We got this unit to extend the range of our Cradlepoint PHS300 router which is out in the motorhome and the Apple Powerbook in the house doesn't have enough wifi strength to connect. With the Pepwave in the house we're able to easily connect to the Cradlepoint wifi in the motorhome then create our own wifi hot spot in the house that is much closer and we experienced a signal boost from -67dB to -29dB.
No drop offs, very reliable. We also got the Hawking antenna but don't need it so far. It may come in handy while out traveling though.
It did take me several hours to figure out the set up. Had I followed the instructions exactly I probably could have got it set up right the first time. For some reason the Toshiba Satellite wouldn't see the Ethernet connection and that threw me off. The Apple Powerbook Leopard saw it easily and allowed me to access the 192.168.20.1 set up page. Asus also saw it so I have no idea why the Toshiba failed to see it but it works fine with the wifi.
Although I use it in my RV to amplify campground signals, you could use it in hotels, motels, vacation cottages, etc. I set it up with a personal SSID to make it readily identifiable. I use a notebook laptop at each new location to connect to the provided free WiFi, and our smart phones, tablets, Kindles all automatically connect to the Pepwave so we have only the Pepwave to set up wherever we go. It seems to pick up weak signals much better than any of our devices and I try to place it at a window facing the WiFi source. Excellent!
I received the Mini Surf at time. I ordered the Pepwave MS to attach to Cradlepoint MBR900 to use WIFI as WAN. I set the MS to extend the Wifi range creating a new SSID. I liked this feature because others repeaters do not allow to assing a different name of that of the primary SSID. However, you could not link a wireless printer to the Mini Surf. Simply it does not include that function. So, I had to link to the Cradlepoint, altought I knew it.
Do you want to pick up the neighbours wifi and amp it up and create your own network? or maybe you want to do what I did.... high speed phone hotspot --> pepwave ---> router and home network. Works well for what it is, looks great, intuitive light signals.