4G & 5G home broadband is available from £20/month without the need for a phone line. We compare the major providers.

In the UK, 4G & 5G home broadband has been rapidly growing in popularity. An alternative to fixed-line home broadband, it offers greater flexibility along with download speeds that are comparable to fibre.

As 4G and 5G home broadband aren’t tied to your phone line, it isn’t limited by what you can get through a BT Openreach or Virgin Media connection. There’s the ability to set it up straight away without an engineer visit and you can even bring the broadband connection with you to other places (perfect if you’re renting temporarily, occasionally travelling to other places or planning to move home soon).

At the moment, there are three ISPs offering 4G and 5G home broadband: Three, Vodafone and EE. In this article, we’ll compare the wireless home broadband services in a number of categories including price, connectivity, coverage and hardware. We’ll also discuss how 4G and 5G home broadband services compare against traditional fixed-line providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin.

4G & 5G Home Broadband: How It Works

4G and 5G home broadband has recently been growing quickly in popularity as an alternative to fixed-line home broadband. Rather than having your home broadband connection delivered through a phone line or cable, 4G or 5G broadband allows you to receive it over a wireless connection (using the same underlying infrastructure that also serves your mobile phone).

With 4G broadband, download speeds of up to 300Mbit/s are possible, though speeds could be closer to 15-30Mbit/s in reality. Newer 5G broadband technology can offer download speeds of up to 1,000Mbit/s (1Gbit/s) with a typical download speed of about 150-250Mbit/s.

As 4G and 5G broadband do not require a phone line to be set up at your address, it’s a great alternative to fixed-line broadband, both in urban and rural areas. This is especially the case if you aren’t able to get a fibre broadband connection through BT Openreach or Virgin Media.

You’ll get a 4G or 5G home broadband router that works in much the same way as a normal fixed-line broadband router or ‘hub’. The router creates a wi-fi network for your other devices to use, so you can connect your laptop, tablet, smartphone, TV and other smart devices to the network. There’s no difference in what you can do and what content you can access when connected to a wi-fi network that’s powered by 4G & 5G or fixed-line technology in the background (you can still stream all of the normal things like iPlayer, Netflix, Spotify, etc whilst connected to the network).

The only key difference is how your router connects to the internet behind the scenes. It’ll be using a wireless 4G or 5G network connection rather than a wired phone line or cable connection. For this reason, customers using 4G or 5G home broadband can cancel their home landline connection if they don’t need it for other reasons (potentially saving you in the region of £20/month for line rental).

Overview of 4G & 5G Broadband Providers

There are currently three ISPs offering 4G and 5G home broadband: Three, Vodafone and EE. Each of them allows you to get your home devices connected to the internet without the need to use a BT phone line or Virgin Media cable connection.

4G Broadband Services

There are currently four home broadband services based on 4G technology: Three’s HomeFi+, Three’s AI Cube, Vodafone’s 4G GigaCube and EE’s 4GEE Home.

The following table shows a comparison of the four different services:

Three HomeFi Plus
(Huawei B535)
Three AI Cube
(Huawei B900)
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
(Huawei B528)
4GEE Home
(EE 4GEE Home Router)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £20/monthFrom £25/monthFrom £30/monthFrom £25/month
Data:UnlimitedUnlimited100GB - Unlimited10GB - 500GB
Unlimited Data:£20/month£25/month£50/monthNot available
Contract Length:1-24 months1-24 months1-18 months1-18 months
Mobile Connectivity
4G Connectivity:Category 7 LTECategory 6 LTECategory 6 LTECategory 7 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 300 Mbit/s downloadUp to 300 Mbit/s downloadUp to 300 Mbit/s downloadUp to 300 Mbit/s download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 100 Mbit/s uploadUp to 50 Mbit/s uploadUp to 50 Mbit/s uploadUp to 50 Mbit/s upload
4G Bands:LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32 & 38LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 32 & 38LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 32 & 38LTE bands TBC
External Antenna:Yes, 2x SMA connectorsNoYes, 2x TS-9 connectorsYes, 2x SMA connectors
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:YesYesYesYes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 64 devicesUp to 64 devicesUp to 20 devicesUp to 32 devices
Ethernet:4 Gigabit Ethernet ports1 Gigabit Ethernet port1 Gigabit Ethernet port2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Other
Model:Huawei B535Huawei B900Huawei B528EE 4GEE Home Router
Colour:WhiteWhiteWhiteWhite
Other Features:-360° Alexa smart speaker--
Review:Three HomeFi Plus ReviewThree AI Cube ReviewVodafone GigaCube 4G Review4GEE Home Review

Three are the most aggressive player in the 4G broadband area, with competitively-priced unlimited data plans from just £20/month. Vodafone has recently started offering unlimited data on 4G broadband, but currently charges a premium price of £50/month. EE are typically the least competitive provider in this area, only offering up to 500GB of data per month.

