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The V4 supports 3rd third party (other brands) 4G USB sticks which are not provided in the standard package. Kindly check the supported brands and models. - http://www.ezwifi.eu/what-why-how/usb/supported-3g-lte-dongles

If you need a 4G USB stick, this is recommended to work seamlessly with the V4 - https://www.wifishop.nl/huawei-e3372-4g-lte-usb-dongle-zwart/pid=47935

OTA- Over-the-Air Firmware feature on V4 notifies you if you need an upgrade and the V4 can download the necessary updates and install itself. This is done completely from your smartphone or tablet. No need for computer, laptop or LAN cables. 

Official sales started on 20th Jan 2017. You should be able to receive your V4 in 1~3 working days upon ordering in The Netherlands. - https://www.wifishop.nl/ezwifi-ez-hotspot-extender-v4/pid=49569

The warranty period is 2 years for any manufacturing defects.

The Ezhotspot V4 is the one of the few easiest repeater that can repeat a WPA2 Enterprise network. WPA2 Enterprise is a 802.1X that uses either TTLS or PEAP. With the V4, you can also upload an optional CA certificate or Client certificate from the advanced dashboard, if it is required by the remote network for you to join to their network.

Example of public WPA2 Enterprise network in the Benelux are SSIDs broadcasting "ziggo", "PROXMIUS AUTO FON", "TELENETWIFREE", "eduroam", etc. These wireless network requires a username and password (optional certificates) before the V4 can repeat the network.

Video Tutorial of EzHotspot V4 extending a WPA2 Enterprise wireless network such as ziggo.

The EzHotspot V4 is a unique product that allows a smartphone or tablet to access it easily wirelessly for configuration. You never need a LAN cable with the V4.

Even if you do need a LAN cable to connect additional devices, it is very likely the length you need is 3 meters and above and this cable is not able to fit into the standard box of the V4 and hence has to be ordered separately from your reseller or easily purchased from any IT or accessory retail shop. 

The Ezhotspot V4's power consumption is normally 2 watts with momentary highest peak of 12 watts.

Nothing is more convincing than seeing itself, so we decided to make a video using a energy monitor below.

The video is speed up by 6X times.

Yes, there is a planned "mini version" that will be powered by 5V through a USB port. 

However, we are still evaluating how ready the consumer market will be able to accept a mini EzHotspot extender that will have a lower range coverage than the existing V4. The universal rule is that electricity power = wireless transmission power. An incoming power of 5V/1A will never be able to match the performance produced by 12V/1.5A.

The V4 primary function is to repeat a weak wireless signal. If the supplied power is insufficient, the performance will drastically deteriorate.  

The current Ezhotspot Extender V4 is the 4th generation, since we started with V1. Every year, we bring newer features and possibilities for the camper & yachting communities to enjoy seamless internet access no matter where they are and this is undisputed by our growing pool of the Ezhotspot extender users.

Most of all our resellers have a 14 days no dispute return policy. Ask them about it. We invite you to try it out for yourself and you shall soon find out that the Ezhotspot Extender is all you will ever need for your wireless connectivity needs, whether at home or holidays.

 

 

The V4 packages comes with 2 x 360° directional indoor antennas and and 1 x 360° directional outdoor suction pad antenna with 3 meters cable.

 

INDOOR ANTENNA

 

If used at home as a general wireless access point, wireless router or wireless repeater repeating another wireless router within the house, using both the indoor antennas are generally sufficient.

 

 

OUTDOOR ANTENNA

 

If repeating a remote wireless router (for example a public hotspot) outside your house, camper or yacht, the outdoor antenna connector can be connected to any one of the antenna port and the antenna mounted on the rooftop or window for better reception. 

It can also used for extending an indoor wireless signal to your garden.

 

Using a mifi router, you need to have a valid pre-paid or post-paid data subscription plan. Most mobile operators offer these packages in selection of 500MB, 1GB, 2GB, etc. While some post-paid package may offer you a unlimited data plan, but may possibly throttle your speed down drastically once you exceed a certain threshold.

Most mifi routers generally provide limited coverage because of the 5V system and built-in antenna. Mifi routers also have limited 5-8 clients connections. With the V4, up to 50 clients can be connected and a range of 3 times or more than portable mifi routers. 

In most public places and in the campsites, you can find free or paid wifi hotspots. These wifi hotspots usually have no data limit. The V4 is capable of also repeating these wifi hotspots as a priority while the mifi routers do not has this possibility. The V4 will then save tremendous data on your data subscription plan when there is a public wifi hotspot around.

The V4 also have Block Management feature which prevents connected devices from receiving Software & Apps update. For example if an IOS device is configured to auto update, easily 1Gb or more per device is consumed without you noticing if using a mifi router. If your whole family has 5 devices, there goes 5Gb off your monthly entitled sunbscription.

The Block Management can also block file syncing, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, icloud or Onedrive. For example, you use your Android phone to make a video recording. When finished, Android (detecting it has wifi) will sync your movie to your Google Drive. Your mifi router cannot stop this, but the V4 can do so.

The V4 also have a Click-Only VPN function, which allows you to make VPN connection so that you can watch your local TV or browse the internet privately. Mifi routers are not able to do so.

The V4 automatic failover to 3G/4G is automatic (if a 3G/4G dongle is plugged in with the correct configurations) when there is no WAN or wireless.

To prevent it from not happening automatically, you should use the 3G/4G dongle web config to select manually dialup and not automatic dialup or turn off mobile data. See below example.

 

When there is a new official firmware upgrade available, it will appear in the V4 (see below picture).

