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Zyxel NR5103 EE 5G Router

The Zyxel NR5103 is the high speed 5G Router that is currently being offered by EE as their rebadged home and office 5G router.

As well as providing high speed 5G Internet using the embedded 5GF modem, along with high speed LAN and WiFi, the main advantage of the Zyxel NR5103 router is that is has 4 x external antenna adapters (TS9) which means that you can easily add an outdoor or directional 5G Antenna to help with the 5G signal reception.  This external antenna connection is ideal when the router is located indoors where there is a poor signal and there is a much better outdoor signal.  A High Gain Outdoor 5G Antenna can be installed and the cables run to the router.  Having 4 x TS( connectors on the rear of the router also means that the use of a 4×4 MiMo 5G antenna is viable giving users more flexibility in the choice of external antennas including the use of popular 4×4 MIMO antennas.  However, the Zyxel NR5103 5G router still uses TS9 connectors so many external antennas will require TS9 to SMA adapters.

Lightning-fast internet connectivity

The Zyxel NR5103 supports 5G NR DL speeds of 4.67 Gbps* and 4G LTE DL speeds of up to 1.6 Gbps*. Wide-spectrum bandwidth accelerates internet speed and reduces network latency for premium and time-sensitive mobile broadband services.

WiFi 6 (11ax) technology for superior performance and coverage with WiFi 6 and EasyMesh R2 certification

Compliant with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) standard, the Zyxel NR5103 offers speeds of up to 3.6 Gbps with 4×4 UL/DL MU-MIMO. With the uplink MU-MIMO, Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), and beamforming technologies, the NR5103 delivers premium speed for multi-streaming data access. Along with the WiFi 6 and EasyMesh R2 certification, the NR5103 empowers service providers to deliver an optimal WiFi experience without dead zones.

Strengthen your competitive edge with Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)

Deploying NR5103 as part of FWA allows you to extend your 4G/5G service coverage into subscribers’ homes and workplaces without extra wire infrastructure. This secures the TCOs and increases business revenue by supporting a larger number of subscribers with a premium fixed-grade connection.

SA/NSA dual-mode compliant

The Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) compliant architecture of NR5103 improves your operational efficiency during 5G migration, accelerating your 5G service rollouts.

Remote management and upgrade

Through the 4G/5G radio interface, the NR5103 supports TR-069, and remote GUI to be fully configurable. Firmware Over-The-Air (FOTA) support enables remote firmware upgrades and troubleshooting through events triggered by the operators.

Easy network setup and management with Zyxel Air

The NR5103 comes with a subscriber app – Zyxel Air. The intuitive user interface of Zyxel Air provides your customers with the necessary assistance from device setup to routine management, minimizing service calls while enhancing user satisfaction.

External Antenna Connectivity

The Zyxel NR5103 5G Router has the advantage of having 4 x TS( external antenna connectors on the rear of the router.  This means that you can connect an external 5G Antenna which is ideal if your 5G router is installed indoors where there is a poor 5G network signal, but there is a much better 5G signal outdoors.

Because the NR5103 5G router has 4 x external antenna connectors you can use a high gain omni-directional or directional 4×4 MiMo 5G antenna to get the fastest 5G network connection speeds possible.

Many Outdoor 5G antennas will be supplied with SMA antenna connectors so you will need to check the antenna connectors when you purchase your 5G antenna and if needed also purchase 4 x TS9 to SMA adapters so you can connect your high gain 5G antenna to the Zyxel NR5103 5G router.

A good example DWMM4-6-60-5SP 5G Antennaof a 4×4 MiMo 5G Antenna is the Panorama DWMM4-6-60-5SP Omni-=Directional, outdoor MiMo 4×4 5G antenna which is pre-terminated with 4 x 5m long cables with SMA male connectors.

You can see from the picture below that the Zyxel 5G router has the 4 x TS9 antenna connections on the rear of the router together with a slider switch that lets you select between using the external antenna of switch back to using the internal antennas.

Zyxel NR5103 TS9 antenna connections

4G Emergency Services Network Announced

 The Spending Review and Autumn Statement was delivered to Parliament today and included £1 billion to be spent on 4G communications for the police and other emergency services. Known as ESN (Emergency Services Network) the new 4G network is designed to allow police officers and other emergency services personnel to undertake more tasks away from … Read More

EE Launches Wearable 4G Camera

EE has released the world’s first wearable 4G camera, which is known as the 4GEE Capture Cam. The device, which is part of a growing range of 4G devices launched by EE as it embraces the Internet of Things, is available immediately for both consumers and small businesses, and makes an ideal Christmas gift. The … Read More

4G Boosts Public Service Efficiency

During 2015 EE has worked with a variety of public services to deploy 4G solutions that address specific pressures and enable services to be delivered more efficiently. EE has been working with emergency services, the NHS, and social housing providers to provide a range of 4G solutions including Connected Vehicle, 4G Rapid Site, and Connected … Read More

EE Launches the Robin – a 4G Tablet for Kids

In time to meet the pre-Christmas demand for children’s tablets EE has launched the Robin, the world’s first 4G connected tablet designed with kids in mind. The Robin follows EE’s pattern of naming its own-brand devices after birds, including the Osprey, the Eagle, and the Rook, and was released today, 23rd October, in selected stores … Read More

Which UK City has the Best 4G?

Rootmetrics has used the results of its network tests to determine which UK cities delivered the best (and worst) 4G speeds, reliability, and overall performance during the first half of 2015. It compared 16 cities in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to find out which city’s residents were getting the best deal from their … Read More

Vodafone Offers Netflix to 4G Customers

Vodafone UK has renewed its mobile partnership deal with Internet TV network Netflix, meaning Vodafone’s customers will be able to access the service when they sign up to certain 4G bundles. Vodafone customers who sign up to Vodafone Red Value, SIM Only or Red + Sharer Bundles will get between six months’ and two years’ … Read More

4G Lacking in Public Sector

Vodafone UK has commissioned a YouGov survey to determine the extent to which Britain’s public sector frontline workers are equipped with 4G connectivity, and has discovered that they are missing out on the opportunities that super-fast mobile internet can bring. The study revealed fewer than one in ten public sector frontline workers are currently using … Read More

Ofcom Report Shows 4G Surge

4G uptake has accelerated in the past year according to Ofcom’s annual Communications Market Report, which states that during 2014 4G subscriptions soared from 2.7 million to 23.6 million. What are 4G users doing? The Ofcom report provides an insight into what 4G mobile users are doing compared with 3G users, and suggests that they … Read More

4GEE Mobile Living Index Snapshot

Leading 4G network EE regularly compiles Mobile Living Index reports to show the impact of 4G on its customers’ lives and what people are using 4G for. The network has recently released a Mobile Living Index Snapshot for the first half of 2015 to show how EE customers are using 4G to listen to the … Read More

Glastonbury: The Ultimate 4G Festival

Revellers at this year’s Glastonbury festival experienced the most connected festival experience yet courtesy of EE, the event’s official technology and communications partner. A temporary 4G network – the largest in the world – was constructed by the EE special projects team in the run up to the festival. 4G Data Use at Glastonbury With … Read More