WiFiX NEXQ6GO Cellular Router
The WiFiX NEXQ6GO cellular router is the newest router and comes with our WiFiX version of GoldenOrb firmware preinstalled on the router.
Note: The NEXQ6GO has a different architecture than the WE826-T2. The NEXQ6GO uses the Qualcomm Atheros QCA9533 v2 where the WE826-T2 uses the MediaTek MT7620A chip. While similar in appearance, they are two different routers and the WiFiX firmware for each of these routers ARE NOT compatible with the other.
The NEXQ6GO and WiFiX firmware were designed to produce a moderately more stable 2.4GHz WiFi component with a noticeable increase in throughput–a theoretical transmission rate of 300Mbps.
We are offering two versions of the NEXQ6GO, the NEXQ6GO-U and the NEXQ6GO-M. This will help our customers from having to separately order different pigtails in order to use a modem with a different type of connector ports.
The “U” version is equipped with U.FL connector pigtails for use on a Mini PCI-E modem (i.e., MC7455, EC25-AF, EP06-A…).
The “M” version is equipped with MHF4 connector pigtails for installing a M.2 modem (i.e., EM7565, EM7511, EM12-G, EM06-A….). A Mini PCI-E to M.2 adapter is required for a M.2 modem (see below).
The NEXQ6GO is a router and requires a modem for cellular internet. See below for different modem options.
Please refer to our Tutorial for instructions configuring the WiFiX firmware/software for cellular service.
NOTE: Cellular service providers may require activating a specific data plan to use on a cellular internet device. The carriers are constantly updating and/or modifying existing cellular plans. It is the customer’s sole responsibility to assure a compatible cellular plan is available prior to purchasing cellular related components.
POWER ADAPTER AND UPGRADE OPTION:
Our WiFiX NEXQ6GO routers include a 2 Amp Power Adapter after determining that 1 Amp is insufficient when using the Sierra Wireless MC7455 modem under load–which may result in both WiFi and service disconnection issues.
We strongly recommend upgrading to our top quality 12V 2.5A (30W) power adapter when using the Sierra Wireless and/or Quectel CAT12/CAT20 modems. The importance of providing adequate power to the router and its modem must not be underestimated.
The SIM card slot on the router uses a Standard sized SIM card, and a SIM Card Adapter Kit may be also be required. See installation tips below to avoid damaging the SIM Card slot.
The NEXQ6GO (“M” & “U“) is equipped with a single Mini PCI-E modem slot which allows modem installation without additional hardware.
When installing a M.2 form modem into a Mini PCI-E modem slot, a Mini PCI-E to M.2 Key B adapter MUST be used (with or without optional SIM Card slot).
Refer to the steps at the bottom of this listing for instructions on installing a Mini PCI-E and M.2 modem.
Mini PCI-E Modems:
- Sierra Wireless CAT6 MC7455 (Multi-Carrier) 1
- Sierra Wireless CAT3 MC7354 (Multi-Carrier)
- Sierra Wireless CAT3 MC7700 (AT&T only)
- Sierra Wireless CAT3 MC7750 (Verizon only)
- Quectel CAT6 EP06-A (Multi-Carrier)
- Quectel CAT4 EC25-AF (Multi-Carrier, includes T-Mobile Band 71, and AT&T FirstNet Band 14)
- Sierra Wireless CAT12 EM7565 (Multi-Carrier)
- Sierra Wireless CAT12 EM7511 (Multi-Carrier, includes AT&T FirstNet Band 14).
- Quectel CAT12 EM12-G (Multi-Carrier)
- Quectel CAT6 EM06-A (Multi-Carrier)
The Mini PCI-E modems have U.FL antenna connector ports and require two (2) five inch U.FL to SMA Female Bulkhead pigtails to install in the NEXQ6GO-M.
The M.2 modems have MHF4 antenna connector ports and require two (2) five inch MHF4 to SMA Female Bulkhead pigtails to install in the NEXQ6GO-U.
1. The MC7455 is not recommended for Sprint Band 41 (unless provisioned via Sprint) as it may experience random disconnects.
