Review: Netgear 6000450 MIMO Antenna (Cellular Antennas)

Netgear's MIMO antenna with 2 TS-9 connectors, ideal for signal enhancing a cellular mobile hotspot device with two antenna ports. \

MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) is the use of more than one antenna to increase signal performance. All LTE devices internally have at least two antennas to take advantage of this technology. This antenna is designed with two antennas inside it's panel case, and then had two plugs that can go directly into a device with TS-9 ports (typically used on mobile hotspots like JetPacks and MiFis).

Simply mount with the included suction cups to a window most closely facing the cellular tower you're connected to, or use the included clips to attach to the screen of a laptop. No tricky roof installation needed. It's portable and rated for indoor or outdoor use.

Specifications

  • Model: 6000450
  • Type: MIMO
  • Cable Type & Length: 40" long cable
  • Connector: 2x TS-9 connectors
  • Dimensions: 160 x 120 x 5.5 mm
  • Mounting: Includes clips & suction cups
  • Frequency / Gain: Stated as 'up to 2.5 dB gain' 
  • Retail Price:  $32.99

 

Testing Status: We purchased one of these antennas on Amazon and have had it in field testing. We have opened our review & video overview (original member exclusive) to the public, and our members have access to our full Field Testing Results.

 

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Thoughts & Analysis

Favorite Features:

  • Super affordable
  • Shorter cable length means minimal signal loss
  • Directional aiming focuses the gain for maximum performance
  • Hardly any installation needed - bring it out only when needed
  • TS-9 connectors built in, designed to plug directly into mobile hotspots (minimal signal loss)
  • Portable - you can take it with you in a backpack, purse or briefcase

Potential Downsides:

  • Super short antenna cables means your device will need to be pretty close the physical location of the antenna - could mean placing your device where there's no power, or possibly in the sun of a window (beware of overheating).
  • Directional means you'll need to do a little trial and error at each stop to find the optimal window to place this in.
  • Suction cups easily fall off when moving around.
  • Only works on devices with dual TS-9 antenna ports, which are primarily mobile hotspots (our top pick 7730L, AC791L, Unite Explore, Unite Pro and Sprint Fuse will all work with this.)
  • If your windows are coated with a metal based film (for privacy, heat reflection, etc.) - this could block the signal. In this case, having the antenna on the inside of the window would see little to no gain. (Solutions: try the front windshield and/or placing the antenna on the outside of the window).

After several rounds of testing, we've found enough locations where this antenna outperformed all other options we have on board - boosters and roof mounted MIMO antennas included. In moderate signal areas, this antenna simply rocks.

Just suction cup mount it in the general direction of the tower you're aiming for, plug it directly into your mobile hotspot and you have instant signal enhancing for under $30.

This can make a great spare antenna if you have multiple mobile hotspot devices, or as a primary antenna option if roof installation is too daunting.

Here's a quick snapshot of one location we tested at against our top pick signal enhancing options, weBoost 4G-X OTR booster and the Mobile Mark LTM-401 MIMO antenna:

For our full testing results from multiple locations, our members have access the testing lab from our May 2017 round of testing.

Here also is our quick video review of this antenna:

Device Compatibility

This antenna will only work on devices with dual TS-9 antenna ports. Popular mobile hotspot models that include these ports are:

To check to see if other models have dual antenna ports, check our Mobile Hotspot Review Center and click the search button for 'Dual Antenna Ports'.

If your device does not have antenna ports, then antenna only options will not work - cellular boosters are the best option in this case. If your device only has a single antenna port (such as the Verizon 6620L), this antenna may work with just one cable plugged in - but be sure to experiment as both the hotspot and the antenna tend to have 'primary' and 'secondary' connections. You'll probably be better off using a single antenna option.

Smartphones do not tend to have consumer accessible antenna ports anymore, and thus will need a booster to enhance their signal.

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Purchasing Options

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Netgear MIMO Ratings
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Quick Take

Netgear's MIMO antenna with 2 TS-9 connectors is a great compliment to any mobile internet setup that includes mobile hotspots with dual antenna ports.

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