Tips for Buying a Mobile Broadband Router

Choosing a mobile broadband router may seem like a major decision. While most wireless routers look similar, there are any number of different models to choose from, each with its own set of features. Here are some simple ways to help you narrow the list and choose which router to buy:


While costs vary in mobile broadband routers like they do in anything else, be sure you get what you pay for. You may find a router you like that costs much more than another one with the same features. Evaluate the differences before you buy to be sure it’s worth the extra money.

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Consumer reviews

Ask around and see what kind of mobile broadband router your friends have. Popular products are typically popular for a reason. Also check consumer ratings and online reviews for any router you’re considering. Satisfied customers are always a good sign that a specific model will perform as promised.


In the words of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor… “More Speed!” is good. Because mobile broadband routers define speed in megabits per second (Mbps), the higher the number, the faster the router. You can find routers with speeds up to 500 Mbps. Of course, the costs vary, and speed isn’t the only issue to consider, but it’s a factor to keep in mind.


Look at the manufacturer’s warranty before purchasing a wireless router, or any other equipment for that matter. How long is it good for? What are the terms? The better warranty usually means the better the product. A lighter weight warranty may signal a lack of quality that the manufacturer is aware of. Use this as one part of the criteria in choosing what to buy.

Size and style

If you plan to install your router where it will be seen by visitors or guests in your home, you’ll want to consider appearance. Color, shape, size and more vary tremendously among models and manufacturers. Look around until you find one that suits your tastes and fits your style.

These are some simple factors to compare as you begin to search for a mobile broadband router. If you’re still unsure, ask someone who understands your needs to recommend a model that will work best for you and your individual circumstances.