- Use a pocket WiFi device to set up your own portable WiFi zone
- Connect multiple devices to your mobile broadband connection
- Prices typically start around $40 for around 3GB of data.
As hot spotting becomes more and more of a common function on our smartphones, you may be wondering why we are still talking about pocket WiFi.
Rather than being outdated by mobile tethering, pocket WiFi router technology has also been improving over the years and can be a worthwhile investment if it fits your needs.
What is pocket WiFi?
Pocket WiFi is a mobile broadband device that connects to mobile phone towers using a SIM card. It provides an internet connection that is broadcast over a WiFi signal which you can pick up on your laptop, smartphone, iPad or any other WiFi enabled device. Just like a normal WiFi modem it is extremely easy and recommended to set up a password so that nobody can access your data supply without your permission.
What are the advantages of pocket WiFi?
One reason why you might need to use a portable Wi-Fi router is because of the security it provides, compared to using a public Wi-Fi access point.
Whenever you connect to the WiFi offered at your favourite café or at the public library to access your banking or other sensitive information, you are running the risk of someone being able to easily hack in.
Your own pocket WiFi, on the other hand, offers higher security with password protection as well as more often than not, WPA (Wireless Protected Access) and WPA-2 Encryption.
Furthermore, although pocket WiFis share similarities to mobile tethering such as being extremely portable and easy to share with others, pocket WiFis tend to eat up less of your battery life. Not to mention, some pocket WiFi devices are multifunction and can even double as a charging pack for when you’re on the go. Not to mention, mobile data is typically very expensive, and a better deal might exist with pocket WiFi for any instances where multiple users need to access large amounts of image and video data. Not to mention, for many people living in remote areas, NBN or ADSL might not an option. If you are in that situation, pocket WiFi might be an alternative.
Prices typically start around $40 for around 3GB of data. What is important to weigh up is if the pocket WiFi is locked into a service provider or not, what data plans are available, how many devices can connect at a time and if it has any extra functions like doubling as a power bank.
If you have any further questions about pocket WiFi or what might be the best option for you, please don't hesitate to call us on 1300 106 571