TP-Link M7650 VS Netgear Nighthawk M1

More and more network providers are upgrading their LTE networks to LTE advanced or LTE-A pro. So many users are demand high-level LTE mobile hotspots to get as fast speeds as possible from the LTE-A or LTE-A pro networks. TP-Link M7650 and Netgear Nighthawk M1 are the most advanced 4G Portable WiFi routers from TP-link and Netgear. If you are in trouble to buy one from the two, you may check below details about the difference between Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 and TP-link M7650.

 

Netgear Nighthawk M1 VS Huawei M7650 Appearance and Interfaces

As portable 4G routers, Netgear Nighthawk M1 and TP-link M7650 are both in small size, which could be easily taken in a hand or a pocket. The Netgear Nighthawk is a little bit thicker than that of M7650. Unlike its predecessor mobile hotspots from Netgear 4G LTE modem, the Nighthawk MR1100 doesn’t have a touchscreen. The round display will show the important information for the connection. A user can switch the information by pressing the power button on the top edge side. There is also a USB port and an Ethernet port available with two connectors for 4G LTE MIMO Antenna. The back cover could be opened to remove the battery and insert the SIM card.

 

Following the design of TP-link 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, the TP-link M7650 has a small display which is also not a touchscreen. It can show the connection status and other parameters. Users can switch the menu by pressing the two buttons(Power and Menu buttons) at the two side of the display. The back cover of TP-link M7650 could also be opened and the battery could be removed. The SIM card and SD card slots are located together. The

 

 

TP-Link M7650 VS Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 Specs and Features

It’s disappointing that both the two LTE-A pro mobile hotspots don’t have touchscreen. And the top mobile hotspot TP-Link M7650 4G doesn’t have connectors for external LTE antennas. Then let’s have a comparison of the Netgear Nighthawk M1 Specs and TP-link M7650 Specs:

 

Model Netgear Nighthawk M1 TP-Link M7650
Product type 4G hotspot with Ethernet Port LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.16 LTE Cat.11
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9x50 Qualcomm MDM9240
Data rates DL 1Gbps/UL 100Mbps DL 600Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Telstra Nighthawk M1: Band 1/3/7/8/28
AT&T Nighthawk M1:  Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/29/30/66
Hong Kong Nighthawk M1: LTE Band 1/3/8/20/29/30/38/40/41
B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B38, B40, B41
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 20 users 32 users
MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks No
Buy Antenna Netgear Nighthawk M1 External Antenna No
App management Netgear Aircard APP tpMiFi APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Removable, 5040 mAh Removable, 3000 mAh
Dimensions 105.5 x 105.5 x 20.35 mm 112.5 x 66.5 x 16mm
Ethernet Port On port for LAN port(RJ-45) No
Datasheet download Netgear Nighthawk M1 Datasheet TP-link M7650 Datasheet
User Manual Netgear Nighthawk M1 Manual TP-link M7650 User Manual
Other features 4 band CA, JumpBoost 3 band CA
Firmware download Nighthawk M1 Firmware TP-link M7650 Firmware
Drivers Nighthawk M1 Driver TP-link M7650 driver
Reviews Netgear Nighthawk M1 AT&T Review TP-link M7650 review
Price 459.00USD 469.00USD

 

 

Summary

It’s obvious that the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is better than TP-link M7650. Nighthawk M1 could support peak download speed up to 1Gigabit/s while TP-link M7650 supports peak download speed up to 600Mbps. Netgear Nighthawk M1 had presented three variant models to different countries. They support more LTE network frequency bands, so the Netgear Nighthawk M1 Unlocked could be used with more network carriers. With the larger capacity of the battery, Netgear Nighthawk M1 could not only support longer working time but also could charge other devices like a mobile power bank. In addition to the Ethernet port, Netgear MR1100 also has two connectors for external antenna, which would be very useful to improve network signal if it’s used in weak signal areas. The only advantage of TP-link M7650 is that it could support maximum users up to 32 devices, which is more than supported users from Netgear Nighthawk M1. And the TP-link M7650 price is higher than the Netgear M1 price. In our opinion, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is highly recommended rather than TP-link M7650.

