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Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 7:31pm On Dec 03, 2022
Hello and welcome to my review of the MTN ZLT M30S MiFi. The MTN ZLT M30S MiFi is an entry level MiFi made by Tozed and branded for use by MTN.

It is important to note that there are several types of MTN MiFis. The ZLT M30S MiFi is one of the most popular and you are more likely to find it with consumers.

The MTN ZLT M30S is an entry level MiFi and it costs around N8000 from an MTN outlet and N13000 on Jumia. This MiFi is network restricted so it can only be used with an MTN SIM card.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjN1ah0wTYQ

Unboxing

Inside the box, you will find:

The MiFi itself
a SIM pack
batteries
a USB cable for charging and
a user manual.


Spec sheet

This MTN ZLT M30S MiFi is an entry level MiFi and the specs show this to be so.

As a side note, I am a big advocate of people learning how to read specs. I have come across a lot of people who say that they are not important. That to me, is an abdication of personal responsibility and leaving things to trial and error.

Brand name: MTN MiFi
Manufacturer: Tozed
SoC: ZTE ZX297520
Modem: LTE Cat. 4
Networks: 2G (E, G), 3G (H, H+), 4G LTE
Upload speed: 50Mbps
Download speed: 150Mbps
Battery: 2500mAh
No. of users: Up to 8 users
WiFi connect: 2.4GHz
Range: 80m
Ports: MicroUSB port, SIM slot

The MiFi has a 2500mAh battery that lasts for around 8 hours on average (one user) and it is 4G LTE capable. The WiFi connectivity is stuck at 2.4GHz as it doesn’t offer the 5GHz band. The modem on board is Cat. 4 modem with speeds of 50Mbps (uplink) and 150Mbps (downlink). The CPU on board is made by ZTE (ZX297520).

The MiFi
The MiFI is white and rectangular with rounded edges. There are two buttons on board, one is a giant button in the middle to power it off and on whilst the second is the WPS key. The WPS key is used for fast and secure connections to other devices without needing a password.

To get the MiFI to work, simply insert the battery and power it up. There are four lights on the MiFi that indicates how it is working. On the left is the network signal, at the top is the WiFi connectivity symbol, on the right is the battery icon and at the bottom is a message notification light.

Set up
Regardless of where you purchase this MiFi from, the first step to set this up is by registering the SIM. You should do this at an accredited MTN outlet. When that is done, you can then insert it into the MiFi and power it up.

The WiFi name and password can usually be found at the back of the device, underneath the batteries. Take note of those and use it to connect your smartphone to the MiFi. When that is done, (with the phone connected to the MiFi) log into http://192.168.0.1. Use the default login details on the MiFI (or sometimes in the manual).

When you get into the dashboard, click on the settings tab and modify them as you wish. It is that simple.

A lot of new MTN MiFis come bundled with 30GB free data and it is usually activated after set up. A lot of the time, it does so automatically but if it doesn't, simply send 'activate' to 131.

Review

Ah yes, finally the review. The MiFi itself is actually very good and can support several devices at once. The more devices you have connected, the faster the battery drains. Speaking of battery, it usually lasts around 6 to 8 hours depending on the number of connected devices as well as signal strength.

You should know that it takes a while to charge, needing about 2 hours to charge satisfactorily. This charge time can be gotten by using a 10W charger. Do not attempt to speed up the process by using a fast charger. The power/charging IC is not designed to handle high voltages. All you may succeed in doing is frying the motherboard (PCB).

The network speed is capped at Cat. 4 which is actually slower than my smartphone. I have tested it and it checks out. My phone has a Cat. 15 modem and is much faster but having a MiFi saves battery. The saving battery part means that I can absolutely put up with the slower speeds and besides, most users can't tell the difference anyway.

Other than the fact that this MiFi overheats sometimes and may need to be kept cool, it is a nice MiFi to have. If you are on a budget, this is very okay. Heavy users however should get better MiFis or WiFi routers instead.

