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Mr Choo

Pro Member
Links in the device go to three.ie
Works fine and came with the external aerials too.
 

The Wee Bear

ULTIMATE Member
My rabbit ears made not a bit of difference. :rolleyes:
 

Mr Choo

Pro Member
They make 2 to 3db of difference with the 535 I'm using just now in this location and better speeds. Positioning the ears and the router is a pain. 24 miles (cellmapper) from the mast though! I'm blind to the nearest mast. Not tried the 818 here. In the other location where I use a 818 the aerials can actually make things worse on a 525/535. There I can see the mast from points in the garden.
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
I pulled the plug on my B535, I didn’t really need to use it anymore. I do get it put from time to time tho to tinker about with or to answer questions people put about them on here.
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
It appears they aren't banned
I think ZTE is as banned as Huawei in US/UK.

They may have just got a better deal from ZTE , who knows.
Screenshot_2021-07-01-07-30-00-258_com.microsoft.emmx.jpg
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
Seems like an excellent 4G router on paper. If it supports bridge mode it would be excellent.
It's not Huawei though which tbh is putting me off getting one.
 

JitteryPinger

ULTIMATE Member
It's not Huawei though which tbh is putting me off getting one.
Personally I would preffer something different but if different is ZTE or Alcatel then I remain distanced.

To be honest though, its good to see Three update the 4G option to something with good support for networks, would be a worthy upgrade or punt for some, specially with the no contract options remaining.
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
I'll try to find out exactly what it is from Three.
Ask them to send me one as I'd like to try it...... Or is that too much to ask 😆
 

The Wee Bear

ULTIMATE Member
Here's a short unboxing of the router if it's of any interest to anyone folks.

ZTE MF286R

£109 on Amazon.
 

GavinAshford

ULTIMATE Member
The only reason I'm not convinced it's the MF286D is that cacombos has it down as the 268D supports B28 and B38, whereas Three's technical info says that their new router doesn't list B28 or B38, but B32 instead.

cacombos for MF2876D:
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Three (assuming 80 should actually be just 8)
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Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
Surprisingly, Three have said they can't tell me the exact model or make of the router because it's "commercially sensitive" :). Bit silly for a piece of hardware that's on public display. So I guess we need somebody with the kit to have a direct look at it.
 

TTJJ

ULTIMATE Member
It could be because they've used a heavily customised firmware version?

Vodafone used to (or maybe still do) on their hardware had it's own Vodafone model number and branding, plus the firmware was entirely Vodafone's and had no resemblance to the actual (Huawei, Alcatel etc) web interface.

The router specifications seem excellent. I'm waiting for someone else here to jump first and report back about it before I jump in. I've just bought a house I won't be living in for a while and I want to put 4G internet into it to run some cameras. Not looking for anything expensive and performance shouldn't be much of an issue so it would be a good option.
 

GavinAshford

ULTIMATE Member
The router specifications seem excellent. I'm waiting for someone else here to jump first and report back about it before I jump in. I've just bought a house I won't be living in for a while and I want to put 4G internet into it to run some cameras. Not looking for anything expensive and performance shouldn't be much of an issue so it would be a good option.
For £59 (1month at £29 + £30 upfront) half tempted to see what it offers myself, though I'd bet that it'll be SIM locked and customised firmware (reduced functionality).

Go-on be the guinea pig :p
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
For £59 (1month at £29 + £30 upfront) half tempted to see what it offers myself, though I'd bet that it'll be SIM locked and customised firmware (reduced functionality).

Go-on be the guinea pig :p
I'll see if I can get my hands on one
 
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