Netgear Nighthawk M1 VS Netgear Aircard 810s

After the release of Netgear Aircard 810s, Netgear then presents the fastest mobile WiFi hotspot Nighthawk M1. The two mobile WLAN hotspots are well-known because they are with very fast LTE modems, which makes Netgear Wireless dominates the wireless gadgets equipment. Based on Qualcomm high-level chipset, the AirCard 810 Hotspot can achieve downlink up to 600 Mbit/s while the Nighthawk M1 can even reach up to 1 GBit/s in the downlink. The Nighthawk M1 also has the advanced features, but even the AirCard 810 hotspot has its advantages, as this comparison shows.

The Netgear AirCard 810 LTE Router has been available in many countries for a few years. When it’s first available in the market, it’s the fastest LTE hotspot (LTE Cat11, up to 600 Mbit/s). In our test, the AC810 proves its ability for wireless connection. The Netgear Nighthawk M1 is to be regarded as a direct successor to the AirCard 810 hotspot and has been officially available in the market since the second half of 2017. However, the concept of the AirCard series was only partially continued, and the Nighthawk open a new series for Netgear LTE advanced Pro gadgets.

Appearance and Interfaces

The design of the two Netgear LTE hotspots is very different. The AirCard 810 router is significantly smaller than the Nighthawk M1, but still comparatively large for a mobile LTE hotspot. The big touchscreen display on the front of the AC810 catches the eye. The Nighthawk M1 also has a very eye-catching display, but the round screen has no touch function. On the display, the AirCard 810 router seems has more advantages.

 

In terms of connections, the Nighthawk M1 mobile router is far ahead than Aircard 810. In addition to USB Type C for charging and connecting to the computer, the M1 offers a standard USB port for use as a power bank (charging other devices) as well as an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN port. Both WLAN hotspots are equipped with two TS-9 connections, to which an external mobile radio antenna can be connected. The battery is changeable in both devices; the Nighthawk M1 has much stronger battery of 5040mAh, compared with the AC810 2930mAh battery capacity. In addition, the two mobile routers use SIM size in Micro SIM card.

LTE modem: Cat.11 VS Cat.16

On the datasheet, the Qualcomm LTE modem in the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is significantly more powerful than the AirCard 810 router. The Nighthawk M1 not only supports up to fourfold channel bundling (4CC CA), but also the 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology. The AirCard 810 Router can handle a maximum of three carrier aggregation and 2 × 2 MIMO. The 256QAM modulation is available in both two routers.

 

In practice, the maximum speed was limited more by the mobile network than by the router, so there were hardly any differences between the two devices (tested with unlimited rates from Vodafone and Telekom). However, there were differences in “simple” LTE reception without channel bundling. Here, the Nighthawk M1 was often a little faster on the go. Even in the UMTS network, the Nighthawk M1 has usually made a little faster speed in the downlink than the AC810. By the way, GSM/2G cannot be handled in both hotspots.

WLAN Features

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 offers the slightly better wireless network performance compared to the AirCard 810 router and the slightly better gross data rates, as shown by the test with multiple devices. Both devices support WLAN at dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. There is a difference in the maximum number of devices simultaneously connected via WLAN: up to 20 simultaneous users are possible with the Nighthawk M1, only 15 with the AC810.

 

Both the Netgear AC810 and the Netgear Nighthawk M1 offer a so-called offload function, also known as “WLAN Extender”. As an alternative to the integrated mobile modem, the user can use an existing WLAN connection as Internet access. In the case of the Nighthawk M1, Internet access can alternatively also be established via the RJ45 LAN interface. The offload function is particularly interesting in hotels, at events or in the home and can help to save data volume on the mobile rate.

Operation and software

In terms of operation and configuration, the two Netgear LTE routers differ only minimally. Of course, the AirCard 810 hotspot offers the advantage of the touchscreen display, so some settings can be made conveniently directly on the router. With the Nighthawk M1, you either have to call up the web interface via a browser or use the Netgear Mobile App (available for Android and iOS). If you want to change the AC810 more than just basic things, you have to use the web interface or the app there as well.

 

The web interface offers a bit more features compared to the Netgear Nighthawk M1, but the AC810 is by no means badly positioned here. Both devices are easy and uncomplicated to use, the app is suitable for less technically savvy users, maybe even better for the operation than the web interface.

