Using a MiFi Device as a Travel Companion

30 April 2022

Should you consider a MiFi hotspot for mobile internet while travelling?

As we begin to re-open offices, we’re also starting to travel for meetings, conferences, commutes and everything in-between. Especially on long journeys, we’re still expected to prepare presentations, solve bugs, download and edit videos, and prepare research. For all of these things, we need the internet.

Why are the current mobile internet solutions so poor?

Firstly, you should be extremely careful if you use public wi-fi, the dangers of it have been shown countless times. Even when using a VPN, the service on public wi-fi tends to be sub-par and constantly turning off and on, making simple actions like loading a web page turn into 10-minute feats.

Using a mobile hotspot sometimes works, but ends up with a lot of the same issues, and unless you have a large data contract, streaming videos on a high-quality screen ends up very quickly killing all of your available data for the month, not to mention the huge battery-drain that hot-spotting does. (And usually, it tends to be incredibly slow!)

Using MiFi on a long journey

I recently used the Inseego M2000 Mobile Hotspot during a 6-hour train from Lincolnshire to Southampton. I had full use of the MiFi device for the entire journey, and it changed my experience of working during travel.

Inseego M2000 MiFi mobile hotspot

The first few hours of my journey contained a 40 minute change-over, as well as a train passing through several slow-service spots. During this time, I saw a large amount of losses in wifi coverage on the train itself, while the Mifi router remained relatively stable.

However, the MiFi router truly showed its power and capability whilst I waited for a change-over. When in a stationary position at Grantham station, I had over 100Mbps download with 50mbps upload. This would be impressive for an office set-up, let alone a stray pocket device!

This allowed me to work, as well as watch an Amazon conference video on Youtube, and upload videos to google drive, all at once, when usually, I’d struggle to view a video at 360p.

When stopping by London, the MiFi device allowed me to work securely and effectively at a coffee shop, with a faster connection than I would usually get using a Wifi and VPN and far better than the connection from my phone.

Using a 5G Mifi device in a public place

Speed Test: Mobile Phone 5G hotspot Vs 5G Mifi hotspot

During the journey, I performed a speed test using my Pixel 6 5G phone as a hotspot and compared it to the Inseego M2000 5G Mifi hotspots. The tests were performed minutes apart and the results are astonishing:

5g mobile phone hotspot speed test
Speed from my 5G enabled Pixel 6 running a hot-spot
5g mifi hotspot speed test
Speed from the Mi-Fi Device minutes apart!

As you can see, download speeds on the Mifi were 10X faster than on the mobile phone, and upload speeds were more than 2X quicker.

MiFi, the perferct mobile internet travel companion

The MiFi provided me with high-speed wireless connectivity without the need to be charged or plugged in as its ‘all day battery’ lived up to its name, which also saved my phone’s battery as it didn’t need to act as a hotspot anymore.

In conclusion, as travel becomes a requirement for many roles and mobile conferences become more popular, devices such as the MiFi router are going to become a necessary need, especially in order to work effectively remotely!

The unlocked Inseego M2000 Mifi hotspot is available to buy SIM-free or with an unlimited data plan here.

Damian Bemben, Net4

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