Netgear Nighthawk M1 Gigabit LTE Router Test

Netgear Nighthawk M1 LTE router with the model number MR1100 was available first in Australia for Telstra, and then in USA for AT&T. Now it’s available for some carriers in Europe. The LTE advanced Pro mobile hotspot is equipped with a Gigabit LTE modem from Qualcomm and offers very good equipment with RJ45 LAN port, power bank function and large, removable battery. In this test, we will see whether the device will work as good in practice as the datasheet suggests and whether it is a worthy successor to the AirCard 810 hotspot.

Appearance and first impression

 

In Australia, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 has been available since about March 2017, but the European version with the model number MR1100-100EUS is designed specifically for the European market and supports the LTE frequency bands used in these countries. In addition to the Nighthawk M1 router itself, you will also find a quick start guide, a USB Type C cable, and a power supply. The first impression after unpacking the Nighthawk M1: the router is really big, significantly larger than other Netgear 4G mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. After switching on, then immediately falls on the round display, which is a nice design element. The workmanship works well; everything is tight, so as the battery cover.

There is a power button at the top of the device. This provides a good pressure point but must be pressed for an exceptionally long time to turn the Nighthawk router on or off. On the bottom, there is a USB Type C port for charging the hotspot and for connecting to the PC, a USB Type A port for charging other devices, an RJ45 LAN port and two TS-9 ports for an external antenna. The battery has a capacity of a proud 5,040 mAh and is easily changeable by the user. Underneath the battery is the slot for the SIM card (3FF Micro SIM form factor) and a slot for a Micro SD memory card.

Since the Nighthawk M1 has a different body form and a different USB connection than the predecessors of the Netgear AirCard series, the router is also not compatible with the docking station DC112A AirCard Smart Cradle. This is, of course, annoying if you already own the expensive docking station and now wants to change to the Nighthawk M1.

 

Gigabit LTE modem for DL 1Gibt/s

 

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 integrated mobile modem can use LTE Cat16 with up to 1 Gbit/s in the downlink and up to 150 Mbit/s in the uplink. This is made possible by support for various 4.5G technologies such as 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology, 4CC CA (Carrier Aggregation ) and 256QAM modulation. In addition, 3G/UMTS is supported with up to 42.2 Mbps in the downlink and 5.76 Mbps in the uplink (DC-HSPA+). However, the Nighthawk M1 doesn’t support 2G GSM networks, which may not be bad news, because the device does not fall back into a slow network in automatic mode, in which surfing is not fun anyway.

In real use, the speed of up to 1 Gbit/s in the downlink is only very rarely achieved. This must be based on perfect network conditions given accordingly, which is the case only in a few places. The various 4.5G technologies help the router to provide higher speeds even with slower LTE radio cells, for example, provides the 256QAM support for up to 33% higher data rate in the downlink.

In testing with a Telekom SIM card, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 scored in many cases with very good data rates. In an LTE Band 3 radio cell, up to 135 MBit/s in the downlink, up to 64 MBit/s in the uplink and well under 30 milliseconds ping could be measured. In particular, the downlink was higher in various tests than in comparison devices. In the UMTS network, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 also showed an outstanding performance: about 33 MBit/s in the downlink and 4.6 MBit/s in the uplink are technologically almost the maximum performance.

However, the test of the Nighthawk M1 also showed weak spots in regions with activated carrier aggregation, which probably has to be related to the modem firmware. So the Nighthawk router had not used channel bundling in some locations. In particular, it was repeatedly observed that the Nighthawk M1 was booked in the LTE band 8, while the iPhone at the same location LTE Band 3 as a “baseband” and also used band 7 via CA. The data rates were also correspondingly poor: the iPhone reached well over 200 MBit/s, the Netgear M1 only slightly above 20 MBit/s. Only after several reboots changed the Nighthawk M1 on LTE band 3, but seemed to continue to dispense with Carrier Aggregation.

The reception was very good both in the UMTS network and in the LTE network (band 3, band 8 and band 20 tested). If necessary, it is also possible to connect an external antenna. In the test, a 4G LTE Outdoor antenna with two TS-9 pigtails worked very well.

 

 

Operation and software

 

Although the Netgear Nighthawk M1 offers a nice display on the front, this is not a touchscreen and therefore not suitable for operating the device from the screen. The entire configuration is therefore via a web interface or the “Netgear Mobile” app, which is available for Android and iOS. The app is very successful. The design of the web interface and the app is also impressive, you can find your way around quickly and a good compromise between functionality and design.

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 router offers various settings. In addition to the “usual” things such as settings for Wi-Fi name and Wi-Fi password, there are also “exotic” things like the display brightness and the illumination duration, which can be adjusted manually. In the area “MyMedia” you can access the data of the MicroSD memory card, provided you have inserted a suitable storage medium. The data can be shared in the network for all participants.

Praiseworthy is also the detail view of the device as well as to the network connection. The “Status” tab shows, for example, the network technology used, the frequency band used, RSRQ and RSRP, and other data. Even the temperature of the device and the battery can be viewed.

 

Of course, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 router also provides the ability to update the firmware online directly via the web interface. In the test device came such a firmware update directly after the first set up, the installation went quickly and easily. There is the possibility to make a backup of the settings before installing the update.

 

Good Wi-Fi performance

 

If you want to use the full Gigabit LTE performance, you should definitely use the RJ45 Gigabit LAN connection. The WLAN is gross at a maximum of 768 MBit/s fast, at about 1-2 meters distance between router and laptop, the bandwidth dropped in the test to about 500 to 600 MBit/s. These are very good values for a mobile WLAN router. WLAN range and speed are better than most other mobile hotspots, but a stationary LTE router such as the Huawei B715 router is, of course, a bit better. On request, the WLAN via the web interface can also be completely deactivated or operated only in the 2.4 GHz/only in the 5 GHz range.

