Mobile WiFi Routers
Mobile Wifi Routers are a pocket-sized mini routers capable of connecting to the internet. It's a great way to obtain wireless broadband Internet at a low cost giving consumers the ability to surf at any location where the mobile coverage is good (e.g most of NZ these days).More...
Mobile WiFi Routers Buying Guide
A mobile WiFi router will keep you online and in touch wherever you happen be, just as long as the coverage is decent. In New Zealand, we can expect that sort of coverage all over the country, so you should get maximum use out of your portable router. Here's what to look out for when buying one.
Basic or feature-packed
Some devices act solely as a router, while others have more features, such as a battery charger. It comes down to how much you want to spend, and how often you'll need those added extras.
Compatibility and connectivity
The best mobile routers are compatible with all wireless standards, and allow for a decent number of simultaneous connections with different devices.
The need for speed
The generation of the router determines its speed. For example, earlier model b routers might be capped at 11 megabytes per second, while more modern n routers feature a speed cap of 300 megabytes per second. If a mobile router is cheap, it might be because it's an older and slower model from a different generation!
Check the battery power
The more powerful batteries are usually found in devices that double as charging banks, so an investment in this versatile device might be a good option if you need extended battery power.
Locked or unlocked
Many manufacturer-specific routers are locked, so you are limited to using just one service provider. Unlocked, on the other hand, will give you freedom to use pretty any provider, all over the world.
Look for a simple set up
Some portable routers are a pain to get started. When shopping around, look for ones that promote a basic set up, or even none at all, so you can use yours sooner.