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What is the difference between a Mobile Hotspot and a 4G LTE Router ?

A 3G/4G/LTE Wireless Router is a NAT router with module to connect to a mobile network. It usually includes a slot for a SIM card, and it can serve as an access point to multiple WiFi enabled client devices, such as laptops, PCs, tablets, smartphones, etc. It usually has LAN ports for connecting wired clients, and it can also be referred to as a 3G/4G WiFi Router. 4G variants usually have two external antenna ports for MIMO transmissions. Mobile routers are designed to remain mostly stationary at the customer premises and provide internet access via mobile networks.

In contrast, a 3G/4G/LTE Mobile Hotspot is a much smaller variant (a.k.a. LTE MiFi, or 4G Mobile WiFi) designed to be easily transported and to provide internet access on the go. Hotspots are portable travel routers that allow for mobile network connectivity and a very small number of clients, most of them have no LAN ports for wired client devices. Some may have a built-in battery for internet access where power is not readily available.

  User Reviews/Comments:
by anonymous - 2020-08-07 02:39
Is there any difference b/w Mobile Hotspot and Wifi Router with the same sim card?
by Philip - 2020-08-07 11:17
Not really, other than maybe the size of the unit (mobile router may be larger, with external antennas), and the fact that mobile hotspots may often have a built-in battery while routers don't. Functionality-wise they should be about the same.
by anonymous - 2021-01-26 05:18
Is there an internet speed difference between a LTE wireless router and a MiFi device?
by philip - 2021-01-26 08:35
A MiFi device is intended as a personal device, for a small area network and a few clients. A LTE wireless router in general is usually more stationary device, designed to serve more clients and consume more power, may have external antennas, wall power adapter, etc.
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