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07/10/2018

Alcatel Linkhub HH40 WiFi Router Review

Since more and more 4G Mobile WiFi Hotspots are with Ethernet ports, the network equipment supplier Alcatel also presented a new 4G Mobile Hotspot with Ethernet port. The model number is Alcatel Linkhub HH40. It was available for some network providers in Europe, such as A1 Austria and re-named it as “A1 Net Cube 2”, which is following the first generation A1 Net Cube Plus B528. For carrier congstar in Germany, it got a new name as "Homespot WLAN Router". Then what the new WLAN router could bring to us, let’s have a check the Alcatel linkhub HH40 Specifications and features.

 

 

 

Alcatel Linkhub HH40 Specs and Features
Manufacturer and model Alcatel Linkhub HH40
chipset Qualcomm MDM9207
LTE Category Cat. 4
Download rate 150Mbit/s
Upload rate 50 Mbit/s
Supported LTE bands 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz
Backwards compatible with UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Support for LTE-Advanced No
MIMO Support Yes
Connection for external antenna: Yes, two SMA connectors(Buy Alcatel LinkHub HH40 Antenna)
Telephone
With integrated telephone system: Yes
Connection for ISDN phones: No
Connection for analogue phones: No
DECT: No
integrated answering machine: No
Network | LAN & WLAN
LAN ports: 2x 100 Mbit LAN (RJ45)(One for LAN/WAN)
WLAN standards: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
5 GHz WLAN support: No
encryption: WEP, WPA, WPA2
WLAN hotspot function: Yes
Others
Battery pack No battery available
Dimension and Weight 134 x 134 x 31.5 mm / 310g
USB unavailable
Memory card expansion No
Release 10/1/17
Price: 169.00USD
Available at: » www.4gltemall.com (unlocked version)
File download
Manual as PDF Alcatel Linkhub HH40 User manual
detailed data sheet: » Alcatel Linkhub HH40 Datasheet

 

 

 

 

Alcatel Linkhub HH40 – Fast Speed Connection but not the best

 

Alcatel Linkhub HH40 could support LTE category 4, which means it could achieve maximum 150 Mbit/s in the download and up to 50 Mbit/s in the upload. For most applications, this speed should be enough, but in fact, this router is even closer to the data highway in reality. Neither the LAN port nor the WLAN interface of the Alcatel Linkhub HH40 actually provides the 150 Mbit/s. However, there are many LTE-A pro mobile routers with Ethernet port, which could support peak download speed to 1Gigabit/s, such as Netgear Nighthawk M1 or Huawei E5788u-96a. So Alcatel Linkhub HH400 is just decent WiFi router for normal daily use.  

 

Alcatel states that up to 32 users can contact the HH40 router simultaneously, but then the bandwidth would (at best) be around 3.1 Mbps. After all, an optimal reception is ensured because the network device uses the multi-antenna technology 2 × 2 MIMO. In addition, external LTE antennas can be connected via the two SMA connectors. In terms of frequency diversity, Alcatel linkhub HH40 could support all the popular LTE frequency bands in Europe, including B1, B3, B7, B8, B20. The unlocked Linkhub HH40 could work with all the network carriers in Europe without any limit.  

 

 

 

Alcatel Linkhub HH40 – Easy to take but no battery pack

 

If you want to take the 4G lte broadband router with you on the road, for example, to be able to control the Internet with your laptop while on the move, you will not need much space with this Linkhub HH40 router. The three centimeters thick and the 13 centimeters dimensions ensure high mobility. And the low weight of only 310 grams makes it easy to take in bag or pocket. What Useful are the indicators for connection status and reception.   However, unlike other Alcatel 4G mobile WiFi routers, there is no battery pack with the device, the power of the Linkhub HH40 is supplied via a standard micro USB connection. Therefore, if you want to use the Linkhub on the move, you’d better to take a mobile power bank for it. It’s really a negative feature: The manufacturer has not thought of a battery.

 

 

 

Other features of the Alcatel Linkhub HH40

 

The Alcatel Linkhub HH40 can be configured not only via a web interface from the computer and mobile phone, but also by means of an app. For these, a smartphone with an operating system from iOS 5.0 or Android 4.2 is required. What has to mention with such a compact LTE router is the RJ45 connection. One RJ45 is for both LAN/WAN and the other is for LAN. A convenient convenience feature is the WPS button, so the annoying entry of the network key is not necessary when connecting a device for the first time.  

