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Sierra Wireless Overdrive4G Mobile Hotspot - Sprint
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The Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot delivers a truly wireless experience - this compact device requires no cables or software installation. Easily connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices--including tablets, eReaders, laptops or gaming consoles--to the Internet at speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G where available on the Sprint network.
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In a nutshell : This product & Sprint's 4G network are not ready for prime time yet. If you are looking to replace your DSL/Cable connection with Overdrive & Sprint 4G network, you'll be disappointed. For occasional internet access, you might be able to get by. -- I recommend against purchasing this product from Amazon. If you do, and decide to cancel the service, Amazon will charge you $250!
The advantage of Sprint Overdrive over typical 3G/4G modem is that you don't have to install any extra software on your computer. Any wi-fi enabled devices can connect to this mobile hotspot and take advantage of 2G/3G/4G connection right away.
I use Overdrive in Chicago. Mostly in edgewater area. At 60% 4G signal, I regularly get 1.5-2.5mbps average. I was able to get 7-8mbps download once, but that was at 4 am. However, 4G towers here in Chicago are down very often. Downtime averages about 4-5 hours. In my book, Sprint 4G network here is not reliable or robust enough for regular use.
As for the "Overdrive" unit itself, it runs pretty hot. I left it on a glass table close to the window running it 24 hours a day. (Ambient temperature is about 65F) It will either 1)randomly crashes & reboot, 2)crashes when download large amount of data, or 3)freeze (remove battery/power to reboot) about 3-4 times a day. I suspect that the problem came from excessive heat buildup in the unit. If I leave it off for a few hours, and turn it back on, no aforementioned problem at all.
Even though the unit automatically fallback to 3G when 4G network is not available, and reverts to 4G when it can, I notice that it tends to linger on 3G network longer than it should. It takes at least 5-10 minutes to revert to 4G. If you don't want to wait, you have to restart it.Read more ›
1. Setup is similar to setting up your home wifi router. However, some of the individual changes require the device to disconnect, reboot & then reconnect. It would be helpful if you can change all settings & then reboot a single time when complete.
2. I live in the Seattle area and am having 4g issues as stated in the other review. There are 2 issues causing this. Issue #1 is that my plan was only activated for the 3g connection plan. I had to call Sprint to have it switched over to the 3g/4g connection plan. Phone support was very helpful & had no trouble understanding my concern. Issue #2 is that there is an outage with 10 of the 4g towers in the Seattle area. It started about 15 hours ago so it appears to be a major event. Even through I'm on the correct plan now, I don't have a 4g signal until they resolve the issue.
3. The micro SD card is a useful feature.
I'm giving it 3 stars because of its current drawbacks (which appears to be network related) & future potential. The setup may have been a pain, but how many times will I be making changes? Once the 4g service is restored & I've had a chance to use it, I'll update my review.
That said, there are a few things to be aware of. The 4g on this device is from Clear. They are a Texas company, so have much better coverage in Texas than elsewhere. If you do not live in a location with good 4g coverage, this device is close to useless. The 3g connection is not really fast enough for high-quality streaming video in my experience. Pandora and Skype (voice) work well on the 3g network, but Skype video and Netflix Watch Now do not really work. With the 5 gig 3g data cap, they would be too expensive anyway. On the 4g network everything works fine and the connection seems as fast as the cable modem I replaced with this device. The cost is about $20 a month more than the cable modem was.
March 9, 2010 Update: I am now getting a 4G signal in Houston.
Fast connection at times
Small size and aesthetically pleasing
Browser interface is good
4G connection drops every 15 - 20 minutes
The unit crashes and needs to be reset every hour or so
The unit gets very hot when plugged in
4G speed is very inconsistent (I'm in Baltimore)
Battery life is pretty poor
4G has been here in Baltimore for over a year and I have the latest firmware installed on this thing. I should not be having this many problems with the unit. When I took the first unit back to exchange it at the Sprint store they told me people were returning them in droves. I've spent quite a bit of time on the phone with customer service and the only thing they could tell me was a) return it or b) reset it. Also, one last nugget, I rated this device on Sprint's site - poorly as you can see. They never put the review up.
The product has great potential but I fear that Sprint's 4G network is very poor and this device is poorly designed and supported. The fact that Sprint has done nothing to address the clear issues with this product is frightening (or at least should be to its shareholders).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have 2 sprint phones and a wireless hotspot on the sprint network. We have a good 3g signal here but I am unable to do even the most basic surfing most of the time and on the... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Howard Sacco
I have a 4g device from time warner. From the start the battery failed with ERROR MESSAGE CRITICAL BATTERY- RECHARGE AND
BATTERY OVERHEATING PROBLEMS CONSTANTLY. Read more
We have had the Overdrive for about 4 months now and have already had to spend $27 to ship the first defective unit back to Sierra for repair. Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by brinklreading
Around a year ago, I had to move out to a rural area. We had Time Warner Cable before we moved, and when we finally did, we asked them about rural internet options. Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by Eric S.
DO NOT... I repeat DO NOT buy this device. After less than 3 months, I found that the battery could not keep a charge and I was dropping off the network often. Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by John Ryan
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly....
Background: I live in the NYC coverage area, actually Jersey City right across the river. 4G is readily available. Read more
I've had this device for well over a year now and have to say that I would absolutely, without any reservation, NOT recommend this to anyone. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by K. Mitchell
I've had this device since November. It's a lucky day when I can access 4g even though I am in a coverage area. Even 3g, which I had before this device is unreliable. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by resetmaster
I've had the Overdrive for a year now. I'm actually on my second one, I had issues with the first one but called Sprint and they sent a new one, well at least another one, pronto. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by D. Duong
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