Ten things you must keep in mind while buying a Pocket WiFi router

Jun 30 2014, 13:34 IST
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There are different types of pocket WiFi devices with different capabilities There are different types of pocket WiFi devices with different capabilities
SummaryAnand Narang, Marketing Director, Huawei India explains how to pick up a pocket Wi-Fi router

Internet today is a must-have travel companion and every possible gadget is Wi-Fi enabled. However, when you are travelling in a group and need connectivity on the go, it is best to get a Wi-Fi router and create a hotspot so that that it can connect multiple devices at one go.

What is a Pocket WiFi Router Hotspot device: A pocket WiFi Hotspot device is a portable, small sized WiFi router with “WiFi hotspot” capability. You can connect this device to an Internet source and make it a WiFi hotspot, which allows multiple devices to connect to the internet. Most of the popular pocket WiFi devices are about the same size as a credit card, which makes it easy to carry wherever you go.

There are different types of pocket WiFi devices with different capabilities. Depending on your budget, you can go for a minimum functionality device or a really fancy device with a lot of options.

Here are ten things to keep in mind while buying a Pocket WiFi router:

• Data plans

If you are buying a locked device, check the data plans offered by the internet service provider.

There will be several plans offered under prepaid and postpaid categories. At times, service providers offer the device at a very cheap price but have expensive data plans.

To know the best plan for you as per your usage, click here.

• Locked or unlocked

This is one of the most important factor – is the device locked to a specific service provider? If you are getting the device very cheap, there is a very high possibility that the router is locked to a service provider. If you buy a locked device, you will not be able to use it with any other service providers. If you are investing your money into a Pocket Wi-Fi Router, go for an unlocked device so that you can change your service provider whenever you want.

• How many devices to connect at a time

Check how many devices can be connected to the router. Mostly, devices allow five connections, which seem to be reasonable. Depending on the usage, if you have a bigger family or plan to use it for small office, you may want to go for devices that allow higher number of connections.

• Compatibility with your service provider

Think about the service provider you are going to use most of the time. Not every internet service provider will have coverage in all

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