- It can solve a lot of different problems, from not having enough WiFi range from your router to picking up distant WiFi hotspots to bridging from a hotspot to an existing network
- It's affordable (MSRP is $99.99)
- Setup is a breeze
- It works REALLY well
When it comes to the ability to pick up WiFi hotspots, the Surf Mini is VERY impressive. Its WiFi radio is much more powerful than the receivers built into laptops, phones, and even many other wireless bridges, so it is capable of picking up WiFi hotspots from much further away. Its range will vary depending on the environment, but typically it can see WiFi networks from up to 250 meters (820 feet) away.
For comparison's sake, we tested the Surf Mini in several locations and compared it to laptops and phones at the same location. In each test, we were amazed at how many more networks the Surf Mini could see versus the other devices. In one location, an iPhone saw 2 nearby hotspots, a laptop saw 4, and the Surf Mini could pick up 22 networks. In another spot, an iPhone saw 4 available networks, an iMac saw 14, and the Surf Mini saw 23! In another location, our computer saw 24 networks while the Surf Mini could pick up 33 nearby hotspots:
Surf Mini has a lot of useful functions, but its performance as an affordable wireless bridge for picking up distant hotspots is what makes it one of 3Gstore's all-time favorites!