Traveling and finding reliable WiFi is sometimes often difficult. While I was in the market for a dependable hotspot, I did not like the long term contracts from the major carriers and I did not like the price tags for their portable WiFi devices. There are other alternative out there and the one that I settled on is Karma. Originally scheduled for 2014 release, the device did not get into my hands until late August 2015. This device supports 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 Ghz wireless networking, up to 8 devices connected simultaneously and claims a max speed of 54mbps.
The reliability of the Karma mobile hotspot is quite surprising. I believe they have done due diligence on this device. I very rarely have the device disconnect or notify me it is unable to find a network. If you are wondering if there will be coverage where you are traveling they have a map and all you need to do is plug n your destination and it will show you if there is coverage.
This is a no contract, pay as you go, never lose what you pay for service which was the appealing part for me. You can load the device up with data that you pay for through there site, and it is yours forever with no expiration dates. You can also earn more free data with referrals and letting people use the hotspot. One issue that I have with the device is it is not secure. To solve this, I am using a third party app called Cloak. Cloak is designed to protect you from security threats when you’re using untrusted and public networks, like Karma, coffee shops, airports, hotels, and conferences. Cloak creates something called a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It creates an encrypted connection between your device and our trusted servers in the cloud. Because Cloak encrypts your data before it leaves your device, even if someone nearby intercepts it, it’s just gibberish to them. So far this has worked well. So far this has been a good alternative and a valuable tool for my photography.
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