Maplin 3G N150 Wi-Fi Router and Hotspot

Code: A26LW

Maplin 3G N150 Wi-Fi Router and Hotspot is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 4.
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  • Share a connected 3G USB modem's connection with multiple devices
  • Good internal transfer speeds of up to 150Mbps
  • Works only on a 3G connection for download and upload speeds of up to 42Mbps and 7.2Mbps respectively

Product details

Maplin 3G N150 Wi-Fi Router and Hotspot

• Share a connected 3G USB modem's connection with multiple devices
• Good internal transfer speeds of up to 150Mbps
• Works only on a 3G connection for download and upload speeds of up to 42Mbps and 7.2Mbps respectively
• Operates on a 2.4Ghz band to give you a good area of coverage
• One 10/100 Ethernet port that can be used for LAN and WAN applications

Special features
• 2dBi internal antenna provides you with a good range

What can I do with this small router?
This Wi-Fi router lets you plug in a 3G USB modem into the router to establish a 3G wireless network. It supports a range of USB modems to provide you with the 3G connection (GSM/EDGE/WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+, CDMA/EVDO, TD-SCDMA). The N150 Wi-Fi standard provides you with good transfer speeds within the network and range too.

What is the Ethernet port used for?
Depending on what you want to use this device for, as a Wi-Fi router or a hotspot, you can change it to serve either purposes. The Ethernet port on the device can be used to share your existing network which comes from your cable or ADSL modem, or a LAN cable from your office or hotel. Alternatively you can share your existing wireless signal to multiple devices.

Do I need to install anything to get this going?
Plug and play device, just plug in your 3G USB router and log into the web based interface to configure various settings for your router, such as passwords, the mode of the device and more.

Is this difficult to carry around?
Measuring in at only 23mm x 63mm x 15mm (W x D x H), this device is extremely small and can be easily transported when you are travelling. Powered by a micro USB cable, you can connect the USB end to a USB wall adapter, computer or a power bank to provide it power. This gives you a versatile amount of options to power the device, which is great when you are out without access to the mains.

Specifications table
Band Single Band – 2.4Ghz
SIM card slot No
Wi-Fi type 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi speed 150 Mbps
Band speed 150 Mbps 2.4Ghz
Number of gigabit Ethernet ports No – 1 x 10/100Mbps Ethernet port
Antenna 1 – internal
Media streaming DLNA ready Yes
USB port 1 x microUSB (for charging only)
1 x USB 2.0
Powered by USB
Can it charge other devices? No
Warranty 1 year
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works brilliantly, is super versatile, cheap and tiny I've been using mine regularly with a ZTE MF112 3G/HSDPA+ modem that originally came from Three. I'm quite techy so I've unlocked my modem and disabled the virtual CDrom feature (or in linux you have to 'eject' the virtual cdrom drive to make the modem visible) and had no problems with this setup. Performance is good on the wifi the range is about 2-3rooms away with solid walls for browsing, closer for streaming. I've used it to bridge WiFi to wired connections, I've set it up to act as an access point to create an wireless connection connected via Ethernet cable. I most often use it to create a cheapo mobile hotspot. Not perfect at it but good enough for me! You can even run it from a 2ah USB power pack for around 2hours in this config. The versatility of this, its size and price make it a super handy piece of kit Just don't lock the WiFi type to just N as it doesn't seem to like this. Oh and set a WiFi password!
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Difficult to find which USB 3G sticks it will work with it. Instruction guide that came with the unit says ensure 3G / 4G compatibility contact your seller. Unfortunately little manufacturers data or model number included so service providers do not recognise it. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Instructions Works fine on 3 internet dongle. The instructions are just too brief. Plug the router and dongle in. Reboot. When the router has power light and the dongle light is steady green, its ready. Most important, do not start your usual 3 internet software. If you inadverdently do so, reboot and do this again. Instead, click the wireless icon bottom right of your system tray. You will see the new wireless connection there. Click it and connect. Voila
Date published: 2015-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from waste of time and money does not work with vodafone/huawei/zte usb dongles
Date published: 2015-08-11
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Can the USB port be used to attach a portable hard drive, to allow sharing/streaming of files to wireless connected devices?

Asked by: SimonC
Unfortunately this would not be suitable for your intended use.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2017-02-22

i have a vodafone 3g dongle, K4201-Z which says it is compatible with HSPA+ but i am not getting a network connection with a26lw.

Asked by: Craig
Yeah, I tried with the exact same dongle but it didnt work either but it did work with my older "Huawei E3131"
Answered by: murshed2010
Date published: 2017-01-18

Hello. The router does not "see" my 3g dongle at all. power lights come on, on router and dongle but that's all that happens. when i run the 3internet software i get "no network"

Asked by: bacchusxxxxx
Yeah, the router doesnt seem to support some dongles. I tried with 2 of mine. One was a newer Huawei E3533 and the other was an older Huawei E3131. It only worked with the older one, but when it does it works perfectly and reliably.
Answered by: murshed2010
Date published: 2017-01-18

I would like to know about this device, Is t have Ethernet out for connecting wire network with computer? (it mean USB 3G Modem ===>Maplin 3G=> Ethernet > Computer)

Asked by: Xavi
I bought it and it didn't allow me to connect my 3G dongle to the computer via Ethernet cable. It just allowed me to make a WiFi hotspot using a 3G Dongle or Ethernet only.
Answered by: murshed2010
Date published: 2017-01-18

Hi, Does this device allow me to use a 3G dongle as a wifi hotspot?

Asked by: murshed2010
This service is open for frequently asked questions, In order for us to best assist you with any issue you may have with a product please contact our technical team on the details below: 0333 400 9757 or email technical@maplin.co.uk
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-01-12

could i link this to my virgin media router so has to operate another computer in spare bedroom

Asked by: whitehunter
No, I am sorry but the item will not work for this use.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-08-08
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A26LW Maplin 3G N150 Wi-Fi Router and Hotspot (1+) £7.46

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