Warning: Cannot use a scalar value as an array in /httpdocs/libraries/src/Document/Renderer/Html/ScriptsRenderer.php on line 69
NitroWare.net - Telstra Turbo 7 Series 3G Wireless Gateway - First Impressions
Warning: Cannot use a scalar value as an array in /httpdocs/libraries/src/Document/Document.php on line 514

Warning: Cannot use a scalar value as an array in /httpdocs/libraries/src/Document/Document.php on line 518

Telstra Turbo 7 Wireless GatewayWe preview the Telstra Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway by Netcomm on Telstra's NextG Wireless 3.5G Network - one of the first all in one 3G Gateway/Modem/Routers to integrate HSPA based 7.2Mbps 3.5G wireless connectivity within the unit itself. 

Our full review of this product is viewable at Netcomm 3GW9T - Telstra 7 series 3G Wireless Internet Gateway Review


'The Internet is a serious business' - The arrival of a true 3G Wireless Gateway allows users to never be placed in a situation again where they are forced offline due to circumstances beyond their control.

With wireless Internet speeds approaching those of traditional wired technologies such as DSL or Cable, it is no surprise that equipment vendors and service providers are embracing wireless network technologies such as 3G cellular networks and WiMAX. In 2008, users have many new and very useable ways to access the Internet on the go, especially via high-speed 3G and 3.5G cellular networks based on the standards

It is possible to access the Internet wether it’s the world wide web, e-mail or instant messaging on the go via a cell-phone, an add-on device such as a 3G Modem connected to a computer via USB or a built in wireless cellular module built into a laptop computer.

Another emerging method has been the concept of a 3G Router. A 3G router is like the common ADSL or Cable Gateway device a user may be familiar with except instead of a Cable or DSL modem, the device integrate a wireless 3G radio to communicate over the cellular telephone network using worldwide standards established by the 3GSM congress such as UMTS and WCDMA, with standard 2G or 2.5G cellular networks as a fallback option.

These devices have been available from established vendors such as Netgear, D-Link and Billion Electric of late however these offerings are restricted in several ways.

The user was required to install their cellular PC card into the router to facilitate the 3G access, in affect requiring two purchases, being of the cellular PCMCIA or Cardbus add-in card wether via subscription or outright purchase as well as the 3G router itself.

In addition throughput is limited using this combination of devices as the latest speeds offered by the 3G networks are not supported. The 3G Gateways themselves were offered at a relatively high cost considering that the cellular radio component was not included in these devices.

NitroWare.net recently had the opportunity to test a revolution in this concept being one of the first 3G Gateways available which not only have a built in cellular radio supporting the fastest 3.5G speeds of up to 7.2 Megabits per second but also have a fast processor as well as 802.11G ‘Wi-Fi’ Wireless Networking.

Netcomm Limited, a well known and long established Australian based vendor of networking products have produced the Telstra Turbo 7 Series Wireless Gateway in conjunction with Telstra who have Australia’s largest and fastest nationwide 3.5G 'NextG' wireless broadband cellular network.

The device is intended as an alternative or backup to fixed-line Internet access, especially in scenarios where a fixed line of any type is not possible or unavailable such as Trade Shows, events, site visits or certain geographical areas where broadband is unavailable due to technical or commercial constraints and a user would like to Internet enable their network.
Telstra NextG Gateway


The 3G9W and 3G9WT Wireless Gateways use feature the full range of features expected of a broadband gateway device such as a 4 port Ethernet switch, 802.11g wireless access point with full WPA2 security and RADIUS authentication, Routing and NAT, Stateful Inspection Firewall, VPN Pass-through and UPnP.

The Gateway runs Linux as an operating system and components such as the CPU, Networking and Cellular are supplied by Broadcom and Sierra Wireless and we will be covering these aspects in more detail in our upcoming review.

The wireless cellular radio portion of the device supports 3 and 3.5G cellular networks using the worldwide bands of 850/1900/2100MHz WCDMA . For 2 and 2.5G networks 850MHz/900MHz/1800MHz/1900MHz for GSM, GPRS and EDGE. The maximum 3G wireless speeds supported are 7.2Mbits down and 3Mbits up

A wireless card is not required for this gateway; the user simply inserts the SIM card provided by Telstra and runs the setup application from the bundled USB drive or CD where a easy to use setup wizard will guide the user through the entire setup process to get the device online. No other intervention such as accessing the Gateway’s configuration pages is necessary. Telstra NextG gatewayTelstra NextG gateway


At a media event to launch this product line, Telstra stated that this Wireless Gateway delivers 550kbps to 3Mbps with 6 Mbps bursts in downstream and 300kbps to 1Mbps with 1.3Mbps bursts in upstream transmissions.

