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26/06/2017

1 & 1 New mobile LTE router E5573 from Huawei

1 & 1 has now a new mobile WLAN router with LTE support from Huawei in its product range, which the customers can use with a notebook or tablet. The router is the Huawei E5573 in black color. The small LTE router Huawei E5573 looks cool and is very similar to its predecessor such as Huawei E5577 and E5373.   While the Huawei E5573 router is included in the package with a 1 & 1 Tablet-Flat as a free start gift, the prospective buyer for the mobile device may also benefit from the contract. A minimum contract term of two years applies.

 
 
 
With the mobile router Huawei E5573, up to 14 devices such as smartphones, tablets or notebooks can connect to the router through WiFi and then access internet. Thus the user does not have to use his own mobile phone access for surfing the Internet. The owner has the possibility to set up a WLAN password protection so that only authorized persons can access the mobile WLAN router with LTE.   
 
The Huawei E5573 can either be connected in the mobile network via LTE or via UMTS. It should automatically select the fastest mobile connection. According to 1&1, the the 1 & 1 version of the E5573 also has a WLAN extender function, depending on availability, the router also connects to the Internet via a 1 & 1 Home Server at home or via a public WLAN hotspot. The original Huawei version of the E5573 also offers this function.
 
 
 
 
With the dimensions 104 x 65 x 14.6 millimeters and a weight of 106 grams, the mobile WLAN router with LTE support fits in any trouser pocket and is lightweight. The Huawei E5573 supports LTE speeds of up to 150 Mbps downstream and up to 50 Mbps upstream. According to the manufacturer, the 2300 mAh battery should have a standby time of up to six days and a continuous operating time of up to eight hours.  
 
 
The WLAN interface allows a maximum speed of 300 MBit/s and operates in the frequency range of 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz. WLAN ac is unfortunately not supported, which is due to the not too high LTE speed of "only" 150 MBit/s.   It’s a pity that the Huawei E5573 has only one signal and battery indicator on the front, they are just located at the two sides of the power button. Unlike the latest model Huawei E5787 or Huawei E5786, user can’t read the connection information from the front. Users have to get the information from the huawei mobile wifi APP or log into the web interface for more details. Of course, the Huawei E5573 offer lower price than the Huawei hotspots with screen. But we still think the screen is necessary.    

23/06/2017

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.  

19/06/2017

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