ZTE MC801 5G Indoor WiFi Router Review

Last month, ZTE announced its 5G series products in Guangzhou at China Mobile 2019 Global Partner Conference, including the ZTE’s first industrial 5G module ZM9000 and its first 5G indoor CPE MC801. Now we get the ZTE 5G CPE MC801 and we will check more details about this new 5G WiFi CPE.

ZTE MC801 5G Router Appearance and Design

From the first glance, you may not recognize the ZTE MC801 is a 5G wireless router. It looks more like a humidifier or an air cleaner. The design looks cool in white color. With its unique design, the runway-type streamline design ZTE MC801 won iF Design Award 2019. And it is also the industry’s smallest commercial 5G gateway router.

ZTE 5G indoor router also has superior heat dissipation capacity than the previous generation. With vertical chimney air duct design, aerodynamic self-accelerating heat dissipation, and built-in custom powerful radiator, it can increase heat dissipation efficiency by 10%.

 

On the front, there are seven indicators available under the ZTE logo, which can indicate the status of Network, SIM Card, WiFi and Power. On the back of the body, ZTE MC801 provides dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, a flexible connection of various types of wired devices, providing stable, high-speed, low-latency 5G network services for industrial applications. One of the GE ports is for both WAN and LAN. Under the GE Ports, one RJ11 telephone port is provide with the power plug port.

Like the competitor Huawei 5G CPE Pro, the ZTE MC801A router locates the SIM card slot at the bottom with the power on/off button. The model number ZTE MC801 and other information are also on the bottom label, including the model number MC801, IMEI Number, WLAN SSID & WiFi Key, Management IP address(192.168.0.1) & log in password, Made in China and manufacturer company. However, there is no connector for external 5G antenna in the ZTE MC801A Router.

ZTE MC801 5G indoor router Specifications

Powered on Qualcomm Snapdragon X50, it supports 100MHz ultra-wide bandwidth and max downlink rate of 2.8Gbps which enables consumers to enjoy ultra-fast 5G networks. While the competitor Huawei 5G CPE Pro supporting 5G SA/NSA dual-mode, the ZTE 5G router MC801 supports only NSA mode. It supports 5G NR bands on Sub6G n41, n77, n78, n79 with 4G LTE network compatible backward with support of LTE Cat20. ZTE MC801 5G CPE can provide dual-mode WiFi 2.4GHz and 5GHz with 4 x 4 MIMO technology. One of the hot features is supporting Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11ax), and allowing a maximum of 128 Wi-Fi users to access the 5G network at the same time.

ZTE MC801 User Manual and Datasheet

Since ZTE MC801 router is recently announced, ZTE didn’t provide the source to download the user manual and datasheet. We suppose they will be available for download soon.

 

ZTE MC801 5G CPE Price and Availability

Here now ZTE MC801 5G CPE is available for buy in some online stores such as www.4gltemall.com . And the price is 799.00USD. Many of the latest 5G terminals are at this price range. Before you buy this 5G router, you’d better check whether 5G coverage is available at your location and whether the ZTE MC801 supports the available 5G frequency bands, and then buy it if it suits.

ZTE ZM9000 5G SA/NSA Module Launched

Last month, ZTE Corporation, one of the major telecommunication supplier and network solution provider, launched a new 5G module in China. The 5G module model number is ZTE ZM9000, which is empowered by the second generation Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System. ZTE announced they completed a 5G data connection with a 5G network through the ZTE 5G module ZM9000.

 

According to ZTE official sayings, ZTE ZM9000 5G module based on Qualcomm SDX55 platform covers the the 4G/5G frequency band of the three major Chinese operators and supports both NSA and SA networks. It provides M.2 package with encapsulation technology. With the plug-and-play function and dimensions of 30 x 52 x 3.6 mm, the ZTE 5G module can be used in a variety of industrial products, including security protection cameras, 5G 8K TVs, and HD conference terminals.

In addition, the ZTE ZM9000 5G module boasts ultra-low standby power and a wide range of available interfaces. ZTE plans to launch commercial use of the ZM9000 in December 2019. The device will be widely used in the fields of intellectual production, including autonomous driving and remote control systems, preventive maintenance of robotics, HD cameras, industrial gateways and oil production. Those well-known application scenarios, such as UAV, HD live broadcast, 5G 8K TV and cloud storage, will also be upgraded thanks to new 5G modules. More specifications of ZTE ZM9000 are unknown yet.