As of yet, O2 is the only major mobile network not to have yet launched a 4G home broadband service. O2 exited the home broadband market in 2013, though rumours suggest they might return to the market later this year.

As an alternative to the four options listed above, it’s also possible to build your own 4G broadband solution. This can be done by buying an unlocked 4G home broadband router like the Huawei B525 (approximately £120). You can then combine this with a SIM card from any mobile network offering enough data for your usage (e.g. for unlimited data we’d recommend the unlimited SIM card from Three which costs just £20/month).

5G Broadband Services

In the UK, 5G home broadband services have started to roll out over the past few months. Offering even faster speeds than 4G home broadband, 5G broadband is an even stronger competitor to traditional fixed-line home broadband.

At present, there are three 5G-based home broadband services: Three’s 5G home broadband, Vodafone’s 5G GigaCube and EE’s 5GEE WiFi.

The following table shows a comparison of three 5G broadband services that are currently live:

Three 5G Home
(Huawei 5G CPE Pro)
Vodafone GigaCube 5G
(Huawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-370))
5GEE WiFi
(HTC 5G Hub)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £35/monthFrom £30/monthFrom £50/month
Data:Unlimited100GB - Unlimited50GB - 100GB
Unlimited Data:£35/month£50/monthNot available
Contract Length:12 months1-18 months24 months
Mobile Connectivity
5G Connectivity:Up to 2330 Mbit/s downloadUp to 2330 Mbit/s downloadUp to 2630 Mbit/s download
4G Download Speed:Up to 1600 Mbit/s downloadUp to 1600 Mbit/s download-
4G Upload Speed:Up to 150 Mbit/s uploadUp to 150 Mbit/s upload-
4G Bands:LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 & 43LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 & 43LTE bands TBC
External Antenna:Yes, 2x TS-9 connectorsYes, 2x TS-9 connectorsNo
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:YesYesYes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 64 devicesUp to 64 devicesUp to 20 devices
Ethernet:2 Gigabit Ethernet ports2 Gigabit Ethernet ports1 Gigabit Ethernet port
Other
Model:Huawei 5G CPE ProHuawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-370)HTC 5G Hub
Colour:WhiteWhiteBlack
Other Features:--Hub & tablet functionality
Review:Three 5G Home ReviewVodafone GigaCube 5G Review5GEE WiFi Review

As 5G technology is still fairly new, coverage is currently limited to the UK’s largest towns and cities. The following table shows a summary of where you can get 5G home broadband:

5G NetworkCurrently LivePlanned & Announced
EE
(check coverage)
9 towns and cities live
Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Leicester, London, Manchester
16 towns and cities planned
Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Wolverhampton
O2
(check coverage)
6 towns and cities live
Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Slough
36 towns and cities planned
Aberdeen, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Eton, Glasgow, Guildford, Hove, Leicester, Lisburn, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Warrington, Windsor, Wolverhampton
Three
(check coverage)
1 towns and cities live
London
24 towns and cities planned
Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland, Wolverhampton
Vodafone
(check coverage)
32 towns and cities live
Bebington, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Droylsden, Eccles, Gatwick, Glasgow, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Lancaster, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Prestwich, Salford, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
6 towns and cities planned
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton

If you’re not able to get 5G in your area, it’s still possible to access 4G coverage through your 5G home broadband service.

In-Depth Comparison of 4G & 5G Broadband Providers

Price Plans

Where possible, we’d always strongly recommend choosing a broadband plan that gives you unlimited downloads. This means you can stream and download as much as you like, to your heart’s content, without needing to worry about how much data you’re using. There also won’t be any additional charges for going over your allowance.

Unlimited Data Plans

At present, unlimited data plans are available on the Three HomeFi+, Three AI Cube, Three’s 5G Home and the Vodafone GigaCube. The following table summarises some of these options:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£20/month
with special offer

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£25/month

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data12 month contract£29£27/month

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data1 month contract£79£31/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data12 month contract£49£32/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data1 month contract£149£32/month

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£35/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£0£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£100£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£325£50/month
To show you the most relevant plans, 6 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

The HomeFi+ and AI Cube routers from Three are available with no upfront cost. On Three’s 5G Home, there’s no upfront cost but you’ll need to pay £105 if you’d like to keep your router when cancelling your contract. Vodafone’s GigaCube has no upfront cost if you choose the 4G router, or a £50 upfront cost if you choose the 5G router.

