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4G 5G Router Category

What is a 4G 5G Modem Router?

4G/5G router uses the embedded cellular modem and a SIM card to connect to the mobile network and deliver internet connectivity. The 4G/5G cellular routers can work widely once there is fair mobile signal coverage. They offer a flexible cellular internet solution for home, office, IoT, and industrial applications. The 4G/5G routers usually support fallback to lower networks. For example, the 4G router supports a 2G 3G connection, and the 5G router supports a 3G and 4G LTE fallback.

What is the 5G LTE Modem UE Category?

Modem UE category refers to the user equipment of cellular modem chipset used inside a 4G/5G router. The UE category determines the working performance of 4G/5G cellular routers, such as download speed, upload speed, frequency bandwidth, carrier aggregation, MIMO technology, etc.

The latest 5G routers support UE categories from Cat 16 to Cat 32, and 4G LTE routers support from Cat 1 to Cat 20. The higher UE category modems provide faster potential speeds and consume more mobile data traffic due to greater bandwidth and advanced cellular capabilities. Choose a higher-grade category modem that future-proofs your router, leading to a better networking experience. However, the actual mobile internet speeds depend on data plan class, cellular carrier network coverage, and mobile signal quality.

OutdoorRouter provides 4G routers in different LTE UE categories of Cat 1, Cat 4, Cat 6, and Cat 12. Each has a diverse speed rate and benefits for various application scenarios. You can choose the 4G 5G UE category modems depending on how fast speed and throughput are required. The comparison chart below shows their speed rates and specifications.

4G LTE and 5G NR UE Category Comparison Chart

4G Router LTE UE Category Comparison Chart
UE Category Maximum Speed Rate Download
MIMO Layers
Bandwidth Highest Modulation 3GPP Release
Download Upload Download Upload
CAT 1 10 Mbps 5 Mbps 1 No 1.4~20 MHz 64 QAM 16 QAM Rel 8
CAT 4 150 Mbps 50 Mbps 2 No 1.4~20 MHz 64 QAM 16 QAM Rel 8
CAT 6 300 Mbps 50 Mbps 2 or 4 2x 40 MHz 64 QAM 16 QAM Rel 10
CAT 12 600 Mbps 150 Mbps 2, 3 or 4 3x 40 MHz 256 QAM 64 QAM Rel 11
5G X500 2.5 Gbps 900 Mbps 2, 3 or 4 4x 100 MHz 256 QAM 64 QAM Rel 15
5G X520 3.4 Gbps 900 Mbps 2, 3 or 4 4x 100 MHz 256 QAM 64 QAM Rel 16

As the 4G and 5G mobile networks are widely deployed worldwide, the cellular data internet becomes sufficient and lowers the price. Without the hassles of setup fees, insert a SIM card into the cellular router, and you can start accessing cutting-edge and fast-speed mobile internet for homes and offices.

Check more technical details about the LTE-Advanced 4G modem routers with the carrier aggregation and MIMO antenna array.

5G-NR Router

Download 3.4Gbps

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CAT 12 Router

Download 600Mbps

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CAT 6 Router

Download 300Mbps

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CAT 4 Router

Download 150Mbps

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Upgrade & Downgrade Modem Categories

Our 4G/5G cellular routers have a modular design that supports upgrading or downgrading the cellular modems. CAT1/4/6 LTE modems are mini-PCIe standard interfaces. CAT12 and 5G-NR modems are M.2 standard interfaces. The identical interface modems can exchange each other flawlessly.