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NETGEAR Nighthawk M1 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot (MR1100-100NAS) – Up to 1Gbps Speed

(139 customer reviews)

£89.00

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Brand NETGEAR
Series MR1100-100NAS
Special Feature Super Fast Wireless Internet, Parental Control
Frequency Band Class Dual-Band

Wireless Type 802.11ac
Compatible Devices Personal
Frequency 5 GHz
Included Components Removable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, Quick start guide, NETGEAR Nighthawk Mobile Hotspot Router, AC charger and USB Type-C cableRemovable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, Quick start guide, NETGEAR Nighthawk Mobile Hotspot Router, AC charger and USB Type-C cable
Connectivity Technology Wi-Fi
Color BLACK

GTIN 0606449128680 Category:
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About this item
Share WiFi internet access with up to 20 devices
Unlocked to accept all SIM cards (excluding Sprint legacy network); works best on AT&T and T-Mobile. Please check with preferred carrier on data plan details and limitations
Requires Nano SIM card from carrier and activation of compatible BYOD (Bring Your own Device) data plan that meets your data needs
Download speeds up to 1Gbps. Speeds may vary by service and proximity to nearest cell tower
One USB port shares storage for data or personal media streaming with connected wireless devices
5040mAH rechargeable battery powers all day continuous use and allows easy charging of other USB devices
Large 2.4 inch LCD screen provides data usage monitoring, mobile signal strength, and network management information
Backed by a 1-year limited hardware warranty

139 reviews for NETGEAR Nighthawk M1 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot (MR1100-100NAS) – Up to 1Gbps Speed

    smh
    October 26, 2022
    Excellent signal, speeds with only one single inconvenience.
    I live in a rural area and cannot get decent DSL through my landline. I use this for a much less expensive (compared to satellite that I use to have), and more consistent WiFi connection for pc’s and phone’s. It’s amazing how well it works off of a cell tower when my phone only has 2 bars of service where I live. I tried using my iPhone 12 hotspot and it definitely did not serve my purpose. I am a two person household. The signal with this Netgear device is great, the speeds are fast, and I can stream to my tv. It is everything I was looking for. The only complaint I have is that it’s not one you can leave plugged in all the time. This is a little inconvenient for me and realize it’s my own fault for not thinking about this during my research and has absolutely nothing to do with the quality or signal of the device After all, it is a “portable” hotspot. I just don’t like having to make sure I unplug it after the battery charges to save the battery life. It does tell you “battery is fully charged unplug to save battery life”. My advice would be to consider you’re own personal situation prior to purchasing a “portable” device.
    One person found this helpful
    William R. Webb
    October 25, 2022
    A major improvement in cellular reception
    We are in a broadband fringe area and usually get one bar, sometimes two bars on a good day, with fairly frequent connection drop-outs, packet retries, and marginal capacity for streaming. I must say that our connectivity has improved considerably when I installed the antenna. Got an overall signal quality improvement of 4db, which in our case, made a great improvement. Streaming is now seamless, no more drop-outs, and no lost connections. One caution - the antenna connectors are fragile and cannot be repaired if broken. Make sure to mount the antenna securely. Those mounting suction cups work OK, but not for long. They will eventually pop off. If the antenna falls, it will damage the connectors. Otherwise 5 stars.
    Drifter Journey
    October 24, 2022
    Decent unit, a bit slow
    I bought this product to use with a prepaid AT&T plan so that I could supplement my VZW cell plan while working remote. It works really well and the only things I am annoyed with are that it takes a few minutes to get up and running with connectivity to service as well as the fact that the battery doesn't last very long. I pretty much have to charge it after 4-6 hours of use (probably depends on how hard it's searching for a signal). Overall, I would recommend it, because it's a good option for folks looking to work remotely.
    3 people found this helpful
    Gary D. Scott
    October 16, 2022
    Very good and clever device
    Bought this then went looking for a data only plan. In the mean time I used my MVNO AT&T SIM from the phone. Worked fine. Looked around for a data only plan, but all the "hotspot" plans had sneaky 5 GB limits without paying a lot of extra money. Finally ended up at the AT&T store (you will need their SIM they are asking $15.00 for to start a new plan). They have a 20 and 50 GB plans for very reasonable money IMHO (but you have to ask for the "data only", as most of the sales people will try and get you into something else). The other caveat is you will probably need their 4G SIM, not the current 5G one, to get it working before you leave the store. Most of the store people know very little about these type of devices. Just checked speedtest.net late tonight in California with 4 bars on the display I am getting 130 MBs down and 20MBs up.The WiFi seems be fairly short range, so don't think this will extend very far away from the box. The color display is cute and each push of the power button shows signal/battery status, 2 gHz, then 5 gHz band and the password to access it. The hardwired ethernet works great with a wire to your desktop or even a router. The battery seems to last longer than 4 hours, depending on use - as it will "sleep" when not actually using the internet, but wakes quickly. Or keep the type-C cable plugged into a wall wart for 5 volt power and battery charging.One minor issue with 'my unit' is sometimes on boot up it hangs before becoming fully operational. I just hold the power button down until it turns off, then hold it down again to restart. The orange and blue blinking lights are also helpful as is the signal strength bar graph and Mega bytes used to indicate its status.
    One person found this helpful
    Catlover
    October 14, 2022
    Good addition to mobile hotspot
    The first thing to know is that this is a directional antenna. It will usually improve the signal over any omnidirectional antenna including the one built into your mobile hotspot, but only if you are stationary and take the time to find and point it in the direction of the closest cell tower.The second thing to know is that this is a 2x2 mimo antenna. Your mobile hotspot may or may not have a 4x4 mimo antenna built in. I use it with Netgear's M1 mobile hotspot which is 4x4 mimo, that means I have 3 scenarios:- With strong signal (usually 3+ bars) the hotspot is faster *without* the antenna as 4x4 mimo > 2x2 mimo- With medium signal (1 or 2 bars) it's a wash. The upload speed is usually better with the external antenna.- With weak signal (1 bar) the external antenna really shines and makes a big improvement over the built-in antennaConclusion: I think having an external directional antenna is great when using a mobile hotspot on the go in weak coverage areas. The Netgear 2x2 one does a good job at it.When in an area with strong signal or when in motion (e.g. in a moving vehicle) on the other hand, it won't improve and may even deteriorate download speeds.PS The antenna is about 50% bigger than a Netgear M1 and won't fit in the Aenllosi travel case.
    2 people found this helpful
    Samantha Baker
    October 5, 2022
    DO NOT BUY FROM THIS SELLER! MUST HAVE A WARRANTY FOR THIS ROUTER!
    I purchased this router from this seller in August 2018. By the first week in December, the product failed. The router kept up a continuous cycle of shutting itself off and rebooting. (Yes, I checked to see if there was a firmware update. There wasn't.) I contacted the seller, Electronics-Plus, who said that they wouldn't replace it since it had been more than 45 days since I purchased it. They referred me to contact NetGear directly, since the issue seemed to be a manufacturing defect. After 2 phone calls with NetGear, they determined they couldn't help me because I didn't purchase the router directly from the manufacturer (even though I purchased it through a company I believed was an authorized retailer). So I reached back out to the seller and after several heated emails, they finally agreed to send me a "refurbished" router, if I sent back the original.Fast-forward to 2 and a half months later, and the same problem is occurring again. I reached back out to the seller yet again, but have not received a response as of the time of this review. Not surprised.I work remotely and travel full-time so it's vital that I have reliable internet. Don't get me wrong, the product is AMAZING... when it works. But to spend $300.00 on a router (now on my second one) and to only have it last a couple of months is ridiculous.I was able to walk into Best Buy today and purchased this router not only for **$100** CHEAPER than what this seller offers, but I also got the Geek Squad 2-year Replacement Warranty for only $30.00. That means when (not IF) this router goes out, I'll be able to walk right back in to any Best Buy location and get a replacement for FREE.Overall, I highly recommend this product. Truly, it's amazing. Ours runs off AT&T's network and we've never had a single issue with it. We do have a signal booster in case we are in a more rural area with weak tower coverage; but we've been able to stream Netflix, YouTube, and even play games online without any issues! But I should've done my research beforehand and purchased this router from BestBuy the first time around. I wasted $300 purchasing from this seller since they don't offer a warranty and the product doesn't work due to a manufacturer defect that the manufacturer doesn't cover either.Conclusion: GREAT product (just be sure to get it from an authorized retailer that offers a warranty!)AWFUL seller - AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
    59 people found this helpful
    Daniel Low
    October 1, 2022
    Really Good connection
    I used ATT. The hotspot is phenomenal, any problems are your ISP disprovider.
    Mike L.
    September 28, 2022
    Great LTE Modem or Personal Hotspot
    If you purchase this as an LTE modem or personal hotspot, you won't be disappointed. If you're expecting it to replace a standard home router on its own, you will be. I like almost everything about this product, but the built-in wifi strength is not what I had hoped. The 5 GHz signal is good for a small room and no more. It disappears through one wall.Fortunately, it has an ethernet port and it acts as an amazing cellular modem when paired with a traditional wifi router.The most useful feature, without question, is the ability to lock it to a particular LTE band. It would be useless to me without this capability. Why would you want to use Band 12 with four bars of signal strength but only 3-4 Mbps, when you can get 30-40 Mbps on one bar of Band 66? Unfortunately, in order to specify a particular band, you have to google "MR1100 band lock" and go through gyrations like USB tethering and telnet command lines. Netgear, if you're reading this, you NEED to make the ability to specify LTE bands a native feature of the GUI. It's impossible to take full advantage of the capability of this device without it. If you need to add a warning about not changing this setting unless you know what you're doing, fine. That's pretty standard. Just make it easy and convenient.For those who are wondering, it works great with T-Mobile on Band 66. I've seen it pull 150 Mbps down and 25 up. It also works on Bands 2 and 12. T-Mobile still has an issue selling the correct plan for this device at retail stores. I had to call customer service after getting home from the store, to have them switch me to a hotspot plan rather than the tablet plan I was sold. After the change, the Mobile Broadband Disconnected error went away and I was in business. I think this should have been handled by the time I left the store. I don't blame the salesperson. I saw his iPad and the $50 - 100 GB data plan; I didn't see a separate option for a "hotspot."At any rate, it works fantastically as an LTE modem that pairs with a Nighthawk standalone router. It's locked on Band 66, allowing it to deliver true broadband in a location that has regular cell phones operating on Band 12 with glacial speeds.
    6 people found this helpful
    Darren
    September 23, 2022
    It works well in the right spot!
    This device along with the M1 nighthawk 4g LTE modem has fixed my rural internet issues. I do not typically write reviews on products but my slow DSL has plagued me for so long that I want to help others that may have similar issues.The key to this device is finding the right spot! I cannot stress this enough. They say it is directional which is probably true. However I currently have it set up in a window that faces straight west where there is no tower in that exact direction. It just so happens to work well in that spot.Before I had century link DSL and was getting about 6 mbps up and .7 mbps down. I am running a prepaid ATT unlimited plan now. They say that you can be slowed down in times of congestion on the towers. Has not happened to me so far and I put this plan to the test and have probably used over 100 GB. This is my first month with them. My speeds have been ranging from 20-60 mbps. 20 is more typical during the day and 60 usually happens past midnight when there is less congestion. The speed test I just took was at 9:11 am and got 35.9 up and 1.72 down. The M1 has an ethernet port which enabled me to connect the M1 to a Nighthawk router to throw the signal farther and stronger.Until you find a great spot this device can be very frustrating. I had a lot of variability in speed and connection strength-which will happen if the connection is weak. There are ways to diagnose these problems which I won't get into on here but relate to SINR, RSRP, and RSRQ. To provide more information about where I live there are a few towers in my area but are all about 3 miles or more away. I live in thick woods but this area is relatively flat. We are just outside cable / fiber internet service and only had DSL/satellite options and are a few miles from a small town.This antenna is a great option to try before purchasing the more expensive external antennas. Give it a shot! To me is definitely money well spent. Can even consider both and use this antenna as a go to for traveling.
