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29/01/2016

Asus 4G-AC55U LTE Router Review

Asus offers the 4G-AC55U in December 2015,  which is a new LTE router for stationary use. The new 4G Router offers many connections and is supplied with a current WLAN 802.11ac radio module, allowing speeds of up to 867 Mbit/s via WLAN in the 5 GHz range. The integrated cellular modem could support peak up to 150 MBit/s in the downlink and up to 50 Mbit/s in the uplink with LTE networks, and UMTS and GSM are supported. The design is quite exceptional for a LTE router; there is a diamond pattern on the front and the radio antennas are designed visible clearly outside the housing.

 

 

  With the Asus 4G-AC55U router, you can choose the Internet access via the mobile network (LTE, UMTS, GSM) or via an existing modem. For the mobile use, of course you need a SIM card (mini-SIM form factor) with a data plan, it does not matter whether it is a prepaid card or a contract card, the Asus 4G AC55U has no SIM lock and can be used with any tariff. If you want to use the router via an existing Internet connection, you need a modem (for example, a DSL or cable modem, depending on the connection).

 

The Asus AC55U connects simply via the Gigabit WAN port to the modem, then the router acts as a pure Access Point.   According to the Asus official site, the 4G-AC55U could support LTE frequency bands at FDD Band 800 /1800 /2600Mhz and 4G TDD-LTE at 2500/2600MHz. Like other 4G LTE Router such as Huawei B890, 4G-AC55U is also backward with UMTS and GSM/GPRS networks.  

 

 

  The Asus AC55U 4G Router provides a very fast Wi-Fi connection compared with other models. The device transmits simultaneously to 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz on demand, thus reaching speeds of 300 + 786 MBit/s. Thus data-intensive applications such as UHD streams, online gaming and a NAS usage should be no problem. Alternatively, you can also use a four RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back of the router for connecting devices with the Asus 4G AC55U. The wireless connection can be switched on and off on request with a switch on the back.

 

 

  For the connection of a USB storage media, an USB 2.0 slot is available. So you can for example integrate an external hard drive in the network and retrieve content such as movies and photos directly on the smartphone or tablet. A printer can be integrated via USB to the network.  

 

The Asus 4G AC55U is currently available at www.4gltemall.com . If you like it, you could order it.

27/01/2016

TP-Link TL-MR6400 4G LTE Router

Following the top vendors, TP-Link presented new 4G LTE Router. The TP-link TL-MR6400 LTE router is now available in many European countries, such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With a budget price, the TP-MR6400 is rather low in comparison, but the router offers a decent equipment such as a 150 MBit/s LTE modem and wireless with up to 300 MBit/s. In addition to three RJ45 LAN ports, there is a fourth combined WAN/LAN port, so you can operate the TL-MR6400 also using an external cable, DSL or fiber optic modem.

 

External antennas and SIM Adapter

 

The TP-Link TL-MR6400 looks unspectacular; there are two external antenna on the body connecting to the router with a cellular modem. According to TP-Link, the antennas can be easily unscrewed by the user, if you prefer to use an LTE external directional antenna. For the operation of the modem, the router requires a SIM card in the standard mini SIM form factor, the adapters for Micro-SIM and nano-SIM are included, so any existing SIM card is ready for use immediately in the TL-MR6400.    

 

LTE Cat4 Modem

 

The modem can be used at speeds up to 150 Mbit/s in the downlink and up to 50 Mbit/s in the uplink, this corresponds to LTE category 4 (Cat4). It supports the FDD-LTE frequency ranges 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz in the TDD-LTE. Furthermore,  the TL-MR6400 supports dual band UMTS with up to 42.2 Mbit/s in the downlink and up to 5.76 Mbit/s in the uplink and quad-band GSM/EDGE.  

 

 

Ethernet LAN and Wireless

 

Internet connection is passed either wirelessly via WLAN or via one of the four RJ45 network connections on terminals. The TL-MR6400 also supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n on 2.4 GHz with up to 300 MBit/s and has four 100 Mbit/s LAN ports. Here you can tell the competitive price, because Gigabit LAN would have been given the up to 150 MBit/s fast LTE modems, which is definitely required. With the 100 Mbit/s LAN ports, it is impossible to exploit the full LTE speed. The TP-Link TL-MR6400 is  one of the best LTE router on the market. A constantly updated overview of all LTE router can be found at this link. If you prefer other brands, such as Huawei, ZTE, we would like to recommend Huawei B890 4G LTE Gateway. Actually, here now, the LTE category 6 wireless router Huawei E5186 is already available for long time, if you prefer latest possible download speed, Huawei E5186 would be the best option, but you may have to bear higher price.  

