Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ZTE MF93E 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Review

Following Huawei E5776, the candidates ZTE has a new 4G mobile hotspot now with LTE support and colorful screen on offer - ZTE MF93E. We have all the key data summarized for you and show you where advantages and disadvantages are similar to Huawei models and whether the purchase worthwhile.



LTE features and characteristics of ZTE MF93E
Manufacturer and model number ZTE MF93E
Download rate up to 100 MBit/s
Upload rate up to 50 MBit/s
Supported LTE bands LTE 1.8, 2.6 GHz (FDD) & 2.3, 2.6 GHz (TDD)
Backward compatible with: DC-HSPA+ / HSPA+ / UMTS / EDGE / GSM / GPRS
Support LTE-Advanced no
MIMO Support: MIMO 2x2
Connector for external antenna yes; 2 antenna sockets, type TS-9 available (buy ZTE MF93E antenna)
LTE Category: LTE Modem to Category 3 (CAT3)
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9215
Dimensions (LxWxH) 107 mm x 61 mm x 16 mm and 105 Gramm
USB-Standard USB 2.0
Memory card expansion yes; With 32 GB MicroSD
Battery capacity 2800 mAh,  10 hours
Compatible Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7+8, Mac OS (above 10.4)
Release March 2014
Availability on
Handbuch PDF unfortunately not yet available online


ZTE MF93E is a so-called "mobile hotspot" router. This type of device looks like space-saving mobile phone in pocket size, but they would provide just wireless network with router function. So users can go outside not just with one terminal, actually , in this case, up to 10 wireless devices could be taken if there is ZTE MF93E in hand.  





Technical data


The ZTE MF93E supports LTE category 3 at 1800 & 2600 MHz (FDD mode), and 2300 & 2600 in the TDD modulation mode. The latter, however, is largely prevalent in Asia. The LTE band 800 MHz is not covered, which means some insignificant shortcoming in certain area and countries. LTE Category 3 allowed data rates of up to 100 Mbps for downstream and 50 Mbps for upstream. In addition, however, the router can also access major 3G and 2G standards to the Internet, such as UMTS, HSPA+, EDGE or GSM.  




The WLAN module is working on 802.11b/g/n, so that internal networking data rates of up to 150 Mbps can be achieved. This is not necessarily "often state the art", but at least functional. After all, this is not self-evident; the operation in the dual band of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz is possible. In addition, there are two TS-9 ports located on the bottom for connecting an external antenna to the receiving optimization. ZTE MF93E has a battery of quite handsome capacity of 2800 mAh, which should be sufficient for 9-10 hours operating time. Of course, the user can also operate on AC power, provided a power source is present.        




On the front, ZTE MF93E has built a color information display. This is partly for control and also displays any relevant connection status, such as the radio standard used or surfing data volume during the online session.  




There is no doubt that ZTE MF93E is a very visually attractive device. Since the release time is too long ago in the first quarter of 2014, there are no technically new similar models for competition. The MF93E is most likely comparable with Huawei E589, which has similar specifications, but not all.  




In conclusion, ZTE MF93E satisfies the LTE category 3, and supports the maximum speed to 100Mbps, which is good enough for normal use under good network condition. Also the battery is good enough with 3000 mAh capacity. But if you want LTE category 4 mobile WiFi, the best alternative would be the Huawei E5372, which is already offering LTE Category 4 and connection speed reach up to 150mbps. Whether you think ZTE MF93E is suitable for you or not, you must make your own decision if you a real good 4G pocket MiFi.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Huawei E5372 4G LTE MiFi

Huawei E5372 was supposed to be the best LTE MiFi Router since 2013. Because E5372 MiFi is characterized by the support of almost all currently popular mobile radio standards, and has excellent mobility characteristics, thus Huawei E5372 is ideally suited for travel. We have found the following the most important features of E5372, along with the test report.










Features and characteristics of Huawei E5372

Manufacturer and model number Huawei E5372
Download rate Up to 150 MBit/s
Upload rate bis Up to 50 MBit/s
Supported LTE Bands: LTE Band 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz
Backup compatible Standards HSPA+, HSUPA, UMTS 850, 900 and 2100 MHz;EDGE, GPRS (2G) 850/900/1800/1900MHz
MIMO Support: Yes, 2x2
Connector for external antenna Yes, two TS-9 connector (Buy Huawei E5372 Antenna)
Category: LTE Modem to Category 4 (CAT4)
Network | LAN & WLAN
LAN Ports No, only wireless
WLAN Standards WLAN 802.11b/g/n
5 GHz WLAN support Yes
Encoding WEP, WPA/WPA2
USB 1x USB 2.0
Integrated battery about 1750mAh (duration about 5-6 hours)
Dimensions (H | B | T) and weight 99 x 62 x 14.4 mm and 130 Gramm
Information material
Test Report Huawei E5372 Test Report
Review Huawei E5372 Review (of identical R215)
Available at: On




On Huawei E5372, there is virtually nothing to be desired. It has not only mastered LTE in the popular category 3 but also supports the closest modern variant CAT4. This means that download rates can be reach as far as 100 Mbit/s, even 150 Mbit/s. The E5372 Router can be used virtually with all LTE providers in European countries, as the bands are supported at 800,900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz. It’s a pity that Huawei E5372 can’t be used with 4G networks in United States. But the device offers backward compatibility to all relevant 3G and 2G standards. So the 3G DC-HSDPA+ is supported. Under poor reception conditions, an external antenna can be connected. On the bottom there are two slots for the type TS-9 antenna.



In the Wi-Fi range, up to 10 users can be connected via hotspot on the Huawei E5372. Configuration is done via a menu in the web browser. The installation of special software is therefore not necessary. The integrated battery is characterized by a capacity of 1780 mAh, which should be enough for an operating time of 6 hours according to the manufacturer. If user operates the router using the USB cable to the laptop or PC, the power supply is continuous.  