CELLULAR ANTENNA UPGRADE OPTIONS:
The NEXQ6GO stock cellular antennas may be upgraded to any of the following cellular antennas:
- 700-2700MHz Rectangular 3.5dBi-4dBi 4G LTE Omni Antenna with SMA Male Connectors (PAIR)
- 700-2700MHz Cradlepoint 3.5dBi 4G LTE Omni Flat Antenna with SMA Male Connector (Requires Two)
- 698-2700MHz Cradlepoint 3dBi 4G LTE Omni Flat Antenna with SMA Male Connectors (PAIR)
- 700-2700MHz Rotating 3.5dBi–4dBi 4G LTE Flat Omni Antenna with SMA Male Connectors (PAIR)
- 700-2700MHz Round 3dBi 4G LTE Omni Antenna with SMA Male Connectors (PAIR)
- 698-2700MHz Remote 4.5dBi 4G LTE Omni with SMA Male Connectors (Requires Two)
A significant number of customers are upgrading the NEXQ6GO and WE826GO (as well as the WG3526) stock antennas with the Cisco LTE Omni Antenna Kit.
The Cisco antennas use TNC connectors (as opposed to SMA). The NEXQ6GO antenna pigtail cables must be upgraded to match that of the modem’s antenna connector ports to install the Cisco antenna upgrade:
- The Mini PCI-E modems (see above) require two U.FL to TNC Female Bulkhead connector 5 inch pigtail cables to install the Cisco antenna kit.
- The M.2 modems (see above) require two MHF4 to TNC Female Bulkhead connector 5 inch pigtail cables to install the Cisco antenna kit.
* Note: The two existing SMA connector cutouts in the NEXQ6GO router case must be enlarged/drilled to 15/32″ to accommodate the larger TNC bulkhead connectors.
See this LTE FIX IT tutorial for complete instructions configuring WiFiX firmware.
See this LTE FIX IT tutorial for general information on building and configuring an LTE router and modem.
WIRELESS (WIFI) OVERVIEW:
The WiFi supports IEEE802.11 N/G/B/A protocol with a maximum wireless rate of 300 Mbps. It is equipped with two (2) removable RP-SMA 5dBi high gain WiFi antennas for better coverage and performance in large areas.
Some users for home installations for family/multiple users/devices, may discover the NEXQ6GO is best used strictly as the modem/gateway (to provide the internet) and connected to a quality dual band (2.4/5GHz) WiFi router or Access Point to provide the WiFi component. The NEXQ6GO would be then be connected via an Ethernet cable from one of the LAN ports on the NEXQ6GO to the WAN port on the WiFi router or Access Point.
Our WiFiX version of GoldenOrb (based on OpenWRT) comes pre-installed on the NEXQ6GO which may be easily upgraded to other custom OpenWRT based firmware.
INSTALLING A MINI PCI-E & M.2 MODEM:
Installing a modem in the NEXQ6GO is identical to installation in the WE826GO. Please refer to the Tutorial link provided above for instructions on configuring the router’s WiFiX firmware/software.
SIM CARD INSTALLATION AND TIPS:
It is important to insert the SIM Card into the router correctly to avoid bending and/or damaging the internal pins and spring in the router’s SIM Card Slot.
It is equally important when using a SIM Card Adapter, that the SIM Card is properly seated into the adapter to avoid damage to the SIM Card slot components.
DISCLAIMER: Damage to the SIM Card slot, its spring and pins, are NOT covered under warranty.
See below for proper SIM Card and Adapter preparation and installation.
The SIM Card installs into the NEXQ6GO with the metal surfaces facing up. The cut corner of the SIM Card is inserted into the SIM Card Slot.
When using a SIM Card Adapter, the SIM Card MUST fit correctly into the adapter. This will:
- Help prevent damaging the SIM Card Slot internal components, and,
- Help to eliminate disconnect issues that can occur when the router warms up to operating temperatures.
To assure the SIM Card is seated into the SIM Card adapter correctly, all the tits/tabs on the four sides of the SIM Card MUST be removed. This is accomplished by laying an Emory board or fine piece of sand paper flat on a table and gently working each side of the SIM Card back and forth to sand off the tits/tabs.
The SIM Card should fit into the adapter with ease, not loose but not tight. Otherwise, when pushed into the router, the SIM Card can tilt ever so lightly on one end (or side), causing damage to the pins in the SIM Card Slot and/or the pins not making adequate contact with the electronic contact chip. This bad connection can worsen as the router warms up.
Check the SIM Card closely for any signs of damage. If SIM Card is bad, worn or dirty from swapping it in and out of devices, clean the SIM Card’s electronic metal chip with an alcohol pad and refrain from touching the metal chip area during re-installation. A pencil eraser may also be helpful to gently clean the metal contact scratches.