NetComm MyZone 3G Wi-Fi router
The NetComm MyZone scores points for its stylish, compact design and ease of use, though its speed could be improved.
- Compact size, ease of use and set-up, connects up to 10 devices, excellent UI, advanced set-up options available
- Doesn't work with 900MHz networks, slightly slower than regular USB modems
NetComm's MyZone 3G Wi-Fi router scores points for its stylish, compact design and ease of use, with a particularly impressive set up process. If you're looking for a portable Internet solution, then it's hard to ignore, even if its speed could be improved.
Price$ 299.00 (AUD)
A mobile 3G Wi-Fi router that will initially be sold exclusively through official Apple retail stores, NetComm's MyZone has been touted by the company as an ideal accessory for the Apple iPad tablet. The MyZone scores points for its stylish, compact design and ease of use, though its speed could be improved.
The NetComm MyZone 3G Wi-Fi router is about the same size as about 10 credit cards stacked on top of each other, making it one of the most compact devices in its class. A glossy black finish on the front combined with chrome edging and a matte black rear add a touch of class, and NetComm has also includes a convenient flip out stand so the MyZone can sit upright on a table or desk. The MyZone's small dimensions make it an impressive device — it can easily be slipped into your pocket or bag, so you can essentially carry a wireless network with you wherever you go. We didn't like the power switch though: you have to slide and hold it for a few seconds to turn the device on or off.
The MyZone is powered by a lithium-ion battery that NetComm says will provide four to six hours of use. It can be recharged via the included standard microUSB cable, and NetComm also bundles an AC adapter in the sales package. During testing, we found the MyZone lasted almost four and a half hours before requiring a recharge, with both an iPad and a notebook connected during this time.
NetComm claims the MyZone features a simple user interface that makes it easy for non-technical people to set up. Simply insert your SIM card, slide the power switch on, scan for the network on your device (the default network name is NetComm MyZone), enter the default password provided in the instructions and the MyZone is ready to be used. The MyZone works with standard SIM cards only (not the microSIMs designed for the Apple iPad) and will work with all Australian networks including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and 3 mobile. Unfortunately, the MyZone will not operate on Vodafone and Optus' new 900MHz network, instead using the standard 2100MHz networks for these carriers.
Though the MyZone is designed to work out of the box, once you're up and connected you can change the MyZone's settings by accessing NetComm's Web-based interface. Available by typing http://my.zone into your browser, the interface allows you to change the name of your network (SSID), change your password, and configure advanced wireless and 3G settings. This UI will also display the MyZone's current battery level, its 3G signal strength, and your carrier and SIM status.
The NetComm MyZone's Internet connection can be shared with up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices including smartphones, iPad's, notebooks and gaming consoles. Obviously the quality and speed of the network will depend on a variety of factors, including your mobile network, the area you're in and how many users are connected to the MyZone simultaneously.
During our speed tests, the MyZone produced capable but not outstanding results. Using an iPad equipped with a Telstra Next G SIM card and the Speedtest.net application downloadable from the App Store, we achieved a top download speed of 2407 kilobits per second (Kbps) and a top upload speed of 2808Kbps. When using the iPad Wi-Fi+3G model connected to Telstra without the MyZone, we achieved significantly faster results — a top download speed of 3982Kbps, with similar upload speeds. The MyZone also suffers when three or more devices are connected and using the Internet simultaneously — in this case we found download speeds dropped to around 1.2 megabits per second (Mbps) in the worst case scenario.
The NetComm MyZone is available from all Apple's retail stores and its online store. The device will be sold exclusively in Apple stores for eight weeks; following this it will be available through NetComm's regular retail channels including Harvey Norman and Officeworks.
Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® Portable SSD
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Dell XPS 13 laptop
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Surface Pro 4
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Chips coming by June will herald the next generation of Wi-Fi
- Plume's 'routerless' mesh network blankets your home in Wi-Fi with an army of tiny pods
- Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router goes all the way to 11
- New Skype Preview lets Windows 10 Insiders manage phone texts on PCs
- Telstra’s ‘Free Data Day” sets new record for mobile downloads
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPFull Stack .NET DeveloperWA
- CCProject Support OfficerNSW
- CCSolution DesignerVIC
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- FTSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCIT Support TechnicianNSW
- CCGIS Developer - GeocortexWA
- CCAzure Architect/ConsultantVIC
- FTSenior C++ EngineerACT
- CCDevops Consultant - 12 month contractVIC
- FTPMO Project Analytics and Tools ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- TPBusiness Analyst AO7QLD
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)WA
- TPSenior Network EngineerWA
- CCProject Manager - Adelaide basedNSW
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- CCPMO ManagerNSW
- CCCloud Security Solutions Architect - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCDelphix Technical SpecialistVIC
- CCSystems Engineer (Systems Architect/Designer)VIC
- FTFull Stack Web Developer .NET or JAVANSW
- FTMobile Gaming SupportQLD
- FTSecurity Solutions Architect - Consultancy - Permanent - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerQLD