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Nori7

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You’re the first person I’ve come across who’s shared their experience on the new router. I’m moving to a new flat which isn’t covered by Openreach Fibre and 5GEE is the only viable solution for fast internet (No 3 or Vodafone options either) so I’d love to pick your brain a bit. I’m not very technical and my knowledge on networking is very limited haha.

What is the range like?

I know it has a battery but I assume you can leave it plugged in all the time without any issues? (thinking about overheating)

Is it possible to disable the WiFi from the router? Reason I ask is if the range isn’t great I’d like to use a mesh system (something like the Deco M4).

Do you (or anyone else on here) know if it would even be possible to set up a mesh system with it? I’ve got one set up at my parents house with an OpenReach Modem but I suspect for the 5GEE router it’s just plug and play as it doesn’t support modem only mode. I know double Nat will be an issue but the only device it would impact would be my PS5 which I was hoping to connect to the LAN Port of the 5GEE router and then use the WiFi from the mesh for wireless devices.

Hi, im not the best at this stuff but I can give your questions a go.

In terms of range, I haven't had any problems. I live in roughly a 550sq ft flat with several rooms and had good connection in all of them. If it does become an issue you can always use an extender or run a network cable to the device you are using. (The router has two LAN ports at the back). I actually run a cable from the router to my PS4 and had zero problems.

In regards to the battery, I was previously using one of the pocket sized 4G routers for about 18 months, constantly plugged in and it would get warm but it never effected performance or stopped working. With this new router, its a lot bigger and has ventilation holes etc, so I'm sure they've designed it for constant use. I wouldn't worry about over heating.

Im not familiar with the mesh system you mentioned but I know the router has an internal/external switch at the back. Internal obviously uses the internal antenna and ext will switch to whatever you have plugged in. The four connectors at the back are TS9, if you plan on plugging an antenna in.
 

baguar

Member
You’re the first person I’ve come across who’s shared their experience on the new router. I’m moving to a new flat which isn’t covered by Openreach Fibre and 5GEE is the only viable solution for fast internet (No 3 or Vodafone options either) so I’d love to pick your brain a bit. I’m not very technical and my knowledge on networking is very limited haha.

What is the range like?

I know it has a battery but I assume you can leave it plugged in all the time without any issues? (thinking about overheating)

Is it possible to disable the WiFi from the router? Reason I ask is if the range isn’t great I’d like to use a mesh system (something like the Deco M4).

Do you (or anyone else on here) know if it would even be possible to set up a mesh system with it? I’ve got one set up at my parents house with an OpenReach Modem but I suspect for the 5GEE router it’s just plug and play as it doesn’t support modem only mode. I know double Nat will be an issue but the only device it would impact would be my PS5 which I was hoping to connect to the LAN Port of the 5GEE router and then use the WiFi from the mesh for wireless devices.
I'm in exactly the same situation as you - we're moving this weekend and there's no available fibre in the area. So I've gone with EE 5G as they're the only 5G service in town.

I don't believe this device has a battery so I think it is mains powered the whole time. It's quite big so I don't think heating will be an issue and should be designed to run 24/7.

I also have a Deco M4 mesh wireless system which I will be looking to plug into the router. I'm not too fussed about double NAT (as I do that currently with my BT SmartHub).

The admin UI on the router does let you disable the onboard WiFi if needed. I can't see any option to run in bridge mode though but I haven't looked too closely. Will have a squizz when the dust settles from the move.

I'm moving at the weekend so will let you know how the EE router and the Deco mesh behaves themselves!

Cheers.
 

Pandapolice

Member
I'm in exactly the same situation as you - we're moving this weekend and there's no available fibre in the area. So I've gone with EE 5G as they're the only 5G service in town.

I don't believe this device has a battery so I think it is mains powered the whole time. It's quite big so I don't think heating will be an issue and should be designed to run 24/7.

I also have a Deco M4 mesh wireless system which I will be looking to plug into the router. I'm not too fussed about double NAT (as I do that currently with my BT SmartHub).

The admin UI on the router does let you disable the onboard WiFi if needed. I can't see any option to run in bridge mode though but I haven't looked too closely. Will have a squizz when the dust settles from the move.

I'm moving at the weekend so will let you know how the EE router and the Deco mesh behaves themselves!

Cheers.
What are the odds haha! I’m moving in 2 weeks so would be great to hear your experience! Yeah please do update us when you can after settling in. Good to know WiFi can be disabled using the GUI, EE kept giving conflicting information when I asked them.

All the best for the move, hope it goes smoothly 😁
 

Pandapolice

Member
Hi, im not the best at this stuff but I can give your questions a go.

In terms of range, I haven't had any problems. I live in roughly a 550sq ft flat with several rooms and had good connection in all of them. If it does become an issue you can always use an extender or run a network cable to the device you are using. (The router has two LAN ports at the back). I actually run a cable from the router to my PS4 and had zero problems.

In regards to the battery, I was previously using one of the pocket sized 4G routers for about 18 months, constantly plugged in and it would get warm but it never effected performance or stopped working. With this new router, its a lot bigger and has ventilation holes etc, so I'm sure they've designed it for constant use. I wouldn't worry about over heating.

Im not familiar with the mesh system you mentioned but I know the router has an internal/external switch at the back. Internal obviously uses the internal antenna and ext will switch to whatever you have plugged in. The four connectors at the back are TS9, if you plan on plugging an antenna in.
Thank you so much that’s been really helpful! 😁 Have the antenna’s made much of a difference since you first started using them or is still pretty much the same?
 

jcamain

Member
Just realised how new these posts are, so probably still being tested out in all the house moves! Has anyone tried the 5GEE Router yet with a mesh system? I'm using Google Wifi throughout the house with a 4GEE sim only contract and a Netgear LTE router in bridge mode, with three Google units, one plugged directly into the router and the others using mesh. I could really do with moving to 5G as we finally have it - So options are get the 5GEE Router and hope I can plug it in and it will work with Google Wifi (turn off Wifi and plug in the ethernet plug and hey presto), or get a Sim only 5G card and buy the latest and greatest Netgear M5 Router which should work in Bridge mode - think money wise it's much of a muchness over time, I've done a little bit of googling and nothing is clear, so great to find someone who actually has the 5GEE Router .. I'm also going to get someone I know who has a 5G phone contract to the house just to make sure that the 5G is working and check the strength of the signal and speed!
 

baguar

Member
Just realised how new these posts are, so probably still being tested out in all the house moves! Has anyone tried the 5GEE Router yet with a mesh system? I'm using Google Wifi throughout the house with a 4GEE sim only contract and a Netgear LTE router in bridge mode, with three Google units, one plugged directly into the router and the others using mesh. I could really do with moving to 5G as we finally have it - So options are get the 5GEE Router and hope I can plug it in and it will work with Google Wifi (turn off Wifi and plug in the ethernet plug and hey presto), or get a Sim only 5G card and buy the latest and greatest Netgear M5 Router which should work in Bridge mode - think money wise it's much of a muchness over time, I've done a little bit of googling and nothing is clear, so great to find someone who actually has the 5GEE Router .. I'm also going to get someone I know who has a 5G phone contract to the house just to make sure that the 5G is working and check the strength of the signal and speed!
This router seems quite locked down by EE, so there really aren't many configuration options unfortunately.

I can't see any way of enabling Bridge mode, so if that's absolutely needed for your use case, then perhaps look elsewhere. I currently have a Deco M4 mesh with the 5GEE wireless disabled. Yes this does then have double NAT, but I don't personally have any issues running this way for my circumstances. YMMV of course!

I haven't had a lot of time yet to play around with positioning the device for best reception (2 adults WfH and 2 kids after school hours means people screaming at me if I keep unplugging it :D).

(apologies if I don't use the correct terminology here, I'm new to this game)
I seem to be at an intersection between 2 EE towers - the closest one with the strongest signal doesn't seem to have as many bands available:
Cell ID:7398401
RSRP:-80 dBm
RSSI:-70 dBm
Bands: B3,B3,B7,B7

Speedtest results vary but the best I've seen is around 200 down/40 up.

I can also just about pickup another tower that has more bands but with a weaker signal.
Cell ID: 6777363
Bands: B1,B7,B3,B7,n78
RSRP:-100 dBm
RSSI:-90 dBm

Should I be looking to try and get the best connection to that 2nd tower then? Speedtest is around 80/10 that I've seen.

Annoyingly the 5GEE router seems to want to connect to the 2nd tower over the first tower, even though the signal is a lot weaker. I.e. the spot I've found with the best reception for the 1st tower is where it also picks up the 2nd tower, and the router flips over to that 2nd tower after a while (at slower ultimate speeds). Is there a way to get it to not do this? I assume it's because it's got the n78 channel available?

Will update as I investigate a bit more!
 

dabigm

Top Member
is the router unlocked ? (gonna guess it's not)
 

Arcadeez

Member
I'm in exactly the same situation as you - we're moving this weekend and there's no available fibre in the area. So I've gone with EE 5G as they're the only 5G service in town.

I don't believe this device has a battery so I think it is mains powered the whole time. It's quite big so I don't think heating will be an issue and should be designed to run 24/7.

I also have a Deco M4 mesh wireless system which I will be looking to plug into the router. I'm not too fussed about double NAT (as I do that currently with my BT SmartHub).

The admin UI on the router does let you disable the onboard WiFi if needed. I can't see any option to run in bridge mode though but I haven't looked too closely. Will have a squizz when the dust settles from the move.

I'm moving at the weekend so will let you know how the EE router and the Deco mesh behaves themselves!

Cheers.
Hi Baguar,
Thank you for your information.
I am looking for a 5G home broadband to replace my super slow home broadband (11-18Mb/s).
I also have own AX router, and I look forward to your update (if you have any new finding (I imagine new firmware may enable the bridge mode?) that if the EE's 5GEE router has bridge mode or not, so that I can go ahead to subscribe the service.
Thanks in advance.
Cheers!
 
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