 

Actually, here now there are many advanced Alcatel LTE Routers supports high-level LTE technologies. If you don’t have great demand for internet speed, Alcatel Linkhub HH40 is good to consider.

21/09/2018

TP-Link M7450 VS Netgear Aircard 790s

We had introduced the Best Buy LTE Cat.6 Portable 4G Routers, but more LTE Cat.6 routers are available in the market now. TP-link M7450 is the new Cat.6 router for pocket use. Many people may know the world’s first LTE Cat.6 mobile router Netgear Aircard 790s, but may not know the features of the new TP-link M7450. Somebody may ask: what’s the difference between Netgear AC790S and TP-link M7450? Which one is better to buy? We will compare the two mobile WiFi hotspots to conclude answers for you.

 

 

TP-Link M7450 VS Netgear AC790S Appearance and Interfaces

 

As the world’s first 4G LTE Mobile WiFi hotspot with LTE Cat.6, the Netgear AC790S is also the world’s first LTE Pocket WiFi with a touchscreen. Users can see the connection status and do some basic settings through the screen. Like other Netgear LTE mobile hotspot router, Aircard 790s has two connectors for external antennas. The USB port is in the middle of the two antenna connector. The power button is at the opposite side. Like the latest ATT Nighthawk Hotspot, the back cover of Netgear 790s could be removable and the battery is also removable for changing or inserting the SIM card.

 

 

 

The latest TP-link M7450 doesn’t have a touchscreen, there is a home button and power button at the two sides of the screen. Users can do the settings through the two buttons. Frankly speaking, the feature is not as good as Netgear Aircard 790s touchscreen. Like other TP-link 4G mobile WiFi, there is one USB port at the edge side but no connector for external antennas, which is not good for users who are located at areas with weak signals. The back cover of TP-link Pocket WiFi M7450 could be removed, so as the battery.

 

 

 

Netgear Aircard 790s VS TP-Link M7450 Specifications and Features

 

From the appearance, we can see the Netgear AC790S is more user-friendly, the touchscreen and the connectors for external antennas are highlighted. Then let’s have a comparison of Netgear AC790S specs and TP-link M7450 Specs:  

 

Model Netgear Aircard 790s TP-Link M7450
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.6
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9230 Qualcomm
Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands B1, B3, B7, B8, B28 B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B38, B40, B41
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 15 users 32 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks No
Buy Antenna Netgear AC790s External Antenna No
App management Netgear Aircard APP tpMiFi APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Removable, 2930 mAh Removable, 3000 mAh
Dimensions 110 x 68 x 15 mm 112.5 x 66.5 x 16mm
Ethernet Port No No
Datasheet download Netgear AC790S Datasheet TP-link M7450 Datasheet
User Manual Netgear Aircard 790s manual TP-link M7450 User Manual
Other features 2 band CA 2 band CA
Firmware download Netgear AC790S Firmware TP-link M7450 Firmware
Drivers Netgear AC790S driver TP-link M7450 driver
Reviews Netgear AC790s review TP-link M7450 review
Price 179.00USD 289.00USD

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

From the specs table, we can see the TP-link Pocket WiFi M7450 and Netgear AC790S are both LTE Cat.6 router with Qualcomm chipset. They can both support download speed up to 300mbps. Netgear Aircard 790s is more user-friendly with the touch screen but they both could be managed through the APP. TP-link M7450 supports more WiFi users up to 32 while Aircard 790s supports only 15 users. TP-Link M7450 supports more LTE frequency bands which makes it work with more network providers’ SIM card.

 

Other features of TP-link M7450 and Netgear 790S are very similar: similar size, similar battery feature. However, the TP-link M7450 price is very high compared with similar 4G LTE Cat.6 Mobile WiFi routers such as  Huawei E5786 and ZTE MF970, perhaps because it’s a new model. The old model Netgear AC790s price is almost only the half of M7450 price. So the Netgear AC790S mobile hotspot is highly recommended considering the performance, user experience and price.

