Top Best 7 Mobile Hotspots in December 2021

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NETGEAR
NETGEAR - AirCard 797 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot
Description

Connect to the Internet and stay updated with this NETGEAR AirCard mobile hotspot. The 4G LTE network offers fast browsing, while the removable LiIon battery provides up to 11 hours of continuous use. This NETGEAR AirCard mobile hotspot supports up to 32 devices for seamless simultaneous connections, while the content filtering, access control and password protection features ensure user data security.

7 Features
  • High-performance Internet on the go: Get ultrafast 4G LTE and 3G speeds anywhere. Connect up to 32 Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as your smartphone, tablet, and laptop.
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity: Provides ultimate performance for streaming media, gaming, and transferring data, while simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi gives you the flexibility of a top speed (5GHz) or greater range (2.4GHz).
  • Ease of use: Fast, secure, and reliable personal Wi-Fi. Easily manage your connection, guest Wi-Fi, settings, and data use from the convenience of the NETGEAR Mobile app.
  • Color LCD screen: Receive SMS messages, and monitor data use. Setting up your network is so simple.
  • Perfect travel companion: Avoid signing on to unsecured public Wi-Fi. Protect your confidential, business, and personal data with your own reliable network.
  • Wide range network compatibility: Supports your service provider's domestic and international roaming bands so that you can bring Wi-Fi with you across the town or when you travel the world.
  • Long-lasting battery: The rechargeable battery lasts up to 11 hours on a single charge*, so you can stay connected and make use of downtime in between meetings throughout the day.
  • 3 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MyFiHandyDevice, 10 out of 10
    Handy & Reliable Portable Device

    Frankly, I couldn't be more pleased. My NetGear AirCard Mobile Hotspot device delivers. Since I typically use my devices away from home, I wanted a device that could provide a safe and reliable Internet connection so I would not have to rely on public wifi. I will say that if your service provider does not have signal towers in the outside areas you may frequent, this device won't work. I experienced this while traveling between Palm Springs, CA eastward toward Indio, CA. I have T-Mobile as my service provider. I could not get service at the hotel I stayed at in Palm Desert. I had to rely on that hotel's wifi (fortunately I have my own VPN service). Once I was on the road, my NetGear hotspot mobile device was able to pick a signal so I was able to enjoy my streaming music while driving. (T-Mobile advised of limited tower availability in that area.) All said, though, I would definitely recommend getting this device.

    Oct 01, 2021 13:59
  • Review by KennyKen1951, 10 out of 10
    NETGEAR - AirCard 797 mobile hotspot.

    After seeing so many ads on-line I wasn't sure whether these items was legitimate. Turns out this just what I was looking for.

    Oct 04, 2021 15:40
  • Review by Okiguy, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Love it ..it works well and is easy to use........

    Apr 16, 2021 20:10
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    NETGEAR - Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot - Black (AT&T)
    Description

    The NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro will bring 5G speeds to your Wi-Fi devices. The whole family can enjoy fast surfing, downloading, and streaming using the Wi-Fi 6 technology. Share connection with up to 32 Wi-Fi devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops for a connection you can count on. Power through your day and night with the long-lasting, powerful 5040 mAh rechargeable battery.

    14 Features
  • Designed for hotspot data plans from AT&T*: Provides 5G Internet access using your provider's SIM card.
  • 5GNR technology: Supports mmWave and Sub 6 bands for blazing-fast mobile broadband Internet, delivering fast speeds up to 7 Gbps.
  • Always-on Wi-Fi: Provide a reliable backup Internet connection if fiber, DSL, or cable Internet is interrupted or unavailable.
  • Secure and reliable network: Avoid the risks of public Wi-Fi with VPN pass-through support and password protection.
  • 5G speed: Delivers ultrafast data transfer rates.
  • Gigabit Ethernet port: Simply connect your 5G mobile router to your existing home router, and bring 5G speeds into your home network and all your devices.
  • NETGEAR mobile app: Control your hotspot, and manage service plans through one easy smartphone app on your iOS or Android device.
  • Securely connect up to 32 devices: Provides encrypted data connection for Wi-Fi enabled devices.
  • Two-way power: Have the option of plugging into a power outlet at home for a 24/7 operation with battery removed.
  • Embedded 5040 mAh power bank: Power up another device using the built-in USB Type-C port.
  • Intuitive touch color display: Provides monitoring of data use, mobile signal strength, and network management information.
  • Parental/access controls: Peace of mind for your family's time online - manage, access, and filter content.
  • 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) wireless standard: Allows more devices to connect and stream simultaneously, without impacting speed or reliability.
  • Compatible with most Wi-Fi enabled devices: Including laptops, digital cameras, game consoles and more.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by NETGEAR5GPROHOTSPOT, 6 out of 10
    NOT WHAT I ORDERED!!

    I purchased a new unit and received a used one needless to say I am not happy with what I received as I paid full price. I notified AT&T AND THEY WERE NO HELP TO ME as well!! VERY DISSAPOINTED IN TEXAS!

    Jun 19, 2021 13:29
  • Review by Vrichardson75, 10 out of 10
    Nighthawk 5G Review

    In general, the Netgear Nighthawk MR5100 is a great hotspot. Yet, it is in my opinion as of now, it is not much better than the MR1000 model. Mainly because there are so few areas for 5G and the mobile plan you have must have a 5G mobile hotspot plan in order to get 5G fully on the device. If not then you can only get 5Ge which is fast. I clocked the 5Ge as high as 200mb/s but it is nowhere near the speed when I put this on a 5G plan and got speeds up to 800+ mb/s sometimes over a thousand. This is only good if you are in a 5G place with a 5G mobile hotspot plan. Beyond that, you get the same 200+mb/s with the MR1000 model. I have both models and the only major difference is this has a touch screen and the other doesn't you have to use the buttons. But LET ME BE CLEAR THIS IS A MORE SUPERIOR HOTSPOT THEN THE OTHER BRANDS THEY HAVE FOR ATT. You just have to make a personal choice between this and the MR1000 model which is 5Ge. Also, another good or bad thing is the data plans they offer for this. The good thing is you can do anything on this hotspot as far as speed and things go the bad part is the plans are small. Like 40 to 50 GB (I use much more than that just on my phone watching YouTube videos). And with the high speed, you can blow through it so fast your head will spin and the overage charges will almost send you to the poor house unless you are rich, or well off. If you looking to the future then I would say get this one if you just looking for a cheaper one that is good but can never use 5G access in the future but still has great speeds then the cheaper MR1000 is the way to go