    3 people found this helpful
    Stormyjr
    September 22, 2022
    works
    helps but not like an outdoor one
    One person found this helpful
    Amazon Customer
    September 19, 2022
    It's an improvement, but don't expect miracles.
    Overall the Antenna does improve the signal reception. That said, it is not as large a difference as many who buy are probably hoping it will be. It is only about 10%-20% better than the built-in Antenna at the same location.What does this mean?For me, this means that if I put the Hotspot and the Antenna in almost identical locations, I would only see an increase of maybe 10%-20% in download (from 5-6 Mbps to 7-8 Mbps) and similar for upload speeds, with latency getting the biggest boost being about 15%-25% less latent. I ran multiple tests at different times and locations and that was about my average increase. I think that alone is worth the $55 I paid, but I really wish it was more. A note on this though, I live in the city which means I'm sharing a lot more of the air and there were some serious dips at different times of the day, YMMV.The big improvement for me is that I can move the Antenna outside my cement brick office as they state the Antenna is outdoor safe. When I did that I sometimes saw improvements as much as 16Mbps and frequently averaged 10-12Mbps.I also plan to take to my inlaws as they live out in the country and I'll update this review after if I can to see bigger differences made there.One big negative for me is how short the cables are coming off the Antenna. You'd need extensions for sure if you plan to mount on a roof house, RV, or otherwise.
    2 people found this helpful
    Studio Parable
    September 18, 2022
    Just Meh
    I recently purchased the Netgear 6000450 MIMO Antenna and was disappointed with the results. In my experience, the antenna did not seem to improve my signal or performance at all. I even tried positioning the antenna in different locations and orientations, but I did not notice any difference. Overall, I do not think the antenna is worth the investment and would not recommend it to others.
    Kim R
    September 11, 2022
    I will never purchase another Netgear product.
    We've had the Netgear Nighthawk M1 for about 4 months now and it worked well for a brief period. We begin experiencing an issue where the router would get stuck in a constant reboot loop. We had to do a reset of the router to fix it, setup the internet again before we could reconnect our devices. It seemed that if we tried to connect more than 2-3 devices at once it would overwhelm the router and start the continuous rebooting. We're pretty simple people and it's just 2 of us so it's not like we have 47 smart devices connected. Usually just 1-2 laptops, sometimes a TV and sometimes our cell phones. We learned quickly that we couldn't even use our Blink cameras because that would overwhelm the router. Netgear claims that the M1 will support up to 20 devices. Light personal use of the device determined that was a lie. For example, I work from home and am almost always connected to my laptop, if my husband would connect his laptop and either one of us was doing any sort of video streaming (YouTube or Zoom/Teams calls) the router would reboot. No TV's, no cell phone browsing, no Alexa's, no gaming, just very simple laptop usage. I had read through numerous forum posts with others of this same issue and there didn't seem to be a fix. This issue got continuously worse through the next 4 months and it went from happening maybe 1-2 times per week to 1-2 times per day. Until one day it stopped disbursing WiFi all together. I tried all the typical troubleshooting, rebooting, resettting, unplugging, removing the SIM, etc. Nothing worked. The device was on and showed LTE signal but there was no WiFi signal and also hardwiring the device to a laptop did not work. This is when I learned how much of a scam that Netgear really is. Netgear offers only 3 months of phone/email support for their devices before you must begin paying to speak to someone via phone or email. Kinda crazy that you get 3 months of support and my device crapped out after 4. I searched through their forums online and saw multiple posts where others had the exact same issue, Netgear representatives were no help other than suggesting a reset of the device and there did not seem to be any resolution to the problem. I searched through support/help articles on their website and nothing mentioned the issue I was having. My device is supposed to have a 1 year warranty but I was struggling to find a way to even contact Netgear to try and get a replacement product. Finally after scouring the deepest depths of their website, I found an option to log a support ticket to do a hardware check of your device if you were wanting a replacement product. I logged the ticket and received a number that I must call within 24 hours or my ticket would be cancelled. I called and spoke with a gentleman who asked if the backlight was on on the device which it was. He then told me that "since the device turns on that he cannot continue troubleshooting with me unless I pay for their technical support". I attempted to clarify as there could be plenty of issues with the device other than if it turns on or not. He further explained that that is the extent of their hardware check and they will not warranty the device if it turns on unless I pay for additional support. Keep in mind this support is $80 for 6 months of support. Insane. Luckily the day after this router died, I got an email that my Starlink order had shipped and was coming within a week. Not worth the hassle for me to continue to fight this as I won't have a need for this product in a few days. I did want to write a review to hopefully warn others not to waste money on this trash device. Before you purchase this or any Netgear product, please look up Netgear on the BBB website and skim through the complaints and reviews. I wish I would have before we bought this piece of trash. We ordered an Alcatel router from Amazon to get us through until our Starlink gets installed but that thing is already twice the product the Nighthawk M1 is for 1/3 the price. Please save yourself some headache and order a different device.
    6 people found this helpful
    RL
    September 6, 2022
    Noticeable Signal Improvement
    I bought this unit to improve the range of a Verizon Wireless Jetpack 7730L 4G LTE. The unit did increase performance.I bought his unit and the Agital 4G LTE Antenna. This unit did better. Although not very a controlled test and I'm sure there are some flaws with my testing, I did see that this Netgear unit was giving me better signal strength. Of course the signal strength does not tell the whole story and can't be trusted. But, more importanly I was seeing better usage performance. So, quick speed tests showed this from one sample:1. Verizon Jetpack with no antenna - 8.75 Mbps upload, 11.8 download2. Verizon Jetpack with Agital Antenna - 10.4 Mbps upload, 11.8 download3. Verizon Jetpack with Netgear 6000450 MIMO Antenna - 19.7Mbps upload, 29.2 downloadAs you can see, the Netgear Antenna did a better.Also, with these 2 antennas, I noticed having these standing straight up is important, You can't lay these flat. Which is somewhat obvious. But, needs to be mentioned. This unit has the little suction cups and allows you to place this vertical on surfaces. I used my in the car side window and drove for hours. Never fell down or got loose. My only little grip is that suction cups when storing the unit come out their slots easy. Not a big deal as when mounted, they stay due to gravity. Just have to be careful to loose them when storing the unit. Almost lost them a few times. i would give this unit a 5 if it were not for that. But, maybe I'm being too picky and it deserves a 5.OverallI'm happy with the unit.
    4 people found this helpful
    Jerry M
    August 25, 2022
    It all depends upon the strength of the incoming signal
    I took it to a vacation rental with no internet service. I was able to serve 10 guests with good internet access including streaming video. At one point however the signal vanished and my internet access with it.
    Ryan L. Whitford
    August 15, 2022
    Makes verizon hotspot useful where it was not before
    My RV is currently parked in a fringe cell service area for work. Campground wifi is iffy at best and I needed a solution. I gave this a shot on my Verizon hotspot (with the appropriate antenna ports) and it took me from 2 bars to 4 bars or put my rsi in well within acceptable ranges. I used a couple only sources to locate the closest tower that I would have line of site to (use brave browser because freedom is our friend) and put the antenna in the window facing that direction. Next thing I knew, I was making video calls on Teams. After that I was upgrading my data plan...
    2 people found this helpful
    Tyler Weis
    August 13, 2022
    It's not fast out in the country. Rarely 5G.
    It's signal is not meant for a wide range for home internet in rural areas.
    2 people found this helpful
    Bekah
    August 11, 2022
    Strong; Compact
    After a simple setup I have I strong hot spot signal for multiple device use on the go using a plan though AT&T. It handles all my devices easily with great range through my house.
    bellator
    July 22, 2022
    The Nighthawk is a beast.
    I have not used Netgear Tech support and do not game so I have not evaluated these areas. I live in an area with no ISP provider other than Cellular or Satellite. I tried a Satellite ISP provider and my phone out performed it, very slow and the data rates were terrible. Then I tried the Nighthawk M1100 4g LTE (no 5g signal available). My data rates went to 78 mbps download and 18 mbps on the uploads. I then added a directional MIMO antenna to the Nighthawk and my data rates jumped to 180 mbps on the the download and 83 mbps on the upload. I palace the Nighhawk in the ISP modem mode and connected to my WIFI router. I now have my home network up and running and it’s stable. I have 2 routers, 2 access point and 1 Apple TV connected to the network and it’s very stable. I should also mention that the data rates I mentioned are WIFI speeds and not the hardwired speed, hardwired speeds and data rates may be faster but I did not do a speed test on them. I have been running the Nighthawk for over three months now without any problem. I would recommend this product to anyone who is in a similar situation as we are. It’s also mobile, so you can take it with you should you have the need.
    4 people found this helpful
    Matt F
    July 11, 2022
    Expensive for its feature set, but a solid upgrade from the Netgear LM-1200
    I installed this with an AT&T data-only SIM at a customer's very rural location, since the Netgear LM-1200 I tried initially didn't support cellular band locking. I came upon this discovery when the LM-1200, at a much more modest $110, kept dropping the LTE signal from the tower about 2 miles away (through dense woods) and the Netgear Nighthawk M1 seemed like my only choice that supported band locking and that didn't cost upwards of $700.The M1 has a built in battery which serves the purpose of a mini uninterruptible power supply, which is nice, and an advantage over the LM-1200. It also serves as a WiFi gateway but the range, as you might imagine, is pretty uninspiring since it has no external WiFi antennas or ports for those antennas. It does, however, support cellular antennas by way of two TS9 connectors on the rear of the unit--this was another requirement I had, and something the T-Mobile Nokia gateway I tried initially didn't support without a good deal of disassembly and nonsense.So, overall, it serves its purpose and seems to have a good LTE radio (can't comment on its 5G performance since the tower doesn't support 5G), but it seems wildly expensive at almost $400. 5G modems in general seem expensive, maybe just owing to their complexity over 4G, or the supply chain, or Covid, or whatever the latest excuse is, but if you want a solid 4G modem, buy this.
    7 people found this helpful
    Guadalupe Lawrence
    July 2, 2022
    Easy setup and easy to use
    Easy breezy. I purchased my nighthawk to use on go for my computer so far the set up has been easy and they use has also been easy as well. We definitely recommend.
    Annie
    June 21, 2022
    Nighthawk Mobile Router
    Excellent product and works well with camper living.
    J. A. Bonewitz
    June 17, 2022
    Make sure you’re hotspot needs won’t extend outside of the USA. Could not connect to AT&T!!
    The first point is that these units are specific to regions. This one works in the USA, but if you want to take it to Europe, no joy. You need a unit specific to that region. The other VERY important thing to know is that AT&T will no longer support unlocked devices like this one. I took the unit to my local AT&T store to purchase a data SIM. With the activation fee, it cost me a bit over $50 USD. I had them install the SIM and set it up for me. After nearly 2 hours, they still couldn’t get it to work on their network. Finally a call to their back office revealed that this UNLOCKED device is no longer supported. They suggested that I purchase a locked device from someone like BestBuy. I tried that, but they were out of stock and on back order. The kid at BestBuy suggested I try the T-Mobile store, since the device is supposed to work on their network. So off to T-Mobile. It took all of 10 minutes to set it up, and confirm that everything worked, It was much cheaper as well, about $20 for 3 GB. Sadly, AT&T REFUSED to refund my money for this pre-paid SIM (which they could never get to work). I made multiple phone calls to different departments within AT&T, and was met with a dead end every time. I’ve had to protest the charge with my credit card company, and am awaiting the result. AT&T IS EVIL!! Once I got it connected to T-Mobile, the unit worked beautifully.
