OK, since you asked for it…
I ordered the Surf OTG from 3GStore since I could not find a supplier in Europe. That was painfull! by the time I could install it, the total price was about $ 175, due to transport and (Dutch) VAT and import taxes.
Installation was painless, except that I do not understand why I needed to download a firmware upgrade from October. One would expect that when you buy a device in December such an upgrade is pre-loaded!!
The first surprise was that, where my laptop normally only finds 5 SSID’s around my home, the Surf OTG found 12! Setting up WiFi worked immidiately and works without noticable loss of speed. Hooking up 1 extra laptop, 2 android phones and a tablet also gave no problem whatsoever.
Next was 3G connectivity. I tested an E352 from T-Mobile and an E173 from Turkcell. Except for setting the PIN code I did not have to change anything! They just connected and worked perfect. Even switching back and forth between Wifi and 3G gave no problems with the connected mobile phones, tablets and laptops. OK, it takes a minute before they are back online, but no failing apps or lost data.
Finally I connected my home VoIP switch via the ethernet cable to the OTG, and again first time right and the people we call can’t tell the difference whether we use the WiFi or the 3G connection from the OTG.
In a few months we will move to our boat and sail the waters around Turkey and Greece. Can’t wait to test the OTG in that environment! So far I’m very satisfied.
One minor thing: I think that half of the power the OTG uses, is burned by the 7 LED’s on the front panel. You can read a book by their light :mad:
On the boat I run the OTG 24/7 from the ship’s battery and every watt counts. Is there a way to dim the led’s or even switch them on/off?