MiFi 8000, HTC 5G Hub and NetStick USB modem are three 4G/5G mobile broadband devices Sprint provides to their users. Are there any differences among them? As a common user, most of us would not know how to choose it. Here we make a comparison among them. Hope this would work for you when you decide to buy one of them.
Sprint MiFi 8000 Mobile Hotspot
MiFi 8000 from Inseego is a premium device that offers up to 1 Gbps speeds on the Sprint network! Pocket size, easy to operate, and speedy with a removable 4,400mAh battery, it could provides up to 24 hours on a single charge. It supports both 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands and will handle about 15 Wi-Fi devices simultaneously The vibrant 2.4” full-color touch screen display offers more features and onscreen help, giving you the best user experience around.
- Reasonably priced.
- Excellent 4G performance.
- Long battery life.
- No 5G.
- No Band 71 in case of T-Mobile merger.
HTC 5G Hub
It is a mobile hotspot for people who intend to use Sprint’s 5G next-gen network, but also a powerful Android smart display which runs on Android 9.0 Pie. With a 7,660mAh battery built in, the device is made ready to support you on a wide range of on-the-go duties.
- First 5G hotspot for Sprint.
- Good battery life.
- Long Wi-Fi range.
- Android based Hub for use in both home and office environments.
- Uneven Google Assistant UI.
- Only support one 5G band.
NetStick USB modem
As a 4G device, this modem is bigger than most of the USB modems on the market. Just by plug and play, you could surf on the internet in seconds. However, it not support 5G, and it only supports 4G LTE CAT4, the speed is much slower than the above two hotspots.
- Plug and play, no software or driver needed.
- Desktop base included.
- Slow cellular speed.
- Bulky design.
- USB 2.0 standard, no USB-C.
- NO 5G.
Take a detailed view of the following table, you will get to know the difference among the MiFi 8000, HTC 5G hub, and NetStick modem quickly.
|NetStick USB Modem||MiFi 8000||HTC 5G Hub|
|Product Type||USB Modem||Mobile Hotspot||Mobile Hotspot|
|Processor||GCT 7243s||Qualcomm SDX20||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|5G Band||/||/||5G NR n41|
|4G LTE Bands||Band25/26/ 41||Band 25/26/ 41
|Band 25/26/ 41
|LTE CAT||LTE CAT 4||LTE CAT 18||LTE CAT 20|
|Network Speed||Max Speed: 150Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up||Max Speed: 1200Mbps Down / 150Mbps Up||Max Speed:2.63Gbps Down / 287 Mbps Up|
|Wi-Fi Technology||/||802.11 b/g/n/a/ac||802.11 b/g/n/ac, 802.11ad|
|Wi-Fi devices||/||15 Wi-Fi devices||20 Wi-Fi devices|
|Wi-Fi Antenna||2×2 MIMO internal||4X4 internal, and 2X2 external||4X4 internal, No external antenna slots|
|Ports||/||2 antenna slots, 1USB-C port||1 USB-C port, 1 Ethernet port|
|Dimensions||7.3″ x 1.6″ x 0.63″ / 1.76 oz||4.5″ x 2.8″ x 0.75″ / 5.71 oz||5.08″ x 3.94″ x 1.7″ / 12 oz|
I am sure you will know which device is suitable for you now after check the comparison table above. As a plug-n-play dongle, the NetStick is too bulky to carry around, and it is slower. So, it would not be a reasonable choice. Leave aside the price, the HTC 5G Hub (view details at https://store4g.com/product/htc-5g-hub/) would be the best one. However, it is so pricey. If Sprint had a widespread 5G network the Hub would be a great choice for homes and offices. Otherwise, I recommend the MiFi 8000.