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10/08/2017

Difference between ZTE UFi MF980 and Netgear Aircard 810s

Since more and more network providers deployed LTE advanced networks, many vendors over the world are providing new LTE gadgets to support the latest new LTE networks. The US vendor Netgear Wireless and Chinese vendor ZTE are two of them. Netgear presents the Aircard 810s with support of LTE Category 11 and ZTE provides the UFi MF980 with support of LTE Category 9. In this article, we will check what the difference is between the two mobile 4G Routers.

 

 

Appearance

 

The Netgear Aircard 810s has a 2.44 inch LCD touchscreen, user can do simple settings like operating a smartphone. However, the ZTE MF980 UFi’s 1.44 inch TFT screen is not a touchscreen, so it can be operated by the power and func button, web interface or by ZTELink APP. Of course, the Aircard 810s could also be operated from web interface and Netgear aircard APP. The ZTE UFi MF980 is very thinner than Netgear Aircard 810s, so the feel in hand is better.

 

 

They both have two connectors for external LTE antennas and the connector type is TS-9. The connectors in Aircard 810s are located at the two sides of the USB ports with small caps, while the connectors of ZTE MF980 are together. And they both use Micro SIM.

 

 

Battery

 

The battery of Aircard 810s is removable and the SIM card slot is in the battery slot. The battery capacity is 2930mAh, which could support 11 hours for continuous use. The battery of ZTE MF980 UFi is built-in and can’t be removed. And its battery is 2200mAh, which is enough for daily use, but can’t be changed to backup battery. But they both don’t have slot for Micro SD card.

 

 

Technical Specifications

 

With Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 chipset and the support of LTE Category 11, Netgear Aircard 810s could support peak download speed to 600mbps. ZTE UFi MF980 could achieve download speed to 450mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps with the support of LTE Category 9.  

 

Netgear Aircard 810s could connect up to 15 wireless users simultaneously while ZTE UFi MF980 could support up to 32 wireless users to access internet, on this point, ZTE UFi MF980 seems more powerful than Aircard 810s. Regarding the WLAN feature, they could support latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2 X 2 MIMO on dual band(2.4GHz and 5GHz).

 

 

Other feature

 

The Netgear Aircard 810s has an extra function called Jump Boost, which makes it could work like a mobile power bank to charge other electric devices such as smartphone, Pads etc..ZTE MF980 UFi doesn’t have this function per the official description.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Comparing the features and specifications of the Netgear Aircard 810s and ZTE UFi MF980, it’s not doubt that Aircard 810s is better than ZTE MF980. With higher configuration, Netgear Aircard 810s can provide better performance for internet connection, but price would be higher. ZTE MF980 UFi is also good for most users with budget price. But the built-in battery may not be a good feature if you want it to work for long time.  

 

Actually, there are many more 4G Routers for LTE advanced networks, if you want to check more devices, welcome to check on www.4gltemall.com .    

07/08/2017

Huawei Mobile WIFI PRO 2 E5885

Huawei presents its new version of the Mobile WiFi PRO to replace the predecessor Huawei E5770 and simply calls it Mobile WiFi PRO 2. The specific model number is E5885. This new hotspot 4G mainly brings the 4G Category 6 with a theoretical rate of 300 Mbps in download and 50 Mbps in upload.

 

In the new Mobile WiFi Pro 2, a rise of WiFi with features bringing WiFi 802.11ac and 5 GHz. It also gains a rise in battery capacity from 5200 to 6400 mAh and is offered the ability to be able to recharge other devices via its full-size USB port (in addition to its microUSB charging port). Of course, the RJ 45 Ethernet port and the 0.96 inch OLED screen are retained. The Huawei Mobile WiFi PRO 2 also recovers the band 2600 MHz in FDD that did not have in its predecessor E5770. The wrist strap could work as a USB charging cable, which is a special and good design. Two colors will be available, Black & Gold and Pink & Gold.  

 

 

As a wireless hotspot, Mobile WiFi pro 2 E5885 could support up to 32 simultaneous WiFi users, which is the much powerful than the latest Huawei E5786 and E5787 LTE CAT.6 mobile hotspot. The Mobile WiFi PRO 2 also allows you to connect peripherals to WiFi by scanning the code QR, and with the HiLink application from Huawei without having to search for the network and enter the password.

 

 

The Mobile WiFi Pro 2 E5885 is compatible with the following LTE bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20 (800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz) in FDD, and in addition the 2600MHz in TDD (38). Here now, the Huawei Mobile WIFI PRO 2 was launched in Saudi Arabia and China, we suppose it will be available in Europe later soon.

