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Huawei E5788 VS ZTE MF980

With the development of LTE technology, LTE networks are evolving from basic to advanced, or LTE advanced Pro. To support the high-level LTE networks, many manufacturers are presenting their new LTE-A products to accomplishing the data transmission. Huawei, as the top telecom equipment supplier, had recently released the latest new LTE mobile hotspot E5788, the model number is E5788u-96a. The other Chinese competitor ZTE also has its own LTE advanced mobile hotspots named ZTE UFi MF980. You may ask what the difference between Huawei E5788 and ZTE MF980 is. And you want to select one between the two mobile routers, which one is better. In this article, you will find the answers.





ZTE MF980 is earlier released than Huawei E5788. But the shape of the two LTE gadgets looks very similar. They are both in cuboids shape, but very thin. The Huawei E5788 has a 2.44-inch color touchscreen, where the user can easily set up the router on the screen. The screen of ZTE MF980 is 1.44 inch TFT screen, and the user can’t do settings on the screen. The Huawei E5788 screen is at the left part of the front while the ZTE MF980 has the screen in the middle.



The USB interface of ZTE MF980 is in Micro USB format while the Huawei E5788 using the USB 2.0 Type-C Interface. The MF980 has two connectors for external antennas while Huawei E5788 has no external antenna connector, which feature is a great disadvantage for the LTE Advanced Pro mobile hotspot. They both use SIM in Micro SIM size.   The batteries of both the two LTE mobile routers are non-removable. We think this feature is also not good comparing with another LTE-A pro mobile router Netgear Nighthawk M1, which has large battery capacity and could be removed for changing to spare battery.



As we know, the Huawei E5788 has many colors such as gold, black, blue etc. And the ZTE MF980 also has white, black colors which could be chosen for the customer’s preference. It’s good.  




As the LTE advanced mobile hotspots, they both support high wireless download speed. ZTE MF980 supports LTE category 9 which could achieve download speed up to 450Mbps and upload speed to 50mbps while Huawei E5788 could support LTE Cat16 and could achieve download speed to 1Gigabit per second & upload speed more than 100mbps. They are both with WLAN standard on 802.11b/g/n/ac dual band (2.4Ghz & 5Ghz) and support maximum up to 32 wireless users. ZTE MF980 is with 2 x 2 MIMO technology while Huawei E5788 has 4 x 4 MIMO feature.



Below you will see the details for the Huawei E5788 Specs and ZTE MF980 Specs:  

Model Huawei E5788u-96a ZTE MF980 Ufi
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.16 LTE Cat.9
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9250 Qualcomm Cortex-A7 1.2GHz
Data rates DL 1Gbps/UL 100Mbps DL 450Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * FDD-LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/19/20/28 * TDD-LTE: Band 38/40/41/42 * FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B5(26)/B7/B8/B20/B28/B32 * TDD-LTE: B40(or B38 or B41)
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 32 users 32 users
MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No connector Two, TS-9 jacks
App management Huawei Hilink APP ZTELINK APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery 3000mAh 2200mAh
Dimensions 129 x 65 x 13.5mm  122 * 65 * 10.6mm
Other features 3CC+256QAM  
Price 499.00USD 259.00USD



From the above, it’s no doubt that Huawei E5788 is more advanced than ZTE MF980 technically. However, the Huawei E5788 doesn’t have the connector for external antenna, which may not be a good news for the users who are located at the areas of weak signal. With the advanced features, Huawei E5788 price is much higher than the ZTE MF980. So if you just need a decent LTE pocket WiFi with high speed, ZTE MF980 is comparably budget one for most users. But we believe the price of Huawei E5788 would be down when 5G devices coming out.


Five Factors to Consider Before Buying a Huawei LTE WiFi Router

Huawei had provided several LTE WiFi Routers to the network carriers worldwide, and they are very popular in the consumers based on the good performance and good price. However, there are so many models of Huawei LTE Routers, how to select and buy a suitable Huawei LTE Router, many consumers feel confused. As the professional supplier of Huawei wireless routers, we think there are five factors to consider before buying a Huawei LTE WiFi Router.


Budget Price

Firstly, you must have a budget for buying a huawei LTE Router. Currently, the Huawei LTE routers price range is between 100.00USD to 400.00USD. There are many LTE router models with support of different LTE categories, such as LTE Cat.3, Cat.4, Cat.6 or even Cat.11. They support different LTE download & upload speed. The higher speed supported, the higher of the router price. So you’d better select a Huawei wireless router based on your budget price.



Location to use

Secondly, the location (where you'll use the router) is also important. If you use the Huawei LTE Router at home or workplace, in a car, bus, boat, farm, train or basement, they have different requirements for the Huawei router. This can decide you would like a huawei indoor router or outdoors router. If you place the Huawei router during a tiny workplace and reception for the tiny house, an enclosed router would be enough, however if you place the Huawei router during a massive farm or basement, an outdoor LTE router may be suitable. Or course, the indoor router might also be enough IN a basement as long as a high-gain 4G outdoor antenna is connected with the huawei router. In this casethe , the connectors for outdoor antenna may be necessary when you select the Huawei router.



