Overview: Netgear Nighthawk 5G (Mobile Hotspot)

On December 21, 2018, AT&T released the "Nighthawk 5G" hotspot for its nascent 5G network, which is available in a few select cities.

So far, details are scarce and the device will only be available to qualified customers. It will be Spring 2019 before it is available for sale to the general public.

The only technical detail AT&T revealed is that the Nighthawk 5G is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset.

They have also said that the device will require a 5G compatible data plan, which they have only announced a $70/month plan that includes 15GB of data.



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Specifications

  • Model: Netgear MR5000
  • # of Connected Devices: 20 via WiFi
  • Control Panel and Default Password:
    Control Panel: http://192.168.1.1 or http://attwifimanager/
    Default Password: "attadmin"
  • USB Tethering Support: Not yet known, but likely
  • Supported Networks and Bands:
    5G: N260 (39 GHz)
    LTE: Bands: 2, 4, 5, 12, 14, 29, 30, 46, 66
    4G/3G: Unknown
    2G GSM/Edge: None
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes, 5 band, 256 QAM
  • MIMO Support: 4X4 Internal
  • LTE Performance Category: 20
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: None
  • Other Ports: USB-C
  • Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac - Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Claimed Battery Life: Not yet known
  • Can Be Powered Without a  Battery: Unknown
  • Dimensions: 4.9" x 4.1" x 0.82"
  • SIM Card Type: Not yet known
  • Retail Price: $499.99

Review & Testing Status

We may eventually obtain a unit to test, depending on availability - and depending on if they release more desirable plans.


 

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Purchasing Options

AT&T will begin signing up "select" businesses (signup link) and consumers (signup link) starting on Friday, December 21st to get 5G+ service.

Nighthawk 5G
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Quick Take

AT&T's first mobile hotspot for 5G is too new to evaluate.

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