All information about the 5G-capable routers & manufacturers

For the move to mobile, small hotspot routers are best, while home regular, fixed wireless router with LTE or 5G modem are the first choice. These can then supply all end devices in the household with high-speed internet via WLAN. Ideally, they also have external connections for additional antennas in order to compensate for possible reception deficits.

Of course, 5g router UK technology was not only designed to enable consumers to load videos and apps faster on the go. The economy in particular expects the new standard to provide a real boost in innovation and productivity. Keyword Industry 4.0 and “Internet of Things” (IoT). But the needs are of course completely different here than in the home area, so special devices are required. In November Siemens presented the first industrial 5G router called Scalance MUM856-1, which should be available from the beginning of 2021. In addition, machines and control elements should also be accessible decentrally via the public 5G network.

With the CPE 2 Pro from Huawei (recently called ” HTC 5G Hub “), Deutsche Telekom offers a state-of-the-art 5G router that can connect up to 16 devices to the network in parallel. Technically, it is the same device as the Gigacube 5G presented above. Of course, the Huawei box already has the very latest WIFI 6 and can deliver up to 3.6 GBit via cellular network. It can optionally be booked at the “MagentaMobil Speedbox ” tariffs if 5G is desired. With a new contract there is an additional payment of around € 200. With the Speedbox-Flex tariff it is just under 350 €.

Since the end of 2020, O2 has also been offering a genuine 5G router called ” O2 Homespot 5G “, matching the O2 my Home tariffs. If the provider can already offer the new cellular standard at the customer’s desired location, the 5G variant will also be offered in addition to the 4G router. However, O2 relies on the manufacturer Askey as its hardware partner. For this, however, O2 charges a surcharge of € 20 per month for 2 years.

Both Deutsche Telekom and O2 are planning to offer 5G Gigabit-enabled connections outside of the cities in the future. The technology is called “Fixed Wireless Access “, a kind of fiber optic Internet via radio. The providers therefore also use crisp marketing terms such as “virtual fiber ” or “air fiber”. Leading manufacturers such as Huawei, Netgear and DLink already have their first devices on offer or will be introducing them soon. But it’s still a long way off in this country. Such offers will probably not start before 2022, as the necessary radio licenses in the mmWave area are still missing.

After there were only 1-2 models in 2019, the range of 5G routers has been slowly but surely filling up since mid-2020. Only the comparatively high prices of around 400-500 euros without a contract are still a deterrent. It will take a few more months until the selection is similar to that of 4G and the prices approach normal levels of around € 150.