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Which Are the Best 5G Routers?

In past articles, we have often discussed the fact that cellular also works for the Internet connection at home and also offers some advantages over fiber optics. LTE routers have meanwhile developed from a niche product to popular devices in Swiss households and with the expansion of the 5G infrastructure, 5G routers are also becoming more and more popular. Reason enough to present our three favorites among the 5G routers after the LTE routers! 

What Makes a Good 5G Router?

Basically, 5G routers behave exactly like the LTE routers that we presented to you in last year’s article “LTE routers in test”. The big difference lies in the possibilities that the newer 5G mobile communications standard offers compared to LTE (4G) in terms of latency and bandwidth. The 5G standard already enables practical speeds of up to 2 Gbit/s in Switzerland. Theoretically, up to 10 Gbit/s would even be possible with an optimally developed 5G network, but we are not quite there yet in this country. For most applications at home, however, speeds well below the currently possible 2 Gbit/s are easily sufficient.

Another advantage of 5G is the number of devices that can communicate simultaneously via a cell tower. Up to one million devices per square kilometer are possible here, in contrast to 100,000 with LTE. The speed and network capacity of the new mobile communications standard is therefore in a range that could also easily replace the home connections in a modern city. In addition to the mobility of the Internet connection, a 5G router also allows the user to benefit from the usual contract conditions in the mobile communications market. These are often more flexible and free than those of the classic Internet providers. You can find more detailed information about these advantages in the articles “Cellular for your home” or “5G also works at home!”.

Our Top Picks Among 5G Routers

Acer 5G Hotspot Connect M5: The Compact Battery Marvel

Price from 375.-

Front view of the Acer 5G Hotspot Connect M5.
Source: manufacturer

This compact 5G hotspot scores with simple design, a long-lasting battery, and enough connectivity for a WLAN with up to 32 simultaneously connected devices. The router can also be connected directly to the Internet via an Ethernet cable if the 5G connection is only to be used as a failover solution. The small form factor and low weight of just 190 grams belies the feature set a bit, as the router offers up-to-date dual-band connectivity via 2.4 GHz (802.11 b/g/n/ax) or 5 GHz (802.11 a/n/ac/ax) WiFi and can also be used as a power bank for the laptop or smartphone on the go (USB-C).

The battery has a generous 6,460 mAh and should thus cover most mobile applications without any problems. For us, this small 5G router is an attractive all-in-one package for everyone who likes it as simple and mobile as possible.

The Well-Known All-Rounder: AVM Fritz!Box 6850 5G

Price from 443.-

Front view of the AVM FRITZ!Box 6850 5G.
Source: manufacturer

Anyone who knows and loves the Fritz! devices from AVM will not be surprised. With the stationary 5G router FRITZ!Box 6850 5G, AVM delivers a strong product with a wide range of functions and all the technical tricks that Fritz! users are used to. The dual-band router supports all common frequency bands and can also be easily operated as a Wi-Fi mesh with other Fritz! devices. An integrated alignment aid makes it easier to find the best location at home and an integrated DECT-based telephone system allows the operation of up to 6 wireless and one analog telephone. The pre-installed Fritz!OS also provides a powerful firewall and the option of operating a separate guest network that provides guests with Internet access without granting access to the rest of the network. You can hardly expect more from a router, which is why the FRITZ!Box 6850 5G has taken a prominent place in the middle of our favorites. The router has also recently become available as a bundle in our store, with a sweet discount and a whole year of Internet included. Anyone who knows and loves the Fritz! devices from AVM will not be surprised. With the stationary 5G router FRITZ!Box 6850 5G, AVM delivers a strong product with a wide range of functions and all the technical tricks that Fritz! users are used to. The dual-band router supports all common frequency bands and can also be easily operated as a Wi-Fi mesh with other Fritz! devices. An integrated alignment aid makes it easier to find the best location at home and an integrated DECT-based telephone system allows the operation of up to 6 wireless and one analog telephone. The pre-installed Fritz!OS also provides a powerful firewall and the option of operating a separate guest network that provides guests with Internet access without granting access to the rest of the network. You can hardly expect more from a router, which is why the FRITZ!Box 6850 5G has taken a prominent place in the middle of our favorites. The router has also recently become available as a bundle in our store, with a sweet discount and a whole year of Internet included.

Netgear MR6150 Nighthawk M6: The New One

Price from 799.-

Netgear Nighthawk M6 5G Router
Source: manufacturer

2023 is a good year for everyone who likes to be mobile and securely connected. Netgear brings you the M6, a cutting-edge 5G mobile router that supports numerous features that make your network secure and flexible. With a transmission rate of 2900 Mbps on the 5 GHz and 700 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band, the devices in your WLAN communicate quickly and efficiently. Thanks to WLAN standard 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), an integrated firewall and the ability to configure multiple virtual networks, the M6 offers everything normal users could want from a router. Of course, this router also has an Ethernet port and can thus be connected directly to a wired modem if required. The router supports WPA3 for WLAN encryption.

So if you are looking for an up-to-date device that can be used both stationary and super mobile, the Netgear M6 is not a bad choice. The router can either be purchased separately or as a discounted bundle in our shop

Is Your Dream Router Included?

All devices presented are also available individually on the market. So if you don’t want to buy an annual package with your router right away, you can also buy your desired device separately and benefit from a free trial month of our SIM cards. This allows you to take your time to test how well our network works in your location and choose the right speed from our tariffs.

You can find out what speed you actually need for your applications in this article. If you are already well served with 4G, take a look at our LTE router test or directly at the other bundles. If you are still unsure whether mobile telephony really works as an Internet connection in your home, you can also use a smartphone to check what speeds are possible for you as part of the free trial month.

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