 

Conclusion

In direct comparison, the Nighthawk M1 is clearly the better router. The modem is better and provides for higher data rates than average, there is a RJ45 LAN connection and the battery has been improved significantly compared to the AirCard 810 again. The waiver of a touch screen is a pity, even though, it’s still given the high price of around 459.00USD. With WLAN, the Nighthawk M1 also offers advantages over the AC810, the range is slightly better and the data rates are higher in many situations.

 

Anyone who is prepared to pay the currently quite high price, clearly gets the better mobile hotspot Nighthawk M1. But the AirCard 810 router is still far from being old-fashioned: Compared to the Nighthawk M1, the 810s aircard offers a more compact and pocket-compatible size and can be operated via touchscreen. You do not have to know too much about the technology, the software is largely identical. For around 250USD, you will not get disappointed with the AC810.

 

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!

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 www.4gltemall.com 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.

Netgear Nighthawk M1- Best Mobile Router for Travel

Not all mobile devices are equipped with a SIM card. However, you have to know the latest Netgear Nighthawk M1 with high speed via LTE, the most important is that it’s an LTE advanced Pro router with SIM card slot and Ethernet port. The Nighthawk M1 could achieve download speed up to 1Gigabit, which is almost in the range of the 5G speed.

 

Nighthawk M1 from Netgear is known for a fleet router for mobile use, can it also be used at home or office. The 4G SIM router has a battery for mobile operation and can be loaded in every suitcase and almost every handbag. It simply gets his network from the air via the LTE wireless networks and transfers data for up to 20 devices. Thus, it should be the ideal companion for every trip.

 

Netgear introduced the Nighthawk M1 last year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  The Australian carrier Telstra first introduced the Nighthawk router to its product range and then US carrier ATT followed. A year later, the device is finally available for users in Europe. Fortunately, the Netgear M1 comes out in Europe without a provider branding, so it’s unlocked can be operated in any network. In the US, the Nighthawk mobile router is limited to AT&T’s network while the Nighthawk router is limited to Telstra in Australia. The built-in modem supports the LTE Cat.16 and achieves maximum speeds of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) in the download, at least in theory because only a few areas in Europe give such transmission rates. In addition, the transfer to mobile devices is possible via WLAN-ac or the built-LAN connection. The Netgear Nighthawk M1 always ensures fast Internet everywhere.

 

Anyone surfing through LTE should always keep an eye on current consumption so as not to exceed the high-speed volume. The Nighthawk M1 succeeds on a built-2.4-inch display. At the side of it are the status indicator for the current battery level and the strength of the network. If the latter is too low, the Netgear M1 will accept a maximum of two TS-9 antennas for reception. The user can control or setup the mobile 4G router through the web page or Netgear Mobile APP. The Netgear Mobile app can be used to make settings and even set up a parental control. The built-in battery is generously sized with 5040 mAh and can keep continuous working for a day and a night according to the manufacturer.

Netgear Nighthawk M1: Price and Availability

Since Telstra and ATT had already presented the product to the public for a long time, here now there are many unlocked Nighthawk M1 available in the market. The unlocked Nighthawk M1 is available on online store www.4gltemall.com with a price of around 459.00USD with free 4G MIMO Antenna with two TS-9 connectors. For the operation, it then still needs a micro-SIM card and a corresponding tariff. If you would take the Nighthawk M1 for travel, you’d better get an unlocked Nighthawk M1 router and get a valid SIM card from a network provider in the destination to work with the M1 router. But you will never get an unlocked Nighthawk M1 from the carriers in the destination country.

How to Use Netgear Nighthawk M1 Gigabit Router

This chapter provides an overview of Netgear Nighthawk M1 4GX Gigabit LTE Mobile Router features and instructions for how to set up your mobile router and connect to the Internet.

The chapter covers the following topics:

  • Get to Know Your Mobile Router
  • Install the SIM Card and the Battery
  • Download the NETGEAR Mobile App
  • Power On Your Mobile Router
  • Use the NETGEAR Mobile App to Set Up the Mobile Router
  • External Antennas

 

Get to Know Your Mobile Router

Your mobile router lets you create a WiFi access point in any location with cellular network coverage. Use a WiFi access point to connect your computer or mobile devices to your service provider’s mobile broadband network and connect to the Internet.

  • Rechargeable battery included with the mobile router
  • Wall socket using the AC adapter and USB cable
  • USB port on your computer Your mobile router can receive power from any of the following sources:

 

 

Top Front View

The following figure shows the top front view of the mobile router.

