Friday, June 23, 2017

Vodafone GigaCube (Huawei B528) In First Test

Last month, Vodafone has presented the GigaCube for a package of routers and mobile phone rates. The router is the Huawei B528, which is also without Vodafone branding. Only the outer packaging carries the design of the telecommunication service provider. The GigaCube itself has the manufacturer Huawei's logo and there is no indication of Vodafone. Now we have the opportunity to have closer look at the GigaCube router.

 

 

Not suitable for mobile use

The Vodafone GigaCube is 105 x 105 x 181 millimeters in size. The body is not in small size, so you may not take it in hand like Huawei E5787 mobile WiFi hotspots. For this reason alone, the GigaCube is not suitable for mobile use, but it’s cool for the weekend house, the caravan, the hotel room or the apartment. In addition, there is no inserted battery or replacable battery in the Huawei B528 GigaCube. Instead, the unit is powered only by the included power supply.

 

 

As an alternative to WLAN, a notebook can also be connected to the router via a network cable. Such a cable is included with the GigaCube. The connector is located on the back of the device. There is also the socket with which the power supply is connected to the mobile hotspot. Under one flap there are also jacks, via which external antennas can be connected to the GigaCube. The connection for a VoIP telephone, which is also located on the back of the router, has been deactivated according to Vodafone specifications. We could not test this so far.

 

 

On the front, we can see not only the on/off switch and the WPS button, but also four light-emitting diodes. These indicate whether the B528 GigaCube is powered, whether the WLAN hotspot is available and whether the LAN port is being used. The fourth LED indicates whether the router is connected to the mobile network.  

 

Easy Setup

The GigaCube can be configured via a connected computer, a smartphone or a tablet. The Internet address to configure the router is giga.cube, user need enter it in the Internet browser. The default password for the web front-end is located on the bottom of the router. Here is also the SSID and WLAN password specified. In addition, the SIM card (micro SIM format) slot is located on the underside.

 

 

After the SIM card is inserted directly and the GigaCube is switched on, the LED for the mobile radio reception is initially red. Reason: The SIM PIN must be entered via the web-based menu if the PIN search on the SIM card has not been switched off, which is at least partly the case with the operator cards defined for the GigaCube. After this, the initial setting can be made. A personalized SSID can be assigned, which can be connected with a special password.

 

 

On page 2, you can read about the function in the configuration menu, and to what extent, the GigaCube also allows the use of SIM cards from other networks. During the initial setup, the access data for the router menu can also be adjusted. In addition to own WLAN data for the hotspot on 2.4 GHz, the individualization for 5 GHz is also integrated. The settings can be changed subsequently. Furthermore, the user can decide whether to operate parallel to 2.4 and 5 GHz or only on one of these frequency ranges. In principle, the WLAN function can also be switched off completely if, for example, only a device via a network cable is connected to the router for the Internet access.

 

 

 

SIM free & Unlocked

We have also used a SIM card from other network provider such as O2, which has worked smoothly in the GigaCube. Say: The Vodafone GigaCube router was not equipped with a SIM lock or Netlock and it can be used with any operator cards. The access data for foreign networks may not be recognized automatically. To do this, a new profile must only be created in the Connection Setup - Profile Management menu.

 

 

What Interesting is the possibility to set up a VPN directly on the Huawei B528 router. The WLAN channels can be selected manually. These are automatically assigned by default. The user interface is very similar to Huawei's other mobile hotspots. The WLAN range is significantly higher than the Huawei E5776 mobile hotspot, which we had tested for comparison.  

 

Fast Wireless Internet Connection

 

The GigaCube supports speeds of up to 300 MBit/s in the downstream via LTE, especially on the LTE-Advanced networks. Also Internet connections can be established with the router via UMTS/HSPA and GPRS/EDGE. In the first test, the Huawei B528 sold by Vodafone GigaCube left a good impression. The setup is intuitively possible (can be seen from the fact that the access data for the 5 GHz, WLAN area must be adjusted later) and the WiFi range is quite comparable to that of a FRITZ! Box 7490, which we had tested at the same Place.