The Nighthawk M1 can simultaneously provide up to 20 devices with fast Internet, the device will operate both on 2.4 GHz and in the 5 GHz frequency range (802.11b/g/n/ac). The WLAN SSID and the password can be assigned separately for both frequency ranges. The transmission power can be set in the web interface in three stages. In the app or in the web interface, there is also the option to enable or disable the password display in plain text on the display of the Nighthawk M1. Also a nice feature: the device deactivates the WLAN on request, as soon as USB tethering is active.

Via the menu item “Data Offloading” you can use an existing LAN or WLAN network as Internet access, for example in the hotel or on the campsite. The integrated mobile modem is then deactivated. This feature is also known as “WLAN Extender”.

RJ45 LAN connection

 

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 has an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN port. You can use this port to connect a computer or a switch to the Internet via cable, but there is also the option of using an existing Internet connection as an alternative to the integrated mobile modem (the LAN port then becomes a WAN -Port). In the test, the LAN interface worked perfectly.

Battery with power bank function

 

The battery of the Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 offers a comparatively high capacity with 5,040 mAh. The manufacturer promises a useful life of up to 24 hours with “normal” use. In the test, this could be approximately confirmed. Under full load, ie with continuous streaming and when using the road with many radio cell and technology changes, the runtime should be lower. A replacement battery of the type W-10a cannot be found yet. Through the full-size USB port, you can use the Nighthawk M1 as a power bank and charge other devices such as a smartphone. The test worked smoothly in the test.

Conclusion for Netgear Nighthawk M1

 

It was already foreseeable, but after the test, it is definitely clear: the Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 is by far the best mobile LTE router that you can buy at the moment. The technical equipment is outstanding, the modem does a very good job and not only offers huge maximum data rates but also gets often significantly more out of the cell than most other devices in worse conditions. The successful software and a top battery life are also highlights. So the powerful functions, unfortunately, mean it will have a proud price: around 459USD (unlocked version).

In the test, unfortunately, some disadvantages were found. We have to mention the partially incomprehensible behavior in LTE radio cells with activated carrier aggregation. Other devices use channel bundling more timely and much more effectively than the Nighthawk M1. Here, Netgear should release a firmware update to fix the issues. You could also criticize the lack of touchscreen as well as the quite high weight and the large dimensions. Both, however, can be tolerated in view of the otherwise outstanding performance. All in all, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is the best mobile router for buy recommendation!

GlocalMe G3 Review – LTE Mobile Hotspot for Worldwide Use

There are many 4G Mobile WLAN routers available in the market now, but most of them have some application limit due to the network incompatibility if moving to another particular continent. Here we get a new gadget that provides a perfect solution for this trouble. The GlockalMe provides the G3 hotspot not only with the support of multiple frequency bands but also directly offers an integrated CloudSIM service that enables worldwide LTE usage at astonishingly fair prices.

GlocalMe G3: Appearance

 

The GlocalMe G3 is the most powerful mobile WLAN hotspot from the Chinese provider. The device looks like a very thick Apple iPhone 4, runs with a highly customized version of the Android operating system and comes with a very large touchscreen display(for a hotspot) therefore. In terms of price, the GlocalMe G3 is reasonably priced at around 199 USD, especially since 1.1 GB of data usable worldwide is already included in the purchase price.

 

In addition to the device itself, only one USB to MicroUSB charging cable is included. There is no power adapter, but you can use any ordinary power supply with the USB port. The GlocalMe G3 hotspot looks incredibly thick at first glance because there is a very strong battery with 5,350 mAh capacity. On the side of the device, there are two buttons for louder/quieter (whose functionality is unclear) and a power button. Processing, materials and the SIM card slot always make a decent impression.

GlocalMe G3: Dual-SIM Capable

The GlocalMe G3 is dual-SIM capable, and it has two nano SIM slots. This is a unique selling proposition for Mobile WLAN Hotspots and can be very convenient in many situations. In the test, the GlocalME G3 was working quickly and simply with Vodafone and Orange SIM cards: after a short press on the power button, it took only about half a minute for the router to be online. A quick-access menu allows you to easily switch between the two SIM cards and the virtual SIM card.

 

The operation is very easy and is done via the GlockalMe G3 touchscreen. By using the Android operating system you have the advantage of a “full-featured” keyboard, for example, to be able to change the WLAN name and the WLAN password. The display itself is of poor quality in terms of brightness, resolution and viewing angle stability in comparison with current smartphones, but for a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, it is of course quite sufficient.

GlocalMe G3: CloudSIM in the test

The main highlight for the purchase of the GlocalMe G3 is probably the virtual SIM (CloudSIM), which allows the easy worldwide use of the device in addition to the dual SIM function. 1.1 gigabytes of the data volume is already included in the purchase; additional volume can be purchased if you create an account. All this can be done either via an app (for iOS and Android) or via the GlocalMe website.

 

 

GlocalMe offers the data volume in the form of various data packages. These are valid for different lengths of time (for example 30 days, 90 days or 365 days) and are available for different countries and continents. The prices seem surprisingly fair at first glance, so costs 1 GB world-wide data volume for 1 year € 29.90. If you only need data in Germany, you can buy eg 3 GB for 19 Euro or 1 GB for 7 Euro (each valid for 30 days).

In the test, the virtual SIM card was tried in Germany, the service worked easily and in the LTE network data rates up to about 25 MBit/s were measured in the download. The latencies (ping) were about 30 milliseconds and in the uplink about 5 Mbit/s were reached. These are not top scores, but for surfing and streaming HD videos, it is absolutely fine.

 

GlocalMe G3: Speeds

The speed test with the local SIM gave the GlocalMe G3 router a very bad picture. In LTE mode, a maximum of 35 MBit/s was possible via WLAN, in UMTS mode it was over at about 24 MBit/s. For comparison: under identical test conditions, an Apple iPhone 8 managed about 140 MBit/s in the downlink and about 68 MBit/s in the uplink via LTE, similar values were also provided by the Netgear AirCard 810 hotspot.

