Netgear Nighthawk M2 MR2100 Gigabit LTE Router

Netgear now also offers the world’s fastest mobile LTE hotspot – Netgear Nighthawk M2 with the model number MR2100. The Nighthawk M2 MR2100 allows downlink speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. This makes it twice as fast as its predecessor Netgear Nighthawk M1 (MR1100) in 2018.

Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem

Responsible for the high speeds is the most modern and powerful LTE modem that Qualcomm currently offers: the Snapdragon X24. In addition to 2 Gbit/s in the downlink (LTE Cat20), up to 150 Mbit/s in the uplink (LTE Cat13) are supported.

The speeds are made possible by the combination of different mobile technologies. For example, up to 5 frequency bands in the downlink and up to 2 in the uplink can be bundled (carrier aggregation). The support of 256QAM modulation as well as support of 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology also contributes to the speed increase.

How fast the Netgear Nighthawk M2 is in the mobile networks, however, also depends on other factors such as network expansion and network utilization. Some network providers already offer some sites with 4 × 4 MIMO, 256QAM and multiple carrier aggregation, so that in certain situations, the modem performance can be used in any case.

Gigabit at LAN and WLAN

The Netgear Nighthawk M2 is a high-end 4G LTE router, so the price of Nighthawk M2 is higher than current 4G mobile routers. And the other technical features are also good. On the front there is a touch screen for operation; further settings can also be made via web interface.

Gigabit WLAN is available at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz for connection to end devices and up to 20 devices can be connected simultaneously via WLAN. There is also a RJ45 Gigabit LAN port. If required, this can also be used as a WAN connection and thus replace the mobile radio modem.

Other connections: a USB type C port for charging the battery and for connecting to a computer and a USB type A port for charging other devices (power bank function) as well as for NAS functions.

On the side of the Netgear Nighthawk M2 are two TS-9 ports ready for an external UMTS or LTE external antenna. (If you need the 4G External antenna for Netgear Nighthawk M2, welcome to click: https://www.4gltemall.com/netgear-nighthawk-m2-external-antenna.html ). This can be very helpful in poor reception areas to improve connection quality. These features follow the predecessor Nighthawk M1 but very practical and helpful.

For world travel only partially suitable

With dimensions of 105 x 105 x 20 millimeters and a weight of around 240 grams, the Netgear LTE Hotspot is well suited for mobile use. The replaceable 5040 mAh strong battery allows a long operating time away from the power outlet.

For worldwide use of the Nighthawk M2, however, is only partially suitable, as a look at the supported frequency ranges shows. The Nighthawk M2 cannot use important LTE bands for the North American market, and the band 32 (1500 MHz), which is available in many European countries, is not supported.

Price and availability

The Netgear Nighthawk M2 is available in many online stores without a contract and without a SIM lock. The device can be ordered online from various electronics distributors such as 4gltemall.com or via the local mobile phone retailer. Here now only very few network providers such as Telstra in Australia had offered this new mobile hotspot.

 

Huawei B618s-66d (Telstra 4GX Modem) Router Review

The Huawei B618 was available in many countries since 2018 and now becomes one of the best LTE routers in the market. If you are familiar with Huawei B618 router, you may know there are two variant models for Huawei B618 Router: They are B618s-22d and B618s-65d. Here we get a new variant Huawei B618s-66d. Like other Huawei 4G LTE WiFi routers, the Huawei B618s-66d supports different LTE frequency bands from the two brother models.

Huawei B618s-66d Appearance

Huawei B618s-66d is a customized router from Australian network carrier Telstra, who gives it a new name “Telstra 4GX Modem”. The Telstra 4GX Modem router has same shape as the two brother model, but it has Telstra logo on the front instead of Huawei logo. The LED indicators are still there, including three antenna indicators, Power indicator, Status indicator, LAN, WiFi and data usage indicators.

On the back of the Huawei B618 Telstra, the two connectors for external antennas are available and covered by a small tap. The connector type is TS-9. Below are the power button, USB 2.0 Port and two Ethernet ports for LAN. There is no battery in the Huawei B618 router, so the Power plug for adapter is also available. However, unlike the Huawei B618s-22d, the Ethernet ports in Telstra 4GX Modem B618s-66d are both for LAN. In B618s-22d, one is for LAN and the other one is for both LAN and WAN.

The SIM card slot is at the bottom of the Telstra 4GX Modem. The Reset button is at the side of the SIM card slot. And a stick indicates the model B618s-66d, SSID, WiFi Key, IP, user name, password, WPS pin, IMEI number, S/N number, and some certificates etc… The Huawei B618s-66d uses Micro-SIM card.

 

Huawei B618s-66d (Telstra 4GX Modem) Specs Review

 

  • Support 4GX Cat11
  • Support 4G LTE Frequency Band 1/3/5/7/28 700/850/1800/2100/2600MHz
  • Support 4 x 4 MIMO
  • Support up to 20 WiFi-enabled devices simultaneously
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • SIM Type: Micro(3FF)
  • 2 x LAN ports(RJ45), 1 X USB(2.0) port to connect a printer or storage drive
  • Huawei Hilink App. Easy management by smartphone or pad

On the Telstra official site, it doesn’t list the LTE Band 28. We re-checked with Telstra and get confirmation that Huawei B618s-66d Telstra 4GX Modem supports Band 28. The Huawei official site says the Huawei B618 Australia router could support maximum up to 64 users, but the Telstra 4GX Modem supports only 20 devices simultaneously.