 

 

The Vodafone GigaCube could serve as a DSL replacement, but less suitable for the more extensive file exchange and intensive streaming. Exciting is the possibility to use any SIM card. Thus, the Huawei B528 GigaCube can also be bought at the comparatively low price from www.4gltemall.com, for example on a holiday abroad, where the GigaCube tariff is not available, can also be used with a local SIM card. And there is newer model Huawei B618 LTE CPE Cube available now, which supports higher level LTE networks.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Xiaomi Mi 6 Unboxing

Xiaomi has been one of the top mobile phone manufacturers from China. The models from brand Mi can keep technically and qualitatively equal with Apple and Samsung but cost significantly less. Now we get the new Xiaomi Mi 6 mobile phone for test.

 

 

The Xiaomi Mi6 is equipped with a handy 5.15 inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 835 and 6 GB RAM. As an operating system, Android 7.1.1 nougat with the Xiaomi-own surface MIUI 8 is used. With this interface, the Android operating system not only expands a number of functions, but also virtually completely reverses it. Comparing with the similar phones from other brands, the Android smartphone is a real bargain.  

 

 

Simple elegance is the motto of Xiaomi packaging. Nothing except that the Mi logo and the memory equipment is printed on the front. The stable lid can be lifted easily and then you can see the Xiaomi Mi 6, which is protected with a film on the front, back and camera lens against scratches during transportation. When we tested it, we have already removed them. The included accessories are hidden under the Android smartphone. The plastic bowl, in which the Xiaomi Mi6 is located, offers a small opening for easy lifting.

 

 

After removal of the plastic shell with the Xiaomi Mi6, a silicone cover in transparent black comes first. The actual accessory underneath is clearly and without further packaging in the box. Xiaomi does not have headphones, which means that you have to use your own headphones if you want to listen music yourself in the phone.

 

 

  It comes with a USB type C cable, which charges the Xiaomi Mi 6 and is fed with data from the PC/Notebook. It also includes a power supply for Chinese sockets. A power supply suitable for European sockets is not included with the Android smartphone. More specifically, no Xiaomi device has such a device since the manufacturer operates exclusively in Asia and therefore does not have to enclose it.

 

 

Depending on the import wholesaler, a European power supply can be ordered either separately or as a service package already included in the package. The so-called global editions of the Xiaomi models are a special case: they already contain an EU-compliant power supply in the packaging. The power supply itself supports QuickCharge from Qualcomm for faster charging.

 

 

Furthermore, an adapter is part of the scope of delivery, with the help of which a cable headset can be used on the Xiaomi Mi6. Because: Xiaomi has like the Apple or HTC the 3.5 millimeter jack. Audio is only output via the USB Type C connector, which is one of the great features of Android since version 5.0 Lollipop. This has the advantage that audio hardware can communicate directly with the system, for example, to integrate an audio amplifier directly into the headset. Alternatively, of course, a Bluetooth headset with the Android smartphone can be used without problems.

 

 

The Xiaomi Mi6 is factory-set Dual SIM-capable. The device for opening the SIM slot is, of course, included in the package, which is stored inside the quick start guide. This is completely written in Chinese and therefore for the least understandable. Further instruction leaflets such as warranty information or instructions/information in other languages ​​are not included in the package. It should also be noted that Xiaomi smartphones do not support LTE band 20 and LTE800. Only the special global editions have support for LTE800 and other languages ​​besides Chinese.

 

 

Not everyone will like the back of the glass, which can quickly change by a protective cover. One of these is included in the Xiaomi Mi6 and makes it very well. It fits perfectly and protects the smartphone against accidental falls, without destroying the edge of the device. In the online shop of Xiaomi, there are further accessories such as more robust cases made of hard plastic, flip covers or sleeves in other colors.

 

 

In summary, the package content of the Xiaomi Mi6 is not exactly lush, on the other hand useful. Thus the carton is not unnecessarily heavy and the costs can be reduced. At a decent budget price for a premium smartphone in terms of technology and processing, the missing headset is a pain. Anyhow, there is no doubt that the Xiaomi Mi6 is a high budget phone with the technical specifications. If you are looking for a cool smartphone with good price, you may try Xiaomi Mi6. If you want to know more Xiaomi Smartphones, welcome to click here: https://www.4gltemall.com/4g-lte-smartphone/xiaomi.html  

 

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Huawei E5885 Mobile WiFi PRO 2

Terminals, which passed the technical standard conformity certification or construction design certification of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications from the second half of 2017, were advertised. The Huawei Technologies FDD-LTE/TD-LTE/W-CDMA/GSM terminal "HUAWEI E5885Ls-93a" passed through the Certification Technology Support Center on March 29, 2017.