  And user can also control the device via app. For Apple devices, a special free version called "Mobile WiFi App" is available. Important information, such as signal strength, connection time and data volume consumed, displayed in a small front panel.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Huawei B880 4G LTE Wireless Gateway Review

The Huawei B880 is available at since the beginning of this year. It’s not a new LTE router on the market. But many people don’t quite know about this LTE Category 4 WiFi router. About LTE Category 4, speeds of up to 150 megabits per second downstream are achievable, provided the network and the tariff are also suitable. As a stationary router, Huawei B880 also offers a powerful WLAN module and a LAN interface for easy connection of a network-enabled device. The following data sheet you will find all the details for the Huawei B880.


Features and characteristics of Huawei B880

Manufacturer and model number Huawei B880
Chipset HiSilicon Hi6920
Download rate Up to 150 MBit/s
Upload rate Up to 50 MBit/s
Supported LTE Bands: LTE 2600 MHz / 1800 MHz / 800 MHz
backward compatible with: DC-HSPA+/ UMTS  (900 und bei UMTS 2100 MHz) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
MIMO Support: MIMO 2x2
Connector for external antenna yes, 2 SMA connectors (Buy Huawei B880 Antenna)
Category: LTE Modem to Category 4 (CAT4)
With integrated telephone system yes, VOIP SIP Client
Connection for analog phones yes, 1xRJ11
integrator answering machine -
Network | LAN & WLAN
LAN Ports 1 LAN Port; 1 WAN Port
WLAN Standards 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for up to 32 users
5 GHz WLAN support no
Encoding WEP, WPA, WPA2
USB yes, 1x USB 2.0
Dimensions / Weight 15cm x 18cm x 9cm/ 400g
Information material
Manual Not available online
Available to buy on


Compact design, fast LTE  


The Huawei B880 is distinguished by the design quite different from its sister model, the Huawei B593. The latter is available for "Vodafone B2000" or "Telekom Speedport LTE II". The B880 is not only smaller than the B593, and it also has a completely different design and has fewer connection ports on the back. Inside the Huawei B880, there is a HiSilicon Hi6920 modem which supports speed up to 150 Mbit/s over LTE Category 4. If there is no LTE available on site, it is accessible via the UMTS accelerator DC-HSPA+ and nevertheless still get a speed of up to 42.2 Mbit/s in the downlink and 5.76 Mbit/s in the uplink. Two rear connectors on the back allow requesting the gain of the radio signal.


Devices of all kinds are either connected via LAN cable or via WLAN with the Huawei B880 LTE router. The LAN port reaches a maximum of 100 Mbit/s, Wi-Fi speed at least 150 Mbit/s. At least one Gigabit LAN port would have it may be. The maximum 32 WiFi devices could be connected simultaneously, which is appropriate for most users. As a special feature to mention is the USB 2.0 interface. Storage media or printers on the network for several terminals are available. After configuration is done, just like a normal router, a corresponding web interface that can be opened in any browser.    


VoIP Function  


As one of the few LTE Routers, Huawei B880 also has a phone function. While no calls are possible directly via the mobile network, but the device is designed for Voice over IP (VoIP) and can be configured accordingly. An analog telephone can be connected to the RJ-11 port on the back.  

Availability and Price  


The Huawei B880 LTE router is in online trading, the unlocked Huawei B880 would work with almost all the 4G network operators in Europe, Asia and Australia. So If you are want higher link speed, Huawei B880 is a good wireless gateway to consider.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Update Huawei E398 Firmware

Just like mobile phone, if a 4G modem is used for long time, there will be some errors such sudden connection terminated, no signal, don’t read SIM card, no response when plug in etc.. During this time, it’s necessary to update the firmware of the 4G modem and let it work well. This process is like the re-install the operation system in PC. After update, the 4G modem will connect smoothly, and quickly. In some case, the connection speed may increase obviously with same SIM card.  


Huawei E398 is one of the best 4G USB modem that was used by thousands of customers over the world. Some users may want to update the firmware of their E398 but can’t find the driver or don’t know the user guide to update. Today, we will give the guide how to update the firmware of Huawei E398, hope it would help our customer to have better surfing experience on 4G networks:

1.  Plug the Huawei E398 to your PC

2. Install the old driver that is already with the E398

3. Download the update driver for E398 here:

4. Run the driver and follow the steps to update the firmware

5. On the third step, there is flash code required to proceed. On the website  you can enter the IMEI number of your E398 and let it calculate, you will get the flash code 6. Enter the flash code to process the update. After finished, your E398 is with new firmware now  


What we have to mention is that on the step 5, you will also get the unlock code of your Huawei E398, if you want to unlock your E398, you can do it after firmware update. The website calculate your E398 unlock code, you note it and plug a SIM card that is different from the locked network, it will require unlock code to let them work together, now you can enter the noted unlocked code and get unlocked Huawei E398.   But if your E398 is already unlocked, it’s unnecessary to do the unlocking again. Any questions, welcome to leave your message on the blog.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ZTE Flare 4G LTE Cat6 Mobile Hotspot

The Chinese manufacturer "ZTE" has already announced a new hotspot router to the Mobile World Congress 2014 that will support LTE-Advanced with up to 300 Mbit/s for the first time. The new hotspot is named ZTE Flare. The device is equipped with the latest wireless technology. Here are the key data details.  


