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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 .  

27/01/2013

Huawei E398u-18 4G LTE FDD USB Modem Review

Comparing with Huawei E398 other branch models, such as Huawei E398u-11, E398u-1 and E398u-15, Huawei E398u-18 should be a special one, it's not because Huawei E398u-18 has different appearance as other models, it's due to Huawei E398u-18 supports the special FDD LTE band 8 (900MHz), which is rarely deployed per current 4G network situation.

HUAWEI E398U-18 FACE LOGO

HUAWEI E398U-18 FACE LOGO

 

 

According to the GSA report about 4G LTE network, the Band 8 (900MHz) is only available in few countries and areas, such as KT Corporation in South Korea, Telenor in Sweden. And in the market, few 4G modems could support this band. Huawei E398u-18 is one of them.

SIM card slot for HUAWEI E398U-18

SIM card slot for HUAWEI E398U-18[/caption]  

 

 

Today, we get the Huawei E398u-18 4G LTE FDD Surf stick with Telenor logo. Telenor is the provider in Europe and provide 4G network in three countries: Hungary, Norway and Sweden.

ROTATE USB MODEM FOR HUAWEI E398U-18

ROTATE USB MODEM FOR HUAWEI E398U-18

 

 In the three countries, Telenor provides different LTE frequencies as below:   Hungary: FDD 1800MHz Norway: FDD 2600MHz Sweden: FDD 900/2600MHz     So to save cost, Huawei E398u-18 could support all of the bands/Spectrum above: 4G LTE FDD 900/1800/2600MHz   With same appearance of E398u-11 and E398u-15, Huawei E398u-18 has only one external antenna connector at the side Micro SD slot. If user wants to use data card with MIMO technology, E398u-18 may not be a good option.  

HUAWEI E398U-18 EXTERNAL ANTENNA HOLE

HUAWEI E398U-18 EXTERNAL ANTENNA CONNECTOR

 

 

Like other E398 Modems, Huawei E398u-18 could also work with 3G UMTS network and 2G GSM/GPRS network: 3G UMTS band is 900/2100MHz and 2G qual-bands. And the rotatable USB is classical features of Huawei E398.  

huawei E398U-18 Back information

Huawei E398U-18 Back information

 

As the brother model, Huawei E392 4G FDD TDD multi-mode data card also has one similar model, the model number is Huawei E392u-6. HUAWEI E392u-6 supports 4G FDD 900/1800/2100/2600 Mhz, which seems more powerful than HUAWEI E392u-6.   If you want any of them, welcome to buy it from www.4gltemall.com .