 

The construction design certification number is 018-170046. The Huawei E5885Ls-93a is also named Huawei Mobile WiFi Pro2, which is upgraded from the first generation of Mobile WiFi Pro(Huawei E5770). Comparing with the predecessor model, Huawei E5885 mobile WiFi Pro2 has great improvement in the specifications.

 

Huawei E5885 E5885Ls-93a mobile WiFi Pro2

 

The TD-LTE 2500 (B41)MHz, W-CDMA 2100 (I) / 900 (VIII)/850 (B2) MHz, FDD-LTE 2100 (B1) / 1800 (B3) / 900 (B8) / 800 (VI / XIX) MHz has been certified. It is also passing through frequencies of Bluetooth and wireless LAN.   In addition to the 2.4 GHz band, the 5.0 GHz band can also be used for the wireless LAN, and the standard is expected to correspond to IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. HUAWEI E5885Ls-93a is now sold in HUAWEI Mobile WiFi Pro 2 in Saudi Arabia. It corresponds to LTE Category 6, and the communication speed is 300 Mbps maximum for downlink and 50 Mbps maximum for uplink. The capacity of the battery pack is 6400 mAh. The larger battery can charge other electric devices such as smartphone, Pads, tablets etc.

 

 

 

In summary, the E5885 is a powerful 4G Pocket WiFi device with a 6,400 mAh battery. It has 800 hours standby time and supports access for 15 devices. Besides, it is a power bank with quick-charge for your digital product. The E5885 has one USB string accessory with a minimal size. It can be fixed on the equipment easily. Pressing the button on two sides can open it. You can find the USB cable much easier when you need to operate the equipment. Based on good experience in usage and portability, it has the suitable size so that you can easily put it into your pocket or bag. To achieve a good handling, it uses soft touch finishing on the surface.

 

 

 

General features of Huawei E5885 Mobile WiFi Pro 2:

* Product type – 4G Portable Router

* Wireless LAN standards – Wireless AC (802.11ac)

* Max number of connected devices – up to 32 Devices

* WMM (WiFi multimedia)/media server feature – Yes

* Beam-forming / Multi-Beam feature – Yes

* Frequency range – Dual Band (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)

*LTE CAT6 Download Speed Up To 300Mbps

* Special features Cat6 – 300 Mbps, HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset

* Battery type – Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)

* Battery capacity – 6400 mAh

* Color – Black & Gold color

* SIM type – Micro SIM

* NFC function, Zero configuration for Wi-Fi, High speed Ethernet  

 

If you want to know more details about Huawei E5885 Mobile WiFi Pro 2, welcome to check on www.4gltemall.com .

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Huawei E5180 Cube for Congstar Homespot Test

At the IFA, congstar presented its first mobile phone tariff at the beginning of September, which also officially foresees the use of Telekom's LTE network. However, the offer can only be used in a certain place, for example, to have a broadband internet connection in the caravan, at the campsite or in the student residence.  

 

 

In the contract, congstar presented a WLAN Cube, also a suitable router manufactured by Huawei, which converts the LTE Internet access into a WLAN signal, which then makes it possible to provide internet for smartphones, tablets and notebooks with a wireless Internet access supply. A device can also be connected directly to the WLAN Cube using an Ethernet cable.

 

 

We have s the opportunity to test the homespot rate of congstar together with the WLAN Cube since last week. The SIM card must be inserted into the router slot. The WLAN Cube is then supplied with power via the included power supply unit. The PIN of the SIM card must then be entered. This works via the configuration menu of the router, which can be reached at address 192.168.8.1 via a connected smartphone, tablet or notebook. For future use, the SIM PIN can be stored so that it does not have to be entered again.

 

 

Congstar Homespot from Huawei E5180  

 

The WLAN access data and the homespot model are to be found on the underside of the router, which in the original is called Huawei E5180. After initial commissioning, the SSID as well as the password can be customized. In addition, users have the option of switching from the automatic selection of the WLAN channel to manual selection. The WLAN Cube is supported only by the much heavily overloaded 2.4 GHz range. If you want to use a 5 GHz router, you have to check other models such as the latest Huawei B525 and Huawei E5186 wireless gateway. If you want to use your own router instead of the congstar WLAN Cube, you have to make sure that it has the LTE standard and the frequency ranges used around 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz.  