 

A positive feature is the good worldwide frequency band support. The GlocalMe G3 offers FDD LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/19/29, TDD LTE Band 38/39/40/41, UMTS Band 1/2/4/5 / 6/8/9/19 and GSM 850/900/1800/1900.

 

GlocalMe G3 Wi-Fi and battery

The WLAN of the GlocalMe G3 is comparatively slow, according to the official specs, only the 802.11b/g/n standard on 2.4 GHz with a maximum of 72 MBit/s downlink is supported, but 5 GHz is not available. For comparison, other mobile hotspots in the price range usually offer dual-band WLAN with at least 300 MBit/s.

 

 

The battery provided an operating time of about 20 hours in the test, which is a very good value for a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. If required, you can also charge other devices such as a smartphone via the full-size USB port, the GlocalMe G3 then becomes a power bank.

 

Others

Unlike most other mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, the GlocalMe G3 lacks many features. There are no connections for an external antenna, no MicroSD memory card slot, no RJ45 LAN connection and also a web interface, as it is usually known from mobile WLAN routers, is not present on the GlocalMe G3.

 

The software is extremely limited, many other usual settings such as a “LTE only” or “3G only” mode do not exist. Statistics on data consumption and information on the network used are only very limited visibility when using a local SIM. That does not necessarily have to be bad for the end customer – the GlocalMe G3 works well and does its job. However, this fact must be mentioned in this review and it would be nice if a possible successor would offer more configuration options.

 

Conclusion

The GlocalMe G3 is a very interesting mobile wireless router. Anyone who travels a lot in the world and often travels to different countries should take a closer look at the device. The prices for mobile data use with the virtual SIM card are very competitive, so that in most countries, the purchase of a national SIM card can be omitted. Also for the ease of use and the very good battery life, the GlocalMe G3 deserves praise.

 

For technology enthusiasts and those who value good technical equipment, the device is quite uninteresting. Although the many supported LTE frequency ranges, as well as the dual-SIM function, are to be positively emphasized, the comparably slow modem, the weak WLAN, and the few setting provide not a good impression. To summary, the GlocalMe G3 is a highly recommended hotspot with many unique selling points.

 

Netgear Aircard 815s (AT&T Unite Explore) Review

If you are a hiker or usually go to outdoor field for activities, you must get to know AT&T Unite Explore, also named as Netgear Aircard 815s. Even though many mobile smartphones have the hotspot function, after reading this article, you will know the features, specs, network, signal advantages, battery, touch screen, chipset of the Netgear AC815s and how you should take one for your family or group when wireless internet is necessary.

 

Rugged design for outdoor use

Netgear AC815S modem is the world’s first LTE mobile hotspot with rugged design covered in rubber bumpers, which makes it dustproof, shock and water-resistant. Like its predecessor Aircard 810s, Aircard 815s modem has a simplified 2.4inch touch screen, where users can quickly check the nhe most important is that user can do simple settings through the touch screen like operating a smartphone. The USB 3.0 connector of Netgear Aircard 815s can make it work like a 4G USB modem when connecting with a PC. What’s more, there are two connectors for 4G external antenna, which is also important when the device is using in rural area or even in forest.

Large Battery can charge other devices

Another highlight feature is the large battery – Netgear had assigned a removable battery of 4340mAh, which could keep working for around 22 hours and standby time up to 576 hours. If you think this is not enough, you can keep a spare battery for exchange and charging. In this way, the Netgear AC815 could keep working all day long and you don’t need worry of power-off. In addition, aircard 815s could charge other devices based on “Jump Boost” function called by Netgear, i.e it can work like a mobile power bank, which is also very useful for other electronics.

LTE Category 9 Modem

Like the Netgear Aircard 800s, Netgear 815S also supports LTE advanced network on LTE Cat.9 with the latest Qualcomm X12 modem, which could support 3 x carrier aggregation technology with peak download speed to 450mbps. As a WiFi hotspot, Aircard 815s could support maximum 15 WiFi enabled devices simultaneously. This quantity is enough for most case in a group or family. The Netgear AC815S hotspot supports LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/17/29/30 and HSPA 850/1900/2100MHz, which makes it could work well in most countries of the world.

 

802.11ac with dual band and Multiple SSID & Guest WiFi

Like the brother model Aircard 810s, Netgear AC815S would increase network performance and reduce interference with 802.11ac and Dual-Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz WiFi. What’s more, it could support multiple SSID and guest WiFi function, which is usually available for high-level LTE mobile hotspots. In addition, the WPN (WiFi Protected Setup) feature is available.

 

Below are the features and characteristics for Netgear AC815S for reference:

 

Features and Specs of AT&T Unite Explore
Manufacturer and type Netgear AC815S
Chipset Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 LTE Modem (MDM9240)
LTE category LTE Cat.9
Download rate up to 450 Mbit/s
Upload rate up to 50 Mbit/s
Supported LTE bands B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B12, B17, B29, and B30
Downwards compatible with GSM, EDGE, HSDPA, DC-HSPA+
Support 3G Bands 850/900/1900/2100MHz
Support for LTE-Advanced Yes
MIMO Support Yes, 2×2 MIMO
SIM Type Micro-SIM (3FF)
Connection for external antenna Yes, two TS-9 connectors(Buy Aircard 815S Antenna)
Network | LAN & WLAN
LAN Ports No
WLAN Standards 802.11 b/g/n/ac (dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz)
5 GHz WLAN Support Yes
Multiple SSID/Guest WiFi Support Yes
Encryption WPS/WPA/WPA2
WLAN Hotspot Function Support maximum up to 15 users
Telephone
With integrated telephone system no
Connector for ISDN telephones no
Connection for analog telephones no
DECT no
integrator answering machine no
Others
IPv6 Dual Stack No
Battery Capacity 4340 mAh, Up to 22 hours of continuous usage
Battery Removable Yes
Battery Standby time 576 hours (typical)
Dimension 113.5 mm x 71 mm x 20 mm
Weight 178.5 g (with battery)
USB USB 3.0 compliant
Memory Card Expansion No
Release 2016
Price 349.00USD for unlocked Netgear AC815S
available at »AT&T and https://www.4gltemall.com/
File Download
Quick start guide » Download Netgear Aircard 815s spec(PDF)
Detailed manual » Download Netgear AC815s manual(PDF)

 

 

Conclusion

Netgear Aircard 815s is a rugged mobile 4G router based on Qualcomm X12 chipset and supports of LTE advanced network to get fast speed connection on WLAN 802.11ac dual bands. The supported frequency bands make it travel freely over the world. And large battery could keep itself working for long time and charge other terminals. The dual connectors for external antenna are also very useful features when device is working at weak signal areas. All the features make aircard 815s a perfect gadget for outdoor use. Of course, as a top mobile LTE router, the Netgear AC815s price is not cheap now comparing with earlier LTE mobile hotspots. However, considering the special design, powerful function, the Aircard 815s is worth the price.

