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16/11/2016

Netgear Aircard 785s 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

With the Netgear AC785S 4G mobile LTE hotspot, you can connect up to 15 devices with the LTE network via Wi-Fi everywhere. The configuration has been kept as simple as possible and a color display is always showing the current status of the network, the data consumed etc.

 

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Netgear aircard 785s Main Technical Specifications:

  • 150Mbit/s download speed on cat.4
  • Support LTE/4G/3G/HSPA+/2G multi-mode networks
  • Dual-band WLAN 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, 2 × 2 MIMO
  • Multiple SSID/guest WLAN support
  • Support up to 15 wireless terminals
  • LCD color display
  • WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)
  • 5cm color LCD
  • Removable Li-Ion battery (2000 mAh)
  • Dimensions: 109.9 mm (L) x 68.9 mm (W) x 14.6 mm (H)
  • Weight: 127 g

 

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Operation

 

The Netgear aircard 785s is very simple. You just need remove the battery cover behind and inserted the SIM card under the battery. Subsequently, the Aircard 785s mobile router is turned on and after a short boot process; the most important details are showed already on the color display. Here we find information about the battery level, network signal strength, the used data and also the Wireless Passkey, allowing us to connect our devices to the Netgear hotspot.  

 

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Once connected to the WiFi, users can log in the admin setting page through browsers. The AC785 can provide a guest network on request, so that any stranger did not have to be directly connected to the private network. The little device provides dual-band Wi-Fi for a maximum range and sends thus on 2.4 and 5 GHz.   I would naturally also insert a few screenshots, where you can see the nice interface. But if you want to do some settings, an administrator password is necessary. (Password). Once logged onto the network of AirCard, enter the admin, password and you will have the settings are listed pretty.  

 

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Apart the settings of the mobile hotspot from the browser, some basic settings can also be made easily via the mobile phone using the NETGEAR AirCard app.

 

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If you have a docking station for the aircard 785s, the aircard 785s could have LAN ports and antenna port, where user can connect an external MIMO antenna. On the hotspot located behind two flaps for the connections for the external antenna and the microUSB connector for use on the docking station.

 

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The battery of Aircard 785s could work for 10 hours on a single charge according to the manufacturer. I personally don’t think the battery is enough in most cases, there are many 4G mobile hotspots from other vendors with large battery capacity, which can also charge other devices. The Huawei E5770, Huawei E5771 and ZTE MF903 are the typical models with large power so that they can work like a mobile power bank.

 

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Conclusion

In summary, we have to say that the Netgear Aircard 785s is not one of the cheapest, but it comes with some special features. Firstly LTE is supported on Cat4 with peak download speed to 150mbps. Secondly, multiple devices could connect to it for internet access. And the features of aircard 785s could meet all our requirements from the mobile router. The pity is the decent battery of netgear 785s.   Actually, there are many more new 4G mobile hotspots from Netgear, such as Aircard 810s (LTE Cat12, 600mbps) and Aircard 790s (LTE Cat6, 300Mbps). If you like them, welcome to check on www.4gltemall.com.  

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13/11/2016

TP-LINK M7350 4G LTE Router Test

Every month, there are new models of 4G mobile routers available on the market. It is an interesting proposition especially in summer when we choose to have a vacation in different places. The mobile hotspot may not be necessary where there is access to a WiFi network. Everyone has a smartphone or tablet today and would like to use it even during the summer tour. However, if you want to save power for the phone, a 4G mobile router may be necessary. The router supports 4G LTE will provide quick internet access for several mobile devices. Such a device is TP-LINK M7350, which will tell you today.

 

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The TP-Link M7350 router looks elegant. A small, rectangular design can be mistaken with a smartphone from a distance. Especially, the M7350 router is black. On the upper surface mounted display - it is not large, only 1.4 inch, but it is sufficient to provide information on the calls, battery status, and of course the menu. Under the display power button, it is shaped in such a way that it was easy to find it without looking at the router. On the top edge placed the start button menu, while the bottom has a microUSB port, by which the device can be charged.

 

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As I mentioned, TP-Link M7350 router supports 4G LTE, and it have a memory card slot. Since it is a portable device, it’s also equipped with a battery. We will find them under the bottom cover. Unfortunately, the design is not very good, which will easily remove the cover. You have to gently pry and then we choose the battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot. The battery has a capacity of 2,550 mAh and can therefore provide a long service life for the router. TP-link M7350 is lightweight and small size, which allows put it into the pocket without problems (unless you walk in tight jeans).

 

 The body material is made of good quality. I would prefer, however, the memory card slot was drawn out. If we want to change the memory card, we must remove the battery and disconnect the network. If a socket placed on the side, we could do it without interrupting operation. Of course, this is only useful if you frequently change (or want to change) memory card.

