Best Wifi Travel Router

Best Wifi Travel Routers To Take On Your Next Trip

Having a secure and reliable connection to wifi when you are traveling is an absolute must these days. And if you travel and work like me, it means the difference between being able to run your website or business and wasting money!

That is why I have been investigating all the travel wifi router options lately. Figuring out what the main players have to offer, what options are worth worrying about and what will work for you and me.

It comes down to a compromise as always - between size/weight, cost and features. Most of the routers have the same kinds of wifi features, but some offer more speed, easier power connections or optionally a power pack or USB media connections.

What exactly is useful and necessary to you on your next trip, you have to decide. But I will show you all the options and their different features so you can easily decide.​

Each review is quite detailed, with pros, cons, specs and video walkthroughs. There are also links to the products on Amazon. If you want to jump straight to the products now, click the links below.

Travel Wifi Router Buying Guide

There are lots of options when you start checking out all the travel wifi routers below, so I want to break it down for you. To understand what it all means, and what is important for you and your next trip.

  • Wifi Modes
  • Wifi Sources
  • Wifi Speeds & Standards
  • Power Options

Wifi Modes

Most wifi travel routers come with 3 or 4 modes (or functions) you can use when you want to use the wifi.

1. The Wifi Network

This takes the signal from an existing wifi network and gives you your own wifi network that is private and secure.

2. Wifi Extender

Sometimes the signal you are using in a hotel or AirBnb is just not strong enough (the wifi router is too far away). So, in this case, you can use your travel router to give it a boost and allow you to surf uninterrupted by the poor signal.

3. Wifi Bridge

This lets you connect devices together that normally require a cable. You can use the wifi instead, and connect them wirelessly.

4. Wifi Adapter

Some hotels or accommodation only has a fixed cable connection. So, without a router you could connect only one device. With a router in Adapter Mode, you can plug that cable into the travel wifi router and create your own wifi network. Then, you can connect as many devices as you like!

Wifi Sources

We have already kinda covered the wifi or cable ideas as a source for your travel wifi network, but there is one more thing. Sometimes you don't have either!

That is when it's nice to be able to tap into the local 3G/4G networks to have wifi almost anywhere.

Some of the travel routers reviewed here can either connect to the cellphone network themselves or allow you to tether your own phone. Either way, it gives you more options when you are travelling and have to connect multiple devices to one source or internet.

Also, if you wear them a lot, the weight might get annoying.​ I have had heavy sandals and it's no problem for me, but it is not for everyone.

Wifi Speeds & Standards

These area might sound a little technical, but it's all about making sure you can use your devices (phones, ipads, consoles etc) with your wifi travel router.

So first, you need to know what kind of wifi you need. The easiest way to start is to see what you have at home. 

Wifi Standards change all the time, but the latest is 802.11ac. Before that was 802.11n. It is probably one of these that you need. You can read all about it (if you really feel like it) here.

You might also want to know how fast the speed of the wifi you are going to get from the router, if this might cause an issue for you. The three speeds the offer range from 150 Mbps, 300 Mbps to 750Mbps. So if this is important to you, have a good look at this.​ But remember, the speed is only as fast as the source of the internet you are using, which could be slower.

Power Options

A lot of travel wifi routers will vary in how the provide power (can you plug it in, and does it also have a battery). You also want to check what kind of plug it has (USB or power), or if you need an adapter for international travel(some come with them integrated).

The other thing to think about is if it has a battery inside, you can also often connect up your devices via USB to charge. So it doubles as​ power pack too!


Satechi Smart Travel Router Review

The Satechi is a good all-round choice for a lot of reasons.

It's very compact, has a lot of different wifi modes and comes with a power adapter for lots of countries (which is not common for these routers) and more.

I just got one of these as a gift from a client actually, and can't wait to try it out.