ZTE Flare Features and Characteristics

Manufacturer ZTE
LTE Category LTE Category 6 (Cat6)
Chipset Qualcomm Gobi ™ 9x30 with RF360
Download Rate 300Mbit/s
Upload Rate 50Mbit/s
Supported LTE Bands Still unknown
Backward compatible with unknown yet
Support LTE-Advanced Yes
WLAN 802.11ac/a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz/5GHz
WiFi chipset Qualcomm VIVE QCA6174
MIMO Support MIMO 2 x 2
Connector for external antenna Yes, 2 TS-9 antenna sockets (Buy ZTE Flare Antenna)
USB Standard USB 2.0
Memory Card expansion MicroSD up to 32GB
Battery 2300mAh
Other functions  SMS, IPv6, IPv4
Compatible operation system Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 +8, Mac OS (10.4 or higher)
Release Summer or fall 2014


From 2014 autumn, many European network providers are trying to launch the next generation LTE (So called LTE-Advanced). Based on new technology, the current data rates of up to 300Mbit/s could be achieved. However, in order to use the “LTE 2.0”, customers require new hardware so that the devices could support LTE Category 6. Both ZTE and its rival Huawei are also preparing the new models. Then ZTE announced its first Cat6 device for the second half of the year, named “Flare”.


Portable Router ZTE Flare is called WiFi hotspot router, but it’s designed for mobile use and allows multiple users to share the wireless network through it. More powerful than Huawei E5786 LTE Cat6 mobile hotspot, ZTE Flare could support maximum up to 32 users to access internet. Based on the LTE Category6,  the peak speed of 300Mbps will provide good surf experience for the users.  


ZTE Flare is the world’s first device that uses Gobi chipset from Qualcomm, more specifically; it’s the “Gobi 9x30”. It’s made in ultra-thin 20nm process and consumes less energy than conventional radio chips. It’s said the new chipset will save almost up to 15 percent power. Per the LTE-A support and carrier aggregation, the qualcomm chipst can combine two RF bands of different spectral ranges, so that the LTE providers can operate up to 40MHz total bandwidth for data transmission. According to 3GPP standard, tapes 5, 10, 15 or 20 MHz are combines. In this way, data rates can reach up to 300mbps. The Gobi dominates beyond FDD and TDD modulation. The former is common in Europe and North America, the later specially in the Asian region.  


Of course, according to the latest AC standard, ZTE flare can supports up to 540Mbps based on installed VIVE 502.11ac WiFi chip from Qualcomm. The WiFi chipset is compatible with previous 802.a/b/g/n and can be operated at 2.4GHz or 5GHz. As mentioned before, the flare hotspot allows end users of up to 32 devices. There are two additional ports for connecting external antennas (TS-9 socket).  


Like other mobile hotspot router, there is a LCD screen on the front and users can see many important connection information, such as surf duration, radio standard or consumed volume. Many people want to know which one is better between ZTE Flare and Huawei E5786, we will give full explanation after we get the samples of them.            

Monday, August 11, 2014

Difference between ZTE MF831 and MF823

ZTE MF831 is the new 4G LTE Wireless modem which supports TDD & FDD networks. It’s a LTE Category 4 Internet USB Stick, which support peak download speed up to 150Mbps on FDD network and upload speed to 50Mbps. Since we had introduced the predecessor ZTE MF823 USB Stick, what’s the difference between the two sticks? Today, we will have a look at the difference between them.







Form Type 4G Datacard 4G Datacard
Category LTE Cat4 LTE Cat3
Frequency Bands LTE-FDD 800(B20)/900(B8)/1800(B3)/2600(B7)/2100MHz LTE TDD 2600(B38) OR 2300M(B40) LTE-FDD: 800/900/1800/2600MHz
UMTS 900/2100MHz UMTS 900/2100MHz
GPRS/GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz GPRS/GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Data Rates LTE Peak Download Speed to 150Mbps LTE Upload Speed to 50Mbps LTE Peak Download Speed to 100Mbps LTE Upload Speed to 50Mbps
DC-HSPA+ DL Speed to 42Mbps, UL Speed to 11Mbps DC-HSPA+ DL Speed to 42Mbps, UL Speed to 5.76Mbps
MIMO Yes Yes
Interface USB USB
Antenna Built-in Antenna Built-in Antenna, Two external Antenna Connectors
Storage SD card MicroSD card expandable to 32GB MicroSD card expandable to 32GB
Supported OS Win7, Windows XP, Vista, Win8, Mac OS Win8,Win7,Vista,Windows XP,Mac OS
Online Upgrade Yes Yes
Dimension 90×28.4×13mm 90×28.4×13mm


From the blank, we can see ZTE MF831 and MF823 are in the same dimension. ZTE MF831 is the upgraded version of ZTE MF823. MF831 is LTE Category 4 Stick which supports peak download speed to 150mbps, and it’s first ZTE LTE Cat4 Stick. With the support TDD network, ZTE MF831 could work well with more network providers. It supports more LTE Bands than MF823, and data rate speed is almost 1.5 times than MF823.  


They are both compatible with 3G UMTS 900/2100MHz networks; with DC-HSPA+ technology, they could reach peak download speed to 42mbps. When LTE networks are not available, they would automatically switch to UMTS network to get the reliable network with fastest speed. But ZTE MF831 support upload speed to 11Mbps while MF823 supports 5.76Mbps.  


However, it seems there is no external antenna connector in MF831, while MF823 has two external antenna connectors which will be more useful for MIMO connection. They both support microSD storage card expandable to 32GB. And they can both works with the latest operation system: Win7, Windows XP, Vista, Win8, Mac OS etc..  


So ZTE MF831 is better with upgraded function, but if you want the 4G datacard with antenna connector, MF823 seems to be the right model.    

