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HotSpot Review: Ellipsis Jetpack, Road Warrior

See how to install a Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack into your car to get 4G wireless service.

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We installed our Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS800L in about 20 minutes into an Audi allroad. At half-inch thick with a 3.1 x 2.2-inch footprint, is one of the smallest devices of its kind, easy to hide in a car while offering an excellent network. Once secured, we set off on a test drive with the entire family and their Internet devices in tow.

As we hit the open road, those in the backseat started using their tablets to watch TV shows and monitor Facebook for changes that can affect the world power balance. Meanwhile, my wife did some research for work with her notebook and later looks for places to stop for a break.

The connection was pretty good at a download speed averaging 16.7Mbps. That's less than what we're used to at home, but plenty for sharing among three systems. Plus, the Jetpack can service up to eight individual Wi-Fi devices at a time. We also can upload at the rate of 13.3Mbps and while my wife drives, I do some work on a Web page, uploading images and text.

The hotspot works just as well on the highway, retaining its data connection at 70 miles per hour, lets us listen to Spotify as we drive, and only momentarily blinks out when we're in a long tunnel. To us, a solid choice for those looking to make our vehicle's Internet-ready—without the sticker price for a new car.

Pro: download and upload speeds robust enough for 8 devices, quick install

Con: intermittent connections when out of cell-range


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