Netgear Aircard 800s (Optus 4G Wi-Fi Modem) Review

As Netgear’s first LTE category 9 mobile hotspot, Aircard 800s has improved configuration for LTE Advanced networks. Netgear Aircard 800s was already available for Australian network provider Optus and named it as Optus 4G WiFi Modem AC800S. With support of LTE Cat.9 and 3 band carrier aggregation technology, Netgear AC800S could achieve download speed to 450mbps and upload speed to 50mbps, which is triple faster than that of LTE Cat.4 mobile hotspots. Netgear 800S could provide LTE Advanced connectivity, swift application response times, reliable connectivity and a better overall user experience for buffering data-heavy programs such as multimedia and video files.

 

User-friendly Touch Screen

Netgear AC800S modem is not only fast for wireless internet connection, but also extremely user-friendly. Like its predecessor Aircard 810s, Aircard 800s modem has a simplified touch screen, where users can see the important information about the internet, such as the signal strength, network provider name, battery status, data consumed, WiFi SSID and password, WiFi connected user quantity, SMS and settings etc.. The most important is that user can do simple settings through the touch screen like operating a smartphone. The Netgear Aircard 800s is well positioned to offer you a superior mobile broadband experience like never before.

 

Below are the features and characteristics for Netgear AC800S for reference:

 

Features and characteristics of Netgear Aircard 800S
Manufacturer and type Netgear AC800S
Chipset Qualcomm Cortex-A7
LTE category LTE Cat.9
Download rate up to 450 Mbit/s
Upload rate up to 50 Mbit/s
Supported LTE bands 700 (B28), 1800 (B3), 2100 (B1), 2300 (B40), 2600 (B7)
Downwards compatible with GSM, EDGE, HSDPA, DC-HSPA+
Support 3G Bands 900/2100 MHz
Support for LTE-Advanced Yes
MIMO Support Yes, 2×2 MIMO
SIM Type Micro-SIM (3FF)
Connection for external antenna Yes, two TS-9 connectors(Buy Aircard 800S Antenna)
Network | LAN & WLAN
LAN Ports No
WLAN Standards 802.11 b/g/n/ac (dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz)
5 GHz WLAN Support Yes
Multiple SSID/Guest WiFi Support Yes
Encryption WPS/WPA/WPA2
WLAN Hotspot Function Support maximum up to 15 users
Telephone
With integrated telephone system no
Connector for ISDN telephones no
Connection for analog telephones no
DECT no
integrator answering machine no
Others
IPv6 Dual Stack No
Battery Capacity 2930 mAh, Up to 11 hours of continuous usage
Battery Removable Yes
Battery Standby time 260 hours (typical)
Dimension 110 (L) x 68 (W) x 16.1 (H) mm
Weight 82 g (without battery), 132 g (with battery)
USB USB 3.0 compliant charging cable
Memory Card Expansion No
Release Apr, 2017
Price 199.00USD for unlocked version
available at »Optus and www.4gltemall.com
File Download
Quick start guide » Download Netgear Aircard 800s spec(PDF)
Detailed manual » Download Netgear AC800s manual(PDF)

 

LTE Category 9 Modem

The Netgear 800S is designed to support LTE advanced network with LTE Category 9 and CA technology, which could support peak download speed to 450mbps. As a WiFi hotspot, Aircard 800 could support maximum 11 WiFi enabled devices simultaneously. However, for many users, the carrier deployed networks have not reached LTE advanced. So Netgear Aircard 800s is a future proof mobile routers.

 

WLAN Standard 802.11ac with dual band

Netgear AC800S would increase network performance and reduce interference with 802.11ac and Dual-Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz WiFi. What’s more, it could support multiple SSID and guest WiFi function, which is usually available for high-level LTE mobile hotspots. In addition, the WPN (WiFi Protected Setup) feature is available.

 

Other features

The Aircard 800 modem has a removable battery of 2930mAh, which could keep working for 11 hours and standby time could last for 260 hours. The battery can make Netgear 800s work like a power bank to charge other electric devices, which Netgear call it “Jump Boost” function. With the device, the Jump Boost cable is provided. Like other Netgear 4G mobile routers, Aircard 800s also has two connectors(TS-9 type) for 4G external antenna.

 

Summary

Netgear Aircard 800s is a high-level mobile 4g router with support of LTE advanced network to get fast speed connection on WLAN 802.11ac dual bands. The large battery could keep itself working for long time and charge other terminals. The dual connectors for external antenna are also very useful features for the people located at weak signal areas. The Netgear AC800s price is not expensive comparing with same level LTE-A mobile hotspots. If you want to buy a LTE-A mobile hotspot with good price, the Netgear AC800S is a good one to consider.

 

To buy Netgear Aircard 800s (unlocked), click here: https://www.4gltemall.com/netgear-aircard-800s-lte-cat-9-mobile-hotspot.html

TP-Link Archer MR400 AC1350 4G LTE Router Review

Sometimes 3G/4G networks will broadcast a better connection than those from the ADSL network. TP-Link presents the new Archer router MR400, which is upgrading from the predecessor Archer MR200 AC750  Router, when ADSL access is not possible at home or on the move, the TP-Link Archer MR400 Router can take over to distribute the connection of 3G/4G mobile networks via WiFi.