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Check below the TP-Link M7350 Mobile Hotspot Features:

HARDWARE FEATURES
Network type FDD-LTE Cat4 (800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz) DC-HSP + / HSPA / UMTS (900 / 2100MHz) EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850/900/1800 / 1900MHz)
Ports 1 micro USB port to charge the device battery slot for a SIM card slot for Micro SD card
Buttons Switch Menu Button
Antenna Inside
Transmission speed Getting up to 150Mbit/s send up to 50Mbit/s
Power Built-in rechargeable battery 2550mAh
Dimensions (W x D x H) 106 × 66 × 16mm (4.2 × 2.6 × 0.6 inches)
Micro SD card reader up to 32 GB
Display Statistics data, the state of Wi-Fi network, number of users, the type of network (2G / 3G / 4G), signal strength, access to the Internet, the battery meter.

 

PROPERTIES AIRTIME
WiFi Frequency 2.4GHz and 5GHz
wireless standards IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
EIRP <20dBm
Security of wireless transmission Hiding the SSID, MAC address filtering, encryption, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
DHCP DHCP server, DHCP client list

 

OTHER
Certifications CE, RoHS
Contents of the package Portable hotspot M7350, LTE-Advanced Micro USB cable adapter Micro SIM> Standard SIM Adapter Nano SIM> SIM Standard Power Installation
System requirements Windows 8/7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Windows Phone

 

As you can see, the M7350 router does not support the latest standard 802.11ac, but allows you to work in the 2.4GHz or 5GHz network. It is very important that the first frequency is very popular, and in addition has a small number of channels, which can sometimes cause problems with coverage, interference, etc.. Of course, the main advantage is its support for 4G LTE networks and it could supports almost all the LTE networks in Europe and most carriers in Aisa. And up to 15 wireless devices could connect to TP-Link M7350 mobile 4G router.

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And the higher speed transmission on 4G LTE network is also attractive. Based on LTE Cat5, TP-Link M7350 can achieve download speed to 150mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. And 3G DC-HSPA+ and 2G GSM networks are backward compatible. If the 4G LTE network is not available, the router would automatically switch to 3G or 2G network. But before turning to the use and performance, one more feature should be remarked. I mentioned earlier that the router does not support the 802.11 ac. Why we are concerning on this feature, you should look at a table below:

Standard Transmission speed
802.11 n Getting to 150 Mbit/s
802.11 ac Downloading up to 500 Mbit/s
4G LTE Downloading up to 100 Mbit/s

Source: Wikipedia

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As you can see "n" is enough to cover the demand on the transmission, and 4G technology is available at high speed. Of course you can argue that this is the theoretical speed, in extreme cases 4G may be faster than the WiFi. We still think the “AC” feature is very important for future.   Starting the TP-link M7350 router is very simple. After placing the SIM card in the device, simply press the power button. After a few seconds, the system will work, some may take longer to log on to the GSM network. WiFi connection is very simple - just select the appropriate option in the menu and all the information needed - SSID and security key to connect to the network, which will be displayed on the screen. Then you only need a browser, enter the corresponding IP address, enter your login and password (the default is admin / admin) and can do all the settings for the router.

 

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Interface prepared by the manufacturer is very simple. In the upper part, there is a bar, which is equipped with icons that quickly inform us about the state of the battery, received SMS, connected devices, etc. Following are the main menu consists of four positions: Wizard, Status, SMS and Advanced. With their help, we can run the setup wizard, check the status of calls and statistics, see SMS and ... ultimately configure the router. When selected, on the left it will display a new menu, which allows you to set network security, DHCP, restore factory settings, etc.

 

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Tests conducted using a SIM card with the Vodafone network. The wireless connection listed the notebook Dell Vostro. Below I present the results of measurements, but notes that the result may be different from other places. The link speed depends on the level of the network in place in which to combine. And the distance between users and the M7350 Router, the speed also varies. The farther you move away from the router, the transmission speed will be lower. Throughput tested by sending files with 1GB and 4GB. The achieved results presented in high speed on LTE network.

 

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As you can see, the results achieved are not bad. Compared to stationary routers that have external antennas offering improved efficiency in promoting and receiving radio waves, TP-link M7350 mobile router performed not quite bad, especially in the short run, and it performs better than 4G USB modems with whom I had so far to deal with.  

 

When testing the performance, we connect the M7350 router with mentioned the notebook, two Samsung smartphones (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5) and two Huawei new smartphones (Huawei Nova and Honor V8) through WiFi. For all devices I browsed the Internet, download files, and I played video on YouTube. I did not notice any special delays. The tests I conducted both in the open areas and in the rooms. In any case, I had a stable connection.