    Oct 22, 2021 18:39
  • Review by Netgear, 10 out of 10
    Netgear Hotspot

    This is our 2nd netgear hotspot in 5 years - we have connected at least 6 devices to it as we have traveled all over the US on our 5th wheel - it has provide clarity & reliable service. We have depended on it it as we travel off the grid or in cities....very pleased woth this hotspot

    Aug 20, 2021 16:07
  • Review by MetzlerMoto, 8 out of 10
    Great Device but Service is Expensive

    Product works great. Monthly charge from AT&T is higher than expected. You can pay for the device up front or via monthly payments. However, there is a monthly AT&T additional line charge is on top of that.

    Jun 11, 2021 15:15
  • Review by Redrum, 10 out of 10
    Best Rural Area Alternative / Device

    I have to say this is hands down the best 5G Mobile Hotspot device you can get. I live in a rural area without any internet providers except the satellite option which is bad for gaming. And this Hotspot device with FirstNet AT&T network has helped me get gaming and both my business work done. I would recommend this to any person that is dealing with the rural area situation like i was.

    Oct 27, 2021 17:42
  • Review by CPTGUNHADA, 10 out of 10
    Solid upgrade from M2.

    This is a slight upgrade from what I original M2 night hawk. Connects more devices, doesn't heat up as much, interface right into the device didn't need a computer to set it up. To me it is a solid upgrade.

    May 10, 2021 04:57
  • Review by amazinglee66, 10 out of 10
    Definitely recommend

    9/6/21 after having the AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspot now for a month, I can say it works as stated and consider it a top of the line product. I checked my area prior to purchasing, and I am definitely getting great 5G reception. It's faster & more consistent than my previous hotspot device (from a different service that was no longer going to support that device come Jan 2022). I read a lot before making the final choice to switch and haven't looked back since. I recommend this device although the price is steep.

    Sep 06, 2021 16:14
  • Review by chulsoo, 8 out of 10
    Netgear 5G Hotspot for RV trip

    Bought this for our monthlong RV trip across the US. Worked well with the ATT 5G network where available and was convenient to connect multiple devices which ATT does not allow over a normal phone hotspot. We were easily able to connect 8 of our devices to this concurrently. The battery life is good and is displayed on the front. The only downside was that I had to log onto the ATT portal to check on the data usage which I could not view on the display. This was quite a rigmarole as ATT only offers 100 GB of data on its hotspot plan over a 30 day period, which is measly and needs to be judiciously conserved. Also the storage for messages is tiny and it complains when there are more than 5-6 text messages that it is out of space.

    Sep 18, 2021 01:46
  • 9.0score
    3
    Verizon
    Verizon - Jetpack MiFi 8800L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot - Gray
    Description

    Stay connected to the Internet wherever with this Verizon Jetpack MiFi mobile hotspot. A vibrant 2.4-inch touch screen offers more features and on-screen help for a better user experience, while a 4400-mAh battery gives you all-day power for surfing the web without a midday recharge. This Verizon Jetpack MiFi mobile hotspot connects up to 15 clients in 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz bands simultaneously, for improved link quality.

    6 Features
  • Compatible with most Wi-Fi enabled devices: This hotspot shares the Internet connection with a wide range of devices. Its dual-band Wi-Fi allows users to connect to 5.0GHz or 2.4GHz bands simultaneously to enhance link speed, reduce network congestion, and improve connection quality.
  • 4G LTE speed: Delivers fast data transfer rate.
  • 2.4" color touch screen: Provides you with an intuitive interface and various features at your fingertips. The user-friendly menus and on-screen help prompts make it easier to get connected.
  • 4400 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery: You can stay productive throughout your entire day with this long-lasting battery. MiFi 8800L can go unplugged for up to 24 hours, and it fuels up faster with the built-in QuickCharge™ technology.
  • Secure connectivity: Keep your information private with built-in auto VPN for an always-secure connection. Choose what people can and cannot see using an optional guest network. Monitor suspicious data, and track how much is being used.
  • Share more: This MiFi 8800L hotspot lets you connect up to 15 trusted devices at a time.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by OldTechie, 8 out of 10
    Not right for me.

    I bought this for getting internet while camping. If I could get cell phone access it worked well but...

    Most of the places I camped at were out of verizon's cell area so the jetpack was useless.

    Also, I found that where I could get access that my phone would too so it was cheaper to use my phone as an access point.

    One word of warning. Disable your OneDrive, iCloud or similar because when they synchronize they use a lot of your allotted data.

    The jetpack works but it isn't right for me.

    Aug 31, 2021 02:06
  • Review by Crbrick, 10 out of 10
    COVID wedding Zoom

    I Purchased the jet pack in order to broadcast zoom meeting for my daughter’s wedding just outside Zion national Park and it performed perfectly.....the feed was super fast...possibly because we only allowed the single cameraman to connect to it, either way it did the job. We were able to zoom the wedding which allowed more than 300 people to attend the wedding. I paid $200 for the Jetpack, it cost an extra $20 a month to my monthly contract with Verizon but worth every penny to share that special day with family and friends.

    Sep 26, 2020 10:51
  • Review by Abunchofboys, 8 out of 10
    Keeps us connected while traveling.

    Hoping this one works better than the previous model. So far it is not kicking us off the internet every 15 minutes or so. Hopefully the battery issue will improve as well. Have it on a timer so it's not on charger 24 hours a day.

    We travel fulltime in an RV and use this as one of our main sources to connect to the internet. It's nice that it's super portable. Negative is it will not work without a battery.

    Aug 09, 2021 00:07
  • Review by BenC, 10 out of 10
    So far, so good!