Network Compatibility

Thirdly, as a Huawei router with SIM card slot, you must make sure the Huawei router is compatible with your network provider’s SIM card. You must know which frequency bands of your network provider’s LTE networks. And then check whether the selected Huawei LTE WiFi router would support the network provider’s LTE frequency bands. For example, the Huawei B618s-22d Router supports LTE Band 1/3/7/8/20/38. There will be no problem if using the Huawei B525s-23a router with Orange or Vodafone in Europe, the but if you use it in USA with AT&T or T-mobile, it would not work well because it doesn’t support LTE band 2/4/5/17 for AT&T and band 2/4/12 for T-mobile. Then you would select another Huawei Router B890-66 to work with AT&T and T-mobile. In summary, you must make sure the selected Huawei 4G Router would support at least one of the LTE frequency bands deployed by your network provider and even exactly the supported frequency bands are deployed at your location. For example, you want to buy a Huawei LTE router for your network provider on band 28, then Huawei E5186 LTE router seems good. But Huawei E5186 has two variant models: E5186s-22a and E5186s-61a. After checking they supported LTE frequency bands, then the Huawei E5186s-61a is the right one because it supports LTE band 28 (700MHz).



Interfaces Requirements

Finally, you must make sure the Huawei router would meet all your devices requirements, i.e how many devices would connect to the Huawei 4G Router via WiFi and how many would connect via Ethernet port. Usually, Huawei LTE WiFi router would have 2 or 4 Ethernet ports. If your target router can’t meet your requirements, you may buy more routers to fulfill or use other methods to let the device to connect via WiFi. Most of the Huawei LTE Router would support maximum up to 32 users and the latest Huawei B618 LTE router supports up to 62 users, which are enough for most cases. If your devices need many Ethernet port, you can use switches to solve this problem.


It’s necessary for you consider the 5 factors before buying a suitable Huawei LTE router. These factors are common requirements, but if you have other requirements for the Huawei wireless router, such as VoLTE, VoIP, DDNS, VPN or other functions, you need check the detail specs of the Huawei LTE Routers and then decide which one to choose.


Netgear Nighthawk M1 LTE Cat16 Gigabit Mobile 4G Router

Netgear has confirmed the distribution of the Netgear Nighthawk M1(MR1100) in Europe from mid 2017. It is obvious that many European operators are not yet ready to deliver Gigabit on their networks, but as time goes, things are moving forward. Nevertheless, the Netgear M1 has many advantages for aggregated carrier networks that deliver high speeds for up to 1 Gbps download.



The Nighthawk M1 is world’s first 4G LTE router offering download data rate of up to 1 Gbps. It is equipped with the Qualcomm X16 LTE modem announced in 2016. The Netgear M1 implements several technologies, starting with the aggregation of 4 carriers, a technology of 4 x 4 MIMO, and QAM-256 modulation. Here now, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is only available for Australian network provider Telstra. And the US network carrier AT&T also introduced this LTE advanced Pro mobile router, but we haven’t gotten the AT&T Nighthawk M1. Of course, this equipment will be distributed in other regions as soon as the operator networks are well prepared for Gigabit transmission.  


Technical Specs


The Netgear MR1100 is rather well equipped (not to mention that the Gigabit LTE remains a theoretical flow). A 2.4 "LCD display is present on the top and gives all the connectivity and flow information. The device also presents: * 2 x external antenna connectors (type TS-9) * A type A USB port * A USB type C port * An Ethernet port



The Netgear Nighthawk M1 provides the possibility to connect via Ethernet port, which means it can redistribute the link to devices with wired link. It remains completely mobile and equipped with a battery of 5000 mAh for mobile use, which could keep working for connection up to 24 hours. The battery can charge other mobile devices such as a smartphone if necessary as a backup. And this battery is removable, which allows to replace it and therefore spare battery can be charged in advance for travel.  


Regarding the WLAN feature, Nighthawk M1 offers WiFi 802.11ac with dual-Band 2.4GHz / 5GHz. And the M1 can support up to 20 connected clients simultaneously. It also has a Micro SD card slot for storing and sharing media. It can be seen that connectivity is powerful in this router, which can connect many devices such as a NAS, printers, USB devices..  



On the network side, the M1 offers a LTE-A link of category 16 using an aggregation of 4 carriers (4X4 MIMO) for a theoretical maximum throughput of 1 Gbps download and 150 Mbps upload. Netgear Nightahwk M1 supported frequency bands (for Australian carrier Telstra):

* 4G FDD-LTE Band 1/3/7/8/28: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz

* 3G Band:  850/900/1900/2100 MHz

The Telstra version Nighthawk M1 could work well in Europe areas. Supported frequency bands for US carrier AT&T:

* 4G LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/29/30/66

* 3G Band: 850/AWS/1900/2100MHz  

The dimensions of the M1 are 105.5 × 105.5 x 20.35 mm for a weight of 240 grams.




This 4G LTE advanced router is very well equipped, offers the latest technology and has a really rich connectivity. Both for fixed use in an underserved area at high speeds, and for mobile use in all situations, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 seems to the best mobile 4G router now in the market. We can’t wait to test it fully.  


The price of Unlocked Netgear Nighthawk M1 available on, if you want a powerful mobile router which could travel all over the world, it’s not doubt that the Nighthawk M1 is the right one.