We tested these claims on a demonstration system by setting up the Gateway ourselves using the provided setup wizard via the bundled USB drive and we ensured that the test system was not configured in such a way that would deliver misleading results

Our basic tests of the Gateway and the NextG wireless broadband network consisted of browsing to some well known web sites of our choosing and downloading some files from the popular file mirror web site majorgeeks.com. We selected Australian ISP Internode as a download source for the Thunderbird Mail application and observed 115KB/s by the end of the download and the 6.44 Megabyte file was downloaded in 57 seconds.
Downloading Mozilla Thunderbird over a Telstra NextG 7.2 wireless connection

Internode’s mirror of the major geeks file repository is well capable of sustaining 1-2MB/s under congestion so the source is not a bottleneck. The test laptop was connected to the 3G wireless gateway over the 802.11g 54mbit wireless connection. Latency was not tested.

Mozilla Thunderbird download total time, using  a Telstra NextG 7.2 wireless connection

Wireless networking has large amounts of overhead and these rates represent the maximum user achievable transfer speeds out of the maximum link speed supported by the device which is 7.2 Mbps and 2Mbps respectively.

Our initial testing resulted in download speeds similar to a 1.5Mbps wired broadband connection. What makes the result impressive is that the testing location was deep within the 4th floor of a skyscraper surrounded by dozens of sources of wireless interference such as Wireless hotspots, cell phones, computers and displays within Telstra’s media centre.

Price and Availability

The Telstra branded Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway model 3G9WT by Netcomm is available from Telstra outlets directly for $529 AUD outright or on a plan. A version aimed as Bigpond users will be made available however details were not available at press time


Although style wise design of this wireless gateway was based on an existing cabinet design from Netcomm, We were impressed with the devices feature set, both internal and external as well as the bundled software which made setup amongst the easiest we have seen so far for a piece of consumer networking. Our initial testing showed that the claimed performance matched the vendor’s claims and was very useable, equivalent to a wired broadband.

The only drawbacks with this device are the target market, price and availability. The device is intended for specific scenarios such s providing wireless Internet access to a computer network and is not intended as a personal Internet access solution and is priced accordingly. While the device offers full wireless connectivity for Internet and network access it still requires a power source and at this time this is a plug pack for the mains, it is still reliant on AC power. A battery pack and car adapter will be made available soon as supported accessories, and only then can the full potential of the device be seen.

Such scenarios where personal Internet access for a single user is only required are better served by pairing a USB adapter or cell phone with a laptop, using laptop with a built in 3G wireless module or accessing the Internet on a cell phone.

In an upcoming review we will put the Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway through its paces to see what performance 7.2Mbps 3G Wireless Broadband is really capable of under ideal conditions. This gateway is well suited for the task with its dual high gain 3G cellular antennas unlike PC cards or USB adapters whose antenna and wireless radios which have limited sensitivity and range.

Further Reading

NitroWare.net - DELL laptops now available with built-in GPS and 3.5G HSPDA wireless broadband connectivity

Telstra Corporation – Telstra Turbo 7 Series Wireless Gateway

2018-09-21 | NVIDIA QUADRO RTX 6000 In action - Photoshop, Porsche RTX, Kubernetes, CLARA and Metropolis

2018-09-20 | NVIDIA RTX Live Demo - Ray Traced Porsche on Turing GPU

2018-09-21 | EPSON goes bright with laser projection and 4K

2018-09-15 | 8 NVIDIA TESLA V100 VOLTA GPU server from HP

2017-12-31 | Future of Networking with Extreme Networks - Eric Broockman CTO Interview

2018-02-16 | NVIDIA’S VOLTA is real, it works and it is finally here.

