T-Mobile Home Internet customer shares setup details and photos of router

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One week after announcing its Home Internet initiative, some T-Mobile customers have already received their setup kit.

Several photos and setup details of the T-Mobile Home Internet kit have been posted to Reddit by user Modesecond. We get to see T-Mo’s 4G LTE box from the front, back, and bottom. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen the T-Mobile Home Internet router, but the photos do give us a good look at the box from multiple angles in the real world. The photos also confirm that the router’s model number is TM-RTL0102.

The router came with a 4G LTE SIM card preinstalled, and Modesecond says that setup was “super easy”. The box is dual-band and has you set the SSID and password for each. T-Mobile offers apps for Android and iOS to help you manage your Wi-Fi networks, see the connection quality, view the devices connected to the router, and check your usage. You can also get support from T-Mobile customer care if you need it.

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When it comes to using the device, a speed test shows that the box got 86.84Mbps down and 17.29Mbps up with a 33ms ping, which is comparable to the speeds that Modesecond got with their Galaxy S10. Streaming 1080p video from YouTube is said to work well, and interestingly, the router software apparently lets you send and receive text messages. The T-Mobile Home Internet plan comes with unlimited data, but during times of congestion, T-Mo says you may get slower speeds due to data prioritization.

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T-Mobile’s Home Internet service is currently invitation-only, and T-Mo has said that it’s inviting customers in “rural and underserved markets.” Reddit user Modesecond says that they’re located 35 miles from Atlanta, GA in a subdivision with two home internet options: 6Mbps DSL or 70Mbps from Comcast.

Only a limited group of customers will get access to T-Mobile Home Internet, so it’s neat to see the router in real life and get hands-on info from someone that got into the pilot test. The service costs $50 per month with autopay and T-Mo says that it expects to offer speeds of around 50Mbps, but this particular user is getting a bit more than that.

Have you gotten into the T-Mobile Home Internet pilot test?

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  • Sharti24

    It Would be cool if there was some kind of signal booster built into it as well. Kinda like how the Sprint magic box boosts the cell signal in a house.

    • Wayde Philpot

      If you live in an area where this home internet service is available, you wouldn’t need a signal booster. You’d be in an area that has 600mhz which goes further and penetrates buildings better than any other frequency tmo uses.

      • Sharti24

        600mhz isnt some magic fairly dust that automatically gets signal everywhere, (even in buildings). It All Depends on how far the tower is located from your house

        • Trevnerdio

          That and a stationary, always plugged-in device like this is gonna have a much beefier antenna than a cell phone.

        • mikeZo6

          magic fairly dust LMAO NOW that’s funny

        • Sharti24

          Dang auto correct lol

      • mikeZo6

        Not True at all Tmo if u have great 4G LTE outside and as soon as u go inside No service or 1 bar see it all the time…

    • marque2

      I have a tmobile signal booster. I would bet they could accommodate.

    • Tony Yayo

      Why not just use wifi calling? I see no reason why it wouldn’t work through their internet service?

      • Sharti24

        Youre missing the point of a signal booster

      • matt

        i believe sprint was the last of 4 carriers to finally allow wifi calling. wifi calling has made signal amplifiers and Fem2cells obsolete .

  • AdamThodey

    i really live in the middle of no where – we don’t have DSL nor cable.. we have an option of Microwave internet from 2 different companies (one of which a neighbour started and the other has horrible customer service) and satellite. how do people who have access to comcast or other cable options for internet, get priority over those who really don’t have fast speeds and really live in the country?

    • Will

      Adam, this is basically an advanced testing group right now. They’re going to roll this out to various customers in various areas where they have coverage to see how this works in “real world” scenarios. I fully expect there are people like yourself who live where the options are similar to what you’re seeing where you live who are receiving units. This is just the first report I’ve seen from someone who has it. Give them time.

      • Android_God

        Oh I see ..
        TMobile wants to claim their Robinhood when it comes to being in front of Congress yet the reality is there giving the service to people who don’t need it? Got it!

        • Wayde Philpot

          There are many factors outside of just being in an area with limited home internet options. And keep in mind that tmo isn’t trying to screw anyone. These customers who are invited are like beta testers, but the difference here is that you essentially have to live in specific areas. Likely a place where tmo recently deployed new service using 600mhz spectrum. Just because someone lives in a rural area, has bad tmo coverage and or has limited home broadband options doesn’t automatically qualify or entitle you.

        • marque2

          I could use it Cox is charging me twice as much for similar service and while technically there is a DSL competitor AT&T is only offering 1999 speeds 756 kilobits per second.

