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09/11/2018

ZTE MF286 VS Huawei B525s

Huawei had many LTE Cat6 routers available now but the competitor ZTE has very few Cat6 routers in the market. ZTE MF286 router is one of the ZTE LTE Cat6 routers, since Huawei B525s LTE Cat6 router, some people want to know what the difference between Huawei B525 and ZTE MF286 is. We would compare the Huawei B525s with ZTE MF286 from the appearance, interfaces, specs, and features in this blog.

 
 
 
 

Huawei B525s VS ZTE MF286 Appearance and Interfaces


ZTE MF286 and Huawei B525s are both in the typical design of 4G WiFi router. On the front, there are some indicators for Power, WiFi, and Signal. The ZTE MF286 has also the indicators for Telephone, 3G/4G Data and Battery. Huawei B525 doesn’t have the indicator for telephone and battery. But it has the indicator for Ethernet connection. On the back, they both have 3 LAN ports and one LAN/WAN ports. Huawei B525 has only one telephone port while ZTE MF286 has two telephone ports. They both have the power adapter plug and USB port, but the ZTE MF286 has the power on/off button.   
 
The SIM card slot of Huawei B525 is located at the bottom while the ZTE MF286 sim card slot is at the edge side. They both have two SMA connectors for external LTE antennas. The unique feature of ZTE MF286 is the removable battery which makes it work like a mobile WiFi router. Huawei B525s has the WPS and Power buttons on the top side while the ZTE MF286 has the WLAN and WPS buttons with the Reset hole on the top side.   
 
 



ZTE MF286 VS Huawei B525 Specs and Features

  
 
From the appearance, we can see the interface difference and then let’s have a check the ZTE MF286 specs and Huawei B525 specs for a comparison:  
 

Model Huawei B525 ZTE MF286
Product type Huawei WiFi Router with Ethernet port LTE WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.6
Chipset HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset Qualcomm MDM9230
LTE Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Huawei B525s-23a: Band  1/3/7/8/20/32/38 Huawei B525s-65a: Band  1/3/4/5/7/8/20/19/26/28/32/38/40/41 ZTE MF286: Band 1/3/7/8/28
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 64 users 64 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 3 x 3 MIMO
Antenna Two, SMA-female jacks Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei B525 antenna ZTE MF286 outdoor antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP ZTELink APP
SIM Size Micro SIM Standard SIM
Battery NO Removable, 3000mAh
Dimensions 163 x 52 x 226 mm 180 × 170 × 30 mm
Interfaces * 3 x LAN port(RJ45) * 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45) * 1 x telephone port(RJ11) * Two external LTE antenna ports(SMA-female) * One micro-SIM card slot * 1 x USB 2.0 port * 3 x LAN port(RJ45) * 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45) * 2 x telephone port(RJ11) * Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-Female) * One micro-SIM card slot * 1 x USB 2.0 port
Datasheet Huawei B525 Datasheet(PDF) ZTE MF286 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual Huawei B525 User Manual(PDF) ZTE MF286 User Manual(PDF)
Other features  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, TR069 Remote Management, HTTP Online Upgrade, QoS, USB Share, UPnP, IPV6, DLNA, Fax, Print, VPN  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, TR069 Remote Management, HTTP Online Upgrade, QoS, USB Share, UPnP, IPV6, DLNA, Fax, Print, VPN
Firmware download Huawei B525 firmware ZTE MF286 firmware
Driver Huawei B525 driver ZTE MF286 driver
Reviews Huawei B525 Review ZTE MF286 Review
Price/USD 259.00USD 199.00USD


  

Summary 
 
From the specs table, we can see the Huawei B525s and ZTE MF286 are both LTE Cat6 router which could achieve download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. The Huawei B525 router has two variant models now but ZTE MF286 has only one variant model. They both support maximum up to 64 wireless devices but ZTE MF286 supports 3 X 3 MIMO while Huawei B525 supports 2 X 2 MIMO. The removable battery adds many bonuses for ZTE MF286 router because it can make the MF286 router used as a mobile WiFi router. Then the ZTE MF286 could be used in much more circumstances. With the similar technical feature, ZTE MF286 price is cheaper than Huawei B525 price. Perhaps because the Huawei B525 is the latest router and ZTE MF286 is an old model. We didn’t take the speed test for Huawei B525 and ZTE MF286, but from the specs, we think the ZTE MF286 is better than Huawei B525 Router.
 