 

 

Huawei E5885 Mobile WiFi Pro 2 Technical characteristics:

* WIFI b/g/n/ac (802.11ac) compatible

* Number of users connected simultaneously: up to 32 Devices

* WMM (WiFi multimedia)/media server feature: Yes

* Beamforming / MultiBeam feature: Yes

* UPNP (universal plug and play): Yes

* Frequency range: Dual Band (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)

* Speed ​​for download: up to 300 Mbps

* Special features Cat6 - 300 Mbps, HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset

* Guest network access: Yes

* Number of ethernet port (RJ-45): Single Port (LAN) / RJ-45

* Cards supported: Micro SD / Micro SDHC / Micro SDXC

* Color: Black * SIM type: Micro SIM

* LED indicator: Signal Strength / Network / Charging / Provider / WiFi / SMS

* Number of antenna: no

* Security features Encryption (WEP / WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK)

* WPS (WiFi protected set-up) Yes

* Battery type: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)

* Battery capacity: 6400 mAh

* Dimensions: 23 mm X 69.20 mm X 112 mm

* Weight 188 g

 

 

 

03/08/2017

ZTE MF980 4G Mobile Router Test

With the LTE network evolving to LTE-Advanced, more and more LTE gadgets are needed to support the advanced network so as to meet the requirements from end-users for faster internet speed. ZTE MF980, also named ZTE UFi MF980, is one of the new gadgets.

 

 

We got the ZTE MF980 4G mobile router for a couple of weeks and today we have time to take a test for this new LTE router. It’s in black color but much thinner than current popular models such as Huawei E5786 and Mobile WiFi Pro 2 E5885.

 

 

Appearance

 

The ZTE MF980 has a 1.44inch screen, but not like the high-end 4G LTE-A mobile hotspots from Netgear such as Aircard 790s and Aircard 810s, it’s not a touch screen. The ZTE and UFi are listed at two sides of the screen. On top edge, the power button and func button are there with a reset hole. At the opposite edge, two connectors for external 4G Antennas are covered by a small cap. The USB3.0 port is at the middle of the edge while the right side is SIM card slot. It uses Micro SIM. On the back of the ZTE UFi, there is only ZTE Logo. The back cover is not tight with the whole body, which makes you think it could be removed, but we tried, the back cover can’t be removed. So the battery is built-in and can’t be changed.

 

 

Operation

 

Long press the power button for 3 seconds on the top edge, the ZTE UFi MF980 will start working. The screen will show the signal bars, network provider’s name, users quantity connected from WiFi, battery status and the consumed data. For simple setup, users need to press the FUNC button to switch menu and power button to confirm.

 

 

In the simple menu, we can see it includes Data Connection, Device Info, WiFi QR Code, WPS, Global Roaming, Quick Boot. Click FUNC to next and click Power button to OK. Users can click to connect the data, and scan the QR code to connect to the router with the ZTELink APP. No more setup is allowed through the two buttons on ZTE UFi. If you want do more settings, you need log in the web page http://ufi.ztedevice.com or 192.168.0.1. Firstly, you need connect the WiFi from ZTE MF980 and enter WiFi key. When log in the web UI, the default password is admin. And there is PC and Mobile option per user preference.

 

 

On the head of the web page, user can shutdown the device, modify login password and logout by one click. Two languages are available: English and Chinese. In the middle of the page, there is a switch button to on and off LTE connection. Below is the setting button to click and enter into the setting options. Users can setup the connection by adding new APN, select preferred network (four options: 4G only, 3G only, 2G only and Automatic).

 

 

There are more options to setup the WiFi, user can setup the SSID name, security mode and password. If necessary, user can also enable the Guest SSID and WPS. In the WiFi advanced settings, user can select the WiFi band (2.4GHz and 5GHz available), Network mode (two options: 802.11b/g/n and 802.11 n only), Channel Bandwidth(20MHz/40MHz or 20MHz) and frequency channel. User can also select the country if necessary.

 

In the Advanced Settings, user can setup the power-save mode by choosing the WiFi coverage distance and WiFi Sleep time. And the router settings allow user to setup the IP address and DHCP. There are also options for firewall settings, such as Port filtering, Port mapping, UPnP and DMZ. User can also setup the firmware update check and reset or restart the router manually.

 

 

All setting for the ZTE MF980 UFI is very simple but important if you need them. User can also do the setting through the ZTELink APP, but has to install the APP in the smartphone first. We didn’t take the speed test this time, we will do the speed test by comparing it with the latest Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 in following weeks and will provide full report after test. You can follow us for coming testing report.