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ZTE MF283 4G LTE Router Review

The Chinese manufacturer ZTE has launched with the a new LTE router MF283 on the market, which supports LTE Category 4 and allows speeds of up to 150 MBit/s in the downlink and up to 50 Mbit/s in the uplink. Terminals could be connected with ZTE MF283 either through wired LAN interfaces or wirelessly via WLAN. The router not only provides a fast Internet connection, you can also make calls over the device thanks to Voice over IP, provided that the provider allows. In Austria, the router is marketed as "Webgate 3".



Features and Specifications of ZTE MF283

Manufacturer and Model


Download rate

up to 150 MBit/s

Upload rate

up to 50 MBit/s

Supported LTE bands:

800 MHz/1800 MHz/2600 MHz

LTE-Advanced Support


Backward compatible with:


MIMO Support:

MIMO 2x2

Connector for external antenna

yes, 2 SMA sockets(Buy ZTE MF283 Antenna)


LTE category 4 (CAT4)


With integrated PABX


VoLTE Support (Voice over LTE)


Operating Internet (VOIP)


Connection for analog phones

Yes, 2xRJ11

Connection for ISDN




integrator with Voice Mail


HD voice possible


Network | LAN & WLAN

LAN Ports

4 LAN (RJ45), 100 Mbit/s

Wi-Fi standards

WLAN 802.11b/g/n for up to 32 devices

5 GHz Wi-Fi support




WLAN guest access installable




yes, 1 x USB 2.0

Dimensions / Weight

195 mm * 150 mm * 55 mm

IPv6 Support


NAS capability


Power consumption ca.


used as a Media Server


Available at



Fast Internet over LTE  


The ZTE MF283 dominated all three mobile technologies currently used in Germany: GSM, UMTS and LTE. In the UMTS network the data accelerator DC-HSPA+ is supported, so depending on your plan and network utilization up to 42.2 Mbit/s in the downlink and 5.76 Mbit/s can be achieved in the uplink. It is fast when LTE can be used. Based on LTE Category 4, speeds of up to 150 MBit/s in the downlink and 50 Mbit/s in the uplink are possible.      


The Internet connection is optionally provided via one of the four LAN ports on the back of the ZTE MF283 or wirelessly via WLAN. However, the LAN ports operate with a maximum of 100 Mbit/s, so that the full LTE speed can not be exploited. The Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n is in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, on other hand, speeds of up to 300 megabits per second are possible, according to ZTE, depending on how far you walk to the terminal from the router.



Integrated Phone function  


On the back of the ZTE MF283, there are two RJ-11 ports for analog phones, and a DECT interface for connecting wireless phones. The telephone is not made directly on the SIM card, but via VoIP directly via the Internet connection. A corresponding VoIP tariff is of course a prerequisite for using the telephone function.    


Other interfaces


In addition to the four LAN ports and two RJ-11 phone connectors, a USB port can be found on the back of the ZTE MF283. Normally, the USB port is storage devices or printers. On the back you will find two connections for an external antenna. This feature works in areas with weak signals as connection quality and speed can be optimized.  




The ZTE MF283 is in white color with the Austrian network operator "3" in the form of "3Webgate 3".  If you prefer the unlocked ZTE MF283, you can check the site for more details.  

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