Even though it looks nearly identical to its older sibling the 7730L, the 8800L is a major step forward in terms of raw cellular capability - and it was the first device to bring gigabit-class LTE technologies to Verizon's Jetpack lineup.
With 5G technology infiltrating the 4G/LTE world, this hotspot represents Verizon's LTE performance pinnacle in what was once a pre-5G world. It is still a flagship LTE-only hotspot device worthy of consideration for those without 5G on their radar.
- Model Number: Inseego 8800L
- # of Connected Devices: 15 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
- Control Panel and Default Password:
- USB Tethering Support:
- WiFiRanger Tethering: Works Great
- Pepwave Tethering: Works Great (except for Surf On-The-Go)
- Networks supported:
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes, 5-band, including LAA
- MIMO Support: 4X4 internal, and 2X2 external
- LTE Performance Category: Category 18 (Max Theoretical Speed: 1200Mbps Down / 150Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports:
- 2x TS9 'Test Ports' (not official antenna ports), overwrites internal 4x4 MIMO antennas
- Right port is the primary port, for uploads.
- Other Ports: USB-C
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac - Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Simultaneous 2.4GHz/5GHz Range (reported): 50-70ft
- 5GHz Range (reported): 40-50ft
- Battery: 4400mAh, 16.7 WhrLi Ion battery
- Claimed Battery Life: 24 hours hotspot usage, multiple days standby
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: No
- Battery Part #: 40123117
- Battery Purchase
- Dimensions: 4.5" x 2.8" x 0.75" / 5.71 oz
- SIM Card Type: Nano
- Retail Price: $199.99 / $99.99 w/ 2-year contract
There is One (Minor) Downgrade from the 7730L...
One difference of note compared to the MiFi 7730L is that the MiFi 8800L dropped support for CDMA cellular technology, which means that it is NOT compatible with Verizon's legacy 3G network. However, where this would have been a major red flag years ago, in today's world it is growing extremely rare to find areas where Verizon has 3G and no LTE coverage. And, 3G isn't long for this world as Verizon refarms for 5G.
For more information on Cellular Evolution, see our guide:
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- Verizon Pushes 2A Firmware Update to Inseego 8800L MiFi Jetpack Posted on: May 13, 2020
- Verizon Finally Releases 8800L 1S Firmware Update - Hopefully Fixing Reboot & Disconnects Posted on: August 6, 2019
- Verizon Launches New Flagship Mobile Hotspot Device - The MiFi 8800L Posted on: October 29, 2018
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Mobile hotspot devices are small, self-contained units that receive a cellular data signal and transform it into an internet connection. They are a cellular modem and router combined. Most can create their own personal Wi-Fi network.
They are typically designed with a specific cellular carrier in mind and require a suitable cellular data plan of their own to operate. You might see them called Jetpacks (Verizon's term for them) or MiFi (Inseego's name for them).
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