The 10 Best Wireless Travel Routers of 2020

Pocket routers for Wi-Fi networking on the road

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Ravpower Filehub AC750 at Amazon

"Essentially a 3-in-1 travel gadget."

Best Power Bank: HooToo TripMate Titan at Amazon

"This portable router does it all and packs in a 10,400 mAh battery pack to recharge your mobile devices too."

Best Range: TP-Link TL-WR802N at Amazon

"Ensures lag-free video streaming and online gaming over a wide space."

Best for Portability: Ravpower FileHub Tripmate Nano at Amazon

"Weighing under three ounces, this one is about as small a travel router as you can get."

Best Budget: GL.iNet GL-AR150 Mini Travel Router at Amazon

"This budget pick has a small price tag and a lot of features."

Best Value: GL.iNet GL-AR300M at Amazon

"A powerhouse that fits perfectly in your pocket (or your carry on)."

Best for Speed: TP-Link TL-WR902AC at Amazon

"Dual-band Wi-Fi in a pocketable package, plus five different wireless modes."

Best for Power Users: GL.iNet GL-AR750S-Ext at Amazon

"This pocket-sized travel router offers an incredible level of flexibility for power users."

Best for Road Warriors: GL.iNet Mudi GL-E750 at Amazon

"This portable router and mobile hotspot can get you online securely from just about anywhere."

Best Splurge: Netgear Nighthawk M1 at Amazon

"With Gigabit LTE support, you can get up to 20 devices online from almost anywhere in the world at blazing fast speeds."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Ravpower Filehub AC750 Dual-Band Wireless Travel Router

What We Like
  • Dual-Band Wi-Fi

  • Built-in SD card slot

  • Doubles as a battery pack

What We Don't Like
  • Confusing set up

  • Slow file transfers

Essentially a 3-in-1 travel gadget, the Ravpower Filehub offers direct capabilities as a media streamer capable of reading an SD card and external hard drives up to four terabytes in size. Secondly, the Ravpower functions as a personalized wireless router that connects directly to an Ethernet cable inside a hotel. As its third and final trick, the Filehub operates as a battery for emergency charges (it's capable of powering most smartphones up to 2x before running dry). Moreover, an SD slot allows for accessing photos and videos, as well as streaming directly to a Chromecast.

As a wireless router, the conversion from a wired line to wireless connection allows extra security, plus the opportunity to share a trusted and secure Internet connection with others in your party. The inclusion of the MTK762N built-in chip offers the best performance of both hardware and software and keeps your router up-to-date with the latest firmware for added levels of security. The RAVPower supports PPPoE, static and dynamic IP signals for a slew of connections inside a hotel, Airbnb, or other travel locations.

Best Power Bank: HooToo TripMate Titan

What We Like
  • Very portable

  • Ability to connect multiple devices

  • Great for streaming

What We Don't Like
  • Instructions could be clearer

  • Slower speed for streaming

The HooToo TripMate Titan is a great choice for a travel wireless router. It converts a wired network to a wireless one through its included Ethernet port and even does double duty as a portable battery charger, adding a 10,400mAh power bank that can charge an iPhone 8 up to three times. Removing the flaps that guard the ports against dust or dirt will reveal USB-A and micro-USB connections along with a Category 5 Ethernet port. At 3.74x1.73x1.73 inches and only 9 ounces, the HooToo is perfect for slipping into a suitcase, briefcase, or purse. Simply plug in an Ethernet cable to enable the HooToo as an access point, and log in with the default password on any laptop, tablet, or smartphone to use it as a router. It can connect to up to five devices simultaneously.

Best Range: TP-Link TL-WR802N N300 Wireless Portable Nano Travel Router

TP-Link N300
Courtesy of Amazon.com
What We Like
  • Fast Single-Band Wi-Fi performance

  • Versatile wireless modes

  • Easy setup

What We Don't Like
  • No USB port

  • Struggles with multiple devices

The pocket-sized TP-Link TL-WR802N is capable of hitting up to 300Mbps Wi-Fi speed and the 2.4GHz band connection ensures lag-free video streaming and online gaming over a wide space. The inclusion of compatibility with Google’s Chromecast highlights the flexibility of the TL-WR802N, which can also function as a router, repeater, client, AP and hotspot.

The N300 is powered through a microUSB port that can connect directly to a wall charger or laptop. Installation happens in just under a minute with a WISP access point that can be shared by multiple users even in a hotel room next door. And since portability is key here, it weighs a really light 7.2 ounces.

