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Great little LTE router, but the received signal strength is a little low compared to some offerings from Huawei, etc. Highly recommend adding the external antennas if you can. Super easy interface, a snap to bridge or set up a VPN if that’s what you need.
I got the LB1120. It works great on T-Mobile/Google Fi. The only other internet option at our cabin is DSL, which LTE absolutely blows out of the water in terms of performance, and at half the cost. I have both antenna ports connected- the main one goes through a Wilson Electronics amp to an omni-directional Wilson antenna on the cabin chimney (solid 5 bars), and the secondary to an unamplified directional Wilson antenna on the roof (2-3 bars). I turn on the amp for a faster connection when we're at the cabin, or I can also turn it on remotely if need be when we're away. I wasn't able to get the modem's bridge mode to work, but it's plugged into to the WAN port on a D-Link router and everything behind that functions perfectly. One minor bummer is the LTE providers seem to block all inbound connections, so I had to set up a reverse SSH tunnel between the low-power Xubuntu servers at the cabin and our city house. That was easy enough and the computers were already in place, and so once again I can monitor the indoor/outdoor temperatures, see the creek level via outside cams, and turn stuff like heaters and heat-tape on and off, etc., from anywhere. A basic UPS dedicated to the modem and router keep them up for at least a few hours during rather-frequent blackouts. I'd give the unit a full five stars if bridge mode worked and if the web UI didn't do infinite redirects when authenticating on mobile Firefox.
The product works great, up and running in minutes. I'll give an update later as to reliability. Once I got it in I could see clearly what it was, it's a LTE cell connection vis SIM on one end, and a RJ-11 LAN port on the other end. It's a cellular modem. In the questions, people are inferring wifi capabilities, it has none. It's a router with NAT, and can be configured as a bridge, and several other basic capabilities. For fancier service, you'll want to couple it with a more capable router, which is what I'm planning on doing.
What was confusing to me, is in the brief description, it mentions how it provides "failover" and "automatic LTE broadband backup connection". Those are not capabilities built in this thing. Those are things you can use it for. It's like buying a shoe and saying it's capable of running. It's not, you can just use it for that purpose combined with other things. You need to hook this up to a dual WAN router with your broadband.
I hope that helps clear things up, there's no magic "failover" here :)
Ok first things first, go outside and start arguing with the pole in from of your house. That is the response you will get from ALL Version stores. The Device IS compatible with verizon network based on technical data bands etc. The IMEI number however does not come up with the millennial man bun working at the store scans it. So they are useless. My store would not just give me a SIM card because, well man bun....... SO I purchased a SIM card at Target for 10$, and used an IMEI number from a sierra wireless modem installed in a computer. Use this series of numbers 990008240xxxxxx, make up the x's. It will register, and you are done. I think you can get a SIM card mailed from customer service free instead of paying the 10$ at target, but at this point I was ready from this project to be finished.
Very impressed, I ordered this two days ago as I was having issues with making my nighthawk mr1100 a modem. I unwrapped this from the box plugged it in and it worked right off the bat. I had spent 10+ hours putzing with the mr1100 settings and I couldn’t get it to work so that’ll be going back but this modem will stay. The con of this device compared to my nighthawk is that I noticed I’m getting close to half the mbps I was getting on the nighthawk. Also this device should be half the price as this and the nighthawk were the same price. However with this I’m running it through a nighthawk R7000 with vpn setup. So I’m getting moderate nat on Xbox live 😎. I’m going to test the unit out with some antennas and see if the mbps increases. I’ll update, but overall I’d recommend this product or i’d maybe suggest waiting for the new nighthawk hotspot to come out. Cheers!
I purchased this because I live in a rural area with only expensive internet options that are terrible for online gaming and streaming. I'm using a T-Mobile unlimited plan and hooked this up to a router that has Tomato firmware preinstalled. With Tomato I was able to change my TTL settings and get the router to read as a phone instead of hotspot data! It really was that easy! Also, the router has a VPN option in case of throttling ever affects me, but probably won't since I'm in a rural area.