Huawei B618s-66d (Telstra 4GX Modem) Price

Due to specs subtraction of the Telstra 4GX Modem, the price is a little cheaper than the original model B618s-22d and B618s-65d. If you want the original functions, you may use the Huawei B618s-65d which could fully replace B618s-66d to use in Australia.

Vodafone GigaCube Cat19 FAQs and User Manual

As the latest Vodafone 4G LTE router, Vodafone GigaCube Cat19 is not only new in the LTE technology, but also the appearance and design. Some users may have some questions about this new LTE Advanced pro router or don’t know how to setup and use the new Huawei router. Today, we will list the FAQs and the user manual for basic functions and installation & settings.

 

  1. FAQs for Vodafone GigaCube Cat19
  2. How to set up your Vodafone Gigacube Cat19?
  3. Vodafone Gigacube Cat19 LED indicators lights and flashes means
  4. How to insert my SIM card into the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?
  5. How to manage your Vodafone GigaCube CAT19 via the Huawei SmartHome app?
  6. How to change the reception area (radio channel) on the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?
  7. How to connect with Vodafone Gigacube Cat19 by WPS?
  8. How to change the network type on Vodafone Gigacube Cat19?
  9. How to set up guest Wi-Fi on the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?
  10. How to turn on or off mobile data on the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?
  11. How to switch on or off the data roaming on the Vodafone GigaCube Cat19?
  12. How to turn on or off the PIN use on the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?
  13. How to change the PIN on the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?
  14. How to change the WLAN name (SSID) and the WLAN password?
  15. How to update the firmware of Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?
  16. How to restore the factory default settings for the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?

How to restore the factory default settings for the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?

There are two ways to reset the GigaCube to its factory settings.
Good to know: You delete all your personal modem settings, such as: Passwords, Wi-Fi names (SSID) and the Wi-Fi password.

That’s how it’s done:

Hold down the reset button on the underside of the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19 with a pointed object until the power indicator turns off.
You will restore all default settings. Then simply start and configure your GigaCube again.

Or open Settings > System via the GigaCube web interface
Click on Factory Settings > Restore. 

You will now see the information “All configurations will be reset to factory settings. Continue?”
Click on OK. The factory settings are restored …

 

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How to update the firmware of Vodafone GigaCube CAT19

  1. Enter http: //giga.cube in the address field of your internet browser and open the  GigaCube web interface.
  2. Select Settings >  Updates.
  3. Click on  Automatic update to activate the function. Good to know: If Automatic Update is turned on, your device will automatically update between 3:00 am and 5:00 am when it’s not in use.

 

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How to change the WLAN name (SSID) and the WLAN password at the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?

Change Wi-Fi name (SSID)

First, connect your PC, smartphone or tablet to your Vodafone GigaCube CAT19 via Wi-Fi.

  1. Enter http: //giga.cube or 192.168.8.1 in the address bar of the browser.
  2. Enter the router login password .
  3. Click on Login.
  4. Dial from the GigaCube web interface > WLAN WLAN Security Settings.
  5. For WLAN name (SSID) gigacube-F2CE click on the pen under the Options.
  6. Enter a new name under WLAN Name (SSID). This name can have up to 32 characters.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Restart your GigaCube Cat19.

 

Change Wi-Fi password

  1. Dial from the GigaCube web interface > WLAN WLAN Security Settings.
  2. Select the desired SSID for the 2.4GHz or 5GHz work band for editing.
  3. Enter your personal Wi-Fi password if you have a Wi-Fi password.
    Tip: For your safety, we recommend combining letters and numbers. The Wi-Fi password must be at least 16 characters long.
  4. Click Save.
  5. You will see the following info: Your settings will be saved. Configuration completed, the system restarts WLAN.

 

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How to turn on or off the PIN use on the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?

  1. Select Settings >  System via the GigaCube web interface .
  2. Dial PIN code management.
  3. Switch on PIN code management via the indicator.
  4. Enter your PIN code.
  5. Click Save.

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How to turn on or off mobile data on the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?

  1. Click on the network via the GigaCube web interface.
  2. Dial in Mobile network Internet connection.
  3. Use the indicator next to Mobile Data to toggle this on or off.

 

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How to set up guest Wi-Fi on the Vodafone GigaCube CAT19?

With the guest Wi-Fi your guests surf with their own devices on the Internet. But do not access the contents of your home network. The guest WLAN ensures effective privacy and security.

Turn on Guest Wi-Fi – Here’s how:

  1. Make sure your Vodafone GigaCube CAT19 is connected to the internet.
  2. Open the GigaCube web interface.
  3. Click on  WLAN> Guest WLAN.
  4. Use the indicator next to Guest Wi-Fi to turn the access on or off.
  5. Set up your guest Wi-Fi now.
  6. Select the duration of use.
  7. Give your guest Wi-Fi your own Wi-Fi name (SSID)and your own Wi- Fi password.
  8. Click Save.

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