cellular hotspot

(redirected from Mobile Router)
Also found in: Acronyms.

cellular hotspot

A device that converts cellular 3G, 4G/LTE signals to Wi-Fi and vice versa. As long as a cellular signal is available, the device creates a local Wi-Fi hotspot to provide access to the Internet for some number of Wi-Fi devices nearby. The Wi-Fi speed depends mostly on the cellular connection.

Smartphone Hotspots
Smartphones have both cellular and Wi-Fi radios built in, and most phones can be made to cross-connect the two and turn the device into a portable hotspot for Wi-Fi-only tablets and laptops. Also called "tethering."

Mobile Hotspots
Small, dedicated units are available from all carriers. Also called a "portable hotspot," "personal hotspot," "mobile router," "mobile wireless router" and "travel router," the cellular fee is either added to the user's existing data plan, or a new plan must be activated.

However, a stand-alone hotspot is one more thing to travel with. To avoid packing yet another product, cellular service can be added to laptops by plugging in a USB dongle (see cellular modem). Tablets can be purchased with a built-in cellular modem in addition to the standard Wi-Fi. Like every smartphone, the tablet's cellular phone number must be activated, although it is used for data only in most cases.

Vehicle Hotspots
Built-in units provide a Wi-Fi hotspot within the cabin of a car or truck for all passengers. In-vehicle cellular hotspots are available for many makes and models, and third-party devices are also made that plug into the OBD port (see OBD).

Stationary Hotspots
Typically called a "mobile broadband router," stationary units include a full-blown Wi-Fi base station that supports more devices over a wider range than a mobile hotspot. See mobile broadband router. See cellular vs. Wi-Fi.


Portable or Stationary
Wi-Fi hotspots can be created when traveling or at home.







Widely Available
These Verizon, AT&T and Sprint devices create hotspots as long as they find a cellular signal. (Images courtesy of Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.)







Put It Anywhere
The advantage of a mobile hotspot is its portability.
References in periodicals archive ?
The new Cradlepoint NetCloud Solution Package features the companys newest ruggedized, all-in-one mobile router the IBR1700.
75G LTE Advanced Pro chip, GDM7243A, powers the new high-speed LTE mobile router developed by NEC Platforms (NECPF), and launched by UQ Communications (UQ) in Japan this month, the company said.
The new Netgear and Ooredoo device has been designed to be the best mobile broadband device ever and on top of the ability to deliver incredible download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, and upload speeds up to 150Mbps, the Nighthawk MR 1100 Mobile Router can connect up to 20 Wi-Fi enabled devices at a time (the largest number ever for an Ooredoo Mobile Broadband device).
Chao, "Experimentation and performance analysis of multi-interfaced mobile router scheme", Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, vol.
MNN3-HA encapsulates and sends it to Mobile Router 3's HA (HA-MR3).
Gemalto's Cinterion modules deliver rugged M2M connectivity powering a mobile router, provided by INSYS icom, which enables condition monitoring of the SOLARKIOSKs' photovoltaic panels and tracks energy production and consumption through a web interface.
The Guardvant Mobile Server on-board computer and Guardvant Mobile Router communications platform provide flexible options to streamline installation and use of multiple on-board applications regardless of the application brand.
6Mbps Mobile Router that also works as a battery bank.
In the NEMO, the mobile router (MR) is capable of changing its point of attachment to the Internet without disrupting higher layer connections of attached devices.
It will also release by the end of the year three ''au'' mobile phones, a mobile router and a tablet computer, the company said.
As prime contractor for the overall programme, Orange Business Services assured the integration of services and the communications infrastructure, and used the R&D teams of Orange to develop the mobile router for connectivity between the satellite and WiFi network.
Eurotech worked side-by-side with Cisco to deliver a cutting-edge mobile router solution that met our industry-leading technical requirements.

Full browser ?