Netgear Aircard 800s vs Aircard 810S

As a popular series of LTE gadgets, Netgear 4G aircards are well-known many countries in Europe and the United States. Especially the hot Netgear Aircard 810s mobile hotspot, is the best seller for LTE advanced networks. Recently, Netgear provided a new 4G LTE mobile router Aircard 800s for Australian network provider Optus and Optus named it as Optus WiFi modem 800s. If this article, we will review the difference between the two mobile hotspots and see which one is better.

Netgear AC810S VS 800S Appearance and Interfaces

The Netgear AC810 has a 2.4 inch touchscreen on the front with two buttons for option: home and back. We have Aircard 810 in the version of Telstra WI-FI 4GX Advanced III.  But it’s already unlocked for global use. The Telstra Aircard 810 has the logo on the top side of the front. On the back, the Netgear logo is on the back cover, which could be removed to insert SIM card and battery. The Aircard 800s has similar features, on the front, there is a 2.4 inch touchscreen and Optus logo. Two buttons (home and back buttons) are available at the side of the screen. The Netgear logo is on the back cover, which could also be removed for changing SIM card or battery. And they both have two connectors for an external antenna. And the connector type is TS-9. They both use Micro SIM card to get WLAN network for internet access.


The Netgear Aircard 810s is available for Telstra in black color and Optus 4G WiFi modem is in white color.

Netgear Aircard 800s vs Aircard 810s Specifications and features

From the appearance, we can see the color difference, but can’t get other difference. It seems they are made by the same model. Let’s looks at the Specifications of Aircard 810s and 800s and see what the real difference is for buyers and users.


Model Netgear Aircard 810s Netgear Aircard 800S
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.11 LTE Cat.9
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 Qualcomm MDM9240
Data rates DL 600Mbps/UL 100Mbps DL 450Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands B1, B3, B7, B8, B28 B1, B3, B7, B28, B40
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 15 users 15 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna Aircard 810s External Antenna Aircard 800s External Antenna
App management Netgear Aircard APP Netgear Aircard APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery 2930 mAh 2930 mAh
Dimensions 112 x 68.6 x 15.45mm 110 x 68 x 16.1 mm
Ethernet Port No No
Datasheet download Netgear AC810S Datasheet Netgear AC800S Datasheet
User Manual Telstra 4GX Advanced III Manual Optus 4G modem 800S Manual
Other features 3 band CA 3 band CA
Reviews Netgear Aircard 810s review Netgear Aircard 800s review
Price 229.00USD 199.00USD

Aircard 800s vs 810S Conclusion

From table for the Aircard 810s specs and Aircard 800s specs, the Netgear 810s is more advanced with Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 chipset which can achieve download speed up to 600Mbps. Netgear Aircard 800s is also good to mention with Qualcomm MDM9240 chipset which could support download speed to 450mbps. They support same LTE frequency band B1, B3, B7, B28, but Aircard 810s supports band 8 while Aircard 800s supports band 40, which means the Aircard 810s can’t support TDD-LTE network. Other features of the two Netgear 4G mobile hotspots are same as described. Since the Netgear AC810S is more advanced, the price is a little bit higher than that of Aircard 800s. If you would buy a Netgear 4G Router between the two models, first, you need check whether the Aircard 810s or 800s would be compatible with your network provider’s network, and then you need to consider the price. The real performance of the two hotspots 4G has no much obvious difference.


Netgear Nighthawk M1 Mobile Router Overview

Netgear has introduced the Nighthawk M1, a mobile LTE router with Ethernet port that can supply up to 20 devices with up to 1 GBit/s download speed at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona (MWC). Many smartphones now offer hotspot capabilities, making it a mobile Wi-Fi access point for other smart devices. But if you want something more stable, faster and, above all, variable, you will not miss a dedicated mobile LTE router. The Nighthawk M1 from Netgear is top one of them. The Nighthawk M1 (MR1100) can provide up to 20 devices with mobile Internet access at a fast speed that is beyond the speed from a 4G smartphone.

The small pocket router Netgear M1 can forward up to 1 GBit/s. Connection can be obtained via the dual-band WLAN function or via a LAN output. Qualcomm provides the heart of the mobile router and contributes its share of the Nighthawk M1 with the MDM9x50. It supports nine LTE bands and makes uploading up to 150 Mbit/s possible.

Specifications of the NETGEAR Nighthawk M1:

  • Max. 1 Gbps download and 150 Mbps upload speeds
  • LTE Cat 16, 4-band CA and 4×4 MIMO: 1, 3, 7
  • Up to 4x carrier aggregation and support for LA in future firmware upgrades
  • LTE bands: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41
  • WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MDM9x50
  • Dual-band / dual-concurrent WLAN
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz; WLAN 802.11 a/n/ac 5 Ghz
  • Large battery of 5040mAh

Netgear Nighthawk Router M1 at the MWC 2018

At the MWC in Barcelona, ​​the Nighthawk router M1 is not showed up for first. Actually, it was available in Australia and USA since 2017. Even though, the Nighthawk M1 in Europe comes with travel-friendly dimensions and a comfortable weight of 240 grams. The 2.4-inch LCD screen was easy to read even in the ungrateful exhibition hall light and showed the most important information. If the reception of the LTE network is not quite as stable as one would like it to be – for example in buildings, a 4G external antenna can help. Those who has surfed his smartphone power empty can use the small Netgear 4G router as a power bank. However, the large battery of 5040mAh can make Netgear Nighthawk router continuous working at 24 hours on average.

The first review quickly gives you confidence in the power of the Nighthawk M1. So you trust him quickly to survive even in the more robust travel assignment. With the powerful function, you should not expect at the very low price.

Price and availability

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 (MR1100) is now available at retail store with price of just of 459.00USD with free 4G MIMO antenna of dual TS-9 connector. The unlocked Nighthawk M1 is in Telstra version, and it could be widely used in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, you can also use the unlocked Nighthawk router in Asia and Middle East areas. If you would travel to USA, you’d better use the unlocked ATT Nighthawk M1. With the Nighthawk M1 router, a removable lithium-ion battery (Li-Ion), a charger with USB-C cable and installation instructions are included.