 

ZTE is working to expand the application of 5G technology with the transition from individual home systems and live HD broadcasts to innovative scenarios through the commercial implementation of a variety of 5G terminal devices – ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G and the latest upgarded ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G, 5G indoor router ZTE MC801, ZTE 5G Module ZM9000 etc.

 

Actually, many of ZTE’s competitors were already launched their 5G modules, please see below the 5G modules which will also be available in 2020:

 

Telit 5G module:

 

Huawei 5G module:

 

Fibocom 5G module:

 

Quectel 5G module:

 

Sierra Wireless 5G module:

 

 

 

 

 

SIMCOM 5G Modules:

 

LongSung 5G module:

Telit FN980m – First Industrial Grade 5G M.2 Data Card Launched

A few days ago, Telit launched a new 5G industrial grade WWAN card in M.2 form factor. The model number is Telit FN980m. Based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, the FN980m data card supports Sub-6GHz FDD/TDD and LTE Category 20 – 7x carrier aggregation. For millimeter wave operation the 5G M.2 data card can be paired with the Qualcomm® QTM525 mmWave antenna module for near-the-ground low power indoor and outdoor applications; it is currently the only 5G data card in the market that is compatible with the Qualcomm® QTM527 mmWave extended-range antenna module for high-mount outdoor applications.

The key specifications of Telit FN980m data card include:

 

  • Telit 5G Module
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem
  • 5G Sub-6 and mm Wave FDD and TDD, SA & NSA operations
  • 5G core network Opt. 3a/3x and Opt. 2
  • 4G: 7CA, up to 20 layers DL / 3CA UL,256 QAM DL/UL
  • 3G: HSPA+ Rel. 8 (DL/UL 42/11 Mbps)
  • Data Rates:

– 5G up to 5.5 Gbps DL/2.7 UL Gbps
– 4G up to 2.4 Gbps DL/211 Mbps UL
– 3G up to 42 DL/11 UL Mbps

  • GNSS: gpsOne Gen9 L1 band on dedicated RF connector, L5 shared with cellular
  • Voice support: VoLTE, VoNR (under evaluation), PCM audio over USB
  • 4 antenna connectors for LTE/Sub-6
  • 4 mmWave antennas supported
  • 5G FR1 Bands: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n12, n14, n20, n28, n30, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79
  • 5G FR2 Bands: n257, n258, n260, 261
  • LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 71, 25, 66, 39, 29 (DL), 30, 32, 7, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46 (LAA), 48(CBRS), 34, 27
  • WCDMA Bands: 5, 8, 3, 4, 2, 1, 9, 19
  • 5G 4×4 MIMO support on bands n1, n2, n7, n66, n3, n77, n78, n79, n41 and n30
  • 4G 4×4 MIMO support on bands 32, 4, 66, 3, 2, 25, 1, 30, 40, 41, 7, 43, 42, 46, 48
  • Interfaces
    – 1.8/3 V SIM Interface
    – USB 3.1 gen2 and 2.0
    – PCIe gen3
    – Drivers support: Windows 10, Linux
  • Electrical & Sensitivity
    – LTE/5G sub 6 Output power: -23 dBm (power class 3)
    – Supply voltage: – Nominal: 3.3 VDC
  • Antenna types: 4x LTE/Sub-6 + 4x QTM525/527
  • FOTA Support
  • Operating temperature range: -40°C to +85°C
  • Dimensions: 30 x 50 x 3.5mm

 

The Telit FN980m 5G data card is designed for use globally, incorporating support for all scenarios prescribed by the 3GPP for short, mid and long-term deployments of 5G, including non-standalone LTE-5G NR dual connectivity (EN-DC), dynamic spectrum sharing between LTE and 5G, and full 5G NR standalone mode.

The Telit 5G data card enables new opportunities and markets for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators and service providers working with industrial routers and gateways, fixed wireless access, professional mobile high-resolution video broadcasting equipment and beyond.