Here are more specs:​

  • Wifi Router,  Extender, Access Point & Client/Adapter
  • Wifi 802.11n/g/b, 150Mbps
  • USB A Charger (see image)
  • Power Adapter - 150 countries including USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, EU, Australia, NZ, Hong Kong, and China (all power pins retract for easy storage)
  • 3.2 x 2.8 x 2.5 inches
  • 5.6 ounces / 159 grams

In summary this wifi router is great for almost any purpose (4 modes) and works in most countries (150). It also allows you to charge via USB. 

Satechi Smart Travel Router

Satechi Smart Travel Router

Satechi Smart Travel Router

Satechi Smart Travel Router Adapters

Check out the video below to see it in action.​

PROS

  • Compact
  • Multiple wifi modes for almost any purpose
  • Power adapter that works in almost any country
  • Additional USB charging port

CONS

  • No internal battery for charging without power
  • Not made from the most robust looking materials

HooToo Tripmate Titan Wireless Travel Router

The HooToo Router is more than a travel router, so let's dive right in.

Sure, this guy comes with the ability to connect to wifi via ethernet and create your own network at home or in a hotel. It can also bridge wifi so become an wifi extender if you have a crappy signal wherever you are.

But it also has a big battery inside which turns it into a portable battery pack that lasts for hours!

The USB 3.0 port allows you to charge anything you connect to it. It also means you can connect a flash drive and allow anyone on the wifi to access the data (so, share movies, music, photos). So, this is really great for sharing stuff with fellow travellers without having to hand around USB drives.

Here are the specs:​

  • Wifi Router,  Extender, Access Point
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n
  • 10400mAh Powerbank
  • 1.65 x 1.65 x 3.74 inches
  • 0.55 lb / 250 grams

In summary this wifi router does all the wifi basics, but doubles as a power bank and file sharing device.

Satechi Smart Travel Router

HooToo TravelMate Titan

HooToo Wireless Travel Router

HooToo Wireless Travel Router

Check out the full review below.​

PROS

  • Multiple wifi modes for almost any purpose
  • Power adapter that works in almost any country
  • USB port for file sharing

CONS

  • One of the heaviest and biggest on the list
  • Has to be charged via USB cable

TP-Link N300 Wireless Nano Travel Router Review

The TP Link is another very compact and easy to pack travel router with lots of wifi modes!

​That is the main focus of this wifi travel router, so it does not come with all the other bells and whistles of the Satechi above (adapters, UBS charger). So, if all you need is the wifi functions, that it actually a good thing.

The tech stuff is below:​

  • Wifi Router,  Extender, Access Point & Client, Bridge
  • Wifi 802.11bgn, 300Mbps
  • 0.7 x 2.2 x 2.2 in
  • 8.8 ounces / 250 grams
TP-Link N150 Wireless Nano Travel Router

TP-Link N150 Wireless Nano Travel Router

TP-Link N150 Wireless Nano Travel Router Side View

TP-Link Router Side View

PROS

  • Super compact and light
  • Multiple wifi modes to suit almost every purpose
  • Focused on being only a wifi router
  • More solid build (better plastic)

CONS

  • Does not come with power adapters
  • No USB charging port
  • No internal battery for power pack usage
  • A little heavier than some models

TP-Link N150 Wireless 3G/4G Portable Router Review

This TP Link is almost the same as the N300 above but it is able to accept a USB Dongle to connect to the cellphone network.

It also is a little slower than the N300 at 150Mbps. But, for the rest, has the same functions

  • Wifi Router,  Extender, Access Point & Client, 3G Wifi Router
  • Wifi 802.11bgn, 150Mbps
  • Compatible with Select ATT/Verizon/Sprint/T-Mobile USB Modems
  • 0.9 x 2.9 x 2.6 in
  • 2.1 ounces / 59 grams
TP-Link N150 Wireless Nano Travel Router

TP-Link N150 3G Wireless Nano Travel Router

TP-Link N150 Wireless Nano Travel Router Side View

TP-Link Router Side View

PROS

  • Super compact and light
  • Multiple wifi modes to suit almost every purpose
  • Focused on being only a wifi router
  • Can connect to cell network for wifi anywhere
  • Charges via mini USB so can use power adapter or connect to a laptop

CONS

  • Does not come with power adapters
  • No internal battery for power pack usage

HooToo Tripmate Nano Wireless Travel Router Review

The HooToo Tripmate Nano is a great portable wifi router, that aims to be light and compact. At just 0.36 ounces, it is the lightest on the list.

