Telstra pre-paid Mobile Wi-Fi MF30

I have been having the usual hassles with my satellite Internet connection cutting out, so yesterday I "took the day off" and went to Perth -- and bought one of these:

When I got home, I had to telephone Telstra to active it. I spoke with a lady who identified herself as "Anne" (yeah, right) and 10 minutes later we were done. But, there was one funny moment, when she asked me what operating system I was using, and she rattled off a list "Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP...." and I replied "none of those, I use Linux". There was a pause, and then she repeated the question, rattling off the same list of operating systems. I realised that she was doing it all by rote, so I told her to put down Windows XP. Actually, these MF30 devices are operating system independent, as they have their own inbuilt DHCP server and web interface.

I had been warned on the forum to wait 4-5 hours after activation before using it, so I had an afternoon snooze. Then I came to my desk with anticipation, only to find that the MF30 was dead, no lights when I press the on/off button. Charger plugged in? ..yep. I opened it up, took out the battery, put the battery back in, then it worked!!! Hmmm...

Speed test
Anyway, here I am now, using the MF30 and I went to and got these results, communicating with a server in Adelaide:

Ping (latency): 192ms
Download speed: 2.62Mbps
Upload speed: 0.24Mbps

Ahhh! Now we have a decent download speed! Upload is no better than my satellite Internet. However, my satellite download was only about 550Kbps.

Posted on 2 Feb 2011, 15:58


Posted on 2 Feb 2011, 17:45 by FeodorF
Speed test
I went to and gave it a try. Works very well over here in Europe:

Ping (latency): 60ms
Download speed: 4.45Mbps
Upload speed: 0.52Mbps

According to the average was three times higher then my line.

Posted on 2 Feb 2011, 19:20 by Sage
These test can be highly misleading. You need to do at least three different ones, three different times of day and three different days of the week, where different = when the patterns of social activities are expected to vary. The speed test provided by the ISP is notably the most optimistic! Likewise, the one provided by their principle competitor are vastly pessimistic. They know who is calling and from whence!

Posted on 3 Feb 2011, 4:08 by gcmartin
I don't remember where, maybe "DSL reports site". They provide a tool that allows running a speedtest and will combine your findings in a database that anyone can review at anytime. This is a very good approach to getting an overall view of all/any ISP's performance for its community.

there are only a few items which will affect operations and measurement:
your location
ISP access
your equipment
internet loads at the time you are measuring
your PC's load

This is not as "cloudy" as one might think. And, its good to have a "baseline" to use as your reference no matter where your laptop may take you.

Hope this helps