Limited Data Plans

You can get limited data plans on the Vodafone GigaCube, 4GEE Home and 5GEE WiFi. The following table shows an overview of the options currently available:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

4GEE Home
10GB Data18 month contract£129.99£25/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data18 month contract£0£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data1 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data18 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data1 month contract£325£30/month

4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month

4GEE Home
50GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month

4GEE Home
100GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month

4GEE Home
50GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data18 month contract£100£40/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data1 month contract£325£40/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£0£45/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data1 month contract£100£45/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month

5GEE WiFi
50GB Data24 month contract£100£50/month

5GEE WiFi
100GB Data24 month contract£100£75/month
To show you the most relevant plans, 9 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

An upfront cost will apply when taking the 5G-enabled Vodafone GigaCube on a limited data plan (£100 on the 100GB tariff and £50 on the 200GB tariff). No upfront cost applies to the 4G GigaCube and 4GEE Home. On 5GEE WiFi, there’s an upfront cost of £100 for the HTC 5G Hub router.

Mobile Connectivity & Coverage

All of the home broadband services mentioned in this article claim to offer 99% population coverage across the UK on 4G. 5G coverage, on the other hand, is much more limited and is currently restricted to the UK’s largest towns and cities.

The most important thing to consider is what the coverage is like where you live. This will depend a lot on your location and your proximity to the nearest phone mast.

To get an initial estimate of the coverage in your area, use the relevant online coverage checker as follows:

If you’re only able to get 4G coverage where you live (and not 5G coverage), it may not be worth paying the premium for a more expensive 5G home broadband product.

Download Speeds

If you’d like the fastest possible download speeds, this is available on the 5G home broadband services (Three’s 5G Home, Vodafone’s GigaCube 5G and 5GEE WiFi). In theory, all three services will allow you to access up to Gigabit speeds (up to 1,000Mbit/s). However, actual download speeds in reality may be closer to 100-250Mbit/s.

With 4G home broadband services, you can get up to Category 7 LTE speeds (up to 300Mbit/s) when using a Huawei B535 HomeFi Plus router from Three. The Three AI Cube, 4GEE Home and Vodafone GigaCube 4G support Category 6 LTE speeds. In reality, however, the maximum possible speeds can rarely be obtained. Something more like 30Mbit/s is a much more realistic download speed.

External Antennas

An external antenna can improve the speed and stability of 4G home broadband.

Three’s Huawei B535 HomeFi+, Three’s 5G Home, 4GEE Home and Vodafone GigaCube allow you to attach an external antenna to improve the strength of your 4G or 5G signal. This can lead to a more stable connection with higher download speeds, especially if you’re living in an area with poor or marginal coverage.

A professional outdoor antenna installation service is available for 4GEE Home, whereas customers of HomeFi+, 5G Home and GigaCube will need to purchase and install their own antenna.

The AI Cube and 5GEE WiFi do not have support for an external antenna. This makes them a less attractive choice in areas with poor or marginal coverage.

Travel

Finally, it’s worth thinking about how the different services compare when it comes to mobility and using your broadband connection in other places (e.g. whilst you’re visiting a friend or going somewhere on holiday).

Three’s Huawei B535 HomeFi+ and AI Cube B900 are the clear winners in this area. You can plug the router in anywhere in the UK to instantly spin up a 4G broadband connection (subject to coverage being available at that location). You can also use the service at no extra cost in 71 destinations including Europe, the USA, Australia and more (a fair usage limit applies for data usage abroad).

The Vodafone GigaCube, 4GEE Home and 5GEE WiFi will only work when you’re inside the UK.

Home Network

Alongside the mobile connectivity, it’s also worth having a look at your home network connectivity.

Wi-Fi

Devices like your laptop, tablet & TV connect to the wi-fi network made by your 4G router.

On the Three HomeFi+, Three AI Cube, Three 5G Home, Vodafone GigaCube and 4GEE Home, you’ll get a dual-band home wi-fi network supporting up to 802.11ac wi-fi (also known as ‘Wi-Fi 5’). What this means is your home wi-fi network will operate in two different frequency bands: the traditional 2.4GHz band along with the newer 5GHz band. Providing your other devices are compatible with this newer technology, it should offer you better performance and faster download speeds on your home wi-fi network.

