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Is there a pocket router you can recommend?
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Is there a pocket router you can recommend?

YmpkerYmpker Member
edited January 26 in General

So a really non-techy family member who does not want to deal with setting up a hotspot on phone wants a portable router where they can plug in their data SIM, it creates a wifi hotspot for all their devices and connect to it easily when on the go. Any recommendations in that regard?

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  • Huawei make most of the ones in the UK. The phone networks tend to rebrand them and cripple them a little bit. I had one in my car for a bit before I got unlimited data :)

  • @michaels said: Huawei make most of the ones in the UK. The phone networks tend to rebrand them and cripple them a little bit. I had one in my car for a bit before I got unlimited data :)

    Should be able to take it in a Cafe/Park/wherever too ;)

  • SpartanHostSpartanHost Member, Provider

    @michaels said: Huawei make most of the ones in the UK. The phone networks tend to rebrand them and cripple them a little bit. I had one in my car for a bit before I got unlimited data :)

    Who have you got 'unlimited data' from, apart from Three's all you can eat (30gb tethering (assuming you don't use a workaround))?

  • I use a Mikrotik mAP with a USB dongle for this. Works off USB or a wide range of DC input voltages and its an actual router that does actual useful stuff, rather than the horrible consumer mobile APs that are mostly broken...

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  • @SpartanHost said:

    @michaels said: Huawei make most of the ones in the UK. The phone networks tend to rebrand them and cripple them a little bit. I had one in my car for a bit before I got unlimited data :)

    Who have you got 'unlimited data' from, apart from Three's all you can eat (30gb tethering (assuming you don't use a workaround))?

    I get 10 GB highspeed LTE data and after it's been consumed unlimited data (throttled to 1 mbit/s which is more than fair for phones).

  • SpartanHostSpartanHost Member, Provider

    @Ympker said:

    @SpartanHost said:

    @michaels said: Huawei make most of the ones in the UK. The phone networks tend to rebrand them and cripple them a little bit. I had one in my car for a bit before I got unlimited data :)

    Who have you got 'unlimited data' from, apart from Three's all you can eat (30gb tethering (assuming you don't use a workaround))?

    I get 10 GB highspeed LTE data and after it's been consumed unlimited data (throttled to 1 mbit/s which is more than fair for phones).

    Ah I see, I'm aware of those kind of 'unlimited' plans.

  • @SpartanHost said:

    @Ympker said:

    @SpartanHost said:

    @michaels said: Huawei make most of the ones in the UK. The phone networks tend to rebrand them and cripple them a little bit. I had one in my car for a bit before I got unlimited data :)

    Who have you got 'unlimited data' from, apart from Three's all you can eat (30gb tethering (assuming you don't use a workaround))?

    I get 10 GB highspeed LTE data and after it's been consumed unlimited data (throttled to 1 mbit/s which is more than fair for phones).

    Ah I see, I'm aware of those kind of 'unlimited' plans.

    Well usual throttle in Germany is to 32 kbit/s so 1 mbit/s is really "high speed". And for youtube 720p and browsing it just works fine. FB etc, too. Cant complain.

    Telekom offers trully unlimited highspeed LTE for 300€/month. I rather pay 25€/mo with my plan.

  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith Administrator, Top Provider

    I have 3 or 4 spares, I can post you one if you want?

    I bought a bunch of them for a project ages ago.

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  • YmpkerYmpker Member
    edited January 26

    @AnthonySmith said: I have 3 or 4 spares, I can post you one if you want?

    I bought a bunch of them for a project ages ago.

    Freebies? If yes, I will gladly accept :) Although one would be enough. Perhaps you can send me the details of the three via PM or just give me the one you need the least.

  • Yeah I am on three unlimited for my mobile, no but 30Gb was enough in my car and for camping.

  • I can suggest AC750 Wireless Travel Router by TP Link for one that works with 4G modems as well as containing WISP, which has come in handy when I have to pay per device to access networks. Have used it on a cruise ship network registering only one device. It is a consumer type product, but does contain a lot of features and works well. Had to use it as a temporary router for a shared household and it held up like a champ!