It also is a little slower than the N300 at 150Mbps. But, for the rest, has the same functions

  • Wifi Router,  Extender, Access Point & Bridge
  • Wifi 802.11bgn, 150Mbps
  • USB Port for media file sharing
  • 0.9 x 2.9 x 2.6 in
  • 1 ounces / 28 grams
HooToo Wireless Travel Router Tripmate Nano

HooToo Tripmate Nano Wireless Travel Router

HooToo Tripmate Nano Wireless Travel Router Tripmate Nano

HooToo Tripmate Nano With Cables

PROS

  • Super compact and light (1oz)
  • Multiple wifi modes to suit almost every purpose
  • Can also be used as a media sharing device

CONS

  • USB power only
  • No internal battery for power pack usage

D-Link Wifi AC750 Travel Router Review

This D-Link AC 750 is probably the Rolls Royce of all the routers in this review.

It has all the router functions, as well as a built-in battery (power pack), two USB ports and multiple ways of connecting to power.

And, it has 802.11ac, the latest wifi standard, so can potentially be extremely fast (if your travel location has it).

It can also support a dongle to connect to the mobile/cell network. 

So, it combines all the options of the routers on this page, plus it has the latest specs:​

  • Wifi Router,  Extender, Access Point, Wifi Bridge
  • Wifi 802.11ac/n, 750Mbps
  • Power Pack - 4000mAh battery
  • Connects 3G/4G LTE Internet connection
  • 2.3 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • 6.2 ounces / 176 grams
NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router

D-Link Wifi AC750 Travel Router

NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router

D-Link Wifi AC750 Travel Router - 2 USB Ports

PROS

  • Multiple wifi modes to suit almost every purpose
  • Built in battery 400mAh that could charge an iPhone
  • Simple wifi firewall and security
  • Can connect to cell/mobile network too
  • Power plug or USB connector for power

CONS

  • One of the more expensive models (but does almost everything all the others do - combined)
  • Not the lightest (as it has a built in battery)

NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router Review

This Netgear Trek 300 is focused no being a great portable router that also comes with built in firewall security.

It also has a handy rotating front cover that doubles as a aerial to help extend the wifi range.

Another handy feature is the built in power plug and USB adapter which gives you two options for powering this router. It does not have a built in battery though.​

It's not the most elegant or smallest of routers, but the focus is on function. Here are the specs:​

  • Wifi Router,  Extender, Access Point, Wifi Bridge
  • Wifi 802.11bgn, 300Mbps
  • 6.42 x 9.26 x 2.17 in
  • 5.6 ounces / 159 grams
NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router

NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router

NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router

NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router Side View

PROS

  • Multiple wifi modes to suit almost every purpose
  • Focused on being only a wifi router
  • Simple wifi firewall and security
  • Front cover that doubles as aerial to help extend wifi range
  • Power plug or USB connector for power

CONS

  • Quite large and heavy
  • No internal battery for power pack usage

Which Travel Wifi Router?

With so many models and options to choose from, it's hard to decide.

Most models offer the same basic functions (wifi network, network adapter, bridge etc) so that is usually not a big decision.

Whether you want to be able to share or save files on an external flash drive, how you are going to power the device and if you want to add a cell/mobile dongle for 3/4G connection are the more important questions.

Of course, some are also a lot large or heavier, especially if they come with a powerpack integrated. So only get that if you really are going to use it. 

In the end, most of them will do a decent job of sharing wifi on your travels, so you can't go too wrong.

Any comments or questions are always welcome below.

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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