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18/07/2018

Netgear Nighthawk M1 Mobile LTE Router Review

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 is a mobile LTE router designed to provide other devices fast Internet access. In addition, it offers some interesting features, which we will explain in the following article in more detail.

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Nighthawk M1 Overview

If you also want to use the Internet on your notebook or tablet while traveling, you either need a device with a SIM card slot or use your smartphone as a hotspot, or you can get a mobile router like the Netgear Nighthawk M1. The small router uses the LTE network and is designed to allow mobile Internet access for devices without LTE modem.

Technical specifications

WLAN standard

WLAN 802.11 b / g / n 2.4 GHz; WLAN 802.11 a / n / ac 5 GHz

MIMO

4 × 4 MIMO

Frequency bands

LTE CAT. 16, LTE Advanced 4-band CA.

Up to 4X Carrier Aggregation

LTE / 4G 700/800/900/1800/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz

3G 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

Chipset

Qualcomm MDM9x50

Connections

1x Ethernet, 1x USB Type A, 1x USB Type C

Dimensions

105.5 x 105.5 x 20.35 mm

Weight

240 g

 

Package Content

  • Netgear Nighthawk M1
  • Replaceable lithium-ion battery (Li-ion)
  • AC charger and USB cable type C
  • Quick start Guide

 

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Design & Features

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 measures 105.5 x 105.5 x 20.35 millimeters and is therefore small enough to go through as a mobile router. The case is made of plastic, with battery; the router brings a weight of 240 grams. On the top there is a circular screen that provides information about data usage, number of connected devices, connection status and battery level. The upper plastic frame contains the power button, which is also used to navigate through the various displays on the screen.

The ports are integrated into the lower part of the frame, including an Ethernet port and a USB Type A and Type C port. Both USB ports allow you to connect external media to share the files on the network of the Nighthawk M1. The Type C connector is also used to charge the battery, whereas the Type A connector can charge other mobile devices. The connectors are flanked by TS-9 connectors for optional 4G/3G antennas. When not in use, the connections are protected by a cover.


The back cover can be removed to expose the replaceable 5.040 mAh battery. Below the battery is the slot for a micro SIM card. The test also worked well with a Nano SIM card, as long as it is correctly positioned on the contact points. A microSD card slot is also included, which can be used, for example, to stream movies or other files through the Netgear Nighthawk M1.

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The interior is simple and can be completed in a few minutes. In the first step, a device (notebook, smartphone, tablet) must connect to the Netgear Nighthawk M1 via WLAN. The network name and key can be found on the screen of the router. Thereafter, the control access takes place on mobile devices, at best via the Netgear Mobile App and on PCs and notebooks via the web browser.

 

Accessing the Nighthawk M1 requires entering a username and password that can be set at first login. Subsequently, only the SIM card must be unlocked by PIN and the router is ready for use. Versatile settings can be made in the app or web interface, such as whether the router is to build a 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WLAN or instead only one network should be active. In addition, the SSID and the password can be changed or a monthly consumption overview including data limit can be set up. Owners of an Arlo home security system are pleased to use the Nighthawk M1 as a base station for the Arlo cameras.

 

 

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We tested the Netgear Nighthawk M1 in Vodafone LTE network. Since Gigabit LTE is only offered in a few German cities so far, we could only check how the mobile router beats in the "normal" LTE network. A Samsung Galaxy S9 connected via Wi-Fi to the router achieved 39.6 Mbps in the upload and 57.3 Mbps in the download. When we ran the speed test on a Dell XPS 13 (9360), the speed was increased to 104 Mbps in the download. The upload value was at 47.9 Mbit/s. For comparison, we ran the speed test with the same SIM card in the Galaxy S9. This could reach 85.4 Mbit/s in the download and 33.4 Mbit/s in the upload.

 

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The Netgear Nighthawk M1 is ideal for use as a media server with its USB ports and microSD card slot. In the test, a UHD video could easily be streamed to the Galaxy S9. Only when fast-forwarding, the buffer had to be recharged, which has led to a few seconds of waiting time. For Full HD videos, streaming was possible with up to three devices simultaneously.

 

 

Conclusion

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 is the ideal companion for those who need an Internet connection on the go. In the LTE network, the mobile router provides other devices such as notebooks or tablets with fast Internet access. The set-up is easy to do and numerous settings can be made in the app. Another practical option is to use the Netgear Nighthawk M1 as a media server. You can use one of the two USB ports or the integrated microSD card slot. In addition, the USB Type A port can charge other devices. Owners of the Arlo security system can even use the router as the basis for the Arlo security cameras. The Netgear Nighthawk M1 offers many features and can certainly convince in the test. However, as a mobile WLAN router, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 price is high now.