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  • Quite like the EE Osprey devices, they're practical and have 12-24? hours of battery or usb-plugged in for power, accept data sim and simple to setup. Use these at work and they're fantastic for connecting devices of anyone from a 3rd party in meetings etc. Not too expensive either, I believe they can also be unlocked?

    Jr System Administrator

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  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith Administrator, Top Provider

    Ympker said: Freebies? If yes, I will gladly accept :) Although one would be enough. Perhaps you can send me the details of the three via PM or just give me the one you need the least.

    I will dig them out tomorrow, they are nothing special, but they all work fine.

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  • @AnthonySmith said:

    Ympker said: Freebies? If yes, I will gladly accept :) Although one would be enough. Perhaps you can send me the details of the three via PM or just give me the one you need the least.

    I will dig them out tomorrow, they are nothing special, but they all work fine.

    Sure thing! Im worn out today anyway so no need to hurry and look for them today :P

  • sureiamsureiam Member
    edited January 27

    Those mobile hotspots are all basically carrier specific. You can get them used on ebay cheaply but then you gotta get service for hotspots from the carriers.

    Now for something you might like for yourself.

    I Have had this for sometime now and it has exceeded my expectations for $24. Definitely worth much more.

    https://www.hootoo.com/hootoo-tripmate-ht-tm01-wireless-router.html

    It can charge my phone 1.5 times over and does wireless bridging plus network router. Additionally it'll create a private network from a public wifi which is pretty handy. I used it once to extend the range of free WiFi from the lobby to a hotel room outside on the balcony. Left it out all night battery was still running next day. Amazing for price and size.

  • WSSWSS Member
    edited January 26

    How about a router they can connect to their phone via USB? I really dig my MT-300a, but it only does USB tethering; it doesn't have a place for a GSM SIM.

    Take a look at GL-Inets' offers. I know a couple of them are self-contained with wireless. They're all OpenWRT/LEDE based, and they share the code.

    Their default build has a custom non-LuCI interface that even the simplest fucktard can figure out.. and you can drop OpenVPN .ovpn files on it and blam, it's setup.

    I don't go anywhere without my MT-300A. It's got an SD-Card slot in it so I've got 32GB for private encrypted docs/support software/etc..

    I won't be back until @bsdguy is released.

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  • @WSS

    lol

    Why not check my site (https://dawgy.pw) out? If you need to upload a few GIFs, give https://i.dawgy.pw a try <3

  • WSSWSS Member

    @doghouch said: @WSS lol

    I remember back in the early 90s where the colo/transit company I worked for branded an NE2K compatible card to sell networking along with the frame/T1s.

    It wasn't so cringeworthly back then.

    I won't be back until @bsdguy is released.

  • WSSWSS Member

    @carcosa

    does not want to deal with setting up a hotspot on phone wants a portable router

    Those need a USB modem

    I won't be back until @bsdguy is released.

  • Wow this sounds nice, how portible are these things?

    Could you store it in a secure place in your backpack with no other stuff and use it while walking?

    I am the ban hammer of LET. Fear Me.

  • AuroraZAuroraZ Member
    edited January 28

    @hammer said: Wow this sounds nice, how portible are these things?

    Could you store it in a secure place in your backpack with no other stuff and use it while walking?

    Yeap got as long as the batteries last.

    E: not easy being cheesy on my phone in full LET mode. No craptastic mobile site for me!!!!!!!!!!

    Dont'TalkAboutLetClub @WSS stole my IP Address.

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  • hammer said: Wow this sounds nice, how portible are these things?

    Could you store it in a secure place in your backpack with no other stuff and use it while walking?

    yeah sure why not. I always put it in my pocket. it's not more than half size of a cellphone

  • WSSWSS Member

    You can get a few of them which come with battery packs, so you can get a few hours between charges without needing another power source.

    I won't be back until @bsdguy is released.

  • lurchlurch Member

    TP-Link MR3020 with usb dongle which can run openwrt etc. Or EE osprey (can be network unlocked for like 99p) the osprey is easiest as all self contained just insert sim and switch on. I have one I can sell you.

  • pincpinc Member

    @hammer said: Could you store it in a secure place in your backpack with no other stuff and use it while walking?

