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Battery operated Broadband WiFi modem with USB connection ?

Posted on 2012-04-08
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I ever saw someone  brought a broadband Wifi router to an outdoor
exhibition & a few of us contributed 3G USB modems to plug into
this router so that the PCs within the vicinity can access the Internet
via WiFi.

However, I forgot to note down the brand/model of that router.

Anyone knows of any such routers (say that allows me to plug 4G
USB modems as well as 3G modems;  2 USB ports are sufficient)
that are highly portable (small, light & preferably battery operated
but if no battery, it's fine).  I would like to get this as I don't want to
pay some US$180-200 more for an iPad with built-in 4G modem
(as I already have the modem & I may cancel off my home's
 broadband plan soon to cut cost).

Any Windows mobile phone PDA that could do this?  What app is
needed to enable this?

Pls suggest specific brands/models with links or where to purchase.
I live in Singapore.


I currently have a 2Wire 2701HGV-E broadband WiFi router at home
but it doesn't look like the USB port at the back is for this purpose
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by:sunhux
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The subject heading of this thread should have been
"Broadband WiFi router"  & not "Broadband WiFi modem"

Guess googling returns quite a few but I don't see any
one of them that's battery operated:
 http://www.google.com.sg/#hl=ms&site=&source=hp&q=Broadband+WiFi+router+with+3G+USB+port&oq=Broadband+WiFi+router+with+3G+USB+port&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=hp.3...1360l9279l0l9514l38l38l0l10l10l0l164l2655l21j7l28l0.llsin.&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=31144fb1d5dd4c89&biw=986&bih=633


Also, as I'm on Windows mobile PDA & my daughter is
on iPhone, will be good if someone can reply to the
question on how to share the broadband Wifi of the
iPhone & WinMobile PDA
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by:Anuroopsundd
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nice.. also look at my 2nd post.. so incase you want to compare few.
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by:sunhux
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This one below probably allows one broadband data SIM card to be
inserted which is not what I want: need to be able to aggregate
several SIM cards or USB dongle to get a higher aggregate bandwidth:

http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-MWR211-802-11n-Battery-Wireless/dp/B0046REF9K
 MWR222 is quite costly



The few products below, I'm not quite sure what's their differences
(between the MB & RB models) & which ones best suit me:

http://www.amazon.com/Sapido-RB-1132-Technology-Compatible-Blackberry/dp/B005RRG6EA/ref=pd_cp_pc_1

Good battery life:
http://www.amazon.com/MB-1132-Rechargeable-Batteries-Compatible-Blackberry/dp/B004DM8GV6/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1333881045&sr=1-3


This one below is low-cost & highly rated but no battery:
http://www.amazon.com/CradlePoint-Factory-Refurbished-Wireless-Portable/dp/B006QOJ3YI/ref=pd_cp_e_1
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Just choose one with battery. .. else you will not be able to connect to your non laptop device like ipad or mobile phone which do not have USB port or you have to put on power.

Zyxel seems to be good and good known brand.
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Almost-certainly the one you saw was a Cradlepoint PHS300 - http://amazon.com/dp/B001212ELY

But if you have a car nearby, almost any 3G router will work using an adapter like
this http://amazon.com/dp/B0042X8XOQ  (2 Amp)
or this http://amazon.com/dp/B00009W5QT (0.8 Amp)... most dual-band routers require 1 Amp or more @12VDC, "tip positive" while most single-band routers can get by on less than 1 Amp.

And Cradlepoint makes a car adapter like that especially for their routers, all of which support 3G and 4G modems...
e.g. the MBR1200, which supports Cardbus, ExpressCard and USB modems
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by:Allen Falcon
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Contact your cellular carrier ... Both Verizon and Sprint have MiFi units that charge via USB and provide 5 to 7 3G and 4G LTE WiFi connections.
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by:Darr247
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Yes, but the MiFi units don't allow connecting other 3G adapters as described in the original post.  :-)
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