Netgear rolled out a preview of their next-generation 5G mobile hotspot at the January 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The M5 is a follow-up to 2019's Nighthawk 5G on AT&T. It is slated to be released in the second half of 2020.
So far, details are scarce and no specific cellular carrier support has been announced, but historically Netgear has made the flagship mobile hotspot devices for AT&T.
What we do know is that the M5 will be a 4G/5G router with Wi-Fi 6 with a two-way Ethernet port. The M5 will use a Qualcomm X55 modem, which can handle all of the different forms of 5G US carriers have to offer.
- Model: Netgear MR5200
- # of Connected Devices: Up to 20
- Control Panel and Default Password:
- USB Tethering Support: Advertised but not confirmed through USB 3.1 Gen 2 port
- Supported Networks and Bands:
5G: 5GNR and Sub 6 GHz
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes
- MIMO Support: 4x4 MIMO
- LTE Performance Category: 22
- Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x TS-9 antenna ports (based on photographs of pre-release unit, not confirmed)
- Other Ports: Gigabit Ethernet
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11ax (WiFi6), 2x2 MIMO and 2.4/5GHz Standalone
- Claimed Battery Life:
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery:
- Dimensions: 4.14in x 4.14in x .85in
- SIM Card Type:
- Retail Price: Not yet known
Review & Testing Status
We may eventually obtain a unit to test.
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