 

 

However, the test also showed that congstar Homespot is not only working with 4G network. If LTE is not available at the desired location, the cube would work on 3G or 2G network automatically. We have switched the WLAN Cube, however, experimentally via the configuration menu to the GSM-only mode. Afterwards we were shown a strong signal.   In addition to the signal strength of the received mobile network, the configuration menu for the Huawei E5180 router also shows the current connection time and the transferred data volume. The WLAN status and information about the connected users are also available.

 

 

congstar as well as the manufacturer Huawei officially speak the E5180 Cube of a WLAN range of up to 250 meters. We have not achieved this value in practice. However, the signal is quite comparable to that of a classic DSL router like an AVM FRITZ! Box 7490. A mobile hotspot is much weaker. If, for example, a Huawei E5776 is only sufficient for supplying a small apartment or a hotel room, the congstar WLAN Cube can quite well cover a one-family house with wireless Internet access.    

 

Speed Test Good

 

We have continuous operated the wireless hotspot over several days. Internet access was always reliably available. A restart of the router was not required to stay on reception. The two lights on the outside of the device, which on the one hand display WLAN availability and, at the very least, the current strength of the received LTE signal, is practical.

 

 

Over several days, we have examined the data transfer rates offered by congstar's internet access. The provider itself provides up to 20 MBit/s in the downstream. This value was also achieved in the test, whereby the LTE signal strength also plays a role here. If only a medium reception level is displayed on the router, the data throughput also drops.    

 

On average, we reached between 20 and 21 MBit/s in the downstream and 5 to 6.5 MBit/s in the upstream. The response times were between 17 and 25 ms. The congstar homespot therefore provided similar performance data, such as a VDSL-25 connection in the fixed network. Even the somewhat higher latencies compared to the fixed net do not make themselves noticeable with normal surfing, with the use of e-mails, fairs, etc. It may not be the case for gamers, who need the lowest possible ping times.

 

 

It should be borne in mind that our performance tests have only been carried out at the location in Hessian Spessart, which is registered as the usage address for the congstar Homespot. We also carried out measurements on different days and at different times of the day. The results were quite similar, with Telekom's LTE-800 radio cell, which is available here, with a unrestricted data SIM generally providing data rates between 40 and 50 MBit/s in the downstream.

 

 

However, our results are not comparable to data rates and ping times at other sites. Depending on the number of users and the user behavior, depending on the network configuration and capacity, there can be significant differences. Above all, in cities it is quite possible that the well-developed LTE network of the Telekom has some overloading phenomena.  

 

In summary, the Huawei E5180 congstar homespot is good for wireless supply at a house, but missing the 5GHz WiFi band. The Ethernet port is also good for desktop and the internet speed is also good for most cases. If you would like to know more Huawei 4G router, welcome to check here: https://www.4gltemall.com/4g-wireless-router/huawei-4g-lte-wifi-router.html

Monday, June 12, 2017

OPPO R11 Plus LTE Specifications OPPO R11 Plus Smartphone (Buy OPPO R11 Plus Cell phone)

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* OPPO R11 Plus LTE Smartphone Specs and Features


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* Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), 4GB RAM/64GB ROM


* Dual 20 MP (f/2.6, AF) + 16 MP (f/1.7, PDAF) Primary camera, 20MP Secondary camera


* Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct


* Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

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* OPPO R11 LTE Smartphone Specs and Features


* 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 401ppi


* Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), 4GB RAM/64GB ROM


* Dual 20 MP (f/2.6, AF) + 16 MP (f/1.7, PDAF) Primary camera, 20MP Secondary camera


* Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct


* Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Friday, June 9, 2017

LTE Band 28 (700 MHz) Operators and LTE Devices for B28

LTE is used by the network providers in various frequency ranges. In the future, the area around 700 MHz(LTE Band 28) will be increasingly used. There are already some end devices such as 4G USB modems, LTE mobile hotspot, wireless routers, smartphones and tablets, which support LTE Band 28 and thus future-proof. The frequency bands around 700 MHz have so far been used for mobile communications worldwide by many carriers, see below the list of the operators who had deployed the LTE Band 28 below.

