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26/11/2013

Vodafone R212-Z LTE MiFi Router Review

Vodafone has unveiled the R212-Z 4G LTE router recently. The device is a small, portable wireless router (MiFi) with an integrated battery. As you can see the "Z" in the name, the Vodafone R212-Z is manufactured by the manufacturer ZTE and is the counterpart to the Vodafone R210 MiFi router, which is manufactured by Huawei and had been sold for many months. Both devices are very similar technically, however, there are still some differences between them.

 

LTE Category 3 and DC-HSPA+

 

On the technical side, Vodafone R212 router provides a modem chipset from Qualcomm, which is LTE category 3 supporting up to 100 megabits per second downstream. For upload, up to 50 Mbit/s data transfer speed is possible under LTE networks. In the UMTS mode, the data accelerator DC-HSPA+ is used, which could reach up to 42.2 Mbit/s downstream and 5.76 Mbit/s upstream.  

 

The integrated wireless module operates on the 802.11b/g/n and allows up to 10 wireless devices to access the mobile Internet. The configuration is done via the web interface as usual; alternatively, the Vodafone Mobile WiFi app or the display can be used. On the display, the most important information such as battery level, network strength, data volume and the number of connected WLAN devices are displayed.  


Strong battery and connectors for external antenna

 

The integrated 2800 mAh battery should allow 8 to 10 hours of run time, which is comparable with other LTE mobile hotspots such as the Huawei E589 or telecom Speedbox LTE mini (HUAWEI E5776). A special feature of the two connectors for external antennas can be connected to LTE MIMO antennas. In most other mobile routers, only one antenna connector is available, so that no MIMO function is guaranteed. Charging via microUSB, the port is on the side of the Vodafone R212. Also located in the device now, there is MicroSD slot in the Vodafone R212, which allows you to make data available on the network.  

25/11/2013

Vodafone K5150 (HUAWEI) 4G LTE Stick Test

Vodafone has launched the K5150 LTE stick in this year. K5150 is a new USB modem on the market. The surf stick is manufactured by Huawei and comes in red and white design in the Vodafone stores. Supporting LTE Category 4 with up to 150 MBit/s in downlink, Vodafone K5150 is one of the fastest surf sticks on the market. Backward with DC-HSPA+ technology, connectors for external antennas and a slot for MicroSD cards are available. We have tested the K5150 modem for 2 weeks on the Vodafone network!  

 

Vodafone K5150 Specifications

 

Vodafone K5150 LTE stick not only offers super-fast LTE with up to 150 Mbit/s, but also including UMTS DC-HSPA+ (up to 42.2 Mbit/s) and GSM. Vodafone is first operator in Europe to provide the maximum data rates. Under LTE networks, the practical downlink could reach approximately 120 Mbit/s, and the UMTS downlink speed could reach up to about 31 Mbit/s. The USB port is protected by a small cap, unfortunately, the connection cannot swing as you wish like other high-end surfsticks HUAWEI E3276.  Especially for use in places with limited space, such as on the train, this function would be very useful.


At the side of the 4G Stick K5150, two connectors for external antennas and a slot for MicroSD memory cards have been integrated, so you can use the surf stick as storage media if necessary and can amplify the reception with an external antenna. The external antenna is TS-9, you could buy original Huawei 4G Antenna on 4gltemall.com.



Manufacturer: Huawei
Model Name: Vodafone K5150
Technologies: LTE (4G) UMTS (3G) GSM (2G)
Bands: 4G LTE: 2600/1800/800 MHz 3G WCDMA 2100/900 MHz 2G GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
Speeds: LTE: 150 Mbit/s downstream, 50 Mbit/s upstream (Category 4), UMTS: 42.2 Mbit/s downlink, 5.76 Mbit/s uplink (when using DC-HSPA+) GSM: 256 kbit/s (at Terms of EDGE)
Other: MicroSD slot for memory cards up to 32 GB, 2 x external antenna port TS-9 Software for Mac OS X and Windows


Vodafone K5150 LTE stick is in a very nice design, just like the 4G models that we had introduced, such as Vodafone R210 and from Vodafone K5007. The top of the K5150 can forwardly away, below is the slot for the SIM card.  Most users will not need the manual, since the installation of the Vodafone connection software is largely self-explanatory: after plugging it into a computer with Mac OS X or Windows operating system, the installation wizard automatically starts and guides in a few moments through the installation. After a short time it is already connected to the wireless network.  