 

 

OEMs in North America, Korea and Japan have already selected and designed in the FN980m data card, in application areas including the industrial IoT, enterprise networks and professional video broadcasting. Samples are currently shipping, with commercial shipments following in Q1 2020. Concluding regulatory certifications in multiple countries in Asia with operator and industry certifications expected for Europe and the Americas in Q1 2020.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro Review

We had introduced the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi E6878-870 a couple of days ago. With this Huawei 5G portable WiFi router, Huawei also presented the brother/Pro model named “Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro”. The factory model for Huawei 5G mobile WiFi pro is E6878-370, which is similar to E6878-370 in the name and appearance.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro Appearance

If you have read our blog about Huawei 5G mobile WiFi E6878-870 review, you may know the design of the latest Huawei 5G mobile WiFi hotspots. The Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro adopts almost similar design and colors. On the front, there is a black band which has located the small display, huawei & 5G logo, and the base for wireless charge between them. There is a USB type-A and a type-C port for wired charging. It also has a power button and menu button at the side of SIM card slot. The suitable SIM card size is also NANO-SIM.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

 

The Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 has larger battery pack and it has the USB type-A port to charge other devices, so it’s thicker than E6878-870. And of course it weights more than E6878-870.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro Specifications

As the pro version of Huawei 5G wireless router, many technical specifications are same as the brother models.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Below are the general specifications of Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro:

 

  • Product type: 5G mobile WiFi router
  • Brand: Huawei
  • Model Number: E6878-370
  • Chipset: Balong 5000 platform(7 nm)
  • Support 5G/4G Networks
    • 5G network frequency bands: N41, N77, N78, N79
    • 4G network frequency bands: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, 28, B32, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42
  • Standard: Compliant with 3GPP Release 15
  • 5G Data rates: downlink to 1.65Gbps, uplink to 250Mbps
  • 4G Data rates: downlink to 300Mbps, uplink to 75Mbps
  • WLAN:
    • 11 ac/a/n, 2×2
    • 11 b/g/n 2×2,MIMO
    • Speeds: 2.4GHz – 300Mbps, 5GHz – 867Mbps
  • Interfaces:
    • 1 x Type-A port
    • 1 x Type-C port
    • 1 x SIM card slot(for Nano-SIM card)
  • APP management: Huawei Smart Home APP
  • Battery: 8000mAh
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 148mm×72mm×18mm

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Unique functions

Comparing with Huawei 4G mobile WiFi hotspots such Huawei E5788u-96a, Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro has many unique and practical functions for users:

 

  1. Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro is packed with a non-removable battery which not only support long time working, but also it can charge other electric devices via USB cable or wirelessly.
  2. Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro supports 40W supercharge, which can make it get full power in much shorter time.
  3. Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro can provide three working mode: AI high-speeds railway mode, mobile phone gaming mode and broadcasting mode. The AI high-speeds mode means Huawei 5G mobile WiFi pro can automatically select the best signal from cell towers at the side of railway to connect so that users can enjoy the fastest possible speeds. And the phone gaming mode would be useful for cell phone gaming players. The broadcasting mode would provide smooth data transmission for Internet celebrity.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Summary – Best 5G mobile WiFi Router

Based Huawei balong 5000 chipset, Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro can provide WiFi network for multiple users to surf the internet at high speeds. The powerful functions such large battery pack, SuperCharge and reversed charging, three working modes for different working scenarios. Since many other similar 5G mobile WiFi router such as HTC 5G hub, Netgear Nighthawk M2 don’t have these functions. We conclude the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi is the best 5G mobile WiFi hotspot till 2020!

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

What’s the Difference between Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 and E6878-870?

Recently, Huawei official released two 5G mobile WiFi router to the public. The two Huawei 5G portable WiFi routers have the name “Huawei 5G mobile WiFi” and “Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro”. And the specific model numbers for them are Huawei E6878-870 and E6878-370. If you had seen the pictures of two router 5G huawei, you may find they are very similar in appearance. However, they do have some difference. Then what’s the difference between the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi (E6878-870) and Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro(E6878-370)? You may find the answer in following content.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 VS E6878-870 Appearance

At the first glance of the two Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Router, they look very similar at the color, display, body size and even the logo location. But after further checking on details, you may find the difference. Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro is thicker and it has an USB output port, which is because Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro has larger battery pack and it can charge other devices. The 5G logo on the front are located at different places. The SIM card slot cap on Huawei E6878-370(Mobile WiFi Pro) is longer than that on E6878-870.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

 

