TCL LINKHUB and LINKZONE 5G CPEs launch to offer new, high-speed options to the mobile broadband world
Not long after 5G's formal inception, its proponents began to talk up the potential of its hypothetically enhanced data-transfer speeds as a viable alternative to sources of broadband internet such as fiber-optics, particularly in areas out of reach of that kind of infrastructure.
More OEMs are clearly becoming convinced by this concept, often known as fixed wireless access (FWA) or 5G mobile broadband - TCL included, as its Broadband World Forum 2022 (October 15-17, 2022) showcase introduces 3 new CPE units that support 5G.
The LINKHUB HH512 is rated for download speeds of up to 3.47 gigabits per second (Gb/s) thanks to its sub-6GHz connectivity. Alternatively, the quasi-conical tower-like device also supports dual-band Wi-Fi 6 at up to 5.4Gb/s.
The LINKHUB HH512L might have a very similar name; however, it has a very different form-factor (more traditionally router-like, albeit without antenna), as well as different specs. It has additional SA/NSA 5Gsupport and has Wi-Fi 6E instead for reduced "signal interference and latency", albeit at a top rated speed of 3.6Gb/s.
Therefore, they might start appearing in homes poorly served by conventional high-speed internet, presuming carriers take them up in the near future. What if you want to carry your source of 5G around with you wherever you go, though?
The LINKZONE 5G MW513 might be a better option in these cases. It is a "stylish, pocket-sized device" with an in-built battery rated for up to 12 hours of cable-free use per charge. It supports the same 5G specs as the HH512, although its Wi-Fi 6E mode has a maximum "downlink speed" of 4.11Gb/s.
The MW513 is intended to ship in North America from the fourth quarter of 2022 (4Q2022), whereas the HH512 is available in the EMEA region from now, to be joined there by the HH512L in 4Q2022.