4G hotspots, also known as pocket boxes, dominoes or Pocket Wi-Fi (Check www.my-webspot.com for more), provide Wi-Fi Internet access thanks to a simple SIM card that can be slipped into a mini 4G router. It is a practical devices for holidaymakers in need of Internet, for travellers abroad, or simply for people who do not have the Fibre at home. There is something for everyone at Netgear, Huawei or TP-Link: we have selected the best 4G hotspots and routers just for you!
Tablet, connected speaker, Chromecast… Smartphones excluded, the majority of these devices cannot access the Internet on their own. So how can you enjoy it on weekends, holidays, business trips or abroad? Simply by taking a miniature box with you!
You can get what is more commonly known as a mobile hotspot or 4G router. It is a device that integrates a 4G modem to connect to the Internet and a Wi-Fi access point to share the connection with several devices with a simple 4G SIM card. Basically, it is a kind of handheld router that has the advantage of being simple and easy to use. And among the many models on the market, we have selected six reference products for all uses and budgets.
Netgear Nighthawk M1 (MR1100)
The Netgear Nighthawk M1 (MR1100) is simply the best 4G router. Indeed, the device is compatible with 4G LTE categories 16, one of the highest to date, capable in this case of aggregating 4 frequency bands with its 4×4 MIMO antennas. It can reach a speed of 1000 Mbit/s in download and 150 Mbit/s in upload, if the network allows it. Thanks to its Ethernet port – or USB port – it also offers a much more stable wired connection than Wi-Fi, which is perfect for connecting a laptop or PC to the Internet.
Netgear AirCard 790: the tactile alternative to the MR 1100
The Netgear AirCard 790 is a good 4G router. It is compatible with 4G LTE category 6 and can reach a download speed of 300 Mbit/s. This 4G router is therefore slower than the previous model, but still offers a very satisfactory connection. If you are looking for a more stable connection, you can connect directly to it via a USB port, which will load the modem at the same time.
TP-Link M7350: the affordable 4G pocket
The TP-Link M7350 is a very small case that fits in a pocket. This 4G router can reach 150 Mb/s in download and 50 Mb/s in upload, which is more than enough to watch good quality videos on YouTube and Netflix, for example.
You can use it for 8 hours until the next charge and connect up to 10 devices. And even though it’s small, TP-Link has found a way to embed a 1.4-inch OLED screen in it to get information about its connection.