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Three HomeFi Router Review: Impressive and Reasonably Priced

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by recipientme
Some of you might recall, throughout the majority of October, I had to endure the inconvenience of no broadband connection at my residence due to my ISP’s shortcomings. In a fit of frustration, I invited the PR team at Three into our Twitter conversation wherein I jokingly expressed my wish to have their 4G HomeFi router. Astoundingly, they responded to the challenge, arranging for a courier to have it delivered from London on the same day! Talk about exceptional customer service.
 
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Disclaimer: Courtesy of Three, I received a Huawei B310 router and two 12GB preloaded PAYG SIM cards. There has been no monetary compensation from Three for this review. However, their concern and swiftness when I was in dire need of broadband connectivity deserves commendation. Nobody outside the MTT editorial team has reviewed this post before publication, and no financial transactions have transpired between either entity.
 
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The concept of having a router with a SIM card as a backup or as the main connection has always piqued my curiosity and now I had the chance to test one. The simplicity of the B310 right out of the box came as a pleasant surprise. You’ll find the router itself, a power plug (mains powered), an Ethernet cable, and some paperwork – that’s about it. A nice gesture from Three, they also included two SIM cards.
 
Hardware
As the accompanying photos reveal, the B310 is a simple yet elegant device. The router, which measures 126mm in width, 181mm in height, and 70mm in depth, weighing around 226g, is compact in the realm of routers and APs. The router sports the Huawei Logo at the front bottom and features five status lights for power, WPS, WiFi, Ethernet, and mobile network strength on the top front. The top hand side hosts a power button and a WPS button. On the right, there’s a removable panel that conceals the SIM card slot, whereas the left side remains barren. Finally, the back houses a removable panel displaying two antenna jacks, allowing the connection of higher gain external antennas. Underneath, you’ll find the reset button, power input socket, RJ45 LAN/WAN port, and an RJ11 telephone socket.
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While the weight could have been more to prevent accidental tipping due to cable tension, the router’s design is solid overall. While the presence of more than one Ethernet port would’ve been preferred, the need for it is not acute. A cheap 5 port switch available on Amazon, such as this, should do the job just fine.
 
Software
The software is as robust as the hardware. The HomeFi’s web interface ticks the boxes for straightforwardness, responsiveness, and sufficient features. Interestingly, as it is a standard SIM card, you can send text messages using the web interface. The Huawei HiLink app’s design outshines other mobile router management portals in user-friendliness. With the app, it’s a cinch to track network use, data consumed per connected device, and other network-related details. The most vital feature is the data usage status view, which is quite handy when operating on a limited data plan.
 
Are you pondering over the workings of a mobile network taking the place of copper lines, fiber, cables, etc? The end user won’t discern the difference. Once you’re acquainted with the SSID (WiFi name) and password, it feels just the same as using standard broadband. Speeds depend on your carrier, but my experience was reasonably stable, with little to no congestion. I believe my family wouldn’t have known the router uses a SIM card and connects to the Three mobile network had I not informed them.
 
Plans
This is where the HomeFi package truly shines to me, providing a cost-effective connectivity solution. During my testing, I used two SIM cards, each preloaded with 12GB data. The first one ran out in less than 24 hours while the second lasted an extra three days after conscious usage monitoring. The real surprise was the top up cost – only £40 for 12GB of data. When you opt for the 12-month contract, you get 40GB of data for only £24, presenting a reasonably priced package. Currently, there’s no option for increments beyond the 40GB limit per month.
It took me about 5 minutes and I was up and running with great signal on all my devices. Thanks to homefi’s router I was finally able to get rid of my super expensive satellite internet. Finally! And this works even better.
 
Conclusion
 
The HomeFi concept and its actual product implementation have won me over. However, it’s the plan pricing that raises questions of feasibility for some. In my opinion, the reasonable costs, coupled with the option of enhanced data caps or unlimited options, can make it more of a game-changer in the broadband market. My overall experience with this gadget was delightful, and Three went above and beyond with customer service. The plan prices offer value for the money, making me more comfortable in recommending the HomeFi system to anyone, primarily because it’s such a stellar product.

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