 

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At the end, we note just the battery. As I have written before the battery has a capacity of 2550 mAh, which is quite a few. Since 4G is faster standard, users have great demand for a larger battery. Many other TP-Link’s competitors in China had presents the new 4G pocket WiFi with very power capacity, the new pocket WiFi can even charge other electronics, which is very very attractive and useful feature. The typical models include Huawei E5770 Mobile WiFi Pro, Huawei E5771 MiFi Plus and ZTE MF903 Mobile Router etc..

 

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Summary

 

TP-LINK M7350 is a good 4G mobile router, which it is worth to obtain. It is true that it is not cheap, but will provide fast transmission speed as the manufacturer promised. Simple connection to the network, a simple menu, simple and fast interface, all this translates into a simple operation. It could be a good partner for business trip or outdoor activities!  

09/11/2016

Huawei E5377 4G Mobile Hotspot Test

Mobile routers are now very fashionable. It is true that we can connect to the network using smartphones and tablets, however, there are still many users who having computers would like to use mobile routers to connect to the Internet. Since many users expect more from the mobile routers, the manufacturers of mobile routers supplied new models with new functions. Huawei E5377 4G hotspot is one of them.

 

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The Huawei E5377 router is a real pocket router. The manufacturer has equipped it a LED display, and next to LED display on the right side is a big switch. The top edge of the body is the menu button, while at the bottom microUSB slot and two antenna connectors covered flap are placed. Remove the rear cover, plug in a valid SIM card and insert the battery. Then we can get connected with internet.

 

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The Huawei E5377 hotspot is very light and fits comfortably in your hand. The body has a special groove that facilitates its opening. The whole is well matched; there are no gaps, no creaks. The white color looks elegant, but I have a feeling that quickly loses its charm after a few trips in your pocket. Unfortunately, the white body gets dirty easily turning to gray. Especially since the material used is rough, making it easier to absorb dust and pollen. I personally like the black color, which is also recommended by Huawei.

 

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As can be seen, Huawei E5377 router can handle both 3G and LTE. The difference between these technologies laid primarily in the transfer data rates. In the case of LTE, the speed can be several times higher than in the 3G (LTE, currently can achieve up to 55 ~ 85Mbps), the theoretical standard specification provides for even more than double the download speed to 150Mbps. The E5377 router can install a memory card of up to 32GB. This way we can use it, for example. As a memory stick, the contents of which we can share with other users. And maximum of 10 users could get connected with the E5377 hotspot through WiFi. The equipped battery in E5377 already wrote. The manufacturer says that it is sufficient for 6 hours operation. Reading the rest of the text, you will find out how the E5377 performs.

 

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Let's see the user interface. The Huawei E5377 router can be setup in two ways: through the menu and the power buttons on the wireless router, or through the Web browser. The latter method (or browser) is definitely easier to use while offering more options, which is recommended. Just run the router, enter the password for the network (the default SSID is HUAWEI-E5377-XXX) that are on the label under the battery, enter the address into your browser: 192.168.8.1 ... and that's it. You can also download the Huawei Mobile WiFi APP for Android or iOS to setup the Huawei E5377 Router.

 

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The interface is very easy to use, although I admit that it could work a little faster. Some pages refresh slowly, but enough to do common settings. The application is very simple, and consists of a main menu in the upper part of the window, pop-up menu on the left and the main window where you set the individual parameters. The launch window is equipped with three large buttons, which can enable or disable the router, stop cellular data transmission, and enable/disable WiFi. At any time by selecting Statistics, you can check the amount of data sent and received, check out who is connected to the network, etc. Prepared menu also allows you to send and read SMS messages.

 

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The most important item on the menu are the Settings. This is where you configure network access, sharing WiFi, Ethernet settings (one can use the USB - LAN), etc.. The manufacturer has not forgotten the safety at different levels, we can verify your MAC Address, IP, etc. There are of course several custom functions such as the ability to prioritize users, the ability to define a virtual server. We also have a NAT, UPnP, DMZ ... if you think this is not enough, but we need not everything if we use the router as a temporary Internet source during a weekend trip out of town. Actually, I would like to recommend use the main stationary router access to the network at home rather huawei E5377.

 

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The already mentioned Menu and Power buttons also enable us to navigate through it - to select various options and approve them. Using this software, we can switch the operation of the device mode 2.4GHz to 5 GHz. We can also check the settings of the wireless network, such as its SSID, password and IP address of the router, you can start the WPS function and set E5377 to the operation extender whether to enable or disable data roaming. We also have the ability to reset the router. What interesting is the ability to display 2D code (QR Code), with which we can quickly enter the security code network, or run applications that allows device management from a smartphone equipped with Android system. The menu is simple, fast, and easy to understand and do settings.

 

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Summary

 

Huawei E5377 looks elegant, fits in your pocket, and is easy to use. Here now there are many new successors available with better technologies such as Huawei E5786 or Huawei E5787. If you don’t have high demand for the pocket WiFi, huawei E5377 is recommend as a budget mobile partner!