Four LTE Category 6 Mobile Hotspots to Recommend

LTE networks are becoming the mainstream available in many countries and areas. With LTE technology, users can enjoy high speed surfing, online games or watching videos etc..The good news is that this is not the end. The LTE technologies are also evolved to LTE advanced and it’s said the 5G network is under test now.


Currently, many carriers are trying to upgrade the LTE Category 3 or 4 to the latest advanced Category 6 with carrier aggregation technology (in short: CA). With LTE-advanced technology, the LTE data rate could be improved to double faster than that of the current LTE cat4. Theoretically, the peak download speed could reach 300mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. Here comes a question, which device could support the LTE Cat6 advanced networks and achieve this speed? Today, we would recommend a few similar mobile WiFi hotspot supporting LTE advanced carrier aggregation technology from vendors.


Huawei E5786

Huawei E5786 should be the first LTE Cat6 mobile WiFi available in the market with Huawei own Hisilicon chipset. It has three branch models: E5786s-32a, E5786s-62a, E5786s-63a. The Huawei E5786s-63a and E5786s-62a are for the network providers in Australia and they had new name “Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X” and “Optu 4G WiFi modem” respectively. There are white and black colors available. But you can get the unlocked version from for global use. Like its predecessors Huawei E5573 and E5577, the branch models could support different LTE frequency bands for different carriers and areas. Up to 10 wireless users could connect to Huawei E5786 and surf at high speed. There is a LCD screen in the front with power button. The back cover could be removed, but the 3000mAh battery is built-in. The SIM card and Micro SD card slots could be seen when back cover removed. There are two TS-9 connectors for external 4G LTE/3G antenna.


As the world’s first LTE Cat6 mobile 4G router, Huawei E5786 is the best seller in similar gadgets. If you like this mobile hotspot, you’d better to check the network frequency bands and choose the right in the branch models.


Check more specification and details about Huawei E5786:


Netgear Aircard 790s

Netgear Aircard 790s is the second LTE cat6 mobile router available in the market. Based the predecessor Netgear Aircard 782s, it looks similar to the 782s aircard. Unlike the Huawei E5786, the screen of Aircard 790s is capacitive screen, where user can operate and do simple settings for the mobile hotspot. The power button is on the top side, the bottom side has two connectors for external antenna (TS-9 type). The USB port is also special with 3.0 port, but with the device, Netgear provides the USB 2.0 cable. The back cover could also be removed, so as the battery. The battery capacity is 2930mAh. The SIM card slot could be seen after battery is pulled out. No slot for Micro SD card. With Qualcomm MDM9230 chipset, Aircard 790s could support up to 15 wireless WiFi-enabled devices. With the touchscreen, Netgear Aircard 790s is attractive for many users in practical functions.


Check more specification and details about Netgear Aircard 790s:



Following the steps of the above two vendors, ZTE released the UFi MF970. It looks common like its predecessor MF910. MF970 was already available for Vodafone 4G contract. The front middle is the screen to indicate the connection status. User can do simple settings through the power and menu button. The power and menu button is on the top side. The back cover can’t be removed, so the battery can’t be changed. And there are also two connectors for external LTE/3G antenna. Like Netgear Aircard 790s, there is no slot for Micro SD card. Also with Qualcomm chipset MDM9230, ZTE UFi MF970 could support up to 14 wireless users. The battery is only 2300mAh, which is much lower than the above two similar hotspots. The design of ZTE MF970 looks cool. Other features are very similar to the competitors above.


Check more specification and details about ZTE UFi MF970:


Alcatel One Touch Y900

Alcatel One Touch Y900, also called Alcatel Link Y900 4G+, looks special in the appearance. The signal bars on the front side looks cool but are not really interesting. In all the four LTE cat6 mobile routers, the Y900 is the only which doesn’t have a LCD display. There is only a power button on the body with the WPS button on the other side of the button. The back cover could be removed for changing the battery and inserting SIM card and SD storage card. The big battery is interesting, which has 3600mAh capacity and not only working long time, but also charge other electronics to work like a power bank. What’s amazing, the Alcatel Y900 could support up to 32 wireless users to access internet. In the four devices, Alcatel Y900 seems to be the most powerful mobile hotspot. I personally like this one more.


Check more specification and details about Alcatel One Touch Y900:


The above four LTE 4G+ cat6 MiFi hotspot should be the most popular for LTE advanced networks. You need prefer to the vendor brands, prices, or the functions. We suppose you would choose the right one for the high-speed surfing on the go!