 

 

 

19/09/2018

Huawei E5787 VS E5878, Which Huawei Mobile WiFi is Better?

More and more Huawei 4G mobile WiFi routers are available in the market as time goes, they may have the similar names which make them very hard to identify, no mention that what the difference between the 4G LTE WiFi routers. Huawei E5787 and Huawei E5878 are the typical mobile WiFi hotspot router with the similar name. If you are unfamiliar with Huawei wireless router 4G, you may not know what’s the difference between the Huawei E5878 and E5787 and it’s of course very hard to buy one from the two Huawei mobile WiFi. We will compare the appearance, interfaces, specs, and other features to let you know more about the two mobile WiFi. So that when you want to buy a Huawei mobile WiFi 4G, it would be not difficult to make the decision.

 

 

 

Huawei E5787 VS E5878 Appearance and Interfaces

 

 

Huawei E5787 4G+ mobile hotspot is a latest released LTE pocket WiFi hotspot, which has a touchscreen on the front where users can read the connection status and do simple setting for internet connection. The power button is on the top edge side while the USB 3.0 port and two antenna connectors are located at the opposite side. The back cover could be removed to exchange the battery or insert the SIM card. It’s a typical Huawei mobile WiFi with a touchscreen and two connectors for external antennas.

 

 

If you have read our blog of Huawei E5878 review, you might be attracted by the appearance of Huawei E5878. It looks very similar to an iPhone with very cool design. As an LTE pocket WiFi hotspot, it has only a small LED screen, not touchable, to show the internet connection status. The power button is on the right edge side with the sim card slot. The SIM card slot design is like iPhone. You have to press the hole to let the slot pop out and then insert the SIM card the press it into the device. The battery of Huawei E5878 is built-in and non-removable. A Mini USB port is available for charging. Unlike other Huawei mobile WiFi, it has no the connector for external antennas.

 

 

Huawei E5878 VS E5787 Specs and Features

 

The appearance of the Huawei E5787 and E5878 are different and it’s not that hard to identify like their names. Then let’s have a review of the Huawei E5787 specs and Huawei E5878 specs:

 

Model Huawei E5878s-32 Huawei E5787
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.4 LTE Cat.6
Chipset  HiSilicon LTE Cat4 Chipset  HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset (Cortex A9 Processor)
Data rates DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * Huawei E5878s-32: Band 1/3/5/7/8/20 * Huawei E5787s-33a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/20 * Huawei E5787Ph-67a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/28
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, single-band 2.4GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 10 users 10 users
MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No connector Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna N/A Huawei E5787 external Antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM type Standard SIM Micro SIM
Battery 1900mAh Removable, 3000mAh
Dimensions 109.5 x 58 x 7.5 mm 109.00 x 58.00 x 7.50mm
Ethernet Port No No
Datasheet download Huawei E5878 Datasheet Huawei E5787 Datasheet
User Manual Huawei E5878 Manual Huawei E5787 Manual
Other features   2 band CA
Firmware download Huawei E5878 Firmware Huawei E5787 Firmware
Drivers Huawei E5878 drivers Huawei E5787 drivers
Reviews Huawei E5878 Review Huawei E5787 Review
Price 159.00USD 269.00USD
       

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

From the specs table, we can see that Huawei E5787 4G+ mobile WiFi is more advanced supporting LTE Cat.6 which could achieve download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mpbs. The Huawei E5878 could only reach peak download speed to 150mbps on LTE Category 4. Huawei E5787 has two variant models available now but Huawei E5878 only has one E5878s-32 model. The Huawei E5787 has two connectors for external LTE antennas but E5878s-32 has no antenna connector. And Huawei E5787 has the touchscreen and more advanced WLAN features which should be more user-friendly than E5878. So if you want to buy a good Huawei mobile WiFi with good experience, the Huawei E5787 would be better to consider.  

 

However, since the Huawei E5878 is available few year ago, now the Huawei Prime E5878 price is very attractive now. With the cool classical design, it’s still a good one to consider. The download speed of 150Mbps is actually enough for daily use. And Huawei E5787 price is not cheap now because it’s a new model. If you want a budget mobile WiFi, Huawei Prime E5878 is good to buy.