Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot (Sprint)

The Good The Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot offers great battery life, shares fast 4G connections to up to eight Wi-Fi clients, and supports all cellular connections on Sprint's network. The device also comes with a lot of useful features for mobile users.

The Bad The Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot's cellular speed (where it was tested) was, though fast, comparatively slow. The device is somewhat bulky and Sprint's 4G coverage is spotty.

The Bottom Line The Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot offers another very good option for those who need fast Internet connection on the go to share within a small group. Those traveling within Sprint's WiMax coverage would likely find it an excellent product.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot (Sprint)

The Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot is the first cellular mobile router on the market that supports all three of Sprint's data networks: 4G LTE, 4G WiMax, and 3G; among these, 4G WiMAX is (for now) unique to Sprint. That doesn't mean you're guaranteed to have superfast Internet connection everywhere, however, since that depends on the carrier's coverage are. And in my real-world testing, Sprint's 4G coverage wasn't as ubiquitous as I would like.

The Tri-Fi Hotspot, though quite small, is rather bulky compared with its peers. To make up for that it offers stellar battery life and a very well-designed LCD screen that shows loads of information at a quick glance. Costing around $100 (after rebates and with a two-year contract), the router isn't too expensive, either. (It is expensive, however, at $350 if you want to buy it without a contract.) What might cause you to think twice, however, is the hefty and limited data plans that Sprint has for it, starting at $35 for just 3GB of data allowance.

If you live or travel frequently within Sprint's current 4G coverage, the Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot makes an excellent companion; if not, it's a very good mobile hot spot that offers you consistent 3G connection and the ability to work with 4G LTE and WiMAX when available. If you don't care about WiMAX, also consider the Jetpack 4620L from Verizon.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $250
  • Brand Sprint
  • Compliant Standards FCC
  • OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7
  • Capacity 1800 mAh
  • Network / Transport Protocol ARP, ICMP/IP, IPSec, PPTP, RARP, TCP/IP, UDP/IP
  • Built-in Devices GPS, display
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