 

Speed and Reception

 

As you would expect from a modern LTE modem, the speeds are consistently good. However, the test was only on the 800 megahertz LTE network, even though, the performance on average is better than other 4G devices: downlink up to 55 Mbit/s were possible while the uplink of up to 23 Mbit/s. And the latency times were between 28 and 44 milliseconds, but usually in the range of 35 ms. The reception LTE800 was good, even in low-served regions, we could still surf with the Vodafone K5150 stably on the internet.    

 

In the UMTS network, the receiving performance was also above average and was as easily one of the Huawei E3276. The data rates were about the same, however, various measurements showed about 13 Mbit/s for downlink via Vodafone DC-HSPA+.  

 

Vodafone Connection Software

 

 

Vodafone provides with K5150 LTE stick from a piece of software which runs on both Windows operating systems and Mac OS X. For Windows XP, you need at least version with Service Pack 3, wherein the instructions to install even explains the basis of previously little common Windows 8.   The software has its good and bad sides. The advantages: The program is very easy for beginners to use and is pleasantly fast, if the PC is not too old. The detailed information and statistics about online time and data volume are exemplary. The cons: for experts, there are very limited possibilities to make adjustments and integrated into the software Manager interferes tremendously.    


Conclusion to the Vodafone K5150 LTE Stick

 

The Vodafone K5150 LTE stick makes a good impression and is particularly recommended for Vodafone customers who just want a fast Internet connection without having to rely on special additional functions. Alternatively, the almost identical Huawei E3276 offers, for example, as Telekom LTE Speed Stick III of which does its job well in various router models.  

23/11/2013

4G Surfstick/Internet Stick/Mobile Hotspot/Router for Bulgaria 4G

When the 4G LTE networks are available in Bulgaria, many customers may want to enjoy high surfing speed on 4G LTE networks in Bulgaria, but if you are in trouble to choose the wireless terminals to access the 4G network, below the guide may help you: First, you need to know the operators who had deployed the 4G network(usually in LTE technology) and the LTE frequency bands in Bulgaria, per our information, the main 4G operators and LTE Frequency bands in Bulgaria is as below:  

  1. M-Tel, FDD Band 3 (1800MHz)
  2. Max Telecom, FDD Band 3 (1800MHz)
  3. Vivacom, FDD Band 3 (1800MHz)

  The three operators support the same LTE Frequency band 7. Now if you are looking for a 4G Surfstick, 4G internet stick, 4G Router or 4G mobile hotspot to work with any operator above, you need to  find a terminal that could support the band 3 (1800MHz). If you want the device to use with any SIM card of the operators, make sure the 4G Surfsticks/Internet stick, 4G Router or 4G mobile hotspots are unlocked, that is SIM free to any operator. To make you easy find the models available for Bulgaria 4G network, we recommend below the popular 4G terminals that would support the Band 3 and work with the above operators:   4G Surfstick for M-Tel, Max Telecom and Vivacom

  1. Huawei E392 (E392u-12)
  2. HUAWEI E398 (E398u-15)
  3. Sierra Aircard 320u
  4.  ZTE MF821
  5. Huawei K5150 (Vodafone, unlocked )
  6. Huawei K5005 (Vodafone, Unlocked )
  7. Huawei E3276 (E3276S-150, E3276S-151)
  8. Huawei K5007 (Vodafone )
  9. ZTE K5008Z(Vodafone, Unlocked)
  10. Alcatel One Touch L800
  11. Alcatel One Touch W800
  12. ZTE MF825
  13. ZTE MF820
  14. ZTE MF823
  15. ZTE MF821D
  16. ZTE K5006Z (Vodafone, Unlocked )

  4G Router for M-Tel, Max Telecom and Vivacom

  1. HUAWEI B593u-12
  2. HUAWEI B593s-22
  3. HUAWEI B890-75
  4. Vodafone B2000
  5. ZTE MF25D
  6. ZTE MF28B
  7. ZTE MF28G
  8. ZTE MF28D
  9. Netgear MVBR1517
  10.  ZyXEL LTE6100

  4G Mobile Hotspot for M-Tel, Max Telecom and Vivacom

  1. HUAWEI E5776s-32/E5776S-22
  2. Huawei E589u-12
  3. Huawei R210 (Vodafone, Unlocked )
  4. ZTE R212 (Vodafone, Unlocked)
  5. Sierra Wireless 760S
  6. ZTE MF91
  7. ZTE MF91D
  8. ZTE MF910
  9. ZTE MF90
  10. ZTE MF97S
  11. ZTE MF93E
  12. Alcatel One Touch Y800