Best for Portability: Ravpower FileHub Tripmate Nano

What We Like
  • Very pocketable

  • USB port for sharing media

  • Can be used as a Wi-Fi repeater

What We Don't Like
  • Lacks SD card slot

  • No built-in battery

If you're looking for the smallest travel router possible and don't need a lot of extra frills, Ravpower's FileHub Tripmate Nano is about as small as they come, measuring only 2.2x2.01x07.1 inches and weighing under three ounces. You'll be giving up a few things like an internal battery and an SD card slot, but it still provides a USB port for connecting USB storage drives, plus a built-in DLNA server so you can easily stream your media to all of your devices. 

The single-band Wi-Fi router can handle up to five 802.11n devices with up to 300Mbps throughput, and can also work as a simple wireless access point to get Wi-Fi clients onto a LAN, and even works as a Wi-Fi extender, which can be useful if your hotel room doesn't offer wired Ethernet connections and you need a stronger signal in your room. There's no built-in battery, you will have to supply your own power source, but since it's powered over micro USB, you can easily hook it up to a portable power bank in a pinch. 

Best Budget: GL.iNet GL-AR150 Mini Travel Router

What We Like
  • Built-in VPN support

  • Dual Ethernet ports

  • Versatile

What We Don't Like
  • Can be complicated to set up

  • Some reliability problems in client/bridge mode

This budget pick has a small price tag and a lot of features, making the GL.iNet GL-AR150 a smart solution for travelers who want to quickly convert wired networks into wireless ones. Weighing only 1.41 ounces and measuring 2.28x2.28x0.98 inches, the AR150 comes with OpenVPN pre-installed for increased security.

Compatible with over 20 VPN service providers and with TOR firmware, the GL-AR150 provides maximum protection while surfing on insecure web networks. Powered by any laptop USB, power bank, or a 5V DC adapter, the GL-AR150 is perfectly sized for tucking into a carry on or backpack for use at a hotel, remote workplace, or in the office. Available with dual Ethernet ports, 64MB of RAM and 16MB of flash, the GL-AR150 can increase its memory with external USB sticks. With a top speed of 150Mbps and low power consumption, GL-AR150 is made to work with a smartphone’s 3G or 4G connection and switch into a private Wi-Fi network. 

Best Value: GL.iNet GL-AR300M Mini Travel Router

What We Like
  • Fast single-band Wi-Fi

  • VPN support

  • Expandable antennas

What We Don't Like
  • Set up can be complicated

  • A bit underpowered for advanced features

This Mini Travel Router earns its “value” spot on the list because it is, in a word, fast. At 300Mbps it’s faster than a lot of at-home routers, and it features an internal 128MB of storage. But what’s extra cool here is its open-source nature. You can expand the out-of-the-box capabilities by side loading in tons of functionality to support everything from webcams to USB disks. Plus for an extra $20 or so you can add a super-powerful external antenna to the package for a wider, more stable network. Add that to the built-in VPN functionality (that supports more than 20 different existing clients) and you’ve got a powerhouse that fits perfectly in your pocket (or your carry on).

Best for Speed: TP-Link TL-WR902AC AC750 Wireless Portable Nano Travel Router

What We Like
  • Dual-Band Wi-Fi

  • Fast 802.11ac Performance

  • Versatile wireless modes

What We Don't Like
  • Poor documentation

  • Port layout isn’t ideal

  • Older units have security issues

TP-Link’s TL-WR902AC is one of the fastest travel routers that we’ve seen, which is especially impressive at this size and price—it measures 2.64x2.91x0.9 inches and weighs in at only 7.2 ounces, so it’s small enough to carry in a pocket if you really wanted to, letting you set up your own bubble of Wi-Fi pretty much anywhere you go.

Not only does this little router offer impressive dual-band Wi-Fi performance—up to 433 Mbps on the 5 GHz 802.11ac side—but it’s also incredibly versatile since it can be used not only as a router or access point to create a wireless network, but also as a range extender, private Wi-FI hotspot for WISP networks, or even as a Wi-Fi client to allow you to connect a wired device to a Wi-Fi network via its built-in Ethernet port.

There’s also a built-in USB port that lets you share files and media from a removal USB storage device or provide up to 2A of passthrough power to charge your smartphone or tablet, although the port layout can be a little bit awkward in some cases since the USB and microUSB power ports are on the opposite side from the Ethernet port. 