    So far, so good. We have been using this for almost a month and it has worked flawlessly. We typically get about 16Mbs downlink through it. It hasn't reset, nor had any other problems. We do unplug it every other day, to allow the battery to discharge some and to save some it from some of the micro-charges.

    It has two bars in our location. We tried using an external MIMO antenna, but it didn't improve the reception, nor the speed. 16Mps is good, I just wanted to see if it could get any better.

    May 10, 2021 07:13
  • Review by JeffMc, 8 out of 10
    Much Better Than MHS900L

    I originally bout an MHS900L for use in our summer home in northeast Arizona and in our RV, but it barely worked. I was looking for alternative (DSL and Cable not available up there). A friend loaned me an 8800L and it worked much better. Still get buffering when trying to stream live baseball on ROKU TV, but I couldn't do it at all with the 900L.

    Aug 31, 2020 17:49
  • Review by KBHealthy, 10 out of 10
    Very fast, great range and excellent battery life.

    Overall, this Jetpack is still the fastest, longest lasting and has the best range/reception. I use it even in my yard, as I get a much better signal than any of my 2 phones.

    Highly recommended and Best Buy has the same prices as Verizon and is much faster with customer service. Verizon is getting worse and worse with 60 minute waits in-store, while Best Buy is in and out within 10-15 minutes.

    May 13, 2020 13:44
  • Review by Makido, 10 out of 10
    Works great

    I read reviews at other e-tailers that say there are issues with network disconnects for older versions of the firmware. Based on this, I updated my firmware when I first received the product. So far (16 days in) it has worked flawlessly and the connection has been stable with no disconnects. Full disclosure though, I live in an area where a tower is nearby so the signal is consistently strong. I typically get 70 to 100 Mbps down and 15-30 Mbps up.

    Sep 16, 2020 17:56
  • Review by Name, 6 out of 10
    I’m done with Verizon

    This device is actually great for the price. It’s actually a pretty good little Wi-Fi router and it worked with my ASUS router as a USB modem. But it’s locked to Verizon, it’ll probably work on other carriers but you’ll be missing most of the bands that other carriers tend to use, so it’ll most likely run at a lower speed on anything but Verizon’s network. I returned mine, simply because I spent a month as a Verizon customer, and in that time there were problems on Verizon’s end, and each time I treated like a literal piece of garbage by Verizon customer service. So the minute I found the alternative I was looking for I dropped Verizon. I even left a prepaid plan with $65 on it because I was so dissatisfied by Verizon’s customer service. I literally spent twice as much for a competitors device because I wanted out of Verizon so bad. Which is sad because the hotspot worked just like it should and never gave me any issues.

    Oct 02, 2021 01:41
  • 8.4score
    Skyroam - Solis Lite Wi-Fi Hotspot
    Description

    Get rapid, uninterrupted connection to the web with this Skyroam Solis Lite mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The 4G LTE technology ensures ultrafast Internet with coverage in more than 130 countries, while the compact, pocket-size design offers portability, letting you carry the device wherever you go. This Skyroam Solis Lite mobile Wi-Fi hotspot has a powerful battery that offers up to 18 hours on a single charge.Benefits of unlocked phones.Learn more about why you may want an unlocked phone

    8 Features
  • Global Wi-Fi with no SIM cards: The hassle-free Virtual SIM™ technology offers easy access to unlimited Wi-Fi in over 130 countries.
  • Compatible with most Wi-Fi enabled devices: Connect with the Solis Wi-Fi app and control your hotspot and manage service plans through smartphone app. Available on iOS and Android.
  • 4G LTE speed: Delivers fast data transfer worldwide as well as for domestic use.
  • 4700 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery: Provides up to 18 hours of working time from a single charge.
  • Secure connectivity: Ensures safe communication and banking, avoiding risky public Wi-Fi networks.
  • VPN support: Secure access to your home network when away from home.
  • Share more: Keep up to 10 your or friends' devices online at once.
  • 1GB free Skyroam data included: Buy additional data for $6 per GB and as low as $49 per month for Unlimited plans.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Ideal for Travel and Remote Working

    I love this portable WiFi device. It is perfect for travel or even when I am working in my backyard - my new work from home office. It is easy to set up using the Solis App. I use the pay-per-day option for data so that I am only paying when I need to use it. It saves me money when I travel internationally too. I no longer need to purchase my cell service's international travel plan. The Solis connect up to 10 devices so in addition to my laptop I use it with my phone and then use WiFi calling. It is so light and portable I just stick in my bag or back pocket.

    May 21, 2020 10:53
  • Review by Thomas, 6 out of 10
    Depends where you live

    This works well but only in a T-Mobile or AT&T cellular area. Could not get it to connect in my town (Verizon area) until I drove about ten miles outside of where I live. Once it connected it worked fine and did what it is suppose to do. Worked with their customer support on live chat and first he said it wouldnt work in a Verizon area and then few minutes later said it should still connect to any tower. He said he reset something on his end and said to power down and wait. Still didnt help. Tried mutiple times. Dont try their emal. They say they can help then tell you to use live chat after a couple emails. I selected yes for would I recommend but it depends where you live.

    Jul 23, 2021 17:34
  • Review by adilo, 10 out of 10
    A Digital Nomads Dream!

    This little device allows me to stay connected while we travel. I am updating from their old version because we love it so much! We have used this device in multiple foreign countries (no, it doesn't work on cruises though). The simplicity of having an extra boost in your pocket is unmatched by any other device I have tried!

    Jun 19, 2020 17:13
  • Review by matty, 4 out of 10
    Be aware that this doesn’t work for game consoles

    I live in the country and thought this would be a worthy replacement for my horribly unreliable satellite internet, but I was wrong. It works ok for working from home and streaming movies (yay!) but because of cell carriers’ “fair use policies,” it’s unable to process large downloads, and I was unable to connect my gaming consoles to the hotspot. This is not mentioned anywhere on Skyroam’s website, and I had to contact customer support three times before I could get an answer about it, and even then their response was “it seems like it won’t work,” which isn’t exactly definitive... Their “solution” was to recommend that I pay for their pay-as-you-go plan, which offers full speed downloads at a rate of $6 per gigabyte. That’s just outrageously unrealistic if I’m downloading large files. I fully understand the limitations at play here, but some more transparency upfront would have been much-appreciated before I spent the money on this device and an extra $99 on the “unlimited” data plan. (Please note that because this device is pre-packaged with a free GB of data, you’ll either have to use the full 1GB or contact customer support to in-bundle it if you want to switch to the unlimited plan).