    22 people found this helpful
    Malcolm Robinson
    June 16, 2022
    Hard to configure properly
    We bought this router to have cellular wifi during our RV trips. We got the data-only 100GB plan with AT&T, but they didn't sell the router anymore , all stores were out of it, so we had to order on Amazon. But I didn't know that if we ordered direct from Netgear they had one listed that was specifically for AT&T, that might have been the better option. So.... when it kept on failing to connect to the internet (we had AT&T signal bars, the SIM we got from them did function, but not for data, it seemed) We spent countless hours of our vacation on the line with tech support, and visiting the AT&T store. After initiating the item's return, I called NetGear tech support and got more help, but still they said the APN and SIM weren't connecting, so I needed to get back with AT&T. Been there, done that, very long and painful experiences.So... I read and searched all over the place. The one thing that changed for me was an article on a site called DataGo, a very long read, but many pages down it said the APN should be named "phone", or "broadband", and a couple other settings there which totally depended on your device. Since we had data-only plan, I added a new APN called broadband, and had to select this one to be active instead of the bogus one I had created earlier. Had no idea what I was doing the first time, so had just named it whatever. Still don't know much about this but OMG it did work. Still struggling (and I am a retired IT professional, out-of-date somewhat, but still did better myself w/trial&error than the tech help I found!)We've been using Dish portable satellite dish for RV television, and just can't deal with the hassle any more, so at least now we're streaming TV and other niceties. Hope it keeps improving. Good luck!
    24 people found this helpful
    Chat Myers
    June 15, 2022
    Great for streaming Xbox Game pass or remote play.
    I'm offshore 3 weeks out of the month and am an avid gamer. I never leave for work without my Switch and now my tablet and Xbox controller. My tablet combined with the Nighthawk hotspot gets me online with plenty of bandwidth to stream any Game pass game I want. Netgear Nighthawk to the rescue!I currently use Cricket wireless, but this hotspot is unlocked for any compatible carriers sim card. Check you carrier for compatibility before purchase. I know it works with AT&T and cricket wireless. Cricket offers 100gb of data for 50 a month, which is more than enough for my 3 weeks.The battery on this guy is lasting me 14 to 15 hours with the short wifi broadcast distance and 2 to 3 devices connected. Connection can be done with wifi or via the Ethernet port located on the bottom. You can also remove the battery and run the hotspot off the power cable when available.Administration is super simple and can all be done from your phone with the Netgear app. This guy has a lot of advanced router functions, including guest networks and Upnp. The digital screen displays your wifi name and password, power level, signal strength and carrier, days left on current plan, and data used. Single button operation for scrolling through your displayed info.This guy also has an extra directional antenna available for the 2 antenna ports on the bottom. I get signal splendidly without it, but sometimes it's helpful to boost your signal by putting the antenna in a window.This guy is sleek and low profile, and will get your devices on the net wherever you can get a cell signal at 4g speeds. So worth it if you need a good hotspot. Recommended for rv'ers and camping enthusiasts or gamers on the go. It's worth the extra cost, trust me.
    2 people found this helpful
    dragonwire
    June 14, 2022
    Works Fantastic
    I have been using this hotspot for about two years now. Works great! We are able to stream on several devices at once, no problems. It is capable of having 10 devices on it at once. Has great security and a really easy administrative web access. You do not need to be efficient in networking. Its pretty easy to setup. Also, great for taking with us when we go camping.
    Elizabeth R.
    June 9, 2022
    works in our area where nothing else works
    We bought this because we live in a rural area (Florida panhandle) where nothing else works accept for ATT&T , so we were able to connect this to ATT&T new phone line. This is done at an ATT&T store not by calling ATT&T direct for a reason, listen up, the store can give you unlimited minutes with a new phone line, when you can ATT&T direct they provide you with a plan and slow it down and it costs more. So this worked perfectly for our situation. We have had it about two weeks with no problems. We bought a cheaper Antenna that sticks to the window , because our house has a steel roof, for around $20 and it seems to be working good with it so far too. We also bought a holder for the wall so it can sit next to the window. We bought the unlimited plan and it has not disappointed. I would definitely but it again. Just make sure you have it turned on at an ATT&T store, not by calling them direct.
    2 people found this helpful
    BrianG
    June 5, 2022
    Great mobile router
    Great little router! Battery powered is great backup for power outages. Worked perfectly right out of the box!
    danny
    May 28, 2022
    Definitely boosted my 4G Hotspot performance!
    [UPDATED 3-9-2021]Changing my rating from 2 stars to 5 stars...I was wrong. Though 2.4GHz wifi option provided similar performance compared to my T-Mobile Alcatel 4G hotspot, the 5Ghz wifi option boost the performance to the equivalent of the T-Mobile 5G Inseego 5G hotspot. I am very impressed with the performance. I also learned that when I can plug the USB into my laptop, it acted as a wifi card -- I can turn off my wifi on my laptop, and this router usb input provided the internet through usb. This means that I can use this as my internet source for my desktop pc without needing to get a wifi card or put it near a router / switch to get internet via CAT5 cable.This thing is a winner! 5 stars!======================I purchased this router because I have a 4G T-Mobile Alcatel Hotspot that worked ok. It's not 5G fast, but it's not too bad for internet access and watching Youtube videos. Review for this product says it will help boost 4G signal, so this is why I bought it.First, as for the product itself, it is very solid. It takes a Micro Simm, so I had to buy a micro-simm adapter in order for my T-Mobile Hotspot simm card to fit. Once I plug it in, the internet just worked. Very painless.As for the speed, I ran a speed test comparing my T-Mobile Alcatel 4G hotspot vs this product. My T-Mobile Alcatel 4G actually performed slightly better, but for all intents and purposes, they are effectively the same. No super fast 4G LTE performance product description says. What's worst is that this is actually 3x more expensive than the Alcatel 4G hotspot from T-Mobile.Thus, 2 stars -- mostly for ease of use only.
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    Chariot Man
    May 13, 2022
    Back cover only bad part
    works great, however i can't get the back off the intended way, had to use a knife.
    Steven L.
    May 10, 2022
    It works great!
    I was helped by the NetGear support to install my new NightHawk, which replaced a very old AT&T hotspot, and it works great!
    Amazon Customer
    May 10, 2022
    Works for me so far
    Our ATT wifi signal strength had gotten so bad recently that it was disconnected more than up, and we have few options where we live. This antenna has improved our signal substantially so far. Only had it for a day but things are working much better. Will replace it with Starlink once that's available next year, but if things continue this antenna was a good purchase for us.
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    Heather
    May 8, 2022
    a must for rural users without other options
    This is a long one, so here we go. I'm an AT&T customer who lives in a wooded rural area. We do not have any other internet or satellite options where. We have used the mobile Hotspot data on our phones for streaming and gaming, basic computer stuff. We do not have unlimited Hotspot data and every month we max out and our speeds are cut to nothing, can't even open an email. We do have an unlimited mobile data plan and here's where we found a grey area. An AT&T rep gave me this advice when I recently upgraded my cell phone and complained about our internet situation. He recommended this device to me. It was cheaper on Amazon than anywhere else. Plus I can send it back if it doesn't work for me, Prime has a fantastic return policy. This is what I did:1. Add another line on my wireless plan for an unlimited mobile data plan.2. Register an old smart phone I had laying around3. Obtain a new SIM from AT&T assigned to that old smart phone4. Put that same SIM card in the Netgear device.The netgear device isn't registered in my mobile plan, the old phone is. So we access it from our devices as WiFi meaning we don't use it as a hotpot with capped data. Total game changer for my family! We can stream, game, etc with no issues. Our unlimited data plan works fairly well and since we registered an old phone rather than a mobile Hotspot, we access the unlimited data plan rather than a limited data Hotspot. I'm not a tech wiz so I'm not sure about connection speeds and all that. But our download speeds are just as good as our mobile wireless devices and that's good enough for us!Activating the device was a bit difficult. If you're not tech savvy at all, call customer support. I figured it out, but it was trial and error. Battery life is so so but it doesn't get hot when we plug it in. And we leave it on 24/7 it doesn't get hot. I also bought the antenna and I really haven't noticed a difference with or without it. The cords for the antenna are shorter than what I would like. I may send it back and buy an off brand and see how it functions. All in all, I'm pleased with the device and I like that I can use 5G or the other one as my printer is old and doesn't function on 5G. Now I can use Smart Home devices as it was difficult in the past using our cell phones as mobile Hotspots. My kids can even connect with this in their rooms upstairs, they don't get a strong connection at that distance, but it still works. If you're looking at this and don't need insane high speeds or 10 devices streaming at once, this is it. I haven't had a firmware update, so I can't speak to the issues others are having with that.
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    JohnnieR
    May 1, 2022
    The Perfect Mate for the new AT&T Netgear Nighthawk LTE Hotspot
    Although it's not widely known yet, the new Netgear Nighthawk LTE Hotspot has 2 ports in the rear, that open up to accept this antenna. The dual connection ports of this antenna connect perfectly into the hotspot, greatly enhancing signal strength. I use this hotspot as my home internet source.Like many routers and hotspots, the Nighthawk has an Admin page you can access with any internet browser. On that page, there is a section you can navigate to which shows your signal strength in dB. The dB strength for cellular signal is measured in minus, for example a perfect cell signal is around -50 dB, while a barely usable cellular signal is around -120 dB. The Netgear's Admin page showed I was getting a signal of around -115 dB, BEFORE I connected this antenna. After connecting the Netgear MIMO Antenna, the signal strengthened from -115 to -99 dB! This is significant since every 3 dB of signal gained, equals a double in signal strength!Put into simpler, more useful terms... before this antenna, running an internet speed test showed my download speed was around 6-8 mbps.... after connecting this antenna, I am now getting regular tests above 30 mbps, and tonight I ran a test of over 56 mbps (see attached picture)!! Using this antenna to get better cell signal to the hotspot makes that big of a difference.The antenna comes with very little in the way of instructions or descriptions, so what I'm about to say is important to your success with it. This is a DIRECTIONAL, flat panel antenna. What that means for you is that it is only designed to receive a signal on ONE side of the device... you have to point that side toward the outside of your house. Unfortunately, there is no description whatsoever on the antenna as to which is the correct side to point outwards. If you look at the antenna, the BACK side of the antenna has a "hump" built into it. The FRONT side of the antenna is a completely flat surface. That FLAT side is the one you want pointing out of your window to receive the best signal. The unit does come with plastic "suckers" that will attach to the antenna, and they will only mount on the antenna in one direction..... that is the perfect way for you to know which way to mount the antenna, because when the antenna is mounted to glass with the suckers... that is the correct orientation with the front of the panel facing outside the window.If you don't know the direction of your nearest cell tower... walk around your home or business with your cellphone, and place it in different windows to see where you have the most bars. Whatever window gives you the most signal, is probably the best one to stick the antenna onto. You can just set the Nighthawk on the window sill (as shown in my attached picture).In short, this antenna works great, and the combination of this antenna and the Netgear Nighthawk LTE modem was the answer I desperately needed for high-speed internet at my location. Couple these items with AT&T's unlimited cellular data service and you have a great high speed internet solution. I couldn't get cable internet service at my home because they said it "wasn't offered in my area" even though a home 1/4 mile from here has it.... but with this setup I went from having a service that could barely be described as "broadband", to something here that is running twice as fast as cable internet in my area.Highly recommended. Should be offered as an 'upsell' in the AT&T stores for folks like me who have weak cell signal in their homes.
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    CSab
    April 9, 2022
    Using with Verizon MiFi Jetpack 8000
    I'm not sure how much it helps, as I don't see any difference between the bars on my Verizon Jetpack than on my iphone also with Verizon. However, I am happy with the combination of this antenna & the jetpack. I'm able to stream live TV and movies to a smart TV very well with only 2-3 bars. We're on a cross country trip and in 12 days we only hit 1 spot where we couldn't get data in the evening (Hopi Native lands in Arizona). We couldn't get data on our phones either there. We've been through Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas & Louisiana and are still travelling. I even used it a bit while we were driving when I needed to do some work.
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    Amazon Customer
    April 2, 2022
    BOOSTED SIGNAL STRENGH BEYOND MY EXPECTATION
    SEARCHED, READ REVEIWS AND SEARCHED SOME MORE. DECIDED ON THIS UNIT. I WAS AMAZED HOW THIS LITTLE ANTENNA MADE SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE. LOCATED IN A RURAL AREA MILES AWAY FROM ANY ANTENNAS, I WAS HOPING FOR A SMALL INCREASE IN SPEED. NOPE, IT DOUBLED THE SPEED!
