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A Review Of The TCL LinkHub 5G Wi-Fi Router On Safaricom 5G In Kenya.

As Kenya embraces the next generation of wireless technology with Safaricom 5G, having the right equipment to harness its full potential is essential. The TCL LinkHub HH515v 5G Router (TCL LinkHub 5G Router) is a powerful and versatile device designed to deliver lightning-fast internet speeds and seamless connectivity for both businesses and individuals. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of using the TCL LinkHub 5G Router for Safaricom 5G in Kenya and how it can elevate your internet experience in various scenarios.

I have been using the TCL LinkHub 5G Router for approximately one month or so at home and also at work since it’s quite portable. You can purchase it from Safaricom at any of their shops stocking it for Kes. 25,000.00 plus Kes. 5,000.00 for installation and setup. You can also purchase it with a 36-month payment plan from Safaricom for malipo rahisi (easy payments).

You will also need to acquire a Safaricom nano SIM card for it as well which you then need to load with Safaricom’s dedicated 5G Wi-Fi data bundles to get the full benefit of what it can do. Naturally, as expected, in instances where 5G coverage may not be available it will still work with 4G on Safaricom. Safaricom’s 5G Wi-Fi data packages for routers like the TCL LinkHub 5G Router which are valid for up to 30 days are as follows:

5G PackagePrice (Kes)Speed (MBPs)Data (GB)
Basic3,499.0010300
Standard5,999.0040500
Extra14,999.001001000

If you need to check where you live or work has 5G coverage before you consider purchasing the TCL LinkHub 5G Router, you can do so by visiting http://internet.safaricom.co.ke to check if you’re covered and request a connection.

Getting the router up and running was relatively straightforward. I purchased a new Safaricom SIM Card and then loaded it with airtime using my dual SIM smartphone. This was a little clunky, to be honest, but you can also use the TCL mobile app and your web browser on a laptop or desktop computer to do this in a more user-friendly manner.

Once it’s in there, you can turn it on and get it working right away. The router automatically detects the Safaricom 5G network, allowing you to get connected within minutes. You can also easily manage your network settings, monitor usage, and even set parental controls. It’s quite versatile in this regard.

Off the bat, one of the things I noticed is the range of the TCL LinkHub 5G Router from a Wi-Fi perspective. I have several other fiber-based Wi-Fi routers at home and this one clearly seems to have the most range from what I can tell. Also, compared to the home fiber-based Internet service I have been using for a good number of years, it’s much faster!

The TCL LinkHub 5G Router brings the power of Safaricom 5G into your home so browsing, streaming and downloading was really good. In fact, you can see below some of the speeds I was able to achieve using it with the one above at the Safaricom 5G experience center located at the Hub Karen:

The TCL LinkHub 5G Router supports multiple device connections so everyone at home or at work can stay connected to Safaricom 5G via Wi-Fi. The router can actually handle up to 256 concurrent Wi-Fi connections so this could really really run not just a small business but even a medium-sized business that could comfortably handle many users provided they are within range of what is a good 5G service from Safaricom. It also comes with dual-band Wi-Fi meaning stable and reliable connections for your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, making it perfect for families and shared living spaces.

In the context of the workplace or office environment, the TCL LinkHub Router using Safaricom 5G, can offer a significant boost in productivity via lightning-fast internet speeds for file transfers, smoother video conferencing, and enhanced collaboration through cloud-based applications, ensuring that your employees can work efficiently and effectively.

This is further augmented by the fact that the TCL Linkhub 5G Router comes with Gigabit Ethernet ports that allow you to connect multiple wired devices, while the dual-band Wi-Fi ensures seamless connectivity for wireless devices. This means you can effectively use it across a large enterprise with additional routers or Wi-Fi extenders on Safaricom 5G. This thing is versatile like that.

In a world where cyber security has become an area if major concern, TCL LinkHub 5G Router has you covered. It comes with advanced security features such as WPA3 encryption, firewall protection, and VPN support, ensuring that your sensitive data remains safe from unauthorized access. Moreover, the router’s robust design and Safaricom 5G connectivity provide a reliable internet connection, minimizing downtime and disruptions.

In a nutshell, what I can conclude after using it for over a month is that the TCL LinkHub 5G Router is a powerful and versatile device that unlocks the potential of Safaricom 5G in Kenya for both individuals and businesses in a fixed Wi-Fi context. Its faster than your regular home or office Internet speeds in most instances with what is a reliable connection. It works well, for work and play, using Safaricom 5G.

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4 Comments

  1. Brian
    November 18, 2023 at 12:10 am — Reply

    What was the 5k installation and setup for if everything was so straightforward

    • December 5, 2023 at 4:49 pm — Reply

      They charge for it as more of an administrative requirement I believe

  2. Hosea
    January 22, 2024 at 10:38 am — Reply

    Hello, I have a few questions;
    1. Can I use any safaricom line?
    2. Is the router locked to only safaricom network?
    3. Can I purchase different data plan other than 5G Packages?

    • February 4, 2024 at 3:54 pm — Reply

      1. You can use any Safaricom line. 2. I think its locked to Safaricom, does that really matter? 3) I believe so.

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