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Huawei E5786 4G LTE Cat6 Mobile Hotspot Review

Huawei E5786 will be the first CAT6 router in the world, at least it is till now. In the summer of 2014, the model could come on the market. Let’s have a look which key data of the Mobile Hotspot will provide and whether the acquisition could be worthwhile.


LTE features and characteristics of Huawei E5786

Manufacturer and model number Huawei E5786 Mobile Wi-Fi
Download rate Up to 300 MBit/s
Upload rate Up to 50 MBit/s
Supported LTE Bands 800, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz
Backwards compatible with LTE CAT 3&4, DC-HSPA+, HSPA+, HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, GSM
Support LTE-Advanced Yes
MIMO Support: MIMO 2x2
Connector for external antenna yes; 2 antenna sockets, type TS-9 (Buy Huawei E5786 Antenna)
LTE Category LTE Modem to Category 6 (CAT6)
Chipset Hisilicon | HPM Coretx A9 processor
WLAN Standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WLAN hotspot Function yes – WiFi connection for up to 10 devices
Dimensions (WxHxD) 106 x 66 x 15.9 mm and 155 Gramm
USB-Standard USB 2.0
Memory card expansion Yes; With 32 GB MicroSD
Compatible Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7+8, Mac OS (ab 10.4)
Release Summer or fall 2014
User manual Not yet available



Who will be first?  


In February 2014 at the Mobile World Congress, the Chinese manufacturer Huawei announced the world's first Mifi router for LTE-Advanced, model number is E5786. Whether it is also the first mobile router available with support for LTE CAT6, is still open. The rival ZTE has a similar device, the “ZTE Flare"in the pipeline. This seems has higher quality than the counterpart of Huawei. To seem more details between them, click here.  


LTE-Advanced Router  


As already indicated, the E5786 is the first LTE-Advanced router for Category 6 (CAT6 supported). The current LTE networks in Europe meet Category 3 and 4 (CAT 3/4), after the release 8 In the summer, may operators are trying to upgrade the network to the next generation, which promises 300 Mbits/s in the download. In practice, the speed is still in doubt under the current level. However, these data rates will initially be available only in select cities and probably rarely achieved in practice. Definitely, it would need new devices supporting CAT6 to receive LTE-Advanced. Huawei and ZTE will provide all possibility at the first devices.  


Mobile CAT6 WLAN Router  


The mini router E5786 supports LTE on nearly all common bands, for example, 800, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz. Of course, Huawei E5786 dominated Carrier aggregation and thus can achieve up to 300 Mbit/s down and 50 Mbps upload rate. Huawei E5786 can also support earlier LTE-categories, as well as 3G and 2G wireless standards. The display is unfortunately still not monochrome and colored, which are already offered by ZTE flare. In mobile communications, smart Huawei relies on Hisilicon with a HPM Cortex 9 processor. On the other hand, ZTE flare is with a modern block Qualcomm Gobi 9 × 30 Chipset in ultrathin 20nm technology. It is quite possible that here ZTE flare will have more follower.  


Users must login to set up the E5786 Wi-Fi hotspot, where up to 10 other devices could be connected. And over all common WLAN standards (802.11 a / b / g / n / ac) are supported. Data are exchanged internally with up to 300 MBit/s via WLAN AC. The operation is running in dual band either on 2.4 or 5 GHz.     There are some negative features, such as the battery is not replaceable. The capacity is 3000 mAh, practically high standard. This capacity to create 10 hours of online work is possible or 500 hours standby. The power could be the "Power Reserve" for other devices (such as smartphones) in an emergency.   As usual, Huawei E5786 operates via the browser, you can integrate smartphones into the network in the shortest time, which greatly simplifies the setup. In addition, Huawei offered special app can monitor and configure the wireless network. The interface also provides information such as the used traffic and provides the wireless data rate. What’s more, the connectors for external antennas and a micro-SD slot, can also be found as usual.    


Huawei B880 4G LTE Wireless Gateway Review

The Huawei B880 is available at since the beginning of this year. It’s not a new LTE router on the market. But many people don’t quite know about this LTE Category 4 WiFi router. About LTE Category 4, speeds of up to 150 megabits per second downstream are achievable, provided the network and the tariff are also suitable. As a stationary router, Huawei B880 also offers a powerful WLAN module and a LAN interface for easy connection of a network-enabled device. The following data sheet you will find all the details for the Huawei B880.


Features and characteristics of Huawei B880

Manufacturer and model number Huawei B880
Chipset HiSilicon Hi6920
Download rate Up to 150 MBit/s
Upload rate Up to 50 MBit/s
Supported LTE Bands: LTE 2600 MHz / 1800 MHz / 800 MHz
backward compatible with: DC-HSPA+/ UMTS  (900 und bei UMTS 2100 MHz) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
MIMO Support: MIMO 2x2
Connector for external antenna yes, 2 SMA connectors (Buy Huawei B880 Antenna)
Category: LTE Modem to Category 4 (CAT4)
With integrated telephone system yes, VOIP SIP Client
Connection for analog phones yes, 1xRJ11
integrator answering machine -
Network | LAN & WLAN
LAN Ports 1 LAN Port; 1 WAN Port
WLAN Standards 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for up to 32 users
5 GHz WLAN support no
Encoding WEP, WPA, WPA2
USB yes, 1x USB 2.0
Dimensions / Weight 15cm x 18cm x 9cm/ 400g
Information material
Manual Not available online
Available to buy on


Compact design, fast LTE  


The Huawei B880 is distinguished by the design quite different from its sister model, the Huawei B593. The latter is available for "Vodafone B2000" or "Telekom Speedport LTE II". The B880 is not only smaller than the B593, and it also has a completely different design and has fewer connection ports on the back. Inside the Huawei B880, there is a HiSilicon Hi6920 modem which supports speed up to 150 Mbit/s over LTE Category 4. If there is no LTE available on site, it is accessible via the UMTS accelerator DC-HSPA+ and nevertheless still get a speed of up to 42.2 Mbit/s in the downlink and 5.76 Mbit/s in the uplink. Two rear connectors on the back allow requesting the gain of the radio signal.


Devices of all kinds are either connected via LAN cable or via WLAN with the Huawei B880 LTE router. The LAN port reaches a maximum of 100 Mbit/s, Wi-Fi speed at least 150 Mbit/s. At least one Gigabit LAN port would have it may be. The maximum 32 WiFi devices could be connected simultaneously, which is appropriate for most users. As a special feature to mention is the USB 2.0 interface. Storage media or printers on the network for several terminals are available. After configuration is done, just like a normal router, a corresponding web interface that can be opened in any browser.    


VoIP Function  


As one of the few LTE Routers, Huawei B880 also has a phone function. While no calls are possible directly via the mobile network, but the device is designed for Voice over IP (VoIP) and can be configured accordingly. An analog telephone can be connected to the RJ-11 port on the back.  

Availability and Price  


The Huawei B880 LTE router is in online trading, the unlocked Huawei B880 would work with almost all the 4G network operators in Europe, Asia and Australia. So If you are want higher link speed, Huawei B880 is a good wireless gateway to consider.