Question: What Is A Travel Router?
A travel router
is a category of broadband routers
designed to help people connect their mobile devices. Travel routers (also sometimes called mobile routers) typically possess several characteristics that distinguish them from other broadband routers:
- compact size - Many travel routers are only a few inches (less than 10 cm) in width or height and thin enough to slip into a pocket. Their small size makes them convenient to carry from place to place.
- battery powered - Good travel routers feature a built-in rechargeable battery that enables the router to be used for at least a few hours without being connected to an electrical outlet.
- tethering capability - To supply online connectivity when Ethernet or wireless hotspot services aren't available, a travel router shares Internet access via a tethered 3G/4G cell phone. (High-end mobile routers incorporate a built-in cellular modem that eliminates the need for tethering.)
- Wi-Fi client support - advanced routers can join hotspots as a Wi-Fi client and in turn share that same connection out to other clients via its own built-in access point.
Common Uses for Travel Routers
A mobile router can be used to
- help a family more conveniently share one paid Internet connection at a hotel
- allow business travelers to wirelessly share files with each other
- stay connected while hiking or boating outdoors