With the MR400 Router, there is an Ethernet cable packed that can be used to wired one to four PCs via the dedicated ports. The 4G LTE router has a power button, reset or access to WPS for a fast connection and a button that allows to enable or disable the Wifi connection only. The location of the SIM card is easily accessible. Two adapters for Micro-SIM or Nano-SIM are provided; one click shows that everything is well engaged.

The MR400 Archer is light and rather pleasant at the design level. However, the black body seems to be a little textured and not glossy. It acts like a dust magnet and even with clean hands fingerprints appear from the first manipulation.

 

 

Interface connection

Once the SIM inserted and the router MR400 connected to the wireless network, the LEDs give the status on the connection of the device and the availability of the wifi. They are however quite discreet. The manual prompts you to first connect to the wireless network whose name (SSID) and password are listed under the router.

It is then necessary to access the interface of the router via an internet browser by entering the IP address 192.168.0.1 or tplinkmodem.net. Here it is possible to enter the default identifiers (admin / admin) to enter the interface. The password can be changed to the one per user’s preference. To configure from a smartphone or tablet is more easily, TP-Link also offers applications for iOS (download from Apple store)or Android(Download from Google Play).

 

Features and connection

A small assistant helps the user to configure the router in 3 simple steps, it was enough to leave the information by default. Before that you have to enter the PIN code of the SIM card. The interface indicates the path to follow to access it. Once the connection is tested and the wizard finished, we connect to the interface.

It is well designed and easy to handle if you speak English. The “Basic” tab contains a graphic representation of the network and the devices connected to the routers, the possibility of modifying the Wifi parameters, activating a guest network or a parental control function.

The “Advanced” tab contains everything that can be expected from a conventional router: NAT rules, security settings, bandwidth control to avoid eating too quickly his package or even what to connect to a VPN. An SMS section allows to send text messages without leaving the interface, it worked without difficulty.

 

The bandwidth test was very convincing with an excellent bit rate that makes us forget that we are connecting to a mobile network and not to ADSL. Of course the quality of connection depends on the presence of 3G or 4G antennas from the operator, but the result is more fluid than using the modem of the smartphone.

Below are the general specs for TP-link Archer MR400:

 

  • 4G LTE maximum network speed of 150 Mbit/s
  • 4G LTE maximum speed per network 50 Mbit/s
  • 4G: FDD-LTE Cat4 (800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz)
  • TDD-LTE (1900/2300/2500/2600MHz)
  • 3G: DC-HSPA+ / HSPA+ / HSPA / UMTS (900/2100MHz)
  • 2G: EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850/900/1800 / 1900MHz)
  • WiFi with up to 450 Mbps speed at 2.4 GHz
  • WiFi with up to 867 Mbps speed at 5.0 GHz
  • Dual-band – both frequencies can be simultaneously enabled, with WiFi speed up to 1350 Mbps.
  • Fully compatible with 802.11b/g/n/ac standards.
  • Two external antennas for reception and three internal WiFi networks. External antennas can be replaced with more powerful antennas with SMA connection.
  • Ethernet WAN – One LAN port can be used as a WAN port, allowing the device to work as a wireless router.
  • The Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) feature enables wireless network encryption and devices to be connected at the touch of a button.
  • DynDns, NO-IP support
  • The DoS / SPI firewall protects the network.
  • Multiple SSIDs (up to two separate networks)
  • The Quality of Service provides more bandwidth for speed-demanding activities such as games, VoIP calls, and videos.
  • IPv6 Support: IPv6 is a new network capability that will in future replace the IPv4 protocol used by all devices. Networking IPv6 support therefore enables the device to work with future technology.
  • VPN Support: IPSec Pass-Throuth, PPTP Pass-Through, L2TP Pass-Through
  • Operating system idle – management with a web browser
  • A separate power switch as well as a button from which the wireless network can be closed and started.
  • Interfaces: LAN x 3 RJ-45 10/100, LAN / WAN x 1 RJ-45 10/100, MiniSIM (normal size)
  • Dimensions: 202 x 141 x 33.6 mm
  • Sales Package Contents: Modem, AC Power Adapter, Ethernet Cable, 2 Antenna (SMA), MicroSIM MiniSIM Adapter, NanoSIM MiniSIM Adapter

 

 

Conclusion

TP-Link regularly offers new firmware for the Archer MR400 Router on the support pages of its site. For now only English is available, on the other hand it is a pity to have chosen a body material that is certainly very flattering visually, but also very messy.

However, the TP-Link Archer MR400 router is doing the job well, and the configuration is very easy. The interface is quite simple to handle, even for those who do not speak English fluently and the application also allows some settings from a smartphone. In all, TP-link Archer MR400 is a good router for home or office.

 

If you like this router, welcome to buy from here: https://www.4gltemall.com/tp-link-archer-mr400-ac1350-4g-lte-router.html

Netgear Nighthawk M1 LTE Cat16 Gigabit Mobile 4G Router

Netgear has confirmed the distribution of the Netgear Nighthawk M1(MR1100) in Europe from mid-2017. It is obvious that many European operators are not yet ready to deliver Gigabit on their networks, but as time goes, things are moving forward. Nevertheless, the Netgear M1 has many advantages for aggregated carrier networks that deliver high speeds for up to 1 Gbps download.

The Nighthawk M1 is world’s first 4G LTE router offering download data rate of up to 1 Gbps. It is equipped with the Qualcomm X16 LTE modem announced in 2016. The Netgear M1 implements several technologies, starting with the aggregation of 4 carriers, a technology of 4 x 4 MIMO, and QAM-256 modulation. Here now, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is only available for Australian network provider Telstra. And the US network carrier AT&T also introduced this LTE advanced Pro mobile router, but we haven’t gotten the AT&T Nighthawk M1. Of course, this equipment will be distributed in other regions as soon as the operator networks are well prepared for Gigabit transmission.

