The Nighthawk is a major jump beyond AT&T's current flagship Unite Explore mobile hotspot in raw LTE capability, but don't get too excited just yet: on AT&T's existing network you will only actually see a speed advantage in just a limited number of cities.
But if future-proofing is your goal - the Nighthawk looks to be the new king in town.
- Model #: Netgear MR120
- Battery Life: 24hrs - but can be used without a battery
- JumpBoost: A USB port that can be used to charge other devices
- # of Connected Devices: 20
- Cellular Networks Supported:
- LTE/4G Bands: 1,2,3,4,5,7,12,29,30,66
- 3G: 2,4,5
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: 4 Band
- LTE Performance Category: Category 16
(Max Theoretical Speed: 1000Mbps Down / 150Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antennas: 4x4 MIMO (four internal antennas!)
- Cellular Antenna Ports:
- 1 Ethernet Port
- 1 USB-C Port
- Dual TS-9 external 3G/4G antennas connectors
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies:
- 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
- 802.11 a/n/ac 5 GHz
- Dimensions: 105.5 (L) x 105.5 (W) x 20.35 (H) mm
- SIM Card Type: Micro SIM (3FF)
- Retail Price: $199 (discounted with 2-year contract)
Here's a quick comparison chart of three of the most popular AT&T hotspot devices:
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Testing Status: We have purchased a Nighthawk and added it to our AT&T Unlimited Plus plan. Our initial field testing results are available to our members in our testing lab in these two rounds:
- Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing – IBR900 | MAX-BR1 | Drive Sleek | MIMO Antennas (1st Quarter 2018)
- Cellular Equipment Field Testing Results – Netgear LTE Modem / USB730 / Nighthawk , and then this review center entry updated below for members.
Once we have adequate data collected, we will update our member review below along with a video tutorial of the Nighthawk.
Here is our unboxing video with our overview of the device:
In depth release article with more details & analysis:
AT&T Announces New Flagship Hotspot: Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Hotspot with “5G Evolution”
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AT&T's newest hotspot device is packed full of features.