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Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi

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Although the AlcaTel onetouch rideFi is not equipped with the Sprint LTE Plus (Carrier Aggregation) feature, I found that the rideFi provides adequate speed for my need around my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (Wi-Fi version).

I have actually used the rideFi in my office to stream the NCAA basketball tournament, like I previously posted. Also to uses the tablet as a turn-by-turn navigation device.  In average I get the following speed:

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Like I have mentioned in a previous post.  My home cable service was down for a period of two days and I have used this rideFi device to provide Internet service inside the house for that period.

One advantage of the rideFi is its tri-band function: 800MHz, 1900MHz and 2.5GHz LTE bands. Sprint provides LTE services on the above three bands.  Sprint has a large holding of 2.5GHz spectrum.  However, 2,5GHz would have low propagation hence cannot penetrate in-building and reach as far as the lower frequencies.

At the basement of my house, I used to get very poor signal quality.  Recently, Sprint added the 800MHz LTE service near my home.  I am now able to get LTE service in the basement of the home.  During the cable service outage, I actually get to use the rideFi in the basement and obtained the following speed:

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It is not in the super duper high speed range, but was enough for me to do most of the things I wanted to do on my tablet, including watching YouTube video.

So I have to remind myself, don’t leave home without the rideFi.

Bye for now

Your Sprint Product Ambassador*

Hung Bui

* Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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composition-1.pngSprint launched the ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? available in February 2016 for 24 monthly installments at $7 a month, pay $168 full price or subsidize it with 2 year agreement with $0 charge. What sets this mobile hot spot device away from others is no cords required. The ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? plugs in to your vehicle's 12v power socket or cigarette lighter for power and has a USB 2.0 plugin available.

Long trips will run down the battery of other mobile hot spots and require the addition of another cable and plug in option in order to maintain power for your Wi-Fi connection. This is where the unique feature of the ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? using DC port to keep it powered up till the end of your trip. Plus, the Ride-Fi? can be powered up with the use of a USB 2.0 A Male to A Male Cable plugged into PC, Portable Charger or other source that can power 2.0 USB devices.

I have used my ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? in my truck driving around town, home plugged into my laptop, at the office through a USB hub and my HTC Andru Android USB Charger that can be carried around to make my Ride-Fi portable to other places.

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The ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? includes Wi-Fi strength indicator with a couple of different colors for Network depending on your Network connection. The user guide provide more details on LED colors.

Specifications

  • The Alcatel OneTouch Ride-Fi (Y856UB) is a hinged mobile hotspot made especially for use in a vehicle.
  • Dimensions: 5.37 x1.34  X .47
  • Weight: 1.83 Ounces
  • Power: Via the 12V DC cigarette lighter power input only.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MDM9625+ AR6004
  • Processor: ARM Cortex-A5 1GHz
  • Operating System: Linux 3.4
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM/ 256 MB ROM
  • LED Indicator
  • Web based end-user configuration app
  • iPhone/Android end-user application
  • Wi-Fi:2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and MIMO 2X2; a/b/g/n
    • Connects up to 8 devices (Smartphones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, printers, portable gaming consoles, and more...)
  • Security Modes: WEP-64/WEP-128/WPA2-Personal, but don't support WPA2-Enterprise.

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I have found ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? come in handy during stormy weather when I lost my ISP services due to the storm. I plugged my Ride-Fi into my laptop and was able to stream weather reports and use my other Wi-Fi devices to weather out the storm. My wife has enjoyed the Wi-Fi connection on her tablet while we are driving around in town....

The Ride-Fi? has so many uses and allows you to save your battery on your phones hot spot for when you may really need it battery power for other uses. Check out the ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? to make your car a mobile hotspot!