More images about the features:

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Alcatel Y900 LTE Router Review

Last year, Huawei was the only manufacturer that provided routers for LTE Advanced category 6 with download speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s offered in Europe. The Chinese company TCT Mobile has now also introduced the Alcatel Y900 hotspot LTE Cat6 modem on the market and provides this even considerably cheaper than the comparable Huawei E5786 router.  Today we will have a review about the new Alcatel Y900 4G Mobile hotspot.

Small in Pocket Size


The Alcatel Y900 LTE Hotspot is comparatively small and compact and weighs only 88 grams including the battery, considerably less than current smartphones. The body is made entirely of plastic, and is possible to remove the back to insert the battery, SIM card and a memory card. The Alcatel Y900 doesn’t have a display, instead, decorated with large LED which strips the front. The used mobile communications technology (2G, 3G, 4G) is signaled with lateral LEDs. In the test, the LED display made a good figure, with displaying consumed data volume, battery status and time spent online.

Fast Internet over LTE Cat6

The modem in Alcatel Y900 Hotspot supports speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s downstream and up to 50 Mbit/s upload speeds on the 4G mobile network. The LTE Advanced Cat6 has been activated at some locations in Europe and the tariff also allows these high speeds. Of course, the router is also backwards compatible with the previous LTE Stages Cat3 and Cat4, also of course, UMTS (3G) and GSM (2G) are supported. In the test under Telekom network, the speeds of almost 200 Mbit/s downstream and 50 Mbit/s in the upload can be achieved, which is very good compared with similar devices, even if the technical maximum speed was not reached initially. Which is important for many applications is latency when tested between 20 and 35 milliseconds in the LTE network of Telefónica O2. The reception was good, even with a weak signal, a speedy web surfing was still possible. Unfortunately, Alcatel Y900 has no external antenna to connect.

Dual Band WLAN and USB 3.0

For a mobile LTE router, not only a current and receiving strong Modem is important, but also a good Wi-Fi module and a fast USB or LAN connection, so devices such as computers, notebooks and tablets can also use the full internet speed of the modem. The Alcatel Y900 is well positioned here. The WLAN module works on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz (dual-band WLAN) and even supports the current and very fast 802.11ac standard. If you want to use the router to a computer without a WLAN, you benefit from the fast USB 3.0 interface – A relevant cable is already included.

Unfortunately the internet is not encrypted, so you can connect without a password to the network. As a user you should quickly assigned a unique password so that foreign users do not get access to the WLAN of Alcatel Y900.

Operation via browser or via app

The configuration of the Alcatel Y900 could be done either in a browser via the web interface or via an app for smartphones and tablets. Supplied with a small piece of paper, the QR codes for easy installation of the app is provided for an Android or iOS device. Both the app and the web interface in the browser are attractively designed and very easy to use. In addition to common settings for wireless connection, you can also receive and send text messages and access the data on the memory card. In the test, both the smartphone application and web interface worked always reliable and fast.

Approximately 5 hours of battery life

The Alcatel Y900 battery has a capacity of 1,800 mAh and is very easy replaceable by the user, ie you can buy extra batteries and thus survive even during long trips without external power supply if required. The operating time of the test was constant subjection to the LTE network in about 5 hours. According to Alcatel, there is a much more powerful battery with 3,600 mAh for the Y900 4G Router, thus a useful life of about 10 hours would be possible. But the version with high battery capacity is not yet available.

Conclusion for Alcatel Y900

Anyone looking for a fast and secure future LTE hotspot, can safely pick up the Alcatel Link Y900.The small router convinced with good data rates in the LTE network and a fast dual-band wireless. The Alcatel Y900 is optionally available in black or in white, and works with all SIM cards, a SIM lock or NET-Lock does not exist. Directly from the network operator with the contract, you can buy the Alcatel Y900 without a contract from An alternative more expensive model is Huawei E5786 hotspot, which provides a small display, a more powerful battery and connections for an external antenna compared to Alcatel Y900.

Alcatel Y900 One Touch 4G+ LTE Cat6 Hotspot

Alcatel has unveiled a compact LTE Cat6 hotspot– the Alcatel One Touch Link 4G+ Y900 at MWC in February 2015. Now, the machine is finally available in stores after 9 months. As we had introduced before, the similar model Huawei E5786 has similar feature as Alcatel Y900. However, there is no display and connections for an external antenna in the Y900. In this article, you could see the full review about our test for Alcatel One Touch Link 4G+.

The Alcatel Link Y900 comes in a small cardboard box. In the box, there is a power supply for charging Alcatel Y900. The unit is supplied only with a USB cable, which can then be converted in conjunction with a standard USB power adapter for full charger. Alternatively, the router could also charge through the USB port from a computer or notebook.