    Apr 13, 2020 12:41
  • Review by Roxy, 8 out of 10
    Did the job for us

    I bought this for a temporary internet connection.

    I live in the Los Angeles, County and always got a strong signal.

    Not good for gaming, streaming, watching Netflix or youtube you should probably just install regular internet at home. This will cost way more to run.. for example $6 per GB

    Works great for checking email and internet sleuthing.

    The battery power depends on usage but for now I can probably get 10-12 hours of battery power.

    Customer service has been helpful.

    I reached out through the online chat messenger

    and got help within minutes.

    There was some trouble shooting and resetting that came up but they walk you through it .

    .

    May 02, 2020 03:15
  • Review by dbb426, 10 out of 10
    Very happy with this

    two quirky things: if you want pay as you go bandwidth, you need to ask Skyroam first to lower you to US-only if you don't plan to travel outside of the country to save you the $3/GB (can't do that on your end), also if you have devices that are 5ghz and 2.4ghz, let the devices that only connect on one of the bands connect first, the device will then stop transmitting on the other frequency.

    May 15, 2020 17:52
  • Review by Curligurli, 10 out of 10
    Perfect device for travelers

    I bought this device to work from the beach in Miami. It worked perfectly. The reviews kind of scared me because people were saying it’s not the best device but I had no issues getting service anywhere there was cell service. I choose this particular device so I can work internationally (after covid when it’s safe) without having to search for another SIM card. I highly recommend for people working from home and want to be able to travel and work from wherever you are.

    Jul 04, 2020 15:31
  • Review by knoxgate, 8 out of 10
    (%5 Good Results

    Good results 95% of the time. Atmospherics' cause intermittent results 5%.

    Oct 08, 2021 19:51
  • 7.2score
    Harman Technology - Harman Spark 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot - Black
    Description

    Diagnose automobile mechanical issues with this AT&T Harman Spark smart car device. Compatibility with Android and iOS mobile devices offers convenient control and monitoring, while a 4G LTE receiver brings Wi-Fi to your ride. This AT&T Harman Spark smart car device features an accelerometer and gyroscope sensors for vehicle tracking.

    9 Features
  • Alerts: View real time location of your vehicle, receive a notification if your car is bumped, moved or towed.
  • Virtual mechanic: The virtual mechanic monitors your vehicle health and lets you know what to do if there's a problem.
  • Driving score: Receive a driving score based on your driving habits and get helpful tips on how to become a safer and smarter driver.
  • Trips: Keep a record of the details of your trips, including time and mileage, and get information on your driving habits such as speed insights, hard braking, rapid acceleration, and more.
  • Geofences: Draw boundaries on a map, view vehicle locations, and get a notification when any of your family cars enter or exit the geofenced area.
  • HARMAN Spark+ app: Control your hotspot through one easy smartphone app on your iOS or Android device.
  • Wi-Fi hotspot: Connect up to 8 devices to the powerful Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity: Provides high performance for streaming media, gaming, and transferring data.
  • Compatible with most Wi-Fi-enabled devices: Including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by NAMO, 4 out of 10
    Nothing a cellphone & free app can't provide

    Key Features

    GPS Tracking

    Vehicle Diagnostics

    Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot

    Gas Buddy Fuel Station Finder

    INITIAL SET-UP

    The Harman Spark promises a convenient way to communicate with your vehicle and understand what is going on in an easy-to-use mobile phone-based app. The theory behind the Harman Spark is solid and ambitious, but the actual execution falls short, as the degree of usefulness really depends upon the age of your vehicle. The Spark combines several features into one device, that tries to make vehicle ownership and maintenance much more convenient. The Spark has a lot of features packed into its relatively small package, including: 4G LTE Connectivity & Mobile Hotspot, GPS, WiFi, etc.

    The Spark is designed to work with vehicles, 1996 and newer that have an OBD-II diagnostics port under the dash. Once you download the Harman Spark app to your phone of choice, you plug the Spark into the diagnostics port of your vehicle. The Spark draws power from the constant 12V pin that is in all OBD-II ports. Once, plugged in and that app opened, you turn your car on and the Spark begins its communications with the vehicles computer system.

    I tried the Spark on several different vehicles and it never failed to accurately identify my vehicle, not only by make and model, but also by VIN. Initial switching of my vehicles seemed to trip up the device, but come to find out, it appears the device takes a few minutes to successfully communicate with the vehicle, phone home, and then download the data it needs to communicate successfully with the car.

    USE

    Other than plugging the Spark into your car’s OBD-II port, there is not anything else mechanically to do. Everything else is handled via the Spark app. That is great feature, as it makes this an easy mission for even the most technically challenged individuals.

    The Spark app is really a driving nanny & potentially a tattle tale that has a bunch of nice features. Not only will the Spark serve as a mobile vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, but it also has many other practical uses too. The app will send you notifications if the device is removed from the car’s diagnostics port, if you are running low on fuel, if it detects that the vehicle is being towed, or if there is some sort of measured disturbance (usually a door opening or jostling of the vehicle) to name a few. Those are great features.

    In addition to the instant notifications, the Spark can be set to notify you if your car enters or leaves a preset boundary (great if your teenager does not let you know they are “borrowing” the car). The app can be set to notify you if it is operated outside of user defined curfew hours (again awesome with teen drivers). It will log all trips and if the Spark detects an impact, the app and device can be configured to automatically notify your user defined emergency contacts. AWESOME!!

    NEGATIVES

    I have also observed several noteworthy negatives about this unit while I’ve been testing it.

    First. The most obvious negative, is that this cannot be considered a real theft deterrent device. Any thief with an ounce of sense would check the OBD-II port and given the size of this device, it is easily visible in all my vehicles. So, it isn’t like installing it will make it a hidden gem for car owners or parents. While you would get a notification the device was detached, that last spot would be the last spot you would see on the app.

