AT&T 5G mobile hotspot blends sub-6, mmWave and WiFi 6

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AT&T is launching a new 5G mobile hotspot, promising higher-speed data for your laptop, tablet, Nintendo Switch or whatever else while on the move. The Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro will be compatible with both AT&T’s sub-6 GHz 5G and the faster millimeter wave service it brands “5G+” in a number of locations.

Obviously, 5G+ is what you want if maximum speeds are your priority. Problem is, like with other carriers rolling out mmWave service, it’s a time-consuming and expensive prospect. AT&T currently has “parts of 35 cities” with 5G+ service, but if you’re outside of those areas then you’ll be getting standard 5G instead, or even just 4G LTE.
AT&T’s 5G, as recent speed tests have shown, isn’t going to necessarily blow you away. In fact, expecting something along the lines of 4G LTE on a good day is probably in order. Nonetheless, that’s more than sufficient for dealing with a cable internet outage at home, or indeed getting several devices connected while you’re on the move.

The Nighthawk mobile hotspot uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem, with support for WiFi 6 for client devices. Up to 32 of …

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