The Netgear MIMO Antenna uses a proven antenna design that is ideal for signal enhancing in your for mobile internet arsenal. Their 5G antenna is easy to use with any cellular mobile hotspot device that has SMA or TS-9 antenna ports- like Jetpacks and MiFis - or even a cellular router. Its is also small and portable, features important for RVers and boaters.
The Netgear MIMO antenna has two versions- the original, model 6000450, came with a 3' cable with TS-9 connectors and was a top pick until the new one came out.
- Model 6000451 was released in March 2022 and available in North America in September 2022 . **Top Pick**
- Model 6000450 now discontinued, can still be found at some retailers
The new version has the same form factor but supports sub-6Ghz 5G frequencies and utilizes SMA connectors instead of TS-9. However, it does come with SMA-to-TS-9 adapters so it can be used with devices that have TS-9 ports like the original.
In our testing the new version is an improvement over the original in the lower frequencies and also in the higher frequencies. If you are looking to purchase this antenna we recommend, would definitely go with the newer model but is probably not necessary to replace an existing antenna unless you need the SMA connection.
It's portable and no installation is required.
MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) is the use of more than one antenna to increase signal performance. All LTE & 5G devices have at least two antennas to take advantage of this technology. This antenna is designed with two antennas inside its panel case to take advantage of MIMO.
Simply mount it with the included suction cups to a window most closely facing the cellular tower you're connected to, or use the clips (included) to attach to the back of a laptop screen. No tricky roof or pole mounting installation is needed.
After that, plug in the two connectors to your hotspot or router 's antenna ports.
It's portable and rated for indoor or outdoor use:
Netgear 5G MIMO Antenna Specifications
- Model: 6000451
- # of Antennas: 2x2 MIMO
- Direction: Directional
- Frequency Range:600-960/1710-5925 MHz
- Impedance: unknown
- Cable Type & Length: 40" long cable
- Connector: 2x SMA connectors (includes SMA-TS-9 adapters)
- Internal Ground Plane: N/A
- Dimensions: 4.7 x 6.3 x 0.2 inches
- Weight: Not Specified
- Mounting: Includes clips & suction cups
- Outdoor Rated: Yes
- Frequency / Gain: 2.5 dBi
- Retail Price: $54.99
News, Videos, & Status
We purchased the original 6000450 antenna on Amazon and have had it in multiple field testing rounds - it is a staff favorite for the performance, price point, and ease of use. The 5G version is also very popular with our staff, and has performed well in testing and routine use, earning our top pick status.
For anyone with a mobile hotspot device with two antenna ports, we consider either antenna a no-brainer option to have onboard as part of your signal-enhancing arsenal.
Our testing of the original version is open to the public. Our members have access to our full Field Testing Results, and this antenna is specifically included in these rounds:
- Andy's Antenna Lab (Spring 2021 - Ongoing)
- Mobile Hotspot & TS9 MIMO, Puma 401 vs Mobile Mark, Peplink Router/Modems (Summer 2020)
- Cellular Signal MIMO Antenna Field Testing – (Spring 2019)
- Cellular Signal Field Testing – SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 | weBoost 4G-X OTR | weBoost 4G-M | HiBoost OTR | MIMO Antennas (Late 2018)
- Cellular Signal Field Testing – SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 | weBoost Connect RV 65 | HiBoost OTR | MIMO Antennas (2nd Quarter 2018)
- Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing – IBR900 | MAX-BR1 | Drive Sleek | MIMO Antennas (1st Quarter 2018)
- Cellular Equipment Field Testing Results – Netgear Modems / USB730 (Late 2017)
- Cellular Signal Enhancing Field Testing Results (2nd Quarter 2017)
The new 5g version became available in North America in September 2022, and is part of our testing program. We have opened a member-only Testing Forum:
- Netgear Releases Unlocked, All-Carrier Nighthawk M6 Pro 5G Mobile Hotspot Posted on: May 10, 2023
- Netgear Releases Unlocked Nighthawk M6 MR6150 5G Mobile Hotspot Posted on: October 4, 2022
- New AT&T Flagship Hotspots Announced: Netgear Nighthawk M6 and M6 Pro, First With Qualcomm X65 Modem Posted on: April 22, 2022
- Netgear Releases The Orbi 5G Home Mesh Router Posted on: November 18, 2021
- Netgear Releases Nighthawk M5 MR5200 5G Mobile Hotspot - An Unlocked/Global Version of the AT&T Nighthawk 5G Pro Posted on: September 2, 2021
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