          I have looked into Tmobile before because they have offered Internet for several years but they charge as I recall $25 for 10gigs of data a month and $10 more for each gig thereafter – it was something crazy like that.
          This is the first time it will be affordable

        • Sharti24

          You’re paying $100 month for 50mbps internet through Cox? Man you’re getting ripped off

        • marque2

          Well no, not any more. We quite Cox (50mb/s @ 79.99 plus a mystery $5 charge) for a few weeks and put it under my wife’s name, so we get the $29.99 promo for 20mb/s however that goes up to $49.99 in about 2 months when the promo is over.

          To be fair, if we purchased the $200 a month ultra cable TV package /w phone service, they would discount the rate by about half. I think some people here are paying $250 a month, seeing the primary Internet $30 on the bill, not noticing two or three mystery $5 charges and not considering the $200 of TV service is subsidizing the Internet and then bragging how low the Internet is.

        • meh…

          *they’re

    • Android_God

      EXACTLY!

    • Wayde Philpot

      There are other factors too. You have to be in a rural area where Tmobile has 600mhz spectrum (with capacity to support cellular and home internet subscribers). These will likely be areas in the Midwest where Tmobile has recently deployed service.

  • Punditator

    That’s fine speed for 2005.

    • blokeinusa

      That’s more speed than most people get. I’m in an urban area and can’t get those speeds at that price

      • Punditator

        I have to suffer through 950 both ways.

        • blokeinusa

          oh poor you

        • Android_God

          No one cares

        • Android_God

          How dismal is your life that you have to brag on an internet forum about your internet speeds?

        • Punditator

          Lighten up, Francis.

        • Android_God

          Oh. Ok

    • Android_God

      Sorry but they had 4K streaming in 2005? That is fine speed for streaming 4K

    • marque2

      That would be an almost impossible speed for 2005.

      • Punditator

        I had that in 2005ish.

        • Probablynot

          For $200+?

          Xfinity in the NW is ~$68 for 60mb/s w/out the annual call and cancel bluff. We need competition, they know who does and doesn’t have access to fiber and price accordingly, so not everyone can get 100+mb/s for less than $60 like in some cities. Also I’m sure a lot of people here would take a hit in speed just to tell Comcrap to “go play hide and go f yourself” (myself included).

        • Punditator

          It was 100. I lived in an area that had ATT and Comcast.

        • mausium

          “w/out the annual call and cancel bluff”

          That they stopped caring about as well, in general.

    • Pal

      If you lived in a rural area this is targeted for you would find this speed a revelation!

      • Punditator

        I get that, but it is barely adequate for 2019.

        • Pal

          I would have to pay $60/m to get 2mbs and it is only guaranteed to 75% speed. Or I could use a satellite with 2sec latency and pay a similar price with a low data cap. Rural adequacy is MUCH different than town/city adequacy. Maybe you can speak for yourself and not people like me.

        • Punditator

          And still, 50mbps is barely adequate for 2019.

    • riverhorse

      That’s what 4g can bear. 5g will allow a lot more.

  • riverhorse

    I wonder what the depriorization number is. It looks small enough to be easily portable– goodbye crappy/insecure/filtered road wifi. Take this, the Layer3 TV box, and a power brick anywhere–and you’re all set. A future combo router&TV box would be great.

    • ugp5

      I thought this was not allowed to travel?

      • Trevnerdio

        It isn’t, it probably has some kind of GPS location services to determine if you’re outside of your home.

        • riverhorse

          I’m thinking maybe for now they wouldn’t want weak areas overwhelmed, but once the country is turned on. ..

      • riverhorse

        You may be right. But It’s too great an advantage over competitors to give up. And it would allow a price premium rather than a price range to the bottom. Or just charge extra for mobility.
        It’s not like one could use the service in more than one place simultaneously.

  • Anthony

    Limitless-data.com has every carrier for home internet service

    • marque2

      Right – but even if you go through “other carriers” they are still using your phone or less often the cable company for the backbone. Only true way around using your telco or cable is Hugh’s satellite. But that is also very expensive.

      • Joe D Mullin

        Extremely expensive + I couldn’t connect my security cameras to the internet. I was paying almost $200 and running out of data within the first week. It then cost me $16 for every 2gigs after that. Ouch!!

  • Koolme666

    probably good for people who can only get DSL in their area, the upload is good, i have charter so i only get 10 upload, but the data throttling would suck.

    • JJ

      The throttling only happens when the network is being overwhelmed and in most of the areas this is aimed at will rarely be congested. If it does happen it could be bad or it could be ok still. I’m on an older tmobile plan that gets throttled when 2 things happen, i reach 56gb AND in a congested area. When i do get throttled it goes down to about 10mbps which has only happened once for about 15 minutes until i left the area.

  • Android_God

    70Mbps from Comcast is available and T-Mobile calls this an underserved area? Really?

