How to Access the Internet At Home Or On The Road



Being without an internet box to save money

Indeed, this is a reason mentioned by Internet users. Among them, some believe that paying several tens of euros monthly to access the network in addition to a rental device in some cases is too expensive. Moreover, the binding offers are often denounced. Very often, having an Internet access is not their priority and, without a box, solutions can be found for checking emails, for example. It must be said that in many cases, these people do not give up an Internet access, but prefer to remain without a box and benefit from time to time from a short connection for an exchange between relatives or steps to be taken such as a tax return.

Residing in a white zone, the main reason for an internet access without a box

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In white zone, the connection via satellite or the use of a box of pocket can allow you to reach Internet.

What is a white zone ?

The Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) gives this definition: a white zone is “an area that is not covered by any mobile operator”. That is to say that no operator has deployed a network, and you have no access to the Internet network in the area, the latter being unavailable. Do not hesitate to check the network of your new home or the one you will occupy during your vacations, because a white zone is also concerned by the mobile network, whether it is 2G, 3G or 4G.


To date, a little less than 2% of the French population is in a white zone. Most of these areas are sparsely populated and rural. In these areas, it is not profitable for operators to set up infrastructures. Indeed, the eventual number of subscribers would not cover the financing of the equipment. That said, white areas are gradually disappearing thanks to various subsidies and the Very High Speed Plan, which should end in 2025. Its goal? To give everyone the possibility to have access to the Internet, and this in high speed.

In the meantime, these areas where ADSL speeds are too low to benefit from a quality internet connection force its inhabitants to resort to an internet access without a box. To do this, solutions exist. For example, the passage by the 4G network that you can test or via a satellite connection.

In any case, here is how to access the internet without a box at home or on the road

Indeed, whatever the reason that pushes you to reconsider your internet subscription, several solutions are available for a connection without box. From 4G to satellite, here is a panel of solutions.

4G fixed, an alternative for internet access

Some operators are now offering “4G “box. The word can be confusing. It is not a box, but a router. It uses the 4G network of an operator to transform it into Wifi in your home. Easy to install and use, the 4G box simply needs a power supply and not a connection to the telephone network. However, unlike the 4G key, it is dedicated to a fixed use, at home. Indeed, it is recommended for a home without a box, but you will not be able to benefit from its connection outside your home.

However, don’t hesitate to check the eligibility of the 4G network in your home. It is essential to know the availability of the operator you choose at home. You have the possibility to contact for free an expert of JeChange to test your home.

Advantages and disadvantages ?

You will have understood, when your internet connection at home is without box, the fixed 4G solution can be an alternative. There are in this last one some positive points not to be neglected, like :

  • An easy installation that does not require any particular connection.
  • Many times, these are non-binding offers.
  • You can benefit from a higher speed than ADSL with 4G which is a more powerful technology.
  • Finally, it’s an easy-to-use box and you can start using it as soon as you receive it.

If the advantages are not debatable, there are however some disadvantages to a connection via a 4G box:

  • Not all homes are eligible, so take the time to test your home.
  • In general, the date envelope is limited and you must keep an eye on your consumption. Often, the available volume is proposed between 200 and 250 GB.

The hotspot or the 4G key: a connection without box and “nomadic”.

These two devices are not the same, be careful not to make confusion. A 4G key is connected to the USB port of a tablet or a computer. It allows this device, and only this device, to have an internet connection.

A 4G hotspot as for him will allow you to connect several devices to the same Wifi network that will be created. The maximum number of devices that can be connected depends on the model of box you choose. In general, it is a small box, rather light and allowing your entourage to connect to the 4G network at the same time as you.

Also, depending on the model you choose, you will have a battery-powered box or one that can be plugged into the mains.

How to activate your 4G hotspot ?

The hotspot is easy to use because of its nomadic nature. You just need to insert a SIM card linked to the package you have chosen in the box, to choose a password and to name the Wifi network so that the devices that will connect to it can recognize it. Anyone with the password will be able to connect to the network.

The connection via a 4G hotspot has the advantage of being better than a shared connection.

Parents and their two children are sitting at the table with a laptop or cell phone in their hands

Indeed, another alternative to connect to the internet without a box: connection sharing

Sometimes called “modem mode”, connection sharing is activated in the settings of your smartphone. The latter will make its 4G or 5G network available to your other devices. You can, depending on your mobile, access this sharing via a USB connection, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Simply, you will see your smartphone appear in the list of available Wi-Fi networks. Once the devices are connected, you will consume the data envelope of your smartphone via your other device.

However, it’s worth noting that browsing on a computer consumes more than browsing on a mobile. When you use connection sharing via your smartphone, remember to check your consumption so that you don’t lose out.

An internet connection without a box at home: the satellite alternative

The satellite is a good compromise to have access to internet at home without a box. Especially if you live in a 4G white zone. The installation of a satellite dish is however essential to benefit from this technology, and it is purchased from the operator you have chosen. It is through it that the internet signal emitted by the satellite will be transmitted to you.

The proposed speeds by the satellite can go up to 100 Mbit/s.

On the other hand, satellite connection offers are on average more expensive than others. However, if you are eligible, as part of the Very High Speed Plan, the State has set up a system of aid to reduce the cost of installation. Indeed, this is offered for the purchase of the satellite dish and can reach 150 €.

And you, are you eligible for fiber, ADSL, or do you have to connect via a 4G box? To check your eligibility to the different technologies, don’t hesitate to call an expert JeChange agent. They will put their knowledge at your service, free of charge, to answer all your questions and find you the best offer according to your needs and your budget!

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