The Three 5G Home and Vodafone GigaCube 5G routers additionally support 802.11ax wi-fi (also known as ‘Wi-Fi 6’). Meanwhile, the HTC 5G Hub on 5GEE WiFi supports 802.11ad (also known as ‘WiGig’).

The Three HomeFi+, Three AI Cube, Three 5G Home and Vodafone GigaCube 5G support up to 64 devices on your home wi-fi network at any given time. Meanwhile, the 4GEE Home Router supports up to 32 devices. The most restrictive products are the Vodafone GigaCube 4G and 5GEE WiFi, both of which only support up to 20 devices at one time.

Ethernet (Wired Connections)

If you’re looking to connect a wired device like a desktop computer to your network, it can be useful having an Ethernet socket on your router. You’ll get 4 Ethernet sockets on the Huawei B535 HomeFi Plus from Three, 2 Ethernet sockets on Three 5G Home, Vodafone GigaCube 5G and 4GEE Home Router, and just a single Ethernet socket on all other devices.

The Gigabit Ethernet socket can also be used to attach your 4G/5G router to a mesh networking solution such as Whole Home Wi-Fi (possibly allowing you to bypass the limitations of wi-fi connectivity on your router).

Hardware

Three’s AI Cube can double up as an Amazon Alexa smart speaker.

The seven home broadband services come with a different customised router. A Huawei-made router is used on most of the services (a Huawei B535 router on HomeFi Plus, a Huawei B900 router on the AI Cube, a Huawei B528 router on GigaCube 4G and a Huawei 5G CPE Pro on 5G Home and GigaCube 5G). 4GEE Home uses a custom router manufactured by Alcatel and 5GEE WiFi uses the HTC 5G Hub router.

Of note, Three’s AI Cube service comes with a Huawei B900 router which also doubles up as an Amazon Alexa smart speaker. This means you can use the router in the same way as you would an Amazon Echo speaker (e.g. for listening to music, making internet-based phone calls, controlling your smart home devices, etc). The router has four far-field microphones and a 360° speaker.

Comparison to Fixed Broadband

4G and 5G broadband use mobile network technology, in contrast to traditional “fixed line” broadband which uses a landline or cable connection.

Advantages of 4G & 5G Broadband

The advantages of using 4G and 5G broadband over traditional fixed-line broadband are:

  • 4G & 5G broadband isn’t limited by your landline or cable connection. The download speeds you can get using 4G & 5G home broadband are not constrained by what your landline or cable connection can support. For instance, in many rural locations, BT Openreach and Virgin Media have refused to install fibre broadband connections due to the prohibitive cost. In these areas, 4G or 5G broadband is a much better solution (it’s also far more economical for ISPs to install a single mobile mast, rather than installing an individual cable connection to every home).
  • 4G & 5G broadband is faster to set up. There’s no engineer visit, and no need to wait for a phone line to be installed and activated. If you’ve moved into a new-build house, or into a different address, you can get connected to the internet on the same day in many cases.
  • There’s no need to pay for a landline you don’t use. Unless you’d like to keep your landline for other reasons, it’s possible to cancel it when you’re using 4G or 5G home broadband. This can save you in the region of £20/month on line rental.
  • You can bring the broadband connection with you to other places. For instance, if you’re going away for the weekend, you can simply bring your 4G or 5G broadband router with you. With some broadband services such as Three’s HomeFi and AI Cube, you can also bring your broadband connection with you to other countries (roaming at no extra charge is available in 71 destinations including Europe, the USA, Australia and more).
  • 4G & 5G broadband will eventually over-take fixed broadband in download speed. At present, 4G broadband is comparable in speed to a traditional fixed broadband connection. In the next few years, this is likely to change quickly with 5G technology and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) playing a big role in this. 5G FWA will offer increased network capacity along with download speeds of up to 1Gbit/s (1,000Mbit/s).

