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Surprised I haven't seen anyone post about this - unless I've missed it.

 

Sprint and Netgear have come out with a 4G LTE Router with 4 ethernet ports as well as 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz Wifi.  The thing that I find most interesting is that they've also added a new data-only plan: 30GB for $109.99.

 

Here's a link to the Sprint press release: http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprints-first-router-to-bring-sprint-spark-to-business-customers-netgear-lte-gateway-6100d.htm?previousArticle=11318&nextArticle=2513&gotoArt=%2Fnews-releases%2Fsprints-first-router-to-bring-sprint-spark-to-business-customers-netgear-lte-gateway-6100d.htm .

 

Thoughts?  I'd certainly be interested for this at my house, with no cable or DSL available here.  I wonder how its reception is compared to a hotspot.

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It probably has much better reception compared to a hotspot because this device will always be plugged into the wall, so it will be able to use much more power for upstream.

 

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Surprised I haven't seen anyone post about this - unless I've missed it.

 

Sprint and Netgear have come out with a 4G LTE Router with 4 ethernet ports as well as 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz Wifi.  The thing that I find most interesting is that they've also added a new data-only plan: 30GB for $109.99.

 

Here's a link to the Sprint press release: http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprints-first-router-to-bring-sprint-spark-to-business-customers-netgear-lte-gateway-6100d.htm?previousArticle=11318&nextArticle=2513&gotoArt=%2Fnews-releases%2Fsprints-first-router-to-bring-sprint-spark-to-business-customers-netgear-lte-gateway-6100d.htm .

 

Thoughts?  I'd certainly be interested for this at my house, with no cable or DSL available here.  I wonder how its reception is compared to a hotspot.

 

I was talking about it in another thread, but I didn't create a new one to discuss it.  So this is fine.  :)

 

Robert

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If it's anything like the slightly older Verizon version of this then it will be pretty good. I have a customer that is about 2.5 miles away from the tower with a -65ish signal. We were getting around 20 - 30mbps down and 15ish up. He does have direct line of sight. I believe that it is also a Sprint site but the last I checked it wasn't upgraded yet(corporate market).

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Has anyone tried this out yet?  I'm somewhat intrigued by it.

 

I actually went in to see if I could look at it, my usual store (which is not a corporate store) said they will not be getting it in for at least another week or two. But my rep said that it has already sparked interest in the store.

 

My only gripe is that there should be one more data option thrown in where if 12 GB is not enough but 30 GB is too much (or is too expensive).

 

The router itself at good specs and the best part is that it is the next gen AC router which means (if anyone doesn't know) it will be great now, but even better when more AC equipped products are out making everything faster than N routers/products. I do also like the fact that it has two fairly large antennas, so range with this thing should be better than most.

 

This might be the future replacement of my Sierra 3G/4G Wimax Modem and my Cradlepoint MBR95 router. I will post any updates if I get to look at.

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Maybe you guys can answer a few questions: 1) can this be purchased outright without a contract/service plan? 2) if I bought it outright, can I just use it with my cable modem, and possibly just add a data plan on the fly if the cable ever goes down?

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Don't know about how it can be purchased, but I also agree I think there should be a plan in between 12 GB and 30GB - maybe 20GB for $95 ?

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Maybe you guys can answer a few questions: 1) can this be purchased outright without a contract/service plan? 2) if I bought it outright, can I just use it with my cable modem, and possibly just add a data plan on the fly if the cable ever goes down?

 

I can't answer number 1 for you yet, but to answer number 2 - if you're looking to plug your cable modem in there, it won't work as there is no WAN port to plug in any incoming source. The only thing it does have are the standard 4 LAN ports and USB ports. 

 

Here is the link to Sprint for it, they have some decent photos of it.

 

http://shop.sprint.com/mysprint/shop/phone_details.jsp?prodId=dvc8040009prd&deviceSKUId=80400440&flow=AAL&planSKUId=null&tabId=dvcTab1820005&ptn=

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Don't know about how it can be purchased, but I also agree I think there should be a plan in between 12 GB and 30GB - maybe 20GB for $95 ?

 

That's what I was thinking too, some where between 18GB-22GB of data.

 

It's a pretty big jump for some people to go from 12GB to 30GB and pay the extra $$ per month. 

 

BUT! I do I like that it's Spark capable, which means when it's here and done we could see top general cable speed, or if the 50-60 mbps is possible - business class cable speeds. 

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Kids in a candy store here. :P:lol:

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I can't answer number 1 for you yet, but to answer number 2 - if you're looking to plug your cable modem in there, it won't work as there is no WAN port to plug in any incoming source. The only thing it does have are the standard 4 LAN ports and USB ports. 

 

Here is the link to Sprint for it, they have some decent photos of it.

 

http://shop.sprint.com/mysprint/shop/phone_details.jsp?prodId=dvc8040009prd&deviceSKUId=80400440&flow=AAL&planSKUId=null&tabId=dvcTab1820005&ptn=

 

There does appear to be a wan port on the back side on the right, next to the 4 lan ports.