    Sure, powerbank+globalsim in your pocket. But I have to warn - those HUAWEIs have really shitty software. Driving me mad every time I try to read SMS or check the balance.

  • I'm confused. Are we literally not just talking about a wireless hotspot? Like anyone of these many devices?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=t+mobile+hotspot&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch

  • @sureiam said: I'm confused. Are we literally not just talking about a wireless hotspot? Like anyone of these many devices?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=t+mobile+hotspot&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch

    Nah more about a surf stick kinda thing in form of a router where you can insert a data SIM card.

  • @pinc said:

    @hammer said: Could you store it in a secure place in your backpack with no other stuff and use it while walking?

    Sure, powerbank+globalsim in your pocket. But I have to warn - those HUAWEIs have really shitty software. Driving me mad every time I try to read SMS or check the balance.

    I've never had a problem with that. There's native app from huawei (hilink) available for android and ios, allows you to read/write sms easily and configure the router settings like ssid, network preference, etc, with nice interface. The app itself regularly updated.

    One feature I like is what they called "wifi extender" which basically a wifi client, that will automatically connect to known wifi network so you wont use your cellular data quota

  • sureiamsureiam Member
    edited January 28

    @Ympker said:

    @sureiam said: I'm confused. Are we literally not just talking about a wireless hotspot? Like anyone of these many devices?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=t+mobile+hotspot&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch

    Nah more about a surf stick kinda thing in form of a router where you can insert a data SIM card.

    I swear we're talking about the same thing. Those are hotspots. You get them from a mobile carrier (or used on ebay). They give you a data sim card, you put it in and it creates a private wifi network. Runs off it's own battery or can be plugged in.

    Like these:

    https://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/mobile-broadband/providers/ee-mobile-broadband#/?contractLengths=&amp;data=Any&amp;deviceType=&amp;giftCategories=&amp;handsetColours=&amp;handsets=&amp;includeExistingCustomers=true&amp;includeRefurbished=true&amp;includeResellers=true&amp;internalStorage=Any&amp;isFourG=&amp;merchants=&amp;minutes=Any&amp;monthlyCost=Any&amp;networks=EE&amp;phoneCost=Any&amp;productType=mobileBroadband&amp;simType=Any&amp;sortBy=Avg monthly cost&amp;texts=Any

    No?

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  • @sureiam said:

    @Ympker said:

    @sureiam said: I'm confused. Are we literally not just talking about a wireless hotspot? Like anyone of these many devices?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=t+mobile+hotspot&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch

    Nah more about a surf stick kinda thing in form of a router where you can insert a data SIM card.

    I swear we're talking about the same thing. Those are hotspots. You get them from a mobile carrier (or used on ebay). They give you a data sim card, you put it in and it creates a private wifi network. Runs off it's own battery or can be plugged in.

    Okay then we are. My bad. Sorry english is not my first language :P I might have missunderstood you somewhere down the line.

  • sureiamsureiam Member
    edited January 28

    @Ympker said:

    @sureiam said:

    @Ympker said:

    @sureiam said: I'm confused. Are we literally not just talking about a wireless hotspot? Like anyone of these many devices?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=t+mobile+hotspot&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch

    Nah more about a surf stick kinda thing in form of a router where you can insert a data SIM card.

    I swear we're talking about the same thing. Those are hotspots. You get them from a mobile carrier (or used on ebay). They give you a data sim card, you put it in and it creates a private wifi network. Runs off it's own battery or can be plugged in.

    Okay then we are. My bad. Sorry english is not my first language :P I might have missunderstood you somewhere down the line.

    No problem. Then ya just get it from your mobile carrier of choice. They are normally included with the data service. Don't purchase them if possible as they are basically useless without active service anyway (they have no other function). Also you will want one with the right bands to match the mobile carrier you go with so again best to get it from them.

    This is where I got that last link from by the way

    https://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/mobile-broadband/guides/mobile-wifi

    I don't know where your from but googling (carrier of choice) hotspot will probably get you there.

