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21/05/2019

TP-Link Archer MR200 VS Huawei E5186

Since more and more network providers worldwide had deployed LTE wireless networks, when the end-users want to buy a 4G WiFi router with SIM card slot, they usually consider the top brand Huawei and TP-link. As the famous Chinese network equipment manufacturers, Huawei and TP-link provide similar LTE routers and the similar LTE devices are of course becoming the competitors. The TP-link Archer MR200 and Huawei E5186 router are the two similar routers. For those who are unfamiliar with the 4G WiFi routers, they may find it’s hard to make a decision to buy one. We compare the specs and features of the two routers. If you are interested in the two routers, you may find some tips.

 

 

 

 

Huawei E5186 VS TP-link Archer MR200 Specs

 

Model TP-link Archer MR200 Huawei E5186
Product type TP-link 4G Router with SIM card slot and Ethernet port Huawei 4G WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.4 LTE Cat.6
Chipset MediaTek MT7620A HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset
LTE Data rates DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * 4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20 (2100/1800/2600/900/800MHz) TDD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41 (2600/1900/2300/2500MHz) Huawei E5186s-22a: Band 1/3/7/8/20/38 Huawei E5186s-61a: Band  3/7/28/40
WLAN * IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, DL to 433Mbps * IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, DL to 300mbps 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 64 users 64 users
MIMO n/a 2 x 2 MIMO
Antenna 3 Internal Wi-Fi Antennas, 2 Detachable External 4G LTE Antennas Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna TP-link MR200 external antenna Huawei E5186 external antenna
App management TP-Link Tether APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM Size Standard SIM Micro SIM
Battery No NO
Dimensions 202 x 141 x 33.6 mm 190 mm × 200 mm × 32 mm
Interfaces * 1 x power adapter port * 3 x LAN port(RJ45) * 3 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports * 1 x 10/100Mbps LAN/WAN Port * 1 x SIM Card Slot * 3 x LAN port(45) * 1 x LAN/WAN port (45) * 2 x telephone port(RJ11) * Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5) * One micro-SIM card slot * 1 x USB 2.0 port
Datasheet TP-Link Archer MR200 Datasheet(PDF) Huawei E5186 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual TP-Link Archer MR200 Manual(PDF) Huawei E5186 User Manual(PDF)
Other features Traffic Control, Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/PPTP(Dual Access)/L2TP(Dual Access), Access Control, Local Management, Remote Management, DHCP, Port Forwarding,  Dynamic DNS, VPN, Access Control, Firewall, Supports IPv4 and IPv6, IPSec VPN  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, TR069 Remote Management, HTTP Online Upgrade, QoS, USB Share, UPnP, IPV6, DLNA, Fax, Print, VPN
Firmware download Archer MR200 Firmware Huawei E5186 firmware
Driver Archer MR200 driver Huawei E5186 driver
Reviews TP-link Archer MR200 Review Huawei E5186 Review
Price/USD 329.00 169.00USD

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

From the specs table, we can see the Huawei E5186 is more advanced with the support of LTE Cat6 and could achieve download speed up to 300Mbps, which is almost double of the speed from TP-link Archer MR200. They both have one SIM card slot, four Ethernet ports, and two external antennas. Huawei E5186 modem has two variant models for different LTE frequency bands but TP-link MR200 has only one model, but MR200 supports more LTE network frequency bands. Whether which router is more suitable for you, it depends on your network carrier’s LTE frequency bands. Besides the network compatibility, you may also concern the price of the two routers. Perhaps because Huawei E5186 is more popular worldwide, the price of Huawei E5186 is better than TP-link Archer MR200 price. In our opinion, we think the Huawei E5186 router is better than TP-link Archer MR200.  

08/05/2019

Huawei B818 (Vodafone Gigacube CAT19) Router Test

Vodafone Gigacube CAT19 is a new 4G LTE WiFi router offered since March 2019. The device is manufactured by Huawei and the model name is B818-260. The B818 is by far the newest and fastest LTE router in the Huawei product range, with LTE Cat19 delivering speeds of up to 1.6 gigabits per second. Vodafone sells the router as a Gigacube CAT19 as the successor to the previous "small" Gigacube Huawei B528 and thus offers customers a very powerful alternative to choose from. If you want to know the performance of Huawei B818, you may continue reading.  

 

 

 

Huawei B818 - First Gigabit LTE router

 

The Huawei B818 is Huawei's first stationary LTE router capable of achieving speeds well above 1 Gbps in the LTE network. The device is positioned as a successor to the Huawei B618 and offers not only a very similar design but also comparable good equipment.

 

 

In addition to the Huawei B818-260 router, there is also a power adapter and a flat LAN cable. There is also a printed German-language manual and a quick-start sheet. The package contents refer to the version as Gigacube CAT19, other variants of the B818 may be delivered with a modified accessory. Vodafone is currently the only provider in Europe to offer the Huawei B818.

 

 

 

Huawei B818 Interfaces

 

The Huawei B818 has a slot for a Micro-SIM card at the bottom. All other connections are located on the back. There you will find the connection for the power supply and two RJ45 Gigabit LAN ports. One of these LAN ports can also be used as a WAN connection, so that one does not necessarily have to rely on the wireless modem integrated in the router. Furthermore, there is a USB 2.0 port, over this storage media can be shared in the network. Also two connections for an external antenna are present.

