Maxis WiFi Modem (Huawei E5832 3G Wireless Modem) Review

Maxis WiFi Modem (Huaiwei E5832)

Maxis WiFi Modem (Huawei E5832 3G wireless modem) is a MiFi that connects to 3G network and creates a personal WiFi hotspot to provide Internet access for up to 5 devices.

Read on for the product photos and detail review.

What’s in the box

Maxis WiFi Modem (Huaiwei E5832)

In the simple packing, there are the Maxis WiFi modem (Huawei E5832), an USB cable, quick start guide, copyright and safety information, and a quick tips sticker.

The quick start guide provides important information about the WiFi modem. (Yes, I know you don’t read it) The Quick Tips sticker is helpful to remind you about the meaning of the LED light indicators. There are 5 of them! I would suggest you paste the sticker at the back of the device.

E5832 wireless modem specs

It supports HSPA/3G/EDGE/GPRS networks. Up to 7.2Mbps download and 5.76Mbps upload speed. Supports WiFi 802.1b/g and able to connect simultaneously up to 5 devices.

There is a Micro SD memory card slot (support to up to 32GB) and the WiFi modem can serve as USB storage device when connected to computer via USB port.

The battery life last 4 hours per charge. You charge it via an USB port.

Price: RM380 from Maxis without contract.

The design

Maxis WiFi Modem (Huaiwei E5832)

The WiFi modem looks like a mini size mobile phone, easy to be carried around in any pocket. The plastic casing is solid and I like the shinny silver front.

Maxis WiFi Modem (Huaiwei E5832)

On the right side, there is a dialing button at the upper side. Use the button to manually turn on/off Internet connection. (Internet connection is automatic on by default.) Below the dialing button are the WiFi/WPS button and power button. The WiFi/WPS button is used to turn on/off the WiFi network connection.

Maxis WiFi Modem (Huaiwei E5832)

On the left side of WiFi modem is the Micro SD card slot.

Maxis WiFi Modem (Huaiwei E5832)

Open up the back cover, there is a 1500mAh battery (last 4 hours) and SIM card slot at the back.

Setup wireless connection

Setting up Maxis WiFi modem is easy. Follow the step-by-step instruction here:

  1. Open up the back cover.
  2. Remove the battery.
  3. Slow in the SIM card received from your telco.
  4. Write down the SSID and WiFi key. (your devices need them to connect to the WiFi network)
  5. Put back the battery.
  6. Close up the back cover.
  7. Turn on the wireless modem.
  8. Wait one or two minutes for it to start up and connect to Internet.
  9. Done. Now you can connect to the Maxis WiFi modem’s WiFi network from your devices.

Maxis broadband software

Maxis broadband software

If you connects the Maxis WiFi modem to a computer via USB port. It will auto detect and install the Maxis broadband application. The software allows you to connect to Internet, launch the MyLaunchPad (Maxis broadband self-help website), and access SMS and phonebook in the SIM card.

3G wireless modem web interface

3g wireless modem interface

For advanced users only. The Maxis WiFi modem included a web interface control panel like the other modem router. You can access it from http://192.168.1.1 from your router. (IP address can be modified via the web panel.)

The web panel provides more advanced settings for system, SIM, mobile network, dial-up, DHCP, and WiFi.

My two cents

If you have a few devices (smartphone, PSP, iPad, computer, etc) that needs to connect to Internet while you are traveling, get the E5832 wireless modem. It is small and easy to use.

The major drawback would be the 4 hours battery life. If you use a notebook, then it is not a problem. And, it is little pricey.

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25 thoughts on “Maxis WiFi Modem (Huawei E5832 3G Wireless Modem) Review”

  1. Hi there, does that means that if I use this modem, a maximum of 5 laptops or desktops can connect to the internet simultaneously?  If this is the case, it will be great savings as currently I’m using Streamyx Broadband & Voice Deal (RM110) and the phone is hardly been used.   Sorry if I ask silly quetion.  Thank you. 

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  2. are the lights supposed to go out after a few seconds… i thought they stayed on initially when i first got it….  its only a couple of days old … at first it connected to the internet itself but now it loads the virgin GUI and I have to connect manually …. just wondering why the changes

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  3. I just got my new Wifi modem from maxis, i need your advise how long does it take to charging for the first time. Is it 8 hours as normal practice to other phones for complete charging ? Can I use any mini USB cable for charging beside the PC USB port ? Need your advise..thanks

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  4. hi there i was wondering for this modem. we can use it overseas right? as in the internet coverage is not only within malaysia right?

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  5. i have connected my virgin E5832 to my computer and PS3 very well, but sometimes it drops out on my PS3 due to changeing from UTMS-ITMS-HSPDA and what so….whats the best setting to change it to for my PS3. and also for just surfing the internet/downloading…i dont mind changeing the settings every time i change from PS3 – surfing web but just hate drop out or changeing signal

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  6. Hi, can you please tell me if you can use it while charging? In my case I’m thinking about using this as a home solution (as well as travel) and someone I know said it might not work while plugged in.
    And also if there is a difference plugging into a computer or straight into the wall via my iPhone charger.

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  7. This imformation is a great help. Try to keep your imformation. I and other people need to understand about it. Thank you !

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  8. i am using a desktop (no wifi), can i get internet connection through USB cable alone? if so, can other devices be also connected simultaneously if i turned on the wifi of the device?

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  9. i want to ask a question here. why i can’t connect my wifi after i had paid the bill? around 1 week i can’t access the internet! please help mee!

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  10. hello, my cousin had this kind of model under tattoo globe wifi. when my cousin died one month ago, we saw this pocket wifi. how can we use this? we dont know its username and password. help us please.

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