Verizon Launches Powerful New 5G Home Router

From PC Mag: Verizon 5G may be getting a lot bigger. Today Verizon exclusively revealed to PCMag that it's launching the first 5G home router powered by Qualcomm's long-awaited QTM527 antenna, which has the potential to greatly expand the range of the carrier's fast, but short-distance millimeter-wave 5G.

"The new hardware, apart from having a very slick design, has a longer range from a radio standpoint so more households will be covered," said Frank Boulben, Verizon SVP of consumer marketing and products.

Verizon first introduced its 5G home internet service in late 2018, but expansion has been slow going. Earlier this year, Verizon's Ronan Dunne told Light Reading that the company was waiting for new in-home hardware based on higher-power antennas. It looks like now that's here.

The new router, made by Wistron for Verizon, can be placed inside by a window, so there's no external install needed. A smartphone app guides you where to put the unit. The device has Wi-Fi 6 and one Ethernet port. The Ethernet port is important because Verizon's millimeter-wave system is sometimes faster than the maximum speed of Wi-Fi routers; in tests in my neighborhood, I've gotten up to 1.7Gbps. Boulben said home users will get between 300Mbps and a gigabit.

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