How to put WiFi in the car, what are the options?

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When buying a new vehicle, there are many factors that we must take into account to adapt to our needs for both travel and the needs and use we make of it. Once we have clear the vehicle model it is the turn of the accessories, those accessories that as a rule cost one eye of the face and that usually increase the price of it according to our tastes or needs.

Currently most manufacturers choose to make use of multimedia systems based on mobile ecosystems: CarPlay or Android Auto, although today there are still manufacturers that still betting on their multimedia centers, multimedia centers that are often incompatible with many terminals.

These multimedia centers allow us to access all the content of our terminal so that we do not have the need to interact with our smartphone at any time. These systems connect to the internet from our devices, since they are still an external screen where the content of our device is shown.

We can also choose to buy the corresponding accessory of the house when buying the car, but depending on the brand, you may when you see the price they offer you avoid it at all costs. In addition, if you do not plan to change your car, but the idea of ​​having Wi-Fi in your vehicle attracts you in this article we will show you several devices that will allow you for very little money to add the extra Wi-Fi to your vehicle.

Obviously we will not have an unlimited rate on our vehicle, but thanks to the new rates of the different operators we can enjoy a large number of GB to share with everyone who uses the vehicle regularly, such as those who share a car to go to work, something you should do many more people than it really does, not only because of the fuel savings it means but also because we pollute less.

Car with standard WiFi

The main advantage that we can find when buying a vehicle with an integrated device that allows us to share the internet among all occupants is found in the coverage. Being a device integrated in the vehicle, coverage issues that we can find along the route will be lower than, if we use an alternative device, especially when we circulate in areas where coverage leaves a little to be desired.

In addition, another of the advantages it offers us, to call it somehow, we find it in that we don't have to be aware of charging the device used to share the connection, although if we use a device that is connected to the lighter this problem we will not find.

Use the iPhone to have Internet in the car

When Apple began offering the tethering option natively, many were the operators that blocked this option and did not allow it. Fortunately over time the operators stopped blocking this option and we can currently share the internet connection from our device, even if it means excessive battery consumption.

To share the internet connection of our iPhone we must go to Settings> Mobile data> Internet sharing. Next, the password to access the Wi-Fi connection that we have created with the name of our device will be displayed. The key of this device can be changed to one that is easier to remember or share.

Devices to add Wifi in the car

Currently in the market we can find different devices that allow us to share an internet connection in our vehicle. We can also use this type of device, depending on the model, to when we go on a trip to a rural house, the beach or any other place. The TPLink firm, well known in terms of devices for sharing the internet, offers three models of devices to share an internet connection, devices that offer different prices and, obviously, functions.

To avoid problems of theft or that the device gets too hot if we park in the sun, especially in summer, the ideal is that once we leave the vehicle, keep the device in question in our backpack or jacketThey are small and transportable, and they will barely take away space. If it is what connects to the lighter of the car, it would be best to place it in a connection that is seen from the windows of the vehicle.

If we are looking for an economical device that allows us to share the internet connection in our vehicle, the TP-Link MR3020 may be your device if we already have a USB modem. Is compatible with 3G and 4G networks, is compatible with Wifi N networks, which allows us a maximum connection speed of 150 Mbps. It offers three operating modes: 3G / 4G router, WISP client router or as an access point

TP-LINK TL-MR3020 Wireless N 3G / 4G Portable Router

The M5250 model is only compatible with 3G networks, offering a maximum speed of 21.6 Mbps, with a range of 6-7 hours and 10 connections simultaneously. In addition, it integrates a SD card reader in which we can copy part of the content in image or video format of our devices, ideal for extra space. The same manufacturer offers us a superior model with the same features, the TP-Link M5350, which integrates a screen that shows information about coverage, battery level …

TP-LINK M5250 – 3G WiFi high speed router (3 years warranty, Mobile Wi-Fi access point, high speed, duration up to 7 hours, HSPA +)
TP-LINK M5350 – 3G WiFi High Speed ​​Router (Mobile Wi-Fi Access Point, LED display, high speed, duration up to 7 hours, HSPA +)

The TP-Link M5360 offers an LED screen that shows information about the battery, coverage and other device. It integrates a 5,200 mAh battery that offers us up to 17 hours of autonomy but also allows us to use it to recharge the battery of our device. It is compatible with 3G networks, offering us a maximum speed of 21.6 Mbps. It also integrates an SD memory card reader, in which we can store up to 32 GB. The number of users that we can connect together is 10, as is the rest of this type of device.

TP-LINK M5360 – 3G WiFi high speed router (5200mAh internal battery for mobile / tablet, Mobile WiFi, LED display, duration up to 17 hours, HSPA +)

The TP-Link M7350 is one of the models that offers us the most benefits since it is the model that offers us the best performance for this purpose. This model has dimensions of 10.6 × 6.6 × 1.6 cm, has a weight of 82 grams + 150 grams of the lithium battery, is compatible with EDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSPA, HSPA +, LTE networks , UMTS and with 802.11b connections. It offers us a 10 hour autonomy and the maximum number of devices that we can connect together is 10. The integrated card reader allows us to share the contents of an SD card with all devices.

TP-LINK M7350 – 4G LTE mobile router (dual band 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz, supports up to 10 devices simultaneously), black color

Huawei E8377

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<p>But TPLink is not the only company that offers us this type of devices that offers us great versatility, since they allow us to use it anywhere not only in our vehicle. But if your needs only go through having internet in your vehicle, Huawei offers us the Huawei E8377, a device that<strong> connects to vehicle lighter</strong> and that does not ensure autonomy without any problem unlike previous models. Huawei E8377 – Mobile internet device for car (150 Mbps, WiFi), black</p>
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The Huawei E8377 offers us connection speeds up to 150 Mbps and allows us to connect up to 10 devices simultaneously. It has dimensions of 6x5x9 cm, has a prisoner of 68 grams and offers connections type 802.11 B / G, 802.11bgn and 802.11b.

Huawei E8377 – Mobile car internet device (150 Mbps, WiFi), black

The D-Link firm also offers several devices to share an internet connection, compatible with 3G and 4G networks. The DWR-72o and DWR-730 models offer us connection protocols IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, and are compatible with 3G networks only. D-Link also offers a 4G modem, DWR-932, a model with a battery of up to 2020 mAh with a range of up to 4 hours and a maximum speed of 150 Mbps.

D-Link DWR-720 – Mobile router (3G, Wi-Fi, 21 Mbps), black
D-Link DWR-730 – Mobile router (3G, Wi-Fi, 21 Mbps), black
D-Link DWR-932 -Mobile Router (4G, Wi-Fi, 150 Mbps), black

Alternatives without making any investment

But if our intention is to spend as little money as possible, we can always share the data rate of our smartphone, something counterproductive because the only thing we will get is to run out of rate and battery at the first exchange, unless we have a fairly wide data rate and our device is charging while we share the connection.

Also for demos choose use a smartphone that we have removed in a drawer, hire a data SIM and connect it to the lighter of the vehicle so that it is always available to share internet in the vehicle. Of course, if the smartphone is old, the speed it will offer us will be much slower than what we will find in the devices dedicated exclusively for this task, but the needs go through WhatsApp and visit the odd web page, this can be your solution

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