Huawei 5G MiFi E6878-370 VS E6878-870 Specifications

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Router Specifications Comparison
Name Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro
Model E6878-870 E6878-370
Product type 5G Mobile Hotspot 5G Mobile Hotspot
Chipset Balong 5000 Balong 5000
5G Network Mode NSA/SA NSA/SA
Data rates DL 1.65Gbps/UL 250Mbps DL 1.65Gbps/UL 250Mbps
Supported 5G/4G LTE frequency bands — 5G NR Band: N41, N77, N78, N79
— 4G LTE Band: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, 28, B32, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42
— 5G NR Band: N41, N77, N78, N79
— 4G LTE Band: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, 28, B32, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 20 users 20 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No No
App management Huawei Smart Home APP Huawei Smart Home APP
SIM type NANO SIM NANO SIM
Battery Non-removable, 4000 mAh Non-removable, 8000 mAh
SuperCharge 18W QuickCharge – 40W Super charge
– 22.5W Wired Super Charge other devices
– 15W Wireless Super Charge other devices
Dimensions 148mm×72mm×12mm 148mm×72mm×18mm
Interface Port – 1 x Type-C port
– 1 x SIM card slot(for Nano-SIM card)
– 1 x Type-A port
– 1 x Type-C port
– 1 x SIM card slot(for Nano-SIM card)
Datasheet download Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Datasheet Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Datasheet
User Manual Huawei 5G mobile WiFi User Manual Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro User Manual
Other features wireless network connection, WiFi connection, WiFi encryption, menu UI, WebUI, SMS, firewall, Pin protection, MAC filter, VPN penetration, IPv6/IPv4, HOTA update  wireless network connection(5G/4G), WiFi connection, WiFi encryption, menu UI, WebUI, SMS, power bank, firewall, Pin protection, MAC filter, VPN penetration, IPv6/IPv4, HOTA update
Firmware download Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Firmware Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Firmware
Drivers Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Driver Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Driver
Reviews Huawei 5G mobile WiFi E6878-870 Review Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 Review
Price/USD 599.00USD 699.00USD

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

 

Summary

From the table above, we can see the core specifications of Huawei E6878-370 and E6878-870 are very similar. They both support dual-mode 5G networks NSA and SA based on 7nm Balong 5000 chipset. And the 4G networks are backward compatible. They can both work on same 5G & 4G frequency bands. You can also enjoy almost same 5G speeds when using the two 5G mobile WiFi hotspots. However, there are some differences which also decide why the Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro is more powerful:

 

  1. Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) has a larger battery of 8000mAh, which is double of E6878-870. The large battery makes Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro(E6878-370) working for longer time and it can charge other devices. However, the larger battery makes it thicker.
  2. So Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) has a USB output port to connect other devices for wired charging.
  3. What’s more, Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) can provide supercharge for other devices wirelessly.
  4. Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) itself support 40W supercharge which makes it get full power in much shorter time.
  5. Not only Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) provides cell phone gaming model and broadcasting mode (Huawei E6878-870 has the two working modes), but also it can provide AI high-speed railway working mode, which let the WiFi hotspot automatically search and connect with the nearest cell tower so that users can get fastest possible speeds when the railway is going at high speeds on the way.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

 

Based on these differences, the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 price is higher than that of E6878-870. So if you are looking for a 5G mobile WiFi hotspot, you may check which one is preferred.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Review

A few months ago, Huawei released the newest 5G portable WiFi router in China and huawei online store starts to sell this new mobile 5G hotspot. We got the new Huawei 5G Pocket WiFi yesterday and let’s have a close look at the new 5G gadget.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Package

The Huawei 5G mobile WiFi hotspot is packed in a white box, which is similar to many Huawei devices such as Huawei 4G WiFi router, WiFi extender. Since it’s released for China market, the language in the box is Chinese, so as the user manual. In our test, there are two languages available in the web UI. On the front, the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi image is printed in white color with black face.

On the side label, it tells the product type: 5G wireless data terminal and model number: E6878-870. And the network standard, network entrance number, color, IMEI & S/N numbers are included.

 

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Appearance

The Huawei E6878-870 is in white and black color as showed below. On the front, there is a small LED screen which will show the connection status and other parameters. Unlike the predecessor model Huawei E5788u-96a, the Huawei 5G WiFi router can’t operate the setting through the display. The Huawei and 5G logos are on the front black. The power button and SIM card slot is at the edge side. Between them, there is a switch button, where user and press to switch the menus on the display to do simple settings. On the back, there is a small label showing the IMEI number and S/N number.