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Huawei Honor 6 LTE Cat6 Smartphone Test

Following the release of Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 920 chipset, Huawei Honor then debut the world’s first new Category 6 4G LTE Smartphone based on this platform. The model number is Huawei Honor 6. The main core A15 and A7 will help this new phone improve the performance obviously. As the successor of the 4G technology, Huawei Honor 6 brings the new LTE Cat6 Standard, the theoretical downstream speed could reach up to 300Mbps, and the total configuration of honor 6 is better than any models ever. So what’s the real performance of this new phone and what it means to Huawei, let’s have a test of the new smartphone.



Octa-core up to 300Mbps Peak Speed  


Huawei Honor 6 has a 5 inch screen and is based on the Hisilicon Kirin 920 processor; the CPU of Honor 6 has two parts in the form of big.LITTLE, one is qual-core A12 and the other is qual-core A7. The GPU has 3GB RAM based on ARM Mali-T628 qual-core.



Like other mobile phones, Huawei Honor 6 has two cameras, rear camera is 13 mega pixels with Huawei own smart engine, and front camera is 5 mega pixels. With the support of Huawei 4G modem, Honor 6 could reach peak download speed up to 300mbps theoretically, which is the double speed of LTE Cat4 downstream, and 14 times of 3G HSPA+ link speed.



Main Specifications of Huawei Honor 6


Huawei Honor 6

Screen Resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

4G Network


3G Network

China Unicom Version: 3G(WCDMA), 2G(GSM)China Mobile Version: 3G TD-SCDMA, 2G

Supported Frequency

2G:GSM 850/900/1800/1900 3G:WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz3G:  TD-SCDMA 1900/2100MHz

Operation System

Android OS 4.4


Hisilicon Kirin 920






Rear 13 Mega Pixels/ Front 500 Mega Pixels



7.5 mm Thickness and 5 inch 1080 Screen  


Huawei Honor 6 has a 5 inch screen from JDI, from the configuration; we can see honor 6 is the flagship of honor series smartphones, so the resolution reaches 1080p. The whole screen occupies the 75.7% space of the front body with 2.86 mm super narrow side. The screen is protected by the Gorilla Glass3 from Corning.



The inserted button follow the tradition of Huawei Honor series style, which can save the body size and increase the screen occupy rate to some extent.  


3D flare texture and Diamond composite texture  


The back of Honor 6 adopts the design of 3D flare texture and Diamond composite texture. The whole back of honor 6 is with good touch feel like glass, just like the Huawei Ascend P7. The main camera on the back is 13 mega pixels with two LED flash, which seems not to improve double color temperature and just for flash lightness.  There is also loudspeaker and logo on the back, the position is very similar to Ascend P7.  


The three quarter of honor 6 is covered by metal in silver color and many buttons are listed in the metal side. On the top side, there is infrared transmitter, which is used for remote control of home electronics and reduces the noise from microphone. On the right side in middle, there are two Micro-SIM card slots and one SD card slot. User need open the tip and plug Sim card and then use the phone.




Considering the power consumption of Qual-core A15, Huawei Honor 6 has inserted battery of 3100mAh, which is under the back cover. The dimension of 139.6 x 69.7 x 7.5 mm is good for user to take in one hand.  


Dynamic screen lock and Emotiion UI 2.3 Honor 6 combines the Android 4.4 and Emotion UI 2.3 operation system, which makes the Honor brand younger and simple design is more popular in young users.



Honor 6 adopt the dynamic lock screen, which will update the status from blog, news on the screen without unlock the screen. User could customize the information they are interested in and get update freely. In addition, the lock screen has a shortcut menu like iOS 7, which help use to easily open the calculator, calendar, and flashlight etc..  



onor 6 also provides own mobile phone manager and power saving management, the former is for the apps with large power consumption, files clearance and Harassment interception; the latter is to save power with multiple solution. The basic logic is to adjust the CPU or close the GPS and network connection etc..



With the infrared remote controller, Huawei Honor 6 can control Huawei wireless routers and air conditioner or TV in other brands, the supported equipments are the common well-known.   Hisilicon Kirin 920 Video and Game Compatibility Test Huawei Hisilicon has always the compatibility problem for long time based on Vivante GC CPU. Now the Kirin 920 has improved the performance and with Qual-core Mali-T628 GPU, the compatibility problem will disappear then. Now we will take tests on the Video and Game compatibility. In the Video, only RMVB can’t be supported well and no voice comes out on MKV, other 1080p video can play smoothly without delay.



In the game test, we run the game “Need for Speed 17”, “Asphalt 8”, “Modern warfare 4” and they all works smoothly. The GPU will not be a problem for Huawei Honor 6.


Big.LITTLE Structure and Kirin 920   As the typical models of processor made-by-China, Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 920 is the new star with Octa-core. Kirin 920 is produced based on 28 nm technology and octa-core big.LITTLE structure, including Qual-core Cortex-A15 and Qual-core Cortex-A7. The main frequency of A15 could reach 2GHz. The two cores could work simultaneously and GPU is Mali-T628MP4.   Kirin 920 has inserted co-processor named i3, so it can run in low power consumption. And ISP is also made by Huawei, which can reduce the noise and supports video decode 4K H.265, but 4K is not supported.



In the telecommunication, Kirin 920 dominates the Huawei LTE Advanced module, supporting LTE Cat6 standard, and supporting TD-LTE/LTE FDD/TS-SCDMA/WCDMA/GSM five network modes. And it also support SGLTE/CSFB and VoLTE 4G voice call etc.   Below are the test screen shot for Kirin 920:   CPU-Z:




AnTuTu Test:



3D Mark Test:



Vellamo Test:



Kirin 920 Octa-core working:




From the debut of Honor 6, the key point is on the Kirin 920 platform. And from the test, we can see Kirin 920 is much better then predecessor K3V2 not only on the performance but also the functions. So we can conclude Huawei Honor 6 is on the top series smartphones with improved performance and compatibility ability.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vodafone R210 Mini LTE Router

The Mini LTE Hotspot Vodafone R210 Mobile Wi-Fi Router can be seen everywhere stationary or mobile use. You can use the R210 Mini hotspot at home as a DSL alternative for multiple devices. The R210 Mobile Wi-Fi LTE Router has integrated a powerful battery. So you can use the R210 Mini mobile hotspot on the road to access internet through smartphone, laptop or tablet via WLAN. The R210 Pocket router is ideal for business trips or holidays.


