MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) is the use of more than one antenna to increase signal performance. All LTE devices internally have at least two antennas to take advantage of this technology. This antenna is designed with two antennas inside it's panel case, and then had two plugs that can go directly into a device with TS-9 ports (typically used on mobile hotspots like JetPacks and MiFis).
Simply mount with the included suction cups to a window most closely facing the cellular tower you're connected to, or use the included clips to attach to the screen of a laptop. No tricky roof installation needed. And then plug in the two connectors to your Jetpack, MiFi or hotspot device's TS-9 ports.
It's portable and rated for indoor or outdoor use.
- Model: 6000450
- Type: MIMO
- Cable Type & Length: 40" long cable
- Connector: 2x TS-9 connectors
- Dimensions: 160 x 120 x 5.5 mm
- Mounting: Includes clips & suction cups
- Frequency / Gain: Stated as 'up to 2.5 dB gain'
- Retail Price: Usually under $30
Testing Status: We purchased one of these antennas on Amazon and have had it in multiple field testing rounds. We have opened our review & video overview (original member exclusive) to the public, and our members have access to our full Field Testing Results, and this antenna is specifically included in these rounds:
- 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)
Special Public Review
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Thoughts & Analysis
- Super affordable
- Shorter cable length means minimal signal loss
- Directional aiming focuses the gain for maximum performance
- Hardly any installation needed - bring it out only when needed
- TS-9 connectors built in, designed to plug directly into mobile hotspots (minimal signal loss)
- Portable - you can take it with you in a backpack, purse or briefcase
- Super short antenna cables mean your device will need to be pretty close the physical location of the antenna - could mean placing your device where there's no power, or possibly in the sun of a window (beware of overheating).
- Directional means you'll need to do a little trial and error at each stop to find the optimal window to place this in.
- Suction cups easily fall off when moving around.
- Only works on devices with dual TS-9 antenna ports, which are primarily mobile hotspots (the 7730L, AC791L, Netgear Nighthawk, Velocity 2, Unite Explore, Unite Pro and Sprint Warp will all work with this.)
- If your windows are coated with a metal-based film (for privacy, heat reflection, etc.) - this could block the signal. In this case, having the antenna on the inside of the window would see little to no gain. (Solutions: try the front windshield and/or placing the antenna on the outside of the window).
After several rounds of testing, we've found this antenna often outperforms other options we have on board - boosters and roof mounted MIMO antennas included. In moderate signal areas, this antenna simply rocks. We consider it a top pick because it combines great performance with convenience and low cost.
Because this antenna is directional, has short cables for minimal signal loss, uses MIMO and has direct T-S9 connectors - this antenna often outperforms other signal enhancing options for mobile hotspots. This can make a great spare antenna if you have multiple mobile hotspot devices or as a primary antenna option if roof installation is too daunting.
Just suction cup mount it in the general direction of the tower you're aiming for, plug it directly into your mobile hotspot and you have instant signal enhancing for under $30.
Here also is our quick video review of this antenna:
This antenna will only work on devices with dual TS-9 antenna ports. Popular mobile hotspot models that include these ports are:
- Verizon: 8800L, 7730L, AC791L, MHS291L, MHS800L
- AT&T: Netgear Nighthawk, Unite Explore, Velocity 2 and Unite Pro
- Sprint: Warp, Fuse and Zing
To check to see if other models have dual antenna ports, check our Mobile Hotspot Review Center and click the search button for 'Dual Antenna Ports'.
Antenna Port Notes:
- No Antenna Ports: If your device does not have antenna ports (which smartphones don't tend to and some hotspots don't either), then antenna only options will not work - cellular boosters are the best option in this case.
- Single Antenna Port: If your device only has a single antenna port (such as the Verizon 6620L), this antenna may work with just one cable plugged in - but be sure to experiment as both the hotspot and the antenna tend to have 'primary' and 'secondary' connections. You'll probably be better off using a single antenna option.
- 4x4 MIMO Devices: Some devices, like the Netgear Nighthawk and the 8800L have internal 4x4 MIMO but only two antenna ports. When using the antenna ports, MIMO switches from 4x4 to 2x2. In some situations, the internal 4x4 may outperform external 2x2 - so always test at each location.
- SMA or other styles: If your device has dual antenna ports but uses other connectors types, such as many mobile embedded cellular routers, you'll either need to find an adapter (which are rather rare) or seek out a different antenna solution.