2018-02-07 | motorola harbourside chat and interview | moto x4, g5s plus, 360 camera & gamepad

2018-02-07 | Inwin X-Frame product tour and interview

2018-02-07 | ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490 Ultrabook

2017-11-20 | VICHYPER - Australian Hyperloop Interview and Tour

2017-11-17 | Eugene Kaspersky & Kaspersky Lab Press Conference Sydney 2017

2017-11-17 | Eugene Kaspersky Keynote Sydney 2017

2017-05-21 | AMD RYZEN - Australian launch and Q&A Session | BIOS Update Detailed

2016-11-21 | Motorola Mobility VP Engineering Interview | Moto Z and Moto Mods Developer Kit for Makers & Modders

2016-11-30 | EPSON Tech Interview | 2016 Business and Professional Projectors

2016-11-30 | EPSON Tech Interview | 2016 Home Theatre Projectors 6000, 8000 & 9000 Series

2016-11-22 | EPSON HDR Home Theatre Projector Demo | EPSON TW9300W

2016-11-21 | HDR video Demo - AMD Radeon 'Polaris' RX480 with LG OLED TV

2016-11-30 | Intel Game Chamber 2016 Tour and Interviews | VR, Games, PC Mods, Overclocking and FUN

2016-11-30 | Intel Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E @ 5.62 GHz Live Overclock | Intel Game Chamber 2016

2016-08-29 | LG puts OLED in all the things - Integrate/CEDIA AUS 2016 Booth Tour

2016-08-12 | What is Software Defined Networking with Doug Murray, CEO Big Switch Networks.

2016-06-17 | NVIDIA DGX-1 launches in Australia - NVIDIA ANZ Interviewed

2016-05-01 | Build a kickass Dolby ATMOS Home Theatre - The Pros show us how

2016-04-01 | The Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 Story

2016-03-23 | Seagate 8TB Family, 10TB Helium & Mobile HDD 2016 Hard Disk Update

2016-03-21 | Panasonic Toughbook 20 : Fully Rugged detachable Laptop launch - Water, Drop & Weight Tested

2016-03-23 | ASUS ROG Gaming House Tour - Sydney, Australia

2016-03-01 | ASUS ROG GX700 Liquid Cooled Notebook Preview & Interview

2016-03-23 | League of Legends Legacy eSports Team Interview

2015-12-09 | Microsoft Store SYDNEY - Grand Opening Press Conference

2015-11-11 | HP 6th Gen Core Intel Skylake PC & Jet Intelligence Printing Launch - Melbourne Experience Centre

2015-11-11 | HP Experience Centre Melbourne Tour -Part 2

2015-11-11 | HP Experience Centre Melbourne Tour -Part 1

2015-08-28 | Parrot Interviewed - Flower Power Wireless Plant Monitor

2015-08-28 | Parrot Interviewed - ZiK 2.0 Headphones

2015-08-28 | Parrot Interviewed - AR. Drone, MiniDrones, Bebop Drone

2015-08-23 | MOTO G 3rd Gen IPX7 Water Proofing Demo & Moto X Style/Play/G Q&A

2015-08-21 | Motorola Mobility Interviewed - 3rd Gen Moto G, Moto X Play, Moto X Style

2015-08-20 | NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 950 Launch Ep.1 | Gamestream Co-Op - A New way to share games

2015-08-20 | NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 950 Launch Ep.2 | MOBA/DOTA 2 Latency and Smoothness

2015-08-08 | Intel SKYLAKE i5-6600K LN2 overclock at 6.33 GHz with ASUS Z170 ROG Hero

2015-08-07 | Intel Skylake i7-6700K @ 4.8 GHz & DDR4 @ 3.5GHz on ASUS Z170 Deluxe Overclocking Guide

2015-08-05 | ASUS Z170 Deluxe Motherboard for Intel Skylake 6th Gen Core CPU Overview

2015-08-05 | Review - ASUS Installation Tool for Intel SKYLAKE 6th Gen Core CPU

2015-08-02 | HP Pavilion and Envy 2015 Consumer Notebook First Look

2015-07-25 | HP Envy Phoenix 2015 Overclockable Gaming Tower First Look

2015-07-22 | Ashes Of The Singularity - DirectX 12 Hands-On Demo with AMD FURY X

2015-07-14 | Media Q&A with AMD and Richard Huddy - AMD Fury X ‘Fiji’ Graphics comes to Australia

2015-07-14 | MSI Interview - AMD Radeon R9 300 Gaming, Armour and Lightning GPUs