 

Technical Specs

The Netgear MR1100 is rather well equipped (not to mention that the Gigabit LTE remains a theoretical flow). A 2.4 “LCD display is present on the top and gives all the connectivity and flow information. The device also presents:

* 2 x external antenna connectors (type TS-9)

* A type A USB port

* A USB type C port

* An Ethernet port

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 provides the possibility to connect via Ethernet port, which means it can redistribute the link to devices with wired link. It remains completely mobile and equipped with a battery of 5000 mAh for mobile use, which could keep working for connection up to 24 hours. The battery can charge other mobile devices such as a smartphone if necessary as a backup. And this battery is removable, which allows to replace it and therefore spare battery can be charged in advance for travel.

 

Regarding the WLAN feature, Nighthawk M1 offers WiFi 802.11ac with dual-Band 2.4GHz / 5GHz. And the M1 can support up to 20 connected clients simultaneously. It also has a Micro SD card slot for storing and sharing media. It can be seen that connectivity is powerful in this router, which can connect many devices such as a NAS, printers, USB devices..

 

On the network side, the M1 offers a LTE-A link of category 16 using an aggregation of 4 carriers (4X4 MIMO) for a theoretical maximum throughput of 1 Gbps download and 150 Mbps upload.

Netgear Nighthawk M1 supported frequency bands (for Australian carrier Telstra):

* 4G FDD-LTE Band 1/3/7/8/28: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
* 3G Band:  850/900/1900/2100 MHz

The Telstra version Nighthawk M1 could work well in Europe areas.

Supported frequency bands for US carrier AT&T:

* 4G LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/29/30/66

* 3G Band: 850/AWS/1900/2100MHz

 

The dimensions of the M1 are 105.5 × 105.5 x 20.35 mm for a weight of 240 grams.

Summary

 

This 4G LTE advanced router is very well equipped, offers the latest technology and has a really rich connectivity. Both for fixed use in an underserved area at high speeds and for mobile use in all situations, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 seems to the best mobile 4G router now in the market. We can’t wait to test it fully.

 

The price of Unlocked Netgear Nighthawk M1 available on www.4gltemall.com, if you want a powerful mobile router which could travel all over the world, it’s no doubt that the Nighthawk M1 is the right one.

ZTE MF980 4G LTE Category 9 Hotspot Review

The ZTE MF980 Hotspot is a 4G mobile hotspot that offers LTE Category 9 carrier aggregation technology. This 3-band technology achieves a download speed of 450 Mbps and upload speed to 50 Mbps. The supported FDD-LTE frequency bands are:  B1 / B3 / B5 (26) / B7 / B8 / B20 / B28 / B32

For Europe area, the bands in 4G are mainly B3, B7, B20 but also some carriers support the B28(700 MHz). In addition, the ZTE MF980 Mobile Hotspot also support below LTE/UMTS/GSM frequency bands:
* TDD-LTE: B40 (or B38 or B41 gold)
* UMTS: B1 / B2 / B5 / B8
* GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

 

So the ZTE MF980 MiFi 4G could cover fairly wide areas, and it’s good to take as a wireless partner when traveling. We do not have precisely the supported aggregates of bands in 3 CA, we look for the info, but with the bands supported, we remain optimistic for a support in France (B20 + B7 + B3 or B28 + B7 + B20).

Wireless Specifications

The ZTE MF980 4G hotspot also offers Wi-Fi to the 802.11 ac standard operating in simultaneous dual band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Up to 32 simultaneous users can connect for internet access. And it is of course compatible with 802.11b/g/n and offers a 2 × 2 MIMO technology. Equipped with a 2200 mAh battery, it is given for a battery life of 10 hours by the manufacturer.

The 1.44-inch TFT color display allows you to view the usual information, such as operator, signal strength, connection type and level, battery level, number of users connected, and data consumption. The small size of the ZTE MF980 fits easily in the pocket or in a bag.

There are 2 connectors for external antennas in MF980 MiFi. It also has a micro-USB port, a slot for micro-SIM and a cover on the 2 antenna connectors (TS-9 type). If you want to buy the external lte antenna for ZTE MF980, we recommend the tested model: http://www.4gltemall.com/4g-antenna-two-ts-9-connector.html

 

The setup of ZTE MF980 could be done through the web interface, or the Android application (or IOS) ZTELink APP. From the APP, user can do the settings for the mobile 4g router and can see the information about consumed data and battery status clearly.

 

In the market, ZTE MF980 is the first LTE cat.9 mobile hotspot. And we know another model Netgear Aircard 800s which also support LTE category 9. We would take further test between the two LTE cat9 mobile hotspots.

 

Below are the highlights of ZTE MF980 Technical specifications:

* Sleek Design
* 1.44 TFT Display
* Support 3CA High Speed
* Support FDD-LTE network: B1 / B3 / B5 (26) / B7 / B8 / B20 / B28 / B32
* Support TDD-LTE network: B40 (or B38 or B41 gold)
* UMTS: B1 / B5 / B8 / B2
* GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
* Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac
* Wi-Fi 2 × 2 MIMO
* 2.4GHz & 5GHz
* Support 32 devices at the same time
* LTE-FDD Data Rate: DL 450Mbps/ UL 50Mbps (Category9)
* LTE-TDD: DL 330Mbps / UL 11 Mbps
* Dimensions: 122 * 65 * 10.6mm
* Battery: 2200mAh
* Other features
– 1 x Micro USB port
– 1 x Func Button,
– 1 x Power Switch,
– 1 x Reset Hole; SIM socket, Micro USIM
– 2 x External Antenna slot (TS-9 connector)

Sierra AirPrime EM7565 LTE Advanced Pro Module Highlights Review

For worldwide use in IoT applications, SIERRA WIRELESS presents the AirPrime EM7565, the first module with LTE Advanced Pro technology. The Canadian company once again proves its leadership in module solutions for IoT applications.