Vodafone R210 MiFi Specifications:  


* No SIM lock or Netlock (Unlocked)

* Manufacturer: Huawei (identical for the Huawei E589u-12)

* Supported network standards:

- 4G: LTE800, LTE1800, LTE2600 to up to 100 Mbit/s

- 3G: UMTS Broadband, with DC-HSPA+ 900/2100 MHz up to 43.2 Mbit/s

- 2G: GSM: Quadband 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE support

* Download speed: up to 100 Mbit/s

* Upload speed: up to 50 Mbit/s

* Wi-Fi b/g/n up to 30 Mbit/s with encryption: WEP, WPA, WPA2

* Button for WPS encryption on the mini router

* WLAN supports up to 5 mobile devices

* TFT screen display for the battery charge status, the reception strength and connection technology.

* Antenna connector for external antenna TS-9 (Buy Vodafone R210 Antenna)

* Micro USB connection - only usable as a power supply

* Micro-SD memory card slot: The internal memory is expandable with an SD memory card to 32GB.

* App for iPhone or Android for operating the Vodafone R210 Mobile available

* Battery: 3300mAh permanently installed for up to 4 hours continuous operation

* Housing: Plastic

* Dimensions: H 113 x W 62 x D 13.5 mm

* Weight: 140 grams

* Color: black  


The Configuration of Vodafone R210 Mobile WiFi Hotspot is very simple.  


Step 1:  Plug the SIM card to R210 and then turn on the mini router. The MiFi Router can operate with SIM cards of all LTE providers in Europe. Usually, the R210 Router would automatically read the operators’ information and get connected with wireless network. After LTE connection is made, user can log in the web management page to setup the WiFi key, SSID and other parameters if necessary. For all other simcards from LTE provider, you just need log in the Web page to create a new connection profile with the APN of the existing LTE provider.  

Step 2: Computer, laptop or smartphone can connect to the R210 Mobile via WLAN. Wi-Fi password is on the back of the mini router.  

Step 3: Visit website and you can manage the settings of Vodafone R210. Vodafone Mobile Wifi could be monitored in iPhone, iPad or Android by the "Vodafone Mobile Wifi Monitor". It’s a useful APP with the obtained information on battery status, power and signal strength and consumed data volume.  



The R210 Mobile is easy to use with the APP Vodafone Mobile Wifi monitor. The battery has enough power sufficient to normal daily use. Up to 4 hours working time is enough for outdoor use. The R210 MiFi supports web standards EDGE, UMTS, HSPA+ and LTE. The mini router automatically logs itself always in the fastest network available. With changing in 2G, 3G and 4G reception, we were able to test extensively at a car on the A8 motorway, we have found no problems and no download aborts. The little mini Hotspot is absolutely practical especially on vacation. You can then save expensive fees for the use of WLAN in the hotel. The Vodafone Mini Router R210 is highly recommended. Through WiFi, the maximum connection speed is limited to the LTE network to 30 Mbit/s which is also confirmed in our speed test. This is sufficient for most LTE users.

Monday, August 4, 2014

How to unlock Netgear 341u Aircard

Netgear Aircard 341u is a latest new 4G USB Modem; it follows its predecessors Sierra Aircard 320u and 330u in appearance. But after Netgear acquired the Sierra Wireless Aircards, Netgear didn’t change the body design, the good news is that there is improvement on the application. There is LED screen which will help user read more information about the connection status about the Aircard, which is much more user-friendly than Aircard 330u and 320u.  


However, since Netgear 341u is presented to public by US operator Sprint, the Aircard 341u is locked to its network and can’t use other providers’ SIM cards or roam over the world. So if you want to use the Netgear Aircard 341u with other SIM cards, or take the Aircard 341u with you to overseas, it’s necessary to unlock the 341u. But many people don’t know how to unlock it. Today we will give instruction about how to unlock Netgear Aircard 341u, below is the unlocking guide:

  1. Download the unlock tool here: and install it to your PC
  2. Plug the Aircard 341u to your PC and install the driver.
  3. After driver installation, run the DC-unlocker
  4. Login the tool at the right side(if you don’t have account, you need register a new account)




5. In the Dc-unlocker window, Select manufacturer in step 1, Select model in step 2 and press detect in step 3 (check below image for reference)  




6. After the DC-unlocker detect the full information about the Aircard 341u, press the unlocking at the right side.




7. After get the unlock code, you can unlock the Aircard 341u easily.  


  If you want to unlock Netgear 340u or other Sierra Wireless Aircards, you could also use this method. However, you need buy credits to enjoy this service.    

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Huawei E5186 LTE Cat6 Wireless Gateway Review

From 2014, Huawei bring a new 4G router E5186 to its 4G product range, which is expected to mark a quantum leap in the development for 4G equipment. It’s virtual that all of the new standards are on board and will shape new global standards from the end of 2014. For the first time, LTE-Advanced (CAT6) and VoLTE are supported on the same device, that is Huawei E5186 LTE Wireless Gateway. You can read more about the new flagship below.