 

Also, the price is listed as 0-yr so to answer the other question, it appears to be non-contract so I would assume it would be used 'on demand' or recurring on-demand.

 

Probably a lot like the data plans for tablets.

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dedub, on 04 Mar 2014 - 12:09 PM, said:

There does appear to be a wan port on the back side on the right, next to the 4 lan ports.

Also, the price is listed as 0-yr so to answer the other question, it appears to be non-contract so I would assume it would be used 'on demand' or recurring on-demand.

Probably a lot like the data plans for tablets.

It appears to be capable of using Fixed Broadband for backup or as primary internet service if the manual is to be believed. Check page 65 under Gateway Settings, under the header of Dual WAN Settings.

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Available options are:

  • Always use Mobile Broadband connection
  • Use WAN Ethernet with Mobile Backup on Failure
  • Always use Fixedline Broadband Connection.
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good catch, I hadn't checked for the manual.

 

Looks like a decent choice for those who need either backup or primary mobile broadband.

 

The only thing I can see missing is more advanced nat port mapping settings, like remapping different wan ports to different internal lan ports (ie map incoming port 4444 to 3389 rdp).

 

(which has been a problem with netgear routers the last few years)

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good catch, I hadn't checked for the manual.

 

Looks like a decent choice for those who need either backup or primary mobile broadband.

 

The only thing I can see missing is more advanced nat port mapping settings, like remapping different wan ports to different internal lan ports (ie map incoming port 4444 to 3389 rdp).

 

(which has been a problem with netgear routers the last few years)

 

I wish I knew more about that, but I'm unfamiliar with port mapping. :unsure:

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Oo I didn't see that!

 

This router just got x10 cooler!

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Buy the device outright and BYOD it to bmi.net

You'll get 30GB for $79.99

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Buy the device outright and BYOD it to bmi.net

You'll get 30GB for $79.99

And risk all the nonsense that just happened with Millenicom happening again? No thanks.

 

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And risk all the nonsense that just happened with Millenicom happening again? No thanks.

 

Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk

 

Millenicom was using BMI's service and providing unlimited data. I guess Millenicom use too much and get terminated.

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Buy the device outright and BYOD it to bmi.net

You'll get 30GB for $79.99

 

Looking on the bmi.net website the "unlimited" plan (which says don't use more than 30GB) is $99.99 and not $79.99.  That puts this only $10/mo less than the Sprint 30GB plan they announced with this device.

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Looking on the bmi.net website the "unlimited" plan (which says don't use more than 30GB) is $99.99 and not $79.99.  That puts this only $10/mo less than the Sprint 30GB plan they announced with this device.

 

Yes. On their website it is $99.99. but if you use your own device not theirs, it is 79.99

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Yes. On their website it is $99.99. but if you use your own device not theirs, it is 79.99

 

Yep, I called them and they confirmed that a 30GB plan (he didn't call it unlimited) was $79.99 if you bring your own device.  And he stated that the new Netgear LTE 6100D would be supported.  There is no contract, but there is a one-time $50 activation fee.  The local Sprint store told me they have the new router for $199.

 

I'm very interested now.  My only concern is picking up LTE here before LTE800 goes live.  I get a somewhat weak 3G signal now on my old 3G broadband card with an external antenna I have mounted outside.

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Tested this out and I had a poor LTE signal with the device. The LED on the router showed one bar of LTE. I performed a speed test on it and it hovered around 2 Mbps while on my phone it averaged around 4-5 Mbps. 

 

Tested my roku on it and it had a lot of connection issues more so than what I get with my 3G Overdrive (wimax never made it to the towers around me).

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Tested this out and I had a poor LTE signal with the device. The LED on the router showed one bar of LTE. I performed a speed test on it and it hovered around 2 Mbps while on my phone it averaged around 4-5 Mbps. 

 

Tested my roku on it and it had a lot of connection issues more so than what I get with my 3G Overdrive (wimax never made it to the towers around me).

 

That's not a good sign.  I would have expected this device to have better reception than a phone and was hoping for even better reception than the Zing and other mobile hotspots due to the external antennas.  Of course, I don't know if the external antennas are for the Wi-Fi or LTE/3G signal, or one for each.

 

I will probably still give this a try myself and if it doesn't pan out then just return it.

 

Thanks for posting your experience with it.

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Tested this out and I had a poor LTE signal with the device. The LED on the router showed one bar of LTE. I performed a speed test on it and it hovered around 2 Mbps while on my phone it averaged around 4-5 Mbps. 

 

Tested my roku on it and it had a lot of connection issues more so than what I get with my 3G Overdrive (wimax never made it to the towers around me).

 

I was REALLY hoping that this would be awesome, but now that I read that I'm kind of disappointed. Living right next to a tower, I already get a great signal. Than add on bigger external antennas, I could have a -40dbm signal or better...  :(

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