    Ravi Rajanna
    March 27, 2022
    Great product after you figure out setup
    I use this in my office as my primary ISP with speeds of 20-30 mbps and unlimited data. It is connected to my network via a 24 port switch. This cannot be done right out of the box, in spite of what the manuals and Netgear say. Here is what I learned so far: 1) AT&T data plan is a must, 2) The Ethernet functionality is limited, 3) VOIP phones will only work with the M1 in passthrough/modem mode with a router. (You cannot disable SIS ALG). The wifi speeds are slow. For connecting multiple devices, I recommend a separate router for wifi & Ethernet. There are a few other settings that need to be configured for best results but once you dial it in, it's a great product.
    6 people found this helpful
    Carla Isted
    March 23, 2022
    The Nighthawk M1Mobile Router is a Game changer!
    My husband and I are OTR team drivers, we run 24 hours a day. We rely on our Nighthawk Router for all our communication and entertainment needs. Nighthawk never disappoints!
    Leon P.
    March 17, 2022
    Great mobile connection for multiple devices.
    The Netgear Nighthawk M1 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot was, frankly, a bit expensive, but it has been worth it. I currently live in a small southern town with very poor options for broadband access. The Nighthawk, on AT&T’s network, has been outstanding. Even when I get just a few bars, the connection is more then sufficient and provides fast, reliable internet service for my MacBook and other Apple devices. I’m taking online classes, so a strong, stable connection is important to me. If you need a strong, reliable mobile hotspot, the Netgear Nighthawk is a great choice.
    K A Fitzgerald
    March 16, 2022
    SOLID WIN! - *IF* Aimed Correctly - Can be a Lifesaver (literally)
    So here’s the thing... there are already 200+ reviews of this product... what can emphasize and differentiate my feedback?Well, I camp a lot in the rural mountains of Southwest Colorado. The cell reception is spotty at best. I bought this device as an accessory external antenna to my NETGEAR AT&T Unite Explore 815S - LTE Hotspot. After having tried a few competitors, I was skeptical. All three other options either dropped the ball altogether or performed quite inconsistently.I have a pretty good understanding of where the two towers are located geographically-relative to the campsite at which this was tested. I have attached a screenshot of the speed results of just a few tests. I can say, however, that this little antenna has solidly and consistently performed since the moment I attached it.The AT&T LTE cell tower is located approximately 6.5 miles away, through trees and over rough terrain. My iPhone 8 and iPad Pro both connect to LTE with one or two bars of service, but connection speed and availability fluctuate dramatically... making them virtually useless on their own. My solution was to buy a NETGEAR Hotspot, place it in a stationary spot with decent coverage and kind of hope for the best. HahaWell the WiFi broadcast strength was weak so I also bought a NETGEAR repeater to widen the WiFi signal to cover the entire campsite (both RVs and a pop-up.) I nay mention this because it was in the equation during testing. The latency is extended a little, but otherwise there is negligible impact on speed.Anyhow, this device is a *directional* antenna, meaning that it receives and transmits signal in only one direction. So once you know the general direction of the closest tower, you can point the flat side of the antenna toward it. It might take a little finagling to position it in the exact direction, but once you do... WOW!!!! The results were fantastic!The attached photos show the speed throughput of the Hotspot, both independently and with the NETGEAR MIMO Antenna attached. The results are pretty exceptional! Once positioned, this antenna exceeds expectation. The signal strength went from -101 dBm to -78 dBm. Mobile service is measured in a way that the less negative the reception is (ie. smaller negative number) means that you have better reception. So, semantics aside, -78 dBm is stronger reception that -101 dBm. However, the scale in not directly linear. For every 3 dBm increase (the smaller the negative number/closer to zero), the signal strength doubles.What all of this means is that my signal increase was roughly 7.5 times stronger, nearly tripling data speeds once aligned properly.At this point, I was able to have RELIABLE broadband internet, with solid WiFi reception, in the mountains at an elevation of 9,300 ft.Long story short... if you have at least some cell reception... but need a reliable internet connection, to make WiFi calls (understanding the limits of 911 over VOIP), or just want to be able to shop Amazon.com while in the sticks... this antenna will likely do the trick!!!Thanks for your time and apologies for not making this more succinct. Haha
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    Amazon Customer
    March 14, 2022
    This product is a scam and a massive waste of money/Netgear Tech support is abysmal
    This product worked in the manner I needed it to for a few months. Before it decided to launch an automatic firmware update while I was traveling. The update then proceeded to corrupt itself as the device must have lost signal or battery. I then attempted all possible troubleshooting steps before contacting customer support. What a surprise they outsource their customer support to India. No fault of the customer support specialists, but after she realized nothing could be done to fix the now corrupted firmware on the router, she told me nothing could be done as the product was no longer under warranty. So because Netgear in their infinite wisdom decided it would be a good idea to have automatic firmware updates that didn't need to be confirmed by the user, I am now being told that I have to take a nearly 400 dollar router and throw it in the trash. Absolutely unacceptable from netgear. As for anyone considering buying this product, take your money anywhere else unless you're looking for a 400 dollar paperweight.
    8 people found this helpful
    C B
    February 28, 2022
    never got the SOB to work -0 stars
    never got the SOB to work -0 stars. Amazon said they would refund...Beware
    Matt S
    February 23, 2022
    It does help
    They say for every 3db in signal, it increases10%. I bought this for my RV when camping and it has helped. It's not a lot, but I do get a 3db increase with a very weak signal. It's not a miracle worker, but it does help.The connections are delicate, and I have plugged and unplugged mine many times with no issues. Just be careful.It is strange that it is labeled as "Demo" and has no "Netgear" markings anywhere on the antennae. Makes me wonder if using the official Netgear one, with labeling, would work any better. But for me, it's fine.
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    Jomantra
    February 19, 2022
    Doesn't "boost" signal strength to my Nighthawk router
    I purchased the Netgear 6000450 Antenna for use with my Netgear Nighthawk LTE Hotspot Router. I am receiving an average 3 signal bars currently in my home on this Nighthawk router and purchased this antenna to hopefully "boost" the cell tower signal to a 4 or 5 bar signal. This Netgear Antenna has two T-9 connectors that are almost 20" in length from the antenna itself. It also comes with 2 suction cups and clips to secure this antenna to a window or other non-porous materials. It also has two key holes (seen in the photo, one in each side) that will allow the antenna to be mounted permanently to a wall. I placed the Nighthawk router in a window facing the direction of the cell phone tower (AT&T) I received my signal from and plugged the T-9 connectors into my Nighthawk router and saw no difference in signal strength (3 bars). I then unplugged the T-9 connectors from my Nighthawk, turned off the Nighthawk, plugged in the T-9 connectors (rebooted router), then turned on the Nighthawk router but still no difference in signal strength. I then moved the Nighthawk router out of the window, leaving only the Netgear antenna in the window still plugged in to the Nighthawk, and saw no signal difference (3 bars). I unplugged the Netgear Antenna leaving the Nighthawk router behind an inside wall (out of the window) using only its internal antenna and saw a decrease of 1 signal bar. I then plugged the Netgear Antenna (still in the window) in to the Nighthawk router, saw 3 signal bars, then moved the Netgear antenna behind the same wall as my Nighthawk router and saw a decrease of 1 signal bar (same as Nighthawk router signal reception). From what I saw during this unscientific test, the Netgear Antenna does not "boost" the signal from a cell tower to your device (ie: my router). If your device is in an area of your home, or on a table, that doesn't receive a good signal, this antenna may receive the signal better than where your device is located (about 20" away by using the T-9 connectors). But, if you could move your device to the exact same location and angle as this antenna, you would probably receive the same signal strength. In other words, this antenna will allow your device to receive the same strength cell signal as your device would if it was in the identical location with a quality internal antenna. IF the antenna in your device (router/hot spot/air card) was not manufactured or designed with a quality internal antenna, then yes, this antenna could help you receive the cell signal better. In my case, the antenna in my Nighthawk Hotspot router seemed as good as this Netgear antenna in receiving the cell signal, so, in my opinion, I saw no improvement in signal strength when I used the Netgear antenna over the Nighthawk internal antenna. Putting both devices in close proximity to each other gave me the same signal strength under the same conditions. I was hoping for an "electronic boost" in the signal strength I received from the cell tower when I purchased this device, but this did not happen. I found I had two antennas, similar in quality and cell reception design (in receiving cell tower signals: 4G), giving me the same basic results.
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    J. C. Maedl
    February 12, 2022
    Improves 4G but not 5G on Mobile Hotspot. Jury is out.
    I bought this to go with my Netgear Nighthawk Pro MR 5100 5G Hotspot to improve cell reception. It is a genuine Netgear accessory listed as an option in the manual for the Nighthawk, so I know it is compatible and meant for this purpose. AT&T has poor signal strength in my area and I needed it to be more reliable if I was going to have a hotspot. This took the 4G LTE signal from 2 bars, 3 bars at best to a constant unwavering 5 bars. But, it does nothing for the 5G signal, which in my area starts out at 1-2 bars and sometimes does not connect at all. Going outside adds little to no difference for 5G. I haven't used it on the go like in a car yet. It has little suction cups included that can be attached and used on a window, and it also includes rubber "clips" that allow it to hang off a laptop screen. The suction cups work great but the clips don't attach very solidly to the antenna unit, so it can slip off them. Which happened to me, resulting in the Hotspot getting dragged to the floor. Also, the barrels that connect to the antenna posts on your device are just barrels, no "plug end" so to speak. So depending on your device this might make for a looser fit. It snaps into place on my Hotspot but is wiggly. If it did even a marginal improvement with 5G it would be 5 stars.
    Ronald A. Zink
    February 12, 2022
    Helps to boost signal strength.
    The antenna has met my expectations for providing a stronger cellular signal. It is small enough to use pretty much anywhere. The only thing I can say that needs improvement is the length of the cables used to connect it to the modem. They are short, I had to buy a longer set to add on.
    Brock D Norvell
    February 6, 2022
    Great unit - sadly marred by operational issues (edit - issues resolved)
    First the good : Super easy to use. Great screen, with readable and useful information. Does what it's supposed to do (for the most part - read on).Now the bad : Do not expect reliability from this unit. At this stage, I consider it a backup device only, and even given that, I am still looking for a replacement. (edit) scroll to the bottom, this has been resolved.When this little gem works - it works pretty well. WiFi throughput isn't awesome, but it's more than enough to saturate the cellular link, which I've not seen above about 120 meg. The problem is this - while you're using the device, it *will* reboot on you, with zero warning, and zero logging of the event. It will happily restart, and then you'll be solid; until it decides to reboot again.This happens on WiFi, this happens on tether, this happens when both are working. If you need to rely on a cellular link for your WiFi in a business sense (either a store, a tele-worker, or anything else), this unit is not a good choice. If it's a simple backup, and you don't mind losing internet periodically (for ~30 seconds a pop) then this is an ok choice.I could write more on battery life, or other aspects of the unit, but frankly - the reboot problem is so severe that the workaround for those issues (carry a battery with you) really doesn't matter in the slightest.-EDIT 2019.11.12 rating raised from 2, to 4 stars. Additional notes below -I already had several support cases on this issue, I was advised to wait for a firmware update, which should resolve the problem. As of release NTG9X50C_12.06.08.00, my particular problems have been resolved. I have had very solid connectivity now, and my primary complaint is addressed.Now that I've had it able to withstand continued use - some additional experiences that I've had :The firmware update that has resolved the reboot issues now requires that the battery be installed in the unit. Not ideal for headless semi/permanent installation in an RV, Cabin, etc. Not a show stopper, but something to be aware of.If you are using the WiFi heavily between devices on this router, performance is going to suffer. My use in this case was a VNC session to control another computer. Doing that, with a video conference call going on the Cellular link was enough to cause serious performance degredation for both sessions.I'll not get into battery life, or other things that people with more time and effort have written about. It's a good unit overall, and I'm not displeased now that it has some semblance of reliability. It's not perfect, but nothing is.
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    Phyllis J. Balbach
    February 5, 2022
    Bought as NEW! BUT, it was USED!!!!!
