Verizon Wireless Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L review: Verizon Wireless Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L

To access the router's Web interface, you point a connected computer's browser to its default IP address, which is 192.168.1.1 (the default log-in password is the same as the default Wi-Fi password). Here you can also access the router's other features.

The Web interface makes an excellent addition to the Jetpack 890L router's LCD for those who want to change its advanced settings.
The Web interface makes an excellent addition to the Jetpack 890L router's LCD for those who want to change its advanced settings. Dong Ngo/CNET

Features
Similar to the MiFi 4620L, the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L supports a slew of cellular technology bands, including CDMA (1xEV-DORev.A/Rev.0: 800/1900 MHz),  4G LTE (700 MHz), Quad Band GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz), and Quad Band (HSPA+/UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz). While I didn't test it, this means that when traveling internationally, you can either roam (and pay a lot) or possibly just swap out the SIM card and use a more affordable local service. 

The router supports up to 10 Wi-Fi clients when it's connected to a 4G network; when connected to a 3G network, only five clients can access the Internet at the same time, with the rest being part of the Wi-Fi local network only. The router supports Wireless-N with up to 150Mbps data rate. In my trial it offered a range of up to 150 feet away; that's very good for a router of its size.

Apart from working as a mobile router, the 890L can also be used for text messaging. You'll need to use its Web interface for this. The Web interface also allows for changing its more advanced settings, such as port forwarding, MAC address blocking, VPN pass-through and so on.

For security, apart from the MAC filtering, the Jetpack 890L doesn't support Wi-Fi Protected Setup, a feature that quickly connects WPS-enabled clients to a Wi-Fi network, but it supports all variations of WEP, WPA, and WPA2 wireless encryption standards.

Data plans and performance
Like all 4G-capable mobile routers from Verizon I've seen, the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L come with two data plans that cost $50 and $80 per month for the 5GB and 10GB data caps, respectively (additional data will cost another $10 per gigabyte).

This limited data caps mean that you won't be able to really enjoy the device's very fast data rate, since at full speed, you can burn through those numbers in less than couple of hours.

I tried the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L around the San Francisco Bay Area and was able to get 4G coverage almost everywhere with very fast connection speeds. The only places that I found it connected with 3G were when I was on the freeway going from one city to another.

As with all cellular connections, the router's download and upload speeds varied rather dramatically from one place to another, but overall were comparatively fast. The 890L offered almost exactly the same data rate as that of the 4620L, averaging around 10Mbps for download and and 8Mbp for download and upload, respectively.

I noticed that the Jetpack 890L took a very short time to get up and running and it didn't even get warm, possibly thanks to its larger chassis, in long operation..

Cellular Internet speed (in kilobits per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Download  
Upload  
Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L
10069 
8254 
Clear 4G+ Apollo
9235 
3313 
Clear 4G+ USB Modem (4G)
9216 
3072 
Clear Spot Voyager
7393 
2259 
T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 (4G)
6729 
2440 
Sprint MiFi 2200 (3G)
1000 
550 
Verizon MiFi 2200 (3G)
1000 
500 

Conclusion
With great performance and excellent design, the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L is another excellent mobile router for those who can afford its data plans.

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Verizon Wireless Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L

Part Number: CNETVerizonJetpack4GLTEMobileHotspot890L

MSRP: $249.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Weight 3.2 oz
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
About The Author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.