Thanks,

Blue

Your Sprint Product Ambassador team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. sprintemployee

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One Last Look At the Alcatel One Touch Ride-Fi – Sprint Product Ambassadors


So again I say it’s truly liberating being able to cruise around town with the Sprint network at arm’s reach.  Of the many options for cellular hot spots, you’ll be pressed to find a more discrete unit than the Alcatel One Touch Ride-Fi and thus my favorite one so far.  Unlike the majority of others, the Ride-Fi is designed to live in your car, it’s small and tidy with no battery to maintain, no wires, no clutter and even fits on some of those hidden areas where they put 12V power outlets.


In the few weeks I’ve rode with the Ride-Fi, I’ve found all kinds of interesting applications. First of all it’s a tablet’s best friend and makes your co-pilot a real wi-fi connected mastermind.  It keeps your kids entertained and extends a lifeline to all kinds of devices that thrive on wi-fi connectivity.  I can only imagine this is the direction things will go and it’s reassuring to know such a small device can be implemented in cars both old and new.


I love the way the Alcatel One Touch Ride-Fi is just as customizable as your home router. If you are into control, the Ride-Fi has all the GUI interface configurations to make you feel empowered.  You also can utilize an app to further assist your control and extend connectivity even when a laptop isn’t readily available.


All and all Ride-Fi is a small powerhouse that fits in any jacket pocket.  Perfect for road trips and perfect for your daily commute.


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Rob Ignatowicz

Sprint Product Ambassador


Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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Living in rural Oklahoma has advantages and  disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is I am limited to DSL and basic TV services. When storms come our home internet and sometimes TV goes out due to the weather. That means I am not able to keep track on where the storm is heading and my little ones entertainment are limited during a storm that has them scared.

USB cable A Male.jpgLast week I found another use for my ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? at home during stormy weather. Our internet went down for a couple of hours and TV was in and out. My daughters were getting scared and connected my Ride-Fi? to my laptop with the use of a-male to a-male USB cable. The cable and laptop provided the power I needed to use my Sprint ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? hotspot.

The a-male to a-male usb cable does not come with the Ride-Fi? so I picked one up on Amazon so that I can use my hotspot at home when needed.

The ALCATEL onetouch Ride-Fi? allows up to 8 devices to be connected at once and I had 4 devices connected during the storm.

  • 2 phones - one for each of my daughters to watch their favorite videos during the storm
  • 1 for my wife's tablet for game she was playing
  • 1 phone for me to watch the weather on my news app....
    • Here are some screenshots of my HTC One A9 streaming news feed during the storm while connected to my Ride-Fi?

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My note 5 had internet on it, although I was using my internet service on my active phone for streaming music....


Now that we are in storm season, I will be keeping my Ride-Fi? close by for the storms that are coming this weekend. I wish I had my Ride-Fi? during the winter when we lost power. I could have used it then also to keep up on the ice storm road conditions and other things going when my home internet provider was not available or TV.

Check out the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Ride-Fi? to make your car a mobile hotspot!

Thanks,

Blue

Your Sprint Product Ambassador team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. sprintemployee

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My data plan is limited and like to make sure I stay with in it. ALCATEL ONETOUCH Ride-Fi™ app and web GUI both have ability to monitor data usage along with set max data allowed. I always set my limit with a buffer so I know to slow down my usage in case I get close to my data limit.

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Settings> Usage> Usage settings

I prefer adjusting my usage setting through the web portal as it is a lot easier. Usage settings are located under Settings tab and it is password protected. The drop provides option to select GB, KB or MB and then enter the data amount to limit. I use GB as it is easier and corresponds with data plan setup. There is an option to set day of the month your plan starts over. This is important setting for setting up data amount under Usage Settings. The day of the month your data plan starts over is the day to enter in this field.

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Home>Usage>Usage Settings

The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Ride-Fi™ app has an option to set usage settings on it during setup, although I have found it hard to adjust or change past the initial setup of the app. The app only allows GB and MB options to be selected through settings. The part I have had problems with adjusting through the app is the actual amount if there is already a number entered. The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Ride-Fi™ app does allow the ability to turn on the option to automatically connect even while roaming.