High Speed ​​Mobile with LTE Advanced Pro

The Sierra EM7565 supports LTE Advanced Pro technology with carrier aggregation and 256-QAM modulation for significantly higher data rates. In the downlink, up to 600 Mbps transmission speed are possible and in the uplink, up to 150 Mbps is possible, which is twice to three times faster than previous solutions. This significantly speeds up data transfer for your application.

Sierra AirPrime EM7565

A LTE module for worldwide use

With support of 24 LTE frequency bands, the Sierra AirPrime EM7565 offers the possibility for use in LTE networks worldwide. The good cooperation between SIERRA WIRELESS and network operators worldwide is reflected in the carrier approvals for the module. With just one module, you can implement a worldwide applicable application with high-speed mobile radio. This reduces the number of different product variants and simplifies your logistics and production processes.

Other frequency bands for specialized applications

In addition to the EM7565 LTE advanced Pro module, additional modules with additional frequency bands for specialized applications follow.

  • “FirstNet” LTE band 14 is specifically designed for public safety applications (police, fire brigades, emergency services, etc.)
  • 5 GHz LTE for “private” LTE networks such as CBRS
  • LTE in the license-free 5 GHz band (LTE-LAA) for higher data rates

Sierra AirPrime EM7565

Position determination with GNSS included

In addition to mobile communication, the module also enables position determination with worldwide GNSS systems. With GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou, a reliable and accurate location is possible worldwide.

Fit for the future with FOTA

For the future-proofing of an application, it is often crucial that you can also update already delivered devices with firmware upgrades. Sierra Wireless offers “AirVantage FOTA”, a free platform for managing “over-the-air” firmware upgrades for your fleet of equipment.

M.2 form factor with USB 3.0

The modules of the EM series use the standardized “Next Generation Form Factor” M.2. This is significantly smaller and thinner than previous solutions in PCIe MiniCard format. The interface to the host CPU is a fast USB 3.0 connection.

Below are the general feature and specs of Sierra AirPirme EM7565:

 

 

4G LTE

  • Category Cat-12
  • Frequency bands B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B9, B12, B13, B18, B19, B20, B26, B28, B29, B30, B32, B41, B42, B43, B46, B48, B66

3G

  • HSPA + B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B8, B9

DATA SPEED

  • Peak Download Rate 600Mbps
  • Peak Upload Rate 150Mbps

LOCATION SERVICES

  • Satellite Systems Galileo, Glonass, GPS, Beidou

EMBEDDED SOFTWARE

  • Firmware Pre-certified firmware, Secure boot
  • System Drivers Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, Linux Driver: Standard ECM, Android RIL

INTERFACES

  • USB = USB 3.0, USB 2.0 High Speed
  • PCIe = PCIe
  • SIM interface 1.8V / 3V = 1

CONTROL OPTIONS

  • APIs, AT Commands

HARDWARE

  • Dimensions 42x30x2.3mm
  • Antenna Diversity, MIMO, GNSS Bias, Connectors: Main, Aux / GNSS, GNSS
  • Temperature Range -30 ° C / + 70 ° C ‘-40 ° C / + 85 ° C (TBC)

APPROVALS

  • Planned Carrier AT & T, docomo, Telstra, Verizon, Vodafone
  • Regulatory CE, FCC, GCF, IC, NCC, PTCRB

CLOUD SERVICES

  • Free Unlimited FOTA upgrades, connectivity management option, device management option, application enablement option CONNECTIVITY
  • Optional Ready-to-Connect Sierra Wireless embedded SIM

Huawei B618 4G LTE Category 11 Router Review

In the forest of 4G WiFi routers presented by the manufacturers, LTE routers sometimes are only available in certain countries. Now the new member Huawei B618 joins the family of 4G category 11 routers. As a reminder, category 11 (3GPP rel .12) allows a downstream peak rate of 600 Mbps and 50 Mbps upstream. LTE Category 11 specifies the aggregate of 3 carriers (256 QAM) in download for a single upload frequency. MIMO 2×2 and 4×4 support are possible.

Huawei B618 data rates announced by the manufacturer Huawei:

– LTE FDD: 4 * 4 MIMO + 2CA 582Mbps
– LTE TDD: 4 * 4 MIMO + 2CA 426Mbps
– DC-HSPA+: DL 42 Mbit / s, UL 5.76 Mbit / s
– HSPA+: DL 21 Mbit/s (64QAM) / 28 Mbit/s (MIMO), UL 5.76 Mbit/s
– HSPA: DL 14.4 Mbit/s, UL 5.76 Mbit/s
– WCDMA PS: 384 kbit/s
– EDGE: DL 296 kbit/s, UL 236.8 kbit/s
– GPRS: 85.6 kbit/s

Huawei B618 B618s-22d front logo and indicators

And Wifi rates offered:

– 802.11b/g/n up to 300 Mbps
– 802.11a/ac up to 1300 Mbps

On the WiFi side, the WLAN module supports the 802.11ac standard with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies for a maximum speed of 1300 Mbps (cumulative).

 

 

We get the model Huawei B618s-22d, and it supports below the LTE/4G/3G/2G Frequency bands:

– LTE: B1/3/7/8/20/38
– FDD: 2100 MHz/1800 MHz/2600 MHz/900 MHz/800 MHz
– TDD: 2600 MHz
– Intra-band contiguous: CA_1C, CA_3C, CA_7C, CA_8B, CA_38C
– Inter-band : CA_1A-3A, CA_1A-20A, CA_3A-7A, CA_3A-20A, CA_7A-20A, CA_20A-38A
– DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS : Band 1/8 2100MHz/900MHz
– EDGE/GPRS/GSM : Band 2/3/5/8 1900MHz/1800MHz/850MHz/900MHz

 

The network compatibility makes Huawei B618s-22d would work well in almost all the countries in Europe, Asia and middle East, but as we mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Huawei B618s-22d is not marketed in some countries. If you need this router, you may purchase from oversea online trader www.4gltemall.com.

