Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking 27 27 people found this article helpful Stay Connected Wherever You Go With a Travel Router No power source? No problem By Bradley Mitchell Writer An MIT graduate who brings years of technical experience to articles on SEO, computers, and wireless networking. our editorial process LinkedIn Bradley Mitchell Updated June 24, 2019 Getty Images Home Networking The Wireless Connection Routers & Firewalls Network Hubs ISP Broadband Ethernet Installing & Upgrading Wi-Fi & Wireless Tweet Share Email A travel router is a category of broadband routers designed for people who are on the go and need to connect to the internet when they are away from a power source. Characteristics of Travel Routers Travel routers (often called mobile hotspots) possess several characteristics that distinguish them from other broadband routers: Compact size: Many travel routers are a few inches wide and can slip into a pocket. Their small size makes them convenient to carry from place to place.Battery-powered: A quality travel router features a built-in rechargeable battery that allows the router to be used for a few hours without being connected to an electrical outlet.Tethering capability: To supply online connectivity when wireless hotspot services aren't available, a travel router accesses the internet through a tethered cell phone. High-end mobile routers incorporate a built-in cellular modem that eliminates the need for tethering.Wi-Fi client support: Advanced travel routers can join hotspots as Wi-Fi clients and share connections out to other clients with their own built-in access points. belkin.com Common Uses for Travel Routers Mobile routers can be used to: Reach the internet in areas where there is only cellular service.Share one paid internet connection at a hotel.Allow business travelers to share files easily with one another.Stay connected while hiking or boating. Many manufacturers of full-size traditional routers make mobile hotspots. These include Novatel, Huawei, Netgear, and Linksys. Cellular providers often sell travel routers under their brand names.