If you've read the review of the NETGEAR Orbi LTE router, you might have guessed that this review was on its way. Indeed, this was the very first product I received for review in the UK, with testing done in a hotel while I was sorting out more permanent accommodations, as the next few pages will no doubt indicate. However, circumstances were such that I received two units accidentally, had to return the first one, and test the second unit, which meant the Orbi review was finished first. Regardless, here we are and thanks again to NETGEAR for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
The Nighthawk MR2100, also referred to as the Nighthawk M2, is an interesting product in more ways than one. It is obviously a mobile hotspot router, as shown by the way of the form factor and company image above. A few years ago, NETGEAR made waves with their MR1100, a truly all-in-one portable LTE router that worked with just about any carrier worldwide, but had poor battery life and a lower maximum throughput. They aimed to change that with the release of the MR2100 with a better battery and double the WiFi throughput, but somehow managed to create a product that never had a retail launch in the US. Sure, there were some ways to get it through certain carriers, but it is missing some LTE bands that a few specific carriers in the US and some European countries utilize. With the recent launch of their brand-new 5G WiFi 6 mobile router, does it still merit a place in 2021? We aim to address this question in this review that begins with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|NETGEAR Nighthawk MR2100 4G LTE Mobile Router|
|Technology/Bands:||LTE/4GX 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz; 3G 850/900/1900/2100 MHz|
|Battery:||Removable Li-ion battery (5040 mAh)|
|Dimensions:||105.5 (L) x 105.5 (W) x 20.35 (H) mm|
|External display:||2.4" Touch LCD Panel|
|Throughput:||Up to 2 Gbps down and up to 150 Mbps up|
|External ports:||Gigabit LAN/WAN Port, USB-C Port, USB-A Port for Jump Boost and Media Server/NAS capabilities, Dual TS-9 external 3G/4G antenna connectors|
|Weight:||240 g (with battery)|
|Warranty||Two years in Europe|