So let me know what you think or tell me about your experience with this MiFi in the comment section.

https://inquisitiveuniverse.com/2022/12/03/mtn-zlt-m30s-mifi-review/

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by jboixxx: 11:46am On Dec 04, 2022
atheistandproud:


So let me know what you think or tell me about your experience with this MiFi in the comment section.

https://inquisitiveuniverse.com/2022/12/03/mtn-zlt-m30s-mifi-review/
Nice one as always.

As regards the charging, I think and believe that users should stick with the inbox cable or similarly rated cable to avoid frying the PCB. You can use 30w charger with the Mifi but stick with the cable which is ≤2A rated. I've used this overnight with my Redmi 33w and Kuulaa 20w bricks with no heating at all.

Again, using ≤2A cable (like TWS cables) is important.

Do not use cable that comes with ≥18w power banks. Those cables support ≥18w and will likely fry the PCB (when overused).

Do not use while keeping in your bag or pocket cuz of heat, especially if you're in Northern part of the country. This weather/heat isn't friendly.

Take note of power led indicator:
* Red = Low
* Amber = Average
* Green = Good

Note: The indicator will stay "Green" when it's fully charged but blinks the respective level colour while it's charging. Blinking green doesn't mean it's fully charged until it's a "stable green".

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by Adasun(m): 12:47pm On Dec 04, 2022
Nice one baba,I learned alot

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by dukeo(m): 1:05pm On Dec 04, 2022
atheistandproud:
Hello and welcome to my review of the MTN ZLT M30S MiFi. The MTN ZLT M30S MiFi is an entry level MiFi made by Tozed and branded for use by MTN.

It is important to note that there are several types of MTN MiFis. The ZLT M30S MiFi is one of the most popular and you are more likely to find it with consumers.

The MTN ZLT M30S is an entry level MiFi and it costs around N8000 from an MTN outlet and N13000 on Jumia. This MiFi is network restricted so it can only be used with an MTN SIM card.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjN1ah0wTYQ

Unboxing

Inside the box, you will find:

The MiFi itself
a SIM pack
batteries
a USB cable for charging and
a user manual.


Spec sheet

This MTN ZLT M30S MiFi is an entry level MiFi and the specs show this to be so.

As a side note, I am a big advocate of people learning how to read specs. I have come across a lot of people who say that they are not important. That to me, is an abdication of personal responsibility and leaving things to trial and error.

Brand name: MTN MiFi
Manufacturer: Tozed
SoC: ZTE ZX297520
Modem: LTE Cat. 4
Networks: 2G (E, G), 3G (H, H+), 4G LTE
Upload speed: 50Mbps
Download speed: 150Mbps
Battery: 2500mAh
No. of users: Up to 8 users
WiFi connect: 2.4GHz
Range: 80m
Ports: MicroUSB port, SIM slot

The MiFi has a 2500mAh battery that lasts for around 8 hours on average (one user) and it is 4G LTE capable. The WiFi connectivity is stuck at 2.4GHz as it doesn’t offer the 5GHz band. The modem on board is Cat. 4 modem with speeds of 50Mbps (uplink) and 150Mbps (downlink). The CPU on board is made by ZTE (ZX297520).

The MiFi
The MiFI is white and rectangular with rounded edges. There are two buttons on board, one is a giant button in the middle to power it off and on whilst the second is the WPS key. The WPS key is used for fast and secure connections to other devices without needing a password.

To get the MiFI to work, simply insert the battery and power it up. There are four lights on the MiFi that indicates how it is working. On the left is the network signal, at the top is the WiFi connectivity symbol, on the right is the battery icon and at the bottom is a message notification light.

Set up
Regardless of where you purchase this MiFi from, the first step to set this up is by registering the SIM. You should do this at an accredited MTN outlet. When that is done, you can then insert it into the MiFi and power it up.

The WiFi name and password can usually be found at the back of the device, underneath the batteries. Take note of those and use it to connect your smartphone to the MiFi. When that is done, (with the phone connected to the MiFi) log into http://192.168.0.1. Use the default login details on the MiFI (or sometimes in the manual).

When you get into the dashboard, click on the settings tab and modify them as you wish. It is that simple.

A lot of new MTN MiFis come bundled with 30GB free data and it is usually activated after set up. A lot of the time, it does so automatically but if it doesn't, simply send 'activate' to 131.

