In the modern world, it is almost impossible to do without access to the Internet. It is used by the vast majority of people, from schoolchildren to the elderly: various kinds of cloud services, educational and information sites, communication applications. Many people even manage to earn money remotely. Unfortunately, access to high-speed Internet is not available everywhere, for example, it is very problematic to catch a good signal at a considerable distance from large cities.
Thanks to the rapid development of modern technologies, there is a way out of this situation – to use the so-called portable routers. They are lightweight devices with small overall dimensions that can easily fit in a bag or pocket. At the same time, the power of their work will be quite enough to connect to the fastest network. These designs are designed so that several devices can connect to them at the same time, and the equipment will provide them with really high-speed Internet.
Unfortunately, not all people have come across similar devices, so they have no idea what to look for when choosing these products. It is for them that we decided to rank the best 3g modems of 2019. Here we will not only analyze the useful characteristics of specific devices, but also tell you how these gadgets are chosen. With this, perhaps, we will begin.
How to choose the right USB modem?
On sale there are devices that are able to work with different generations of cellular networks. The most modern gadgets support 3g technology, which provides high data transfer speeds. Unfortunately, among all similar devices, this product is characterized by the highest cost. A router of this kind is intended mainly to form a Wi-Fi zone, however, you can find products on sale that are also designed for wired connection to a personal computer or laptop. In this regard, it is best to give preference to models that support the most modern protocols.
Such models work with both outdated and the latest dedicated frequencies, so the owner of this device will always have access to very fast Internet. The vast majority of modems operate at 2.4 GHz. Such waves differ in signal transmission range, pass well through any interference, including through concrete circuits, and are also compatible with most modern devices.
Another important parameter is the maximum connection speed. Accordingly, the higher it is, the better. If there is a need to work with heavy files online, then it is best to give preference to models capable of outputting up to 1-2 Mbps. However, it should be borne in mind that these devices are very expensive. The number of simultaneously connected subscribers to the device is also quite important. If you plan to work on the Internet alone, then you can not pay much attention to this parameter. When several devices will be connected to the network at once, it is best to buy a model that can provide high-speed communication for about 10 external gadgets.
Like any other mobile device, designs of this type are equipped with a battery. You should immediately find out its capacity and duration of work on a single charge. When choosing models for inclusion in our rating, we relied on all the above factors, and also took into account the price-quality ratio, user reviews. We tried to include not the most expensive devices in the review, so that each of our readers could choose the optimal design for themselves. Now let’s start analyzing the specific characteristics of devices.
Top 10 best 3G/4G modem models
10. WeTelecom CDMA 3G USB WM-D200A
This gadget is capable of providing Internet speeds of the order of 3.1 Mbps, it operates in the frequency ranges from 452.5 to 457.5 MHz – just within these limits most mobile devices operate. The device was originally developed to work with the protocols of SkyLink and MTS providers. It is worth noting that this is not a completely familiar modem, since it does not have a slot for a SIM card. Instead, an R-UIM card is installed here. Products are configured automatically, the user does not have to intervene. There is a special socket here that allows you to connect an external antenna, which will greatly amplify the incoming signal. There is an indication provided by two bright LEDs. One of them reports a caught mobile network, and the second says that users have connected to the device.
The device can also be used as an ordinary USB modem by connecting it to a personal computer or laptop through the appropriate connector. Its software is compatible with the entire line of operating systems of the Windows platform, it can work with MacOS and Linux. The software is fully Russified, the device will function normally at temperatures from 10 to 50 degrees.
- Mobile and compact design;
- There is an LED indication;
- Drivers are installed automatically;
- Stable signal reception quality;
- original appearance;
- High build quality of the device.
- If the network coverage is weak, then the product will be very sensitive in relation to orientation in space;
- Does not have a built-in battery.
