Optus Wireless Broadband E1762 USB Modem
Optus' newest wireless broadband modem is more reliable and faster than previous models
- Reasonably fast, more reliable than other Optus modems we've tested, automatic software installation, SMS support
- A little too wide, recessed external antenna port, Optus' 3G network can be unreliable
Though Optus' 3G network is plagued by reliability and speed issues, we found the E1762 USB modem to be reasonably fast. It provides a better connection than other Optus mobile broadband devices we have reviewed.
Price$ 199.00 (AUD)
On the surface, the Optus Wireless Broadband E1762 USB Modem doesn't provide any radical improvements over the E169 USB modem. However during testing we noticed better download speeds and a more reliable connection.
Like many mobile broadband modems, Optus' E1762 has a simple USB stick design. Unfortunately, it is wide enough that it can intrude on an adjacent USB port. The SIM card tray inserts just above the USB connection, and the modem also has a microSD card slot and an external antenna connection. The latter is slightly recessed, making it difficult to connect some external antennas.
Software supporting both Windows and Mac is included on the USB stick itself, and installation occurs automatically. Once installed, the software allows you to connect and disconnect from Optus' 3G network and provides providing basic connection information and a phonebook. You can also write and receive SMS messages using the software. A My Usage tab is also available, though this is a link to an Optus' Web site with usage statistics.
When reviewing both the E169 USB modem and the InZone Wi-Fi modem router, we experienced difficulty in maintaining a reliable HSDPA connection to Optus' 3G network. Tested in the same environment, the E1762 USB modem fared much better. The connection was erratic — often switching between a HSDPA and a slower WCDMA 3G connection during use — but the speed differences weren't as significant and overall download speeds were much improved.
The Optus Wireless Broadband E1762 USB Modem provides a theoretical maximum download speed of 7.2 megabit per second (Mbps) and 2Mbps uplink. In GoodGearGuide's Broadband Speed Test, the modem managed an average downlink speed of 1061 kilobits per second (Kbps) and an uplink speed of 1027Kbps. With an external antenna connected, these speeds improved to 2388Kbps and 1109Kbps, respectively.
Real world download speeds were also much improved. Without the external antenna attached, the E1762 USB modem downloaded a 70.8 megabyte iTunes installation package in 10min and 36sec — an average speed of 111.3 kilobytes per second (KBps). With an external antenna attached, this speed increased to 167KBps. The speeds are certainly what we would expect from a 7.2Mbps wireless broadband modem. The external antenna provides a noticeable boost in speed but even without one this is a capable modem.
It costs $199 to purchase the E1762 USB modem outright, but Optus charges $8 per month for the modem on a 24-month contract. The cheapest plan provides 1GB of data for $29.99 per month, and there are 2GB, 5GB and 6GB monthly plans available for $39.99, $49.99 and $59.99, respectively. Alternatively, you can shave $10 off the monthly cost if you bundle the modem with an Optus home or mobile phone. The monthly prices could be better — 3 Mobile offers 1GB for $15 per month, for example.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Settings in iOS 10: Every notable change you need to know
- FBI faces lawsuit because it's stayed mum on iPhone 5c hack
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Toshiba's new SSD line features rock-bottom pricing
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
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.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- 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
- TPSoftware Asset ManagementNSW
- FT.Net DeveloperNSW
- FTUI/UX DesignerSA
- FTBusiness Specialist - TelecommunicationsNSW
- CCVisual DesignerACT
- FTChange CoordinatorACT
- FTLevel 3 Systems EngineerNSW
- FTSenior MS Server Administrator with HyperVNSW
- FTTIBCO Support Analyst - PERM DESKVIC
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystVIC
- TPSenior iOS EngineerNSW
- TPSAP Supply Lead - MM/LogisticsQLD
- TPSolution ArchitectVIC
- FTPMO CoordinatorACT
- TPWeb DeveloperNSW
- CCSecurity Specialist - NV1ACT
- FTHealthcare Application Integration SupportQLD
- FTSalesforce Business AnalystNSW
- FTService ManagerNSW
- FTBI BA Consultant l Microstrategy, Business ObjectsNSW
- PTProject ManagerNSW
- CCSecurity ConsultantVIC
- FTIT Service Desk Manager - Team LeaderNSW
- FTERP Reporting AnalystNSW