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Netgear’s Pricey M6 Pro Unlocked Mobile Router Adds Wi-Fi 6E, 5G mmWave

These days, you can buy a Wi-Fi 6E router for home use for a few dozen yen, but that’s not the case with portable routers. Today Netgear announced the launch of a new unlocked version of the Nighthawk M6 Pro (MR6550). It provides faster Internet connectivity for users on the go and for consumers who do not have reliable fixed broadband service at home.

Compared to its predecessor, the M6 ​​Pro adds Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and mmWave support for broader compatibility with 5G networks at speeds up to 8 Gbps (up to 2.5 Gbps). The M6 ​​Pro features a larger 2.8-inch touchscreen (vs. 2.4-inch) and boosts maximum LTE speeds from 1.6 Gbps to 2 Gbps.

The mobile hotspot has 3,600 Mbps of available bandwidth (2,900 MHz 5/6 GHz, 700 Mbps 2.4 GHz) and an integrated 2.5 GbE port on the back (1 GbE port only on M6). There’s also a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port on the back that’s used for charging and data. Another interesting addition to the M6 ​​Pro is two TS-9 antenna connectors. This allows you to connect an external antenna to improve reception beyond what the M6 ​​Pro’s internal antenna can provide (ideal setup for users needing internet connectivity in remote locations).

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The M6 ​​Pro’s internal battery can also last up to 13 hours on a single charge, enough capacity for even the most demanding users, Netgear said in a video call. We also asked how the mmWave connection would affect battery life, but were assured that the impact on durability would be minimal. The M6 ​​Pro’s Wi-Fi coverage is approximately 1,000 square feet on battery power. However, when plugged directly into a power outlet, coverage doubles to 2,000 square feet.

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