Review: ZTE MC801 5G Indoor WiFi Router

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Recently, ZTE announced its 5G series products, including ZTE’s first industrial 5G module ZM9000 and the first 5G indoor CPE MC801.

ZTE MC801 5G Router Appearance and Design

From the first glance, you may not recognize the ZTE MC801 is a 5G wireless router. It looks more like a humidifier or an air cleaner. The design looks cool in white color. With its unique design, the runway-type streamline design ZTE MC801 won iF Design Award 2019. And it is also the industry’s smallest commercial 5G gateway router.

ZTE 5G indoor router also has superior heat dissipation capacity than the previous generation. With vertical chimney air duct design, aerodynamic self-accelerating heat dissipation, and built-in custom powerful radiator, it can increase heat dissipation efficiency by 10%.

On the front, there are seven indicators available under the ZTE logo, which can indicate the status of Network, SIM Card, WiFi and Power. On the back of the body, ZTE MC801 provides dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, a flexible connection of various types of wired devices, providing stable, high-speed, low-latency 5G network services for industrial applications. One of the GE ports is for both WAN and LAN. Under the GE Ports, one RJ11 telephone port is provide with the power plug port.

The ZTE MC801A router locates the SIM card slot at the bottom with the power on/off button. The model number ZTE MC801 and other information are also on the bottom label, including the model number MC801, IMEI Number, WLAN SSID & WiFi Key, Management IP address( & log in password, Made in China and manufacturer company. However, there is no connector for external 5G antenna in the ZTE MC801A Router.

ZTE MC801 5G indoor router Specifications

Powered on Qualcomm Snapdragon X50, it supports 100MHz ultra-wide bandwidth and max downlink rate of 2.8Gbps which enables consumers to enjoy ultra-fast 5G networks. While the competitor Huawei 5G CPE Pro supporting 5G SA/NSA dual-mode, the ZTE 5G router MC801 supports only NSA mode. It supports 5G NR bands on Sub6G n41, n77, n78, n79 with 4G LTE network compatible backward with support of LTE Cat20. ZTE MC801 5G CPE can provide dual-mode WiFi 2.4GHz and 5GHz with 4 x 4 MIMO technology. One of the hot features is supporting Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11ax), and allowing a maximum of 128 Wi-Fi users to access the 5G network at the same time.

Dimension 180x170x30mm
OS Linux



10Gigabit *1+1GE port RJ11*1 VoLTE



802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2.4GHz&5GHz max to 128 Wi-Fi users




5G NR+LTE EN-DC – Sub6G n41, n77, n78, n79

4G LTE Global FDD and TDD,600MHz~3.8GHz, CAT20

Data Rate LTE+5G EN-DC 2.82Gbps
Chipset Chipset
Communication Standard 3GPP Release 15
5G Speeds Maximum 5G download speed2.8 Gbps
WLAN Standard


WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz;

WiFi 802.11 a/n/ac/ax 5 GHz

WLAN Bands 2.4 GHz and 5GHz
Wi-Fi users 128 Wi-Fi devices at the same time
WLAN encryption standards WPA, WPA2, WPS
Gigabit LAN Yes
Network Ports


1 WAN / LAN GE port, 1 LAN GE port, one TEL port, 1 SIM card slot (Nano-SIM), 1 DC port
Button Power button, reset button
Cellular Antenna Ports 2 slots for external antenna with TS9
Led Indicator Phone/ Wi-Fi/ Power /Signal

Things you should know when buying ZTE MC801

Here now ZTE MC801 5G CPE is available for buy in some online stores such as And the price is 525.00USD. Many of the latest 5G terminals are at this price range.

Note: Before you buy this 5G router, you’d better check whether 5G coverage is available at your location and whether the ZTE MC801 supports the available 5G frequency bands, and then buy it if it suits.

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