    I had to make 3 trips to my AT&T store to figure out why my "NEW" Netgear didn't work. They determined from the manufacturer it had been pre-owned. That's why the password did not work. The manufacturer had to remove the previous owners name and password, reset the device, and asked me many questions before they could put it in my name.I wanted to return it, but I couldn't find another one in town anywhere, I needed Wi-Fi to use my computer, and I can't trust Amazon anymore.I don't know how to contact the seller to ask for at least a partial refund because the Netgear was not new.
    AP user
    February 2, 2022
    This antenna does improve my data speeds and some signal levels
    ***Long write up about this antenna and it's testing***I have had this antenna for about a week now and here is what I have experienced.First off lets talk about antennas, to get those big dBi numbers you have to do a couple of things, (1) Stack multiple antennas into an array for big gain, that's why cell site antennas are so big (2 to 8 feet in length). (2) Increase the depth of the antenna by adding signal directors in front of the active antenna element and a reflector element behind the active element (Yagi antenna) to get high dBi gain numbers.The problem with those antennas they are really big and hard to manage when people want something portable. They are great for a fixed/bolt it to the outside of your home antenna with thick low loss antenna coax going to your hotspot and they do work very well.The Netgear MIMO antenna here is a portable somewhat easy to use antenna with an average of about 2 to 3 dbi of gain for its size. Considering the antennas inside most LTE hotspots have no dBi gain, but they also have no cable losses to deal with either.This is a very sturdy antenna just not sure how well the heavy plastic will hold up in extreme heat and direct sun. The suction cups work well for the antenna and I like the fact that I can use suction cups from the hobby/office stores when these no long hold. The antenna cable for the antenna is of good quality with excellent TS-9 push on connectors, most aftermarket TS-9 connectors can be little stiff to connect to the hotspots. The cable lenght is a little shorter then I like (1meter) but what I have found the cable is long enough to reach a table near most of the windows I have tried. I'm not a fan of leaving my hotspot in the windows sill as I have had times during the summer months it will overheat and turn off. This antenna will help with that by getting the hotspot out of the sun.How well does the antenna improvement my internet experience, first there are LOTS of things that can impact your LTE data service and here is a small list that can impact your data speeds. (Data speeds will vary greatly per area based on signal level RSRP, quality RSRQ, multiple tower pollution, distance from the cell tower, how many users using the tower, how many bands are available, how much bandwidth each R.F. carrier has, carrier aggregation, MIMO capability, QAM capability, back haul from the cell tower, what your hotspot can support and other various items)Now for the performance of the antenna itself, as I explained about antennas with their high gains and as others have stated in their reviews here this antenna is NOT going to make your signal bars jump from 0 to 5 bars when the hotspot is in the same location as the antenna and you have to have some detectable signal to make some improvement. What I have seen on average is about 4 to 10 dbm improvement in RSRP depending on the frequency band the hotspot is attached too, for example on T-mobile my area has band 2, 4 & 12. On band 2 there is a 6 to 8dbm improvement. Band 4 about 4 to 6dbm and Band 12 about 8 to 10dbm improvement, but the big improvement was on data speeds. Most of the T-mobile towers I tested had a 20mhz wide carrier on band 4, those towers with an RSRP of -90dbm with the antenna I saw about speeds around 60 to 85 mbps, without the antenna and the hotspot placed in the same location as the antenna RSRP of -96dbm with data speeds around 20 to 40 mbps. Testing was done in the early morning hours to have the least amount of users on the tower. Now the towers with bands 2 & 12 were hard to tests as I had to move closer or further away to force thee hotspot pick the other band as the primary server, for example band 12 in my area for T-mobile is only a 5mhz wide carrier so it won't pass data as fast as the 20mhz carrier will, but some data is better then no data for me. Now the other T-mobile tower tested has band 2, 4 & 12 in it with the Netgear antenna attached with an RSRP of -70dbm I saw data speed tests well over 100 mbps and without the antenna I didn't see as much of a speed drop as I expected. This could be that I was very close to the tower and the internal antennas of the hotspot was providing more than enough for the tower to provide the maximum data resources it had available.I also performed similar tests on AT&T's network detecting bands 2,4,5,12 & 30. Data speed testing varied widely, for example the one test tower has bands 2,12&30. The hotspot would lock onto band 2 without the antenna at -100dbm and fluctuate up and down a few dbm. When I attached the antenna the RSRP was -92dbm, plus it greatly reduced the fluctuating signal, I also noticed that at times with the antenna attached the hotspot would switch over to band 30, which I was never able to get the hotspot to attach too without the antenna. When the hotspot was attached to band 30 RSRP was around -108dbm I would see average speed tests around 75 mbps, but the speeds would fluctuate up and down during the tests so the averages were all over the place, but 75 mbps was the average. I think the fluctuating speed was carrier aggregation adding and removing the weaker bands during the tests.As for Sprint I was only able to test one of their sites as my area doesn't have a lot the band 41 towers, so I had to travel to an area that had them. The tower I tested had band 25, 26 & 41. The test phone showed there are 3 carriers of band 41, but my old Netgear Fuse does not support carrier aggregation, so I can only test one band at a time and I only tested band 41 with the antenna. I found that I could only get about a 3dbm improvement in RSRP on band 41 with the antenna, it's not much but it did improve the data rates. With the antenna RSRP was -108dbm I saw an average of 45 mbps without the antenna it dropped to about 12 mbps.One last test for those that are do not completely understand MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out antennas) The Netgear antenna is 2X MIMO antenna that's why it has 2 cable connections. The Hotspots also have 2 internal antennas and when you connect to the external antenna those internal antenna turn off (according to Netgear) so I wanted to see what would happen if I only used one of the antenna cables and not the other. I then wrapped my hotspot in aluminum foil to unscientifically disable the internal antenna and only use one antenna. The signal results did not change much, but I did see the RSRP fluctuate around more with just the single antenna. The data speed tests is where things changed, with the Netgear antenna attached in MIMO (both cables attached) on T-mobile band 4 I would get an average of about 60 to 85 mbps. Now in SISO (one antenna used at the hotspot) I would average about 28 to 32 mbps. From my testing I could clearly see the benefits of MIMO. Once I get the Netgear MR1000 that has built-in 4X MIMO and 256 QAM then I can see what the data speeds would be for that hotspot using just the 4 internal antennas in the hotspot.Also for those that use boosters like Weboost and SureCall they make fine products, but just remember boosters don't support Sprint's band 26 & 41. Along with AT&T's band 29 & 30. They also don't support MIMO. This antenna supports all of these bands so if your tower has these bands and your hotspot supports the bands as well you could see some improvement in data speeds with this antenna over the booster on these bands along with the benefits of MIMO. I would like to find a report from someone that has done tests with a mobile booster external like Weboost and then did the same test without the booster and just used a MIMO antenna to see which one proved the better data speeds while the vehicle was in motion. I only use my hotspots in buildings and not much in a vehicle while in motion.I know this was a long review and not as detailed others have done, but it does show what I experienced in my area with my conditions, your experience maybe different.Overall the antenna does work and does improve my data speeds. Will I use it everywhere I go "NO, but if I'm in place with questionable WiFi or no WiFi and I can get at least a single bar of LTE signal this antenna is going to find the window with the best detectable LTE signal so I can connect it to my hotspot with TS-9 external antenna ports to give me an increase in my data speeds.
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    Alex Foxe
    January 23, 2022
    Rigorously Tested on every Service, Now goes with me everywhere
    For years I have had to suffer without good internet. The only options I had out here was satellite or dial up. For the longest time I was using a Sprint USB router on a Cradlepoint router. Then AT&T offered us a home LTE internet plan. (that was garbage after using it for 3 weeks) then I went around looking at LTE modems. And found this M1 router. And I have loved this thing ever since I found it.So the first thing I love about this router is it works with any LTE plan offered by almost all services (except Sprint because Screw them) I already had a plan with AT&T, but out of curiosity I went and got plans with Verizon and T-Mobile. Verizon worked as expected. No problem with them. T-Mobile doesn’t work well out here so I wasn’t able to truly test them here. (I also tested this In Canada. Bell, Rogers, and Freedom work with this, Never got a chance to work with Telus)For those that want to do more with this then Just know “it works” The M1 Router Is fully capable of being telnetted into and reprogrammed in different ways, my main purpose for doing this was to program it to Specifically connect to only B12 and B14. (the two higher speed main LTE bands for AT&T where I live) I think there are a few more things you can do but im not sure, I didn’t do too much.As a Home internet service, this Modem is fantastic. I paired it up with my Nighthawk router for a very simplistic look. Because it charges with USB-C I was able to plug this indirectly to the router and charge it with that. However, you cannot use the USB tether with the router so I needed to use an ethernet cable in the back. You get much better speeds out of this thing if you put the WIFI signal on the device to low or just off. I also picked up a antenna for this and hung it out my window. I love that the most about this device.As a travel device for internet. This thing is really awesome, the battery life is about 4-8hrs depending on what you use it for. Not really much for me to say about travels with this thing. It just does what it’s suppose to do, and easy to charge in the car. (one of the benefits of being charged with USB-C)All in all. This little thing was worth the money I paid for it. I’ll probably be using this thing for a really long time. If you need a home LTE internet service? Start here. This thing is really great for work, home, and just travel, and much better then that Hotel WIFI that you get really skeptical about cause you only paid $20 for the night.
    3 people found this helpful
    Christian Tchalakov
    October 24, 2021
    Results of the Router
    New review: it's OK as usual for data's, but it heats up way too easy, and you can't do anything of it, when it heats, it doesn't charge, especially in the summers right now, you need a strong fan to fight the heat off, it just heats 24/7 and when batteries go low till it shuts down, and when you turn it on, i have to wait for the battery to start working, I was actually going to get a new different router for 2 reason, 1st is personal but 2nd reason is the heating.
    Darren Mcgovern
    October 22, 2021
    Perfect.
    After lots of research I purchased this too use as a wi-fi router in my caravan, and wow it is perfect, always get excellent connection and having added a external Ariel I get signal when nobody around me can get any. Not the cheapest option but by far the best.
    Rob
    October 20, 2021
    Great high-speed device
    I’m sure a number of technically-minded people will point out devices as good/cheaper…however I was looking for a portable high-speed device to enable connectivity of non-SIM devices (e.g. iPad, laptop) to enable remote-working and streaming of video-content in the car (including as an alternative to the cars own inbuilt hot-spot option) and other non-office / home locations. So far this has lived up to expectations. I have been able to access and download large files remotely with speed and run a Teams call (while also connecting a second device) without lag or interruption from the lower-ground level of a London hotel. This has proved to be a by far more reliable and faster option than the publicly available wifi options (as well as being more secure). It is small, so is easily carried in a bag, or left in the armrest storage of the car, with very good battery life. The small screen is helpful in displaying signal strength, battery strength, number of devices connected as well as the device code to allow other authorised users (e.g. family / colleagues) / devices to connect. Setup was also pretty simple. Overall very pleased.
    4 people found this helpful
    dunxd
    October 5, 2021
    Good performance - stays connected better than my phone
    Bought this to use while on a working road trip with others in the car that needed to connect laptops via WiFi. It felt rather expensive for what it is, but I was happy that it seemed to maintain a 4G connection more stably than my phone, so worked much better than using a phone as hotspot. Worked better than expected.
    p3qeel
    September 27, 2021
    Battery problem
    I mostly like it. But I am not sure if the battery has a problem or not! It doesn't last for long and on the device it shows 'low battery' and when checking the app the percentage is around 60. The app isn't good also.
    Amazon Customer
    September 23, 2021
    Great support
    Had an issue setting up the router, but tech support was excellent and explained everything in a clear manner.Great product in very good condition.
    DINA WERSTAK
    September 17, 2021
    Nice equipment
    The main downside is the battery life, it needs to continuously be connected otherwise it can drain quite quickly. Also has a shorter range wifi signal, which is not too bad as you can carry it with you everywhere. The speed is good and I have been having good internet remotely.