Check out the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Ride-Fi™ to make your car a mobile hotspot!

Thanks,

Blue

Your Sprint Product Ambassador team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. sprintemployee

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Over Spring Break this year I had the pleasure of taking my family on a Snowboarding trip to Keystone Colorado and I?m happy to report that coverage from Denver up to and on the slopes is great.  If you live or vacation in Summit County Colorado the RideFi device will provide data connectivity in your vehicle that will afford you a quality experience.  We were able to view video content, listen to music streams, and browse the internet without delay.  I?m not a big fan of defaulting to the digital baby sitter for the kiddos but after 10 hours in the car a little relief was in order.  Tablets and other connected devices lit up and peace and quiet ensued.  Let? face it, you can only play the alphabet game or probe into your kid?s lives for so long.      The following speed readings provide a view of the connection quality we experienced from Denver into Summit County which provided a smooth data experience for all in the car.

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One trip down and many more to come, the RideFi has been a great addition to an aging vehicle attempting to keep up with the times.

Until Next Time-

Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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Hey again, everyone!

 

So you have your Acatel Ride-Fi Mobile Hotspot, and you’ve used it for streaming, gaming, email, Facebook and everything else you can think of.  But, do you know how much data you have used?  Well, let me help you keep track of your data usage on your Ride-Fi so that you can ensure you remain within your plan limits and prevent unnecessary overage charges!

 

The Ride-Fi data usage is easy to monitor, and you can monitor usage in at least three ways.  First, you can monitor usage on your Sprint.com account.  Second, you can monitor your usage through the Sprint Zone App on your device.  Finally, you can use the Alcatel Ride-Fi application as well!

 

Let’s look at how to monitor usage on Sprint.com. First, navigate to www.sprint.com and click the 'sign in' button to the left. Enter your username and password (or create an account) and it’ll take you to your landing page.

 

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Once you’re in your account, you may need to scroll down slightly until you see the Alcatel Ride-Fi device.  Click ‘See All Usage’ and it will take you to the usage screen for that device.  From there, you can see your total usage against your data allotment. 

 

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The other method you can use is the Sprint Zone application on your smartphone.  The Sprint Zone application comes pre-installed on all Android devices, with the exception of Nexus handsets.  You must manually install this application on iPhones, however.  You can download Sprint Zone via the App Store on your iPhone for no cost. 

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Once you’ve set up or opened Sprint Zone, you’re taken to the landing page that displays your usage for your main line (or the phone you’re accessing Sprint Zone on).  If you’re signed into the account holder’s Sprint account, you can easily switch between devices on the account to monitor usage.  Simply click the ‘Details+’ button just above your usage.  This will allow you to select another device on the account, such as the Ride-Fi.  Once you’ve selected the Ride-Fi, you can easily see usage against your plan limit.

 

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Finally, you can review usage and set usage alerts on the Alcatel Ride-Fi application!  Download the Ride-Fi application here. 

 

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On your device, you’ll need to connect to your Ride-Fi first before opening the application.  Once you’ve connected and opened the application, you’ll see the landing page that displays the network type, the current data used for the session, the duration of that session, and the number of connected devices.

 

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Clicking on the ‘Usage’ button at the bottom allows you to see your usage on the Ride-Fi during the established billing cycle (you can change the setting for your billing cycle date).  It displays your Home usage (this is normal 3G/LTE usage) and any roaming usage (if roaming connection has been allowed in settings).  It’ll show you the duration, but it’s only for this current session and not a combination of time for all sessions, which is a bummer.

 

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Clicking on the three dots in the upper right allows you to access usage settings. Once you’ve clicked here, you can set the max data amount, when you choose to receive usage warnings, your cycle date and whether or not you want to allow roaming.  Please note that the ‘max data amount’ does not restrict data once you’ve reached this limit.  The limit is established by you and is only used for notifications against your limit. You can adjust the limit to any amount in MB or GB, and you can set a ‘Usage Warning’ when you are within XX MB or XX GB of your plan limit.  Once you approach the warning threshold that you’ve established, you will receive warnings in your notification tray to alert you of usage.

