Product Overview: AT&T Velocity 2 (Mobile Hotspot)

This device has been discontinued or we consider it obsolete. While current owners of this device may continue to find performance to be adequate for the foreseeable tech-future, we do not recommend upgrading to or purchasing this device.

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ZTE in the News: ZTE has been in the news a lot lately thanks to the sanctions the company has been negotiating with the US government. At one point, it seemed as if ZTE would be forced out of business.

In mid-July 2018 it looked like the dust has settled and ZTE would be able to continue releasing new products and supporting older devices, so we dropped our previous warning.

However, as of late 2018, the Trump administration is considering a ban on ZTE and Huawei via Executive Order.

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The Velocity 2 was AT&T's entry-level mobile hotspot from March-November 2018.  It was replaced by the Netgear Unite Express 2 and preceded by the original Velocity.

The Velocity 2 is a substantial upgrade over the original Velocity with a Category 12 modem as well as antenna ports.


  • Model Number: ZTE Velocity 2 (MF985)
  • # of Connected Devices: 10 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
  • Control Panel and Default Password:
    Control Panel: or http://attwifimanager/
    Default Password: "attadmin"
  • USB Tethering Support:
    WiFiRanger Tethering: probable, not confirmed
    Pepwave Tethering: probable, not confirmed
  • Supported Networks and Bands:
    AT&T LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 12(17), 29, 30, 66
    4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
    2G: GSM EDGE: No
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes (3x 20MHz channels)
  • MIMO Support: 2x2
  • LTE Performance Category: Category 13 up / Category 12 down
    (Max Theoretical Speed: 600Mbps Down / 150Mbps Up)
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x TS9 External Antenna Ports
  • Other Ports: USB-C
  • Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac - Pick between 2.4GHz or 5GHz.
  • Claimed Battery Life: 12hrs use time, 10 days standby
  • Can Be Powered Without a  Battery: Unknown
  • Dimensions: 4.54'' x 2.61'' x 0.61''
  • SIM Card Type: 4FF / Nano SIM

Review & Testing Status

We purchased a Netgear Nighthawk in April 2018 on our Unlimited Plus account, and have begun testing it in comparison to our other AT&T devices.

Our preliminary thoughts shared below with our members based on this testing experience.

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No longer available from AT&T, but can be found on the secondary market.

AT&T Velocity 2 Ratings
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Quick Take

The AT&T Velocity 2 was the entry level AT&T hotspot from March to November 2018.

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