Wifi hotspots for cars: How to Use In-Vehicle Wi-Fi Hotspot

Best WiFi Hotspot Devices for Internet in Your Car 2023

In this article: We’ll review 7 of our best pick WiFi hotspot devices that’ll bring internet to your vehicle, with quick reviews of each, photos, our opinion and price comparisons to help you save money.

  • WiFi on-the-go
  • Best WiFi Hotspot Devices For Your Car – Our Top Picks
    • Novatel Jetpack MiFi 7730L
    • Netgear AirCard 790S
    • Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS800L
    • Alcatel Hotspot 4G LTE
    • ZTE Velocity 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot
    • KuWFi 300Mbps 3G 4G LTE Car WiFi
  • When you need a mobile WiFi device
  • Alternative technologies
  • 3G versus 4G – and what about 5G?

Everyone wants to stay connected. There are emails and texts to read, videos to watch and games to play. Use your phone for these though and you’re burning through megabytes and gigabytes of data. Wouldn’t it be better if you could get on WiFi everywhere you go?

That’s the idea behind mobile hotspot devices. They let you create a WiFi network, just like the one you have at home but portable. No more lingering over a cold coffee in Starbucks while you use their WiFi: just connect instantly wherever you are.

WiFi on-the-go

The subject of this article is mobile hotspot devices. More specifically, we’re going to review eight of the best-selling such devices so you can decide which will suit you, your family or maybe your customers, best.

If you haven’t already been through our other piece on this subject, “How to get WiFi in Your Car”, you might want to take a look before reading this. It provides a more general introduction to the why’s and how’s of in-car WiFi but without the individual product reviews. Here we’ll quickly summarize the advantages before getting into the details of what to look for and why.

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Best WiFi Hotspot Devices For Your Car – Our Top Picks

Novatel Jetpack MiFi 7730L

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$131. 55 at Amazon.com

$199.99 at Bestbuy.com

Novatel Jetpack MiFi 7730L Quick Review

This uses the Verizon 4G LTE network so you can expect coverage almost everywhere in the US and high speeds. (A nano-SIM card is needed to get on the network.) Real-world battery life is up to 15 hours and it weighs only 5.4oz, so it’s very portable.

The touchscreen works well and helps with initial setup. It shows data used so you can keep track of your consumption. Along the sides you’ll find a USB-A charging outlet and two antenna ports. It provides both 2.4 and 5 GHz simultaneously and users report good range.

Netgear AirCard 790S

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$399.99 at Amazon.com

Netgear AirCard 790S Quick Review

This relatively simple devices weighs-in at 4.8 oz, connects up to 15 devices and has 2.4” color touchscreen with data usage monitor. In other words, it’s a fairly basic hotspot that’s easy to set up and use. Battery life is a claimed 11 hours. It operates on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, requires a microSIM card and provides dual TS-9 antenna ports.

Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS800L

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$99.99 at Amazon.com

Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS800L Quick Review

Very small and also inexpensive, the particular one reviewed here is locked to Verizon but you may be able to find them for other networks.

About the size of a credit card and weighing under 3 oz, it allows connections to eight devices. There is a very small display that shows how many devices are connected, plus data usage, battery life & network signal strength. Battery life is up to 10 hours. It does require that you buy a SIM card separately.

Alcatel Hotspot 4G LTE

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$39.99 at Amazon.com

Alcatel Hotspot 4G LTE Quick Review

Historically, T-Mobile has not offered a lot of hotspot options. This is device is available both on their network and unlocked.

It’s a more basic device with no display, just indicator lights to let you know it’s working, and it works only on 2.4GHz. It does allow up to 15 connections, weighs 3.7 oz and has a battery life of about six hours. A USB port makes car charging easy but there are no antenna ports. You will need to buy a separate SIM card.

ZTE Velocity 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot

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$69.00 at Amazon.com

ZTE Velocity 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot Quick Review

This is the second generation Velocity hotspot, and reportedly much improved over the first. It provides 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi frequencies and lets you connect up to 10 devices simultaneously. Battery life is 10 hours and it charges through USB-C charger. There is an easy to use touchscreen display and the devices weighs 8 oz. It does need a microSIM card.