If you are unfamiliar with this new 5G pocket WiFi, you may thought it’s a new cell phone at first glance. The size of Huawei E6878 5G MiFi is much bigger than the predecessors, and it weights much like the Netgear Nighthawk M2 MR2100. The USB port is Type 3.0. There is no connector for external antenna. And it also has the Ethernet port like the Huawei E5885 Mobile WiFi hotspot.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Operation

Press the power on, the display of Huawei 5G portable router E6878 will show the slogan: welcome to 5G. It will also tell users to log in the 192.168.8.1 in a browser to configure the Huawei 5G mobile router. However, the default language is Chinese. To switch to Engligh, users need to log in the 192.168.8.1 in a browser. At the right head of the web page, there are two languages optional. You can select English as preferred language. Then you can follow the guide to setup the Huawei mobile 5G router.

 

As mentioned before, users can setup the Huawei 5G pocket WiFi router through the power button and switch button at the edge side. When the Huawei E6878 MiFi working, press the power button, it will show the menu. The switch button is the function of Next and the power button is the function of Confirm.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Price

Since the Huawei E6878 5G mobile WiFi Hotspot is new and recently available, the price is not cheap now. But we suppose the price would be down from 2020 when more and more competitors’ 5G mobile router will be available.

 

 

We will take further test in following days and we will share our test report later.

FRITZ!Box 6850 5G Router Review

Together with various other products, AVM also presented the new FRITZ! Box 6850 5G at the IFA 2019 in Berlin. The Berlin-based company is thus the manufacturer of the world’s first all-in-one router for the new 5G mobile communications networks, which is available in more and more regions from 2019.

Features and Specifications of the AVM FRITZ!Box 6850

Manufacturer and model number AVM FRITZ! Box 6850 5G
Supported mobile standards 3G, 4G, 5G
5G network modes Non standalone
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon X55
Maximum 5G data rate N/A
5G frequencies yes, 5G band n78
4G LTE frequencies 700/800/900/1500/1800/2100/2600 MHz
Sub 6 GHz frequencies Sub-6 GHz
mmWave frequencies N/A
external antenna can be connected yes, 2 SMA connections(Buy FRITZ!Box 6850 5G external antenna)

Network properties (LAN & WiFi)

WLAN standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Maximum gross data rate with WLAN up to 1.266 Mbps
Supported WLAN bands 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
WLAN guest access can be installed Yes
WLAN encryption standards WPA, WPA2, WPS
Gigabit LAN yes, 4 ports
WAN port No

Telephone

Telephone Support Yes
Connection for ISDN telephones Yes
Connection for analog phones Yes
DECT yes, up to 6 devices
HD voice compatible Yes

Other features

IPv6 support; Dual stack Yes / Yes
NAS capable Yes
Power consumption approx. N/A
Suitable for IPTV Yes
Can be used as a media server Yes
USB ports on the back (1 x USB3.0)
Battery for self-sufficient operation No
Dimension and weight N/A

More information

Datasheet for download (PDF) not yet available
Manual for download (PDF) not yet available
Available at »On 1st quarter of 2020

 

 

5G FritzBox: 3G to 5G on board

The flagship of the new FRITZ! Box 6850 5G is of course the support of 5G with sub-6 GHz . This allows bandwidths of more than 2 Gbit/s and low latencies. But also the older mobile radio standards LTE (4G) with the bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28 and 32 as well as UMTS (3G) are supported. For better reception, two SMA connectors are provided for connecting external antennas.

 

With the mobile networks, the 5G WiFi router allows further access to the Internet in addition to the classic DSL connection, where this new FRITZ! Box can of course also be connected. So it’s an all-in-one device that supports both mobile and fixed internet. In principle, it is similar to its predecessor, the 6890 LTE, since hybrid operation was also possible here.

WLAN with up to 1266 MBit/s

If there is a connection to the Internet, the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G with 4 x 4 MIMO, working with the Qualcomm SD X55 chipset, charges a WLAN. It supports dual band WLAN AC + N with 2.4 and 5 GHz including mesh. This allows transmission speeds of up to 1266 Mbps. In addition, four Gigabit LAN ports are available for connecting wired network devices.

 

 

5G router and telephone system in one

Of course, the AVM 5G router function includes that of a telephone system. This is no different with the new FRITZ! Box 6850 5G. It has a DECT base integrated so that up to six cordless DECT phones can be connected to it. In addition, it also offers a connection for an analog telephone or fax.

