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MiFi or Cheap Android Device for Tethering? Suggestion Please

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Posts: 8,610
Registered: ‎20-04-2015

With the influx of inexpensive but quality phone, such as Xiaomi and Huawei, would it be a wiser choice to buy one of those Android phone as full-time tethering phone? LTE MiFi devices are costing at least 200+ from online market.

 

Any suggestion of Android device for tethering use? The candidate should have good battery life, replaceable battery (since it is stressed, battery may need replacements), good signal and LTE capable.


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Re: MiFi or Cheap Android Device for Tethering? Suggestion Please

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Posts: 136
Registered: ‎15-04-2015

I would prefer a 4G LTE Mifi device, supports more bands(depends one models), and it is made specially for the task. 

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Re: MiFi or Cheap Android Device for Tethering? Suggestion Please

SuperUser
Posts: 21
Registered: ‎15-04-2015

I just use whatever spare phone I have. Smiley Very Happy 

Used phones are cheap, again it depends on how fast you want.

Re: MiFi or Cheap Android Device for Tethering? Suggestion Please

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How many hours does your phone last for pure tethering use?


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Re: MiFi or Cheap Android Device for Tethering? Suggestion Please

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Registered: ‎29-06-2015

@MrOctopusK

i am using Aztech LTE mifi. Can last about 9 hour for LTE. i try to use smartphone as hotspot before but not so stable unless you just want to connect one device only.

If you plan to use on multiple device, i will suggest you use mifi as connection more stable.

Re: MiFi or Cheap Android Device for Tethering? Suggestion Please

SuperUser
Posts: 21
Registered: ‎15-04-2015

I think that also depends on the phone?

 

So far my experience on using Phone as hotspot works fine.

 

I recently got my hands on a D-Link Mi-Fi device that runs on USB power, too bad it's not 4G LTE. 

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Re: MiFi or Cheap Android Device for Tethering? Suggestion Please

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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎06-04-2015

Bought an cheap Alcatel OneTouch phone - initially as a backup phone. Now it serves as a full-time WiFi hotspot. 

It's on HSPA only, but doesn't matter since I don't get LTE in my housing area (yet).

Re: MiFi or Cheap Android Device for Tethering? Suggestion Please

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How long does your Alcatel battery last for non stop wifi tethering?


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