Also known as the ZTE MF275R Rocket/Turbo/Smart Hub

User Reviews:


Canada: Rogers, Tbaytel, TELUS, Bell
US: U.S. Cellular


October 2015


  • 4G LTE Capable
  • Connect up to 20 devices
  • Up to 18 hours of standby
  • Keep your current number
  • Connect up to 2 home phone bases

Latest Reviews

0 Stars out of 5


Reviewed on Tuesday June 5, 2018 by , parklandcounty , alberta
Why a company can't make a device that actually works is beyond me, and yet people still buy it
5 Stars out of 5

It's A Deal On Rural Plan...

Reviewed on Sunday December 17, 2017 by , Northern Ontario (Sault East Rural)
Ok first off us users in the Algoma District of Sault Ste Marie rural areas benefit from the rural Internet plan imposed to provide more data at reasonable price from Bell. That said we are very impressed with the service this offers. The limitations of service are that we are capped at speeds of 5 megs down and 1 meg up. Thus it's imperative to turn off the LTE on the modem to properly receive the speeds. Otherwise the modem connects to LTE and users speeds drop to 2 megs down relative. Bell does not tell users this and it's somewhat tricky to do so but it consistently does improve speeds.
Also there's a wireless device 20 user connection limitation 10 on the 2.4ghz and 10 on the 5ghz bands which in my opinion is a clunky way to spoil the users experience really. That's like mom holding your hand when your 50 years old like she thinks your scared of anything new and you'll cry in despair because you trust everything they say as gospel cause they're always right. Wrong this limitation is some University of Waterloo intern that said I passed computer sciences and I'm better... Look at me as I implement this cracker jack script and destroy this beautiful devices user interface. Yea I'm better.

Otherwise the device and Bells service offering brought thousands of users in my rural area a much welcomed relief to have decent internet for a decent price so we are appreciative.
2 Stars out of 5

TELUS good ZTE not good

Reviewed on Saturday June 24, 2017 by , West of Edmonton
The ZTE device is ok on the WAN side for basic connectivity but as a home router it is terrible.

The Good: High sensitivity in low signal areas. Has external diversity antennas on the cellular side and external antennas can be attached.

Has a battery which is useful during power outages and when walking around looking for a good signal.

The BAD:
WAN connection information is often wrong. It appears to display 4G or LTE based on the band not on actual connection type so it will often say 4g when it actually is LTE. Signal strength in db shows for only some bands.

The unit does not power up automatically; you must press and hold the power button. Fun if you stuck it in the attic and the little battery dies during a power failure. Not a good thing for rural use.

Good luck getting it to play nicely with other devices like range extenders. Sometimes it just stops responding to lease requests. DMZ, port forwarding,and other normal features are unreliable or simply don't work. Be prepared for headaches if the basic wifi coverage is insufficent.

Security questions abound. WPS can not be disabled. The firmware appears to quite old and given the general flakiness of the device, I suspect there are unpatched linux and web server issues.

There is no BYOD service option as the service is tied to the IMEI of the router. This to prevent use of the sim in other devices.

For a consumer investment of $450, something much better should have been supplied. At $49 it would be a crap device at a crap price; at $450 it is almost extortion.
4 Stars out of 5

Antenna for ZTE Smart/Rocket Hub

Reviewed on Thursday April 20, 2017 by , Rural bc
I am in a barely 1 bar fringe area for using the ZTE as a cell signal bridge to Wifi for the Internet. I wanted to buy a booster, but at the current prices for the LTE 4G boosters I thought I would try just an antenna first. I bought a wide band Yagi antenna and hooked it up to replace one of the existing stubby antennas and found that it worked just fine without the booster, far better than my old Xplornet satellite service.
I did find though that turning off the built in WiFi and using my own Wifi Router also increased the data speeds. I suspect that since the ZTE uses the same antennas for cell and wifi spectrums creates too much noise, so just using the ZTE as a cell router and taking the Ethernet feed from the ZTE to my own router was much faster.
That means you are basically double "natting" your IP address, but that hasn't caused me any issues.
Overall I am very happy with device