One of the most posts on Dignited is how to turn your USB dongle into a wireless Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s amazing how many people are stuck with the good old USB dongles but wish to share internet with family and friends. Jeff outlined some easy step-by-step instructions on how to do that. But you don’t want to go down that route unless you are nerd.
The easier option is to buy a Wingle. A Wingle you would say is a grown up version of the USB dongle. It’s a USB dongle but with abilities to share internet with 5 other users. It’s a little, light and sleek device that connects to and is powered by USB port of you PC.
Related post: The Mi-Fi is the new USB Internet dongle
Like the old USB dongle, Wingles require software installation and updates to work well. Wingles support 2/3/4G wireless mobile data standards. The important thing here to note is that Wingles don’t have battery like MiFis. You can take a look at the table below for complete comparison between Mifis, USB dongles and Wingles.
|Physical features||Light and sleek||Light and sleek||A little heavier, but sleek|
|Powering||USB powered||USB powered||USB/battery powered|
|Supported users||supports one user||supports 5 users||supports 5-10 users|
|Software||Requires software installation and updates||Requires software installation and updates||No software installation and updates needed|
|Technology||2/3/4G LTE||2/3/4G LTE||2/3/4G LTE|
|Networks||All(Smile, MTN, Africell, Airtel, Vodafone, UTL)||MTN, Airtel||Smile, MTN, Africell, Airtel, Vodafone|
|Price range||From Ugx 69,000||From Ugx 100,000||From Ugx 149,000|
Both Airtel and MTN Uganda have Wingles. Airtel’s came first last year and you can read about it here. It goes for a price of Ugx 100,000. MTN Uganda has a 4G LTE wingle going for price of Ugx 169,000 and comes with 10GB free and a Car Charger, available in MTN Shops Country wide.