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03/02/2013

Will you choose Vodafone K5005 or ZTE MF820D?

In most cases, if you have a look at a Huawei 4G USB modem, you can also the similar model from its competitor ZTE, we don't know whether Huawei followed ZTE or the contrary, but the two vendors are playing more and more important role in global telecom market.   Today, we will compare two similar LTE FDD modems Huawei K5005 (also name Vodafone K5005) and ZTE MF820D.

 

Vodafone K5005 is a customized model from Huawei, the factory model number is Huawei E398 4G LTE FDD TDD multi-mode Data card. Vodafone changed the UI of this modem to its classic red color, which looks much cooler than the other Huawei E398 branch models.  

 

ZTE MF820D is the derivative model from ZTE MF820. Also with the rotatable USB design, it’s in big sharp.

 

   


LTE Spectrum  

 

To support Vodafone 4G LTE network in Germany, Huawei K5005 could work on FDD frequency 800/2600MHz. ZTE MF820D could work on FDD band 800/2100/2600MHz, which let it support more operators. Of course, it could also support Vodafone 4G network in Germany.    


External Antenna Connector    

 

Here now, most USB modems have built-in antenna. So do Vodafone K5005 and ZTE MF820D. To gain better signal so that users could surf in higher speed, MIMO technology is used to meet this demand. The obvious feature of MIMO is that there are two external antenna connectors.  

 

We could see that Vodafone K5005 has double external antenna ports, with two pigtails; the 4G modem will provide amazing speed. However, follow the design of ZTE MF820, there is no port in MF820D.     Frankly speaking, the modem with external pigtail hole would be better than modem without antenna connector. To gain better signal and high surf speed, you will need the external antenna. But if you don’t use them, it would be the same to choose any of them. Because in our testing, the test speeds are almost the same under same networking conditions.  

 

If you need more LTE Modems, welcome to check http://www.4gltemall.com/4g-usb-modem.html

   

30/01/2013

Will you buy HUAWEI E398u-11 or ZTE MF820 for your 4G LTE Modem?

As the top telecommunication equipment suppliers in China, ZTE and Huawei are always competing from 3G to 4G market. To share the global market, they may release similar telecom products for wireless network. Huawei E398u-11 4G LTE Surfstick and ZTE MF820 4G USB dongle are two similar modems that both works for 4G LTE FDD network band 1800/2100/2600MHz.  

 

Then here comes the question: which one is better between Huawei E398u-11 and ZTE MF820 4G LTE USB Modem?    


Appearance

 

From the appearance, they both in rotatable USB design and the modem body is somewhat bigger than common 3G USB dongles. Huawei E398u-11 seems cooler because the design is inspired by luxury car.    


External Antenna Connector  

 

There are two external antenna connectors in HUAWEI E398u-11 but there is no external antenna port in ZTE MF820. With 2 x 2 MIMO antenna, the speed would be double or may even triple faster.

   

Operation

 

If you want to plug 4G SIM card to the modem ZTE MF820, you need to open the whole back cover of MF820. And according the writer's experience, the design is not user-friendly, because the first question is you don't know where to open it, second, after you find the little cap to open, you may be unable to open it if you don't too much effort. And you must two hands together to work. But if taking too much effort, you may worry to break the modem. You will never wish to break the modem before using it.

 

 

In this case, Huawei E398u-11 is easy to operate. There is only a short cap of a third of back cover. One hand can open it easily.    


Mobile partner  

 

Most of HUAWEI E398u-11 4G Modem is with mobile partner, like ZTE, it also has its own operation software. Both of them would take a little bit long time to install and get ready for connection. With large firmware, sometimes, they may let your PC run very slowly. But I personally like HUAWEI mobile partner more, because it seems HUAWEI Mobile partner is more simple and easier to setup than ZTE.

   

Connection speed  

 

HUAWEI E398u-11 and ZTE MF820 could both connect in few seconds, actually, it may depends on the external network situation to determine which could connects faster. Under the same condition, HUAWEI E398u-11 may connect faster than ZTE MF820 for only 2-4 seconds, usually, we can’t notice that.  

 

The above factors are important for a user to choose a 4G LTE USB modem, but it seems the two modems are equal to buy. HUAWEI E398u-11 is just better in appearance and antenna function, other factors are almost same, in this case, users can choose per their preference. If you like cool model and better signal and speed to surf, you should choose HUAWEI E398u-11, but if you want practical modem with better price, ZTE MF820 should be taken into your consideration.   If you want to have more options for 4G LTE USB dongles, please check http://www.4gltemall.com/4g-usb-modem.html .  

19/01/2013

How to Update the Software of ZTE MF820 4G LTE USB Modem?

Since 4G LTE USB modems are more and more popular in users, some users may find their 4G dongles works not as good as they first get them. They may disconnect suddenly or re-connect again, not in stable connection status. At this time, you need to update the software of the 4G LTE USB modem, just like computer, if you use too long time, it would run slow, then you need to re-store the system and you will get new speed.   Today, we would introduce how to update the software / firmware of ZTE MF820 4G LTE 100Mbps USB Modem for Windows OS and MAC OS. It includes two parts because for Windows OS and MAC OS, the software, the software is not the same.  


For Windows OS Users:  

  1. Downloading software updates DL_MF820_LMT_LV_EUV1.00.00Setup.7z
  2. Unzip downloaded file.
  3. Unplug the modem from the computer, remove the SIM card from the modem and add a modem to your computer.
  4. Activates DL_MF820_LMT_LV_EUV1.00.00 file.
  5. Click the button Update.
  6. Please wait until the complete modem software upgrades. The software update may take up to 6 minutes.
  7. After the update, reset the previous Mobile Broadbandprogram. PCs with Windows OS Mobile Broadband software can be reset as follows: Click Start> Programs> Mobile Broadband> Uninstall.
  8. After the previous Mobile Broadband modem software reset is added to insert the SIM card into your computer.
  9. Wait until the start of the new software setup.

 

        MAC OS X:

  1. Downloading software updates DL_MF820_LMT_LV_EUV1.00.00Setup.7z
  2. Unzip downloaded file.
  3. Unplug the modem from the computer, remove the SIM card from the modem and add a modem to your computer.
  4. Activates DL_MF820_LMT_LV_MACV1.00.00 file.
  5. Click the button Update.
  6. Please wait until the complete modem software upgrades. The software update may take up to 6 minutes.
  7. After the update reset the previous Mobile Broadband program. In Mac OS X Mobile Broadband software can be reset as follows: click Application> Mobile Broadband click on the Uninstall folder Mobile Broadband files.
  8. After the previous Mobile Broadband modem software reset is added to insert the SIM card into your computer. Wait until the start of the new software setup.

 

 

  This is the steps to update the software of ZTE MF820 for Window and MAC operation System, hope it helps you.