1. Then, log in to the administrator menu.

2. Click on the Configuration & Status button.

3. Click on the OTA firmware upgrade.

4. Download the firmware to the V4.

5. Click on upgrade.

* Beta firmware with newer features may be currently circulated for user acceptance test purpose and may not be publicly available, until a later date.

 

How to connect to a openvpn server created using pivpn.io with EzHotspot V4?

1. Ensure you first have firmware version 4.06 and above. Check here for details.

2. The ovpn file generated by the pivpn.io has all the necessary credentials stored within and there is no need to enter CA Cert, Client Cert, Private Key or Static Key into the additional fields.

3. The Ezhotspot V4 does not currently support passphrase in private key so a few simple step are required to remove the passphrase

4. Using a text editor. open the opvn file and look for contents BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY and copy everything between <key></key> as shown below 

5. Open a new text document called oldkey.txt and paste the contents inside.

6. Transfer the oldkey.txt to your Rasberry PI or a Linux based computer.

7. In a command prompt of the Rasberry PI or Linux computer, enter openssl rsa -in /any_directory_folder/oldkey.txt -out /any_directory_folder/newkey.txt.

8. You will now be prompt for the existing passphrase. Enter the passphrase. If correct, you will see "writing RSA key" and a new document newkey.txt is created.

9. Transfer the newkey.txt file from your Rasberry PI or Linux Computer to a USB stick.

10. Copy the entire contents of newkey.txt and overwrite to the entire contents between <key></key> of the ovpn file and save the ovpn file.

11. You can now upload this new ovpn file on the EzHotspot V4.

12. Enter your user and password(passphrase) when configuring on the Ezhotspot V4.

  

 

The Ezhotspot Extender, by nature is a 2.4Ghz wireless repeater and its main objective is to solve the underlying problem of range, obstacles and stability. The 2.4Ghz band is still proven to offer the best penetration through obstacles such as walls, ceilings and trees than the 5Ghz band. 

5Ghz used in the outdoor is also subject to DFS, which is also mandated in the 5470-5725 MHz U-NII band for radar avoidance. Literally, it means, a public hotspot offering 5Ghz needs to switch a different channel or shut off wireless temporary to make way for nearby airport, harbor, military or weather devices using the similar channel, which have higher priority. 

We found an easy link to understand. Read more by clicking here

If the Ezhotspot Extender is a 5Ghz device, it will lose its essence as a truly stable and reliable hotspot extender.

 

 When the Auto recovery feature is disabled manually or disabled automatically by trying to join to certain WPA2 enterprise networks, the Ezhotspot may keep trying to join to the specified wireless network irregardless of successful link, correct passphrase. This may result in no further wireless scanning possible.

If you are able to still access the Ezhotspot EzWizard , you can use the Disconnect wireless connection to release the wireless module to scan wireless networks.

Alternatively, you can reboot the device by removing the and re-inserting the power supply to enable the auto recovery mode. 

The EzHotspot V4 EzWizard detects your smartphone or tablet language and switches automatically to one of the 23 EU language support whenever possible.

Below are supported languages

  • EN / UK
  • NL
  • DE
  • DA
  • FR
  • ES
  • PL
  • SV
  • NO
  • FI
  • IT
  • CS
  • HU
  • HR
  • EL
  • RO
  • PT
  • SL
  • SK
  • LT
  • LV
  • EE
  • BG

Yes, you can charge a handphone with the EzHotspot V4 USB port, if it supports USB charging.

The Ezhotspot V4 USB port supplies DC5V /0.5A(Ampere) 

You can also charge any other DC5.0V devices such as powerbanks that do not draw more than DC5.0V / 1A(Ampere). Always read the powerbank specifications prior to charging it on the EzHotspot V4.

Examples of devices that draw high current (Ampere) are tablets which may not be charged properly and may possibly damage the USB port.

The Huawei EC8201 is a SKU specifically for your region. If your model supports the HILINK feature, which means you configure the EC8201 in a web browser, which points to 192.168.8.1, it is supported on the V4 as well.

Otherwise, the EC8201 is sort of a mifi wireless router. When plugged to the USB port of the V4, it will broadcast a wireless SSID, which the V4 can also wirelessly connected to it and : -

  • drastically extends the limited distance coverage of the EC8201 
  • increase from the limited 8 connected wireless clients in EC8201 to 50 connected wireless clients in the V4
  • prevents unnecessary 3G/4G usage with the "Block Management" built-in the V4
  • enjoys many more feature of the V4, such as VPN, auto failover and guest wifi, etc.

The V4 currently supports up to the recent E3372, which is the most popular 4G/LTE of the Huawei range. While, it is likely to support older models, we cannot officially confirm it as there are many SKU created for different regions by Huawei. For other supported dongle, kindly check here 

The LED light will stay GREEN on for a while when the reset button is pressed after 15 seconds, after which it will start to blink again.

If problem persists, follow below for a complete reset (includes deleting any previous saved connections).

  1. make sure device is powered on for at least 1 minute
  2. press and hold the reset button for 35-45 seconds and then let go.
  3. LED light will turn solid GREEN and starting blinking again.
  4. the process will take about 2 minutes before the SSID is being broadcasted again.

If you are using some of the newer ip cameras from which support UID feature, there is entirely no need for port forwarding, DDNS, etc. These are plug and play ip cameras which usually feature a QR code, which you add the ip camera by scanning the QRcode from the supplied app. You can connect 2 or more of such ip cameras wirelessly to the V4 and if the V4 is properly connected to the internet via the WAN port, Wireless extending or 3G/4G dongle, you should easily access the ip cameras from another remote connections from the supplied app, without having to know any IP address, DDNS or port.

If your ip camera does not support the UID feature, it will be very challenging as most 3G/4G connections are assigned a private address range. The common gateway IP address is shared by many other 3G/4G users.