[Completed] Mobile Router & Wi-Fi Gear Testing (Winter 2016/2017)

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With several new mobile routers on the market, we've been doing some extensive head-to-head testing between them.

Our premium members have access to our field testing notes and results below.

Our in-depth reviews and video overview guides for each of the products based on our experiences have also been released to our members in the Review Center.

The new routers we are looking at this round:

We also have some 'oldie but goodie' routers we've been doing some comparisons with:

For guides to mobile routers, and further explanations of the features:

Selecting a Mobile Router – Bringing Mobile Internet Options Together and Creating a Local RV Network

Getting Better Wi-Fi – Selecting Long Range Wi-Fi Extending Gear (Antennas, Routers, CPEs) (Brand New Guide based on this testing round.)

Our Testing Procedure

In addition to ongoing informal real-world usage testing, we set up a series of formal head-to-head testing scenarios where we measured and compared different combinations of gear.

We took a look at:

  • Raw LAN Speeds
  • WiFi-as-WAN Speeds
  • Mobile Hotspot Tethering Performance
  • Wi-Fi Range (Send / Receive)

We also take notes on user interface, reliability and general performance.


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