Review: D-Link 4G/LTE Portable WiFi HotSpot

There’s nothing like a road-trip to really test out the ‘portability’ of a so-called product. A post-Christmas trip up the coast for a few days of sun and r&r was the perfect environment to test out a few devices.

Of course with a couple of teenagers in tow, internet connectivity is the #1 priority over anything!

Thankfully D-Link has hit the market with a portable 4G/LTE WiFi HotSpot. In Australia this means compatibility on all three telcos with 4GX support on the Telstra network and 4G Plus on the Optus network.

The DWR-933 4G/LTE Cat 6 WiFi HotSpot is a great unit about the size of a small wallet. What’s super impressive is what is packed into this form-factor:

  • Support for Cat 6 4G/LTE and 3G Networks
  • Dual Band 11 AC Wireless supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections
  • Connect up to 32 devices
  • 14-hour battery life
  • WPA/WPA2 security
  • WPS connectivity
  • Built-in Firewall
  • microSD Card Slot

The battery is charged via a MicroUSB connection and takes about 2 hours to charge from dead-flat. Once charged 14 hours is at the very top-end of the battery life you can expect. Something more like 8-10 hours was typical under reasonably heavy use (it was raining!)

Alongside the microSD slot, there is a Micro-SIM slot which is super easy to get the SIM card in and out of. We tested the D-Link 4G/LTE Cat 6 WiFi HotSpot on both the Optus and Vodafone networks.

Set-up is super easy and anyone with experience configuring your router/modem at home will be able to customise any of the settings required.

Once a few customisations were made, we were in business with multiple devices connected. Then, into a world of pain we descended…

As much as the telcos will tell you “…we cover 98.5% of the Australian population” what they don’t tell you is that in many locations – particularly regional and rural Australia, the bandwidth is shocking and when the local population triples overnight, there just isn’t enough internet to go around.

Thankfully, the D-Link 4G/LTE Cat 6 WiFi HotSpot means you can take advantage of environmental factors and move the HotSpot around wherever you are to get the best 4G/LTE or 3G signal available. The other god-send is that this prevents everyone from burning through their data allocation on their devices and running up eye-watering bills to come home to.

At the beach, the cafe, in the bunk-room – the D-Link worked a charm! The only moment of terror was when the all black HotSpot disappeared under the couch. Perhaps a white or silver version – or the addition of an LED light might be a good idea.

The other great use-case we hadn’t expected was in the car on the long drive home – barely a peep from the back seat as the kilometres whizzed by.

We certainly look forward to a few more trips away during the holidays where the D-Link 4G/LTE Cat 6 WiFi HotSpot will be very welcome to tag along.

Priced at $249.95 from D-Link and loads of other retailers.

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Mike is the Australian editor of SonnyDickson.com with a lifelong passion for cars, technology and engineering. He reviews and writes about all kinds of motoring and tech products for our readers. Follow Mike on Instagram or send him an email: mike@sonnydickson.com
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