Mobile hotspots have been a must-have device for people on the go for many years, keeping all of your equipment connected wherever you may be. However, since 5G has been introduced, mobile hotspots have been able to push boundaries even further.
Netgear’s Nighthawk M5 mobile hotspot has the potential to replace all of your home Wi-Fi equipment, with the added ability to take it on the road when you leave the house.
Can 5G replace home broadband?
As 5G begins its slow and steady roll-out across the globe, we could see it potentially replacing Wi-Fi in the future. 5G is capable of delivering download speeds of one or two gigabits a second and has a strong enough signal to cover a home.
Netgear’s Nighthawk M5 Mobile Router includes many features we are used to seeing, such as a touchscreen LCD display for settings, connection status, and keeping an eye on how much data you’ve used, along with your monthly limit.
However, what other mobile hotspots lack is the ability to connect to both 5G and Wi-Fi 6. Therefore, Netgear is positioning this new mobile hotspot as an alternative to getting your home internet through expensive wires and cables. And the M5 has a removable rechargeable battery, so that when used at home you can plug it into an outlet, making it a viable 5G internet option for home and small business users.
Sadly, Netgear’s Nighthawk M5 won’t be available until at least the second half of 2020, and it depends on your mobile plan as to whether you’ll be able to access 5G when it does go on sale. However, once 5G is readily available, this hotspot could be an invaluable device for those looking for a super-fast, convenient alternative to fixed line broadband.
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