Almost two years after the first announcement, Netgear finally made the MR5200 Nighthawk M5 5G Mobile Router available today.
This is the company’s first 5G mobile hotspot that you can use both on the go and at home.
In many ways, this little cellular hotspot is similar to 4G counterparts, like the Verizon Jetpack MiFi 8800L or the Sprint MiFi 8000. But it’s also totally different.
Netgear MR5200: A flexible, ultra-fast mobile hotspot
What makes the Netgear MR5200 hugely unlike any 4G mobile hotspot is that it supports 5G, which is much faster, and its built-in Gigabit network port.
This means, apart from being able to host a single wired device — like a desktop computer — the M5 can also work with regular routers or Wi-Fi systems, such as the Netgear RAX120, or Orbi RBK752, to deliver the cellular connection for a large property.
Considering 5G’s speed is comparable to that of traditional broadband services, such as cable or fiberoptic, the M5 enables access to areas without an existing infrastructure for wired broadband.
Alternatively, you can also use the M5 as a backup Internet source for routers and systems that support Dual-WAN.
For those who travel, Netgear says the M5 includes a 5040mAh “long-lasting lithium-ion battery” that’s slated to last up to 13 hours on a single charge.
By the way, the battery is removable. This design will come in handy if you use the router as a stationary Internet receiver at home or in an office.
Per Netgear, here are the highlights of the MR5200 Nighthawk M5 5G Mobile router:
- Fast cellular speed: Support 5G the M5 can deliver Gigabit-class cellular connection. Clearly, the actual speeds will vary depending on the reception and coverage.
- Wi-Fi 6 Technology: It’s one of the first mobile hotspots that features Wi-Fi 6 and supports up to 32 devices. That’s significantly more than most existing mobile hotspots can handle.
- Stationary cellular options: The M5 can work as a “modem” for a regular router to deliver residential broadband, via its Gigabit network port, in areas where existing instruction is not available or slow.
- Unlocked: The M5 is unlocked and therefore will work with any carriers via a nano-SIM card. In the U.S., for now, it works best with AT&T and T-Mobile.
- App operated: You can control the M5 via the Netgear mobile app, in addition to its touchscreen. Using the apps users can manage the router’s mobile data usage, track data usage by month and session, and customize Wi-Fi settings, including Guest networks.
Hardware-wise, Netgear says the Nighthawk M5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 Mobile Platform.
As for Wi-Fi, the mobile router features Dual-band AX1800 with the two 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands with the top speed of 600Mbps and 1200Mbps, respectively.
Netgear MR5200: Hardware specifications
|Cellular Technology||5GNR Sub 6GHz (N)SA|
with LTE fallback
LTE CAT 20, LTE Advanced Pro,
4×4 MIMO, 256-QAM
|Cellular Bands||5G: n2/n5/n25/n41|
4G: LTE CAT 20
4GB LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B B25/B29/B30/B38/
|Battery Life||13 hrs|
|0.55 lb (252 g)|
|Dimensions (HWD)||4.14 x 4.14 x .85 in|
(105 x 105 x 21.5 mm)
|SIM Type||Nano-SIM (4FF)|
|Port||One (1) USB Type-C (charging)|
One (1) Gigabit Ethernet
Two (2) TS9 RF ports (for external antennas)
|Screen||2.4” LCD touch screen interface|
|Battery||Removable A5040mAh battery|
|Wi-Fi Specs||Dualband AX1800|
1.2Gbps on 5GHz
600Mbps on 2.4GHz
|WiFi Security||WPA, WPA2, WPA3|
|Networking Features||• Guest Network|
• Wi-Fi Protected Setup
• WPS on/off control
• Wi-Fi on/off control
• Wi-Fi SSID broadcast on/off control
• VPN passthrough
• MAC address filtering
• Website filtering
• Port forwarding
• Port filtering
• Password protected web admin portal
|Max Wi-Fi Clients||32|
Availability, usage, and pricing
The Netgear MR5200 Nighthawk M5 5G Mobile Router is available today from Netgear’s website. It’s not cheap, unfortunately, costing $699.99. That’s before the monthly data cost.
Basically, this is a mobile hotspot that delivers 5G cellular speed to many Wi-Fi devices by itself — it also works with 4G and 3G where 5G is not available. On top of that, you have the option of hooking it up to a regular Wi-Fi 6 or mesh system to deliver 5G broadband to a large property.
All that makes the M5 one of the most flexible cellular mobile hotspots on the market. Whether not that makes it worth the cost depends on your budget and data need. For those living in a remote area with no cable or fiberoptic but a strong 5G signal, it can be the only broadband option for now.
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9 thoughts on “Netgear MR5200 Nighthawk M5 5G Mobile Router is Finally Here, for $700”
It worked, unlimited 5G data.
the Mr5200 does not support 5G SA, it only currently supports 5G NSA. With newer carriers (Dish in US for instance or many of the carriers in China) deploying or converting to only doing 5G SA (with no 4g underlying connection) this modem wont do it. You need the mr6400 (or perhaps any of the M6 devices) to do 5g SA unless netgear releases a firmware update to fix it.
I have been experimenting with the MR5200 5G using Tmobile. I live about a mile away from a newly upgraded tower with a UC connection. The wifi on the MR5200 is off and I’m only using the ethernet port, which is connected to my Asus AC5300 router to provide wifi to the house. So far my only negative comment is the latency. The lowest ping I’ve recorded is 82 but on average it runs between 100 and 110. My grandkids (without knowing I had switched them from my fiber internet connection to the MR5200) started complaining about the lag in their games. Other than the lag, the MR5200 5G on Tmobile works great. Even with 42 devices connected to the Asus 5300 I still get 400 to 700 mbps down and in the low to upper 30’s for upload speeds. (Your speed may vary LOL).
The cellular bands (not bans) you posted are not the ones of the US version of the MR5200. Here are the correct ones from the US product page:
LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B12/B13/B14/B25/B29/ B30/B38/B41/B46/B48/B66/B71
Thanks for the typo report, Elad. I got the info from Netgear at the time.
I have an old Tmobile cell phone account that has unlimited LTE and 5G data. I currently use it in a OnePlus 8 phone tethered to an ASUS 5300 router using its USB 3 port.
Would it be possible to use the phone sim with the unlimited data in the new Nighthawk M5 (MR5200)?
Highly likely, Wayne. But that depends on your account — some require the SIM to be inside a phone to work. Only T-Mobile can know for sure.
Can it work with LTE/4G sim cards in case 5G connectivity is not available in a particular country? Would like to use when travelling and I usually buy sim cards locally to save roaming costs.
Yes, it does, Rafal. I updated the post with its hardware specifications just now.