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30/07/2016

Huawei E5175 E5175s-22 4G Wireless Router Overview

In the past year, Huawei E5186 4G LTE CPE becomes well-known because it’s the world’s first LTE Category 6 wireless router for LTE-Advanced network with carrier aggregation technology. And till now, there is no newer model to be released from the Chinese manufacturer Huawei. Actually, there was a model which was released even before Huawei E5186. The model number is Huawei E5175, which is also a LTE Cat6 wireless router for the latest LTE networks.

 

Huawei E5175 Front

 

However, the Huawei E5175 is not presented at Huawei official site. We don’t know why, and as we know, many Huawei mobile broadbands are not listed there. So we can’t find the official specifications for Huawei E5175. But we can find the technical specifications somewhere.

 

Huawei E5175 Back

 

Huawei E5175 4G Router specifications:

* LTE Category 6 wireless router

* LTE CAT6 download speed up to 300mbps, and upload speed to 50Mbps

* Support 4G LTE Band 1/3/7/8/20/38 (FDD DD800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz, TDD 2600MHz)

* Support 3G DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/UMTS 900/2100MHz

* Support 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz

* WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz, support up to 64 wireless devices

* 4 RJ45(GE) interface + 2 RJ11 Interface + 1 USB host interface

* Two External antenna connectors

(Recommend Huawei E5175 4G Antenna: http://www.4gltemall.com/4g-antenna-two-sma-connector.html )

 

4G LTE Indoor Antenna (2 x SMA Connectors) for Huawei/ZTE 4G LTE Routers/Gateway/LTE CPE

 

Like its predecessors, Huawei E5175 is in flat design, it can stand on desk. The top front are the LED indicators for Power, Network mode, WiFi, Voice, Signal. And the Huawei logo is at the right side. On the back of the CPE E5175, there is a label which show many information about the device such as the model number (Huawei E5175s-22), Power Rating (12V, 2A), IMEI number, S/N number, Web site (http://homerouter.cpe), Web user name and password, SSID and WiFi key.

 

Huawei E5175 back label

 

Above the label, there is a plastic cover which could be open and below it, there are two connections for external antennas. The connector type is SMA. At the below side of the label, the interfaces are listed in a line. There are 4 RJ45 LAN ports, 2 RJ22 telephone interface, 1 USB host interface, 1 power plug hole and 1 power button(on/off). And on the back of the E5175, the body has many vents for heat radiation. At the bottom of the router, there are also many vents for this.  

 

Huawei E5175 Top side

 

The Huawei E5175 can work with SIM card directly. The SIM card slot is at the side body. Open the cap on the sim card slot, user can insert a valid SIM card. After power on, user can get connected with wireless network. Below the SIM card slot, the WPS and WiFi buttons are there. Between them is the hole to reset the Huawei E5175 to factory default.

 

Huawei E5175 bottom

 

From the appearance and interfaces, the Huawei E5175 is very similar to Huawei E5186 Router. We will take a test next time to see which one could provide faster wireless network. But from the specifications, Huawei E5175 is a good router which could work on 4G LTE/3G UMTS/2G GSM networks. Up to 64 wireless users could get connected with Huawei E5175. The most important is that it can achieve peak download speed to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps.

 

huawei E5175s-22 sim card slot and WPS button

 

Currenlty, there is few 4G routers which could support such high speed connection. If you are looking for a LTE Router with the latest technology supporting LTE-advanced network, Huawei E5175 is a trustful one to consider.

27/07/2016

ZTE Ufi MF970 4G LTE Cat6 Mobile Router Overview

We had known the model ZTE UFi MF970 4G Mobile Hotspot around the beginning of last year. It was first released by Chinese manufacturer ZTE almost at the same time like its competitor Huawei E5786. The Huawei E5786 was sold for one and a half year, but we still can’t get the ZTE UFi MF970 in the past year. Now we get the ZTE MF970 LTE Moible WiFi hotspot and we have the overview in this article.

 

ZTE MF970 Screen

 

Actually, when we get the ZTE MF970, we are not quite sure which model it is, because there is no model number indication on the body of the device. The ZTE UFi MF970 is in white color, and touch feel is good in hand. There is “ZTE UFi” on the front of the device and there is a little screen in the middle of the UFi.   On the back of the MF970, there are only the logos for CE, ROHS and WiFi. No more information is showed about the model number, WiFi key word, SSID and IMEI number, which should be printed on a label with the device.

 

ZTE MF970 Ufi Back

 

On the top side of the ZTE MF970, there is a USB 2.0 interface and two connectors for external antenna. The connectors are covered by a small cap, if user want to connect the external antenna, the cap has to be opened. The small caps are still connected with the ZTE UFi body. At the low side of the body, there are power button, function button (“FUNC”) and the slot for SIM card. The back cover can’t be opened because the battery is built-in. And there is no slot for MicroSD card.

 

ZTE MF970 USB interface

 

The battery capacity of the ZTE UFi MF970 is 2300mAh, which can make the device keep working for 8 hours. It’s just like other 4G mobile hotspots, and is enough for normal use, if user want to extend the working time, mobile power bank may be necessary to charge the MF970 when power is low.

 

ZTE MF970 external antenna connectors

 

ZTE UFi MF970 should be the first LTE category 6 mobile pocket router from ZTE to support LTE-advanced network. Its competitor Huawei E5786 is the first LTE Cat 6 pocket WiFi in the world. ZTE always follow the Huawei’s step to present its new products. The chipset of ZTE MF970 is Qualcomm MDM9230. Whether the processor Qualcomm MDM9230 is better or not than Huawei Hisilicon chipset, we haven’t taken such test. The ZTE MF970 could support up to 14 wireless devices to access internet through the WiFi, but Huawei E5786 could support maximum users only up to 10. But the most attractive feature for the two mobile hotspots is that they both support peak download speed to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50mbps.

