The Unite Express 2 is an entry-level mobile hotspot that replaced the Velocity 2 at AT&T in November 2018. This hotspot has a similar category 13 modem, but comes with some significant changes from the previous device:
- No Antenna ports (the Velocity 2 came with 2 TS-9 ports)
- Support for FirstNet (band 14)
- Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi
The Unite Express 2 is a significant step down from the flagship Netgear Nighthawk hotspot as it lacks support for important features for nomads like antenna ports.
In April 2019, Cricket (AT&T's prepaid subsidiary) launched a data-only plan, with the Unite Express 2 rebranded as the Cricket Turbo, but it has since been replaced by the Turbo Hotspot 2. The Unite Express 2 is currently only available from third party resellers.
- Model Number: AT&T Unite Express 2 (AC797S)
- # of Connected Devices: 15 via Wi-Fi
- Control Panel and Default Password:
Control Panel: http://192.168.1.1 or http://attwifimanager/
Default Password: "attadmin"
- USB Tethering Support: Likely, but unknown at this time
WiFiRanger Tethering: TBD
Pepwave Tethering: TBD
- Supported Networks and Bands:
LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12(17) 14, 29, 30, 66
4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
2G: GSM EDGE: None
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes
- MIMO Support: 2X2 Internal
- LTE Performance Category: Category 13
(Max Theoretical Speed: 400 Mbps Down / 150 Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: None
- Other Ports: MicroUSB
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac - Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz.
- Claimed Battery Life: 11hrs use time, 1.7 days standby
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: Unknown
- Dimensions: 4.33'' x 2.68'' x 0.61''
- SIM Card Type: Micro
- Retail Price: $144.99
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