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The Nighthawk M5 5G mobile router is an ideal solution for mobile workers or for people who need a
backup service for when their fixed-line broadband goes down.
With more 5G masts being rolled out around the world, using a mobile router is now a genuine alternative to having fixed-line broadband. Networking behemoth Netgear is addressing this market with the announcement that it is now making available an unlocked version of its Nighthawk M5 MR5200 – a 5G WiFi 6 mobile router capable of delivering Gigabit Internet speeds.
As more of us transition to remote and hybrid work, the possibility of us working almost anywhere with a 5G signal looks set to open a host of possibilities, such as working from an Air B&B or a vacation home. If you have access to speedy, reliable and secure Internet you can work from anywhere. Combining the fast speeds and low latency of 5G with the router’s capacity to handle multiple devices makes the Nighthawk M5 an ideal solution for digital nomads.
Whether you’re taking part in video conferencing, gaming or streaming a movie, a good 5G signal offers secure connectivity at home and on the move. The Nighthawk M5 can handle up to 32 wireless clients, which should be enough for the whole family or even a busy office.
The Nighthawk M5 (MR5200) is now available in North America unlocked from any network.
Because the Nighthawk M5 router provides wide bandwidth and low latency, it’s a potential solution for, say, a university student without broadband access or someone who is vacationing in an RV and wants to watch a movie on Netflix. A G5 router like the M5 can provide the kind of speeds could normally found with fixed-line broadband.
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Another sector that can benefit from high-speed mobile internet is roaming workforces who need ultra-secure Internet access that won’t compromise sensitive company data. The M5 would also make a good backup device for a regular broadband connection. Last week, my VDSL broadband line went down for 12 hours. To be fair, that’s the first time I’ve experienced a fault in quite a few years, but a backup mobile 5G service would have been an excellent plan. All I would have needed was a data SIM that could be activated with a pay-as-you-go plan for just such emergencies.
Most phone carriers will allow their customers to use their phones as a WiFi hotspot but that can quickly drain the phone’s battery and will only allow for a limited number of clients to connect. Hotspot use can also tie up a smartphone and will quickly use up the data from a calling plan.
The Nighrthawk M5 (MR5200) 5G router from Netgear also includes a 1Gbs Ethernet port for connecting
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it to a mesh network.
The Nighthawk M5 is one of the first 5G routers to offer a 1Gbps Ethernet port which can connect to a regular WiFi mesh network to provide gigabit speeds throughout a home or office. This can be especially useful in rural communities or places that have limited fixed-line broadband options. The M5 comes with a long-lasting and rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is easily removed when the M5 is being used permanently in a stationary location as a main router.
The Nighthawk M5 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 mobile platform. It offers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz at AX1800 WiFi 6 speeds. The 5,040mAh battery can last up to 13 hours on a single charge, which should be sufficient for a full day’s worth of connectivity. Netgear has also developed a smartphone app for controlling the Nighthawk M5 which can be used to configure and change settings to suit the user’s needs.
Pricing and Availability: The Netgear Nighthawk M5 5G WiFi 6 Mobile Router (MR5200) is available unlocked in North America and costs $699.99.
More info: www.netgear.com
WiFi 6 Technology
Up to 32 WiFi devices.
Fixed wireless options
1Gbps Ethernet port.
Secure connection with VPN pass-through support and password protection.
Flexible battery operation with up to 13 hours on a single charge
Unlocked and capable of accepting nano SIM cards
Netgear mobile app
At $699.99, the Netgear Nighthawk M5 (MR5200) mobile 5G WiFi router isn’t cheap, but it’s great at
providing high-speed Internet without a fixed line.