The best portable LTE routers you can buy in South Africa

While a fixed fibre connection is the ideal tether to the Internet, this is not always a viable option.

Users who travel a lot and those without fixed broadband coverage instead have to resort to LTE connections, which can be expensive and less than reliable.

If you use a SIM and LTE data package which offers good value for your money, however, you can get decent usage and speeds out of the connection.

Power users who need fast speeds for multiple devices while on the move or at home can be served by a powerful mobile hotspot, which has many useful features.

An LTE data connection, SD card support, and power bank functionality can all be packed into the mobile device.

Some of these devices also offer impressive network capabilities, including dual-band Wi-Fi and support for up to 32 connected devices.

We rounded up some of the best mobile Wi-Fi hotspots available in South Africa, according to their specifications, and listed them below.


TP Link TL-M7650

TP-Link LTE router

TP Link TL-M7650
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11ac
Wi-Fi Bands Dual Band – 2.4GHz, 5GHz
Download Speed Up to 600Mbps
Upload Speed Up to 50Mbps
Micro SD Card Yes
Battery 3,000mAh
Dimensions 112.5 x 66.5 x 16 mm
Price R2,655

Huawei E5885

Huawei mobile hotspot

Huawei E5885
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11ac
Wi-Fi Bands Dual Band – 2.4GHz, 5GHz
Download Speed Up to 300Mbps
Upload Speed Up to 50Mbps
Micro SD Card No
Battery 6,400mAh
Dimensions 112 x 69.2 x 23 mm
Price R1,669

Vodafone R230

Vodafone mobile router

Vodafone R230
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11ac
Wi-Fi Bands Dual Band – 2.4GHz, 5GHz
Download Speed Up to 450Mbps
Upload Speed Up to 50Mbps
Micro SD Card No
Battery 2,200mAh
Dimensions 122 x 65 x 10.6 mm
Price R3,499

Netgear AirCard 810

Netgear aircard 810

Netgear AirCard 810
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11ac
Wi-Fi Bands Dual Band – 2.4GHz, 5GHz
Download Speed Up to 600Mbps
Upload Speed Up to 50Mbps
Micro SD Card No
Battery 2,930mAh
Dimensions 112 x 69 x 15.5 mm
Price R4,408

Huawei E8372

Huawei Wi-Fi dongle

Huawei E8372
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11n
Wi-Fi Bands 2.4GHz
Download Speed Up to 150Mbps
Upload Speed Up to 50Mbps
Micro SD Card Yes
Battery N/A
Dimensions 30 x 94 x 14 mm
Price R985

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