The ZTE ZMax Connect mobile hotspot (MF928) is a basic category-4 mobile hotspot sold unlocked at various retailers - primarily Circuit City.
ZTE in the News:
ZTE is a Chinese company that produces a variety of electronics, including consumer cellular devices as well as network equipment which can potentially be used by cellular carriers and other internet service providers.
Beginning in 2018, the US government restricted the sale and support of ZTE products in the US due to security concerns and at one point, it seemed like ZTE could be forced out of business.
Currently, however, ZTE is still able to directly sell and support consumer devices in the US, but US telecommunications companies cannot use federal telecom subsidies for ZTE gear or services because the US government considers ZTE to be a security threat.
While unlikely at this point, ZTE could be subject to further US government actions that could affect the availability of and support for ZTE consumer devices.
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ZTE states this modem is compatible with AT&T, Cricket Wireless, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, and other "GSM" networks although the band compatibility is most compatible with the T-Mobile network and includes Band 71.
- Model Number: MF928
- # of Connected Devices: Up to 10
- Control Panel and Default Password:
- Control Panel: 192.168.1.1
- Default Admin Password: On the device label
- USB Tethering Support: Unknown but likely
- Networks supported:
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- MIMO Support: 2X2 internal and external
- LTE Performance Category: Category 4 (Max Theoretical Speed: 150 Mbps Down / 50 Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x TS-9
- Other Ports: USB
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac - 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Battery: 2000mAh Lithium-Ion
- Claimed Battery Life: 10 hours use (1-week standby)
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: Unknown
- Battery Part #: Uknown
- Battery Purchase: N/A
- Dimensions: 4.17 x 2.52 x 0.59 inches, 3.63 oz
- SIM Card Type: Nano
- Retail Price: $54.99-$89.99
News, Videos, & Status
We do not intend to test this device at this time.
- Product Release: ZMax Connect - A T-Mobile Compatible Hotspot With Antenna Ports by ZTE Posted on: August 26, 2020
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