Features and characteristics of Huawei E5186

Manufacturer and type designation   Huawei E5186s-22 (HiSilicon chip)  
Download rate   Up to 300 Mbit/s  
Upload rate   Up to 50 Mbits/s  
Supported LTE Bands:   LTE 2600 MHz / 2100 MHz / 1800 MHz / 900 MHz / 800 MHz (FDD) + LTE 2600 MHz TDD  
LTE-Advanced Support   yes (first time)  
Backward compatible with   HSPA/HSPA+/UMTS (900/2100 MHz); GSM  
MIMO Support   MIMO 2x2  
Connector for external antenna   yes, 2 SMA connectors (Buy Huawei E5186 Antenna)  
Category   LTE modem category 6! (CAT6)  
With integrated telephone system   yes, VOIP SIP Client  
Support VoLTE (Voice over LTE)   yes  
Connection for analog phones   yes, 2xRJ11  
DECT   no  
Integrator answering machine   -  
Network | LAN & WLAN  
LAN ports   4 LAN Gigabit ports (RJ45)  
WLAN standards   WLAN 802.11b/g/n/ac for up to 64 users  
5 GHz WLAN support   yes  
Encoding   WEP, WPA, WPA2  
USB   yes, 1 x USB 2.0  
Dimensions / Weight   194 x 177 x 64 mm and 450 grams  
Information material  
Manual   Not available online  
Available   On WWW.4GLTEMALL.COM  


LTE Advanced and VoLTE  

In spite of the appearance of Huawei E5186 looks like its predecessor Huawei B593, the standard is still the new evolution of the LTE technology.  Many European operator such as O2, Vodafone and Telekom, start deploying the further significant faster LTE-Advanced network from this summer. With the LTE-Advanced technology, the data rate of 225-300 Mbps could be achieved. We also concern about "true" LTE telephone which has not been in use. The so-called VoLTE is very convenient when calling significantly increases. Huawei E5186 could also work at the outdoor environment and is therefore ideally equipped for the future.  


Technology at a glance  

As already indicated, the wireless capabilities of the E5186 are outstanding. LTE is supported on the band 1/3/7/8/20 and 38 on Huawei E5186s-22. But there is Huawei E5186s-61 which supports different LTE frequency bands. In addition to LTE-Advanced  Category 6 ( CAT6 ), the operation over 3G and 2G is also possible. So all mobile phone types are supported by Huawei E5186. The router also dominates the latest wireless standard AC so that internal networks can be established with a maximum data rate of 1300 Mbps. A bottleneck via WLAN is therefore not to be expected in LTE-Advanced mode.





On the back of Huawei E5186, there are 4 Gigabit LAN ports (RJ45), two RJ-11 jacks for phones and a USB port. In addition, the power port and an on/off switch are at the side of phone jacks. Two external antennas can also be connected as usual, in case the reception conditions are not sufficient.  




You will probably never find a DECT connection at Huawei. However, the operation over VOIP is possible on E5186. What is new, as already mentioned, the support of Voice over LTE ( VoLTE ). If the provider offers the LTE technology, calls can thus be handled directly by the contract SIM card via mobile phone. The advantage for customers: more stable connections, call setup in under 2 seconds, and perfect voice quality.    


The Huawei E5186 has some OEM version at the leading LTE vendors. Vodafone will soon release the B4000 LTE Gateway with Vodafone logo. Probably the Telekom will use the device, but it is not yet known. Here now the E5186 is already available on If you want it, you could have a check.  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Netgear Aircard 340u (AT&T Beam) Features

Even though the 4G LTE was becoming the hot topic from last year in new trend, when we talk about some 4G terminals, the first expression is that it’s too old. Yes, since more and more 4G equipments are presented to public, the first generation 4G devices seems to be out of time and it’s the time for new gadgets.   As the important ISP in USA, AT&T is in the first batch operators who deployed 4G networks and launched to commerce. Some contractor with AT&T may know the wireless datacard Sierra Aircard 313u, but they may not know the new Aircard Netgear 340u, the new generation 4G USB Stick. With the new chipset, performance and optimized function, Netgear 340u could fully replace the Aircard 313u.




That’s why we say Sierra Aircard 313u is old. We are not sure whether Sierra Aircard is end of life, but now it’s the time for Netgear aircard 340u. The Aircard 340U is available for AT&T and named AT&T Beam. Today, we will have a look at what is upgraded on Aircard 340.      




As the core part of a 4G Aircard, the chipset decides how the aircard works and perform, and stability. The aircard 313u is with Qualcomm chipset MDM9200, the Netgear 340u is based on Qualcomm MDM9215 and chipset. The MDM9215 is the new generation chipset with better efficiency than 313u chipset MDM9200.  MDM9215 is optimized on the power consumption and data processing.    


Supported 4G Frequency Bands    


To use a 4G Aircard, the first concern is the 4G frequency band that the aircard could works with. It decides where you can use and which operator the aircard could use. The Sierra 313u support AT&T 4G band 4 and 17 (700/AWS MHz). The Netgear 340u supports more bands, including Band 2 / 4 / 5 / 17 (700/850/AWS/1900MHz). It covers even other providers’ 4G bands. So the unlocked Netgear 340u can work with not only AT&T SIM card, but also the operators in other countries such as Canada Roger Wireless.    




On the back of Aircard 313u, there is no LED screen, only the logo of AT&T is printed on the back cover. The upgraded AT&T Beam has LED screen, which will show the 4G signal, used data and operator.    




The USB design is rotatable for 180 degree, and the USB end could rotate for 360 degree. They both have this feature, which is very user-friendly design.  





Netgear 340U is a LTE category 3 USB modem, which could support peak download speed to 100mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. With the DC-HSPA+/WCDMA and 2G GSM/EDGE/GPRS backward, Aircard 340U could switch between LTE/UMTS/GSM modes.  