 

One thing to note here:  I believe I set my cycle date through the web-based admin portal at 192.168.128.1 when connected to the Ride-Fi and not through the application. I do not believe the application allows this change, which is unfortunate. 

 

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You now have three methods available to you to monitor and control you usage on your Alcatel Ride-Fi Mobile Hotspot!  Keeping track of your usage is important because it helps you limit any potential overages you might incur.  There are slight variances between Sprint.com and the Ride-Fi app, so please keep these in mind.  The data amounts listed in the Ride-Fi application are estimates and may vary from Sprint.com data.

 

I used my hotspot in my vehicle over the course of 12 hours of driving over Easter weekend.  My children streamed Netflix and played multiplayer games on their Nintendo 3DS devices, my wife utilized her Kindle tablet, and my device connected to it as well.  We also used it at our destination for a myriad of other data-related items.  Over the course of a weekend we utilized over 6 GB of data between four of us (3 Nintendo 3DS devices, 2 tablets, 2 laptops, and 2 phones).  Although it is not a significant amount of usage, it is still enough to eat up all data allowed in a plan, or even the majority of data in a plan.  Monitoring usage will keep you in the know about your data usage, and will allow you to reduce usage if necessary to remain within plan limits and prevent overages.

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Interested in purchasing a Ride-Fi?  Head to your nearest Sprint store (locate one here) or go online to the Ride-Fi Product Page HERE

 

Disclaimers:

 

     - Any mention of trademarks are property of their respective owners.  This blog is not sponsored, nor endorsed, by the trademark owners noted in the post. Any mention to a trademark owner is based on personal usage and not a professional relationship/endorsement/sponsorship.

 

- The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

 

As always, I thank you for reading!

~ Troy

 

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Classic scenario:

    1. Boy gets shiny new object
    2. Boy is easily excitable, inherently lazy and automatically bypasses the instructions for the shiny new object
    3. As you would guess Boy can't get said shiny new object to work
    4. Boy threw instructions on the floor where the dog leveraged as a chew toy

Fast forward several years and the boy is now a tech geek but is still easily excitable, inherently lazy, and Fido still loves eating manuals.  This time the shiny object of the day is Alcatel?s RideFi, a great plug and play device for the vehicle of your choice.  Classic scenario revisited:

    1. Tech Geek unboxes RideFi unit
    2. Tech Geek is easily excitable, inherently lazy and automatically throws the device's box away.  (He has finally learned to not throw it on the ground where dog resides)
    3. Tech Geek lights the RideFi device up a few days later to try it out and said device doesn?t work because it is defaulted with password protection.
    4. Tech Geek is unable to find the box which provides the all important password.

So what do you do?   Alcatel wisely protected us from ourselves and placed the SSID and default password under the cover of the device.   Simply remove the cover, as pictured below, identify the ?Key? value and leverage it as the password.   Crisis diverted, an embarrassing conversation avoided, and internet connectivity achieved.  

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Until Next Time:

Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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Powering Alcatel OneTouch Ride-Fi with USB Is Often A One Way Street – Sprint Product Ambassadors


As I mentioned in a previous blog, your Alcatel One Touch Ride-Fi is designed to run on your car’s 12VDC power outlet.  It can also be powered via USB but, you’ll need to buy a separate Dual Type A Male Ended USB cable…


That got me thinking the other day.  Rather than buying another cable, what about all these extra (Type A Male to Type B Male USB) charging cables I have lying around.  Can I run power off another device?  Well, leave it to me to test things so you don’t need to Here’s my results.


