Data Connectivity is a good thing and so is sharing, The DWR-710 Le Petit from D-Links brings both goodness together by allowing you to share data connectivity to up to 8 devices. All you need to do is have the USB dongle powered.
The Le Petit may seem like yet another USB dongle for data connectivity but it isn’t.
It’s not the usual 3G modem where you install the dialer software on your computer and have it dial the connection, for Le Petit the connection is automatically established once the device is powered up.
What I didn’t like about the device is that the size caters full-sized SIM cards so for smaller sim card sizes you’ll have to use an adapter, or if like in my case I adjusted it until the device correctly detects the SIM. Fortunately SIM card size adapters are always available for a small fee.
|GSM/GPRS/EDGE Band||900/1800 MHz or 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Power Class 4 (850/900 MHz)
Power Class 1 (1800/1900 MHz)
|UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+ Band||2100 MHz or 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Power Class 3 (+24 dBm)
|Data Throughput||3G Downlink: Up to 21 Mbps
3G Uplink: Up to 11.4 Mbps
|Web GUI||Internet Connection Setup Wizard
MAC Address Filter
Network Settings Manager
|USIM Slot||Standard 6-Pin SIM card interface|
The Le Petit does not require any software to be installed on your computer, it can be powered via any USB connection available where it be one from power bank, wall socket or from the computer itself.
One flaw of this device is that D-Link had the default PASSWORD printed on the device and it’s so small, even a person with great eyesight such as myself mistaken “J” as “j”. Can you blame me for that? I had to use my phone camera to take a picture to get it correct. Well, come to think of it I can’t say it’s a device flaw when it’s actually a matter of print size, the product worked flawlessly. Fortunately you are able to change the SSID, WPA key and whatever else you want once you have access to the interface.
Unlike the generic USB modem, the Le Petit is not only a modem but a router as well so it comes with full-fledged router interface to allow you control over the settings.
As you can see from the UI screenshots above the DWR-710 Le Petit works exactly like any other router and the amount of settings available is pretty impressive.
The modem is no slouch when it comes to getting good speed but it’s far from being great either, the rated download speed may be up to 21Mbps but here’s what I’m getting on my DiGi network.
Here’s the speed from the same DiGi network when the SIM card is placed on my ASUS PadFone S that supports 4G LTE – quite a huge performance gap eh?
Let’s not jump the gun on condemning the device because it is what it is, a 3G modem and getting around 3Mbps is actually really good and it’s a sufficiently fast speed for most purpose. For example when you travel to Taiwan, you can opt for the cheaper 3G data plan instead of 4G, and share your connection with friends and family with the DWR-710 Le Petit.
The DWR-710 works right off my power bank with 1A charging capacity and I was able to play League of Legends on it, the ping registered with my DiGi line was 85ms. Good stuff eh?
The D-Link DWR-710 Le Petit USB 3G retails at RM 139 which is very affordable, especially when you are able to share the connection with up to 8 devices, think 8-people travel groups! Think convenience of shared Internet Connection without having to resort to mobile phones.