Best for Power Users: GL.iNet GL-AR750S-Ext Gigabit Travel Router

What We Like
  • Dual-Band Wi-Fi

  • 3 Gigabit Ethernet Ports

  • Excellent VPN support

What We Don't Like
  • Can be complicated to set up

  • Finicky in certain configurations

If you’re an advanced user looking for a travel router that offers the most power and flexibility, than GL.iNet’s GL-AR750S has you covered. Not only does it offer dual-band Wi-Fi with speeds of up to 733 Mbps and full 5 GHz 802.11ac support, but there are also three Gigabit Ethernet ports that can be used to plug in wired devices, and a Gigabit WAN port that ensures you get maximum internet speeds.

In addition to its fast performance, the GL-AR750S uses the OpenWrt firmware, so it’s highly configurable, and includes OpenVPN and WireGuard pre-installed so it can act as both a VPN client and a VPN server right out of the box. In fact, it’s ready to go with over 25 VPN service providers, so you’ll be able to ensure your internet activity is private no matter where you land, and it’s also preconfigured to use Cloudflare’s encrypted DNS servers for additional security. 

There’s also an included USB 2.0 port for connecting external storage devices and sharing content, plus a microSD card slot for keeping up to 128GB of storage right in the router, letting it act as a portable file server. Thanks to the OpenWrt firmware, it can also easily be setup to act as a repeater/extender, bridge, Wi-Fi client, hotspot, USB modem, or even do network diagnostics. 

Best for Road Warriors: GL.iNet Mudi GL-E750 Portable 4G LTE Router

What We Like
  • Works as a 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

  • Open Source

  • Secure VPN & TOR support

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Bulky

GL.iNet makes some of the most secure travel routers available, since they all use open source technology and include features like OpenVPN and OpenWrt support, and now its latest portable router expands its technology onto the airwaves with 4G LTE support, making it a great choice for road warriors who need to stay connected no matter where they are, and want to always make sure they can do so securely and reliably. 

Featuring WireGuard encryption, support for multiple open-source VPN protocols, and even TOR anonymous network routing, this router ensures that you'll always have a secure and private connection to the internet, whether it's over your hotel's shared network or your carrier's LTE network, and in fact you can even use the VPN feature the other way, setting up a VPN server over LTE to securely and privately access any of your devices that are behind it, such as when you hit the road with your smartphone and need to get onto the laptop back at your hotel. 

More than that, however, it's also a capable Wi-Fi access point, featuring dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz support with 733Mbps throughput across both bands, along with a built-in battery that offers up to eight hours of use and a USB port and microSD card slots that can be used for sharing files with your connected devices. 

Best Splurge: Netgear Nighthawk M1 Mobile Hotspot 4G LTE Router

What We Like
  • Offers Gigabit LTE Mobile Hotspot access

  • Dual-Band Wi-Fi 

  • Highly configurable

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

  • Big

Netgear is well known for its great home and business routers, so it shouldn't be surprising that it offers a premium mobile travel router as well, and although it doesn't come cheap, it can easily be worth the splurge if you want to be able to get your devices onto the internet from just about anywhere in the world at blazing fast speeds.

Unlike most of the other travel routers on this list, the Nighthawk M1 also works as a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, which means that you'll be able to connect to its Wi-Fi network and get onto the internet even when there's no other Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection available. It's also the first mobile hotspot to support Gigabit LTE, with 4X4 MIMO and 4-band Carrier Aggregation, so it's capable of providing internet speeds that can rival your home broadband connection.

The internal dual-band Wi-Fi antennas provide both 2.4GHz and 5GHz access for up to 20 Wi-Fi devices, and the internal battery offers up to 24 hours before you need to charge it, and you can also use it to charge your smartphone or other mobile devices in a pinch. Of course, it works as a traditional portable router too—just plug a normal internet connection into the Ethernet port and you can share access from it to your Wi-Fi devices. A large 2.4-inch color LCD screen also ensures that you can keep track of the router's status and how much data you're using.

What to Look for in a Wireless Travel Router

Size and weight - Because this is a wireless router for traveling, you’ll want to make sure the model you buy is as lightweight as possible. All of the routers on our list are portable, certainly, but some are smaller than others. If space is an important consideration, you’ll want to find the most compact unit possible.

Security - If you’re a business traveler, you’ll likely be using this wireless router to do your work. If confidentiality is an important consideration, you may want to look into a router that has strong, built-in internal security. It may even be a good idea to choose a router that offers a VPN option to make sure your Internet activity is as secure as possible.

Speed and range - When you’re looking into portable routers, both speed and range are important. You’ll want your Wi-Fi network to be fast enough to support any video streaming and conferencing you’ll have to do while you’re traveling. You also want the range to be broad enough to ensure you don’t have dead spots in your hotel room.