Samsung 4G Mobile HotSpot for Verizon Review
Two years ago we reviewed the Verizon Novatel MiFi 2200, which was Verizon’s first 3G mobile hotspot. Since then, things have changes, most notably with the addition of 4G LTE to its network. So it comes as no surprise that eventually there would be a hotspot to make use of it. That is exactly what we have here - the Samsung 4G Mobile HotSpot SCH-LC11.
The appearance of the Samsung 4G HotSpot looks similar to the MiFi 2200, as it has a black plastic construction, and is relatively thin and compact, measuring just 2.32” H x 3.54” W x 0.45”D, and has a weight of only 2.7 oz. This allows the Samsung 4G HotSpot to be placed almost anywhere…your pocket, car cup holder, back-pack, etc. Included with it in the retail box are a 1500mAh battery, microUSB wall charger, and user guide.
On the front of the Samsung 4G HotSpot there are notification LEDs for showing if you are in a 4G or 3G area, which will be green if the signal is strong, or yellow if it is weak, and a Wi-Fi indicator, that will be green while in standby mode, or flashing blue when transmitting data. The power button will also be green while the device is on. Even though we like the LED lights, as they are bright and easy to see from across the room, we wish that there were an LCD display, such as the one on the Novatel 4082 and Sierra Overdrive Pro for Sprint, as that would provide more information, such as battery and signal level.
Along the side of the device is a microUSB charging port, which can only be used for charging, not for tethered data when connected to a PC via the microUSB cable. When the back cover is removed, there is a small WPS connection button, which also acts as a reset button if held, and under the battery is a 4G SIM card slot.
1. URC (unregistered)
Why no review on 3G performance? Most people still live in 3G areas, but would probably consider this on an upgrade to an existing MBB device in hopes that they will have 4G the second it becomes available in their area.
2. Sharper (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)
I got the card as soon as it was available and it works great with my iPad, the speed is awsome, except after two weeks it stopped connecting with my iPad, it kept kicking out, after talking to Verizon and finally going to Apple, I needed to reset my network on the iPad and it worked fine. Then a few days later my wife's did the same thing, I don't know if this is caused because we reset from default the password and name of the 4g card, but if it happens to others that's how to fix it. Otherwise it makes my iPad sing!
3. Ken (unregistered)
I'm running the Samsung 4G hotspot on Verizon 3G network. I got it because maybe someday we'll get 4G (!) and to be able to connect more than 1 device, as I was using the Novatel 727 3G USB card before, which I couldn't configure to be able to route multiple devices. I've been real happy with the throughput, seems noticeably quicker (say, 30%?) than the Novatel even though not on 4G network at this point. I am seeing problems with it dropping connections and not renewing automatically, but haven't had time to mess with the settings, so may be able to fix. Also have an old Palm T|X with WiFi, and it doesn't seem to be able to connect through WPA. Finally, I had to remove VZAccess Manager from my system, as it kept trying to manage the wireless connection to the Samsung, which caused it to fail - I kept having to reset the "let Windows mange this" setting even though I had set "ignore Wifi" on VZAccess Manager. So, speed is improved on 3G, I'm fairly happy with everything, but there are some gotchas....
4. WillLPotter (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Using a Droid x, we purchased a Samsung 4G and have had connecting issues. We have tried two different Samsung's 4g devices. We went to the Verizon store and we had the problem there on both of our Droid X phones plus the one they had in the store. We are now trying the Novatel MiFi 4G hotspot and still having connection issues. Has anyone had this problem? If so, is there a solution to this.