Country Network Provider/Operator Launch Date
Bhutan Tashicell April 2016
Japan KDDI Oct 2015
Japan NTT DoCoMo Jan 2015
Japan SoftBank Jan 2015
Maldives Ooredoo Apr 2013
Mongolia Unitel Nov 2016
Philippines Globe Jun 2016
Philippines Smart Jun 2016
Taiwan Ambit May 2015
Taiwan APT Dec 2014
Taiwan FarEasTone Jun 2014
Taiwan Taiwan Mobile Jun 2014
Finland DNA Feb 2017
France Free Sep 2016
Nigeria Glo Mobile Oct 2016
Argentina Personal Dec 2016
Brazil Algar Nov 2016
Brazil Claro Jun 2016
Brazil TIM Jun 2016
Brazil Vivo Apr 2017
Chile Claro Oct 2016
Chile Entel May 2016
Chile Movistar May 2016
Panama +Movil Mar 2015
Panama Claro Aug 2015
Panama Movistar Mar 2015
Peru Claro Sep 2016
Peru Movistar Jul 2016
Suriname Telesur Jan 2016
 

LTE Band 28(700MHz)

The frequency range between 703 and 733 megahertz (uplink) or between 758 and 788 megahertz (downlink) is defined as band 28. It is therefore an FDD LTE band (frequency division duplex, uplink and downlink are handled over separate frequency ranges). Globally speaking, the frequency range around 700 MHz is very popular for mobile applications, the band 28 is part of "APT700" and is seamlessly integrated into the LTE band 20 (800 MHz). Mobile broadband networks benefit from the additional usable radio spectrum. The advantages of the 700 MHz frequency range or band 28 are obvious: the spectrum allows a very good range and a comparatively very good indoor supply.

Network operators can offer a basic broadband supply in the country simply and cost-effectively and optimize the supply in buildings in cities. The disadvantage is the comparatively low radio spectrum per provider, the achievable speeds should be quite low with around 50-75 MBit/s in the downlink. In combination with other frequency bands (carrier aggregation with 800, 900, 1500 MHz, etc.), the data rates then increase rapidly, so that band 28 is an ideal complement to the already existing radio spectrum.

 

LTE devices for LTE Band 28 (700MHz)

Since many network providers had deployed the LTE band 28 for more than 2 years, many terminals are suitable for band 28, and more are added as time goes. Among them, many popular devices are from large manufacturers, for example the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, as well as the Apple iPhone models from the iPhone 6. Some users may want to know more details about the LTE user devices, please check below the LTE USB Modem for band 28, LTE Module for Band 28, LTE Mobile Hotspots for band 28, LTE Wireless router for band 28 and LTE Smartphone for Band 28:

LTE USB Modem for Band 28:
  1. Huawei E3372h-607
  2. ZTE MF833
  3. Huawei E8372h-607
  4. Huawei E8372h-608
  5. Huawei E8372h-510
  6. ZTE MF79

LTE Module for Band 28:
  1. Sierra AirPrime MC7430
  2. Sierra AirPrime EM7430
  3. Huawei ME906s-158
  4. Huawei ME916S
   
LTE Mobile Hotspot for Band 28:
  1. Huawei E5786s-62a
  2. Huawei E5786s-63a
  3. Huawei E5573s-606
  4. ZTE MF970
  5. ZTE MF980
  6. ZTE MF903
  7. ZTE MF905
  8. ZTE MF910
  9. Netgear Nighthawk M1
  10. Netgear Aircard 810s
  11. Netgear Aircard 790s
  12. Netgear Aircard 785s

LTE Wireless Router/Gateway for Band 28:
  1. Huawei B315s-607
  2. Huawei E5186s-61a

LTE Smartphone for Band 28:
  1. Samsung Galaxy S6 G9200
  2. Samsung Galaxy S6 G9209
  3. Samsung Galaxy S6 G9208
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N9200
  5. Sony Xperia X
  6. Sony Xperia Z5
  7. Sony Xperia M4
  8. Huawei Mate 9
  9. Huawei Mate 9 pro
  10. Huawei Honor Magic
  11. HTC 10
  12. HTC One X9
  13. HTC One M9+