Quectel EM160R-GL CAT16 M.2 Modem

Quectel EM160R-GL CAT16 M.2 Modem

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M.2 Modem with 4 x MIMO & DL 5 x Carrier Aggregation & 256QAM

Quectel EM160R-GL is an LTE Advanced Category 16 module. Adopting the 3GPP Release 14 technology, it delivers speed of 1.0 Gbps downlink and 150 Mbps uplink peak data rates, and is designed in M.2 form factor.

EM160R-GL is designed for global market and nearly covers all the mainstream carriers worldwide.

EM160R-GL supports Qualcomm® IZat™ location technology Gen8C Lite (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo). The integrated GNSS 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 (PCIe interface/USB drivers for Windows, Linux, Android/eCall) extend the applicability of the module to a wide range of applications such as industrial router, home gateway, STB, industrial laptop, consumer laptop, industrial PDA, rugged tablet PC, video surveillance and digital signage, etc.

Key Benefits

LTE-A Cat 16 module with M.2 form factor

Support DL 5x carrier aggregation and 256QAM 

Worldwide LTE-A and UMTS/HSPA+ coverage

Support PCIe standard interface for PC/Laptop application

Multi-constellation GNSS receiver available for applications requiring fast and accurate fixes in any environment

MIMO technology meets demands for data rate and link reliability in modem wireless communication systems

NOTE: The current EM160R-GL modems are new Engineering Samples with the latest Firmware Revision: EM160RGLAUR02A04M4G.  Production versions DO NOT exist (As of Nov 2020).

NOT RECOMMENDED for use with the older versions M2M NEXG H721 due to this router’s high rate of burn out failures.  We will warranty NO modems that are used in the M2M NEXG H721 router. We have not tested the V5 version.

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.

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!

For Global


LTE-FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B13/B14/



LTE-TDD: B38/39/B40/B41/B42/B43/B46*(LAA)/


WCDMA: B1/B2/B3/B5/B6/B8/B19

Support up to DL 5 x CA

LTE DL 4 x 4 MIMO Band

LTE-FDD: B1/B3/B4/B7/B25/B30/B66

LTE-TDD: B38/B39/B40/B41



LTE-FDD (Max): 1.0 Gbps (DL), 150 Mbps (UL)

LTE- TDD (Max) 880 Mbps (DL), 90 Mbps (UL) 


DC-HSDPA (Max): 42 Mbps (DL)

HSUPA (Max): 42 Mbps (DL)

WCDMA (Max): 384 Mbps (DL), 384 Mbps (UL) 


Point-to-point MO and MT

SMS Cell Broadcast 

Text and PDU Mode 


PCIe standard Interface 

USB 2.0/3.0, Supports Slave Mode

PCM x 1 

(U)SIM Interface x 2: 1.8/3.0 V


MIPI Interface

W_DISABLE1#: Control Airplane Mode

RESET#: Reset the Module 

WAKE_ON_WAN#: Wake up the Host

WWAN_LED#: Indicate Network Status

Main, MIMOx2 , Div & GNSS Antenna Interfaces

Enhanced Features 

MIMO: 4 x 4, 2 x 4, 2 x 2 DL

ECall: Emergency Service*

(U)SIM Card Detection

Build-in eSIM

DFOTA: Delta Firmware over the Air


Electrical Characteristics 

Output Power: 

Class 3 (23 dBm + 2dB) for LTE-FDD

Class 3 (23 dBm + 2 dB) for LTE-TDD

Class 3 (24 dBm +1/-3 dB) for WCDMA


TBD @ Power off

TBD @ Sleep, Typ. 

TBD @ Idle 

Software Features

MBIM Driver: Windows 10

USB Serial Driver:Windows 7/8/8.1/10, Linux

2.6/3x4/4x/5x, Android 4.x/5.x/6.x/7.x/8.x/9.x

RIL Driver: Android 4.x/5.x/6.x/7.x/8.x/9.x

NDIS Driver: Windows 7/8/8.1/10

ECM Driver*: Linux 2.6/3.x/4.x/5.x

Gobinet Driver: Linux 2.6/3.x/4.x/5.x

QMI_WWAN Driver: Linux 3.x (3.4 or later)/






General Features

3GPP E-UTRA Release 14

Bandwidth: 1.4/3/5/10/15/20 MHz

Supply Voltage: 3.1-4.4 V, typ. 3.7 V

M.2 Package

3GPP TS27.007 and Quectel Enhanced AT


Dimensions: 42.0 mm x 30.0 mm x 2.3 mm

Temperature Range

Operating temperature Range: 

-25 to +75 Celsius 

Extended Temperature Range: 

-40 to +85 Celsius 









*under development 

TBD: To be Determined

**For Secondary component carrier only 

Weight : 1 oz

Dimensions : 3 × 2 × .2 in