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30/01/2013

Will you buy HUAWEI E398u-11 or ZTE MF820 for your 4G LTE Modem?

As the top telecommunication equipment suppliers in China, ZTE and Huawei are always competing from 3G to 4G market. To share the global market, they may release similar telecom products for wireless network. Huawei E398u-11 4G LTE Surfstick and ZTE MF820 4G USB dongle are two similar modems that both works for 4G LTE FDD network band 1800/2100/2600MHz.  

 

Then here comes the question: which one is better between Huawei E398u-11 and ZTE MF820 4G LTE USB Modem?    


Appearance

 

From the appearance, they both in rotatable USB design and the modem body is somewhat bigger than common 3G USB dongles. Huawei E398u-11 seems cooler because the design is inspired by luxury car.    


External Antenna Connector  

 

There are two external antenna connectors in HUAWEI E398u-11 but there is no external antenna port in ZTE MF820. With 2 x 2 MIMO antenna, the speed would be double or may even triple faster.

   

Operation

 

If you want to plug 4G SIM card to the modem ZTE MF820, you need to open the whole back cover of MF820. And according the writer's experience, the design is not user-friendly, because the first question is you don't know where to open it, second, after you find the little cap to open, you may be unable to open it if you don't too much effort. And you must two hands together to work. But if taking too much effort, you may worry to break the modem. You will never wish to break the modem before using it.

 

 

In this case, Huawei E398u-11 is easy to operate. There is only a short cap of a third of back cover. One hand can open it easily.    


Mobile partner  

 

Most of HUAWEI E398u-11 4G Modem is with mobile partner, like ZTE, it also has its own operation software. Both of them would take a little bit long time to install and get ready for connection. With large firmware, sometimes, they may let your PC run very slowly. But I personally like HUAWEI mobile partner more, because it seems HUAWEI Mobile partner is more simple and easier to setup than ZTE.

   

Connection speed  

 

HUAWEI E398u-11 and ZTE MF820 could both connect in few seconds, actually, it may depends on the external network situation to determine which could connects faster. Under the same condition, HUAWEI E398u-11 may connect faster than ZTE MF820 for only 2-4 seconds, usually, we can’t notice that.  

 

The above factors are important for a user to choose a 4G LTE USB modem, but it seems the two modems are equal to buy. HUAWEI E398u-11 is just better in appearance and antenna function, other factors are almost same, in this case, users can choose per their preference. If you like cool model and better signal and speed to surf, you should choose HUAWEI E398u-11, but if you want practical modem with better price, ZTE MF820 should be taken into your consideration.   If you want to have more options for 4G LTE USB dongles, please check http://www.4gltemall.com/4g-usb-modem.html .  

28/01/2013

How to Set Up Huawei E392 Wireless Connection

4G LTE modems are more and more popular, when users experience the new technology; they also face the problem about setting the new dongles.  

 

Actually, it's not difficult to set a 4G modem. Today we will have a short introduction of how to set up Huawei E392 4G LTE FDD TDD Surf sticks. Huawei E392 is the most popular 4G LTE dongle all over the world, that's why we choose this modem.

 

 

First step, users must install the software- named Mobile Partner, to PC. For different operators, the version of Mobile partner may vary, but basic functions are the same. If there is already Mobile Partner, it's better to uninstall it and reinstall the new. Of course, I mean the first time you use the 4G modem.  

 

Secondly, after the drivers are installed to PC, it's time to set up the modem. Sometimes, the mobile partner may cannot detect SIM card or detected the SIM card is invalid, you need to switch out the E392 Modem from the PC and pull SIM card out and Re-plug it. Usually, it's due the slow reflection from PC. The 4G software is configured with many new technology of data transmission, when it runs, it may cause the PC system run very slowly.    

 

After the Mobile partner detected Huawei E392 and the SIM. Now click the head column "tools", there is "Options", then you can see there are “General”, Text Message, Profile Management and Network.

 

And then in the Profile Management, you need set below information:  

 

- Profile Name:  4GLTEMALL (It’s just a name, you could write any name you like, default starts automatically)

- APN: Static check

- APN: @@@ (you need to check the APN of your SIM card provider and then enter the right one)

- Access number: * 99 #

- User name: 4GLTEMALLCOM

- Password: 4GLTEMALLCOM (User name and password could write anything you can remember)  

 

Then set this profile as default and Click “OK”.

 

Next step, click Tools-- Network. There are 4 options in the dropdown-LTE only, WCDMA only, GSM only and Auto. If you are using 4G SIM card, you can choose "LTE only", the other 3 options are also usable. But if you are using 3G card, "LTE only" is not workable. Usually, choose "Auto" is good to choose because the modem will switch automatically for users to choose available fastest speed. If the fastest network disconnect, the mobile partner will switch lower lever network and auto connects so that users could keep surfing.

 

After choose the network, click "apply" and "ok", then back to home Manu. Click “Connect” button. You can easily get connected with network and access to surf.  

 

This setting method is also applicable for HUAWEI 4G LTE USB Modem such as E398, E397 etc…So if you are in trouble using your HUAWEI 4G LTE Dongles, you can follow the steps to get 4G networks connected.          

27/01/2013

Huawei E398u-18 4G LTE FDD USB Modem Review

Comparing with Huawei E398 other branch models, such as Huawei E398u-11, E398u-1 and E398u-15, Huawei E398u-18 should be a special one, it's not because Huawei E398u-18 has different appearance as other models, it's due to Huawei E398u-18 supports the special FDD LTE band 8 (900MHz), which is rarely deployed per current 4G network situation.

HUAWEI E398U-18 FACE LOGO

HUAWEI E398U-18 FACE LOGO

 

 

According to the GSA report about 4G LTE network, the Band 8 (900MHz) is only available in few countries and areas, such as KT Corporation in South Korea, Telenor in Sweden. And in the market, few 4G modems could support this band. Huawei E398u-18 is one of them.

SIM card slot for HUAWEI E398U-18

SIM card slot for HUAWEI E398U-18[/caption]  

 

 

Today, we get the Huawei E398u-18 4G LTE FDD Surf stick with Telenor logo. Telenor is the provider in Europe and provide 4G network in three countries: Hungary, Norway and Sweden.

ROTATE USB MODEM FOR HUAWEI E398U-18

ROTATE USB MODEM FOR HUAWEI E398U-18

 

 In the three countries, Telenor provides different LTE frequencies as below:   Hungary: FDD 1800MHz Norway: FDD 2600MHz Sweden: FDD 900/2600MHz     So to save cost, Huawei E398u-18 could support all of the bands/Spectrum above: 4G LTE FDD 900/1800/2600MHz   With same appearance of E398u-11 and E398u-15, Huawei E398u-18 has only one external antenna connector at the side Micro SD slot. If user wants to use data card with MIMO technology, E398u-18 may not be a good option.  

HUAWEI E398U-18 EXTERNAL ANTENNA HOLE

HUAWEI E398U-18 EXTERNAL ANTENNA CONNECTOR

 

 

Like other E398 Modems, Huawei E398u-18 could also work with 3G UMTS network and 2G GSM/GPRS network: 3G UMTS band is 900/2100MHz and 2G qual-bands. And the rotatable USB is classical features of Huawei E398.  

huawei E398U-18 Back information

Huawei E398U-18 Back information

 

As the brother model, Huawei E392 4G FDD TDD multi-mode data card also has one similar model, the model number is Huawei E392u-6. HUAWEI E392u-6 supports 4G FDD 900/1800/2100/2600 Mhz, which seems more powerful than HUAWEI E392u-6.   If you want any of them, welcome to buy it from www.4gltemall.com .