 

 

 

Huawei B818 Specifications

 

The Huawei B818-260 LTE Router supports 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology as well as carrier aggregation (channel bundling). The following LTE frequency bands are available: B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B28, B32, B38, B42. In the downlink, the maximum theoretical data rate could reach 1.6 GBit/s and up to 150 MBit/s in the uplink is possible.

 

 

In practice, the speeds were rarely over 300 MBit/s. Vodafone theoretically promises up to 500 MBit/s in the Gigacube tariff, but many sites offer only lower data rates. Nevertheless, the B818 was often slightly faster than other devices in the test, especially when several frequency ranges could be bundled by means of carrier aggregation. The latencies (ping) were usually between 20 and 25 milliseconds in the test.    

 

Huawei B818 Test

 

The Huawei B818 comes with built-in cellular antennas in the device. These offer a very good reception in the LTE network, especially in comparison with many smartphones. Even with poor reception, fast speeds are still achievable. For example, in the test, a stable connection could still be established in a basement room, even though the smartphones in the room already showed no reception.  

 

 

The Huawei B818 allows the connection of up to two external antennas or a MIMO antenna. For this purpose, two TS-9 connectors are available on the back. If the external antenna is not detected automatically by the router, then you can manually switch to the operation with an external antenna in the web interface.  

 

The WLAN module of the Huawei B818 transmits by default in dual-band mode to 2.4 and 5 gigahertz. Up to 32 devices can be supported with WLAN at the same time. The maximum speed was tested by using 3 × 3 MIMO antenna technology at 1300 MBit/s, which is also the highest data rate supported by the WLAN module. The speed is at a high level compared to other Huawei 4G LTE Wireless router models. The WLAN range was also convincing in the test, a large apartment or a small family home can be supplied without additional repeaters.  

 

The Huawei B818 provides a separate guest Wi-Fi network upon request. This can be equipped with a separate password. Unfortunately there is no timer function for the WLAN module.  

 

 

 

Huawei B818 Software: Web Interface & App

 

The operation and configuration of the Huawei B818 or Gigacube CAT19 takes place either via web interface in the browser or via an app. The web interface is designed in red Vodafone design, the app comes in the original Huawei design therefore. The web interface offers significantly more options than the app, so there about the desired network technology (eg LTE-only) can be set. Overall, the web interface has left a good impression in the test.  

 

Conclusion: Huawei B818 / Vodafone Gigacube CAT19

 

 

The Huawei B818, or Vodafone Gigacube CAT19, left a very good impression in the test. In particular, the new LTE wireless router was convincing, this offers above-average speeds and is extremely future-proof. Currently, the speed advantage of the Huawei B818 is still manageable compared to many other LTE router models. The operation and configuration was very easy in the test and if necessary, any other SIM card can be used in addition to the Vodafone SIM card.  

 

The Vodafone Gigacube CAT19 or Huawei B818 is worthwhile for anyone who would like to have a particularly good LTE modem and would like to spend a little more. Even the Huawei B818 can provide high LTE and WLAN speeds for daily use, but probably only for the fewest users. Currently, a cheaper device such as the Vodafone Gigacube CAT6 (Huawei B528) is quite sufficient.  

16/04/2019

Huawei and Three UK Release 5G Router for Home

It’s said that the 5G networks would be launched in many countries and areas, so as the next generation of 5G mobile phones. As an important application, 5G router would be also an important part for 5G connection and surfing. The UK provider Three released its first 5G home access point from the Chinese network equipment supplier Huawei. Three UK owns 100 megahertz of radio spectrum in the range around 3.7 GHz and expands its 5G net with this spectrum. Huawei can provide both the network technology and the appropriate terminals for 5G. 

 
 
    
 
 
5G can be used for a variety of purposes, but fast Internet for the home is probably the first application that will be introduced over a large area. With the 100 MHz wide spectrum that Three UK has available for 5G, it is theoretically possible to achieve up to 2 gigabits per second - which is about twice as fast as the currently most powerful LTE connections. What is more interesting than the top speed is the average speed, which should be at 1 gigabit per second. Compared to LTE, that's a big step forward. A 5G connector can not only easily replace a VDSL supervising connection, but even achieves speeds previously only possible with fiber optic connectors.
 
 
    
 
 
Although Huawei already presented the first 5G router in 2017, it is now being used in practical use for the first time. It is the 5G router model for the so-called C-band, ie the frequency range between 3.4 and 3.8 gigahertz. Externally, the router is inconspicuous therefore and does not differ from an ordinary 4G LTE router. The router would certainly not win a design prize, but the technology dominates.  
 
 
 
The Huawei 5G C-Band Home Router can also use LTE in addition to 5G, as shown in the datasheet below. Wi-Fi is supported at 2.4 and 5 gigahertz. There are two Gigabit LAN ports on the back, plus some LEDs and a SIM card slot. Whether or not eSIM is supported, Huawei didn’t tell. The power consumption is up to 120 watts - 10 times as much as a normal LTE router!     
 
 
 Even the 5G available in near future, you cannot buy the Huawei 5G router, presumably, the 5G router will only be available via some specific providers in some countries. But we suppose there will be more and more 5G modem routers available as time goes.