 

It is also interesting that the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G can be used as a smart home center. AVM offers a range of compatible products such as smart sockets, light bulbs and more that communicate with DECT radio. In addition, the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G also supports the typical features of AVM such as parental control, media server, FRITZ! NAS, WLAN guest access, MyFRITZ! and much more. The well-known remote access is also given at the 5G / LTE connection.

 

 

Market launch in early 2020

The market launch is only announced for the first quarter of 2020. The price is then also communicated, so we currently cannot know a price for the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G. However, this is likely to increase 20-30 percent above today’s 6890.

 

HTC 5G Hub Test

HTC has become quiet in recent years; It is surprising that HTC plays a leading role in the new 5G mobile communications standard by launching the HTC 5G Hub in Europe, which is the first 5G mobile WiFi hotspot with Android OS.

Technical specifications

The HTC 5G Hub is more than a simple mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with 5G modem. It can be an entertainment machine, which can easily output 4K content via Display Port to appropriate monitors. Below are the technical specifications for reference.

  • 129 x 100 x 43 mm, 340 grams
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory + MicroSD
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE Cat20 Modem
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G Modem
  • 5 inch TFT display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution
  • Android 9 with HTC interface
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac/ad
  • 7,660 mAh battery (not changeable)
  • USB-C 3.1 with Display Port function
  • RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port

Appearance and Package

The package connect is very clear. In addition to the 5G hub itself, there is a power supply with an output power of 12V / 2.5A included. The power supply has a proprietary connector and the cable is firmly connected to it. Basically, the 5G Hub can also be easily charged via USB C. The fairly heavy weight of 340 grams presumably caused mainly by the strong battery. The weight does not bother because the dimensions unfortunately do not allow the 5G gadget to be carried in the pocket.

The power button on the top of the HTC 5G Hub is the only physical button. It provides a good pressure point and, in addition, enables the activation or deactivation of the display with a short push of a button.

Fast modem with LTE and 5G

HTC has adopts two mobile modems to the 5G WiFi router: the Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 modem is integrated into the Snapdragon 855 SoC and allows LTE Cat20 with speeds of theoretically up to 2 GBit/s in the downlink. Over 5G theoretically up to 2.63 GBit/s in the downlink and up to 287 MBit/s in the uplink can be achieved.

In test practice, we have achieved speeds of over 150 Mbit/s in the LTE network from Vodafone, and the peak can reach to 308 Mbit/s in the downlink. In the uplink it went up to about 80 MBit/s high. The latencies (ping) were at least 17 milliseconds – a top value for LTE.

In the 5G network, we reached speeds of up to 1.3 GBit/s in the downlink. Speeds ​​above 1 Gbit/s were by no means rare. However, for such data rates, there must be line of sight to the 5G location. At around 400 meters without line of sight, around 600 MBit/s were still possible in the test, after which the HTC 5G Hub switched to the LTE network.

 

 

Basically, the impression was that the range of the 5G radio cells is limited to a few hundred meters. Once 5G reception is available, however, the data rates in the downlink are fantastic high.

Wi-Fi with restrictions

Of course, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with a mobile modem must have a reasonable Wi-Fi module. This requirement is met by the HTC 5G Hub. First of all, the positive: up to 20 devices can be connected to the 5G hub at the same time, the wireless standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad are supported.

In particular, the support for the fast ad-WLAN to 60 GHz is remarkable, which no other mobile hotspot offers. However, there are also virtually no devices that can connect via wireless ad. So we could not test it.

The WLAN range is very neat for a mobile router. You cannot expect the performance of a good stationary router, but you can easily cover a large meeting room or apartment of up to 60 square meters. Unfortunately, the HTC 5G Hub is not a dual-band WLAN, so you have to choose between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

A WLAN repeater function (WLAN Extender / WLAN Offload) is not available, so there is no way to use an existing WLAN as an Internet access type (eg hotel WLAN). Other mobile hotspots, such as Netgear Nighthawk M2 or Huawei 5G mobile WiFi, provide this function.

On the positive side, HTC queries the configuration of the Wi-Fi hotspot as soon as the 5G Hub is powered up for the first time. Thus, the WLAN name, WLAN password and other settings can be made directly to the start and do not have to be searched through the menu afterwards.

Connections, rechargeable battery

The HTC 5G WiFi Router has an RJ45 Ethernet LAN port on the back. So you can connect wired devices such as a classic desktop PC to access the Internet. In addition, the USB-C port is also usable. Unfortunately there are no connections for an external antenna.

