How to Get Wi-Fi Without an Internet Service Provider: 5 Methods

MakeUseOf | 2/18/2019 | Dan Price
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Getting on the web is expensive. In the United States, the average cost of a home internet connection is $60 per month. Don’t fancy paying all that money? Don’t worry; even if you don’t have a regular ISP, there are still ways to go online.

Here’s how to get W-Fi without an internet service provider.

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The best way to make sure you have internet on your laptop at all times is to use a mobile hotspot.

Of course, there is an upfront cost of doing so—you will need to buy a hotspot device and subscribe to a mobile internet plan.

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Quite a few companies offer mobile hotspots. As with any pieces of technology, the price and quality vary dramatically.

There are three mobile hotspot models we particularly recommend:

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The Verizon Jetpack MiFi 8800L is probably the best 4G hotspot available right now. It is the only model that uses Qualcomm’s X20 modem, meaning it can do five-carrier aggregation and supports 11 LTE bands. The hotspot typically enjoys much better reception that smartphones and tablets thanks to its two TS9 ports.

You can get the device for $99 if you sign up for a two-year mobile internet contract. It is $199 if you buy the device contract-free.

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The Nighthawk LTE Mobile Hotspot Router is AT&T’s mobile hotspot device. If you need internet on-the-go for a laptop, it’s a great choice.

Under the hood, you will find a Qualcomm X16 modem that runs four spectrum channels. The device also shines when it comes to customization; unlike most hotspots, you can tweak a host of settings. They include port forwarding and filtering, options for UPnP, DLNA, and a DMZ, and dual-band 802.11ac support.

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The hotspot is not so suitable for people who want to access the web while traveling. At 4.14 x 4.14 x 0.75 inches, and weighing in at 8.5 ounces, it...
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