 

Power Button

Use the Power button to wake the mobile router and to power the device on and off.

 

Desired Result Action
Turn on the mobile router. Press and hold the Power button for three seconds.
Turn off the mobile router. Press and hold the Power button for five seconds.
Wake the router. Press and quickly release the Power button.
Switch between screens. Press and quickly release the Power button.

 

 

 

Status LED

The LED indicates the device’s connection status.

LED What the Pattern Means
Slow blue blink The Nighthawk M1 router is ready.
Fast blue blink The Nighthawk M1 router is transferring data.
Slow amber blink The Nighthawk M1 router is not ready.

 

 

LCD Screen

The LCD screen displays information shown in the following figure.

 

 

Rear View

The following figure shows the rear view of the mobile router.

The mobile router rear panel includes the following ports:

  • USB type A port. Connect a USB storage device or charge a smartphone.

For information about USB storage devices, see Connect a USB Storage Device in the article Netgear M1 Share Media and Storage.

For information about charging a smartphone, see see Use the Mobile Router to Jump Boost Another Device in How to Manage Netgear MR1100 Router Battery Usage and Charging.

  • USB type C port. Connect the USB type-C cable that came in the package to recharge the battery or for a tethered connection to a computer.

For more information about recharging the battery, see Recharge the Battery From a Wall Socket  and Recharge the Battery From a Computer USB Port in the article How to Manage Netgear MR1100 Router Battery Usage and Charging. .

A tethered connection to a computer lets you access the mobile router from a web browser without a WiFi connection. See Tethered Connection in How to Connect to the Netgear M1 Nighthawk Mobile Router.

  • Ethernet port. You can connect an Ethernet device to this port and you can offload your mobile Internet data. The Ethernet connection speed is about 500 Mbps.

When you are using an Ethernet connection, you can use the USB type C cable and the AC adapter to recharge the mobile router battery.

Note: You cannot use an Ethernet connection and use a tethered connection to access the mobile router at the same time.

 

 

For information about offloading data, see Offload Your Mobile Internet Connection in Manage Netgear M1 Internet Connection.

For information about how to use a charge-only tethered connection, see Use the USB Type C Cable to Charge Only in How to Manage Battery Usage and Charging.

 

 

 

Optional Accessories

The following optional accessories are also supported:

  • Optional micro SD card (sold separately)
  • Optional antennas (sold separately)

For more information, visit netgear.com/telstraaccessories.

 

 

Install the SIM Card and the Battery

To install the SIM card and the battery:

To obtain an activated micro SIM (3FF format) card, contact Telstra.

  1. Make sure that power to the mobile router is off.
  2. Remove the cover on the bottom of the mobile router.

Place your thumbs on the arrows on the cover and press down while sliding the cover up.

  1. Carefully slide the micro SIM card into the slot.
  2. Align the battery connectors and insert the battery.
  3. If you purchased a micro SD card, insert the card into the micro SD slot.
  4. Replace the mobile router cover.

 

 

 

Download the NETGEAR Mobile App

The NETGEAR Mobile app lets you set up the mobile router. After initial setup, you can use the app to view or change the mobile router settings. You can also use it to enable Arlo support, play and share media, and enable the travel router feature.

To download the NETGEAR Mobile app:

  1. Connect your mobile device to the Internet.
  2. Open a web browser.
  3. Visit http://netgear.com/mobileapp.
  4. Download the NETGEAR Mobile app.

 

 

Power On Your Mobile Router

To power on your mobile router:

  1. Press the Power button on your mobile router.

The LED lights blue.

  1. To view the WiFi name and password, press and release the Power button to toggle through the Nighthawk M1 router LCD displays.

 

Use the NETGEAR Mobile App to Set Up the Mobile Router

To set up the mobile router:

You must use the NETGEAR Mobile app to set up the mobile router.

  1. Launch the NETGEAR Mobile app.

The app prompts you to change the password for the admin user name and to change the WiFi name and WiFi password.

Note: The default password for the admin user name is admin. We strongly recommend that you change this password to a more secure password.

  1. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your mobile router.

 

External Antennas

Using an external antenna might be recommended in areas of lower coverage to improve your device performance. MIMO Dual TS9 antennas are available from your retailer. Insert the connector carefully to avoid damage to your device.

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.

