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 devices internally have at least two antennas to take advantage of this technology. This antenna is designed with two antennas inside its panel case, and then has 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 or pole mounting installation needed.
It's portable and rated for indoor or outdoor use.
- Model: 6000450
- # of Antennas: 2x2 MIMO
- Direction: Directional
- Frequency Range: 700-906 / 1710-1990 / 2110-2170 / 2500-2700 MHz
- Impedence: unknown
- Cable Type & Length: 40" long cable
- Connector: 2x TS-9 connectors
- Internal Ground Plane: No
- Dimensions: 4.7 x 6.3 x 0.2 inches
- Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Mounting: Includes clips & suction cups
- Outdoor Rated: Yes
- Frequency / Gain: 2.5 dBi
- Retail Price: $49.99
News, Videos, & Status
We purchased one of these antennas on Amazon and have had it in multiple field testing rounds - it has become a staff favorite for the performance, price point and ease.
For anyone with a mobile hotspot device with two antenna ports, we consider this antenna a no-brainer option to have onboard as part of your signal enhancing arsenal.
We have opened our review & video overview (originally member exclusive) to the public. Our members have access to our full Field Testing Results, and this antenna is specifically included in these rounds:
- Andy's Test Lab (Spring 2021)
- 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)
- 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
- Netgear Introduces Two New Cellular Devices - The Nighthawk AX4 Router and LM1200 LTE Modem Posted on: April 5, 2021
- First AT&T 5G Mobile Hotspot Available for Consumers - Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro Posted on: September 16, 2020
- Product Release: Netgear Orbi 4G LTE Advanced Tri-Band Router Posted on: August 12, 2020
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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 with no adapters needed
- 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 - which 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.
- Some reports of the case warping after being left in direct sunlight and/or high temps.
- 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).
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. It's also a good 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.
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 LTE, Netgear Nighthawk 5G, Unite Explore, Velocity 2 and Unite Pro
- Sprint: 8000, Warp, Fuse and Zing
- T-Mobile: ZMax Connect
To check to see if other models have dual antenna ports, check our Mobile Hotspot Gear Center and check the filter for 'Dual Ports'.
What About Other Devices?
If your cellular device doesn't have dual TS-9 antenna ports, what are your options?
- No Antenna Ports: If your device does not have antenna ports (such as smartphones, tablets and some hotspots), then external antennas are not an option. 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 mobile hotspots, like the Netgear Nighthawk, 8800L and 8000 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, SMB, N or F ports: If your device has dual antenna ports but uses other connectors types, such as many mobile embedded cellular routers, it's best to seek a purpose built antenna with the correct connectors. There are rare TS-9 to SMA adapters, but there are also many SMA MIMO cellular antenna options out there.
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Cellular antennas can be a vital part of your signal enhancing strategy to get a better signal, and thus better cellular data performance. They come in many shapes, sizes and varieties.
They can be used directly connected to your mobile hotspots or cellular embedded routers, or they might connect to your cellular booster. They come in omni-directional vs directional, single vs MIMO, and might support different frequency bands. They come in combination antennas with Wi-Fi and GPS.
But most importantly, is your installation options on your RV or boat.
So before choosing an antenna, be sure to understand all of these variables - and keep in mind that there likely isn't a single 'one size fits all' solution here. You may need to make compromises, or even have speciality antennas for challenging signal areas.
We recommend starting with our Guide to Selecting Antennas, and then moving on to our other guides addressing related topics: