Review in Progress: Netgear 4G LTE Modems

Netgear offers 3 different 4G LTE Modems which may be useful to mobile internet seekers who are not seeking a device that creates it own hotspot, but instead a LAN ethernet port. Since the device is not sold directly by AT&T, it comes unlocked and is also quite suitable for use on T-Mobile's network.

Compared to other AT&T devices on the market, these modems have inferior specifications.

Specifications - Netgear 4G LTE Modems

  • Integrated Wi-Fi: No
  • Ethernet: Yes - 1x Gigabit LAN Port
  • Cellular Networks Supported: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon (limited support)
    LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 12/17
    4G: HSPA+ 850/1900
    2G/3G: UMTS B2, B5 - No 2G GSM/GPRS support.
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
  • LTE Performance Category: Category 4
    (Max Theoretical Speed: 150Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x MIMO / TS9 Connectors (TBD Primary)
  • Power Source: 110v AC (12V DC Input)
  • Dimensions: 4.7'' x 3.9'' x 1.2''
  • SIM Card Type: 3FF (Micro) SIM
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price: $120 (1120)

Other Models & Variations

There are three versions of the Netgear LTE Modem, with only minor differences between them:

  • 4G LTE Modem (Model LB1120) - The basic model. List price $119.99.
  • 4G LTE Modem with POE (Model LB1121) - The only difference with this model is that it can be powered over POE (power over ethernet) as well as via the power jack. If you have a device that has a spare POE port (like a WiFiRagner GoAC), this can let you avoid needing a power supply. List price $139.99.
  • 4G LTE Modem with Dual Ethernet Ports (Model LB2120) - This model lacks the ability to be powered over POE, but adds an ethernet WAN port. This second ethernet port is designed to let the LTE Modem sit inline between a traditional DSL or Cable Modem and a home or office router. If the wired internet goes down, the wireless modem can then take over. This is handy for providing backup service to a home or office, but not useful for most mobile installations. List price $159.99.

Other than by comparing the back panel, all three models look identical.

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Review & Testing Status

We were so intrigued with the Netgear 4G LTE Modem that we purchased one in July 2017 and have incorporated it into our ongoing testing. Members can follow along with our testing here: Cellular Equipment Field Testing Results – Netgear Modems / USB730 (Late 2017) and we have some comparative data to other AT&T devices below.

Unboxing Video

Here's our video unboxing & first impressions:

We share our further hands-on impressions in the member area below.

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A group of cellular modems that combine hardwired ethernet and cellular hotspot functions.

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