ZTE MF79 WiFi Dongle VS Huawei E8372 Wingle

Since Huawei firstly released the USB Dongle with WiFi hotspot function (called Wingle), there are many 3G & 4G Wingle models in the market. The Huawei E355, E8231 are the 3G WiFi dongle. As the LTE networks are becoming the mainstream, 4G LTE WiFi dongles becomes well-known now. More and more users found they are very useful and easy to take. Here now, only three manufacturers Huawei & ZTE & Alcatel had provided such products to market. Huawei had presented the model Huawei E8278 and latest new Huawei E8372. ZTE follows the steps of Huawei and presented the 4G LTE WiFi stick ZTE MF79 and MF75. The Alcatel presents the Alcatel W800 series WiFi dongle. Today, we will have a look at the difference about the Huawei E8372 and ZTE MF79.



The Huawei E8372 and ZTE MF79 are both in the shape of USB dongle. You can say it’s a 4G USB dongle but the real function is to work as a WiFi hotspot. Huawei E8372 has three small indicators on the body with Huawei logo. The indicators are to show the status of Signal, SMS and WiFi. ZTE MF79 only has two indicators of WiFi and signal.


The body cover can be pulled out and the SIM card slot is there. They also provide the slot for Micro SD card for users to share files through WiFi. Besides the Model number, IMEI number and S/N, there is also WiFi SSID and password available on the label. Huawei E8372 provides a QR code, which user can scan the code and get connected with the WiFi, so users don’t necessarily enter the long WiFi password. What’s more, there are two TS-9 connectors for external antenna in Huawei E8372 but ZTE MF79 doesn’t have the antenna connector.

Technical Specifications


The Huawei E8372 and ZTE MF79 can work as a mobile hotspot, the only difference between them and the 4G Mobile Hotspots is that they don’t have battery. They need get input power from PC or power adapter. Once plug in the SIM card and get connected and power on, they can automatically connect to WAN network. And they are also different from USB dongle because USB dongle must work with PC, but they can work once they get power supply, for example, they could plug into the USB power adapter and start working.

They could both support the LTE category 4 and achieve peak download speed up to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50mbps. And up to 10 wireless devices could connect to the WiFi from the two Wingle and access internet. The WiFi standard is 802.11 b/g/n with single band 2.4GHz. They both supports the LTE various band and has sub-models for different markets. Of course, the 3G UMTS and 2G GSM/GPRS networks are backward compatible.

Regarding the internet connection performance and stability, we would take test next time on different network environment. If you want to know more details, welcome to follow our blog: www.4gltemall.com .

ZTE MF79 4G LTE WiFi Dongle Review

We had introduced 1&1 Mobile WLAN LTE Stick, and today we get the new ZTE MF79 LTE Dongle which is for another carrier ALTEL. On the ZTE MF79 dongle, there is the logo of ALTEL with ZTE 4G. Between them, there are two LED indicators, one for network signal and the other for WiFi.


On the back of the USB Stick, the model number “MF79” is printed and it indicators it’s a LTE USB Modem. There is also CE number 0979 and place of origin “Made in China” with the RoHS.


The front cover with ALTEL logo could be removed, and below the cover, it’s the inner part with model number (MF79), SSID, Password and IMEI number. And of course, there is SIM card slot, the size is for standard SIM card. Beside the SIM card slot, it’s the slot for Micro SD card, where connected users can share files through WiFi. According to the official sayings, the ZTE MF79 could support the SD card maximum to 32GB. But there is no connector for external antenna.



The ZTE MF79 LTE USB Modem looks like a 4G USB dongle, but it can work like a mobile hotspot. Up to 10 WiFi enabled devices could connect to the WiFi from ZTE MF79 and access internet. Supporting LTE Category 4, ZTE MF79 could achieve peak download speed to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. Backward with 3G UMTS and 2G GSM networks, the surfing speed could reach 43.2Mbps and upload speed to 5.76Mbps, which is good enough for most cases.


The functions of ZTE MF79 are very similar to the Huawei E8278 and Huawei Wingle E8372. They all look like USB Modem, but have the power to work as a mobile hotspot. Especially due to the small size, user can take them in hand or pocket easily outdoor or for business trip.