    Second. The parameters that the Spark and Spark app record are not configurable. For example, if you make a turn, the Spark determines if you made a hard turn or a good turn. The Spark determines if you make a hard stop or hard acceleration. These parameters are not configurable, nor is the low fuel notification. Add to that, the level of fuel reported by the spark app was inconsistent as to what was displayed on the fuel gauge of my vehicles. The worst part is the disturbances feature. There is no way to adjust the sensitivity of this. I got several disturbances detected false alarms while my Tundra was parked in the garage and no one else was home. Hmmmmm…

    Third. For this device to function as intended, you must buy a mobile data plan. This unit came with an AT&T sim that always worked excellently in our urban environment. But, this tech also significantly increases the overall cost of ownership, as you are basically buying an additional cellular plan for the device. That can be quite expensive, as most plans are at least $30/month, especially if you want unlimited hotspot data.

    The last and most significant negative of this unit is that it flat out does not work correctly with every vehicle manufactured after 1996. This unit worked as advertised on a 2000 era Jeep and on a 2014 Tundra. It added features to the vehicles that were not available when they were produced. However, on my new Acura, it was a different story. This device literally locked me out of my vehicle and if it wasn’t for the backup key inside the fob, would have rendered me stranded. My keyfob failed to work with my car and my touch sensitive door handles failed to unlock my door. I could not get in the vehicle. Luckily, Acura gives you a backup key and I was able to get in and unplug the Spark. I know the first thing Harman is going to do is blame the driver or vehicle. But this was not a one-time occurrence. I was able to repeat these same traits a couple of weeks later. This device interrupts communications with my car. It rendered many systems inoperable. This was indeed vehicle specific, as the Jeep and Tundra didn’t have any issues, but it totally interrupts vehicle communications on my Acura. This was proven in at least 3 separate instances and 3 separate times, even with the most recent firmware installed on the device.

    CONCLUSIONS

    Based on my experience with this device, your level of success will largely depend upon the year of your vehicle. From what I can tell, owners of vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 2015 will likely see the biggest benefits of the device, as it brings technology that wasn’t readily available to those vehicles.

    However, many, if not all, the features that the Spark offers are currently available in cars today. Most new cars have hotspots built-in, impact detection and emergency services notifications, etc. If not, most cell phones have this built-in and if they don’t, these features can be added with a free app, or an app provided by your insurance company. Why spend the extra money for a data plan for the Spark?

    Lastly, based on the issues this device causes with my newest vehicle, I can’t recommend it. Many manufacturers don’t include the spare key like Acura does. If not, I’m not sure what would have happened. Shame on me for not testing the device more thoroughly before installing it and driving to test it, but I won’t be keeping it around after the evaluation period. If I want the features this device offers, I’ll download a free app for my phone and use its unlimited data plan. The same goes for my new vehicle, I’ll either use a free phone app & its unlimited data tethering or use the vehicle’s fully integrated and factory installed technology that works 100% of the time every time. Plus, I will still be able to actually get in my car and drive. What a concept.

    Not recommended.

    May 10, 2021 19:26
  • Review by DaveW, 10 out of 10
    Nice Car Add on Hotspot

    This product – the Harman Spark 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – is the second generation Spark made for the AT&T network. The Spark is made to plug into your car’s OBD2 port (usually located under the dash below the steering wheel) – a port common on cars made after 1996. I tested the Spark out on several cars over the last month and a half. I want to note that I do not have a phone with AT&T – my plan is through T-Mobile and my partner’s is through Verizon.

    To start the main difference I can see between the 1st gen Spark and the V2 is the use of a removable SIM card. Apparently, the 1st gen had an imbedded SIM – if it became corrupted or needing replacement the entire device would be taken offline. With the V2 to SIM card is removable so if you ever encounter SIM issues its as easy as swapping the SIM out on your phone. The Harman Spark is carrier locked to AT&T, so it will only work on their network under an AT&T mobile hotspot device plan. This can be under its own standalone plan or added to an existing plan.

    The Spark plugs into your car’s diagnostic port, which powers the hotspot and provides a Wi-Fi connection for up to 8 devices. The Spark remains active 15 min after your car has been turned off or after 30 min of your vehicle being stationary. You have no way to change these times. The Spark offers features like vehicle status and diagnostics, telematics (GPS location, speed), trip tracking, geofencing/boundary areas, and some physical alerts (car getting bumped or moved while parked).

    I tried the Spark out in 4 different vehicles: 2014 Mazda CX-5, 2020 Nissan Armada, 2004 Ford Ranger, and 2021 Nissan Altima. As you can see I tried it across a range of years and manufacturers with half of the vehicles having manual transmissions – I wanted to see if this changed any of the info the Spark reported, but it didn’t. I had no issue installing the Spark into any one of these cars. The Armada was the only vehicle with any onboard GPS and remote services already built into the vehicle – no built in hot spot though.

    I live in the St. Louis metro area which has pretty good AT&T coverage throughout. I had no issue getting signal on the Spark and maintaining a solid data connection with fast speeds. This is what I expected to a certain extent. I made sure to travel outside of the metro area where historically AT&T gets a little spotty. I traveled up to Chicago (I-55 and I-57) for a little trip as well as to Kansas City (I-70). On both trips the Spark held a consistent connection with only a few spotty areas in each. In both cases my partner and I had better thoughput on our respective networks in those areas – just the way it goes sometimes. The trip to Chicago also included our kids and their devices. We had a couple of tablets, a Chromebook, and a Nintendo DS connected to the hotspot without any issues. In Chicago we maintained a good connection throughout with a few exceptions. I had to restart/unplug the Spark a couple of times after we did underground parking at the museums. It happened twice and both times the Spark refused to reconnect the Wi-Fi or work with the app. I unplugged the device and plugged it back in and it came back on. There were the only 3 times that this happened, and 2 of them came after underground parking.