This is usually standard on other mobile hotspots, especially in this price range. You also miss a full-size USB port (type A), because the strong battery would be ideal as a power bank.

The battery held 24 hours in the test in hotspot operation. Such a long runtime is exceptional for a mobile hotspot.

Android OS with adjustments

The HTC 5G Hub has Android operating system, which is also a special feature for a mobile hotspot. Former HTC users will also immediately see similarities with some HTC smartphones, as the user interface has been slightly adapted by HTC.

 

If you use the 5G hub in network operation, a simple, but very stylish standby screen with time and network display is permanently displayed. In battery mode, the display remains dark when the router is not in use.

In addition to the standby screen, HTC has designed two home screens especially for the router mode. These are also very chic and show a few more information, including the number of wireless devices.

Of course, the Android operating system comes with all Google apps, including the Play Store, so you can install any apps. However, since the 5G hub does not seem to have a position sensor, apps sometimes do not appear in the correct mode or have graphical errors. The vast majority of apps work perfectly.

Multimedia Features

As already mentioned, the HTC 5G Hub is more than just a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The wedge-shaped design makes the device ideal as a small streaming device, such as for YouTube, media libraries, television or Internet radio. The rather low display resolution did not disturb the test, rather the strong reflections in the open air. The brightness is high enough.

The speaker offers a good quality, only in very loud setting it tends to be oversteer. As a mini TV while traveling, the HTC 5G Hub is definitely a lot of fun! Incidentally, thanks to the integrated microphone and Google Assistant, the HTC 5G Hub can also be used as a smart speaker.

 

Of course you could use all these multimedia features on a regular smartphone. But the HTC 5G hub is more fun because you do not need a stand case, the speaker is good and the smartphone remains free for other applications. Only the active fan disturbs the streaming enjoyment temporarily, because this is quite audible and runs almost in continuous operation in normal use.

In addition to streaming on the HTC 5G Hub itself, HTC also advertises the Display Port which can output 4K content to matching screens. I have not tested this, but have seen for example demos with the device in the 5G network and gaming applications. Thanks to the super fast Qualcomm 855 SoC, such applications for the 5G hub should not be a big challenge either.

Conclusion: More than a simple 5G hotspot

The HTC 5G Hub is a very good mobile 5G hotspot. If you have the opportunity to use the router in the 5G network, you will often be rewarded with speeds above 1 GBit/s. The router also performed very well in the LTE network.

The integrated battery, which offers a very long operating time, was also convincing. However, the unfortunately missing connections for external antennas and dual-band Wi-Fi are not good for a perfect mobile router. The support of 3G/UMTS would have been nice.

A very interesting and practical use for the HTC 5G Hub is as a small streaming machine. As a mini-TV or Internet radio, the router is really fun.

The HTC 5G Hub is available in many countries and the single price without contract is more than 800USD. Since 5G networks are not yet commonly available, the 5G device is still in high price.

 

HTC 5G Hub Review

HTC 5G Hub is a new 5G mobile broadband combining the wireless router with Android Tablet and working as a home or office modem for people who intend to use 5G network. From the appearance, the HTC 5G hub looks more like Amazon Echo show or Google Nest Hub, rather than a 5G NR router.

HTC 5G Hub Appearance

HTC 5G Hub has a 5-inch compact and handsome smart screen and gray fabric surround, which makes it look attractive and professional. The dimension of HTC 5G Hub is 129 x 100 x 43 mm, and it weights 340g. The HTC 5G Hub is much larger than the usual 4G mobile hotspot such as Netgear Nighthawk M2 and Huawei E5788. So it’s good to use the HTC 5G Hub on a desk, but not good to take it in a pocket or on the go.

 

It also has a large battery of 7660mAh capacity and comes with a big, chunky power adapter to charge it. On the back, there are both a USB-C port and a full-scale Ethernet port that can even attach to external routers.

HTC 5G Hub

 

HTC 5G Hub Specifications

The Hub is running Android 9.0 operating system like a Android tablet with with a 5 inches, 1280 x 720 screen, no cameras, and no traditional phone dialer, and of course all Google services onboard. You can run video services on the Hub and cast them to Chromecasts or compatible TVs. When it’s working, the status screen will show how it works as a hotspot. You can run arbitrary music services and use the Hub as a speaker. Or you can install Pocketshare and use the Hub as a NAS. It has 32GB of onboard storage, 10GB of which is taken up by system files, but you can add a microSD card for additional storage.