Disadvantages of 4G & 5G Broadband

However, there are also some disadvantages of 4G and 5G broadband at the moment:

  • 4G & 5G broadband is more easily affected by network congestion and poor weather. For instance, you may see a reduction in your download speed due to poor weather conditions or lots of other people using the service in your area. This tends to be less of a problem on traditional fixed broadband services.
  • Download speeds can vary depending on location and proximity to nearby masts. For this reason, the maximum download speeds stated can rarely be obtained in practice. You can maximise your coverage and download speed by placing the router close to a window, ideally on an upper floor and facing towards your nearest phone mast. An external antenna can also be helpful if your router allows you to use one.
  • Latency or “ping” is higher on 4G broadband. Latency (also known as “lag” or “ping”) refers to the amount of time it takes for data to travel up and then back down from the internet. On a 4G connection, the typical latency is around ~50ms (0.05 seconds). Meanwhile, fixed broadband connections typically offer lower latency of around 10-20ms (0.01-0.02 seconds). This shouldn’t noticeably affect things like browsing the internet or watching online videos, but it may affect fast-paced online gaming. With 5G technology, latency should reduce to be comparable with a fixed-line broadband connection.
  • 4G & 5G broadband is typically more expensive. Historically, 4G broadband has been more expensive than a fixed broadband connection, especially if you want a data allowance that’s large enough for a typical family’s usage. Nowadays, the gap is much smaller than before with unlimited 4G home broadband available on Three from £23/month. 5G home broadband services still tend to be more expensive but we’re expecting prices to drop gradually over time.

UK Internet Service Providers

The following table shows a list of UK internet service providers (ISPs) and the type of home broadband connection they offer:

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Connection Type
BT Broadband* Fixed (ADSL & fibre using BT/Openreach landlines)
EE Fixed (ADSL & fibre using BT/Openreach landlines)
4G & 5G Mobile (4GEE Home & 5GEE WiFi)
Now Broadband Fixed (ADSL & fibre using BT/Openreach landlines)
Plusnet Fixed (ADSL & fibre using BT/Openreach landlines)
TalkTalk Fixed (ADSL & fibre using BT/Openreach landlines)
Three 4G & 5G Mobile (HomeFi, AI Cube & 5G Home)
Sky Fixed (ADSL & Fibre using BT/Openreach landlines)
Virgin Media Fixed (fibre using Virgin Media cables)
Vodafone Fixed (fibre using BT/Openreach landlines)
4G & 5G Mobile (Vodafone GigaCube)

* For businesses, 4G broadband is available from BT as a backup connection method if you have ‘4G Assure’. 4G broadband isn’t currently available to consumers on BT.

EE and Vodafone offer both fixed-line broadband and 4G/5G home broadband. As such, they tend to price their 4G & 5G broadband services at a premium to their fixed-line products. Three exclusively offers 4G and 5G home broadband so tends to follow a more aggressive approach to their pricing.

More Information

For more information, please read our in-depth reviews of the Three Huawei B535 (HomeFi Plus), Three AI Cube, Vodafone GigaCube, 4GEE Home, Three 5G Home and 5GEE WiFi.

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  • Hi
    Thinking of using mobile broadband for church. Do you know if the technology supports remote printing (printer/copier in church, user at home creating documents for printing)?

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I don’t see why this wouldn’t work! It’s just a regular broadband internet connection, but with 4G providing the backhaul link rather than a landline connection. The 4G router also produces a regular wi-fi network, so all of your wi-fi connected devices like printers will work in the same way.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Well I decided to ditch Virgin (due to the annual price increases) and went with Three broadband today. As an existing customer I managed to get a B535-232 router on a 2 year contract for £18 a month! (I’m told this is available in all the Three stores.)

    First impressions are very good. Installed in upstairs window with no external aerials I’m getting

    Ping Download Upload
    35 ms 26.29 Mb/s 23.94 Mb/s

    Webpages seem snappy and the wifi signal is really good throughout the entire house.

    I’m wondering if it’d be worth getting a couple of the flat style external screw in aerials to see if I’d gain anymore speed? but looking at the stats page of my router it might improve the quality of the signal, but overall they look pretty good to me.

    I’m around 300yds from the mast, here’s my new routers LTE stats…maybe you can tell me what it all means?

    RSRQ -5.0dB
    RSRP -91dBm
    RSSI -67dBm
    SINR 15dB
    Wireless transmit power
    PPusch:-12dBm PPucch:-23dBm PSrs:0dBm PPrach:2dBm

    Uplink mod/demod of MCS
    mcsUpCarrier1:29

    Downlink mod/demod of MCS
    mcsDownCarrier1Code0:0 mcsDownCarrier1Code1:0
    PLMN 23420

  • Hi Ken,

    Thank you for the wonderful article. very helpful.
    We are currently considering using 4G/5G mobile broadband as well but like mentioned in other comments, it seems that voice sims are better deals (even when unlimited) so we were thinking to just tether from the voice sim (via iPhone). we don’t see a problem but wanted to know if you see any disadvantage in doing this without using a 4G router?

    your comments would be most helpful!! thank you in advance!!

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