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Posted 19 May 2023

3 Network ZTE 5G Router Grade A - £179 @ eternalcommunications eBay

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Works with 3UK, SMARTY or ID
Grade A
Item description from the seller
UNLOCKED ZTE MC801A 2.8GBPS 5G Wi-Fi ROUTER (WHITE) WILL WORK WITH ANY 3 UK, SMARTY OR ID MOBILE SIM CARD + 2 x EXTERNAL ANTENNAS Contents: 1 x ZTE MC801A 5G Wi-Fi Router (White) 1 x 3 Pin UK Mains Plug (If you require a 2 Pin EU Mains Plug instead, please leave a message after purchase) 1 x Quick Start Guide 2 x TS9 External Antennas Condition: All products are Original ZTE MC801A 5G Routers and are Backed by 1 Year Warranty. Grade A - Like New. May have some very minor blemishes to outer casing (not noticeable at arms length). Grade B - May have some light marks/scratches to outer casing. Grade C - Will have some heavy marks/scratches to outer casing. These do not affect the performance of the devices in any way. Specification of ZTE MC801A 5G Router: Speeds: 5G: Download Speed:2.
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  1. Azwipe's avatar
    Cheaper on CEX with a 2 year warranty. Got mine for around £135
    innocent's avatar
    Good spot. Direct link would be helpful for the peeps.
  2. Helpful's avatar
    Have just called the company selling the above - if used for data only, the router should work on any network
    I asked if I needed a robust and very reliable solution, they advised the one below may be better option:

    innocent's avatar
    Helpful comment. Yeah, looks OK.
  3. Popeye_the_Sailor's avatar
    Do those types of external antenna make any improvements to the signal? I have this modem already. I bought window suction mounted external antenna off eBay but I can't say I've seen any improvements to signal. Wondering if I just got a dud one and need to try a different antenna
    PaulandPam's avatar
    I cant speak for ZTE but I have a Huawei router and with the genuine manufacturers twin antennas like these my signal was actually weaker when I used them.
    Basically they were (edited)
  4. gazzaman2k's avatar
    crap router it will loose connection randomly 4-5times a day and take 40min to come back on unless you unplug and replug in again then it will come on again instantly, get the zyxell its much better modem
    deleted708738's avatar
    Mine hasn’t dropped in a year.
  5. b4dr1's avatar
    Nice price with the antennas I suppose.

    Are these external antennas any good? Has anyone used it and how much does it cost to buy it separately?
  6. Helpful's avatar
    Is this router likely to be locked to the 3 network?
    Solee's avatar
    It is
  7. mikeyjai's avatar
    Ya I'm after the 5g ts9 antenna too
  8. kitchenmonkey's avatar
    Actully put this in my watch list yesterday as I want to get away from the crap home broadband I have at the moment and don't want to be tied into a contract. Supposedly we have 5g in the area but I can't pick it up so will probably go for a 4g TP link and just swap sim cards as decent deals appear. Just got to decide on whch model to get now.
  9. emptypocketz's avatar
    I read the chinese 5g routers are pretty decent and around £130, but could not find any links does anyone have any?

    Cant see the thread anymore, but someone also suggested even a cheap 2nd hand 5g phone and hot spot would do well but not tried that trick since no 5g phone.

    I would like a 2nd bb backup option to VM bb since it goes down regularly.
  10. deleted708738's avatar
    I get consistent speeds of 400-500 mbps on my ZTE 801C. It’s on Three and having paid £10 for 6mo and now £20 pcm to Three with this router free I’m very happy. And I live in very rural area. (edited)
    skyarsenal100's avatar
    You have to return the router once you've stopped using 3 Internet
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