    Using the Harman Spark+ app is pretty straightforward. The app shows your cars location on a map as well as some other items – fuel level, speed, trip counter, and vehicle health. Within the app you can define a number of things. You can set up boundary zones, enact notifications for crashes, if a certain speed is exceeded, and a curfew. These are mostly nanny features that would allow a parent or whomever to monitor the vehicle. For parents, this allows you to check your child’s whereabouts, make sure they aren’t driving recklessly (speeding, hard turning, hard braking), and that they arrived at the destination. Some of these can be a little overbearing, but it can give the owner of the car some piece of mind. I setup a boundary zone around my house and office as well as a curfew, and speed limit just to see what the app would do. Surprisingly the boundaries are really accurate and consistent with the notifications. I got used to hearing my phone ding at a particular intersection that my defined boundary passed through. Curfew worked as well and was easy to report. The speed limit one was a bit trickier. I had to exceed my limit by a few MPH for about 30 seconds before it would report that I went over. Overall these features worked pretty well for me.

    Use cases for this would be someone who travels for work in their car. They might need the hotspot to connect a laptop or any other device. I found that having my (and my partner’s) phones on different networks from the Spark gave us plenty of redundancy in case we were in an area with poor signal strength. The main groups I feel this device targets are families travelling with kids and all of their connected devices. That is the biggest use I got out of the Spark, The other big use I can see is for a parent that wants to monitor their child’s driving. This use case starts floating into helicopter/overbearing parent stage. I think the features can absolutely be used in the right way – don’t want your kid speeding you can set a limit; they are supposed to be somewhere at a certain time you can create a boundary that checks them in to you.

    I really only had one criticism with the Spark and that was with the Wi-Fi hot spot – specifically its timeout times. I have a compact enough property that my car being in the garage allows me to stay connected to the Spark even after I have parked it and gone about my business inside. So many times have I had to manually change to my home network because I was still connected to the Spark – it takes 15 min to turn off the hotspot after you have turned off your car. I would love a geofencing feature that turned off the hotspot once you get home.

    Overall the Spark is a good little device that provide a little extra life to older cars without built in Wi-Fi. It worked well for 99% of the time with only a few issues, which were pretty minor. I liked the Spark a lot and can definitely see its usefulness.

    May 13, 2021 00:20
  • Review by MGoose, 6 out of 10
    Combo Wi-Fi and Vehicle Info w/Mixed Results

    My Jeep Gladiator Sport is basic (I didn't need every option) and this device seemed like a great way to add Wi-Fi, while also getting some pretty cool vehicle data via a phone app. I have to park it in a garage a few blocks away from my building downtown, so the disturbance and impact detection give me some peace of mind (especially having a soft top). When my oldest daughter starts driving in a few years I could also see the driving behavior information and alerts it provides being very useful; it also confirmed that I am a pretty good driver (despite what my wife claims).

    Pros

    - Wi-Fi works well. My wife and daughters use it often to stream videos while I use it for navigation and streaming music. My younger daughter has an older iPad with no data service, so this allows her to watch videos and play games in my Jeep. I even had to connect my work phone to it on one trip, when I could not get a signal (different carrier).

    - Easily access real time vehicle location data, current speed, status.

    - Provides some basic vehicle health data and ability to read codes in the event of check engine light (my vehicle is newer, so I didn't get to test reading codes and compare it to a traditional scanner).

    - Driving behavior scoring and trip data.

    - You can set vehicle status alerts like curfew violations, location boundaries, impact and disturbance detection, vehicle being towed, vehicle left idling (see my note below).

    - Impacts alerts can be sent via text to a preset emergency contact list.

    Things to Consider

    - The size is not bad, but it must stay plugged in to the car's OBD port and it may stick into the footwell depending on your car. It was tolerable in my Jeep and I forgot it was there after a few days.

    - This device requires an ATT data or telematics plan to work, which adds to the overall cost of ownership.

    - Wi-Fi only works when you are driving the car - it eventually times out if parked (this really limits its overall usefulness compared to a normal hotspot).

    - Vehicle status alerts work, but I did experience a few issues. I could not get the vehicle speed alert to work. Impact detected alerts are often delayed by 5 minutes or so. Occasionally I have gotten vehicle idling or being towed false alerts (seems it sometimes missed the ignition being cycled on/off or was confused by placing the vehicle in accessory to listen to the radio).

    - Setting up some alerts (like a curfew) required turning on the ignition, but the app didn't explain this - I had to figure it out thru trial and error.

    - I contacted Harman support about a question on setup. The experience was less than ideal. They only provide a contact email and there is limited support in the app. They are available for support only during normal business hours. After waiting about 24hrs the response I received was a canned email.

    It is not perfect, but I would still recommend considering it due to the combination of Wi-Fi and telematics it offers. I could see it being useful on a family car where Wi-Fi is a benefit and you need to keep an eye on certain drivers. Since my daughters have a few years before they start driving, I am not sure if I will continue to use this device due to the delayed alerts and monthly cost.

    May 25, 2021 00:13
  • Review by mobilelawyer, 10 out of 10
    Convenience, Safety, Peace of Mind

    I have been using this interesting product for almost two months. It is shaped somewhat like a fat thumb drive and plugs into the OBD-II port on your car. The OBD port, you say, where is that? It is usually underneath your dashboard, and sometimes hard to find. The Spark device plugs into it and receives both voltage to power it as well as the diagnostic data from your car. One problem I have had during its usage is getting the Spark to stay in place. Because of the position of the OBD-2 port on my Honda Accord, it was easy to knock the device out of the port an onto the floor of the car as I got out of the car. This happened four or five times and was probably unique to my vehicle. I did not feel the contact with the unit or hear anything when this happened. The included software immediately sent me a phone message, alerting me to plug the unit back in.

    What does the Spark do? Lots. It contains an LTE 4G SIM from AT&T and provides an in-vehicle hotspot for both your devices and those of your passengers to keep a constant connection to the internet. This is a great convenience on the road, and the quality of the connection depends on the distance between your car and AT&T towers offering service. Speed was more than serviceable in our area, and more than adequate for mobile devices, usually averaging about 30mps for downloads and 10 to 15gbs for uploads. You can connect up to 8 devices.

