Tethering is a quick and simple solution to sharing your mobile phone’s broadband connection. By using your phone to create a WiFi hotspot, other devices can share your data allowance. This solution is usually adequate for travelling, camping or ad hoc sharing. The Wi-Fi signal range will not be as powerful as a home router so it’s unlikely to penetrate to adjacent rooms.
4G Mobile tethering
Typically known as a ‘Mi-Fi’ or ‘Dongle’, these devices are usually a similar size to a small mobile phone and powered by either an internal battery or via USB. The device will create a Wi-Fi network which will generally allow up to 64 devices to connect simultaneously. The Wi-Fi range can be limited as they aren’t as powerful as a standard home broadband router.
Mobile broadband device
Some tablet devices, e.g. Apple iPads, have sim card slots and can connect directly to the internet, without the need for any additional hardware or Wi-Fi connection. A pre-loaded sim card is the most cost-effective solution. For more regular use, you may wish to consider a sim-only contract.
4G/5G Sim enabled device
With this option, a sim is placed in a 4G/5G enabled router, enabling up to 64 devices to connect to the broadband simultaneously. 4G / 5G home broadband is a growing trend driven by the increasing availability of unlimited data plans. 4G home broadband is particularly popular in rural areas where 4G broadband can be faster and more reliable than a standard broadband connection. One of the main benefits of this option is the absence of line rental fees. Sim contracts vary in data allowances and can be from 1-24 months in duration. For regular use, we would recommend an unlimited tariff. 4G/5G Home broadband solutionCompare 4G / 5G Home broadband