FreedomPop Photon Platinum 4G Mobile Hotspot : FreedomPop Review
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I live in an apartment building on the 20th floor and I can barely get any connection for T-Mobile unless I am near the window. The max download speed of this unit is 12MB/s. When I first turned on the device, the 4G LED was amber so I thought this meant a weak signal. After repositioning the device closer to the window, the LED turned solid green. Download speeds will vary but I had some pretty good results from SpeedTest.net and Speakeasy. I was able to obtain download speeds of ~10MB/s and upload speeds of 1.40MB/s from both sites. Surprisingly, I had a better connection with the hotspot than my T-Mobile Nexus 5 (8.60MB/s down and ~1MB/s up http://www.speedtest.n
Inside the box, you will receive the following:
• FreedomPop Photon Platinum 4G Mobile Hotspot
• Micro USB charging cable
• AC adapter (1A output)
• Quick Connect guide
The hotspot itself is pretty compact and can easily fit in your pocket. The device is roughly 2.5”x2.5”. For a size comparison, I took a picture of the device next to my Nexus 5.
Ease of Setup
Hold the power button for roughly 2-3 seconds and the power LED will be solid red. Once the 4G LED stops flashing you can connect your device. Depending on the signal, the 4G LED will either be amber or solid green.
There is not a lot of configuration required; you simply turn on the device, connect to it and you should be access to the internet in under 5 mins. To access the configuration page once you’re connected, browse to 192.168.1.1 and enter “admin” (without the quotes) for the password. You will see the following page after you logging in:
This summary page highlights the different statuses (4G and WiFi) and provides basic information about the device.
The navigation menu on the left side is pretty straightforward. You are able to perform some tasks like setting up the device and configuring network name and security, updating firmware, viewing/monitoring 4G status and signal strength, configuring port forwarding, viewing devices currently connected and a variety of router settings.
Additionally, from FreedomPop’s website, you can monitor your data usage, although there is a 3-hour delay on actual data usage.
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DISCLAIMER: I was given this device by FreedomPop to review. I am simply providing my thoughts and opinions so that I can share this with our members, and hopefully you will find this useful.