 

Huawei B618 B618s-22d USB LAN WAN Telephone ports

Huawei B618s-22d 4G LTE Router Interfaces:

On the back side, we discover the power button, a WPS activation button. A USB 2.0 port is available for media sharing (under Samba). A Gigabit Ethernet LAN port allows wired distribution and a second port allows either Ethernet or WAN input. This WAN entry option implies the presence of a Failover mode in case of loss of either the WAN link or the 4G link. An RJ11 port is also available for connecting a phone or fax. The AC power connector is located at the bottom, because the B618 does not have an internal battery for a stand-alone mode. Finally, a hatch visible here above the power button conceals the 2 external 3G & 4G antenna connectors in TS-9 format. Under the device is the SIM card slot and the reset button.

Huawei B618 B618s-22d bottom label

 

 Huawei B618 LTE Router specs

The Huawei B618 router supports 64 simultaneous WiFi connections (32 per band) via 2 internal non-removable antennas. The router offers VoLTE voice compatibility through its RJ11 port , which can be set in VoIP or CS mode (depending on the firmwares probably). It can also support IPv4 and IPv6, DHCP, DNS relay and NAT functions, and the basic protection functions are available (DDNS, deny ping ..).

Huawei B618 B618s-22d connecting external antenna

Huawei B618 Firmware

The firmware is very classic “Huawei” as shown on this page. And the Huawei B618 LTE CPE is compatible with the Hilink® smartphone app.

 

The version Huawei B618s-22d is the one we are talking about here, however, there is another brother versions B618s-65d available on the market, this declination is intended mainly for the following frequencies: Band 1/3/5/7/8/28/40 (FDD 700/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz & TDD 2300MHz). The 800 MHz is replaced by 700 (B28) and 850 MHz. If you need the Huawei B618 router, just check your network provider deployed 4G LTE networks, if they just covers these bands, you could select Huawei B618s-22d or B618s-65d to get high-level LTE surfing with much faster speed.

 

Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 Gigabit 4G Hotspot Review

Since the end of February 2018, this Nighthawk M1 MR1100 mobile LTE hotspot is available in Europe, which impresses above all by its sheer performance. The new Gigabit LTE mobile router is available in an extremely compact body. A colored LED display indicates important network information and the built-in battery has a generous capacity of 5,040 mAh. Dual-band WLAN with MIMO and USB Type C are further highlights, with an RJ45 Ethernet port.

Features and characteristics of Nighthawk M1 MR1100
Manufacturer and model number Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100
Chipset: Qualcomm MDM9x50
LTE Category: Cat. 16
Download rate 1,000 Mbps
Upload rate 150 Mbps
Supported LTE bands: 700/800/900/1800/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
Backwards compatible with: HSPA+, UMTS
Support for LTE-Advanced Yes
MIMO Support: Yes
Connection for external antenna: Yes, Two TS-9 Connectors(Buy Netgear nighthawk m1 antenna)
Network | LAN & WLAN
LAN ports: 1
WLAN standards: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
5 GHz WLAN support: Yes
Encryption: SIM Security
WLAN hotspot function: Yes
Others
Battery pack: 5,040 mAh
Dimension: 105.5 x 105.5 x 20.35 mm
USB: 1x USB Type A 2.0, 1x USB Type C
Memory card expansion: yes, micro SD
release: 1:02:18
Price: It depends
Available at: »at 4gltemall.com
Information material
Installation Guide: » Download here (PDF, 0,5 MB, english)
Detailed manual: » Download manual here (PDF, 4,3 MB, english)

 

 

Nighthawk M1 – the Best Gigabit LTE hotspot with Ethernet Port

In January 2017, the Californian network expert Netgear presented its mobile LTE hotspot Nighthawk M1 at CES. The Australian network provider Telstra introduced the Nighthawk M1 to its plan. And around the end of 2017, US network provider AT&T also used the Netgear Nighthawk M1. Unfortunately, it took more than a year before the product actually landed in Europe. The wait was worth it, however, because faster 4G Internet in such a tiny terminal did not exist so far. According to the LTE category 16, up to 1 Gbit/s in the download and a maximum of 150 Mbit/s in the upload are possible. This is made possible by the modem MDM9x50 from the semiconductor manufacturer Qualcomm. With 240 grams and the approximately 10 cm wide surface fits the mini router in every pocket. Thus, you can conveniently provide yourself, friends and relatives with fast-paced Internet on the go.

 

Nighthawk M1 – Advanced LTE Technology Adopted

Aside from the sheer data transfer rate, the Nighthawk M1 LTE hotspot comes with other well-thought-out features. For example, thanks to 4-band carrier aggregation and 4 × 4 MIMO, optimum reception is ensured. The Netgear M1 is compatible with all LTE frequencies supported in this Europe, including the important Band 20 (800 MHz).

If the 4G Internet is not available, the Nighthawk M1 MR110 would turn to 3G network automatically. The router uses 3G bands on 850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz frequencies. The fastest bandwidth and the best signal, however, cannot be reached if the 4G Internet cannot be forwarded to connected devices accordingly. That’s why Netgear built a high-performance WLAN module in the Nighthawk M1 MR1100. Dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz (802.11 ac) ensure that the wireless network does not become a bottleneck. Alternatively, a PC or notebook can be connected via a LAN socket. The SIM Security function provides the necessary security, and the small box can also be managed remotely via a smartphone app.

 

Further highlights of the Nighthawk M1

The microSD memory card slot can be used to transfer photos and videos to all devices connected to the Wi-Fi network. There are features for using the Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 as a media server or NAS. The 5040 mAh battery is charged via USB Type C, the interface used by most recent smartphones. The larget battery can charge other devices if necessary.

The rechargeable battery can be replaced. If the battery has a defect, it is not necessary to send the complete LTE hotspot back. Particularly practical is the large, colored display on the top of the M1. This display shows important information such as the number of connected devices, the monthly data consumption or the current network operator. In addition, the signal strength and the battery level can be read.

 

Here now, the competitor Huawei presents its new LTE gigabit hotspot Huawei E5788. If you want to know more about Huawei E5788, welcome to check on www.4gltemall.com .