The Mudi Travel Router (GL-E750) is another product from my new favourite router company and is a neat, portable router for business travellers and others who want to secure their data on the go while sharing a mobile connection. First things first – the obligatory opening pics – here it is on my bench – I have to say I love the boxing… anyway – onto more important stuff..
Read on – there is MUCH more…
The MUDI is NOT CHEAP but has everything for corporate meetings (or as the ads suggest – “the road warrier”) in the (very executive-looking) box. You get the travel router which looks remarkably like one of those USB battery power packs – the MUDI handles both a micro-SD card and a SIM.
GL-iNET claim the MUDI is the best portable 4G LTE privacy router for road warriers and business travellers who want to secure their data and protect them from cyber-criminals.
For example, with the WIREGUARD setting on, the router creates a fast and simple VPN utilising “state of the art cryptography”.
The MUDI features 300Mbps (2.4g) and 433Mbps (5G) combined WiFi speed, a PCIe 4G LTE modem and has a built-in 7000maH battery.
As the FSB’s IT director I could have made great use of this during our many meetings in hotels over the years, quite often with rubbish or no WiFi in meeting rooms. With the MUDI and a decent 4G signal (either on a mobile phone or you could put a SIM in the MUDI and even an SD with up to 128GB of storage), you’re all set to go.
The unit comes complete with an (almost) universal power supply – in that the USA prongs fold in to allow clipping in an EU or UK mains adaptor (all supplied).
In addition, you get a short USB-C-to-USB-C lead, a long USB-to-USB-C lead and a tiny port replicator which connects to the router and offers power (USB-C) and LAN connectors. There is also a very neat cloth-mesh protective cover for the router.
The MUDI can handle cable, repeater, 3G/4G modem and tethering modes – all of which is covered in detail along with much more in the online user manual.
Built-in VPN options include OpenVPN and Wireguard – you can download and install plug-ins for Shadowsocks – again – more on that in the online manual and in case you miss it, you can set QOS levels on a per-client basis.
Right now I don’t have a spare SIM to do the MUDI full justice – so instead I plugged in my mobile phone (USB adaptor on the MUDI to USB-C on my Pocophone F1) – I then hooked the PC WIFI into the MUDI at which point I renamed the MUDI 5G WiFi to add a “-5g” suffix on the end and connected to that – and now I have set up the guest network and portal just for the sake of it – this is fun!
You should be aware that I checked my Pocophone with Speedtest.net and managed 22mbps download, 2.85Mbps upload. Seconds later I did the same check on my PC which was wirelessly connected to the MUDI access point – 7Mbps download, 2.5Mpbs upload. The PC was 3m max away from the MUDU+phone pair, in the same room.
There is considerable download speed difference but I should say that when I connected my phone, bypassing the MUDI, to the PC by opening a “portable hotspot” on the phone, the speed was no better – so I’m convinced that the speed drop was NOT the fault of the MUDI. Everything else is just fine.
At this point I turned on the 5G GUEST WiFi (the unit has 2.4 and 5G guest and main networks – both guest networks are normally turned off) and connected my PC (as I type this on the PC) – and I did note that if the PC was connected to the guest portal it had no access to the MUDI control panel – so I temporarily switched back to the original MUDI connection, activated the guest portal and switched back to the guest network – and THIS…
Thanks to the online manual it took me seconds to change the above standard “Captive Portal” (optional) welcome page to the version below – you get the general idea I hope. You only have to make a text change one HTML file – doddle – if you want you can also change the image file which I just did as well.
Remember, guests had to hook into my custom-named SSID to begin with so this is just the icing on the cake but may be important for corporate users.
Done. I already have visions of meetings sharing data on a secure, mobile (4G), corporate router with shared data, not so long ago I’d have killed for that 🙂 And in case anyone is thinking- great for 4G but what if I want to use my broadband as the source of Internet access – I just did that and I’m now continuing this blog post on the MUDI guest network using our broadband, not the 4G signal, all without a hitch.
I love it! See also the Gl S1300 (Convexa-S) review.
July 17 – 2021
The more I play with GL-iNET routers, the more I like them. One of their 3/4G routers (Puli) is now acting as an emergency backup for my broadband (automatic fallover) and just today, Mudi just got upgraded – having gotten used to having AdGuard Home installed on my other GL-iNet routers (GL S1300 or Convexa-S) – I just went into the plug-ins and installed both AdGuard Home and the advanced LUCI interface to make it compatible with my other routers. That took no time. To get AdGuard Home to work I also had to install (seconds) another plug-in called gl-agh-stats. I also upgraded Mudi from v3.105 to v3.201 in seconds.