    Brian lewis
    September 12, 2021
    Staying connected at home & abroad
    Tech support super fast all issues sorted in minutes.
    predz
    September 9, 2021
    Unbelievable!!! Worked in a dead spot on deployment
    This is one honest review from a guy who travels a lot and always ends up in the worst dead spots with work ARMY ! . I needed to put an end to no signal with any smart phone, after watching several videos online I began to notice a pattern with the devices people chose, and they all recommended The Netgear Nighthawk M1. So I went ahead and purchased one just last week. I was sceptical as I couldn’t even get 4G on my phone without going outside 20- 30 meters or so , and then it was intermittent. So it arrived and I plugged it in and downloaded the Netgear app and followed the instructions and booooooom I got 4G in my room ! Then it sed 4G+ ? I did a quick speed test on my phone and it was far better than my broadband at home !!!!!! I know this is a bit of a read but hopefully Iv helped someone with there issues of no signal dead spot, I have taken this home and tested it against my internet provider which was around 65MBS NETGEAR - 100MBS !! I have now cancelled my broadband ! Thank you Netgear I don’t know how you don it but your devices are epic and I could talk to my family and steam movies in a dead spot for over 3 months deployment!!!!
    Mr Kevin John Barlow
    September 6, 2021
    Fast delivery great product
    Great product check sim cards compatible
    P
    September 6, 2021
    BROADBAND SPEED ON YOUR MOBILE
    Increase speed on mobile from 1.6 to 20mb in pretty poor signal area connected to external aerial and more in good signal area, i have had 60mb without aerial IE portable and do believe more to be had. can be Little tricky to set up but anyone could do it and once set up very simple you just connect as with any other WI-FI connection. Even has Ethernet connection. Portable as well and can plug in without using battery which is handy. Overall would recommend this product. Only downside it is a little pricey for what it is and haven't rated tech support as not used as yet
    IAN WHITBY
    August 25, 2021
    A lot of money for something that runs at only 10Mbps!!
    I bought the Netgear Nighthawk MR1000 after reading lots of reviews. Opinion seemed divided between those who thought it a great MiFi and those you got very low throughput and saw it as a waste of money.I already own a Huawei 150Mbps Mifi and am very happy with it. But, in reality, it doesn't give 150Mbps, more like 10Mbps - so I thought that even if the Netgear Nighthawk MR1000 only managed 100Mbps rather than 1000Mbps it would still be worth it.Sadly the Netgear Nighthawk MR1000 doesn't even manage 100Mbps - the most it has ever achieved is 50Mbps on the Yorkshire Dales. Back at home it manages 12Mbps and on the Isle of Arran 9-10Mbps.So the Netgear Nighthawk MR1000 has been a complete waste of money! It cost over £200 and delivers worse performance than the £60 Huawei. Both mifi are running on Three SIMS and when run side by side the Netgear Nighthawk MR1000 is slightly slower than the much cheaper Huawei !!Sadly a total waste of money.
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    Amazon Customer
    August 23, 2021
    Great Device
    I use this in my camper van and manage some great speeds, only thing I have found is when it goes into sleep mode you cannot connect. other than that best product I have purchased in a while
    Russ
    August 19, 2021
    Awesome piece of kit
    Awesome piece of kit and well worth the the money. If you need a 4g modem that supports more advanced home networks this will do the job. Was hard to find a device that could be used in a wifi mesh and palo alto firewall environment - due to an ethernet 1gig port. Antenna support is great and with an inexpensive one I get really good speeds and signal. Would recommend it if like me you live in the sticks - remember to take the battery out if powered all the time.
    2 people found this helpful
    Amazon Customer
    August 17, 2021
    How easy to use so simple anyone can do it
    Stigz
    August 14, 2021
    Great device but poor battery life
    Great device. I connect it to an antenna in my caravan but the internal aerial is so good not sure it makes a difference. Certainly better reception than phone alone. Big down side is battery life. Probably no more than 8 hours regardless if useage. Expect more nowadays.
    Steven S
    August 13, 2021
    Very Happy works well
    Config was not so easy to set up APN settings after 2 hrs i managed to get it to work . I had to look up the sim card provider info. Battery last long time still on 1st charge used for a couple of hrs now . My old speeds was around 11mb download and 2 -4 upload now its rapid . you can get a unlimited data sim for cheap on a contract or a little more on pay as you go . I Can broad cast my DJ mixes and live camera footage now i have this device. I was lucky i paid a little less £250 but still this is a future investment for me . when i move home or out side hotels etc . Even could do a DJ set out in the park providing i got good signal lol . From what i have seen so far i am impressed :) 5 stars
    Jmcbhx
    August 13, 2021
    Excellent Prdoduct
    Super product got me from no 4g signalto 2 bar at Holiday home with booster antenna. Enough To stream movies etc
    Anonymous
    August 12, 2021
    PASSWORD PUZZLE AND WON'T WORK WITH APP
    So far, not very happy with this product.Had it nearly three months, but only used a few times, as it's for connection in my motorhome.Having lots of problems with access and also the app.Tells me to login to the model specific Nighthawk APP - then says your product doesn't work with the Nighthawk app - login to the netgear mobile app - which directs you to the Nighthawk app!
    Gabriel
    August 11, 2021
    Good little device
    Good device. Its working as expected. At the end of day is Netgear so it is expected to function well.
    Lou
    August 10, 2021
    Beyond expectations
    Bought as we needed a router to work from home whilst having our provider move our broadband services. Glad we held on as it’s taken weeks with delays. Download speeds are amazing (35mbps+) considering you can take it anywhere (cafe, car, garden etc). Very easy to setup, took 15-20mins.We’re using an unlimited data sim from VOXI in London. No lag or downtime experienced with 6 devices connected. Also been able to play PS4 games online without any hassle. Top bit of kit, happy customer.
    One person found this helpful
    Kelv1n
    August 8, 2021
    Might have received a duff unit..
    I tried SIM cards from all 3 of the UK's main mobile operators, none worked, just got a message saying "Install or check SIM" - Gutted!UPDATE:I've now received a working unit - For an LTE Router its OK, fairly easy to setup and the WebGUI is snappy - But for the price, it's not worth it.Saying that, I'll keep it as it has 1 unique feature that makes this stand out - a built-in ethernet port, which allows me to plug it into my home network and use it as a main-router, and provides a proper backup to my main broadband, allowing me to continue to work and my wife to maintain her sanity (as the kids can play XBox) - If you don't need an ethernet port, then look elsewhere, even one of the Aircards, or even a cheap-mobile phone you can use as a hotspot.As somebody who works in Network Security, it's horrifying to see that Netgear is still not taking security seriously, selling flagship products such as this without even adding SSL to the admin interface.If anybody from Netgear reads this, For future versions, please consider the following:1) Foremost - Add support for dual-sims.. To use this abroad, I'd have to dismantle it and replace the SIM2) The current SIM slot feels incredibly dangerous, inserting the SIM takes some effort and feels like its scraping against sensitive circuitry or contacts.2) Do NOT place the SIM card under the battery3) The SD micro card slot really serves no value
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    TC
    August 6, 2021
    The RJ45 is not connected to anything
    Given the product's only focus is to maintain 4g connectivity it is not very good at it. When it works it is great - fast, supports a good number of devices etc. The product feels solid. The battery is great and lasts a good while. The charge up is via the USB-C and the older USB is for charging other products. The device lasts a long time on standby so overall battery is great. I bought it because there was an RJ45 and planned to use it in case home broadband went down - it did fail one day and then I found the socket didn't work - apparently it was not intended for use.
    chris
    August 6, 2021
    Great wifi
    Great signal
    Bugsy
    August 5, 2021
    Expensive but quite brilliant
    Bought for use when away in our touring caravan. Pulls in Wi-Fi signal with ease and will support up to twenty units connected.A nice touch is you can remove the battery when connected to a power supply which is much better than constantly charging it up.
    mark
    August 1, 2021
    Great for the Internet
    Great for the Internet. Where do please do not work Wi-Fi brilliant
    Steven Blackford
    July 20, 2021
    As described
    Great product
    Daniel D.
    July 18, 2021
    Overheating is an issue, but good product otherwise.
    Positives:Easy to set up if you have a bit of technical knowledge. However if you don't have this knowledge, it will take a while to learn it.Useful app to control the functions.Good signal.RJ45.SD slot (have a 200gb micro SD card in there!)USB Slot that accepts USB sticks.Negatives:A little over priced.Overheats too easily.Charging stops at 50-70% (variable) meaning you have to turn it off, let it cool down before you can finish charging it. (This is while NOT using it for data, connected devices are idle)Unable to use it and charge it at the same time for this reason.Often it just doesn't charge to full at all, even after many hours on charge.Summary:Loses 1 star for overheatingLoses a second star because you can't fully charge it in 1 run.Overall, not a terrible product, could of just been designed better to prevent overheating.
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    Mr. VLC
    July 17, 2021
    Lots of features on paper, yet disappointing in practice.
    When it works, it's very good. But the working distance between this and the connected devices seems very short. It has sockets for antennas but not clear that would help. The battery lasts a fairly long time but not as long as the overall size of the unit would suggest. Seems to need a power management upgrade.
    neon wolf
    July 13, 2021
    worth it
    really usefull guves an iutstsnding signal not the vest to install games on tho and gaming can some times be difficult.
    MFA (Subscribe!)
    July 12, 2021
    Works like a dream!
    Small, lightweight and does the job perfectly.We have also connected up a Pyonting External 4G Antenna to this device and it works great.Connected up to a usb port in our Motorhome for power. Nice!
    Dj
    June 26, 2021
    Works where poor signal is easily to conent to my phone
    Easy to connect to my phone and good WiFi with poor signal
    den123
    June 26, 2021
    Fantastic Netgear m1 very fast any sim
    Easy to set up very fast any sim can’t ask for better
    Scott McKechnie
    June 17, 2021
    Really impressed
    Great product, I live in an area where I get one bar, no external antenna, and I still get a good 50mbs. So I am really.
    Simon Los
    June 14, 2021
    excellent
    perfect to get you mobile broadband
    dinoyoshi
    June 14, 2021
    Great 4G signal just poor overall product design and power issues
    This Netgear product does have very good reception for 4G and it out performs other cheaper routers. So on this occasion you do get a good download speed for the money you spend. The downside is the overall design as it’s let down with the sim slot being too fiddly and the battery life not very good. You can use it via the mains as a primary home router but the battery does get very hot and even after 4 hours I thought it was going to over heat! So much so that the unit eventually packed up after 2 days testing so I just have had a dud! Checked out the cable and usb C charger with other branded cabling and nothing, wouldn’t even power on with the battery not plugged (which you can do - just run it from the mains power plug).I did have a look on some forums and found quite a few other customers having issues with failing to power back on. Netgear only give 90 days product support and didn’t fill me with confidence so won’t be purchasing a replacement. Real shame as the speeds were excellent with EE 4G, about 90-98mb versus normal BT adsl of 45mb.
    Colin
    June 6, 2021
    Great product
    We use this in our campervan. Been using it 12 months now and it’s been great. Gave us coverage all over Europe when used with a mast receiver on van roof.
    Vince
    May 27, 2021
    Internet back up / Mobile
    I got this as a backup for when my home ISP drops, and it works perfectly. Yes it costs more for the data, but as an emergency back up for the times that you "HAVE TO" log onto the internet, this is the one to go for!!Also used it in France with a French SIM and it was great when miles from anywhere, as long as you have signal, then you have internet. You can purchase additional "wideband antennas" ( Panorama DMM-7-27-2TS9 4G MiMo Antenna ) to help in remote areas too!!
    3 people found this helpful
    Amazon Customer
    May 23, 2021
    Quality
    Works well setup a bit of a faff
    lee
    May 22, 2021
    Decent router
    I purchased this purely for its size and ability to accept Ethernet, I have had no issues with signal or setup which took minutes, battery lasts a 12 hour shift of constant use but I normally keep it plugged in, If you don’t require Ethernet then I can’t help but think a much cheaper option is available, my colleague used a smaller Huawei hotspot that was £30 and I never saw a difference in speed, I have also had no issues with the app for using it which gives a lot of features, if you need a high end router with many options and features then this one is up there, it could be cheaper but it’s a known brand and gives many features for in-depth network control, for context I use it in my converted sleeper van with my desktop computer for gaming online, all in all, could be cheaper but had no issues in 2 months of constant use.
