PTCL EVO Wingle
3G & WI-FI EVO Wingle supports two-way wireless connectivity, supporting both 3G and Wi-Fi. The device automatically establishes 3G internet connectivity via EV-DO Rev.B, simply by plugging the device in a USB power source, such as a USB port or external USB power adapter. When the device is inserted in a computer, it allows 5+1 users to connect – one user via the USB connection and 4 users via Wi-Fi
IN THE past decade the world has become a global village and instant sharing of information is gaining more and more importance. Keeping in mind the changing global trends PTCL has taken the mantle of the catalyst for change in transforming the communication experience of people of Pakistan.
The latest introduction by PTCL is 3G EVO Wingle “Pakistan’s first 3G USB modem with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot” 3G EVO Wingle is all out & about! The most talked about futuristic Wi-Fi tool that lets users effortlessly connect multiple Wi-Fi gadgets simultaneously at Hyper Speeds of up to 9.3 Mbps* in over 200 cities, and auto switch over to Evo 3.1 Mbps speeds in over 250 cities. It lets the users connect ‘n’ share effortlessly through any external USB power adapter be it a laptop/ desktop, USB power socket, car charger or a car cigarette lighter.
First impression EVO Wingle is a great looking sleek device, roughly the size of a normal USB with exceptional built quality. The small and light-weight device comes in an elegant pearl-white coloured exterior. The rounded edges at the top and bottom enhance the look further. The LED indicator panel lights up nicely with bright green and blue LED on connectivity.
User experience hi-link technology
One of the best features of EVO Wingle is the Hi-Link technology. The device does not need any driver to work. The device automatically establishes internet connectivity within 15 seconds simply by plugging the device in the USB port of any power source. This is an excellent feature as it eliminates the need to install drivers which is a somewhat cumbersome process.
3G & WI-FI EVO Wingle supports two-way wireless connectivity, supporting both 3G and Wi-Fi. The device automatically establishes 3G internet connectivity via EV-DO Rev.B, simply by plugging the device in a USB power source, such as a USB port or external USB power adapter. If the device is inserted in a computer, it allows 5+1 users to connect – one user via the USB connection and 4 users via Wi-Fi. The device supports the latest 802.11n protocol which supports maximum net data rate of 600 Mbits/s. The Wi-Fi working range is also exceptional, giving connectivity to 5 users over a distance of 15 to 20 meters. The range extends to beyond 80 meters when plugged into AC power.
Browsing and connectivity EVO Wingle connects to the Internet using PTCL’s 3G EVO Nitro network that allows for download speeds up to 9.3 Mbps. Even heavy web pages load quickly, and I found the response time to load pages very fast. For websites such as Youtube, Metacafe, BBC News, CNN, Facebook etc which boast heavy video and graphics content, the browsing experience was without a doubt, wonderful! Further, upon using the 3G WI-Fi connectivity for torrents, the average download speeds experience were around 4.0 Mbps.
The video streaming experience as tested with 3 devices connected via the Wi-Fi was found to be excellent. Although the experience is totally dependent on the desired display resolution used for streaming if using YouTube or Metacafe, however video streaming using a Wi-Fi network was excellent. All videos streamed perfectly.
Dashboard and Wi-fi security
EVO Wingle comes with a very clean-looking dashboard, which automatically opens up in the web-browser once the device is connected to the computer via USB port. The dashboard shows the 3G signal strength, the connection status; data download, upload statistics and connected Wi-Fi clients. Further the dashboard offers quick settings for setting-up your Wingle device. It allows to swiftly and easily setup the device SSID and security key password. Wingle offers various types of Wi-Fi security settings including, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2-PSK with AES, TKIP and AES/TKIP encryption methods. The dashboard also allows advance user settings such as WLAN MAC filtering, DHCP, Firewall switch, LAN IP Filter, Virtual Server, DMZ, SIP ALG Settings, UPnP and NAT settings.
The download and throughput speed of EVO Wingle is excellent. The device performance over Wi-Fi was also found to be excellent and uncompromised. There were no data drops or any speed disruptions even with Wi-Fi. 5 devices connected simultaneously. The Wi-Fi security was found easy to set-up and functioning per specification.
EVO Wingle features are some very innovative and slick features such as the Hi-Link technology and the built-in Wi-Fi, which are state-of-the-art. I have found it to be a very practical and useful device. This is the technology for the future, and definitely a step in the right direction.
Verdict EVO Wingle is a sleek and innovative device, which performs its intended purpose in a perfect manner.
Built-in Wi-Fi and Hi-Link Technology is perhaps one of the best features, which eliminates the need to install drivers and provides seamless Wi-Fi internet connectivity to any Wi-Fi enabled device.
Since the device does not come with an external power adapter or battery, the device will need external power source to function.
The bottom line
EVO Wingle is an excellent device, which packs a built-in Wi-Fi router in the most compact casing and sleek design.