TELUS good ZTE not good
Reviewed on Saturday June 24, 2017 by Morgana, 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.
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.