02/11/2018

ZTE MF286 VS Huawei B315

As two important network equipment manufacturers from China, Huawei and ZTE supplied similar networking products to the network providers and users worldwide. As the typical network terminals, Huawei and ZTE both have a series of 4G LTE Router for hundreds of network carriers and thousands of end-users all over the world. The ZTE MF286 and Huawei B315 are two of the most popular 4G WiFi routers. Those who don’t use the two routers may don’t know what the difference between Huawei B315 and ZTE MF286 is. To buy one of the two routers, they may feel hard to decide. We will compare the Huawei B315 and ZTE MF286 router to give a clue.

 

 

 

 

 

Huawei B315 VS ZTE MF286 Appearance and Interfaces

 

 

Huawei B315 and ZTE MF286 are both typical WiFi router for home. On the front, there are some indicators for Power, WiFi, Data, and Signal. ZTE MF286 has also the indicator for telephone and battery. The Huawei B315 doesn’t have the telephone port and battery, so there is no indicator for a telephone. On the back, they both have 1 port for WAN/LAN and 3 ports for LAN. The ZTE MF286 router has two telephone ports and one USB port, which are not available in Huawei 4G Router B315.  

 

 

They both have the interface for an external power adapter, the Huawei B315 also have the reset hole at the side of the adapter. ZTE MF286 provides a button switch to power on or off the router. The SIM card slot is both located at the side of the two routers.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZTE MF286 VS Huawei B315 Specs and Features

 

 

From the appearance and interfaces, we can see the ZTE MF286 and Huawei B315 are very similar in shape but there is the obvious difference in the interfaces and battery; they are both designed for the home WiFi router. Then we compare the ZTE MF286 specs with Huawei B315 specs:  

 

 

Model Huawei B315s ZTE MF286
Product type LTE WiFi Router with Ethernet port LTE WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.4 LTE Cat.6
Chipset Hisilicon Balong Qualcomm MDM9230
LTE Data rates DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * Huawei B315s-22: 4G LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B38 * Huawei B315s-607: 4G Band 1/3/7/8/28/40 * Huawei B315s-936: 4G Band 1/3/40/41 * Huawei B315s-608: 4G Band 1/3/5/7/28 ZTE MF286: Band 1/3/7/8/28
WLAN 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 32 users 64 users
MIMO n/a 3 x 3 MIMO
Antenna Two, SMA-female jacks Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei B315 external antenna ZTE MF286 outdoor antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP ZTELink APP
SIM Size Standard SIM Standard SIM
Battery No Removable, 3000mAh
Dimensions 186.0 x 139.0 x 46.0mm 180 × 170 × 30 mm
Interfaces * 1 x power adapter port * 3 x LAN port(RJ45) * 1 x LAN/WAN port (45) * 1 x telephone port(RJ11)(depends) * Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5) * One SIM card slot * 1 x USB 2.0 port(depends) * 3 x LAN port(RJ45) * 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45) * 2 x telephone port(RJ11) * Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-Female) * One micro-SIM card slot * 1 x USB 2.0 port
Datasheet Huawei B315 Datasheet(PDF) ZTE MF286 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual Huawei B315 Manual(PDF) ZTE MF286 User Manual(PDF)
Other features VoIP, DHCP, NAT, IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, Firewall, Port forwarding, DMZ, ALG, Remote management  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, TR069 Remote Management, HTTP Online Upgrade, QoS, USB Share, UPnP, IPV6, DLNA, Fax, Print, VPN
Firmware download Huawei B315s Firmware ZTE MF286 firmware
Driver Huawei B315s driver ZTE MF286 driver
Reviews Huawei B315 Review ZTE MF286 Review
Price/USD 169.00 199.00USD

 

 

 

 

Summary  

 

From the specs table, we can see that the ZTE MF286 is more advanced than Huawei B315. ZTE MF286 router could support LTE Cat6 achieving download speed up to 300mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. But unlike Huawei 4G Wireless router, ZTE MF286 has only one variant model while Huawei B315 has many variant models supporting various LTE frequency bands. The unique feature of ZTE MF286 is that it has a removable battery of 3000mAh, which makes it would work like a mobile WiFi router. The feature is not common in similar routers.

 

 

 

ZTE MF286 could support up to 64 wireless users while Huawei B315 router could support half to 32 WiFi-enabled devices. They both use standard 6 pin SIM card. With the advanced feature, ZTE MF286 price is a little bit higher than that of Huawei B315. If you are looking for a router that can provide faster speeds, it’s better to buy ZTE MF286. But if you concern about the price, Huawei B315 is a decent and budget router to buy.

