Netgear Router for Sprint Spark Is a Welcome Alternative

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2014-08-15

The Netgear LTE Gateway 6100D fixed wireless router from Sprint can offer a second option for high-speed Internet access to people who want to look beyond the single ISPs serving their neighborhoods. Equipped with a 3G/4G LTE modem and able to take advantage of the Sprint Spark network—which uniquely ties together three bands of wireless spectrum, uses 2.5GHz radio heads created for the purpose and makes optimum use of Sprint's tricky spectrum holdings—the Gateway 6100D can support a small office of users or a busy household. In testing, I found the speeds to be great—it was easy to forget I wasn't using my Time Warner Cable service plugged into an Apple modem. But the router depends on two large antennas to pull down Long Term Evolution (LTE) signals, which sent me a little nervously searching the Internet for the latest reports on the health impacts of LTE and radiation. And while the router's speeds make it possible to stream an HD movie from Netflix, be prepared for such an endeavor to take a bite out your monthly data allotment (Sprint offers plans from 100MB for $14.99 a month to 12GB for $79.99.) A perfect option, then? Not quite. But it sure is a welcome one.


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