    One person found this helpful
    Keen
    May 20, 2021
    I should have bought one sooner. Excellent.
    We have endured slow broadband internet for years.On recommendation I tried this with a 4g sim card. This has given me double to quadruple the speeds of the broadband we were getting.It is worth a try if you’re sick of <8mb/s.
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    Soko
    May 18, 2021
    okay just make sure u are on a 16 LTE Network to enjoy fully
    i got this due to its high specs and the challenges i was having in my area , i have terrible network quality only two bars at the most the speeds were not as expected compared to a standard CAT 3 device maybe i can blame it on the provider as i feel the provider does not support CAT 16 LTE Advanced connectivity, so the speeds are still a fantasy to me , but its a well built premium product with lots of features and can act as a NAS , power bank etc
    8 people found this helpful
    A swimmer
    May 18, 2021
    Everything I hoped for and more
    I have been looking at one of these for about a year but put off somewhat by the price. Trouble was I couldn't find an alternative that ticked every single box like this one. Finally found a like-new Amazon Warehouse deal and boy does this deliver in spades. EE pre-paid SIM inserted, online. Easy.First of all there is now an option to not display the Wifi details (including password) so previous reviews that highlight this as a security weakness are quite correct, but Netgear have addressed this.I'm not in a strong EE coverage area at all, the most I get is 2 bars of signal, but I get a consistent signal and this translated to a 45Mbps download speed again and again using fast.com. (i.e. it wasn't a unique one-off).I can't emphasis enough what a well-made, well-designed unit this is. I am confident enough in it to cancel my fixed broadband with BT and use it at home instead, and take it in the camper when we are away travelling.It's not 5G, but 5G isn't out there yet and anyway 45Mbps download speed in weak/moderate 4G coverage it good enough for me. Very impressed, wish I'd done it a long time ago, but at least got a great warehouse deal that kept the price super=attractive as well. Highly recommended.
    74 people found this helpful
    Amazon Customer
    May 10, 2021
    Good performance and usage remaining display
    I like the design and function l don’t like the way the back is fitted.
    Colin Loxton
    May 9, 2021
    Very stable signal
    Very easy to use with good reliability. Need not say any more get one.
    lee a.
    May 4, 2021
    this thing is mind blowing
    this thing is crazy, ive tried the cheaper brands from other providers, this thing blows them away, its also faster then ANY of my mobile phones and ANY 4g router i hvae in the houseim geting over 80 down on ee, was getting arround 40to50 in my phone and other devices,getting 60 plus down on my three sim, used to get arround 45im buying another one, guys you have NOTHING TO LOOSE as you can send it back, im serriously considering getting rid of my fiber line that gives only 30 down and 6 up, im truely blown away by this thing!!! i can imagine it will be even better with external antenas - yes it does take one.
    Laurence
    May 2, 2021
    Charging issue
    Seen some good reviews of this device.Unfortunately my experience is not good so far. When plugged in to charge it overheats and then stops charging. Tried turning off and letting it cool down, after several goes like this eventually got to full charge. But then it slowly discharged and would not recharge because when plugged in it overheated.Going back and I'll try a replacement unit and hope for a better experience.
    STEVE_L
    April 27, 2021
    UTTER CR*P.
    I bought this device to replace the old Netgear DC112A cradle and the AC785 router/modem I was using. This setup allowed me to connect to the internet wirelessly 'on the go' but have ethernet connectivity and greater WiFi coverage at home. The MR1100 appeared to allow the same thing but two devices were combined into one. The fact that the new device supported 300 mbps instead of the previous 150 was the primary reason for the purchase.I read a lot of bad things about the MR1100 in Amazon reviews, Youtube and elsewhere on the internet. I sublimated the bad press to my own brand confidence in Netgear. BOY DID I MAKE A BIG MISTAKE! The router keeps switching itself off, and the only solution is to remove the back cover (a challenge in itself, who designed that Sooty and Sweep) and remove and replace the battery. The one button control of the device does not make things easier, it smacks of penny pinching dressed up as a technical improvement; the web admin panel for the device is as much use as a map with no place names and finally (although I could go on) the antennae ports are behind two 'drop out' plastic covers that remain hanging when unclipped, in stark contrast with the AC785 which uses quality sliding covers. In summary then a complete failure as a product, and Netgear have clearly snatched failure from the 'Jaws of Success'. This product is in no way fit for purpose and was very expensive to boot. Most people tend to feel the quality of the product mitigates it's cost, but what happened here: I bought expensive cr*p!I have my router permanently connected to a NAS so I can access my files at anytime and anywhere. Furthermore, to protect myself from transient power failure I have all my stuff connected to a UPS. So now I can't access my files because the router keeps turning itself off. What do I do jump on a plane and fly home to remove the back cover from the router, remove and re-insert the battery, before rebooting the device and flying back to where I was in the first place.Congratulations Netgear you have just lost another customer and I sincerely hope I will be one of thousands. It seems that the cost of the device has been mercilessly driven down, but at the cost of it's effectiveness. I would not want to buy a cheaper car if the manufacturer got to that price by the car having no engine.
    4 people found this helpful
    DC
    April 25, 2021
    Good tool.
    Good piece of kit, perfect for our caravan, enables us to receive Internet in an area where reception is generally very poor. Only bit of advice I would give is ignore the printed instructions and go straight to you tube and follow the instructions there.
    2 people found this helpful
    Darren Parker
    April 24, 2021
    Excellent and simple
    Simple to set up and use. Great reception in an area with very low 4G. Fast enough for us to stream movies in to the caravan all weekend. Great bit of kit.
    Iya
    April 19, 2021
    Excellent
    I use this when caravanning. It’s very easy to use. Battery last hours
    Kindle Customer
    April 17, 2021
    Great for travelling.
    This has been one of the best things we have bought for travelling in our campervan. I also bought the outside Ariel and adaptors that people seem to routinely use together. In fact I have never had to use the Ariel (despite being in a steel van conversion). You can of course move it around the van to improve reception (up in the skylight for example). Also can be carried around in your backpack when sightseeing of course.
    4 people found this helpful
    Amazon Customer
    April 16, 2021
    Amazing
    Getting 200MBs on this
    Mr. R. J. Webb
    April 10, 2021
    Superb 4G modem for our motorhome.
    Excellent 4G router when paired with an external MIMO antenna. Faultless data in our motorhome.
    Oldrocker72
    April 5, 2021
    Reasonable hotspot
    Provides decent mobile broadband to multiple connected devices.Not really designed to be "left on all day" though. (gets hot and the battery charge becomes erratic)
    MJI
    April 1, 2021
    Expensive, but excellent mobile Wi-Fi unit
    I got the unit to use as a portable Wi-Fi network for travel, as well as downloading firmware updates for our Tesla as these require a Wi-Fi connection and we park in a car park.It’s served its purpose extremely well, and the range of both the Wi-Fi signal as well as the 4G signal has impressed me (markedly better than my smartphone, for example).The main downside (apart from the price) has been device management. It turns out you have to be connected it via Wi-Fi to manage it (unlike the Netgear Orbi units which we have at home), and given the price I would have expected being able to manage it remotely. But it’s not enough to dock an entire star off the overall score.
    2 people found this helpful
    DailyMike
    March 20, 2021
    Thinking of buying one?
    Don't bother! Thinking that is. JUST BUY ONR6.. In conjuction with a Poynting omnidirectional signal booster IT'S BRILLIANT!
    Amazon Customer
    March 19, 2021
    Pretty Useless
    As a mifi unit it is just dreadful, it just doesnt pick up the mobile signal unless you have 4 or 5 bars. I swapped ny working sim for my mobile phone which was giving intertnet and it still wouldnt work, what a waste of a lot of money. It's also rather complicated and is flaky with the router setup pages taking an age to load simetimes. I have ended up having to use my mobile in tether mode, looks like this is heading for the bin wich i had bought a cheaper unit. Update, it seems tempremental and only works with certain SIMs, I have got it working now and if in a good signal area then it is fast but in a marginak area then it i skightky worse than my cheap mobile phone
    Lesley McVey
    March 16, 2021
    Fantastic equipment
    Great product use it all the time out in our motorhome
    Amazon Customer
    March 16, 2021
    Brilliant
    I'm on an unlimited three home data connection for my home broadband. The supplied huwawei router cannot combine the channels like this can, which was throttling my bandwidth. Use this as the router and the provided huwawei as a local router and you will be amazed. Easy to setup and netgear support is second to none.
    Alexandra
    March 11, 2021
    Great for data on the go!
    I bought this as I knew I was going on holiday where there wasn't any wifi available, and I wanted to be able to continue using my laptop/ipad etc. without constantly having to tether to my iphone. I also didn't have that much data on my phone contract to be able to accommodate all my extra devices, and as you have to put a sim card in the router I was able to select something more suitable for heavy data use on a pay as you go basis without affecting my phone contract. The router also has a slot for an SD card, so if you want to do file sharing or have somewhere as a backup, then this is a great addition. I would highly recommend this option if you have a family and want the ease of controlling when the router is on etc. and when you want to spend more time socialising rather than glued to your screen!All in all a great product, so pleased I splashed out - and by the sounds of it this is one of the best on the market, and future proofed, so hopefully will last me a while.
    4 people found this helpful
    CHRISTIAN D.
    March 3, 2021
    Absolutely fantastic
    I bought this for our live streaming business in order to provide a 4g hotspot for uploading. This device performs superbly - the upload and download speeds are fantastic, far faster than my home broadband - the battery life is brilliant and the unit is very well made. Liked it so much I bought a 2nd one
    2 people found this helpful
    Vitaly
    February 26, 2021
    Whole Household via Mobile Internet
    After a house move this device hold load of 35+ different devices (computers, phones, tablets, smart devices…). Generally planned to use as temporary/backup internet line for working from home, after house move (for no more than 2 - 3 days), but due to lockdown have to wait engineer visit for more than 1 month to get broadband installation. So use it as a primary internet line for a noticeable period of time. Do not use it as a router, only as a modem with pfSense router / Linksys Velop. Used with external antenna (Poynting 4G-XPOL-A0001 Cross Polarised 4G Omni LTE Antenna). An external antenna is more than recommended if modem stays indoor only as it increases the signal level and total speed. Speed varies during the day from 75Mbps down to 8Mbps on busy time (with external antenna) signal level 2-3 bars and around 10 - 2Mbps without - signal level 1 bar or no bars, so if your primary router support traffic management it really helps split traffic from important to less important during a busy time. The device handles around 30-60 Gb daily. Not always best speed, during the busy time we have to get an agreement which going to use the line as a primary person / who is secondary (kids almost always last) and adjust policies on the router. The device holding load 24/7 for a month for the whole household. If you do not have options, with its own limits can be used as a primary internet line. Consider checking cell map to find best or nearest cell mast. For signal level boost It may be beneficial if you get own mast for external antenna (not tested).Update: I got 2.5-meter mast for antenna and signal level and speed improved. So I got now 90 - 320Mbps with (3-4 bars Fair or Good signal levels). The web interface on modem provides numeric value/signal level, that you can use to adjust / point antenna close to cell direction. I got an omnidirectional antenna, and my cell not very close to the house and I don't get a direct view to it. With the directional antenna, you can get better results (not tested, but I believe so). Used it in daily camping outside the city. Kind of nice experience to take the internet with you. Very happy with the purchase.
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    Sean
    February 25, 2021
    Need help with unlocking device
    Hi Box,I am wondering about how I acquire the unlock code for this model because its described as unlocked on your listing however I cannot find any unlock code anywhere and I have no connection to the internet until I insert the unlock code. Can you help!?Thank you, Sean.
