ZTE in the News:
ZTE is a Chinese company that produces a variety of electronics, including consumer cellular devices as well as network equipment which can potentially be used by cellular carriers and other internet service providers.
Beginning in 2018, the US government restricted the sale and support of ZTE products in the US due to security concerns and at one point, it seemed like ZTE could be forced out of business.
In November 2021, the US government passed a law that prohibits the FCC from certifying ZTE equipment along with equipment from several other Chinese-based telecom companies. There is also discussion of potentially revoking licenses that were previously issued.
While most of this concerns network infrastructure equipment, it will also affect consumer devices and could affect the availability of and support for ZTE consumer devices.
Members, our further analysis and detailed updates are in the Special Announcements forum:
The Velocity 2 is a substantial upgrade over the original Velocity, with the 2 offering 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: http://192.168.1.1 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: No
- Battery Part #: CS-ZMF923SL
- Replacement Battery: Amazon
- Dimensions: 4.54'' x 2.61'' x 0.61''
- SIM Card Type: 4FF / Nano SIM
Review & Testing Status
We purchased a Velocity 2 in April 2018 on our Unlimited Plus account, and have tested 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.
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