enable the switch on this device??
To Kunic, with this cable you are recommending does that mean you can then still use and rec'd WiFi while charging device??
thanks

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 19:08

7. alex235 (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jul 2014)


Well, you can read review here on UseMyReviews as well.

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