First of all, to summarize things quickly.  Those mini USB cables just won’t work (but if you need a little more explanation, read on):


The first thing I was curious about was if I could power the Alcatel One Touch Ride-Fi with a phone.  I mean a phone has a battery, it can power my micro USB Thumb drive easy enough. It should work right?  Well, I plugged in a standard charging cable, tried to Power on the Ride-Fi and no lights.  The second test I tried is connecting to my tablet.  Now my tablet is Dell Windows 10 and built more like a laptop.  The attached micro USB port is shown to be a bit more multi purposed than my phone but again no lights and no power. Finally I wanted to try a wildcard. So I pulled out my Technocel Portable Charger (Battery Boost).  This has both USB Male A and USB Male B outlets built right into the unit. Generally you would plug the Type A end into a charger (PC or other power source) and then (when needed), you could power on and plug the Type B into your phone to give you some extra emergency juice.  Does it work in reverse?  Nope.


Now, I’m a little put off at this point and questioning the pin out of my cable so I did a little investigation:


On a Standard USB A Male to USB A Male Cable you have 5VDC Power is on Pin 1 and Ground is Pin 4 (this is identical on both sides).  On a Standard USB A Male to USB B Male Cable it’s a little different.  First of all the USB B side has 5 pins to the USB A’s 4 pins.  On both sides the 5VDC Power is on Pin 1.  USB B has ground on Pin 5 which is also shorted to Pin 4. Now this is where things get really technical:  As a standard charging cable is an OTG (On-The-Go) USB cable.  To quickly define and OTG cable is designed to have a inherit host and peripheral relationship. The cable and device attached govern the direction of power.  Cell Phones and Tablets are considered OTG-B devices.  OTG-B devices are considered to be “Power Consumers” and hence no power will be passed back. 


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See the image below of my cell phone below.  Measured right off the USB port with a stripped out USB B Male plug you get only 4/1000 of a volt, which will clearly not power anything.


Doing my part and saving you time.  Want USB power?  Buy your Dual Type A Male Ended USB cable at your favorite online retailer and plug into any changer, laptop or standard USB device.  No OTG in that application.


Rob Ignatowicz

Sprint Product Ambassador

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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front-angled-right_landscap.pngThe ALCATEL ONETOUCH Ride-Fi? is a nice portable LTE hotspot for your car or truck. I am able to connect upto 8 devices to my Ride-Fi and control who is connecting to it through a web browser or use ALCATEL ONETOUCH Ride-Fi? app from Google Play Store.

I use the app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 when I am in my truck running around town so that my wife is able to use her tablet and other devices. My girls are able connect their devices in the truck also to play games and watch videos. Main screen of the Ride-Fi provides general information from number of devices to how long it has been connected. In addition, the app allows me to to see how many devices are connected along with how much data is being consumed. Ride-Fi app provides the ability to set max data limits and data limit warning through the Usage> Settings option.... There are various other settings and options available through the app for when you are on the go that are very useful and handy.

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ALCATEL ONETOUCH also provides a web browser GUI for managing Ride-Fi?. The web GUI is easy to use and less clicks compared to the app. I use the web GUI when I have the Ride-Fi? connected to my laptop with a USB cable (not provided). I found that using A to A (male to male) USB cable I am able to connect to my laptop and use my Ride-Fi? at home or the office. This is where the web browser GUI comes in handy to check my data usage from streaming music or movies from Google Play and Spotify on my tablet or other devices that requires a Wi-Fi connection.

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Both options used to manage Ride-Fi? are easy to use and very similar in looks. I do like using the browser option over the app mainly because I have a larger screen to view everything on through my laptop.


Check out the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Ride-Fi? to make your car a mobile hotspot!


Thanks,

Blue

Your Sprint Product Ambassador team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. sprintemployee

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Note: If you're an iOS user, please see my other post on Managing the Ride-Fi with the iOS app. 


Are you are an Android user and have purchased the Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi device? If so, did you know that you can easily setup and manage your Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi device via your Android device? Simply install onetouch Ride-Fi by Alcatel ONETOUCH on your Android device.