25/01/2016

Huawei Mate 8 VS Huawei Mate S 4G Smartphones

Huawei has introduced very interesting smartphone: the Mate S and Mate 8 in recent months. The Chinese producer Huawei went up to the third-largest smartphone seller in the German market in 2015 and the Mate 8 and Mate S would like to improve on this position. While the Mate S was presented at IFA in Berlin and a short time later went on sale; the Mate 8 has been presented only to CES in early 2016. The two mobile phones are technically and optically very similar at first glance, but take a closer look at the technical and visual details, there are much difference.

 

 

The Huawei Mate S distinguishes very little visually from Huawei Mate 8: The front is dominated by a huge screen and each very narrow margins, hardware keys do not exist. The display of Mate S measures 5.5 inches, which is slightly smaller than that of Mate 8, which measures 6 inches. Even if the difference in the data sheet appears small: at the latest when you have the mate S and 8 in the hand and compares, you will notice the difference in size significantly. The Mate 8 is bulky, but one hand can hand it, so you should not be regarded it as negative point.

 

 

The processing of both the Mate 8 as well as the Mate S is almost perfectly. The Mate S here nonetheless wins the comparison, because the back has two thin antenna strip of metal, while in Mate 8 has only a piece of plastic cover for the antennas used. The Mate 8 falls on the circular fingerprint scanner and the circular camera mount, while the Mate S has both built in classic rectangular design. Both Huawei Mate S and the Huawei Mate 8 have two colors: gray and white.

 

 

Basically, both the Huawei Mate S and the Huawei Mate 8 are a very good technical equipment, which is classified in the upper class. Let's start with the display: the resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels in common, but the display technology is different: the Mate S uses an AMOLED panel while the Mate 8 uses an IPS panel. Colors, brightness and sharpness are excellent for both devices. The internal memory is 32 gigabytes in size in each case and can be expanded via MicroSD memory card up to 128 GB. In addition, for Huawei Mate 8, there is still the possibility to take a second nano-SIM card instead of a mocro-SD card, so is it the ideal dual SIM smartphone. The simultaneous use of MicroSD card and dual SIM is not possible. Regarding the processor, the two devices differ only slightly, at least no difference in the speed. Nevertheless, the Huawei Mate 8 with the HiSilicon Kirin 950 is the significantly latest octa-core processor (Mate S: Kirin 935). Both devices come with 3 gigabytes of RAM and a very good fingerprint sensor.

 

 

  Other differences are there between the radio links, here the Huawei Mate is 8 is clearly more superior than the Huawei Mate S: the Mate 8 has not only the aforementioned dual-SIM function, but also the LTE modem is significantly faster (LTE Cat6 instead LTE Cat4, ie up to 300 MBit/s instead of just up to 150 Mbit/s downstream). In addition, the Mate 8 the near-field wireless NFC, the Mate S has not. Even when the wireless topic Mate 8 has one step ahead: it supports Dual Band WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, while the Mate S only WLAN 802.11b/g/n supports 2.4 GHz. The back camera of Mate S and Mate 8 has an optical image stabilizer (OIS) and a dual-LED flash. The Mate 8 can create photos with up to 16 megapixel resolution (4: 3 format) that Mate S can accommodate up to 13 megapixels. For videos, both devices are limited to Full HD.

 

 

The Huawei Mate 8 is already with the latest Android 6.0 operating system and making it more up to date than the Mate S, which currently runs on Android 5.1.1. Serious differences do not exist, both units are very fast and the functions differ only in details. Both devices have pre-installed the user interface EMUI that Mate 8 a slightly newer version. EMUI reminiscent of the appearance and operation of the forth something to Apple iOS and is very easy to use.

 

 

 

 

An important point must not be missed when comparing two smartphones: the battery. While the Huawei Mate S comes with a 2,700 mAh strong battery, only slightly thicker and heavier, Huawei Mate 8 has a 4,000 mAh strong battery on board. not be missed: The batteries are not changeable for the two devices, when Mate 8 has a fast-charging adapter included, which fully charges the device within approximately 2.5 hours. During daily use, the higher capacity of the battery makes the Huawei Mate 8 clearly noticeable: while the Mate S just allow one day at normal use, two days at normal use are possible on Mate 8 easily. The Huawei Mate 8 is, like its predecessor Huawei Mate 7, a real endurance runner and currently certainly one of the smartphone with the best battery performance.  

 

 

We can see Huawei Mate 8 dominates in many aspects, however, it must be noted that the Mate 8 is just appeared, while the S Mate is on the market for several months. After all Huawei Mate 8 is the latest new flagship for Huawei. The Huawei Mate S is currently cheaper than Mate 8 without a contract.  If you need a budget good smartphone, Huawie Mate S may be a good option.