 

ZTE MF970 Ufi power and function button

 

After plugging the SIM card and power on the ZTE UFi, the device quick starts in seconds. There comes Vodafone logo in red and then the screen shows the network provider’s name, network signal, network mode, WiFi signal, battery status. Press the FUNC button and it comes the options, including the “Data Connection”, “Device info”, “WiFi QR code”, and options for “Global Roaming” and “Quick Boot”. The power button is “OK” button and the “FUNC” is for Next. Press power button(Ok) when on the “Device info”, we can see the information about device name(Vodafone R226-Z), SSID, WiFi key, phone number, web URL(http://vodafonemobile.wifi), and password(admin). We can also see other features when choose other options. User can do basic settings through the two buttons “FUNC” and power button.

 

ZTE MF970 SIM card slot

 

At the beginning, we didn’t know the ZTE MF970 is the original factory model for Vodafone R226-Z, but now everything is clear. The ZTE MF970 was released and then Vodafone introduced the MF970 UFi to its product range. The Vodafone R226-Z is the same model to ZTE UFi MF970. And as we know, Vodafone R226 is the same model to Huawei E5786. Vodafone uses the two models for its own contract plans.

 

ZTE MF970

 

Just like the Huawei E5786, ZTE MF970 UFi also has two connectors for external antenna. If using the ZTE MF970 at the places with weak signal, it’s necessary to connect the external antenna. We had connected with the ZTE UFi from the smartphone, the surfing speed is good and stable. We will take a full test for the wireless connection next time.

 

ZTE MF970 Ufi external antenna 4g

 

In all, the ZTE MF970 UFi is a good pocket WiFi router which supports the latest network technology and could achieve high speed network connection wirelessly. Multiple users could connect with the ZTE MF970 pocket router. The battery is enough for common use. If user want better signal in rural area, there is ports for external antenna. And Vodafone has introduced the ZTE UFi to its product range, it proves the quality of ZT MF970 is trustful.  

 

If you don’t like ZTE brand, you can turn to Huawei E5786. And there is better model to recommend, such as Netgear Aircard 790s, Alcatel One Touch Y900. They all could support LTE advanced Cat6 networks.

25/07/2016

What’s the Difference between Huawei E5787 and E5786?

A few weeks ago, Huawei's first 4G mobile hotspot with touch screen is available in Saudi Arabia. The name is Huawei Mobile WiFi Touch, and model number is E5787, which is the second LTE Cat6 mobile pocket router from Huawei. If you are familiar with Huawei E5 mobile WiFi, you may know the first LTE Cat6 hotspot is E5876.Here comes a question: what's the difference between Huawei E5786 and E5787? Today, we will have a talk about this.  

 

 

 Huawei-E5786 VS Huawei E5787

 

Appearance  

 

The body of E5787 and E5786 looks similar, but it's no doubt that the touch screen of Huawei E5787 is a big selling point. In the predecessors of Huawei E5 series mobile WiFi, there is not a mobile router which has a 2.4inch touch acreen like E5787. The E5786 has a small screen only to show the connection status. But the E5787 can be operated through the 2.4 inch touchscreen. And the E5787 feels better and much slimmer than E5786 due to the thinner body.

 

Huawei E5787

 

Chipset

 

Both the Huawei E5787 and E5786 are based on the Huawei Hisilicon chipset, but Huawei E5787 is using the latest one, which is a powerful 28 nm HPM Coretx A9 processor. The chipset could support the screen and LTE-advanced network very well.    

 

Technical specifications  

 

Both the Huawei E5786 and E5787 are based on the LTE-Advanced technology on LTE Category 6, they can achieve peak download speed up to 300Mbit/s and upload speed to 50Mbit/s on the perfect networking. In practice, user may not get the speed due to weak signal or internet congestion etc...   Multiple WiFi terminals could get connected with E5786 and E5787 through WiFi, the maximum connected users could be 10 units. The WiFi is working on 2.4GHz and 5GHz, which is great for most situations.

 

HUAWEI E5786 Speed

 

Here now there are three variants for Huawei E5786, including E5786s-32a, E5786s-62a, E5786s-63a. They support different combination of LTE frequency bands for different network providers in areas. Here now the Huawei E5787 has only the sub-model E5787s-33a. But we believe there will be more variants available in many markets such as Europe and Asia.  

 

Color  

 

There are only two colors for Huawei E5786: black and white. But there Huawei E5787 provides more options: there is gold color except that black and white.

 

Huawei E5878 E5878s-33a (5)

 

Battery  

 

The battery of Huawei E5786 MiFi is built-in, which means users cannot remove to change a new one, but the battery of E5787 MiFi is removable and changeable. The battery capacity of Huawei E5787 is 3000mAh, and it could support the device keep working for 12 hours per the official sayings even with the touch screen. To make the E5787 work longer time, a new chipset is inserted to reduce the consumption of power and extend the working time. The Huawei E5786 also has a battery of 3000mAh, and the working time is around 10 hours. But the thickness of Huawei E5787 is only half of that of E5786.

 

huawei e5786 mobile wifi app

 

Operation

 

Both the Huawei E5787 and E5786 can be operated via the web interface. And user can also download the Huawei Mobile WiFi app to manage them. But Huawei E5787 has a touch screen, so user can also setup or configure the settings via the touch screen.  

 

Summary  

 

Huawei E5787 and E5786 are very similar in the technical features, but Huawei E5787 seems more attractive due to the touch screen, which is more user-friendly to do the settings. They are both very good 4G pocket WiFi to recommend for latest network.