This device has been discontinued or we consider it obsolete. While current owners of this device may continue to find performance to be adequate for the foreseeable tech-future, we do not recommend upgrading to or purchasing this device.
ZTE in the News: ZTE was in the news a lot in 2018 thanks to the sanctions the company was negotiating with the US government. At one point, it seemed as if ZTE would be forced out of business.
In mid-July 2018 it looked like the dust had settled and ZTE would be able to continue releasing new products and supporting older devices, so we dropped our previous warning.
In late 2018, the Trump administration again considered a ban on ZTE and Huawei via Executive Order.
In July 2020, the U.S. government banned companies that use ZTE from receiving federal contracts.
Members, get our further analysis and follow our ongoing tracking of this story in our Special Announcements forum:
This USB modem is a 'plug and play' solution for those looking for AT&T based cellular internet connections for a single device (i.e. laptop).
- Model Number: ZTE MF861
- # of Connected Devices: 1
- Control Panel and Default Password: N/A
- USB Tethering Support: Yes, to one device, like a laptop
- Supported Networks and Bands:
AT&T LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 12, 29, 30
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: 1st generation
- MIMO Support: 2x2 internal only
- LTE Performance Category: Cat 6
- Wi-Fi connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Cellular Antenna Ports: None
- Other Ports: USB male
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: None
- Claimed Battery Life: None - no battery
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: Yes
- Dimensions: 3.82'' x 1.30'' x 0.63'' / 3.18 oz
- SIM Card Type: Nano SIM
- Retail Price: $119.99
Review & Testing Status
We are not currently testing this unit. This device may be good for those who need to connect a single device, primarily a laptop but most RVers and boaters would be better served with a mobile hotspot device.
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