The first impression of the Alcatel Y900: the router is equipped with 89 x 62 x 11.5 millimeters and a weight of only 88 grams including the battery. The build quality is good, the back cover on the battery is secure and can be removed quickly in order to insert the SIM card and optional memory card. Alcatel One Touch Link 4G+ Y900 has two colors: dark gray or white.

The operation is carried out via a web interface in the browser, as it is known by virtually every other router models. Alternatively, there is also an application for iOS and Android, so you can control the Y900 hotspot over an app. This works reliably, because the software is easy to understand and react quickly. A special praise has earned by Alcatel for the design, app and web interface look fresh and the functions can be easily distinguished from each other by different colors. This new software is already available from Alcatel Y858 for several months.


In the Web interface, you can see statistics such as online time and data volume consumed for use. In the settings, the wireless connection can be configured to change the password or modify the wireless network name. Also the settings for cellular connection can be done; usually, this is not necessary since the Alcatel Y900 automatically recognizes the network provider based on the inserted SIM card and the configuration performs automatically.

The Alcatel Y900 4G+ is based on a modern chipset with support for LTE category 6, so that up to 300 MBit/s in the downlink and up to 50 Mbit/s can be achieved in the uplink. Of course, the Alcatel Y900 is also backwards compatible with UMTS (up to 42.2 Mbit/s) and GSM including EDGE. In the test at 1800 and 2600 MHz (Carrier Aggregation was active), I reached up to 180 MBit/s in the downlink, which is at least already times faster than LTE Cat4 (up to 150 Mbit/s).


The reception and transmission performance of the Alcatel Y900 is good. But if you are at location of low signal strength, you’d probably want an external antenna. Unfortunately, there are no connections for such an external antenna, probably due to cost.

The Alcatel Y900 runs WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Up to 32 users can be connected to the router simultaneously, which already has a huge advantage in comparison with other mobile hotspots, because in other devices, a maximum of 8 to 15 users can be provided an Internet connection at the same time. The competitor Huawei E5786 has the function to work as a wireless extender but the Alcatel Y900 can not offer this. Even with the safety, the manufacturer Alcatel provides the Y900 hotspot from the factory without wireless encryption, so you should establish immediately a password so that no strangers can go online via the router.

The battery has a capacity of about 1,800 mAh and thus provides a runtime of about 5 hours. This is not particularly good, but the battery is removable, you can easily add a second or third battery and thus extend the duration accordingly. According to Alcatel, there is a version available with even a 3,600 mAh capacity. However, it seems not yet been available and of course you need a new cover for the back because the battery with 3600 mAh is likely to be considerably thicker than the original.

The Alcatel One Touch Link 4G+ Y900 is one of the fastest mobile LTE hotspots that are available at present. It provides a fast modem, fast WLAN and fast USB 3.0.The design with the large-area LED displays is simple and yet succeeded. Connectors for an external antenna is missing unfortunately. But if you simply looking for a fast and future-proof mobile LTE hotspot, Alcatel Y900 would never make you disappointed.

As an alternative, we would also recommend Netgear AC790S and the Huawei E5786. Both units feature an LTE Advanced Cat6 modem, a strong battery, terminals for an external antenna and a display, but a little bit more expensive than the tested here Alcatel Y900.


Alcatel One Touch Link Y900 LED Review

Ten years ago, EDGE speed of 400 kbit/s seemed to be the recklessness, but today no surprise on even the possibility of mobile Full HD video. Technology does not lag behind the growing demand: the standard LTE-Advanced is already implemented, allowing you to transfer data twice as fast compared to conventional LTE. One of the best devices the newest standard router Alcatel One Touch Link Y900, which will be discussed in this review.

Alcatel One Touch Link Y900 Specifications

* Technology:

– GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

– UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

– LTE Band 1,3,7,8,20(800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz)

* SIM: micro-SIM

* Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

* Support Memory Card: microSDHC up to 32 GB

* Battery: 3600 mAh removable

* Dimensions: 89 x 62 x 16,6 mm

* Weight: 125 grams

Below are the a full complement of accessories in the package with Alcatel Y900.

In addition to the router, buyers will get the power supply cable, micro-USB 3.0, cable USB OTG (with connector micro-USB 2.0) and warranty card.


The body of Alcatel Y900 router is made of soft-touch plastic in two colors: gray-white and black. Both will not collect fingerprints. In small dimensions, the gadget is a little bit heavy because of the large battery.

On the front panel, there is a LED power indicator and a large four-level indicator of network signal: depending on the power of the contour, segments are highlighted in blue. But the battery charge level can be found only in the web-based interface.