Netgear MR1100 Nighthawk M1 Will be Available in Europe

The mobile LTE hotspot Netgear Nighthawk M1 will be available in Europe around a year after the official launch. According to information from the online magazine, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 with the model number MR1100 is expected to appear in March. So far, the router is available only for Telstra in Australia and AT&T in the US. With speeds of up to 1 Gbps over LTE Cat16, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is one of the fastest mobile LTE routers available today.

For the first time, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 router was shown in February 2017 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ​​shortly after the device was available from Telstra in Australia. Regarding the market launch planned in Europe, it was not known. Currently, the Netgear flagship model the AirCard 810 hotspot with up to 600 MBit/s downlink is available in many European countries. At the CES electronics trade fair in Las Vegas, it’s said that the MR1100 Nighthawk M1 will be available in Germany in March 2018, and it’s probably without network operator branding and therefore without a SIM lock.

Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 4GX Gigabit LTE Mobile Router

Although the mobile LTE hotspot is available in the market for more than one year, the equipment is still very competitive. Only the latest Huawei E5788 can come up with an equally fast LTE Cat16 modem (up to 1 GBit/s in the downlink). However, the Huawei device has significantly fewer interfaces than the Netgear router. The Netgear Nighthawk M1 features an RJ45 Ethernet LAN interface, a USB Type C port and a full-size USB port. The built-in Netgear battery provides 5040 mAh with a very large capacity and is about 24 hours of continuous operation. On the front there is a round touchscreen display for operation. The Wi-Fi wireless module in the Nighthawk M1 operates at both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Which LTE frequency bands will support the MR1100 in Germany, is still unclear at the present time. We will update the information if we get more specs for the EU version Netgear Nighthawk M1.

Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 4GX Gigabit LTE Mobile Router

Actually, if you don’t mind the Telstra logo, the Telstra version Netgear Nighthawk M1 could work well in almost all the European countries based on the support of the LTE frequency bands. However, user must make sure the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is SIM unlocked from Telstra. Here now, we www. 4gltemall.com could provide the unlocked Nighthawk Nighthawk M1 for global use. If you usually travel to overseas, Nighthawk M1 is really a great partner for wireless network.

Netgear Nighthawk M1 output input ethernet ports

Difference between Huawei E5788 and Netgear Nighthawk M1

Till the November 2017, Netgear Nighthawk M1 was always the fastest 4G LTE Pocket WiFi in the market. With the support of download speed of 1Gigabit per second and 150Mbps for upload, Netgear Nighthawk M1 is very popular in the users who are looking for high-speed terminals to work with LTE advanced Pro networks. With the release of a new 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Huawei E5788, Netgear Nighthawk M1 has a challenging competitor.

Huawei E5 mobile hotspots are always the most popular wireless routers all over the world. Now the most advanced Huawei E5788 comes with Huawei advanced LTE technology. Today we will have a look at what the new LTE hotspot bring to us and what’s the difference between the two Gigabit LTE mobile routers.

Netgear Nighthawk M1 VS Huawei E5788 Appearance and interfaces

If you already have known the Netgear Nighthawk M1 mobile hotspot router, you may know the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is in a square shape with LAN port. The Huawei E5788 doesn’t have the LAN port, it seems to be upgraded from the Huawei E5786 LTE cat6 mobile hotspot. Huawei E5788 has a 2.4-inch color touchscreen to show the information about the connection in square shape while Netgear Nighthawk M1 has also same size screen but in round shape. The power button of Netgear Nighthawk M1 is to switch the menu.

The SIM card slot of Huawei E5788 is at the side of the device while the Nighthawk M1 design the SIM card slot in the inner part under the battery, which is similar to the predecessor Netgear Aircard 810s. They both have two TS-9 connectors for external 4G LTE antenna in case of use in weak signal areas.

 

Huawei E5788 VS MR1100 Battery

The Huawei E5788 has a built-in battery of 3000mAh while the Netgear Nighthawk M1 has a removable battery of 5040mAh. What’s more, the Nighthawk M1 can charge other electric devices on the large battery. Whether the Huawei E5788 has the same function is not mentioned by the official sayings.

