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Smartphone? Hotspot? Router? - Which is Best for Mobile Internet using Cellular Data?

Mobile Internet Resource Center

Cellular data is a popular choice for RVers and boaters for online mobile connectivity. To use cellular data you need a device that can share a cellular connection via WiFi, USB, or Ethernet.

The basic options include devices that are purposebuilt for this including mobile hotspot devices (also known as a Jetpack or MiFi) and cellular embedded routers or hot spotting off a smartphone, or using a cellular enabled tablet.

What are the advantages and drawbacks of each? That's what this video covers!

For our companion guide to this video:

For getting started with cellular based mobile internet:

For getting started with selecting your mobile internet setup:

For more information on selecting cellular gear:
Smartphones & Tablets:
Mobile Hotspots:
Cellular Routers:
Top Pick Data Plans:

0:00 Intro
0:45 Hotspotting off Smartphones
6:45 Cellular Embedded Tablets
8:30 Mobile Hotspot Devices Jetpacks & MiFi
12:51 Cellular Embedded Routers
18:04 Wrapping It Up

The Mobile Internet Resource Center is dedicated to helping mobile travelers (RVers, cruisers, nomads, etc.) keep connected!

This channel is part of the Mobile Internet Resource Center, and you'll find even MORE content (guides, news, courses, reviews, forums, gear and more) on our website:

We are funded by our premium members, who allow us to make this niche topic our focus and offer a ton of free content (like this channel) to the public! Our members get a bunch of extra access to our Q&A forums, indepth guides, product reviews, courses, insider tips and webinars.

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The Mobile Internet Resource Center is brought to you by Two Steps Beyond LLC, the consultancy run by Cherie & Chris of (full time tech nomads since 2006 by RV & boat).

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