Review

Ah yes, finally the review. The MiFi itself is actually very good and can support several devices at once. The more devices you have connected, the faster the battery drains. Speaking of battery, it usually lasts around 6 to 8 hours depending on the number of connected devices as well as signal strength.

You should know that it takes a while to charge, needing about 2 hours to charge satisfactorily. This charge time can be gotten by using a 10W charger. Do not attempt to speed up the process by using a fast charger. The power/charging IC is not designed to handle high voltages. All you may succeed in doing is frying the motherboard (PCB).

The network speed is capped at Cat. 4 which is actually slower than my smartphone. I have tested it and it checks out. My phone has a Cat. 15 modem and is much faster but having a MiFi saves battery. The saving battery part means that I can absolutely put up with the slower speeds and besides, most users can't tell the difference anyway.

Other than the fact that this MiFi overheats sometimes and may need to be kept cool, it is a nice MiFi to have. If you are on a budget, this is very okay. Heavy users however should get better MiFis or WiFi routers instead.

So let me know what you think or tell me about your experience with this MiFi in the comment section.

https://inquisitiveuniverse.com/2022/12/03/mtn-zlt-m30s-mifi-review/

Remaining to unlock

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 1:31pm On Dec 04, 2022
jboixxx:
Nice one as always.

As regards the charging, I think and believe that users should stick with the inbox cable or similarly rated cable to avoid frying the PCB. You can use 30w charger with the Mifi but stick with the cable which is ≤2A rated. I've used this overnight with my Redmi 33w and Kuulaa 20w bricks with no heating at all.

Again, using ≤2A cable (like TWS cables) is important.

Do not use cable that comes with ≥18w power banks. Those cables support ≥18w and will likely fry the PCB (when overused).

Do not use while keeping in your bag or pocket cuz of heat, especially if you're in Northern part of the country. This weather/heat isn't friendly.

Take note of power led indicator:
* Red = Low
* Amber = Average
* Green = Good

Note: The indicator will stay "Green" when it's fully charged but blinks the respective level colour while it's charging. Blinking green doesn't mean it's fully charged until it's a "stable green".

Spoken like a true boss
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 1:33pm On Dec 04, 2022
Adasun:
Nice one baba,I learned alot

I'm very glad you did boss.
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by jboixxx: 1:44pm On Dec 04, 2022
atheistandproud:


Spoken like a true boss
I'm learning from the Boss himself - you.
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by dukeo(m): 5:08am On Dec 12, 2022
If there's any way to unlock please help
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 10:44am On Dec 12, 2022
dukeo:
If there's any way to unlock please help

None that I know of
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by directonpc(m): 2:56pm On Dec 12, 2022
worst MiFi ever. Can die even while charging. MTN na scam.

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by justparamount(m): 3:05pm On Dec 12, 2022
Pls which mifi is better and not too expensive?
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by jboixxx: 6:28pm On Dec 13, 2022
directonpc:
worst MiFi ever. Can die even while charging. MTN na scam.
Charging and using isn't recommended for rechargeable gadgets sha.

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by directonpc(m): 5:55am On Dec 14, 2022
jboixxx:
Charging and using isn't recommended for rechargeable gadgets sha.

Heard of something like "be fully charged/plugged in before performing this task?"

Battery powered devices most time perform the most while charging. It's just an issue of a very shitty firmware for this MiFi. You can't even remove a device that is connected from your network .

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by jboixxx: 6:09am On Dec 14, 2022
directonpc:


Heard of something like "be fully charged/plugged in before performing this task?"

Battery powered devices most time perform the most while charging. It's just an issue of a very shitty firmware for this MiFi. You can't even remove a device that is connected from your network .
As regards "heard of.... ", Yeah, it's not applicable in all scenarios but a few which I believe you know.

Remove a connected device via Admin page.

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by directonpc(m): 9:44am On Dec 14, 2022
jboixxx:
As regards "heard of.... ", Yeah, it's not applicable in all scenarios but a few which I believe you know.

Remove a connected device via Admin page.
Amazing how much you're defending a technical issue in a device.

The same mifi that offers USB Internet but can shutdown while connected via USB. Even if it won't charge while being used, at least run on the USB power delivery.

