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T-MOBILE 5G HOME INTERNET REVIEW

good enough for a home internet connection

By -HEMAJA BURUD

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PROS

– No data caps – Router placement isn’t limited to where your traditional  internet hook-ups are – Impressive speeds when the service works – No annual contract – Router included in monthly bill

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CONS

– Spotty service in my case – Difficult to predict how it’ll work in your area – Won’t help those without cell coverage

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The New Internet Service Provider in (Every) Town

T-Mobile's new home 5G offering is so new and important that we needed to make an exception. T-Mobile's ambitions are much bigger: near-nationwide, easy-to-install home internet for urban, suburban, and rural users alike.

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T-Mobile is promising average download speeds of at least 25Mbps, which isn't a lot, but it's the federal minimum for broadband. If that's your jam, T-Mobile's service might fall short. It's ultimately about the service plan.

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Installation and Billing

Setting up the modem, which comes with its SIM already installed, is extremely easy: You download an app on your phone, turn the modem on, and use the display on the top of the modem to find a location with good signal. There is no rental fee for the modem. The modem needs to be in a spot with strong T-Mobile signal. There are no obvious external antenna ports, but if you need better reception and you're a little handy, it's possible to open the modem and hook it up to a larger antenna from Waveform.

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T-Mobile's modem can operate as an 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6 hotspot. There are two functional Ethernet ports, along with a USB-C port and an RJ-11 phone jack. Bizarrely, you can have up to 12 total SSIDs on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

Very Basic Hardware

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Ping and VPNs

Ookla's ping times are as good as you're going to get with this technology. If you rely on sub-10ms pings for gaming or high-frequency trading, you'll need a 4G connection. PIA and OpenVPN had almost no effect on speeds.

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Not Revolutionary

T-Mobile offers 25Mbps internet for $60 per month with no contracts. The data speed is likely better than DSL, but it won't be as good as cable. The one big downside is that the Nokia modem T-Mobile uses isn't great.

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