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Internet is a basic necessity now and it is unimaginable to even think what life would be without it.
Even for those who do not need to work on a laptop/computer, having an internet connection is important.
After all, there are countless videos on YouTube, blockbuster entertainment on NetFlix and Amazon Prime and then of course WhatsApp messages, all of which need internet to help us stay connected, updated and entertained.
And while we agree that majority of the telecom service providers have alluring data offers like free 2GB per day but then having a 4G WiFi Dongle just makes life more easy and serves as a great backup!
So, here we bring to you the best 4G WiFi Dongles you can blindly buy without having to tax your pockets too high!
Let’s begin first with keeping in mind the factors to be kept in mind before buying a dongle:
Speed: Who doesn’t like speed and especially when it comes to downloading videos, apps or loading of a page?
To avoid disappointing yourself, check if your dongle offers a minimum of 21Mbps connectivity speed.
You would find the details on the product description or you can even check online on what other users have to say on the dongle’s performance. We strongly suggest you do not take the word of the sales executive for this.
Brand/Company: Not all service providers have excellent connection across the country.
Check which ones are doing well in your locality. Based on that, choose the dongle that works best in your area of residence/work. You do not want to get stuck buying one and then having to keep it.
Additional Features: These include finding out whether the dongle is unlocked so as to facilitate it working with any other network. This is important in case you travel a lot. Also check if it has built in WiFi functionality.
This enables you to connect to multiple devices. Some modems also come with built-in call functions.
1. Huawei E8372 Unlocked 4G/LTE WiFi Dongle
Choose a SIM card of your choice and this little device is all set to wow you with its connectivity speed. And if you have more than one SIM based on your travel needs, don’t fret!
Since it comes unlocked, change the SIM as you wish and the dongle will work just fine.
Worried about having to invest in more than one device to keep you phone, laptop, tablet, Kindle etc. all connected together?
This little dongle allows you to connect 10 devices and this also includes the ease of connecting gaming consoles. Except for Windows RT, it supports all the other major applications.
Price: Rs 3,120
2. Airtel 4G Hotspot
This one has been one of the first 4G devices to be made available in India. The only drawback is that it supports just Airtel SIM/connection.
But then even if you do not have one, there are reasons for you to think about having an Airtel 4G SIM considering this little dongle supports 10 devices with speed of 150 Mbps of downloading and 50Mbps for uploading.
Price: Rs 1,500
3. Huawei E3531 HSPA+ 21.6 Mbps USF Surfstick
Another wonder device from Huawei, this one as the name suggests is a speed dynamite! Just plug the device into the port and whossh!! Access internet at lightning speed.
Do not mistake it for a pen drive because of its sleek look. It is a Surfstick for people who are always on the go!
An additional feature it carries allows you to store you files and folders as it supports storage over MicroSD card up till 32GB.
Price: Rs 6,265
4. JioFi 4G Hotspot M2S 150 Mbps Portable WiFi Data Device
This super sleek black device from JioFi offers a download speed of 150 Mbps while the upload speed is close to 50Mbps.
This particular device comes with high-speed access to 4G data while Jio4GVioice app renders the 2G/3G enabled smartphones to make HD voice-calls with the Jio-SIM in the JioFi.
Feel free to connect as many as 10 devices including laptops, tablets, phones etc. The battery life is approximately 6 hours post which you can charge it for another 6 hours of uninterrupted internet connectivity.
Price: Rs 899
5. iBall 21.0 MP – 58 WiFi ready Airway Data Card
If you are looking for the uploading speed, it is up to 5.76 Mbps with HSUPA feature.
This one comes with a built-in UMTS/GSM antenna and a standard interface for high speed 2.0 USB. Both of these features make it worth a buy.
Price: Rs 1,599
6. Huawei Power-Fi E8221 Data Card
This one is on our list more so for its looks though the features too are equally impressive. Enjoy flawless access to internet with a SIM card of your choice.
Compatible with Windows 8, it comes with auto driver preinstalled. This helps you save the trouble of going through the installation stress.
Just plug it and you are all set to enjoy a decent internet connectivity access with a download speed of HSPA 14.4 Mbps and an upload speed of 5.7 Mbps.
Offering the convenience of connecting up to 10 devices, this dongle should be on your list of consideration for sure.
In case you also own a Huawei Smartphone, you can download the Huawei App and enjoy various services like tracking data usage, check the data spending details and also keep a tab on the battery life.
Price: Rs 1,809
7. D-Link DWR – 910 4G LTE USB
A sleek mobile router, this one offers you the ease of accessing an internet connection across the country keeping in mind the twin LTE internal antennas.
These allow for a superior quality of mobile reception. The downloading as well as the uploading speed is decent and so is the connectivity speed irrespective of whether you use it indoors or outdoors.
Price: Rs 3,900
8. JioFi 4G Hotspot JMR815 150 Mbps Jio Portable WiFi data Device
This device gives 8 hours of internet surfing time. The best part of this device is that it offers 4G features on any 3G or 2G Smartphone.
With convenience to connect 10 devices, it is one of the smartest buys for a 4G dongle.
Price: Rs 899
9. TP-Link TL-WN722N Wireless USB Adapter
This one is a steal at this price with speed up to 150 Mbps. Use it for video streaming or making internet calls or simply for internet browsing, the voice and picture quality is fantastic.
It offers easy wireless security encryption at a push of the WPD button. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linus Kernal.
Price: Rs 649
10. iBall WiFi USB Modem 21 Mbps iBall Airway 21.6MW – 63
You would find mixed reviews for this one though the data card is decent for the price it comes at.
It offers high speed internet via HSPA+/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS network. You can connect up to 8 devices with this dongle.
Price: Rs 1,998