As for admin dashboard, I can't find any option to remove device.

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 9:47am On Dec 14, 2022
directonpc:

Amazing how much you're defending a technical issue in a device.

The same mifi that offers USB Internet but can shutdown while connected via USB. Even if it won't charge while being used, at least run on the USB power delivery.

As for admin dashboard, I can't find any option to remove device.

USB internet when it's not a dongle?
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by directonpc(m): 9:54am On Dec 14, 2022
atheistandproud:


USB internet when it's not a dongle?
Most mifi including this model supports USB internet. This feature is a plus as USB internet is visibly faster than Wi-Fi. It's like how routers have LAN ports so that you can enjoy the goodies of wired internet.

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 12:20pm On Dec 14, 2022
directonpc:

Most mifi including this model supports USB internet. This feature is a plus as USB internet is visibly faster than Wi-Fi. It's like how routers have LAN ports so that you can enjoy the goodies of wired internet.

Oh, you meant a wired USB connection.
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by jboixxx: 1:27pm On Dec 14, 2022
directonpc:

Amazing how much you're defending a technical issue in a device.

The same mifi that offers USB Internet but can shutdown while connected via USB. Even if it won't charge while being used, at least run on the USB power delivery.

As for admin dashboard, I can't find any option to remove device.
Defending? Lol.
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by directonpc(m): 3:25pm On Dec 14, 2022
atheistandproud:


Oh, you meant a wired USB connection.
There's wireless USB?

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 7:51pm On Dec 14, 2022
directonpc:

There's wireless USB?

grin grin grin grin you're funny lol

Yes

And the term "USB internet" doesn't exist. That's what got me confused in the beginning. It was later I understood what you meant.

Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by directonpc(m): 8:51pm On Dec 14, 2022
atheistandproud:


grin grin grin grin you're funny lol

Yes

And the term "USB internet" doesn't exist. That's what got me confused in the beginning. It was later I understood what you meant.
You don't mean it. USB Internet doesn't exist?
Something that's obviously internet over USB cable. The fact that you think something about USB that isn't wired or in the context our conversation isn't connecting to the internet via USB is funny.

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 8:59pm On Dec 14, 2022
directonpc:

You don't mean it. USB Internet doesn't exist?
Something that's obviously internet over USB cable. The fact that you think something about USB that isn't wired or in the context our conversation isn't connecting to the internet via USB is funny.

You said "USB Internet" that was where my confusion started from, hence I misunderstood what you meant.
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by DONFRANSKID(m): 10:14am On Dec 15, 2022
Bro one Day you are going to blow big like mkhband, mrwhosetheboss even bigger than them keep it up man

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 11:46am On Dec 15, 2022
DONFRANSKID:
Bro one Day you are going to blow big like MKBHD and, mrwhosetheboss even bigger than them keep it up man

Thank you so much embarassed embarassed embarassed

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Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by dukeo(m): 7:51pm On Dec 16, 2022
atheistandproud:


Thank you so much embarassed embarassed embarassed

Please o, does this your mifi charge fast? Mine doesn't, I want to know if I have got a faulty device
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 9:53pm On Dec 16, 2022
dukeo:


Please o, does this your mifi charge fast? Mine doesn't, I want to know if I have got a faulty device

Please read the review. It's clearly stated there.
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by dukeo(m): 10:48pm On Dec 16, 2022
atheistandproud:


Please read the review. It's clearly stated there.

angry
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by dukeo(m): 3:53am On Dec 18, 2022
atheistandproud:


Please read the review. It's clearly stated there.

Mine takes more than that at least 8 hours to fully charge
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 9:11am On Dec 18, 2022
dukeo:


Mine takes more than that at least 8 hours to fully charge

8 hours?!

That's too much na.

Lemme see a picture of the charging brick and cord that you use
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by pheranme9(m): 12:51pm On Dec 18, 2022
Charging while using it can make it die sha that one thing i can assure about it
Re: Mtn Zlt M30s 4g Lte Mifi Review by atheistandproud(m): 5:14pm On Dec 18, 2022
pheranme9:
Charging while using it can make it die sha that one thing i can assure about it

Overly correct

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