AT&T Wireless Broadband

What’s a portable WiFi Hotspot? And how can it help my business stay connected?

It’s more important than ever to stay connected. Business tools like email, document storage, customer relationship management, video conferencing—even payroll and human resources—are moving to cloud-based solutions. Work demands requires a fast, reliable internet connection wherever business takes you.

But how do you know what networking technology is right for your business? What is an affordable, reliable solution for small business? A robust network for a medium to large company? Business owners don’t have time to take a deep dive into what’s the latest technology.

AT&T is here to help. This article offers valuable information on our portable WiFi hotspot and why it may make sense for your business.

In this guide, you will learn:

  1. What is a portable WiFi hotspot?
  2. Where can portable WiFi hotspot devices be used?
  3. How is a portable WiFi hotspot different from phone tethering?
  4. What devices are available from AT&T?

What is a portable WiFi hotspot?

A portable hotspot router enables a business to connect multiple laptops and mobile devices to the Internet —whether a solution is needed to log on from a small business store, remotely from a home office, customer site or on-the-go. We make it simple – whatever enabled device your business demands —with our solution your employees are automatically connected to the AT&T mobile broadband network. The hotspot device acts as a portable Internet access point that connects your team to web-based business tools and valuable company information. Plus, security features offer the opportunity to monitoring web traffic and secure business devices from cyber threats, with better reliability than public connections at an affordable price.

Where can portable WiFi hotspot devices be used?

Portable WiFi hotspot devices can be used within the vast AT&T high-speed wireless coverage area. The devices are especially useful to teams traveling as a group to a conference, a customer site or other work event because your workforce is essentially taking a secure connection with them —including access to your company’s networking and security policies. Business WiFi hotspots also make great primary connections for fully-mobile businesses like food trucks, pop-up shops, events and trade booths, construction sites, disaster recovery teams, insurance adjusters, and so many more.

How is a portable WiFi hotspot different than phone tethering?

Phone tethering (sharing your mobile device’s internet connection with another device via cord, BlueTooth, or a localized WiFi connection) is a good option when connecting a single device to the Internet, while our business WiFi hotspots allow you to connect up to 20 devices at a time. Portable WiFi hotspot devices are single purpose devices that are designed specifically to connect a group of people to the Internet when and where it is convenient. They take up minimal space for portability, and compared to cellphones include larger internal antennae for optimal reception and a large battery for long life. AT&T mobile broadband routers can connect laptops, smartphones, tablets, point of sales systems, or even function as remote backup failovers for critical systems in the event of power outages. Read more about how portable wireless broadband devices are different than phone tethering or learn about our Cradlepoint LTE failover solution.

What devices are available from AT&T?

There are several options that fit various connectivity needs, including LTE, and LTE Advanced enabled devices. AT&T offers several WiFi hotspot devices.

The Newest Wireless Hotspot Routers

Netgear Nighthawk® Mobile Hotspot Router

Netgear’s Nighthawk Mobile Hotspot Router is the world’s first commercial Gigabit Class LTE Mobile Hotspot Router to achieve maximum download speeds of 1 Gbps on the AT&T 5G millimeter network*, bringing the fastest possible internet connection to businesses on the go. Combining ultrafast download speeds, and support for the latest networks into one device, this premium mobile hotspot router provides the best internet connection experience possible whether it is used on-the-go, at home, or during your travels. With a very large 5,040mAh battery, the Nighthawk boasts all-day battery life, so businesses are always connected, even when away from the office.

*5G+ millimeter mobile network where available with compatible plan, powered by AT&T.

Compact 4G LTE Wireless Hotspots

AT&T United Express 2

The affordable, pocketable business WiFi hotspot from AT&T features 11 hours of battery life to get you through the work day while connecting up to 15 devices on the AT&T high speed LTE network. A sleek design and color display make it a breeze to use virtually wherever your business takes you.

The bottom line

  • Portable WiFi hotspot devices from AT&T allow a business to connect teams and mobile workforce to the Internet in a safe, reliable network.
  • They are great for conferences, customer sites, worksites or an impromptu meeting at the local coffee shop with a prospective client.
  • AT&T portable WiFi hotspot devices provide the speed, reliability and security you need to collaborate, engage with customers and operate at the speed for any size of business.
8Mbps LTE Data Wireless Broadband

Includes 10GB AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management, great for light data traffic.

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12Mbps LTE Data Wireless Broadband

Includes 10GB AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management, designed for business critical traffic.

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50Mbps LTE Data Wireless Broadband

Includes 30GB AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management. Reqs. 5G Evolution coverage.

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Speeds are not guaranteed up to the stated number, and subject to network availability. AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management enables qualified customers to prioritize their business-critical applications on the AT&T owned domestic 4G LTE network. AT&T may slow speeds after 50GB of data usage of the 8Mbps plan, 75GB of data usage of the 12Mbps plan, and 125GB of data usage of the 50Mbps plan. Eligible for $5 AutoPay discount. AutoPay discount starts in 1 to 2 bill cycles. 50Mbps speed tier requires a 5G Evolution capable wireless router with a Category 18 or higher modem and corresponding coverage.