KuWFi 300Mbps 3G 4G LTE Car WiFi

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KuWFi 300Mbps 3G 4G LTE Car WiFi Quick Review

This is a little different to the other mobile devices reviewed here. It’s a big chunky box with four antennas that create a vaguely menacing appearance. It also needs more in the way of technical skills to set up. There’s a USB port plus four LAN Ethernet ports, an SD card slot and a SIM card slot. It will support AT&T, Verizon and Sprint networks with the appropriate SIM card. Weight is 1.76 lbs.

When you need a mobile WiFi device

Phones are wonderful devices in many ways but they have some limitations too. Here’s a list of ways in which mobile WiFi beats a cellular connection.

  • Data caps. Unless you’re on a costly unlimited plan there’s a limit to how many hours of video and music you can download each month. WiFi overcomes that.
  • Working on a big screen. Spreadsheets and graphics are just two examples of software products that are hard to use on a phone. When the boss emails that big file you want to be able to read it while you’re on the road.
  • Using a keyboard and mouse. Ditto to the above.
  • Connect multiple devices simultaneously. Say you’re on a family roadtrip and everyone wants to use their device: with a WiFi hotspot you can all get on the same network. The same applies to those awkward work trips colleagues are sometimes forced to make.
  • Security. Public WiFi hotspots are vulnerable to attack. That might not be a concern if you’re just checking Facebook but would you bank over a connection like that? A personal mobile hotspot is far more secure.

Alternative technologies

Check the settings on your phone and you’ll probably see it has a “hotspot” function. This lets you set up a mobile WiFi network. It’s a good option when you need to connect a few devices for a short period, but over longer periods it has some negatives.

  • Drains the battery – phone must be plugged in to charge
  • Uses your data plan
  • Cellular service providers dislike “tethering” (using your phone as a hotspot,) because it sends a lot of data through their network. Even on an unlimited plan your provider may impose penalties or speed caps.
  • Limit to how many devices can be connected. (Typically three to five.)

3G versus 4G – and what about 5G?

3G, 4G and in the near future, 5G, refer to cellular network speeds. This is relevant because mobile hotspot devices send and receive data over cellular networks. 4G is faster than 3G, and 5G promises to be faster still. When shopping for a device it’s important to consider what speed you’ll need.

The two drivers behind this are: the number of devices you expect to connect and what you’ll be doing with them. If you’re investing in a mobile hotspot purely to send and receive email while out of the office a 3G connection may be fast enough. Alternatively, if you want WiFi in a RV so a small brood of kids can all watch different movies at the same time you should definitely go for 4G. (And 5G will be even better when it becomes available)

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The main equipment of all the sets presented here are an antenna-cable and a modem-router.

The antenna is installed on the roof or inside the car, providing more reliable 3G/4G signal reception. This means that the Internet connection will be more stable and faster. The modem (router) creates a WiFi zone in the car for a different number of people.

All kits are designed with the possibility of self-installation.

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In the modern device of the world, the Internet is needed everywhere. It can be useful in a private car for a long trip, for taxi passengers and for clients of bus tourist routes.

For uninterrupted network operation for such a number of users, a specially selected equipment is needed.

In this section you will find the best solutions from our engineers.

Almost all systems are suitable for all telecom operators and work in any mode.

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Important: There are more primitive ways to set up the Internet in a car using a phone, smartphone or WiFi in the cigarette lighter – you might think. I will try to explain briefly why the usual solutions that surround us in everyday life will not work.

The modern world today can no longer be imagined without communications and the Internet. The development of Internet technologies and mobile communications is already everywhere and the arrow flies in the direction of improving the quality and speed of processed information, but what about cars ?, because motorists, like pedestrians, also need communication, the only difference is that the car also moves on different speeds.

Just a couple of years ago, an option like Wi-Fi in a car was something fantastic, but today, thanks to various technologies and developments in engineering, the Internet in a car is becoming a completely normal topic. Also, car Internet today is very useful and even necessary at some points.

Not all motorists have already figured out how to implement a stable WiFi access point in the car so that the Internet is always stable. I will try to explain what complex solution can be used for reliable signal reception at speeds.