Huawei E5788 VS Nighthawk M1 Technical Specifications

We summarize the main technical features of the two high-level LTE mobile routers as below:

 

Model Huawei E5788u-96a Netgear Nighthawk M1
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.16 LTE Cat.16
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9250 Qualcomm MDM9x50
Data rates DL 1Gbps/UL 100Mbps DL 1Gbps/UL 100Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * FDD-LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/19/20/28
* TDD-LTE: Band 38/40/41/42
Telstra Nighthawk M1: Band 1/3/7/8/28
AT&T Nighthawk M1: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/29/30/66
Hong Kong Nighthawk M1: Band 1/3/7/8/20/28/29/30/38/40/41
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 32 users 20 users
MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No connector Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna N/A Netgear Nighthawk M1 Antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Netgear Aircard APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Non-removable, 3000mAh Removable, 5040 mAh
Dimensions 129 x 65 x 13.5mm 105.5  x 105.5  x 20.35 mm
Ethernet Port No On port for LAN port(RJ-45)
Datasheet download Huawei E5788 Datahseet Netgear Nighthawk M1 Datasheet
User Manual Huawei E5788 Manual Netgear Nighthawk M1 Manual
Other features 4CC CA 4 band CA, JumpBoost
Firmware download Huawei E5788 Firmware Nighthawk M1 Firmware
Drivers Huawei E5788 Driver Nighthawk M1 Driver
Reviews Huawei E5788 Review Netgear Nighthawk M1 AT&T Review
Price 499.00USD 459.00USD

Summary

From the technical specifications, we can see the two Gigabit LTE routers have very similar functions. The supported LTE frequency bands are different for various LTE networks in different areas. Here now, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is available in the market and has gained a very good reputation. The Huawei E5788u-96a(first released model) is now available at https://www.4gltemall.com/huawei-e5788-gigabit-lte-cat-16-mobile-hotspot.html. But who will be the winner, the market will tell.

Huawei E5788u-96a LTE Cat.16 Mobile WiFi Presented

A mobile wireless router named “Huawei E5788u-96a” from Chinese manufacturer Huawei Technologies (Huawei Technology) was released. According to the official sayings, it’s the world’s first LTE category 16 mobile hotspot with support of peak download speed up to 1Gbps(Gigabit Per Second). As the first Cat.16 Gigabit hotspot, it will improve access to high-quality video streaming, and facilitate emerging mobile virtual reality applications and experiences, and is a key step towards 5G.

 

With the advanced Qualcomm MDM9250 chipset using 6 LTE antennas design, Huawei E5788 MiFi could support full-band 4 x 4 MIMO, four carrier aggregation (4CC) and leading DL 256QAM modulation to download data at up to 1 Gbps as well as 64QAM and 2CA to upload data at up to 150 Mbps. It enables you to open online 4K HD movie in seconds. Comparing the predecessor Huawei E5786, the Huawei E5788u-96a could covers more 4G/LTE/3G frequency bands as below:

 

* FDD-LTE 2600 (B7) / 2100 (B1) / 1900 (B2)/1800 (B3)/1700 (B4)/900 (B8)/850 (B5)/800 (B19/B20) / 700(B28)

* TD-LTE 3500 (B42)/2600 (B38) / 2500 (B41) / 2300(B40)

* W-CDMA 2100 (I)/1900 (II)/1700 (IV)/900 (VIII) MHz

It should be emphasized that the Huawei E5788u-96a could support TD-LTE band 42(3500MHz). In the market, there are very few mobile terminals that support this band. As we know, there is only the Huawei E5776s-420 mobile 4G Router for band 42.

 

The display of Huawei E5788 has a color liquid crystal of about 2.4 inches and can be operated with a touch panel. Huawei E5788u-96a also supports Bluetooth 4.1 and Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5. x GHz Dual-Band). It is possible to connect 32 wireless LAN devices simultaneously. The battery of Huawei E5788 can keep working up to 10 hours! The Bluetooth data transmit and wake up function means users can access the internet through Bluetooth connection and save 40% battery life compared to Wi-Fi connection, extending the device power and standby time. It is also compatible with NFC, and by connecting a smartphone or the like compatible with NFC, it is easy to connect.

 

Huawei E5788 E5788u-96a LTE Cat.16 Gigabit Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Currently, there is only the Netgear Nighthawk M1 which has similar specifications and could be a competitor to Huawei E5788u-96a, but according to the predecessor Huawei 4G mobile hotspots, we believe Huawei E5788 would be a new hot selling star. And we would take detail test on this new Gigabit mobile hotspot in near future.