A Wingle is a USB dongle with a hotspot feature

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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.

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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.

 USB DongleWingleMi-Fi
Physical featuresLight and sleekLight and sleekA little heavier, but sleek
PoweringUSB poweredUSB poweredUSB/battery powered
WiFi(Wireless LAN)NoYesYes
Supported userssupports one usersupports 5 userssupports 5-10 users
SoftwareRequires software installation and updatesRequires software installation and updatesNo software installation and updates needed
Technology2/3/4G LTE2/3/4G LTE2/3/4G LTE
NetworksAll(Smile, MTN, Africell, Airtel, Vodafone, UTL)MTN, AirtelSmile, MTN, Africell, Airtel, Vodafone
Price rangeFrom Ugx 69,000From Ugx 100,000From Ugx 149,000

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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.