    The Spark records every aspect of your vehicle’s performance and notifies you of a problem or an issue that needs to be serviced. I have not had any major problems with my car during my testing but would have been notified had they arisen. The alerts are issued to your smartphone by the Harmon software. You are reminded of the status of your fuel, whether the device has been removed, whether you have exceeded the speed limit, whether your vehicle is being towed, running idle for an inordinate amount of time, and whether there has been any disturbance while the vehicle is parked. When you go to your car and open the door, you may get a notice that there has been a disturbance. This warning would certainly be triggered if someone tried to break into your car.

    As I type this, the software tells me my fuel level is at 23 per cent and normal, battery is at 13.1 volts and normal, engine coolant temperature is 190 degrees and normal, and air intake temperature was recorded at 125 degrees and normal.

    The software also provides navigation services and tells you from your office or your home the exact location of your vehicle. I am sitting in my office, and the software now shows my car parked with a map of its location. It does without saying that if you had a small fleet of vehicles, you would be able to monitor their location at all times using this software. You can also set up boundaries for usage and be alerted if the driver exceeds the defined area. The software records the driving habits of the operator and makes recommendations for safety. If you must know, I scored well and was never reprimanded or told to slow down.

    You can also summon roadside assistance and make parking reservations and pay for both inside the app.

    The monthly charge to use this service may be a small premium to pay for the great utility, convenience and safety it offers to the users of the protected vehicles.

    May 26, 2021 14:01
  • Review by Txstatesal, 10 out of 10
    A Game Changer for Driving!

    I hope this note sparks your interest (see what I did there?) and that you and your household find value in this Harman Spark! At first glance it looks like another gimicky item that might add value to your car but does it really?

    I'm here to say that this is the first car item I have gotten in a while that is legit a game changer. The Wi-Fi hotspot is amazing. I'll say that again, AMAZING! I have a few in car items that require internet connection and becuase I had to manually use my phone before I just gave up. Now I hop in my car and streaming radio, tech assistants, and more are set to go.

    Alerts are always great, and my phone gives them to me but now my car can talk to me! With Spark's vehicle notifications anytime someone goes to my car just to grab something i'm alerted that there is a distrubance. It doesn't sound flashy but we alwasy want something when we can't have it and i'm appreciative that in the event my car is hit or broken into when i'm not around i'll have a notice.

    The driving notes are neat because I know that my insurance might provide a discount for having a good driving score, the geo fences are great for that one family member you want to ensure doesn't leave a certain radius, and the virtual mechanice measures: battery, coolant, and aire intake. I expected more and especially something that deciphers those dark dashboard lights more closely but i'm sure it will evolve.

    Overall, I am imensely pleased and will be looking into getting some for our small business.

    Mar 30, 2021 12:20
  • Review by seenett, 6 out of 10
    Check with mfg to see if you are is supported

    Works - sometimes. Definately need to activate with AT&T on its own; can't just pop in an already activated sim card. Check with Harmon customer service BEORE you buy - not guaranteed to work on all cars. Some newer models haven't been vetted yet. For example, works great in my 2018 Subaru. All funtions work - location, speed, and speed fuel level, hotspot. It does not work on my 2021 Hyundai. Location, fuel, speed are totally wrong. Wifi hotspot doesnt wsork at all in this car.

    Nov 09, 2021 01:20
  • Review by KKCNIck, 6 out of 10
    Ok for tracking vehicle but horrible hotspot

    I tried this for 60 days and really wanted to like it. It offered in car wireless, pulse on my car and tracking of my driving habits. Unfortunately the best parts are the worst. I found my phone always feeling slow on the hotspot. When I took it off and connected to my cellular network that was faster by a lot. For example if I would download at 5mbps then my phone consistently was at 30-80mbps. Also when I turn the car off and go inside my house the wireless still broadcats and I need to manually take my phone off. Also the unit sticks out far and the cover needed to remainoff so a lot of wires were visible that were otherwise covered. Now the plus was that I could see how the car was driven, how much gas I had, if there were any issues. Also as a parent it was nice to be able to setup boundaries and curphews to alert me if my kids broke any of them. But in the end the hotspot was just more of a hassle than a feature. If that was improved in a gen 2 and it were small enough to stay hidden then this could be a good product.

    May 26, 2021 22:20
  • Review by d8m3f6h, 6 out of 10
    Specs and Plans advertised don't exist

    Never used the unit because the plans advertised for this product no longer exist through AT&T. Went into AT&T store as advised by the web instructions.

    1. No more $25 plan for up to 22GB

    2. No pre-paid plan as one would think because of advertised data caps.

    3. New plans are $40 per 10GB

    May 21, 2021 20:41
  • 7.0score
    Simple Mobile - Moxee 4G No-Contract Mobile Hotspot - Black
    Description

    You live your best wireless life by staying connected anytime, anywhere. The no-contract Simple Mobile Prepaid Mobile Hotspot by Moxee allows you to connect up to 16 devices on the go with blazing fast speeds. The small, compact device is easy for travel and its full color screen makes setup and use a breeze. Keep streaming, watching, gaming and working wherever you are with the Simple Mobile Prepaid Mobile Hotspot by Moxee.

    8 Features
  • Compatible with most Wi-Fi-enabled devices: Including laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, game consoles and more.
  • Provides 802.11b/g/n and 802.11 a/ac/n Wi-Fi connectivity: Offers secure data connection for up to 16 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously for data sharing and media streaming.
  • 4G speed: So you can stay connected on the go
  • Intuitive color display: Provides monitoring of data use, mobile signal strength, and network management information.
  • Qualcomm MDM9607: Delivers outstanding overall performance
  • Long battery life: The 2300 mAh rechargeable battery powers all-day continuous use and allows for easy charging of other USB devices.
  • Allows you to send and receive text messages:
  • No storage Capability: Does not require memory storage to work
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SirMansour, 2 out of 10
    Bad product

    I would like to return it. The Device does not work at all

    Jul 16, 2021 15:52
  • Review by Indy29, 10 out of 10
    Great Hotspot & Easy set up

    This was one of my better purchases in a while. I never had a mobile hot spot and now working from home and on the road this no contract mobile hot spot is a blessing!

    I had no issues setting this up! Follow the instructions step by step. Make sure you have a computer in front of you. Simple as 1-2-3 and it’s up and running.