29/10/2018

ZTE MF286 4G LTE Router Test

Since LTE networks are becoming more and more popular, there are many stationary or mobile LTE routers from various brands on sale, and one of the most interesting routers is ZTE MF286 4G router. It combines the features of stationary router and the mobile router.

 
  
  ZTE MF286 
 
 
Not as well-known as Huawei B593 router, ZTE MF286 is quite a new router, it was introduced to some network providers in Europe at the end of last year. It supports the latest network standards, primarily LTE Advanced (aggregation of two bands, downloading at speeds up to 300 Mb/s), and within the Wi-Fi network, it supports the 802.11ac standard (2x2 MIMO, or up to 867 Mb/s).
 
  
 
  ZTE MF286 
 
 
 Of course, there are no miracles in practice, the LTE speeds drop down in real use. Wi-Fi bandwidth is also a fraction of the theoretical value: between computers in the LAN and WLAN during testing it did not exceed 288 Mbit/s. Like other desktop routers, the ZTE MF286 has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port for connecting a USB drive and file sharing, as well as an analog telephone line connector. Of course, there is also a built-in modem and a slot for mini SIM cards, under the plugs, two SMA connectors for the external LTE antenna.   An unusual feature is a removable battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh. It is a bit similar to the equipment for mobile 4G routers because you can take it anywhere and use it for at least 3 hours. It is a pity that instead of the USB charger, it has a 12-volt AC power adapter - you cannot power it with a power bank.
 
  ZTE MF286 
 
 
The function set is similar to other stationary LTE routers. The main screen of the configuration interface shows a network diagram where you can go to LTE settings, Wi-Fi or a list of connected devices. An interesting thing is the ability to choose the bandwidth that can be used by the modem built into the router. However, the Wi-Fi capability is much larger, above all the advantage is simultaneous operation in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band. The router has a Wi-Fi optimization function - it scans the radio band, detects existing networks and automatically selects the best channel. You can enable an additional guest network (Multi SSID) on both frequencies, limit the number of clients in each SSID network, and set a time limit for guests (in hours). 
 
 
 
ZTE MF286
 
 
 
Hardware and software provide the possibility of using WPS to quickly establish connections, as well as completely disable Wi-Fi. When it comes to managing devices on the network, there is actually only one function: blocking with one click (this is an easy-to-use MAC filter implementation):   
 
 
 
 
In the lower part of the interface, there are additional functions, among them SMS and address book supported, but there is no USSD code support. There is an important function of setting the mobile data transfer limit (or time of using the network). After exceeding a certain threshold (eg 80% of the limit), a notification appears in the interface and in the form of a red color of the 4G indicator. It is not clear how (manually or automatically, on a certain day of the month), to reset information about the use of the data packet. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There is also parental control consisting of three elements: a list of "children's" computers, a network access schedule (division into days of the week and hours), and a whitelist of pages. The feature affects the operation of security. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the advanced settings, you can find a lot of additional functions, characteristic for the ZTE LTE router. This includes passing VPN connections, static MAC-IP binding (MAC address must be "patched" manually or copy device lists), packet filtering, manual port forwarding, UPnP, DMZ zone. The firewall is enabled by default and it is not possible to disable it. The advanced feature is the ability to adjust the power of the Wi-Fi signal (although it should probably be in the section on Wi-Fi), as well as the URL filter (should be in the parental control). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other advanced features include DDNS, date and time configuration, SIM card PIN configuration, saving/loading configuration to/from the file, periodic updates software and ping diagnostics. The WatchDog function is interesting, which pings a specific IP address with a specified interval. After a few failed pings (their number can also be determined) resets the router to re-establish a connection. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There is also a file server function, there must be files on the USB memory stick in the network. So the router has a lot of functions, some very useful. It is a pity that some of them do not work as you would expect. Compared to other fixed routers, there is a lack of options, such as bandwidth management, any event log, e-mail notifications, or VPN connection (as in business equipment). The ZTE MF286 4G Router does not have a mobile application, but for smartphone management, you can use a good-looking mobile page with the most important settings. 
 
 



Summary
 
 
 
ZTE MF286 can work like as a stationary router and as a mobile WiFi router. The web interfaces provider rich options for internet settings and WiFi features. It provides enough functions for daily use. If you are looking for a stationary router, you may consider ZTE MF286 Router.