The Quectel RM500Q-AE 5G Cellular Modem is a cellular 5G module optimized specially for IoT/eMBB applications. Adopting the 3GPP Rel. 15 LTE technology, it supports both 5G NSA and SA modes.
This is a 5GNR 4×4 MIMO, 4G LTE capable, sub 6Ghz bands only modem. This version does not support mmWave 5G frequencies.
Designed in an M.2 (key B) form factor the RM500Q-AE fits in the same slot type as the Quectel LTE-A Cat 6 module EM06, Cat 12 modules EM12-G/EM120R-GL/EM121R-GL, and the Cat 16 module EM160R-GL. This helps facilitate customers migration from LTE-A to 5G.
NOTE: The RM500Q-AE, and all current market 5G modem modules, are longer than the 4G modem module predecessor, by exactly 10mm. Make sure your device can accommodate this modems longer length. If you need to adapt this modem to your system, and can USB tether modems, we sell our USB3 to M.2 4G/5G enclosure for this exact purpose.
The global version RM500Q-AE nearly covers all the main stream carriers worldwide. See the Cellular Band Info tab for more details.
The module supports Qualcomm® IZat™ location technology Gen8C Lite (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou/Compass and Galileo). The integrated GNSS receiver greatly simplifies product design and provides quicker, more accurate and more dependable positioning capability.
A rich set of Internet protocols, industry-standard interfaces and abundant functionalities (USB/PCIe drivers for Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, Linux, and Android) extend the applicability of the module to a wide range of eMBB and IoT applications such as industrial routers, home gateways, STB, industrial laptops, consumer laptops, industrial PDAs, rugged tablet PCs, video surveillance as well as digital signage.
● 5G/4G/3G Multi-mode module with M.2 form factor, optimized for IoT and eMBB applications
● Supports ENDC 3x carrier aggregation and 256QAM, DL Cat 16/ UL Cat 18
● Worldwide 5G and LTE-A coverage
● Both NSA and SA modes
● Multi-constellation GNSS receiver available for applications requiring fast and accurate fixes in any environment
● Feature refinements: DFOTA and VoLTE (optional)
● 5G DL 4×4 MIMO, UL 2×2 MIMO
● 4G DL 4×4 MIMO
● LTE LAA B46 Support
Supported Frequency Bands:
|5G||5G NR||3GPP Release 15 NSA/SA operation, Sub-6 GHz|
|5G NR NSA||n1/n2/n3/n5/n7/n8/n12/n20/n25/n28/n38/n40/n41/n48*/n66/n71/n77/n78/n79|
|5G NR SA||n1/n2/n3/n5/n7/n8/n12/n20/n25/n28/n38/n40/n41/n48*/n66/n71/n77/n78/n79|
|MIMO||DL: 4 × 4 MIMO on n1/n2/n3/n7/n25/n38/n40/n41/n48/n66/n77/n78/n79
UL: 2 × 2 MIMO on n41
|LTE||LTE Category||DL Cat 16/ UL Cat 18|
|LAA||B46 (only support 2 × 2 MIMO)|
|MIMO||DL: 4 × 4 MIMO on B1/B2/B3/B4/B7/B25/B30/B32/B34/B38/39/B40/B41/B42/B43/B48/B66|
NOTICE: Many current RM500Q-AE modems are Engineering Samples. Our current stocked inventory are not engineering samples.
IMPORTANT: Exercise extreme caution while installing MHF4 connectors to the modem antenna ports. The ports are delicate and easily damaged. Assure that the MHF4 connector is perfectly centered, level and aligned with the modem port. The MFH4 connector will then snap into place using minimum pressure. Do not apply excessive force.
A damaged modem connector port is not covered under warranty.
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. Due to the nature of our products we do not offer refunds or returns on any of our products. We do always offer support and like for like exchange on any product that does not function as the manufacturer intended. Please see our official return policy.
NOT RECOMMENDED for use with the older versions M2M NEXG H721 (V1, V2, V3) due to this router's high rate of burn out failures. We will warranty NO modems that are used in the earlier M2M NEXG H721 routers. We have not tested the V5 version.
It is strongly recommended to invest in a quality power strip surge protector (i.e., APC, Belkin,…) to use behind a router and/or electronic equipment. This will help protect against Transients (momentary spikes/surges in voltage or current) that can be detrimental to expensive equipment. Transient damage to modems are not covered under warranty. Protect your equipment!