    Sean Byrne
    February 24, 2021
    Great travel router, but has connectivity issues with our rural location
    As a travel router, this probably has everything one would want such as a large high capacity battery, on-display data usage, Ethernet and USB connectivity for using a laptop in congested Wi-Fi areas and very good 4G sensitivity. For example, at my rural connection, it delivers much faster speed than my phone in the same spot outside.I intended using this to replace my existing mobile 4G router as it has better carrier aggregation capability. When I swapped the leads from my outdoor antenna over to it, I got a speed tests well over 100Mbps, one close to 170Mbps one morning, compared to 80Mbps maximum with my current Huawei B525.Unfortunately, it was only just a matter of minutes when I ran into connectivity issues. Within a few minutes of turning on the M1, my Internet connection drops. From looking at the M1's web interface status screen, it appears that it is trying to lock on to an out-of-range cell. This became evident when I left a continuous ping test running. As soon as the pings stop replying, the status screen shows the band number change from B20 to B3. When I unplug the antenna leads, it switches back to B20 after a minute and the Internet connection returns along with the ping replies. When I plug the antenna leads back in, it switches back to band 3 and the connection drops again. I tried contacting Netgear about the issue, but received no response.I had no luck finding any setting to prevent the Netgear switching bands. Even without the antenna attached, it still occasionally kept dropping the connection by trying to use that band 3 site. I have now gone back to using my Huawei B525 in a hope that a future firmware update fixes the issue. Otherwise it's still a good travel router. While the Huawei is slower, at least it does not have this problem. As my mobile operator Three operates on both bands for carrier aggregation, I believe the Huawei still uses both bands as it shows '4G+', but using band 20 as the main band and band 3 for carrier aggregation only.The battery life of the M1 seems very good, giving around 6-8 hours based on my usage. As others have mentioned, the Wi-Fi range is very limited on the 'ac' band. I get good connectivity one wall apart, but any further and it drops out. On the 'n' band, it reaches two walls apart and barely usable further out. It also has another issue where if the Ethernet connection is connected when it is powered on, its Wi-Fi does not work, i.e. no Internet connection other than the router's web interface, while the Ethernet connection works fine. However, if I connect at least one device to Wi-Fi after powering on, both the Ethernet and Wi-Fi have Internet access.
    3 people found this helpful
    M Attrill
    February 23, 2021
    Attractive LTE router
    The netgear router is as you might expect from Netgear a good quality item. It looks attractive anf feels solid. The lcd screen is bright and shows most of the important information, and coupled with the app allows you to do some advanced 'things'. The aerial imput was important for us so that we could increase reception in our motorhome. However, putting in and taking out the sim card is fiddly, you have to remove the back cover and battery first.Why not use a sim card tray? The automatic setup took far longer than anticipated as I had to manually add the APN. However after that, all was fine.
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    Stephen
    February 23, 2021
    It's OK.
    The battery doesn't always charge properly so you have to keep an eye on it. It does run without the battery, with power supplied via USB c though. Battery issues aside, it's quite good, but as I live off grid it's an important feature.
    Frank Samet
    February 15, 2021
    Better than phone tethering
    I use this for our Campervan for work. I’ve previously just tethered my phone to my computer but have stayed in places with minimal or very slow signal. I am delighted at the internet speed this produces for both my equipment but also my wife’s and the way it gets a better reception. My tip to other users is to use a different SIM card provider to their phone (to increase availability of mobile reception) and to place this device as high as possible in the Campervan. I use a payg SIM card from EE which for £50 which gives 120gb over a 12 month period but depends on your use. The speed makes you want to use it even if your mobile does have a decent signal.
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    Steve M
    February 10, 2021
    Got me an extra 25Mb bandwidth
    I rely on the internet for my work, but live in a rural area with very poor ADSL. I recently installed a 4G antenna, and managed to get a steady 50Mb, but when using the SIM in my phone this improved significantly.After reading an article on think broadband about "Why is my 4g router slower than my phone" - I decided to take a chance, and replaced my existing Huawei router. This managed to boost my 4G connection speed from 50Mb to 70Mb.Would highly recommend for anyone in a similar situation, despite the high cost.
    RJ
    February 9, 2021
    Works with EE - up to 123mbs!
    I work in IT remotely in the Scottish Highlands with local BT broadband delivering insufficient speeds for both download and (increasingly important for zoom/teams calls) upload. Hence the need for a 4G router.This unit, in conjunction with a Poynting 4G-XPOL-A0002 directional antenna is making the most of the two bar signal from the nearest mast on the EE network. Typical download speed is 70 mbs but I’ve seen 123 recently! Upload is consistent at about 10mbs. My work colleagues in different cities/towns in the UK can’t believe it when I screenshare the results of a speedtest (and neither can I).Like some other reviewers it did seem to take a lot more fiddling (and frustration) to setup than I’d expect. It really ought to just be a case of popping in the SIM and away you go, but for some reason it wasn’t straightforward. My top tip, if you’ve just got yourself a new SIM is to put it in your phone and do the initial activation & top up there FIRST to ensure the SIM is fully working. Only once you’re 100% sure that the SIM is working should you then proceed to use that SIM in this device. It’s only a hunch but I think that may have been the cause of some of my initial setup trauma.The unit itself feels really solid & well made. Being battery powered means it will keep working for a number of hours (I think the claim is 7?) without mains power- handy if used at home with possible power cuts. The app that comes with it (or the website used for config) has all of the features you’d expect.I use the unit as effectively our full time home router and have it plugged into the mains at all times, without the battery in place. (The battery is fully charged and just left to one side in case of power cuts - pop it in and within a couple of minutes the router is back up again). Batteries are not meant to have power flowing through them constantly and some users have reported the battery getting too hot (causing the device to shut down) and even becoming misshapen/leaking under prolonged constant charging. So if you’re planning on leaving it on all the time, I’d strongly suggest leaving out the battery.It’s important to realise that the supplied USB charger does NOT provide sufficient power to charge the unit if it is also under heavy active use at the same time. This can lead to the device powering off randomly and I suspect is the cause of some of the dissatisfaction from some users. Simply purchase a decent charger (for about £15) to solve that problem. I bought a “Quick Charge 3.0, Anker 18W 3Amp USB Wall Charger (Quick Charge 2.0 Compatible) Powerport+ 1” device from Amazon.So, ensure you use a SIM that’s already setup, buy a decent charger, and don’t leave the battery in (if you’re leaving it on constantly as a home router) and my experience has been that it’s a cracking little device and worth the extra money over cheaper devices.
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    HDIUK
    February 5, 2021
    You need to be an IT expert
    Not simple to setup. Unlike other mobile routers which just work, this was not simple and easy. Insert SIM and switch on was ok but you have to connect and load router control panel to select network. In my case Three UK. That was then ok but I wanted to connect to my Google wifi. On other routers, this is a simple case of connecting the Google Wifi via Ethernet. Not with this one. It took me about an hour and a Youtube video later, I finally got the device to allow connection to my Google Wifi but at the cost of the Netgears wifi.Also as soon as I connected the power cable, the ethernet would drop out again. Back into the control panel to disable JSB Tethering. A real pain in the neck to setup and I am quite tech savvy. I couldn't imagine how tricky this would be for a layman.The restrictions on this device pretty much make it useless for what I needed. Either you can use it as a mobile router with wifi and USB tethering or you can use it as a static modem with a LAN. Not both.All the complicated configuration too. Pretty annoying really when other devices just work from the start.
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    J G.
    February 4, 2021
    Cracking bit of kit
    Used as mobile WiFi in our caravan but the beauty of it is that even if we go and stay in a hotel we can take it with us. We have had used it for steaming netflix while the teenagers had their phones connected tok and it handled it great. Expensive but worth it.
    K. S. Coningsby
    January 27, 2021
    Netgear
    Works well in caravan
    JB
    January 26, 2021
    Great for my motorhome
    I use this in my motorhome. It replaced a Huawei E5577C. Although much more expensive than the Huawei, it gives a noticeably better performance especially when two people are steaming video at the same time. It also is more intelligent when it comes to battery charging. It detected it was running on external power so dropped to the battery to 80% charge to preserve the life of the battery. Very impressed.Despite what another reviewer said, it works fine with Three. I know because I use Three!
    2 people found this helpful
    Ghazi Saleh Al Hilal
    January 24, 2021
    An amazing hotspot router
    I like this product because it supports all the couriers band in my area. Also, it has lan port which important for me.I also like that the wifi sports dual-band 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz.The support of adding an external MIMO antenna is a fantastic feature will benefit people who have weak reception.What I don’t like about this device is its size, but I can live with that.I recommend this device to all my friends.
    One person found this helpful
    Neil Atkinson
    January 20, 2021
    Excellent bit of kit, let down by battery.
    I purchased this about three weeks ago as an upgrade to my current mobile hotspot. I chose this one as I already have a Nighthawk router in the house and am very pleased with it.I found it very easy to set up and get it running. The software upgrade was very simple to do. VERY impressed with the speeds achieved and with its connectivity. At the moment I use it in the car, but when allowed I hope to use it for holidays both here and abroad. No complaints about the functionality of the unit.There are two annoying things that take a star off.The first is the battery capacity. I find that with just my phone connected I can only get about 6 hours before it needs charging. I feel that for a supposedly high end bit of kit, and being advertised as lasting all day, this is not acceptable.The other thing is charging. Using the supplied cable and charger it never achieves full charge when operating. If I turn it off and charge the battery I do get a full charge, but sometimes it switches itself on and Doesn’t fully charge. Also the battery gets very warm.In conclusion, the MR1100 is a really nice unit sadly let down by battery issues. If those were fixed five stars across the board.
    7 people found this helpful
    Amazon Customer
    January 17, 2021
    Does what it's supposeded to. Cured all my drop-out issues and works well with external antennas.
    Needs a little bit of setup but OK if you have some technical expertise.
    Mick mcnicholas
    January 16, 2021
    Brilliant
    We had this product for our Caravan along with an external aerial we are very pleased and would recommendtook me a while to sort out but at 67 I suppose I did really wellNo stars for Tech Support because did not need them
    paul Kenshole
    January 15, 2021
    Great
    great bit of kit, worth the money.
    Martin mcclenaghan
    January 14, 2021
    It a good product it easy to use very handy when you are out side love having it were even I go
    I like the battery life it a handy when you out and about
    Gadget Boy
    January 12, 2021
    Beautiful looking router
    Most Mi-Fi routers don't look as stylish as this one and that's one big Plus! Not the easiest to use as you need to use the weblink instead of the app (it works but not all functions) to make adjustments on settings.It says the battery should last you a good 24 hours but it doesn't, I would say most likely to be 9 hours to 11 hours, anything longer than that would be surprising.
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    radu ardeleanu
    January 11, 2021
    Nice looking item, but the price is ridiculous for virtually no improvement over the 790..
    The item is very nice, BUT ! its not a upgrade to the 790 witch is 3 times cheaper !!!The screen is pointless you get a touchscreen on the 790 witch is £100 !, the reception is no better, it has 4 antenna ports inside but only uses 2 external ones, the speed is very good, battery life is good.Netgear prices are over the top, I wanted to buy the M2 but I cant afford it, If you want to throw your money away buy it..I'm starting to think about Huawei as their products are cheaper.
    Mel
    January 11, 2021
    Does what it is meant to do, easy set up
    Good battery life
    Alan Roberts
    January 10, 2021
    Must have router for your campervan
    Works fantastically well.Easy to use and setup from the official app, you can monitor all aspects of your useage, etc etc....The internet antenna works well, but find an external antenna body's the signal..This is perfect for my campervan, creating a super WiFi ...
    Micky
    January 8, 2021
    Good router
    Absolutely brilliant little router! It’s very expensive but has done me well, I take it around the country with me for work, battery will easily last all day too, i’ve never had a 4G router before so I cannot compare it to anything else unfortunately.
    Luke Maurer
    January 6, 2021
    Ignore the Frequently Bought With
    Apparently it's “frequently bought with” an antenna adapter that doesn't actually fit it.Also, I couldn't get it to work at all with AT&T the US, even after having brought it into an AT&T store.
    richard Hayes
    January 2, 2021
    Excellent
    I read a few reviews about this router that said difficult to set up??? I’m 70 I found it so easy just put the sim in and it’s done. The only issue after reading the reviews was I didn’t think it was going to be easy but it was!!! My review is honest. Best investment putting netgear router in my motorhome thanks netgear xxxxx
    One person found this helpful
    Amazon Customer
    January 1, 2021
    Worked perfect
    Item as described
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NETGEAR Nighthawk M1 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot (MR1100-100NAS) – Up to 1Gbps Speed
£89.00