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How to get WiFi in the car? what are the options, devices and recommended operator tariffs

How to get WiFi in the car? what are the options, devices and recommended operator tariffs

By  Adan Flannigan 2019-08-04 714 0

Everything seems to be connected to the Internet lately. It's no longer just the smartphone, tablet or computer, but also the smart speaker or TV. So why not the car too? This is something that can be especially useful for family cars, where children can connect to play online games or watch streaming content. Now, to get Internet in the car there are a number of requirements.

Cars with integrated Wi-Fi 

The data consumption is a factor against if you have Wi-Fi in the car, also the quality of the signal can decrease if we consider that the car is on the move. But at the end of the day, it's the same quantity and quality that we have on a mobile phone. And for many people it is simply more comfortable to have Wi-Fi in the car as well as at home.

To get Wi-Fi in the car there are a number of different options. Some more expensive than others, some more comfortable than others. Finally, it also counts the operators and the rate that we have or can acquire.

Cars with integrated Wi-Fi

Cars with integrated Wi-Fi 

We start with the fastest option, although not always the most convenient: cars that bring Wi-Fi among its features. Many times the manufacturers include in their best models an integrated eSIM and an antenna that allows to offer Wi-Fi as if it were a router in the home.

There are a number of manufacturers that offer it right now. We have for example Opel with Open On Star, Audi with Audi Connect or BMW with BMW Car Hotspot LTE. The first two offer an integrated eSIM, while in the case of BMW we will have to put it ourselves. Here it is more important to be able to install the SIM ourselves, because we do not take advantage of the manufacturer's own tariffs and the networks with which it operates.

MiFi devices for having Wi-Fi in the car

What if my car manufacturer doesn't have a Wi-Fi car option? No problem, we can always use MiFi devices. MiFi devices are basically small routers that connect to the car to get electricity or sometimes run on battery and wirelessly. They are essentially a router that connects to the outside through an inserted SIM and not through an ADSL/Fiber cable.

MiFi devices for having Wi-Fi in the car 

They don't exactly have to be used in a car, but this is where we're going to take advantage of them if what we're looking for is to have Wi-Fi in the car. Generally they allow to connect between five and ten devices to which it offers access to Internet. Speeds can also vary, although they usually offer up to a maximum of 150 Mbps. However, it must be borne in mind that each model may vary and also influences the quality of the signal and the speed offered by the SIM operator.

Among the most popular models we find:

● Q5 Portable Router: With speeds of up to 150 Mbps and a maximum of 10 devices.It has a 5,200 mAh battery

● M7 WiFi Router: With speeds up to 150 Mbps and a maximum of 10 devices. It has a 2,000 mAh battery.

● TP-Link router 4G with screen: With speeds of up to 150 Mbps and a maximum of 10 devices. It has a 2,000 mAh battery and screen.

● likeitwell router 4G: With speeds of up to 100 Mbps and a maximum of 10 devices.

Smartphone as access point to have Wi-Fi in the car

Smartphone as access point to have Wi-Fi in the car​ 

Perhaps the most convenient and flexible option of all: use your own phone as a router. Nowadays, practically all smartphones allow you to share the Internet with other devices. By using the smartphone we save ourselves an extra device, we also contract more tariffs with the operator. Although without doubt the most interesting advantage is that it allows us greater flexibility by directly managing which devices are connected and which are not, without being "tied" to a car.

The disadvantage that we can find here is the battery consumption, which rises a lot when using the Internet sharing mode because it uses more connectivity than in normal mode. The solution however is simple, carry a charger in the car with which to charge the mobile while sharing the Internet. The steps to share the Internet are very simple, both in iOS and Android.

What rate to choose to have Wi-Fi in the car

As we have seen, in the three previous options, a fee is generally required with the operator. It can be either by doubling the SIM with the current rate or by using a completely new SIM. In these situations the most recommended option is to choose the tariff that has more data, even unlimited if possible. Other features such as calls, messages and other functions are irrelevant, as in the end only the data will be used.

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