Using Cellular 4G or 5G Hotspot Plans for Primary Internet
Many of us have been working from home exclusive and finding reliability has been lacking with our local internet providers, especially those without access to fiber. At my residence we have been struggling with uptime on our Spectrum Cable Broadband.
Long story short, I’ve noticed that my hotspot internet from my phone is more reliable than my cable but did not want to have my connection die out when the phone isn’t nearby.
We tried the Netgear 4G modem LB1121 but Verizon refused to activate it. I read about the workarounds of sim swapping with an older device but did not have one to test with. I have also read some cases where this did not work because the network can detect a device mismatch and throttle back to 3G speeds which would not be sufficient for anything more than browsing.
I purchased an Inseego 5G Hotspot with the unlimited plan listed at $30 per month. However, combining with my other Verizon lines I received a 50% discount at $15/month on the “Do More Unlimited Plan”. This gets me 50GB of 5G, and 15GB of 4G, for a total of 65GB of broadband.
When I received the modem seeing that has an ethernet port, I realized I can plug this into a dual wan router so I can restrict streaming traffic to the uncapped cable line, ensuring that 65GB will only be used for critical business applications.
My assumption is if you don’t have cable in your area it is unlikely you have 5G either. However, you could get two of these devices and pair them together on a dual wan router for a total of 30GB 4G for $30/month, that’s a great deal!