Three more LEDs are on the left side of the router. They show which network the device is connecting.

The top of the body is the power button and WPS button for fast set-up Wi-Fi. Port micro-USB 3.0 is at the lower bound of the gadget.

Under the rear lid are the removable battery slot for micro-SIM and memory cards microSD.


Get access to the Alcatel router in two ways: either by connecting the device to a Wi-Fi (the password for the initial configuration is located on the back of the back cover), or by connecting the gadget to PC USB-cable. In the second case, you must first install the driver that is in the memory of the router. By the way, the computer recognizes the device as a CD-drive.

Web-based interface of Alcatel One Touch Link is available at «http: //y900.home» and is password protected. At the entrance, the red button “off the Internet” attracts the attention. This decision was taken for good reason: to change a number of settings is possible only with the disabled connection, and it can be done at any time, without returning to the home screen. Next to the duration of the session the current data rate is displayed. If network access is disabled, the inscription changes to “Connect the Internet.”

Most actions can be operated directly from the web-based interface with SIM-card, which allows reading and sending SMS, contacts and work with USSD-command.

After log in the web interface, Alcatel One Touch Link Y900 begins in the “Settings”, and the most useful of them is that the possibility of switching to 4G, which offers a much higher rate than other standards even at a weak signal.


In the «Wi-Fi», there are all wireless network settings, you can select the SSID and disable its broadcast, set the type of encryption, and set the maximum number of clients from one to maximum 32. In the tab “Advanced Settings” to choose between the 2.4 or 5 GHz band, but the simultaneous operation in both would increase the power and cost of the router significantly.

On the “Energy Saving” in the “Device”, you can adjust the range of the Wi-Fi network. If the router is in your bag, and you want only share the network to your devices (such as a smartphone and a laptop), the setting will be enough “Small range Wi-Fi networks.” Then the gadget will last much longer time without recharging in this case.

Section “Firewall” to configure port forwarding, and the demilitarized zone (DMZ). This functionality is sure to be useful to power users in the event of a “white» IP-addresses.

DHCP-server settings are located in the “router” if automatic assignment of customers to IP-addresses is not desirable, you can turn off the server and assign them manually.

Despite a decent functionality, the Alcatel One Link Y900 router is as simple as possible for inexperienced users to log into the network, simply insert the SIM-card and enable the device, no further adjustments are required.

Despite the fact that the gadget is sold by the operator “Beeline”, and its web-interface explicitly made in the company’s “bee” style, the Link Y900 router can work with any SIM-cards of other operators. This possibility can not be overestimated, especially to those who travel frequently and avoid overpaying for roaming.

The router supports microSDHC – memory card up to 32 GB, which allows it to act as a card reader. When connected to a PC You can transfer files in both directions, but the memory card access via Wi-Fi manufacturer somehow had not foreseen.

Thanks to high-capacity battery, the One Touch Link Y900 can charge other devices, and this is useful for a complete cable USB OTG. It is unlikely that such a function should be considered among the basic, but it can be very useful in an emergency, such as when you need to make a call and your phone battery is at zero.

Another feature of the device is the support of USB 3.0. The speed of data transmission in LTE-Advanced can reach 300 Mbit/s and a maximum speed through Wi-Fi 802.11n with one antenna is 150 Mbit/s, the use of USB 3.0 for connecting the device to a PC or notebook looks quite reasonable.


Wireless interfaces

Alcatel One Touch Link Y900 supports all generations of mobile networks up to LTE-Advanced (or sometimes referred to as the standard 4G +). LTE-A network provides data transfer rates up to 300 Mbit/s, but unfortunately, it’s not yet very common.

Do not forget that the 300 Mbit/s speed of data transmission is in perfect conditions and close proximity to the base station. And if you want it in the LTE-A, you need find out whether there is coverage in the location where you want to use a router.


As for Wi-Fi, the device has the support of all modern standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac in the frequency bands 2.4 and 5 GHz. Alcatel Router is equipped with Li-Ion battery impressive capacity 3600mAh. For eight hours of continuous operation of the device battery has run about 40%.


The Alcatel One Touch Link Y900 manufacturer TCL managed to find a balance that can reconcile a variety of user groups. The device does not require any special installation – Insert the SIM-card and you’re done, but amateurs with their hands “pull splitting” will be pleased with the rich possibilities of functions, in which the router bypasses most competitors.

The main feature of Alcatel Link Y900 – support for LTE-Advanced, allowing you to enjoy access to the internet at ultra-high speeds. But even if the network is not available LTE-A, the gadget will be one of the best 4G-routers with support for all Wi-Fi standards and significantly longer battery life. It’s a great mobile 4G router!