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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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ZTE Flare - The Second LTE Cat6 Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Huawei is not the only one who had announced a LTE Advanced Mobile hotspot in the Mobile World Congress. Another Chinese manufacturer ZTE, the rival of Huawei, also introduced a new pocket WiFi which can also reach the peak speed to 300Mbps on future 4G networks.



The new model is ZTE Flare, it’s not a model number like previous mobile hotspot. ZTE Flare is based on the new generation of smart Qualcomm Gobi 9x30 which had also been announced at MWC 2014 with new snapdragon. Qualcomm Gobi chipset 9x30 is also the world's first LTE Advanced modem operating in the aggregate bandwidth to 40MHz in both the FDD and TDD. As a result, mobile operators can be combined frequency blocks in the two ranges of radio spectrum in each of the combinations approved by 3GPP. Due to the versatility of this solution LTE FDD and TDD CAT6 will be able to be implemented around the world.   With the latest new Qualcomm chipset, ZTE Flare supports 4G LTE advance Category 6, which can aggregate two 20MHz spectrum of two separate frequency bands to 300Mbps. The uplink could be reach up to 50Mbps. It’s the fastest wireless transmission speed that could be achieved by current technology. Through an improved manufacturing process from 28 to 20 nm, these chipsets will be more efficient wish saving energy of 15%, which means less power consumption, less heat and better autonomy.



The ZTE Flare is also with Qualcomm WLAN chip VIVE QCA6174 offering WiFi 802.11ac/a/b/g/n dual band 2 x 2 MIMO, which could help up to 32 wireless terminals to access the internet through WiFi from ZTE Flare. This feature is very excellent because Huawei E5786 could support only 10 WiFi users.  


ZTE Flare will be available in the second half of 2014. From the features, we could suppose the ZTE Flare will be very attractive for the technology geeks and very useful for businessmen who require high data transfer. However, it’s better to use the ZTE Flare under the LTE-A network. If the network LTE Advanced is not available, user may feel disappointed at the link speed.    

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Vodafone K5006Z LTE Surfstick From ZTE

Since the end of 2012, Vodafone offers its new LTE Internet Surf Stick K5006-Z together with the LTE mobile tariffs for notebooks. Vodafone K5006-Z LTE stick is the successor to the Vodafone K5005 surfsticks. However, the K5005 is from manufacturer Huawei and K5006z is from the manufacturer ZTE. They are both LTE Category 3 USB Stick supporting peak download speed up to 100mbps. Like Huawei K5005, Vodafone K5006z also has rotatable USB connector with the customized logo and software.



Technical data of the Vodafone K5006-Z LTE stick:  


* Manufacturer: Chinese mobile phone supplier ZTE

* LTE modem Category 3

* Supported LTE frequency bands: LTE FDD 800 MHz, 1800MHz and 2600 MHz

* Download speed up to 100 Mbit/s

* Upload speed up to 50 Mbit/s

* DC-HSPA+ and UMTS support up to 43.2 Mbit/s

* Supports qual-band GSM frequencies (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz)

* Stick Type: rotatable USB stick

* Dimensions: 90mm x 27mm x 18mm

* Weight: 30 grams  



* Expandable with a 32GB microSD memory card to USB memory stick

* SIM card slot, Normal SIM size

* USB 2.0

* 2 x TS9 ports for connecting external antennas for LTE MIMO receiver gain (Buy Vodafone K5006Z Antenna)  


Supported operating systems:

* Microsoft: Windows 7, Windows Vista ( SP2 ), Windows XP ( SP3)

* Apple: From MAC OS 10.4

* Linux: Starting from kernel 3.6 with IPv6 in the UMTS/HSPA mode    



* Vodafone Dashboard Version 10.3  


Vodafone K5006-Z supports all the LTE frequency bands offered by Vodafone. And the unlocked ZTE K5006Z could work around in all the European countries. If Vodafone LTE network is not available somewhere, then the K5006-Z will automatically return to the HSPA or UMTS mobile communications standard. It would automatically choose the fastest network and let user access internet in possible high speed.  




The Vodafone USB Stick K5006-Z LTE is a very good stick for all LTE new entrants. What’s more, there is already another successor in sight. The Internet Stick Vodafone K5007! The K5007 is already available at Vodafone Portugal. The K5007 is identical with the Huawei E3276. It’s a LTE Category 4 USB Stick with support of up to 150mbps. If you want higher speed, don’t miss it, it’s amazing.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Huawei E3276 LTE CAT4 USB Stick

The world's best selling LTE Stick is the Huawei E398. The Huawei E398 was known for his absolutely outstanding LTE reception. Now there is a newer model Huawei E3276 available which also has good reputation. The Huawei E3276 LTE stick meets the LTE Category 4 specification and is backward compatible with LTE Category 3. In some European countries, the LTE category 3 and 4 ( LTE plus) are in use now. And the customized Huawei E3276 is already available for some ISP, such as Vodafone, Telekom.



Huawei E3276

Technical Specifications:  

* Integrated modem HiSilicon with the new chipset Hi9620

* supports 4G LTE800/LTE900/LTE1800/LTE2100/LTE2600 megahertz

* Downstream up to 150 Mbit/s, with LTE Category 4

* Upstream up to 50 Mbit/s, with LTE Category 4

* Backwards compatibility: supports 3G UMTS, DC-HSPA+ at up to 43.2 Mbit/s

* Backwards compatibility: supports 2G GSM and EDGE 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz

* very high connection quality

* USB connector can be swiveled and locked in the housing

* Slot for MicroSD memory cards with max. 32 MB

* SIM card slot in standard size, microSIM and Nanosim need a SIM adapter


* Built-in antenna

* Two connections CRC-9 for external antennas with  2x2 MIMO Support

* Software Huawei Dashboard

* LED for status display connection type

* Compatible Operating Systems: Windows XP / Vista / W7, Linux , Mac OS

* USB 2.0

* Dimensions: 99 x 26 x 12.5 mm  



Some of the Huawei E3276 variants, such as E3276s-920, are with Hilink system, but what is a HiLink LTE Stick?   A HiLink LTE stick starts the Internet connection within seconds after plugging in the USB connector. This is possible because there is no software installed on the PC.




How to use Huawei E3276  

The use of Huawei E3276 LTE sticks is very straightforward. Insert SIM card and then connect the Huawei E3276 with a USB port on the notebook. The E3276 software drivers and the Huawei dashboard software are installed automatically. Then enter the PIN and APN connection settings and finished the LTE stick configuration.  



Connect an external antenna to Huawei E3276 LTE stick  


The Huawei E3276 works just as well if one connects an LTE external antenna. We can recommend the LTE MIMO antenna. The LTE signal strength could be greatly improved. With the high DBi, the antenna could help user have better connection speed. You can check details here:  




Huawei E3276 The Huawei E3276 is certainly one of the best LTE sticks that are currently available. And we could not detect any weaknesses till now. Vodafone offers the Huawei E3276 under the name Vodafone K5007 and Telekom under the name Telekom Speed Stick III. They are all reliable LTE 4G Stick. are providing the unlocked Huawei E3276, it can work with both Vodafone and Telekom 4G LTE networks, and other LTE networks in Europe. Most of them are using the Huawei E3276s-150, but some are using Huawei E3276s-151. We can see from the images that France ISP Orange is using Huawei E3276s-151.