Canadian router manufacturer MoFi has been on our radar for a while, and we became especially intrigued when MoFi launched the MoFi 4500 line in August of 2015, with an optional integrated cellular radio.
With an integrated cellular radio included with many MoFi verizons, the tiny MoFi box can do away with the need for a separate cellular hotspot entirely.
This packs a ton of capability into a small metal shell for the price point.
But while MoFi looks great on paper - the actual hands-on experience is, at best, challenging.
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- Cellular Tethering via USB: 1x USB Port
- Integrated Cellular Modem: Yes
- Carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
- LTE Bands:
- B2 (1900MHz) - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile LTE
- B4 (1700/2100MHz) - Verizon (XLTE), AT&T, and T-Mobile LTE
- B5 (850MHz) - Verizon & AT&T Future LTE Expansion
- B12 (700MHz) - T-Mobile's "Extended Range LTE"
- B13 (700MHz) - Verizon's Primary LTE
- B17 (700MHz) - AT&T's Primary LTE
- B25 (1900MHz) - Sprint's Mid-Range LTE
- B26 (850Mhz) - Sprint's Long-Range LTE
- B29 (700MHz) - AT&T's Future "Download Only" LTE Expansion
- B30 (2300MHz) - AT&T's Newer LTE Band
- B41 (2500MHz) - Sprint's Short-Range LTE
- 4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz
Global roaming supported.
- 2G: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes - 2x 20MHz Channels
- LTE Performance Category: 6
(Max Theoretical Speed: 300Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antennas: 2x SMA/Female Antenna Ports, Basic 5dBi Indoor Antennas Included
- SIM Slots: Mini-SIM (2FF)
- Ethernet Ports: 5x 100Mbps Fast Ethernet (1x WAN / 4x LAN)
- Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Band Locking, Extreme Customization
- Power Source: 110v AC Adapter Included (Optional 12V vehicle power supply)
- Dimensions: 4.3" x 3.3" x 1.2"
- Outdoor Rated: No
- Retail Price: $299.99
Review & Testing Status
MoFi has provided us with both a basic MoFi 4500 and the universal cellular SIM4 model, and we have tested them in a range of locations and situations.
We've shared our in depth testing notes with our members in more detail below, and in our testing notes:
March 2019 Update: After hearing multiple recent reports of improvements in the MoFi stability and firmware, we put our SIM4 unit back into testing for re-analysis. Our review below remains unchanged.
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