WeTelecom CDMA 3G USB WM-D200A
9.MTC 832FT 3G/4G LTE
In appearance, this design is the most ordinary flash drive, which performs the function of both a USB modem and a standard Wi-Fi router. It is quite natural that the overall dimensions of this product are very compact. The modem works great both in a stationary position and in motion. The device does not have any wires and heavy antennas, so you can use it absolutely anywhere. A classic SIM card acts as a signal source. The maximum connection speed can reach 100 Mbps. The device works perfectly with all modern technologies and communication standards. It is often preferred by owners of private houses where it is not possible to install standard wired Internet, or it is very expensive.
Despite the fact that the developer and manufacturer of the equipment is MTS, the products will support SIM cards and other operators – Megafon, Rostelecom, Beeline, and so on. You do not have to install any drivers yourself, the device will do everything by itself. As for the programs, the modem will prompt the user to install them, but this can be completely refused. The product has a slot for a microSD memory card, the maximum capacity of which can reach 32 GB, so the modem can be used even as an ordinary flash drive.
- Low cost;
- Excellent workmanship and assembly;
- Provides good internet connection speed;
- Communication is not interrupted;
- A slot for a memory card is provided;
- Switching between network standards is automatic;
- There are connectors for connecting an external antenna.
- The subscription fee on tariffs is usually very high;
- Consumes a lot of laptop or computer power.
MTC 832FT 3G/4G LTE
8. Beeline Huawei E3372
A very compact device that allows you to provide constant and stable access to the Internet. The owner of such equipment will have access to network resources absolutely anywhere where there is at least a small cellular signal. It supports all current wireless data transmission standards, from 2G to 4G. The case has an LED indication that informs the user about the quality of the incoming signal. If it is at a high level, the indicator glows blue, if the speed leaves much to be desired, it lights up green. In the memory of the router there is a special application that allows you to track the actual connection speed.
The SIM card slot is universal, so you can install a card of any size and use the device comfortably. The case has a slot for connecting memory cards up to 32 GB. You can even send short text messages to other mobile phone numbers through this device. No freezes during operation were found. Internet connection is always stable and of high quality.
- Very stylish appearance;
- High quality connection;
- Stable connection, no breaks;
- You can install any SIM card;
- A slot for memory cards is provided;
- Availability of LED indication.
- Incomprehensible application interface.
Beeline Huawei E3372
7. DS Telecom DSU7 modem
This is a universal model that allows the owner to work in both 4G and 3G networks, and even 2G. The highest connection speed when using this device can reach 14.4 Mbps. The menu is not Russified, so it will take some time to figure it out on your own. The design is placed in a reliable housing made of black matte plastic, which will not leave fingerprints, accumulate dust and other contaminants. This model is able to work with the channels of absolutely any operators. Drivers are installed independently when you first connect to a personal computer, for this the owner does not have to do anything. The user can install the software at will, we strongly recommend doing this in order to monitor the connection speed in real time in a timely manner.
There is an LED indication on the front panel of the case, which provides user notification about the quality of the incoming signal. When starting the product, a special menu appears with a list of available operators. It is quite natural that there is a slot for a microSD memory card. The device is equipped with its own phone book, it is possible to send SMS messages. The connection socket is protected by a special plastic cap.
- Low cost;
- Versatility – you can work with any telecom operators;
- Attractive appearance;
- Memory card slot;
- Long service life.
- Adaptation to a stationary router is not thought out;
- There is no Russification of the interface;
- Insufficient brightness of the LED indication.
DS Telecom DSU7 modem
6. Yota modem
Using this device, it is possible to provide Internet access at a speed corresponding to the 4G / LTE format. The modem itself came out a little larger compared to the models that we have already reviewed in our review. The product is also able to work with older 2G, 3G protocols. The USB connector of this product is retractable, which is very convenient – there is no need to remove the removable cap, be afraid to lose it or damage the connector itself. Due to the considerable width of the product, it is desirable to connect it through single ports, otherwise it will block access to adjacent sockets. At the end of the modem there is another connector – a socket for microUSB. This allows you to connect the device via a cable and take it to an area with a more reliable signal reception, for example, to a window. This product is only compatible with micro SIM cards. There is no slot for a memory card here.