External Antenna  


There are two external antenna connectors in the Netgear 340U. The two connectors are TS-9 connectors; with external antenna, user can improve the data rates obviously with 2 X 2 MIMO.  


In conclusion, Netgear 340U is reliable 4G Aircard, especially for North American market. The unlocked one would help users to travel almost all the countries.          

Monday, July 28, 2014

Huawei E5786 4G LTE Cat6 MiFi

Many people are using the most popular Huawei E5776 4G Mobile WiFi Hotspot. It’s the world first LTE Category 4 MiFi that supports maximum download speed to 150Mbps. With the 4G LTE is more and more applied in our lives, Huawei is becoming one of the most well-known 4G Pocket router till now.  


    However, this is not the end. A few months ago, Huawei released a new generation mobile WiFi hotspot: Huawei E5786. This is the world’s first LTE Category 6 MiFi. With upgraded chipset and functions, Huawei E5786 will dominate the Cat6 terminals. Then what’re the main upgraded functions?   Before we introduce the details of Huawei E5786 and E5776, we should introduce some features and difference about LTE Category 6 and 4. The table below shows some main features of them for your reference:    


3GPP release

User equipment category

Maximum L1 datarate downlink

Maximum number of DL MIMO layers

Maximum L1 datarate uplink

Release 8 Category 1 10.3 Mbit/s 1 5.2 Mbit/s
Release 8 Category 2 51.0 Mbit/s 2 25.5 Mbit/s
Release 8 Category 3 102.0 Mbit/s 2 51.0 Mbit/s
Release 8 Category 4 150.8 Mbit/s 2 51.0 Mbit/s
Release 8 Category 5 299.6 Mbit/s 4 75.4 Mbit/s
Release 10 Category 6 301.5 Mbit/s 2 or 4 51.0 Mbit/s
Release 10 Category 7 301.5 Mbit/s 2 or 4 102.0 Mbit/s
Release 10 Category 8 2,998.6 Mbit/s 8 1,497.8 Mbit/s



From the table, we can see the LTE Cat6 could fulfill the peak link speed up to 300Mbps, almost the double of the LTE cat5. Now you may know the difference between Huawei E5786 and E5776. Under perfect network environment, Huawei E5786 could achieve the downstream up to 300Mbps.Based on current technology; this wireless connection speed is really amazing! That’s the top selling point of E5786.  




So is there other difference between E5786 and E5776? With LED screen showing important information for the mobile WiFi, they both support maximum up to 10 wireless terminals to access internet based on huawei own brand chipset. There is no doubt that Huawei E5786 is with latest, better chipset than E5776, even the best Huawei chipset till now.  




The size of E5786 is a little bit thicker than E5776, and they both have external connector. We believe Huawei E5786 will also have the various sub-models like E5776. But we haven’t gotten such information. The battery capacity of them are large enough for almost 6 or more working hours, Huawei E5786 battery is more powerful with better performance after optimization and chipset grade. We will keep update about the Huawei E5786, please keep follow if you are interested in this pocket WiFi.  


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vodafone K5006Z VS Vodafone K5005

We had noted that Vodafone K5006Z is already available on the market with tariff for users, somebody may have some memory about the previous model Vodafone K5005. Yes, you are right, they are both LTE Stick for Vodafone 4G networks. But if you want to buy a LTE Stick for Vodafone SIM card, which one to buy? What’s the difference between them? Which one is better? To ask these questions, it proves you are a serious buyer. Many people just buy the 4G sticks with the contract without the corresponding concern. But if you want to buy unlocked LTE Stick, you may concern which one you can benefit more.



In this article, we will see what the difference between the two models is and which one is better. Vodafone K5006Z is available later than K5005, but they are both customized by Vodafone in red and white appearance. Below is the table listing the specifications of Vodafone K5006Z and Vodafone K5005:  


Model Number

 Vodafone K5006z

Vodafone K5005

SIM Lock Status

Unlocked, SIM Card Free

Unlocked, SIM Card Free




Form type

4G Internet Stick/4G LTE Stick

4G Internet Stick/4G LTE Stick


 Qualcomm MDM9200

 Qualcomm MDM9200


LTE Category 3 (3GPP Release 8) USB Modem

TE Category 3 (3GPP Release 8) USB Modem


Network Bands

4G/LTE Frequency Bands Vodafone K5006Z: Band 3/7/20 (800/1800/2600MHz) Vodafone K5005: Band 3/7/20 (800/1800/2600MHz)  
3G UMTS/WCDMA Bands UMTS 900/1900/2100Mhz UMTS 900/1900/2100Mhz  
2G GPRS/GSM/EDGE GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz  

Data Rate Speed

4G/LTE FDD link Speed Downstream: 100Mbit/s Upstream: 50Mbit/s  
4G/TD-LTE link Speed Downstream: N/A Downstream: N/A  
3G HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+ Link Speed Downstream: 42Mbit/s Downstream: 42Mbit/s  

Other Features

MIMO Support YES YES  
WiFi Support NO NO  
Maximum Users Supported 1 User 1 User  
SD Card Slot YES, SD card up to 32GB YES, SD card up to 32GB  
USB Type 2.0 2.0  
External Antenna Connector 2 (TS-9) 2 (TS-9)  
Dimensions 90 x 27 x 18mm 90 x 25 x 15mm  
Weight 40g 40g  
OS Supported Windows/Linux/Mac OS Windows/Linux/Mac OS  


From the table above, we can see that the main difference between the Vodafone K5006 and K5005 is the manufacturer. Vodafone K5006 is manufactured by ZTE, so it’s also called Vodafone K5006Z; Vodafone K5005 is from Huawei. The second difference is dimension, the size of the 4G modems are similar. We have to mention that both of them are with rotatable USB connector, which will save much space for users.



