Netgear Nighthawk MR5200 5G WiFi 6 Review: A Portable Mobile Hotspot Router

Netgear Nighthawk MR5200 5G WiFi 6 Review

The new Netgear Nighthawk MR5200 is Netgear’s most expensive Wifi router, perhaps if not the most expensive routers generally. No, it is not an exciting, high-range gaming router nor an absurdly complicated, astounding plain enterprise router. Rather, it is a puck-sized, small, and portable router and mobile hotspot. The Nighthawk MR5200 or M5 depending is a device that guarantees wireless freedom filled with WiFi 6 and a big scoop of the mighty 5G.

Netgear recently announced the new Nighthawk M5 mobile hotspot as a highly functional hotspot that will be available via carriers and also in an unlocked version. Also, it can support all versions of 5G, in addition to both millimeter-wave and sub-6 networks, it supports Wi-Fi 6 for any devices that are connected to it. It will be available in May this year, and costs $699.99

Netgear Nighthawk M5 Design

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The MR5200 has an identical shape and size to its predecessor, the Nighthawk M1 aka MR1100. It is a square-shaped device with rounded corners, with a little amount of glossy plastic at the top, ridged sides, and a soft rubber plate on the underside that is removable. The soft rubber plate covers a 5.04Ah battery, log-in details, and a single SIM slot.

A small 2.5-inch color touchscreen display gives an excellent and easy way of interacting with the MR5200 which possesses three buttons (power, home, and back) that ensure that navigating through the options is as simple as possible.

On one of the sides of the M5 are two flaps that let the user easily connect an optional external antenna, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a Type-C connector that provides USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds. The second side can be used for both data and for charging. Also, Netgear packaged a fairly fat charger.

Netgear Nighthawk M5 Technology 

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Another exciting new feature that is included in the Nighthawk M5 is its incredible support for Wi-Fi 6, the next evolution of the Wi-Fi standard technically referred to as 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 6 hotspots and routers will always be backward compatible with Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 4 users too, and the Nighthawk M5 supports using both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi spectrum simultaneously with a maximum of 32 client devices connected at once. With the increased capacity, you can receive rapid speeds for high-end video streaming on any devices either your computers, smartphones, or tablets.

Netgear Nighthawk M5 Battery Life

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The M5 uses the USB-C port for charging and also a removable rechargeable battery. Netgear stated that the mobile router possesses a long-lasting battery life, and it can also work when the battery is removed provided it is plugged in. The Netgear Nighthawk M5 mobile router has a long-lasting battery for entire day usage. You also have the choice of plugging into a power outlet in your home or office for a 24/7 operation even when the battery is removed.


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If you desire to have an extremely fast broadband speed on the go, or you want an incredible 5G coverage, then the Nighthawk M5 5G WiFi 6 Mobile Router is the best option for you. The MR5200 is costly but it is also the best 5G hotspot money can buy presently. However, you have to first make research and be sure that there’s adequate 5G coverage in the area(s) where the hotspot will be used.

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