ZTE 5G Portable WiFi Router Device MU5001 Vodafone 5G Mobile Hotspot
The Vodafone 5G Mobile Hotspot is one of a couple of 5G mobile broadband devices available on UK networks, and the only one available on Vodafone at the time of writing.
If you’re a Vodafone fan, then that could make your decision easy, but everyone else might be wondering whether this is the one to buy or not, In short: it’s definitely a strong option, with good battery life and competitive specs, but the competition is fierce, so it’s worth reading this review in full and considering the alternatives too.
The Vodafone 5G Mobile Hotspot is actually a rebranded ZTE MU5001 5G, but that’s a common practice, with many network-branded devices actually being other gadgets with a new name. So how does the Vodafone 5G Mobile Hotspot / ZTE MU5001 5G look? Well, pretty good in all. It’s a compact black rectangle with a 2.4-inch screen on the front (more on which further down), and a ZTE logo on the back. The frame is a slightly different colour – more of a grey – and it houses various ports and buttons, such as the power button, the USB-C charging port, antenna ports, and an Ethernet port.
It comes in at 133 x 73 x 18.5mm, so it’s just about pocket-sized (if a bit chunky), and it could certainly easily be carried
around in a small backpack or a handbag. In fact with a bigger screen and a slimmer build it could almost be mistaken for a smartphone. All in all, while the Vodafone 5G Mobile Hotspot doesn’t have the most exciting of designs, it looks fairly good, and importantly it’s small enough not to be too inconvenient to take out with you.
Like most mobile broadband devices, the Vodafone 5G Mobile Hotspot is designed to be simple to get up and running. It includes an easy-to-use online interface, so just pop the SIM card in and follow the simple instructions.
Where this has the edge over some mobile broadband devices is the addition of a touchscreen that you can interact with, further simplifying its configuration.
Model: MU5001 (Black)
(5G): FDD 2100(n1)/700(n28) MHz
TDD 2500(n41)/3500(n78) MHz
(4G): LTE FDD: 2100(B1)/1800(B3)/900(B8)/700(B28) MHz
LTE TDD: 2500(B41)/3500(B42) MHz
(3G): WCDMA: 2100(B1)/700(B28) MHz
WebUI Splash screen: English
WebUI Languages: English
Support 5G, speed up to D/L 3.8Gbps
Qualcomm® SDX55 platform(QCA6391)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax, 2.4G&5G Dual Band, 2*2MIMO
32 Wi-Fi users , Wi-Fi 6 up to 1775Mbps(AX 1800)
2.4 inch color touch screen (QVGA 320 x 240)
1 Gigabit Ethernet Port (RJ45)
1 Type-C (USB 3.1)
1 SIM card slot (Nano-SIM)
2 Antenna ports (TS-9)
4500mAH battery (Quick Charge 3.0)
Customer management via WebUI or ZTELink APP (iOS or Android)
Support operating system: iOS, Android, Windows, Linux Mobile phone/tablet/computer/set-top box etc.
2. Quick Start (English)
3. Quick Charger (STC-A5930A1-A): 5V3A/9V2A/12V1A, EU 2pin
4. USB cable (Type-C)
5. 4500mAH battery