Review: MOFI4500-4GXELTE by MoFi Networks (Mobile Routers)

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Like other cellular routers, the MoFi 4500 can use an external USB "stick" modem or a tethered mobile hotspot to get online.

More unusually - MoFi routers can also USB tether via iOS or Android powered phones as well. MoFi actually pioneered iOS tethering - offering it as an optional feature (it required special firmware on the 3500-3GN) long before WiFiRanger added it.

And for those who want integrated cellular capability, higher end variants of the MoFi 4500 even come with a cellular modem built right in - similar to the Pepwave MAX BR1, but at substantially less cost.

The MoFi 4500 hardware is a small metal box - with five ethernet ports on the back, two external WiFi antennas on the side, and an SD card (for sharing files) and USB port on the front.

All the key software features seem to be there - including relatively clunky WiFi-as-WAN capability to share a remote WiFi network, automatic failover to the best connection, and bandwidth usage tracking.

Specifications - MOFI4500-4GXELTE

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n -
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: N/A
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: ?
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network:
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: 1x USB Port
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: No
  • Ethernet Ports: 5x 100Mbps Fast Ethernet  (WAN / LAN Configurable)
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover
  • Power Source: 12v or 110v AC
  • Dimensions:
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price:  $149.99

Testing Status: We have a current model in our testing arsenal, provided by MoFi.

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