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21/02/2018

Huawei B2338 Outdoor LTE CPE

In regions with poor LTE reception, if you wanted to use LTE as a DSL replacement, you had to rely on a combination of an LTE router and an external mobile antenna. The Chinese network specialist Huawei now offers the new LTE outdoor CPE B2338, an interesting combination of LTE modem, external antenna and router unit, which promises significantly better performance in poorly served regions. Technically, there is a strong similarity to the recently introduced on Huawei B2368, but the B2338 has a directional antenna instead of an Omni-directional antenna.

 

LTE modem with directional antenna

 

The Huawei B2338 consists of two parts: there is an outdoor mobile phone antenna with integrated LTE modem and a router unit with wireless and external device connections. The mobile antenna is mounted outside of the building and should ideally be aligned directly with the cell towers. Wind and weather can not affect the technology if installed correctly.  

 

The Huawei B2338 CPE supports LTE Cat12 in the downlink and LTE Cat13 in the uplink, ie depending on the network up to 600 MBit/s in the download and up to 150 MBit/s in the uplink can be achieved. In addition, the outdoor LTE CPE supports not only FDD LTE, but also TDD LTE and can use up to 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology, depending on the operating mode. Various LTE frequency bands are supported, including the bands B1, B3, B7 and B20, which are common in Europe and Aisa.

 

 

 

The advantage of the modem is the integrated directional antenna, which can not cause losses due to an antenna cable that is too long. The gain of the antenna is at 9 dBi in the 3.5 GHz range according to Huawei.  

 

The power supply and the connection to the router unit are via RJ45 Ethernet LAN cable (Power over Ethernet, PoE). The SIM card is plugged directly into the antenna unit, and you will also find some small LEDs on the bottom, which indicates the operating status.  

 

Router with PoE function

 

In addition to the modem-antenna combination, the router unit is the second important part of the Huawei B2338. The small box has an integrated WLAN radio module, so ideally it should be positioned in the house where most WLAN users are expected. The WLAN works on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and supports the standards 802.11b/g/n/ac. On the back there is a WPS button for fast and secure Wi-Fi encryption. You will also find on the back of the connection for the power supply and a small toggle switch for switching on and off the device. On the front, various LEDs signal the device status.

 

 

The Huawei B2338 has two RJ45 Gigabit LAN ports for connecting computers and other network devices. A third RJ45 LAN port is equipped with PoE function, so has an integrated power supply. This port is for connection to the modem or external antenna.  

 

Telephone function and possible applications

 

In addition to two RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports, the Huawei B2338 also offers two RJ11 phone ports to which analog telephones or fax machines can be connected. This makes the B2338 Modem Router combination ideal for a remote office or home office. It would be conceivable, for example, the use of the device in a mountain hut or in a national park office, where you cannot get on with ordinary LTE router technology. In general, the B2338 will probably be used more in the business customer area, because the antenna must be professionally mounted outdoors and aligned as well as possible - for most residential customers, this is too complicated without an experienced fitter.  

 

Market launch and availability

 

In the market, the Huawei B2338 outdoor LTE CPE is currently not available, the market launch is uncertain. The main sales market, according to Huawei Product Manager in Europe, is mainly the sparsely populated eastern states. For example, T-Mobile in the Czech Republic offers the device. We will keep updating the news about Huawei B2338.  

 

If you need similar LTE outdoor CPE, we have the Huawei B2268S LTE CPE now with almost same functions.  

05/02/2018

Huawei E5788 Mobile WiFi 2 Prime Highlights

As the latest Huawei Mobile WiFi Hotspot, Huawei E5788 attracts focus worldwide. With advanced technical specification for LTE-A Pro networks, Huawei E5788 is said to be the best pocket WiFi router. But many people may not know what the features of this high-level mobile router are. Today, we will have a look at the highlights of Huawei E5788.

 

 

The obvious feature of the Huawei E5788 is the 2.4 inch touch screen, where users can do almost all the setting for internet like operating a smartphone. In this way, users save much time and it makes settings easy. User can easily set and modify WiFi name and password.

 

 

  As a mobile pocket WiFi, the most important function is to provide wireless network coverage for the people around to access internet. The Huawei E5788 could support maximum up to 32 wireless devices to surfing simultaneously. After optimization, huawei E5788 can provide intelligent power saving for more battery life with the dynamic tracking system. It can save 15% power consumption on same condition.

 

 

As a high-level mobile router, the internet speed must be as faster as possible. With support of LTE Cat.16, Huawei E5788 could provide up to 1Gigabit/s download speed, which is almost the triple times of that of Huawei E5787, which is a LTE cat6 mobile hotspot. So user don’t need worry about the multiple user may drag the internet speed slow. With the high speed, user can play video games at home, share internet with friends on the go, broadcast live in the outside world and enjoy in-car WiFi anytime freely. Actually, you can watch 4K HD online videos seamlessly.