The onetouch Ride-Fi app is the official Android app to manage your Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi device. With this app, you are able to do the following?


  • Setup the Alcatel Ride-Fi device
  • Monitor usage data usage
  • Monitor network connection
  • Monitor who is connected to your the Ride-Fi
  • Control who connects to the hotspot
  • Configure Wi-Fi settings
  • Configure SSID
  • Configure password
  • And more


This app makes it very convenient to set up and manage your Ride-Fi device. Most likely you will be using it in your vehicle, and managing the Ride-Fi with your Android just makes it all the more simple.


Below are a few screenshots I snapped on my Android while using the app and the Ride-Fi.

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I encourage you to give it a try. Also, if you haven't purchased a hotspot yet and are in need of in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, I suggest you check out the Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi, available at Sprint.



Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PAs do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee #jruggiero #sprintproductambassadors #alcatel #onetouch #ridefi

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Are you are an iPhone or iPad user and have purchased the Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi device? If so, did you know that you can easily setup and manage your Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi device via your iPhone or iPad? Simply install ONETOUCH Ride-Fi by Mydoors Studio on your iOS device.


The ONETOUCH Ride-Fi app by Mydoors Studio is the official iOS app to manage your Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi device. With this app, you are able to do the following…


  • Setup the Alcatel Ride-Fi device
  • Monitor usage data usage
  • Monitor network connection
  • Monitor who is connected to your the Ride-Fi
  • Control who connects to the hotspot
  • Configure Wi-Fi settings
  • Configure SSID
  • Configure password
  • And more


This app makes it very convenient to set up and manage your Ride-Fi device. Most likely you will be using it in your vehicle, and managing the Ride-Fi with your iPhone or iPad just makes it all the more simple.


Below are a few screenshots I snapped on my iPhone while using the app and the Ride-Fi.

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I encourage you to give it a try. Also, if you haven’t purchased a hotspot yet and are in need of in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, I suggest you check out the Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi, available at Sprint.



Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PAs do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee #jruggiero #sprintproductambassadors #alcatel #onetouch #ridefi


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So you get this sweet Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi device and now your vehicle is lit up with Wi-Fi via Sprint 4G LTE, since the device plugs into your DC socket. What a great convenience to have, right? gal_463x407_2.jpg


However, what about when you’re not in your vehicle? Let’s say you’re on a road trip, you reach your destination, and still need to access your hotspot. What should you do? Do you…


  1. Access public Wi-Fi which is not secure
  2. Sit in your vehicle in the parking lot connected to your Ride-Fi hotspot plugged into the DC outlet, when you should be inside instead
  3. Use a male to male USB 2.0 cable to connect your Ride-Fi to a USB charger


If you answered c, great job!  Yes, you CAN use your Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi device indoors. You simply need a male to male USB 2.0 cable, as well as a USB 2.0 charger. Chances are, if you have a smartphone, you have a USB 2.0 charger. I personally have like 50 of these around my house. ha

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If you don’t have a male to male USB 2.0 cable, they are very affordable and can be purchased from Amazon, Monoprice, Walmart, Newegg, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and more.


When you connect your Ride-Fi to the USB 2.0 cable plugged into the USB 2.0 charger, you then will have a Sprint 4G LTE hotspot via your Ride-Fi device. The Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi will allow for 8 Wi-Fi devices to connect to the internet using 2.4GHz Wi-Fi.


Something to note.. the device does need to be plugged in at all times for use, and does not have a battery.


If you’re in need of in-vehicle or just a portable hotspot with 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, I suggest you check out the Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi, available at Sprint.



Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PAs do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee #jruggiero #sprintproductambassadors #alcatel #onetouch #ridefi

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Last week was the start of the March Madness season and I could do no better with leveraging the rideFi hotspot to stream the NCAA games at work and while riding in the car.

