Netgear reportedly releases an unlocked M6 Pro portable hotspot which is more than double the usual price. The comprehensive Wi-Fi 6E and mmWave 5G-touting Nighthawk M6 Pro mobile hotspot originally was an AT&T exclusive, but now that it has been unlocked by the company it is going out for a whole lot more money.
Netgear Unlocked M6 Pro
If you are currently in the market for a portable hotspot, whether it is that you want to have safer internet connectivity in airports and hotels or just to get connected in a rural vacation home, you just might have considered Netgear’s incredible M6 Pro router available through AT&T. However, if you wish to not want to be locked to a carrier, the unlocked options of Netgear for 5G mobile routers only included the mmWave-lacking M6 as well as the shorter-ranged non-6E Wi-Fi having M5.
That is however changing at the time of this writing, as the newly-released unlocked M6 Pro (MR6550-100PAS) of the company finally brings a more comprehensive solution that gets to combine all of the features of that very model. But it however also comes in at a high price of $999.99 which is a $200 premium more than the regular M6, and more than double the price of the original $459.99 AT&T-locked M6 Pro.
Specs and Features of the Unlocked M6 Pro
In comparison to the standard M6, the unlocked M6 Pro gets you a bigger 2.8-inch touchscreen, support for up to 8Gbps speeds on mmWave for the US version, and the full sub-6 5G spectrum instead of only the C-band on the M6. You also are getting 6GHz Wi-Fi 6E on the M6 Pro for faster, easier, and more reliable connectivity that is available now on many of the latest computers and mobile devices currently around.
And although the M6 Pro still lacks support for simultaneous 5 and 6GHz Wi-Fi just like the latest home routers from the company do, it can easily stand in for many home connectivity situations. The device is capable of up to 3600Mbps total aggregate Wi-Fi speeds (700 of it on 2.4GHz), and it also supports a whole lot more devices (32) rather than just making use of your smartphone as a hotspot.
What Netgear Has To Say about the New Development
“We do see there’s a lot of demand for a mobile hotspot,” Ravindra Bhilave, Netgear’s senior director of product management reveals to The Verge on a video call. Bhilave also adds that in a recent Netgear mobile router customer survey, 88 percent of the 670 persons who responded said that they use it as a primary source for internet connectivity.
Rural areas as you already know have terrible or no cable internet options, so cellular is at most times a better option for customers that are living away from cities. And just like the M6, the M6 Pro has the ability to boost its Wi-Fi range from 1000 to 2000 square feet after powering it through USB-C and then removing its battery. But when actually making use of the device on the go, the company claims that the battery can last up to 13 hours.
The Unlocked Nighthawk M6 Pro Availability
The unlocked Nighthawk M6 pro device will be available to order starting today on the company website as well as on Amazon.
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