17/07/2018

TP-Link Archer MR400 AC1350 Router Review

TP-link Archer MR400 is a powerful 3G / 4G router from TP-Link, designed for users who need high speed data transfer. This model combines support for most popular 3G and LTE mobile Internet standards with a high-speed dual-band WiFi module that supports the 802.11ac protocol. The line of TP-Link Archer wireless routers has won great popularity among users due to the low price and excellent technical characteristics. The Archer MR400 is the older model of TP-Link 3G / 4G routers that is ideal for use in an office, apartment, country house, or any other place where you need to provide fast access to the mobile Internet for a large number of wireless devices.

 

 

TP-Link Archer MR400 Specifications  

 

Due to the configuration of the MIMO 3x3 antennas in the 2.4 GHz band and the MIMO 2x2 in the 5 GHz band, the Archer MR400 provides a total transfer rate of up to 1350 Mbps (450 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz network and 867 Mbps in the 5 GHz). For comparison: the predecessor Archer MR200 model is limited to a speed of 300 Mbit/s in the 2.4 GHz network and 433 Mbps in the 5 GHz network.  

 

A high-performance WiFi module supports up to 64 users. It is recommended to connect to the 2.4 GHz network equipment that does not need high speed, as well as obsolete devices that do not support the 802.11ac protocol. At the same time, it's best to connect the demanding bandwidth to the 5 GHz network: televisions, game consoles, wireless storage devices, etc. Using the innovative MU-MIMO technology allows us to unleash the full potential of the WiFi 802.11ac standard and provide the maximum data transfer rate with simultaneous connection to a network of several clients.

 

 

Archer MR400 is made in a stylish black case and supports the wall mount. A WPS button is also available on the back of the LTE router for quick connection of WiFi devices.  

 

The TP-link router is equipped with one SIM card slot and supports all common cellular standards in Europe, including FDD-LTE in the frequency ranges of 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz, TDD-LTE in the 2600 MHz band and 3G at 900 and 2100 MHz. The maximum speed in 4G networks is 150 Mbit/s for reception and 50 Mbit/s for transmission (LTE Cat. 4). The MR400 Router also supports 2G-Internet and other broadband Internet standards used in different countries of the world.  

 

To receive a mobile signal, the kit includes two small detachable LTE antennas with a small gain. In the case of a weak or uncertain input signal, more powerful directional antennas (sold separately) can be connected through the SMA connectors to the MR400.

 

 

TP-Link Archer MR400 Interfaces  

 

With the router, the adapters of changing Micro to Standard or NANO to Standard are included, which allow installing a SIM card of any format into the router. In addition to the SIM card slot, there are 4 Ethernet ports (10/100 Mbps) on the rear panel: 3 LAN ports and one switchable WAN / LAN port. Thus, the router can be connected to the Internet not only through a mobile connection but also through a normal cable from the provider. The drawbacks of the model include the absence of gigabit ports, which reduces the maximum speed of data exchange between wired and wireless devices in the network.  

 

TP-Link Archer MR400 Settings  

 

The configuration of the router is carried out via the web interface or the proprietary TP-Link Tether application. At the disposal of users, there are various settings of mobile connection and local network. The Archer MR400 administration panel contains all the parameters familiar to home routers, as well as some additional functions: two guest networks (2.4 and 5 GHz), parental control, QoS (bandwidth control), dynamic DNS (DynDNS, NO-IP), VPN (PPTP, L2TP, IPSec), NAT, IPv6, DHCP, protection against DoS attacks, filtering over IP and MAC addresses, etc.

 

 

The router is very easy to manage and does not require special skills for customization. In most cases, it is enough to install a working SIM card in the router and connect it to the power network: the mobile Internet and the WiFi network will work by themselves. With the Archer MR400, you can connect a large number of wireless devices to the 3G/  4G Internet and ensure the maximum speed of data exchange in the WiFi network.  

 

General Review of Archer MR400 Specifications:  