It is quite natural that this product has a Wi-Fi module. When connected to a personal computer, you can provide several more devices with high-speed Internet access. The design has a fairly user-friendly interface. Using an ordinary browser, you can pay for access to the network for any period – a month, a year, and even just one day. If the balance on the SIM card account is zero, then the Internet does not disappear anywhere, the speed limit simply takes effect – it drops to 64 kbps. This indicator is enough for checking mail, reading news and so on. You can use Yota without a laptop – just connect it to the network through an ordinary phone charger and manually activate the Wi-Fi module.
- Internet at low speeds is absolutely free;
- There are several options for connecting to the network;
- Autonomous Wi-Fi module.
- It is not possible to install a memory card.
5. Modem Megafon M150-2
Universal product, characterized by high speed Internet access. In particular, the highest receive rate can reach 150 Mbps. Switching between 2G / 3G / 4G frequencies is carried out automatically – the user does not have to think about this moment. Access to the network is always comfortable, it is available absolutely anywhere where there is a network of the selected operator. Like most similar devices, you do not have to install drivers here – the operating system will automatically set all the necessary settings. Using this product, you can not only provide Internet access, but also track the amount of traffic spent, the time spent accessing the network.
The modem has two connectors that are designed specifically for connecting external antennas that will amplify the high-speed signal. The modem was originally developed to work with Megafon networks, however, it can also provide an Internet connection using SIM cards from other operators, however, the maximum speed can be obtained exclusively at the expense of this provider. The device has small overall dimensions, placed in a plastic case. Protection against moisture is not provided, but the assembly is very high quality, all elements are tightly fitted to each other, no gaps or backlashes were found.
- Consistently high connection speed;
- Automatically connects to the network;
- High quality assembly and production;
- There is everything you need for a full-fledged work.
- The highest speed can only be achieved when using a SIM card from the Megafon provider.
Modem Megafon M150-2
4. Modem Samsung GT-B3730
This is a multi-profile product released by the world famous Korean brand. It is able to work with SIM cards of absolutely all Russian mobile operators, it can operate in 3G and 4G wireless networks. The product uses the following frequency bands – 2600 MHz and 900 to 1800 MHz. Depending on the quality of the received signal, the speed can range from 296 kbps to 100 Mbps. Reverse data transmission in the range of 107 kbps – 50 Mbps. The product connects to a personal computer or laptop via a USB 2.0 interface. The mass of the device is about 40 grams with overall dimensions of 63.8×48.6×11 mm. The device can work with Windows operating systems from XP and above, OS MAC5 or above, as well as with Linux, Ubuntu. The built-in antenna is powerful enough.
If the modem is in the zone of a weakened signal, then a special hardware option for improving the quality is automatically enabled for it. There are two original connectors for connecting an external MIMO antenna. The gain can vary depending on how strong the signal is going to the unit – from 13 dB if it is not too strong, up to 20 dB if the signal is very weak. The design of the device is characterized by a smooth rectangular shape. The body is made of good quality plastic. The SIM card slot is located on the back of the device. USB retractable, which gives the design additional style and originality.
- Compatible with any routers;
- There are several connectors for connecting external antennas;
- Original appearance.
- When working with SIM cards of the Beeline operator, you have to additionally reconfigure the interface, which not every novice user can handle.
Modem Samsung GT-B3730
3. Alcatel Link Key
The top three is opened by products from another well-known manufacturer. This is the first model in our review, equipped with a built-in battery with a capacity of 1800 mAh. The power consumption of the modem is low, so one charge of the device will be enough for continuous operation during the day. The maximum download speed is 150 Mbps. The router supports 2G/3G/4G networks. Together with the device comes a special LINK application, which allows you to distribute the Internet to 15 devices at once. In addition, the equipment has a built-in memory of 1 GB, there is a slot for connecting a memory card with a maximum capacity of 32 GB. Another distinctive feature of the device is the support for a wide frequency range – from 800 to 2600 MHz.
