The Netgear Nighthawk was announced in October 2017 and became AT&T's flagship LTE mobile hotspot.
In September 2020, Netgear released its 5G capable flagship mobile hotspot - the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Pro (M5) - but at a huge jump in price. Then in April 2022, AT&T released the Netgear Nighthawk M6 and M6 Pro - a much more capable flagship 5G hotspot at a much more reasonable price. Despite these changes, we still consider the Nighthawk MR1100 to be a flagship-level LTE Hotspot device, and a top pick for those who don't need a 5G capable device.
The MR1100 comes with many great features, including an integrated ethernet port, which makes it easy to use the Nighthawk paired with any traditional router. This is in addition to the ability to connect via USB tethering or Wi-Fi.
- Model Number: Netgear Nighthawk LTE Mobile Hotspot Router (MR1100)
- # of Connected Devices: 20 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering & Ethernet
- Control Panel and Default Password:
Control Panel: http://192.168.1.1 or http://attwifimanager/
Default Password: "attadmin"
- USB Tethering Support:
WiFiRanger Tethering: Works Great
Pepwave Tethering: Works Great
- Supported Networks and Bands:
4G/LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12(17), 14, 29, 30, 46, 66
3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz
2G: GSM EDGE: No
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes, 4-band
- MIMO Support: 4X4 internal, 2x2 External
- LTE Performance Category: Category 16
(Max Theoretical Speed: 1,000Mbps Down / 150Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x TS9 External Antenna Ports
- Other Ports: Ethernet, USB-A, USB-C, micro-SD (internal slot)
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
- Dimensions: 4.14" x 4.14" x 0.75" / 8.5 oz
- SIM Card Type: Micro
- Retail Price: $339-419.99
News, Videos, & Status
We have put this hotspot head-to-head with the AT&T Nighthawk 5G, Unite Explore and Unite Pro, and other devices in a variety of circumstances. Our review and conclusions are based on this extended testing experience.
Our raw field testing results are available to our MIAs:
- Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing – IBR900 | MAX-BR1 | Drive Sleek | MIMO Antennas (1st Quarter 2018)
- Cellular Equipment Field Testing Results – Netgear LTE Modem / USB730 / Nighthawk
- Testing in Progress Forum: AT&T Netgear Nighthawk 5G Hotspot Pro Testing (MR1100 Testing Included)
- Testing in Progress Forum: Netgear Orbi 4G LTE Advanced Router (MR1100 Testing Included)
Here is our unboxing video and first impressions of the Netgear Nighthawk, filmed in November 2017:
Our more in-depth hands-on take on the Nighthawk is available to our members below.
- AT&T Rolls Out New Firmware Verison NTG9X50C_12.06.39.00_ATT_06.14 The Netgear MR1100 Nighthawk Posted on: July 6, 2021
- New Firmware Version NTG9X50C_12.06.21.00 Rolled Out for AT&T Netgear Nighthawk Posted on: March 2, 2021
- First AT&T 5G Mobile Hotspot Available for Consumers - Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro Posted on: September 16, 2020
- AT&T Releases Minor Firmware Update 12.05.05.14 for Netgear Nighthawk (MR1100) Posted on: February 13, 2020
- Netgear Announces 5G Flagship - Nighthawk M5 Mobile Hotspot (MR5200) Posted on: January 10, 2020
Netgear Support website for Firmware Updates and documentation for the MR1100 Nighthawk
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