    • Albert Orange

      I am sure Comcast has data caps and will gladly charge you for overages or an unlimited data add-on.

      • Android_God

        That’s beside the point of all of this.

      • Berzerker

        That’s not the point. He has multiple options for carriers unlike some of the people in actual rural places with only satellite internet or <5Mbps service available. This area isn't underserved.

      • Plow Rox

        Anyone that has had comcast in the past, and attempted to use the “high speed internet” they offered /sarcasm. Would agree they blow chunks!

        • Trevnerdio

          Idunno, I don’t like Comcast as much as the next guy, but I get 300mbps all day every day on my 250 plan. Can’t really complain about that

    • Kurt Schultz

      That’s 70 for the entire neighborhood not per account

      • Trevnerdio

        No, it’s per account. It’s their 60mbps plan that’s overprovisioned so you get about 70.

    • JJ

      When you own a cell carrier business you can decide then where you think your service should be…

      • BobbieDooley

        In case you haven’t connected the dots, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are all looking at CenturyLink’s entire territory, which has ZERO upgrade path except to ignore their non-B2B customerbase.

    • Ben Jones

      That’s just the “up to” speed. You won’t get that consistently. When there’s a storm and everyone in your neighborhood goes online to check the radar, your speed will drop dramatically. Been there. Done that. There’s only so far Comcast can go with their 20th century copper wires.

  • marque2

    Slight correction. Tmobile has had home internet for years but it is very expensive and quite limited. This would be the first time Tmobile has internet service at competitive prices with cable.

  • ugp5

    Any thoughts on when a NR71 version of this box appears?

  • Red

    Oh gawd please. I live in an area where I pay over $70 for “up to” 10 megs down, which usually means about 6-7. And that’s the best available without ridiculous data caps. T-Mobile would make me VERY happy if I could get the kind of connectivity this guy has.

  • Mschmal

    Can’t wait to see what the 5g serivce and the TV service looks like. I want freedom from the Xfinity overlords! My cable bill is over $200!

    • Joe D Mullin

      When I stream videos on TV, there is no buffering at all. I used to connect my phone to the TV by HDMI cable, but this home internet is twice as fast.

  • Jason

    Wow, if it becomes available in my area I may make the switch! 50 bucks for 4G LTE is pretty close to what we have in the Des Moines IA area today. If the price is the same for 5G definitely will take a look for sure. I think 5G will be a couple years in my area though.

  • Stanislaus Zbyszko

    This can’t be good with more than a couple of people on the Internet at the same time.

    • meh…

      My awful home Comcast speed is much slower and its acceptable with 3 people and tons of devices on the network. I’m sure that speed is just fine with 5 or 6 people, maybe more.

      • Stanislaus Zbyszko

        I’m just thinking about the broadband aspect of 4G not being as broad as a cable internet pipe. 5G is though.

        • Joe D Mullin

          I understand your thoughts on this. I had that same concern, but I have my TV connected at all times and stream movies, my cell phone is using it all the time I am at home, and I have 10 security cameras streaming motion-triggered videos up a lot, I have my PC on all the time with background connection to the internet, and my wife has her PC on all the time as well as her cell phone. I check the speed regularly and have never had less than 47 Mbs — so far. I am surprised. We do about 80 to 100 gb per month. In fact, most of the time, I get 60 to 70 Mbs.

  • Pal

    ARRRGGG!! I want one!

  • DC Miller

    ATT 4G LTE available in your area? I live in the middle of farm country and use ATT data plan, unlimited data, no caps or other B.S. and get 35-50mbps. I pay $29.99 a month auto pay.
    Router allows up to 32 devices, got that from Amazon and sim card and ATT sign up on eBay.

    • Sharti24

      Att offers an unlimited data hotspot plan for $30 a month? Wow

      • bobjr94

        Tmobile use to offer an add-on that included unlimited hotspot and hd video streaming. They stopped selling it to new customers but we still have it and have used over 700gb in a month and 300-500 on average. No throttling or issues. Much faster and more reliable then dsl

        • Joe D Mullin

          Same here. I have tried about all of the satellite companies and I was paying close to $200 for 16 Gb of data. T-Mobile came out with the 55 or older plan with unlimited data and we never looked back. No throttling or downtimes. This home internet is better than I have ever had before. Almost too good to last. lol

    • Dr. Poopsnuglet

      I smell BS. I believe any ATT hotspot has a cap of 1 tb.

  • Glenn Gore

    BIGTIME props to T-Mobile for launching this service! For those in rural areas and small towns, whose only option for broadband service is the horrible, expensive, and laggy HughesNet service, this is a godsend, IF they have access to a fully-deployed, fully provisioned with backhaul, T-Mobile 4G LTE signal. Of course, not every T-Mobile site has enough backhaul or spectrum installed to make the service viable, but hopefully they are working on that, because this should be deployed nationwide, and by that word I mean EVERYWHERE.

