Review: Sprint Fuse AC779S by Netgear (Mobile WiFi Hotspot)

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There is only a single button on the Netgear Fuse hotspot. Pressing it toggles between various status displays.

The Netgear Fuse AC779S is a basic mobile hotspot compatible with Sprint's LTE network

Most commonly found sold via Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand, the Fuse has also occasionally been offered by Sprint's nonprofit service resellers in the past.

The one bright spot of this very basic device is that it has support for external antennas.

Specifications

  • Battery Life: 10 hrs usage / 24 hrs standby (removable)
  • # of Connected Devices: 10 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
    Tethering failed in testing.
    Control Panel: http://192.168.1.1 or http://MyHotSpot/
    Default Password: "admin"
  • Networks supported:
    LTE Bands: 25, 26, 41 (aka "Sprint Spark")
    3G: No 3G fallback. Global roaming locked out.
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
  • LTE Performance Category: Category 3
    (Max Theoretical Speed: 100Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x MIMO / TS9 Connectors
  • Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz
  • Dimensions: 4.42" x 2.67" x 0.6" /  5.82 oz
  • SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
  • Retail Price:  $168

Testing Status: We have obtained a Fuse for testing via the 4G Community unlimited Sprint based plan, and have shared our hand's on experiences and tips below.

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Quick Take

A very basic Sprint hotspot - there are better options to consider.

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