The ZTE MF79 is very easy to use. You can connect it to PC or directly to the power adapter which has USB plug port. Only if there is power supply, it can work as a WiFi hotspot. So the ZTE MF79 could work as a wireless router in a car if connecting to a USB plug in the car. In this case, it would be a good network solution for a car.


After connected with the ZTE MF79 WiFi, you can setup the USB Dongle through Web UI. The address is and the default password is admin to log in. User can setup for the language, connection, WiFi, and WPS. In most cases, the setup is unnecessary. It’s just plug and play. The connected user quantity is also showed in the web UI. The ZTE MF79 can also calculate the statistic for the data consumption. The SMS can also be read from the dongle.

ZTE MF79 SIM card slot

In summary, the ZTE MF79 is a good and smart mobile USB WiFi dongle for daily use at home or on the go. Supporting high speed surfing, ZTE MF79 can also share the internet with multiple users. And no setup and plug & play features makes it very friendly to users. It’s a great partner for network access!



1 & 1 Mobile WLAN LTE Stick- ZTE MF79

1 & 1 has a new LTE-Stick on sale, it’s based on the model ZTE MF79 and it provides wireless networks for laptops and tablets, regardless of an Internet or public WLAN. The Mobile Wireless LTE Stick ZTE MF79 can provide as a hotspot for up to ten devices.

LTE features and specifications of ZTE MF79
Manufacturer and type designation ZTE MF79
LTE Category: CAT4
Download rate up to 150 MBit/s
Upload rate up Up to 50 MBit/s
Supported LTE bands 700 MHz/1800 MHz/2600 MHz
Backward compatible with: UMTS / GSM
MIMO Support: Yes
Connector for external antenna no
Hot spot function via WLAN Yes, for up to 10 devices
Chipset not known
Dimensions 101 x 30.5 x 13.5 mm
USB standard USB 2.0
Memory card expansion Yes; MicroSD up to 32 GB
Compatible Operating Systems WindXP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10, Mac OS (from 10.4)

Technical specifications


If the 1 & 1 stick connected via USB to a PC, laptop or even a TV, it can provide these with Internet and Wi-Fi. The wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n supports at 2.4GHz. Whether the 5-GHz band can be used, is unclear. The ZTE MF79, which replaces its predecessor MF70, could work on LTE network – providing matching mini-SIM and an LTE tariff. With LTE CAT4 technology, the theoretical download speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s are possible; in the upload it can take up to 50 Mbit/s. However, the offer of 1 & 1 are initially limited to up to 50 Mbps.



WiFi Hotspot for 10 devices

If there is no LTE network available, it goes seamlessly with 3G or 2G speed. To write and receive SMS is possible. As a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, 1 & 1 stick can also provide up to ten devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops or other Wi-Fi-enabled devices in parallel with wireless internet. The connection between stick and terminal is established automatically via Wi-Fi, an installation is not necessary. Of course, all of the latest encryption including WPA/WPA2 and TKIP/AES are possible in order to ensure reliable data transmission.


The 1 & 1 stick should of course make good traveling services primarily. Therefore, a USB cigarette lighter adapter is included in delivery for the drive. So the MF79 can be recharged while driving and provide for all occupants mobile internet via WLAN. The LTE-Stick can be also charged on a laptop or home PC with the included USB cable. Of course with the USB power adapter, the fast charging via outlet is possible.

Second function as a USB stick

The ZTE MF79 is about eleven centimeters long and weighs 32 grams. On the front two LEDs are installed that indicate the connection with either the WLAN or the cellular network. The 1 & 1 stick can also be easily used as a USB storage device: It has a Micro SD slot, which accommodates memory cards up to 32 gigabytes.



The ZTE MF79 Mobile WLAN stick LTE is now available on www.4gltemall.com in good price. No SIM lock, no contract required. You can use the LTE stick with any network providers in Europe and Asia. And there is similar models such as Huawei E8278 and Alcatel W800, if you like other brand, you can try them.