My only complaint is that the signal strength doesn't seem better than my old (Galaxy Grand Prime) phone! I can't seem to get this thing to give me more than 3 bars. Also, I'm pretty sure it was a 3G signal when it gave me 3 bars, since the speeds dropped to 10 mbps (averaged 8 mbps) or slower. The best I can seem to get is a 2 bar 4G signal at about 15-20 mbps down and 15 mbps up. Which isn't bad but could be better. My phone will get a full connection in some spots and give me as high as 50 mbps. So, I'm unsure on how to improve this without having to buy an antenna.
Pros: Simple to setup! Small and has nice features like port forwarding.
Cons: For the price, signal strength could be better.
So I really like this product, and it really works well. I just feel like Netgear could have put a little more effort into the firmware features. As it is, it does one job amazingly well: It provides a wired ethernet internet connection from a wireless data plan. That's what I bought it for, and that's what it does, but I kind of wish they had incorporated a few more features like the ability to set daily limits, scheduling, maybe some QOS stuff, There's nothing to stop it from sucking every last gigabyte out of your 4g LTE data plan if an unchecked autoupdater decides it wants to download half the internet. Now that your 4g data is used up, you're stuck with 2g speeds until the end of the month. Oh, sure, you can set a "Data Alert" that will send you an email once a certain amount of data has been used, but if you're not around when that thing goes off, you can't shut it down remotely. You're just stuck at work watching helplessly as your 4g limit dissolves into another Windows update. Ah well, it's still way better than one of those little WiFi hotspot toys.
It's like being connected to a hardline broadband connection.
BTW: If you use it with Mint (SIM) Mobile, once you log in, you need to click Settings > Mobile > APN and add a new APN. Next to Name put "Ultra", and next to APN put "Wholesale". Leave the other three settings alone and save. Make sure that it's selected and the 4g LTE will work just fine.
I bought this modem to upgrade from my AT&T Unite Express mobile hotspot that works on AT&T Prepaid. After receiving it I noticed that the device needs a micro sim and my old device had a standard size one. Unfortunately the AT&T website will not allow you to order a sim without plan and they only give phone plans. Strange since they mention tablets but there it is. Very little support for us hotspot internet users.
With a little research I found that I could cut my old sim down to micro size (you can d/l a template from the net) which I did and got the modem to connect. All is working now after changing the device IMEI in my account. I do like the Ethernet connection to my computer and the fact I no longer have to much around with battery charging. My speed is adequate at around 14mb/sec down, 1-3mb/sec up with 2 bars of strength. May try out the external antenna I see offered.
I give the device a 4 star for being simple and potentially meeting my home internet needs. Now if AT&T would stop being so miserly with hotspot data allotments it would be better. Hard to understand why they limit them so severely compared to the phones. Data is data.
Works very well for specific applications where a cellular data connection is needed. See Details
- This is NOT a cellular wifi router. It is a WIRED Cellular Router to which you insert a SIM provided by your cellular provider.
-- Just has ONE ethernet port.
- -Device would work well for a cellular backup to provide Internet access to a network (just plug it in your switch)
- -Could connect a wifi access point to it to add an Internet wifi access in a remote / temporary location (special event, camping, etc). But again, will need some sort of power connection.
- - Works well to provide cellular Internet access to some sort of networked device at a remote location, as long as there is some sort of power available.
- - Location where used needs to have an adequate cellular signal, of course. External antennas can be added.
- - Have been using 2 of these actively (for different applications) for about 4 months. Have had no problems so far.
[Compatible with these cellular carriers .... that I know of , may work with others as well] - ATT ..... plug in and go. Just make sure you have the correct size SIM (there are 3 or 4 different sizes) - VERIZON .... it WILL Work (or has for me). You have to get some type of hotspot device (I have an unused Verizon hotspot) and use it to activate the SIM. Just don't even mention this device. Just use the hotspot device to start the account.....then transfer that SIM to this device (the sim may require an adapter to fit) .... It should works fine. Verizon reps, however, usually will not put a new SIM in this device initially because it's not on their "compatible with our network" list (as of April 2020, at least). No rep I know would do it. - NOTE: I would suggest using a Verizon 4G MiFi model 4510L if you can find one, since it uses the same size sim as this Netgear device.
-- Did not give it 5 stars due to cost. Needs to be $100 or less, imo.