I have the Samsung Note 8.0 WiFi only tablet which I use most of the time for my personal use outside work.  The Note 8.0 gives me the flexibility of watching/reading anything anywhere around the house.  With the rideFi hotspot I can now watch my favorite sporting events while waiting for my wife shopping in the car, or during time like March Madness I can comfortable stream the games without using the work IP network for my heavy private use.

So the setup is I set up the rideFi either in the car:

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(Note, I would prefer not to have to plug the unit in the cigarette lighter as the unit is way down to the floor which may not be good for the reception.  In this case, I get decent signal from the device, good enough to stream the NCAA game).

Or at work:

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In order to watch the NCAA game, I use the NCAA March Madness app by Turner on the Google Play:

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The rideFi allows me to stream the game pretty flawlessly at my work desk or in the car:


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  The following screens can give you some ideas on the GBs that I use for almost 4:20 hours of NCAA streaming: 2.8GB which is not too bad.

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I thoroughly enjoy the use of the rideFi that helps me being aware of what is going on with March Madness while at work and in the vehicle.  Very useful indeed!

Bye for now

 

Your Sprint Product Ambassador*

Hung Bui


* Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

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Pretty much every mobile Hot Spot has a router that is used to connect several devices at a time to the modem or the mobile broadband connection called a router. That said, the "router" function has many settings, some are pretty straight forward and others, not so much. So I decided to go over some of these settings for the Ride-Fi.

First thing you need to do is to log in to the Web user settings. Once you are connected to the WiFi of this device, you can either type the IP address which is http://192.168.128.1 or http://myhotspot in your browser. In my experience, the IP works better. When you type that, you will end up on the page looking like below

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In order to get into the advanced settings, you should click Login and type in your password. The default password is "password" without the ""

After you log in, you will see the basic WiFi settings. This is where you enter your SSID if you want to change it, change your password, add a guest WiFi. This is not so advanced yet. Lets move on.

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In the advanced panel, you will see settings like 802.11 Mode, frequency etc. For the most part, you won't need to change anything. However in some instances you may need to change these settings. The 802.11 Mode is where you can restrict the WiFi standard between B, G and N. Now if you don't know what those are, that's OK, a simple Google search will fix it. But why would you do that? Some older devices do not work well in N mode. So you can limit it to G and reduce the frequency bandwidth to 20 MHz. Also depending on your situation, you may want to move away from Auto and choose a static channel to reduce interference from other WiFi routers. Don't fret, you wont have that in a moving car

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On to Mobile settings. You would leave everything to default here too but depending on your situation, you may want to change the Technology mode. Default is using the Tri-Mode option where the device will try to switch between 4G (LTE) and 3G (CDMA+EVDO) as coverage changes. If you are confident that you have excellent LTE coverage, feel free to try out your device with just LTE only mode. Roaming is just another coverage setting. Automatic allows the device to switch between Sprint's network and its roaming partners. However if you limit the technology mode to LTE only, you may not be able to roam that much.

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In the Mobile Advanced menu, you can do some more damage I mean some more changes. Mainly, you can update the Preferred Roaming List (PRL) or the Data Profile of the device. You could also perform a Factory Reset but you will need a 6 digit unique code for your device. That code is not easy to get and is not on the box. You should only use options on this menu IF you are having problems.

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Under LAN Settings, you can adjust the device's IP settings, from starting DHCP range, Manual Mode for DNS (which means you choose your own DNS server rather than the network provided one), or changing the device's own IP address from the default 192.168.128.1 to anything you like. Be careful here, you could make it difficult for yourself to log back in by changing these settings.

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Finally, under Firewall settings, you could change how you want to protect users on the device. By default the basic firewall rules are enabled, but you could turn them off if you were having issues with specific types of sites or devices provided the devices had their own methods of protection. This menu also provides other settings like port mapping for very specific applications that work on a static non-standard port. But these require an article on their own.

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Until Next Time

-- Your Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer:
The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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