If you’re traveling a lot and carrying your gadgets with you, portable Wi-Fi routers are pretty useful. They help you share the Wi-Fi in your hotel, home, office or anywhere else with friends, family, and colleagues traveling with you- paying one fee for everyone. The advantages of using a portable router are many: no hassle, easy to install and small enough to slip into your pocket. Some devices even keep your gadgets charged while they’re connected.
There are different types of portable WiFi routers with different capabilities. Based on your budget, you can opt for a minimum functionality device or a really fancy one with a lot of options. Most of these routers support multiple operating modes like Access point, Bridge, Client, Router, and Repeater for a broad wireless networking experience at home or work.
Access point: This is the default mode where the portable router shares a wired broadband connection wirelessly with one or more clients.
Router mode: In this mode, you connect the portable router to a DSLor cable modem and it becomes a fully functional wireless router.
Repeater mode: The router will extend the range of a wireless router or wireless access point.
Bridge mode: This allows you to connect your laptop or any other device with the portable router wired or wirelessly, in turn connecting with the primary device.
Client mode: With this mode, you can use this device as a wireless adapter for wired-only Ethernet-enabled devices like Smart TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes, or computers.
Our top recommendations
The TP-Link Nano Router is a tiny pocket sized router that is easy to use. It is powered by an external adapter or via a micro USB port. So unlike others, you can conveniently connect to the internet and share the connection.
D-Link all-in-one mobile Companion Router simplifies all your networking needs with much ease. Its multi functionality enables you to use it as a router, an access point, a Wi-Fi Hotspot, a repeater and a network attached storage unit that fits in the palm of your hand. It delivers excellent internet speed and connectivity at a very economical price.
There’s also Micromax 440W wireless router that can connect up to 32 devices. The 440 mAh battery offers up to 8 hours of high speed internet browsing with secured access to any WiFi device within 10 meters.