We are constantly testing out the latest gear so that we can advise our readers on what is best for them. These are the products we currently have in our testing lab that we are evaluating.
While some of our gear is provided to us for evaluation, our time testing & writing about them is completely funded by our premium members. This allows us to be completely unbiased by not accepting compensation from any vendor or manufacturers. Thus, with our gratitude for their support, most of our in-depth reviews are released exclusively at first for our Mobile Internet Aficionado Members.
We currently have these plans active that we test products & coverage against around the country:
- Verizon Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plan (used in a AC791L hotspot)
- AT&T Mobile Share Plan (40GB shared data) - (used with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and Unite Pro)
- AT&T Grandfathered Unlimited iPad Plan (used on an iPad Mini Retina)
- T-Mobile 3GB/month Tablet Plan (with free Binge On video streaming - used on an iPad Mini Retina)
- Sprint Unlimited iPhone Plan (used on an iPhone 6S)
- Google Fi (combo T-Mobile / Sprint used on a Nexus 5X)
- T-Mobile Unlimited Data Plan on a ZTE 917 (provided by Unlimitedville.com)
- AT&T Unlimited Data Plan on a Unite Pro (provided by one of our MIA unlimited vendors)
Mobile Cellular Boosters
2015 Testing Complete! (December 2015) - We took all of the mobile cellular boosters in our arsenal on the road in fall of 2015, and field tested them with all four major carriers on a variety of phones & mobile hotspots. Our field testing raw data & field notes, comprehensive overview & results and video are now available to our members.
- weBoost 4G-X provided by weBoost
- Wilson Electronics Mobile 4G (now known as the weBoost 4G-M) provided by PowerfulSignal - Now in the hands of Jack Mayer for testing against the MaxAmp RV.
- TopSignal SolidRF provided by PowerfulSIgnal
- Wilson Sleek 4G (cradle booster, now known as the weBoost 4G-S) provided by PowerfulSignal
- weBoost RV 4G (added 9/21/2015) provided by weBoost
- Maximum Signal MaxAmp Mobile - to be provided by MaximumSignal (We received a prototype of the RV model in fall 2015, which failed in our testing. We are slated to get one of their automobile production units when they are shipping. Our co-author Jack already has the RV model to compare with the Mobiel 4G we sent him)
- New - February 20, 2016: weBoost Signal 4G (2) provided by weBoost (we are testing two direct wired amplifiers as a MIMO booster)
2016 Testing Complete! (May 2016) - We tested a variety of antennas on the road - direct wired to cellular devices and through a 4G-X booster and a pair of Signal 4G direct wired amps. Our field testing raw data & field notes are available to our members and our comprehensive overview & results and video are in progress.
- WirENG BoatAnt (prior review by Jack Mayer) (we purchased one on Amazon)
- weBoost Wide Band Directional purchased on Amazon
- Wilson Trucker Dual Band provided by WilsonAmplifiers (not recommend for most LTE applications)
- Maximum Signal 13" 5dBI provided by MaximumSignal
- MobileMark 4-Band provided by 3GStore
- Panorama MiMO Directional provided by 3GStore
- New February 2016: WirEng BoatAnt2 MIMO - provided by WirEng (sent back to be replaced with a redesigned unit).
Track the results at: Cellular Antenna Field Testing Results
Past & Ongoing Testing: Reviews of most of the current mobile LTE hotspots have been completed (linked provided).
- Netgear AC791L provided by Netgear
- U620L (USB Modem) provided by Novatel
- Novatel 6620 provided by Novatel
- Pantech MHS291L provided by Millenicom (no longer around)
- Unite Explore (inbound) provided by Netgear
- Unite Pro provided by Netgear
- ZTE 917 provided by Unlimitedville
- Netgear Zing provided by Unlimitedville (sent back at provider request, review coming soon.)
- Karma Go purchased from Karma
Mobile Routers & WiFi Extenders
Analysis Projected to Start Summer 2016: We've used many of these models over the years and have included some links below to first impressions and reviews - but will be doing more extensive testing of them head to head.
WifiRanger (all provided by WiFiRanger)
- Mobile Ti
- Sky 2
- MoFi 4500 Sim4 provided by MoFi
- Alfa WiFi Antenna + WiFi USB Repeater provided by TechnoRV
- Rogue Wave (Jack Mayer)
- Ubiquity NanoStation
Represent a product you want included in our testing gear? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.