HTC 5G Hub

The product supports the powerful Wi-Fi capabilities of the Snapdragon 855 platform with the Qualcomm 60GHz multi-gigabit Wi-Fi chipset and next-generation Qualcomm 2×2 Wi-Fi 6-capable chipset for capacity, efficiency and performance. The unique device provides smooth 4K video streaming, LTE/5G mobile hotspot capabilities for up to 20 users, and low-latency games. As a home media center, the HTC 5G Hub uses next-generation LTE / 5G speeds to stream 4K video to a second screen for crisp, clear images. It can also replace a 4G Wi-Fi router and avoid unnecessary cables, while being easy to set up with a plug-and-play setup.

HTC 5G Hub

The big battery is pretty great, when just working as a hotspot, we got about 32 hours of 4G audio streaming to one device. Its high-end equipment and large body can give it excellent dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi performance. Users can also use the USB-C port to charge other devices, with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 onboard.

HTC 5G Hub

HTC 5G Hub Supported Frequency Bands

Here now we have the Australian version HTC 5G Hub and it supports LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/20/28/66 and 5G band n78. And actually, HTC 5G Hub has another version for US market and the network provider Sprint, which supports LTE bands 2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/26/26/41/66/71 and 5G band n41.

HTC 5G Hub

The Hub also works as an 802.11ad hotspot for up to four devices. 802.11ad, also known as WiGig, is a short-range, very high speed networking system that Qualcomm is trying to promote right now. There are no mainstream 802.11ad clients available. Below are the general highlight functions of the HTC 5G Hub:

  • Next generation LTE / 5G speeds
  • Internet for the whole family with up to 20 devices
  • Streaming games over 5G with Nvidia GeForce Now and Google Stadia (after release 2019)
  • Streaming videos and music
  • Intuitive voice and remote control
  • Pre-installed company VPN at high speed
  • Fully encrypted with Remote Wipe
  • Use as a charging station for additional USB-C devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops

FRITZ!Box 6850 5G Home Router Released

FRITZ!Box 6850 is a latest 5G wireless router from the Germany telecommunication manufacturer AVM. According to the AVM sayings, the FRITZ!Box 6850 5G router is the world’s first all-in-one router for next generation mobile communication. The new FRITZ!Box for 5G supports 5G bands in the Sub-6 GHz range and current LTE bands in Europe. Equipped with a 5G/LTE connection, it offers users high-performance equipment with fast dual-band wireless LAN, telephone system and a variety of connection options for wired networking. Four gigabit LAN ports and a fast USB port are included. With a DECT base station and connection for analog telephones, the FRITZ!Box 6850 5G provides the user with a central exchange for a Smart Home system and cordless telephone.

Thanks to FRITZ!Box 6850 5G, the well-known home networking convenience of a FRITZ!Box as Mesh Master is available to the user in wireless LAN, telephone, Smart Home and 5G networks. In addition, the many functions such as firewall, parental control, wireless guest access and remote access can be used via the 5G/LTE port. The intelligent positioning aid in the FRITZ!Box 6850 5G helps users to find the best location for the router and ideal orientation for mobile communications antennas. The new wireless standard provides high bandwidth of more than 2 GBit/s and reduced latency. That makes the FRITZ!Box 6850 5G, in elegant and compact housing, especially attractive for use with real-time applications such as virtual reality and gaming.

 

The FRITZ!Box 6850 5G router is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2020. At the market launch, the price will be known first.

 

FRITZ!Box 6850 5G Technical specifications:

  • 5G router with 4 x 4 MIMO with Qualcomm SD X55 chipset
  • 5G band support: sub-6 GHz
  • LTE (4G) for band 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32
  • Also supports UMTS (3G)
  • Dual Band WLAN AC + N with up to 1266 MBit/s
  • Two SMA connectors for attaching external antennas
  • Four Gigabit LAN ports and 1 USB 3.0 port
  • Telephone system and DECT base for up to six telephones and smart home applications
  • Connection for analogue telephone or fax
  • FRITZ! OS: with mesh, parental control, media server, FRITZ! NAS, WLAN guest access and MyFRITZ!

 

 

The manufacturer AVM has announced that it will have additional products at this year’s IFA. In addition to the 5G-capable router model, the FRITZ! Box 5550 and the FRITZ! Box 5530 will be available with two models for all common fiber optic connections. We will follow this when there is news here.