How Do You Get a Car WiFi Hotspot?
Sometimes it can be hard to find Internet access when you're on the road, but it's not like you can turn your car into a mobile WiFi hotspot; or can you? Today some car manufacturers like General Motors and Audi are making their new vehicles WiFi capable. Chances are good that those involved in creating the Internet in the late 1960s never fully realized what an impact this technology would have on society. Nowadays, it's hard to ever imagine the world without the Internet. And with the boom of personal computer devices -- including laptops, tablets and cell phones -- pretty much everyone you pass either Internet access in their pocket or is looking for free WiFi wherever they go. However, there are some gadgets out there that can easily make used cars a WiFi hotspot as well. Here's a look at a few of them.
FreedomPop Connected Car Kit
Telecom company FreedomPop offers its Connected Car Kit to help turn both new and used cars into WiFi enabled mobile hotspots. The kit includes the Freedom Spot Overdrive -- a 4G hotspot that fits in the palm of your hand that can connect up to eight different devices at once. According to FreedomPop, users get 500MB free each month, with the possibility of another 500MB every month for referrals. The kit also includes a power bank and travel charger.
Enjoy 3G speeds while on the go with CarFi, but Autonet Mobile. The wireless router uses a proprietary technology to keep you connected while the car is actually moving and in between cell towers. And when you are stopped, users both inside and outside the vehicle can have Internet access and act as a WiFi Hotspot. Autonet also offers a special docking station for the CarFi as an option for families with more than one car.
For those on Verizon, the company offers its Delphi Connect with 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot that is connected to the OBD-II port in new or most used cars sold in the United States since 1996. Up to five devices can access the Internet at the same time through the module. Additionally, the Delphi Connect acts as a troubleshooting diagnostic tool for your vehicle, as well as GPS tracking and remote access.
Mobile Hotspot MiFi® Liberate
For those who prefer AT&T, the mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate does not actually connect to new or used cars, but can still be used to connect non-driving passengers to the Internet. The hotspot can connect up to 10 devices to the Internet at one time, and can be easily managed through its color touchscreen.
MiFi® 500 LTE
And for Sprint users, the MiFi 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless might be for you. The mobile hotspot allows up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices to be connected at one time, and it has an 1800 mAh battery for 10 hours of battery life on a full charge. Plus it is GPS capable for when you are on the road.