  • Frequency ranges:
    • FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20 (2100/1800/2600/900/800 MHz)
    • TDD-LTE B38 / B39 / B40 / B41 (2600/1900/2300/2500 MHz)
    • 3G: DC-HSPA + / HSPA + / HSPA / UMTS B1 / B8 (2100/900 MHz)
    • 2G: EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Number of SIM cards: One
  • LTE data transfer rate up to 150 Mbps (download) and up to 50 Mbps (upload)
  • WLAN Standards: WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Frequency ranges: dual-band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
  • Data transfer rate of WiFi: up to 867 Mbps in the frequency range 5 GHz, up to 450 Mbit/s in the frequency range of 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless signal power (EIRP): <20 dBm (2.4 GHz), <23 dBm (5 GHz)
  • Antennas:
    • 3 built-in WiFi antennas (2 x dual-band antennas 2.4 and 5 GHz, 1 x 2.4 GHz antenna)
    • 2 removable external 4G LTE antennas
  • Ports and Interfaces
    • 3 x LAN (10/100 Mbps)
    • 1 x LAN / WAN (10/100 Mbps)
    • 1 x standard SIM slot
    • 2 x SMA connector
  • WiFi Security: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA / WPA2, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK, WPS
  • Power: 12V, 1.5A
  • Certificates: CE, RoHS
  • Operating temperature: from 0 ° С to + 40 ° С
  • Storage temperature: from -40 ° С to + 70 ° С
  • Permissible humidity: from 10% to 90% (without condensation)
  • Size (without antennas) 202 x 141 x 33.6 mm
  • Package Content:
    • Archer MR400 router
    • 2 removable LTE antennas
    • Power plug
    • Ethernet cable
    • Warranty card
    • Quick setup guide

Telstra 4GX WiFi Pro E5787 VS Optus Modem AC800s

Both LTE and LTE networks provide similar LTE frequency bands . To meet the demand for LTE wireless connection, they both have the 4G LTE mobile WiFi hotspots for their contract plan. Telstra had introduced Huawei E5787 Mobile WiFi is on its way to the Optus had latest Netgear Aircard 800s. Then somebody may ask: What's the difference between Huawei E5787 and Netgear Aircard 800s? Which one is better if buying from the two routers?

 

 

Telstra 4GX WiFi Pro VS E5787 Optus Modem AC800s Appearance

 

The specific model for Telstra is Huawei E5787ph-67a, unlike the brother model Huawei E5786, the E5787ph-67a has a 2.4-inch touchscreen and no button on the front side. The power button is on the top edge side while on the opposite side, the USB 2.0 port and two connectors for external antennas are available. The back cover of Huawei E5787 could be removed for changing the battery or inserting the SIM card.  

 

Like the Telstra 4G WiFi Pro Unlocked, the Optus 4G WiFi modem 800s also has a 2.4-inch touchscreen and there are two buttons at the screen side, one for home and the other for "back". The button is also on the top edge side and the two connectors for external antennas are available at the opposite side with the USB 3.0 port. The difference is the antenna connectors are on two sides of the USB port. The back cover of Optus 800s could also be removed for exchange or inserting the SIM card. They are both configured with two TS-9 connectors.

 

 

Optus AC800S VS Huawei E5787 Specs and features

 

From the appearance, we can see the Telstra 4G WiFi Pro and Optus 4G Cat.9 modem 800s are very similar in design, including the touchscreen, home button, external antenna connectors. Let’s compare the Telstra 4G WiFi Pro specs with Optus 4G modem 800S Specs to see what the difference is in the specifications in the table below:

 

Model Netgear Aircard 800S Huawei E5787
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.9 LTE Cat.6
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9240  HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset (Cortex A9 Processor)
Data rates DL 450Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands B1, B3, B7, B28, B40 * Huawei E5787s-33a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/20 * Huawei E5787Ph-67a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/28
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 15 users 10 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna Optus AC800s External Antenna Huawei E5787 external Antenna
App management Netgear Aircard APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery 2930 mAh 3000mAh
Dimensions 110 x 68 x 16.1 mm 109.00 x 58.00 x 7.50mm
Ethernet Port No No
Datasheet download Netgear AC800S Datasheet Huawei E5787 Datasheet
User Manual Optus 4G modem 800S Manual Huawei E5787 Manual
Other features 3 band CA 2 band CA
Reviews Netgear Aircard 800s review Huawei E5787 Review
Price 199.00USD 299.00USD

 

 

 

Summary

 

From the specs table, we can see the Optus 4G WiFi modem 800s is more advanced than Telstra 4G WiFi Pro E5787 because the Optus modem AC800S could support LTE download speed up to 450Mbps while the Huawei E5787 could only reach LTE download speed to 300mbps. With Qualcomm chipset, Optus 4G modem 800s could support LTE category 9 while Telstra E5787 supports LTE Cat.6 on Huawei Hisilicon LTE Cat.6 chipset. Telstra 4G WiFI Pro could support maximum 10 users to access the internet while Optus 800s would support up to 15 users. The most interesting is that the Optus 4G WiFi modem unlocked price is 199.00USD while the unlocked Telstra 4G WiFi Pro at price of 299.00USD. So if you would buy an unlocked 4G mobile hotspot from the two, it's obvious that the unlocked Optus 4G WiFi modem 800s is better than unlocked Telstra 4G WiFi Pro E5787.