    • Mike Smith

      If you live in a rural area, you’re not going get good service. Move and quit complaining.

      • Glenn Gore

        That’s really constructive, thanks a lot. I do live in a rural area and am receiving 80 Mbps data via Band 71 and Band 2 LTE+ on my cellphone from T-Mobile, which is more than I could get from ANY other carrier here. T-Mobile does not have fiber installed at each and every site, it is run to a central site and data is transmitted via microwave to outlying sites. This is a common T-Mobile practice across the country, it keeps costs lower not having to run fiber to each site but still providing fast data service to their customers. All of this is new construction done in the past couple of years. This part of the state was among the very first areas in the nation where that Band 71 was deployed by T-Mobile, so T-Mobile is evidently putting their spectrum to maximum use and is providing good data service right now, so this additional service would be great. So much for your pronouncement.

      • David D

        Move or stop complaining? Not really an option for a lot of people, you just sound like a TROLL, how about don’t let the door hit ya!

        • Mike Smith

          Really? Some people don’t have the option of not complaining?!

          If you live in the south it’s gonna be hot, if you live in the north it’s gonna be cold, if you live in a city there’s gonna be traffic, and if you live in a rural area you’ll miss out on culture, food, entertainment, and fast internet. If you don’t like any of these things MOVE.

        • David D

          Well, you have the option to stfu and not complain about what others complain about, but that doesn’t seem to shut you up.

        • Mike Smith

          As do you troll, as do you. ;)

    • Mike Smith

      I wonder about the backhaul… if it’s fiber it almost certainly does have enough or can be turned up. Anyone know what percentage of sites are fiber?

      • OMW2FYG

        All LTE site’s are supported by fiber. The issue is that cellular carries usually only order a small circuit from a fiber carrier (100mg to 1gb). Since they’re rural area cellular companies don’t order dark fiber, they only buy what they need. Once they order 1gb the next jump is to 2.5-10gb and the cost is quite substantial. But if they find a tower is being grossly over subscribed they may pay for the upgrade.

  • Sharti24

    I wonder if tmobile would allow this to be used at a camp site (over the summer) or if it is strictly for the address the account is registered to.

    • SecretStatePolice

      It would stink if you really did live in a broadband-starved area,
      but you’re on a family plan and your plan’s ‘home’ address is in a well-served city, because that’s where Dad lives and where he opened the account.

  • Clifton K. Morris

    Looks similar to Apple’s Airport. I wonder if customers may be confused what it is, and if it infringes on Apple’s Trade Dress.

    • JStatt

      By being a white square? Doubt it. Apple doesn’t sell it anymore anyway.

  • sean

    And I’m guessing if you use more than 500Gb a month your service will be terminated?

    • bobjr94

      I don’t think so, I’ve used 700gb in one month using tmobile with a cellphone hotspot. We have an unlimited hotspot with hd video streaming add-on. But they stopped offering that deal once they started selling full internet plans.

      • cynthiaallenschenk

        I had that plan “One” at 147.00 for 2 lines. Too expensive. I switched to home internet and the magenta plus unlimited..i will scale down to the Unlimited 55 at 70.00 plus my 50.00 and I have reduced my spend to 120.00 from 147.00 for a lot more data

  • Ben Jones

    My household’s Verizon subscription ran out a couple years ago, prices continue to climb and we NEVER use the DVR or wireline telephone. SO, when we got the invitation to join T-Mobile Home Internet for $50 per month we jumped at it. No contract, no equipment fees, no hassle to set up. We just hooked the T-Mo router up to our existing Linksys Velop wireless mesh network and disabled the built-in wireless. Setup took 10 minutes, tops.

    The T-Mo router doesn’t need any sort of signal booster or tricky positioning (like, by a window or some nonsense). We have ours in the middle of the first floor of our 1970’s cinderblock condo and have no reception problems.

    Speeds are advertised at 50Mbps down, 10 up. In practice, we’re consistently getting download speeds of 70-80 and uploads of 20-30. For $50 per month instead of over $200, I’ll take it. Big speed improvements have been promised by 2021 at the latest, more likely sooner since I’ve seen peak speeds already of 100Mbps on our existing service.

    There are also no data caps. It’s all-you-can-eat, no throttling.

    Cord. Cut.

  • cynthiaallenschenk

    If you are over 55 make sure to check for the Magenta plans. Then combine with a hot spot. I have been using our phone as the hot spot but am told this stand alone is faster than using the S7 as my hot spot. Combined I will save 20.00 to 40.00 per month. just agreed to the 30 days free trial. We use 70 to 100 GB per month