    Service is great is city or suburb areas but as soon as your in a mountainous or farmland area you do begin to experience low service or no service at all BUT as will your cell phone so it’s really not the products fault.

    I highly recommend this option before you spend an arm and a leg to upgrade your phone plan and get locked in for 2 years at a ridiculous price!

    Jun 18, 2021 18:32
  • Review by rkmsquared, 10 out of 10
    Yum

    Love this hotspot so far. Gets great coverage, was very easy to set up and it's even easier to use. The only drag is that I can't buy the data plans with Best Buy gift cards but that goes for all prepaid plans at Best Buy and other big box Electronics Stores. So it's not an issue with this Moxxee Hotspot by Simple Mobile. I take this thing camping with me or use it when I'm streaming Netflix or Hulu but still want to use my main phone and bust out my back up phone and this little guy and viola, everything's good. Oh yeah, and it comes preloaded with a sim card. Yum.

    Aug 25, 2021 23:27
  • Review by DutchMasterOGKush, 10 out of 10
    MUST READ

    Works way better than i thought it would. Was in a hotel with internet completely out for 2 weeks and this thing came in very handy for gaming with my x box and streaming. Just follow the instructions and read carefully or you will end up on the phone with customer service. You can’t set up your VPN over an iPhone so you have to use a windows device. I set mine up easily through internet explorer on the x box console since i had no laptop available.

    Aug 23, 2021 03:59
  • Review by Moxee, 6 out of 10
    Moxee review

    Simple to use but one problem was that it does not hold a charge for very long if not connected to a power supply. It did provide WiFi hotspot while driving from NY to the Carolinas. Had issue with gps and Moxee at times working together.

    Jul 23, 2021 18:08
  • Review by Jddj, 6 out of 10
    It does work so so.

    Works great in the city, but in rural areas where I live, I only had one bar, but that was enough to run my roku, but the only problem is when you run out your out, and there is no buying extra time,

    They took my money for extra 10 gigs, and then I found out you can't buy additional time for hot spots, 40 gigs just isn't enough and they offer no more. At least kricket offers 100 gigs, I just get no signal at home. Only good for email and a few pitchers. Lol.

    Mar 28, 2021 21:07
  • Review by BestBuy, 10 out of 10
    Simple mobile hotspot

    This is the best hotspot. $50 gets you 40 GB OF HOTSPOT. this is the fastest internet on the T-Mobile network.

    Feb 05, 2021 18:37
  • Review by JayRN, 8 out of 10
    Surprised

    I had low expectations for this hotspot and network but surprisingly it worked really well. Kids used driving to Florida and back and we didn’t really have any issues. The 50gb of data that I bought went pretty quick though with one of the kids streaming Netflix for hours. Can get expensive with volume users.

    May 31, 2021 06:00
  • 6.8score
    Net10 - Mobile Hotspot - Black
    Description

    Stream videos or games on the go with this black Net10 KonnectOne hotspot. The 4G LTE speed provides fast connections to the Internet, while the Wi-Fi Sharing technology lets you add up to 16 devices for convenience. This Net10 KonnectOne hotspot includes a micro USB charger to power up the 2300 mAh battery, and the SIM card is coupled with an activation card for quick and easy use.

    4 Features
  • Designed for hotspot data plans from Net10*: Provides 4G LTE Internet access using your provider's SIM card.
  • Share Wi-Fi Internet access: Offers secure data connection for up to 16 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously for data sharing and media streaming.
  • Long battery life: The 2300 mAh rechargeable battery powers all-day continuous use and allows for easy charging of other USB devices.
  • Intuitive color display: Provides monitoring of data use, mobile signal strength, and network management information.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Gillybeane, 2 out of 10
    was not satisfied with service

    the device is fine. It works. But the service was my issue. The wifi was OK but it said I had used 10gb in about a week. I bought 10 more and shut it off then I wasn't home. I used it about 4 hours per day and I was out another 10gb in 3 days. Something doesn't seem right here and I will be trying something else

    Aug 19, 2020 21:10
  • Review by Sheshehtspot, 4 out of 10
    The Jury is not out yet...

    The reason I purchased the mobile hotspot was for emergencies reasons only and backup when there is a power outage due to weather or other reasons. I have security cameras all around my house that run on WIFI so I want to keep them running without interruption at all times. That said, too soon for a review as I haven't used it yet...I will let you know whenever I use it...

    Jul 16, 2021 20:24
  • Review by Michele56, 2 out of 10
    Hot spot

    Hi I never could get hotspot to work and I tried to send it back and I guess 28 August was the last day I could send it back I didn’t realize you had such a turn around short turnaround on returning it I was hoping I can get it to work and I wouldn’t have to send it back so I’m gonna honestly say I’m not gonna give a good review because of that and then when I tried to talk to somebody on the phone about it I was put on hold forever I realize the times are tough right now but I don’t feel like I got the help I needed to even try to get it working so that’s the reason for my review

    Sep 04, 2020 17:08
  • Review by AKAK, 2 out of 10
    Not happy at all

    Used this hotspot for one day and all the data was gone. I reached out to the local Best Buy and was told that data on hotspots go very quickly. I was also told that I wasted my money.

    Sep 25, 2020 23:04
  • Review by Casey2006, 2 out of 10
    Cant use

    So my money went down the drain. I couldnt use it in enid, Oklahoma didnt know until I got it. Now Im out of money I didnt get it mailed off in time. ;( I lost money. Its still in the box it came in.

    Sep 11, 2020 17:29
  • Review by GPCJR, 2 out of 10
    Sub-Par Quality

    The item came with no USB charging cord. Activated this hotspot device today and found out to have poor and slow quality reception. One PC is already very slow and can not work with multiple devices. Much regret that it is UNRETURNABLE!

    Dec 20, 2020 13:37
  • Review by HotSpot, 8 out of 10
    Joe

    I used during the time we were relocating to a new city.

    Sep 12, 2021 09:21
  • Review by Amber, 8 out of 10
    Moxee Hot Spot

    The Moxee Hot Spot Device had a few glitches at first, but after figuring out the problem, which was not the fault of the device, it works as advertised. It has been reliable and accurate.

    Jan 04, 2021 14:51
  • 5.0score