The most Affordable 4G LTE Mi-Fi routers for sale

ethan

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Hello fellow readers.

I am looking for the cheapest Mi-Fi 4G LTE routers available for sale brand new. Please help me get them around Gauteng or online.

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Jake45

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Are you looking for a smalI mobile router like the Huawei E5573 or something bigger and faster like the Huawei B315 which can also work on battery power?
https://www.pepstores.com/product/cell/telkom/huawei-4g-e5572-mifi-sku-crm09
https://www.edgars.co.za/alcatel-lte-dongle-28083520?utm_source=google_shopping&gclid=CjwKCAjwmtDpBRAQEiwAC6lm472nrf5lTbTp5Jdb8FojLPWgyjAh4_DPb4OzaGaO1v8C_kJCrFHf9BoCYicQAvD_BwE
https://www.takealot.com/huawei-3g-lte-mobile-wifi-e5573/PLID46715301
https://www.takealot.com/huawei-b315-lte-wifi-router-white/PLID51972823

First try Telkom and the cell stores to see if they have any decent offers and then look at Takealot, Loot, Geewiz, Hionline, Pepcellular, Ackermans, Jet, Edgars etc. Once you have a good idea of the market price for the device you are interested in you could also look on OLX and Gumtree as there are usually many different models available for sale, some brand new and still sealed while others are secondhand. You can usually find something suitable at a price well below the lowest online price. You may have to spend a few days looking before you find something suitable.

I bought 3 secondhand B315 routers from OLX about a year ago from 3 different sellers. They were all Telkom branded routers and the prices varied between R500~R600 each. Two of them were the white model and came without a portable battery pack while the black model did include the battery pack. I believe that the Telkom devices (Huawei B315s-936 model) can also access Band 38 that Rain uses via Band 41 while the Rain devices (Huawei B315s-916) are unable to connect to Band 40 that Telkom uses so I would personally try to purchase the Telkom devices if possible.
https://mybroadband.co.za/forum/threads/using-telkom-b315-to-connect-to-rain-band-38.991442/

If you decide to purchase B315 type routers and plan to use them off battery power, you can refer to this thread in the classifieds to purchase additional battery packs for R50.
https://mybroadband.co.za/forum/threads/router-battery-power-bank-for-huawei-b315.922538/
 

ethan

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i see that R600 is the best price. Thanks so much for you detailed
Are you looking for a smalI mobile router like the Huawei E5573 or something bigger and faster like the Huawei B315 which can also work on battery power?
https://www.pepstores.com/product/cell/telkom/huawei-4g-e5572-mifi-sku-crm09
https://www.edgars.co.za/alcatel-lte-dongle-28083520?utm_source=google_shopping&gclid=CjwKCAjwmtDpBRAQEiwAC6lm472nrf5lTbTp5Jdb8FojLPWgyjAh4_DPb4OzaGaO1v8C_kJCrFHf9BoCYicQAvD_BwE
https://www.takealot.com/huawei-3g-lte-mobile-wifi-e5573/PLID46715301
https://www.takealot.com/huawei-b315-lte-wifi-router-white/PLID51972823

First try Telkom and the cell stores to see if they have any decent offers and then look at Takealot, Loot, Geewiz, Hionline, Pepcellular, Ackermans, Jet, Edgars etc. Once you have a good idea of the market price for the device you are interested in you could also look on OLX and Gumtree as there are usually many different models available for sale, some brand new and still sealed while others are secondhand. You can usually find something suitable at a price well below the lowest online price. You may have to spend a few days looking before you find something suitable.

I bought 3 secondhand B315 routers from OLX about a year ago from 3 different sellers. They were all Telkom branded routers and the prices varied between R500~R600 each. Two of them were the white model and came without a portable battery pack while the black model did include the battery pack. I believe that the Telkom devices (Huawei B315s-936 model) can also access Band 38 that Rain uses via Band 41 while the Rain devices (Huawei B315s-916) are unable to connect to Band 40 that Telkom uses so I would personally try to purchase the Telkom devices if possible.
https://mybroadband.co.za/forum/threads/using-telkom-b315-to-connect-to-rain-band-38.991442/

If you decide to purchase B315 type routers and plan to use them off battery power, you can refer to this thread in the classifieds to purchase additional battery packs for R50.
https://mybroadband.co.za/forum/threads/router-battery-power-bank-for-huawei-b315.922538/
Thanks alot for your detailed reply i appreciate it. Also, R600 seems to be the best price
 

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i see that R600 is the best price. Thanks so much for you detailed

Thanks alot for your detailed reply i appreciate it. Also, R600 seems to be the best price
I’m also searching for mobile modem/routers, even 3G would suffice, so this is great info, especially the Pep stores offer. I’m particularly interested in which of these mi -fi routers will accept an external antenna to assist the 3G signal, or would I be better off using a cheapo Android phone in hotspot mode?
 

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I’m also searching for mobile modem/routers, even 3G would suffice, so this is great info, especially the Pep stores offer. I’m particularly interested in which of these mi -fi routers will accept an external antenna to assist the 3G signal, or would I be better off using a cheapo Android phone in hotspot mode?
Pm me if you want one that can accept an external antenna.
 

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@ethan: I would personally choose one of the Huawei models as they seem to work better than many of the other routers. You get 2GB free Telkom data included with the Huawei router from Pep Stores. You can usually use SIMs from other networks in the Telkom routers (Pep Store model) which is often not the case with Vodacom MiFi devices.
 

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@ethan: I would personally choose one of the Huawei models as they seem to work better than many of the other routers. You get 2GB free Telkom data included with the Huawei router from Pep Stores. You can usually use SIMs from other networks in the Telkom routers (Pep Store model) which is often not the case with Vodacom MiFi devices.
This is a properly good deal, I just need to find out if this router will take an external antenna, then I need a source of said antenna.
 

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I have one of those adaptors and I tested it with a 10dBi window antenna from Poynting - the A-PANL-0038-V2, which I had on hand. I couldn't detect an improvement in signal. Maybe I just don't understand how the antenna works, but I'm led to believe these are line of sight dependent and I was rather hoping for an indoor solution.
 

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Does anyone have an opinion or experience on whether a similarly priced cellphone would do a better job than a mi-fi router, if used in hotspot mode or tethered to a PC?
 

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@riscbroker: I have tried to use a cheap Vodacom Smart Mini 7 cell phone as a hotspot and it does work reliably but the experience is far worse than using my Huawei E5331 3G router. The battery only lasts an hour or two and the connection speed seemed to be slower than when using the MiFi.
https://www.takealot.com/vodacom-smart-mini-7-4gb-black/PLID42329180

I wouldn't recommend buying any android phone below R1000 as they generally struggle to run android properly due to serious memory constraints. If you already have a spare 4G capable phone with at least 2~3GB Ram you may be able to get similar performace to an LTE MiFi. There do seem to be some decent entry level android phones selling for around R2000 such as the Xiaomi Redmi 7 etc. Takealot is running their Ultimate Checkout Sale on Wednesday so it might be worth waiting to see whether there are going to be any good discounts on cell phones, MiFi's etc. The Redmi 6A is often discounted to R1399.
https://memeburn.com/2019/07/takealot-ultimate-checkout-sale/
 

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Thanks for all this info, seems better if I just stick with a dedicated router. I'm looking at antenna solutions now and then I'll do some testing.
 

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Get 5 Rain sims with a MIFI router. It's R790 once off, but you get 7 days unlimited internet per SIM :p
 
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