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Cody from San Francisco asked

What are the best Wifi USB Devices while traveling?


I'm Wondering if anyone has any experience dealing with remote access internet providers.

The time has come. I'm going to purchase a USB wifi stick. I need it for my current business demands while traveling.

Does anyone have any recommendations has to who to go with for good rates etc.



2 Answers
answered by
Steve from Carolina Beach

I understand you stated you were looking for a purchase, but check out They rent MiFi's for international travel. The costs are fair and may be much less expensive than a reoccurring monthly bill.  


They also take care of the network issues you may encounter from one country to the next. I picked up mine in London then took it to France and Switzerland. All three use different networks, providers and chargers. The Tep MiFi came configured to work at every destination and I didn't have to worry about this issue.  


Something to think about. Good luck and safe travels!

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answered first by
Elliott from San Francisco

I use a WiFI USB stick when I travel.  Some things to consider. 

1. You can choose between direct usb connect (small form factor) or a USB cable external connected dongle. I prefer the USB cable approach because they come with antennas and you can move the dongle around to maximize reception, instead of your computer.

2. Make sure you check channels - that the device works in the country you are visiting. 2.4GHz: 1-11 (North America), 1-13 (General Europe), 1-14 (Japan) and 5GHz: 36~165

3.  Check the network protocol and security.  Assume your connection will be sniffed and a hack attempt will occur.  Therefore, make sure your Wifi adapter can handle AES, WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2, WPA Mixed and can handshake with all the 802.11a-n protocols

I use a WDAC900.  WDAC900 is a Wireless AC Dual Band USB Adapter which can deliver wireless speed up to 867Mbps, three times faster than 802.11n standard. Equipped with two detachable high gain antennas, WDAC900 allows you to make a reliable connection to wireless routers. Meanwhile, one USB 3.0 extension cable can provide higher data rate than USB 2.0 and make WDAC900 applicable for all laptops and desktops.


Complies with IEEE 802.11ac/a/b/g/n standards.
Operates simultaneous over 2.4GHz and 5GHz band.
Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2 and WPA
PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption.
Provides USB3.0 interface.
Works with all existing network infrastructures.

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I usually rent from XComm Global, based out of San Diego. They're a little pricy, but well worth looking into as their download limits are far more generous than those of Tep.
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