MiFi Vodafone R212 and Bliep
I purchased a Vodafone R212-Z to build a WiFi hotspot.
The device can be ordered referring to the link below, when you order, remove the subscriptions or contracts so only the device is left. The device costs €65,29 (ex BTW) and €79,00 with BTW included.You can connect up to 10 WiFi devices.
To make an internet connection I ordered a Bliep* Sim. The Vodafone R212 uses a normal SIM slot, so be sure to order a standard SIM. With this provider it is possible by turning data on/off per day for the costs of €0,50 or €1 for one day.
€0,50 Rate = 384 Kbps download and 64 Kbps upload
€1,00 Rate = 3,6 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload (max of 2 GB each month)
If you reached the maximum rate, it will turn down to the cheaper speed of 384/64 Kbps
After one workday I received both items in my mail and tried to start with them. First problem was to activate the SIM card, it should be done by putting it in a telephone and next up dial number 1350 to activate the SIM card. Damn I don’t have a phone any more to activate it. Searched the internet if it was available online or through a SMS but too bad couldn’t find anything that worked. Luckily in our office our telecom apartment had some old phones around which could be used to activate it.
After the card was activated I put it in my Vodafone R212-Z and booted it. Nice SIM card found and a standard hotspot is created. The login details are available on the “in the box” instructions. But can also be found on the back of your device or by double clicking the “Power” button.
The next step is to log in to the management interface, connect first to the WiFi hotspot with the credentials provided, next take a device and go to http://192.168.0.1 here you can enter a SIM code to unlock the SIM card. Do this if needed.
Login as admin by filling in the standard password “admin”. Of course it is wise to change this password, but feel free to change the SSID and password as well. Remember that (even if you changed it) you can double tap the devices power button to see the SSID and password to connect with.
Go to account settings and change the APN to “internet.arpa” and number “0”.
Normally other providers use prefixes like *99# or *99***1, but somehow this doesn’t.
How did I found this? Because I couldn’t find it on the internet/forums etc.
Well on the support site is a link to an Apple APN configuration file.
Opening this file with an editor it will show a sort of XML file, when digging trough I found these keys
APN = internet.arpa
Proxyport = 0
After filling this in, all works flawlessly.
Hope I could help someone with these settings.
There are also a few sites with the most common APN settings like :
After 2 days I noticed that the connection was dropped sometimes and didn’t re-establish by itself, a collegaue told me sort-like issues can be solved by installing the newer firmware on the device.
Firmware Update 4.5 can be found here ; https://www.vodafone.nl/_assets/downloads/software/R212-Z.exe
After running the installation I get an error message that the device cannot be found, damn, maybe I have to install the drivers then.
So next I downloaded the “Always Best Connected Dashboard” waited for the installation to finish and ran the firmware after the Dashboard stuff is installed.
Right, now the device is found and will be updatet….there you go..
Will update later what my experiences are with the new firmware
After installing the latest firmware, I had to set the settings again. I now tried using intranet.arpa and number *99#
And connected again….yehaaa! It works now, also I don’t have any troubles manually connecting each time the device was powered off. It’s now just a matter of pushing the button, waiting for signal and go !