The ZTE MF65 AIS version
AIS has launched a new model of pocket wifi device from ZTE (China). The device is know as the MF 65 and is a full featured 3G pocket Wifi router. The router is sold unlocked, meaning you can use it with AIS, DTAC or True Move – or any other SIM card in the world. The firmware is branded with AIS, but does not prevent you from using worldwide.
Upgrade or not
The device is narrower than the previous AIS Huawei (Pronounced “Hallway”) model, and a bit longer. Roughly the same thickness. Is it an upgrade? Well the ZTE has more features, larger battery, and at the same price point, so it’s and easy easy decision on which is better from a feature standpoint.
What’s in the box
Let’s see what you get when you purchase an AIS pocket wifi.
The contents of the box include SIM card, charger, device, warranty card and English manual. The SIM gives you some basic free usage, and then you’ll have to top up and get on one of their 3G plans.
The battery size is 1500 mAh, larger than the previous device from Huawei which was 1150 mAh.
Normal SIM slot and Micro SD slot. The previous Huawei had no Micro SD.
2 Buttons, 3 Lights.
USB wall charger and cable.
Setting up 3G on your device
To get started start up the device after putting the sim card in. The sim card is inactive so just putting the SIM in the pocket wifi won’t activate it or start 3G. You need to manually active the sim.
1. Turn on your device and connect to the hotspot named “AIS 3G POCKET WIFI 21.6 Mbps”. The wifi pass key is in the inside back cover.
2. Once your computer or device is connected, in your browser go to http://m.home/index.asp or http://192.168.0.1 You will see the following screen once you click EN.
3. Click on “Activate SIM” in the lower left hand box. This sends a USSD activation message to start up the SIM. This has to be done in Thailand. To check it’s working go back to the main page and you should see a bunch of SMS messages and as well as connected in top right.
You should now be online and surfing the interwebs. When we activated we got about 10 SMS messages, so if your inbox fills up, you’ll know your active.
The home screen gives you several shortcut options.
Change Wifi Name
Change Wifi Key
Topup up with 12Call scratch card voucher. (From any 7-11)
SMS messages inbox
Advanced Menu Options
In the advanced menu you have all the device options, which are most features you’d expect to find on a full featured router, plus more.
Phonebook – Has stored numbers as well as you can add your own for SMS texting from the device.
SMS – Send a new message, read, reply and delete old messages. Save on the SIM or on the device. Settings allow you to change SMS center number and change validity.
SD Card – Put in a micro SD card in the device to enable.
HTTP Share Mode:Share the SD card via the Web browser and the removable drive mapping of the SD card via USB port will be disabled.
USB Access Only:Only user via USB cable can access the SD card by the removable drive mapping, the Web page of sharing SD card will be disabled.
Once you put in the SD card you’ll see.
Sharing the contents looks like this.
Settings – Full router settings
USSD – Codes for your sim card
Status – Check on the stats of your usage, your network and various version numbers.
Using with another carrier
We put a DTAC sim in just to test and this is what we got. No configuration needed, just put it in and it worked.
- Dimensions 102mm × 50mm × 13.7mm
- Battery 1500mAh
- Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 10 Wi-Fi connections
- Messaging SMS
- OS Compatibility Win8, Win7, Windows XP, Vista, Linux, Mac OS
- Memory MicroSD Slot, up to 32GB
- Others OLED Screen display, 3 LED light indicators, AP/STA, Multi SSID, WPS, IPv6
- Radio HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS 2100/1900/900 (850)MHz
- Peak Data Rate HSPA+:DL 21.6Mbps/UL 5.76Mbps
The device is easy to use, easy to connect to, has a days battery life and should do a nice job of filling in the gaps of where you don’t have proper or working wifi in Thailand. Given that it’s unlocked, and you can use it worldwide, it’s a device for any regular traveler. It’s also a step up from the previous AIS pocket wifi offering.
As for battery life, got about 4 hours of continuous usage.