 

 

What’s more, comparing with the predecessor mobile hotspots such as Huawei E5787 or E5885, the Huawei E5788 provides +40% wider coverage with +100% higher peak speed based on the 4 x 4 MIMO technology.  

 

 

Some people may worry they don’t know how to use this high-level mobile router. Actually, the operation is Huawei E5788 is very easy to use, you just need plug a valid SIM card into the router, it would automatically connect the WLAN networks and provide the WiFi network. You don’t need to be a professional to use this pocket WiFi. The small size makes it also easy to carry in pocket.  

 

 

The Huawei E5788 also provides the setting options for data usage in case of over-consumed. Users just need to setup the max data usage through the screen. And when data usage reaches the limit, the Huawei E5788 would automatically cut off the internet connection. This would be displayed in real-time on the screen. So you don’t need worry the over-use of data.

 

 

  In summary, we can see the Huawei E5788 is becoming much smarter than its predecessors. With the advanced features and specs, we think Huawei E5788 would be a hot-seller in 2018.

 

 

 

31/01/2018

Huawei E5788u-96a Gigabit LTE Mobile Hotspot Unboxing

Last weekend, we get the latest new Huawei New LTE Mobile Router - Huawei E5788u-96a Gigabit LTE hotspot(Huawei names it “Huawei Mobile WiFi 2 Prime”). After around two month waiting, the Huawei E5788u-96a is finally available on the market.

 

Huawei E5788 E5788u-96a Gigabit LTE Hotspot

 

We get the Huawei E5788 in blue & black color(see below the images). The package box is in white, which shows the highlights & selling points of the Huawei E5788: LTE up to 1Gbps speed with 2.4inch touch screen. Unlike the competitor Nighthawk M1 from Netgear in squre shape, the Huawei E5788u-96a is in rectangle shape. And the screen is in left part on the front, where the Netgear Nighthawk M1 has round screen in the middle of the front.

 

Huawei E5788 E5788u-96a Gigabit LTE Hotspot

 

The body of Huawei E5788 is made of plastic like the predecessor Huawei E5786 and E5787. The top side is the power button and the USB port is on the opposite side. Beside the USB 3.0 port, it’s the place for inserting the SIM card. Huawei E5788u-96a uses Micro SIM card. The slot is covered by a small cap. However, we didn’t find the connector for external antenna. Usually, the Huawei LTE mobile hotspots have the interface for external antennas, we don’t know why Huawei didn’t offer the external antenna connector. At the other side of the USB port, it’s a small hole for reset the router. The size of Huawei E5788 is not big, one hand operation is possible.

 

Huawei E5788 E5788u-96a Gigabit LTE Hotspot

 

The battery of Huawei E5788u-96a is non-removable like the Huawei E5786, but the Huawei E5788 is very slimmer than E5786 and feels good. Press the power button, the screen would be bright and Huawei logo in red will appear, and few seconds, it showed “Welcome”. Then the screen shows some information. If you had already put a valid SIM card in, the Huawei E5788 would automatically detect the SIM card and setup the profile. In seconds, you can see the SIM card’s network provider’s name on the screen. And the signal strength, WiFi band, WiFi connected users, battery status are shown on the screen. The screen also indicates “Slide to unlock”. The touch screen is very similar to the Huawei E5787s-33a mobile hotspot, which also had a touch screen. On the screen, user can check the connection status, SMS, about the device. The most important is that users can do settings through the screen like operating a smarpthone.

 

Huawei E5788 E5788u-96a Gigabit LTE Hotspot

 

In the setting menu, there are settings for Connected Users, Bluetooth, Profile Mangement, WiFi Extender, WPN, WiFi, Data usage, Data roaming, Network Settings, Pin Management, Password lock, Language, Remote Wake, Update and Restore Defaults. It includes almost all the settings for the Huawei E5788 mobile WiFi hotspot. Of course, user can also do the settings through the web interface 192.168.8.1 or download the Huawei Hilink APP from Google Play or Apple Store to setup the router.

 

Huawei E5788 E5788u-96a Gigabit LTE Hotspot

 

With the Huawei E5788u-96a 4G hotspot, Huawei provides a USB cable and power adapter in EN standard, which may not be good for users who are located at American or Europe. The warranty card and user manual are also included in the package box.

 

Huawei E5788 E5788u-96a Gigabit LTE Hotspot

 

We would take full test of this new LTE advanced Pro mobile hotspot E5788. So the potential user would see the performance of the Huawei E5788 and whether it’s better than other competitors.

 

Huawei E5788 E5788u-96a Gigabit LTE Hotspot