To implement an access point in a car, of course, you can use various options for setting up the Internet, but all the Internet communication technologies used are different.

Important! – there is a huge difference regarding the access point you set up yourself using a phone or cigarette lighter adapter and a device like Wi-Fi Internet 3G/4G5G/LTE with an access point that integrates into your car and is configured. In addition, it is important to understand that a separate SIM card with no limit and the correct tariff is much more convenient.

Wi-Fi internet in — 3G/ 4G/ 5G/ LTE router, access point for the car

Many car owners have already appreciated the need for internet in the car, given the amount spent in traffic jams and just on long trips. Especially if you are carrying passengers, very often people on trips simply have nothing to do but look out the window and get bored. And having a stable Wi-Fi Internet in the car, each passenger will be able to keep busy or just have fun.

  • High coefficients for amplifying Internet signals at all existing frequencies up to 27 dB;
  • Different polarization for transmitting and receiving a signal, to increase the speed of the Internet;
  • Support for all applicable communication standards LTE-800/ UMTS-900/ GSM-900/ LTE-1800/ GSM-1800/ UMTS-2100/ WiFi-2400/ LTE-2600;
  • Data transmission via digital communication channels, allowing to increase the reception and transmission of content;
  • Antennas are suitable for amplifying the signal of any telecom operator;
  • Combining the capacities of Russian telecom operators – 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 Sim-cards;
  • External device configuration via COM port via TCP/IP / RS232/RS485/ Server Modbus TCP to RTU;
  • Remote maintenance monitoring and control;
  • Ethernet machine speed 10/100 Mbps.

3G / 4G USB modem with WiFi in the car – well, something is completely wrong

Any motorist can buy and install a Wi-Fi USB modem or Wi-Fi integrated for the cigarette lighter in his car. All you need is to buy a modem, connect it to the network and set up the Internet in it.

Yes, but how stable and high-quality signal reception will such a device have?, Internet coverage areas are not equally good everywhere, even in a metropolis. Also, such an Internet will not be able to download quickly, if at all it can download larger files from the Internet, also watching video content can be with gaps and download swaps, which is not very comfortable when watching online video, audio content.

Also, if several devices are connected to one USB modem at once, then the speed decreases and it becomes uncomfortable to work online.

And the most important disadvantage is the discharge of the battery in the phone, your phone will be very quickly discharged and heated, which can very quickly make it unusable. And the cost of the phone compared to additional WiFi Internet equipment is much less.

Stable and high-speed Internet in your car

For car owners who need high-quality and stable Wi-Fi Internet in the car while driving at speeds up to 150 km/h and above, with data transfer from 10 Mb/s to 100 Mb/s, our specialists recommend installing equipment designed for non-standard conditions, and have good characteristics and performance, and most importantly, the ability to integrate a WiFi solution into your car.

Solution: is a special high-speed Wi-Fi router for the car, which has a built-in amplifier and signal reception aggregator from 2 / 4 / 6 different mobile operators and mobile Internet. Such devices have a built-in adder and at the output allow you to get a stable Internet.

Usually, the car modem package includes: the router itself for a different number of Sim-cards that supports all Russian telecom operators, antennas of different directions (external and hidden installation) with confident signal reception, wires, blocks and power wires that do not knock down the reception signal , connection guide.

The advantage of the car WiFi router

Considering the multiple parameters of slots for Sim-cards, which can be in the modem 2/4/6/8, etc., and the functionality of summing the received signals from several mobile operators at once, while being amplified, at the output you get stable internet in the car.

Useful: the system is on the fingers – if the router does not see the operator of one connection, then there will be a swap or direct connection from the second Sim card. Or the connection will be made from a SIM card available on the network. Also, the adder allows you to increase the speed of the received signal, for example – if the speed of one operator is not enough, then the speed of the second Sim card is added.

Also, I would like to note that a separately installed car router has an increased swap bandwidth, this is necessary so that no one feels left out when accessing the Internet while driving in a car, and the radius of the Internet field is up to about 30 meters, It all depends on the strength of the WiFi antennas.