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  • Use huawei 4G mifi (mobile wifi) which is compatible with your telco there. I like those models which can plug in external antenna for strong signal (little 1 bar on ur phone became full strength on ur router)

    E5573 (https://consumer.huawei.com/in/support/mobile-broadband/e5573/) is the model I recommended to many since 2-3 years ago (try to find newer model in your location) + external antenna (5dBi or 30 dBi).

    signature for rent - ^_^

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  • I will recommend GL-iNet, it's based on OpenWrt, what i really like about this router is it's power consumption are so low, very low until some powerbank will auto cut off because discharge rate are too low.

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  • pincpinc Member

    @NanoG6 said: I've never had a problem with that. There's native app from huawei (hilink) available for android and ios, allows you to read/write sms easily and configure the router settings like ssid, network preference, etc, with nice interface. The app itself regularly updated.

    Mkay, let me clarify. What I called 'shitty software' is the standard webadmin page of the router. I would expect to do everything from there without installing any additional apps. Another piece of crapware is the desktop client for windows which looks 90-ish, installs several services and runs regardless of the fact you actually using the router. And it's needed only because standard webadmin page doesn't allow you to change some settings like roaming mode or wi-fi extension you've mentioned.

  • Gonna get a huawei from the data sim isp i guess :P Thanks everyone!

  • shellshell Member

    i'm using huawei e5577 unlocked
    support 3G 2100, 4G FDD 1800, 4G TDD 2300

  • freerangecloudfreerangecloud Member, Provider

    @tehdan said: I use a Mikrotik mAP with a USB dongle for this. Works off USB or a wide range of DC input voltages and its an actual router that does actual useful stuff, rather than the horrible consumer mobile APs that are mostly broken...

    Second the Mikrotik gear! I use a ton of it for both my home network and datacenter stuff and love the interface after getting used to it. The nice thing about separating the router from the modem is if you end up with a carrier-locked dongle, you can just swap out the dongle for another carrier with minimal disruption to your router's config.

    VPS, Shared Hosting, Routed Subnets and more - https://freerangecloud.com

  • barkbark Member

    GL-AR300M. Get it, play with it. Learn how to use it.Incredibly powerful. Native OVPN, Shadowsocks, and many instantly downloadable addon tools. Excellent intuitive interface. Try it for one day and you'll understand why owners of this tiny travel router consider everything else to be just toys.

  • WSSWSS Member

    @freerangecloud said: Second the Mikrotik gear!

    I appreciate your name+avatar combo.

    So, @Ympker - that's three of us so far who roll with GL..

    I won't be back until @bsdguy is released.

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  • @WSS said:

    @freerangecloud said: Second the Mikrotik gear!

    I appreciate your name+avatar combo.

    So, @Ympker - that's three of us so far who roll with GL..

    Make it 4.

    Dont'TalkAboutLetClub @WSS stole my IP Address.

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  • I have a Huawei 3g mifi unit that's been running non stop for 3years almost.

    It has 5200mah of lithium battery backup inside too (2x cells i think)

    I bought it because it came with a 10/100 Ethernet port, so I can hook it up to a bigger router if necessary. (Huawei has number of network 'modes' configurable in its web ui. I remember it covered all my possible network configurations)

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  • @WSS ordered a GL to try, too.

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  • iKeyZiKeyZ Member

    @Ympker said: @WSS ordered a GL to try, too.

    Glad I saw this thread, my tp-link I was using before died last week, so I've just ordered one too.

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  • WSSWSS Member

    I love my GL-MT300A. Their customized OpenWRT/LEDE is geared to newbs, but there's an "Advanced" link which will drop you straight into LuCI. It uses standard packages and is supported by the main OpenWRT/LEDE project so you can always just load stock if you don't like easy OpenVPN management.

    I won't be back until @bsdguy is released.

  • iKeyZiKeyZ Member

    @WSS said: I love my GL-MT300A. Their customized OpenWRT/LEDE is geared to newbs, but there's an "Advanced" link which will drop you straight into LuCI. It uses standard packages and is supported by the main OpenWRT/LEDE project so you can always just load stock if you don't like easy OpenVPN management.

    I just ordered the GL-MT300M, it should be here tomorrow so I'll have to have a play with it. Haven't used OpenWRT in quite a while now so that's probably handy.

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