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Best 4G router and 5G router

10th December 2021

4G Router

If you’re looking for a home broadband solution then you’re not limited to wired options – you could also go for 4G home broadband, which has a number of advantages, not least being how quick and easy it is to get set up.

But the bigger decision then is which 4G router to go with. We’re here to help – below we’ll run you through the very best 4G routers available on UK networks, along with other options you might want to consider.

And if you’re lucky enough to have a 5G signal at home then we’ve got you covered there too, with a section on 5G home broadband routers further down.

The best 4G routers

The following routers are the best 4G ones available from any network in our opinion. That said, they won’t necessarily suit everyone, so we've also included some 5G routers for those looking for even better performance.

Three 4G Hub

Three 4G Hub

The Three 4G Hub (a rebranded ZTE MF286D) is available on Three and it’s one of the very best 4G routers you can get.

It’s a Cat 12/13 device, with download speeds of up to 600Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps. But as with any 4G device your actual speeds will depend more on your network and coverage, and are unlikely to be that high.

Still, it’s certainly one of the fastest 4G routers, and it also benefits from a generous four Ethernet ports for wired connections (recommended for gaming), plus two antenna sockets and support for up to 64 connected devices at once, which is more than almost any home should need. In all the Three 4G Hub is one of the most full-featured 4G routers you’ll find.

It's worth noting that Three also now offers a Three 4G Plus Hub. This is theoretically even better, but the actual specs are very similar, and it comes with a higher monthly price.

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4GEE Home Router 3

4GEE Home Router 3

The 4GEE Home Router 3 is EE’s latest 4G home broadband router at the time of writing, and it supports a highly respectable 64 simultaneous connections, across a 30-metre Wi-Fi range.

With Ethernet ports as well for wired connections, this sleek white box should be all the router you need. EE is keeping quiet on what the maximum speeds offered by it are, but EE’s 4G network regularly comes out on top in tests, so this router is paired with a network that should be able to make the most of it.

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Vodafone GigaCube 4G

Vodafone Gigacube 4G

Vodafone has sold a GigaCube for a long time, but more recently it’s quietly upgraded the hardware without changing the name, making for a significantly more exciting device.

The latest GigaCube 4G is actually a Huawei B818-263, and it’s theoretically capable of download speeds of up to 1.6Gbps – which is both more than you’ll get in the real world, and more than most 4G routers are even theoretically able to reach.

So it’s ahead of the game in terms of speeds, and competitive in other areas, with support for 64 simultaneous device connections.

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TP-Link Archer MR600 V2 (4G National Broadband)

TP-Link Archer Mr600 V2

Like most router names, the TP-Link Archer MR600 V2 is a mouthful, but it’s the one that 4G National Broadband use, so it’s notable for that reason, as they’re a key supplier of 4G broadband in rural areas. That alone wouldn’t get it a place in this list though – it also has to be good, and luckily it is.

The TP-Link Archer MR600 V2 is a Cat 6 device offering data speeds of up to 300Mbps (though as ever real-world speeds will depend on your network and location), along with the ability to get up to 64 devices online at once.

It comes with two detachable 4G antennas, supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, and has four Ethernet ports, so there’s plenty of scope to plug devices in for a wired connection to the router. It’s also compatible with TP-Link’s OneMesh products, which means you can use it as part of a mesh network if you buy into the manufacturer’s ecosystem.

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Other options

The following 4G router arguably isn’t as good as the ones above, but it’s still worth considering if it fits your requirements.

BT 4G Home Hub

Despite its name, the BT 4G Home Hub (also known as the BT 4G Home Router) is offered on EE.

The BT 4G Home Hub supports download speeds of up to 300Mbps, upload speeds of up to 100Mbps, and can get up to 32 devices online at once. It also has two Ethernet ports and two antenna sockets. So it’s not quite a match for the Three 4G Hub, but it’s on an arguably better 4G network.

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The best 5G routers

If you want even better speeds (and have 5G coverage in your home) then you should consider one of the best 5G routers, such as the following options.

Three 5G Hub

Huawei 5G CPE Pro

If you have 5G in your home or are simply planning ahead for when you do, then it’s definitely worth considering a 5G router rather than a 4G one, and there are a few options.

One option is the Three 5G Hub, which is actually a rebranded version of the Huawei 5G CPE Pro.

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This is an impressive device, capable of 5G speeds that are far higher than any you’re currently going to get in the real world – it theoretically supports download speeds of up to 2,330Mbps, so even once the UK’s 5G networks improve, this thing will be able to keep up, and even now it’s potentially faster than most fibre broadband services.

Actual speeds will depend on the network and coverage, but average speeds are likely to be in the 100-250Mbps range at the time of writing based on various independent tests of the UK’s 5G networks, with peak speeds potentially exceeding 1Gbps. Latency is also lower on 5G, at around 20-30ms compared to around 35-40ms on 4G – again, based on independent tests.

The Huawei 5G CPE Pro can also get up to 64 devices online at once, plus it has two Gigabit ethernet ports for wired connections.

5GEE Router 2021

5GEE Router 2021

Then there’s also the 5GEE Router 2021. This is similar to the device discussed above, in fact it’s almost identical, with support for up to 64 simultaneous connections and similar speeds, including an average of 150Mbps according to EE.

Theoretical speeds are even higher than with the Huawei 5G CPE Pro, but in practice that’s unlikely to make a difference.

Overall though, this is a top option, with a 30-metre Wi-Fi range, two Ethernet ports, and antenna slots, and it’s the only 5G home broadband option available on EE at the time of writing.

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Vodafone GigaCube 5G

Vodafone 5G Gigacube

Finally, there’s the Vodafone GigaCube 5G. A device by this name used to use the same hardware as the Three 5G Hub, but it’s now been refreshed and is a rebranded TCL 5G CPE instead.

This is theoretically a slight upgrade, with maximum download speeds of 2.8Gbps (though as with rival devices you’re unlikely to get near that in the real world). Vodafone for its part claims that you can get speeds of up to 1Gbps, so that might be more realistic.

Beyond that, the Vodafone GigaCube 5G has an antenna port to boost performance, and like most modern mobile broadband routers it supports up to 64 simultaneous connections.

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