Thanks to the high data download speed, you can not only download files, but also watch both videos and full-length movies in real time. The device connects to a computer via a USB port, and there is a status LED on the surface of the case. Initially, this router was developed for Russian conditions. In particular, it is adapted for Russian mobile operators – it can be used with any SIM cards. Like all models included in our rating, the device does not require user intervention when installing drivers and other software. On the case there is a connector for connecting an external antenna.
- Low cost, despite the extended functionality;
- Basic software installation;
- Provides high signal stability.
- Unable to change IP address;
- Not too informative application interface.
Alcatel Link Key
2. Modem ZTE MF79
Another wireless product, which in its functionality is a cross between a Wi-Fi router and a USB modem. This unit can be easily connected to any device equipped with the appropriate connector, after which you can distribute the Internet via Wi-Fi. For efficient operation of the modem, you do not have to configure anything, because all the preliminary settings are already built into the modem itself. The system automatically installs drivers and all additional software. At the same time, using this unit, you can provide high-speed Internet to up to 10 devices such as tablets or smartphones.
The unit operates at a frequency of 2.4 GHz. The highest download speed can reach 150Mbps, the reverse data transmission is 50Mbps. The product can work with standards from 2G to 4G. The product is equipped with a case made of high-quality plastic, which resists various physical influences well and retains an attractive appearance throughout the entire service life. It should be connected to either a personal computer or a laptop. The device is equipped with a reliable system of protection against unauthorized access. The length of the device is only 11 cm with a weight of only 32 grams. There are several LED-type indicators on the surface of the case, which indicate the connection of the product to the network and the Internet connection. You can power the product using a special cable connected to the car’s cigarette lighter.
- Pretty easy to set up;
- It catches the net well even at a considerable distance from settlements;
- Convenient to use;
- It is possible to connect to the vehicle’s on-board network;
- Stylish appearance.
- Actual speed is slightly lower than stated by the manufacturer.
Modem ZTE MF79
1. HUAWEI E3372 modem
Well, we have reached the leader of the rating. They became a model released by another world-famous manufacturer – Huawei. These products demonstrate the highest speed in 4G networks of the most modern Cat4 DL format. In this case, data can be received at speeds up to 150 Mbps with transmission up to 50 Mbps. In conventional networks of the most common type – LTE, the speed indicators are as follows – receiving from 7 to 40 Mbps, uploading no more than 6 Mbps. If the device works in a 2G network, then in this case the speed will be about 230-240 kbps. The products are easily compatible with devices running Windows operating systems from XP and above, as well as Mac OS. The virtual interface is quite clear, you can configure the profile and the Internet, if necessary, update the firmware, turn off the password request.
If desired, the user can connect another external antenna, install a memory card with a maximum capacity of up to 32 GB. The device is capable of operating in the frequency range from 850 to 2600 GHz. The antenna is used if the signal is weak enough. In general, there are several modifications of this device, which differ slightly from each other in appearance. The IP address is fixed here and cannot be changed. According to users, this product is ideal for long-distance travel or for living in a country house. The modem works stably even at a considerable distance from cell towers, and due to the installation of external antennas, the coverage radius increases even more.
- It can work with absolutely all telecom operators operating on the territory of our country;
- High quality of the software;
- Small overall dimensions and attractive appearance;
- Good speed indicators;
- It is possible to install external antennas.
- Sometimes it can get quite hot.
Modem HUAWEI E3372
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The review of the best mobile USB routers is over. Before we say goodbye to you, we would like to express the hope that the information we have collected with great difficulty turned out to be quite enough for you to choose the optimal device. If you have any questions or want to share with us and other readers your impression of using a similar device, then comments on this article are at your disposal.