So we can conclude that the two modems are very similar in function and performance based on the same chipset. If you prefer to Huawei or ZTE Brand, you can choose the modem on their brands.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Huawei E5786 VS ZTE Flare LTE Cat6 MiFi

Since more and more operators launched theor 4G LTE network, the end users could access the wireless network in high speed for suring. The new technology improves the quaility of our life in almost every aspect, however, when more and more industies apply this technology, the basic 4G network seems not enough for high data requirement. The lucky thing is that thechnology is developing to find better solution in our life: LTE-A technology is bound to provide higher data transmisson.




We had introduced many LTE category 4 or CAT 5 USB stick and WiFi router, they are born to support the wireless speed for 100 or 150 megabytes per scend. But the vendors didn’t stop here. At the beginning of 2014, two LTE category 6 mobile WiFi were presented to public. They are Huawei E5786 and ZTE flare.   Before we introduce the two new terminals, it is necessary to have a review about the LTE categories and their corresponding connection speed that could be achieved. Below table shows the data information for reference:



On the table, we can see the LTE category 6 can provide the support for 300mbit/s downlink speed, which is the double of current CAT5, and three times than CAT3. Huawei E5786 and ZTE Flare are the two new gadget to achieve this fantastic link speed.




So here comes a question, if my ISP provides the LTE Cat6 network, which one is better between the Huawei E5786 and ZTE Flare? To answer this question, we must first know their functions and difference, which will help us to make the right decision. Then what’s the main difference between them?   We can compare below the main features of them:



Model Number

Huawei E5786

ZTE Flare

Category Cat6 Cat6
Chipset HiSilicon Qualcomm Gobi 9×30
Maximum Speed (FDD) 300Mbps DL/50Mbps UL 300Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
Maximum Speed (TDD) 224Mbps DL 224Mbps DL
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
WiFi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Maximum WiFi Connection Users



External Antenna Connector 2 TS-9 connectors 2 TS-9 connectors
Dimensions 106.0 x 66.0 x 15.9 mm unknown yet



From the table above, the features are very similar except the Chipset and supported WiFi users. Huawei E5786 is based Huawei own brand Hisilicon LTE Cat6 chipset while ZTE Flare is running on Qualcomm latest Gob 9x30 chipset. We can’t conclude which chipset is better, after we get the device, we will test the function. Theoretically, Qualcomm chipset is better than Huawei, which also decides the high cost of ZTE Flare. The second one is Huawei E5786 support maximum 10 WiFi users while ZTE Flare could support 32 wireless terminals via WiFi.  


It seems ZTE Flare is more powerful than Huawei E5786, after we get the price quote, use will make a balance between them.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Huawei Ascend P7 - New Huawei Flagship 4G Smartphone Available

Huawei P7 is officially released today, which is the new Huawei's flagship smartphone in this year with a long-awaited Hisilicon Kirin 910T quad-core processor. With the aluminum alloy frame and whole-body design, the continuation of the ultra-thin concept from Ascend P6, the thickness of Huawei P7 is only 6.5 mm. On May 8 morning, Huawei accept online booking.


Industrial design is an important selling point of Huawei P series, P7 is not an exception. On the back, glass composite added great texture with 6.5 mm slim aluminum frame and all-metal power button, makes Huawei P7 is very eye-catching.


Huawei P7 uses a 5.0-inch screen (1080p resolution) with 445PPI, display fine, accurate color reproduction. With the third generation Corning Gorilla Glass, official data showed that this generation of Corning Glass has improved the structural strength over the previous generation, ability of resistance to scratch improves for three times.

Using the latest Hisilicon processors, Taking pictures is a selling point The processor is also an important point for Huawei P7 upgrade that the latest Hisilicon K910T with 1.8HGz frequency is adopted in P7. The processor is an upgraded version of Hisilicon KT910, first appeared on the Huawei Mate 2, the qual-core A9 composition.

In the debut, Huawei highlighted P7 camera features. Huawei P7 uses a combination of rear camera 13 million pixels and front 8 million pixels. Rear camera uses Sony's latest fourth-generation stack sensor with F2.0 large aperture. This camera improves the application in depth optimization, adding ten skin self-timer, video beauty, 1.2 seconds to capture, real-time filters and other functions.

In addition, Huawei P7 HDR technology is also upgraded than the previous generation, with a more accurate capability of white balance and color reproduction. The upgraded night mode algorithms with video stabilization algorithms are very practical.

Regarding the System, Huawei Ascend P7 is equipped with the latest Huawei Emotion UI 2.3 system, using minimalist design, with emotional UI. In addition, Emotion UI 2.3 has also joined the voice to find contacts, super power saving mode and other functions.



Supports dual 4G with multiple versions

Meanwhile, Huawei P7 is a 4G phone supporting five-mode ten-band, including China's own 4G TDD system and the international mainstream FDD, in future, there will be several versions available for the global market.



Among them, the model of P7-L05, P7-L07, P7-10, respectively, for the China mobile Special, customized version of China Mobile and overseas generic version, they are for a single Micro-SIM card, supporting memory expansion. The model of P7-L00 and P7-L09 are for China Unicom version and China Telecom version, supporting dual card dual standby, it uses a combination of the main card (Micro-SIM) and vice card (Nano-SIM) , and memory cards are not supported for extension.



Meanwhile, Huawei will launch model P7-L01 for China Unicom dual card version, model P7-L08 for China Telecom dual card version, it is said the latter will cancel the NFC function. For the overseas market, Huawei P7-L16 will be a launched as a special model with single card and 32GB storage version.



Huawei P7 has three colors, white, black and pink, users could choose the preferred colors. We support after the booking, user will get the Huawei P7 4G Smarpthone in one week.



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