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Huawei B818 (Vodafone Gigacube CAT19) Router Test

Vodafone Gigacube CAT19 is a new 4G LTE WiFi router offered since March 2019. The device is manufactured by Huawei and the model name is B818-260. The B818 is by far the newest and fastest LTE router in the Huawei product range, with LTE Cat19 delivering speeds of up to 1.6 gigabits per second. Vodafone sells the router as a Gigacube CAT19 as the successor to the previous "small" Gigacube Huawei B528 and thus offers customers a very powerful alternative to choose from. If you want to know the performance of Huawei B818, you may continue reading.  




Huawei B818 - First Gigabit LTE router


The Huawei B818 is Huawei's first stationary LTE router capable of achieving speeds well above 1 Gbps in the LTE network. The device is positioned as a successor to the Huawei B618 and offers not only a very similar design but also comparable good equipment.



In addition to the Huawei B818-260 router, there is also a power adapter and a flat LAN cable. There is also a printed German-language manual and a quick-start sheet. The package contents refer to the version as Gigacube CAT19, other variants of the B818 may be delivered with a modified accessory. Vodafone is currently the only provider in Europe to offer the Huawei B818.




Huawei B818 Interfaces


The Huawei B818 has a slot for a Micro-SIM card at the bottom. All other connections are located on the back. There you will find the connection for the power supply and two RJ45 Gigabit LAN ports. One of these LAN ports can also be used as a WAN connection, so that one does not necessarily have to rely on the wireless modem integrated in the router. Furthermore, there is a USB 2.0 port, over this storage media can be shared in the network. Also two connections for an external antenna are present.




Huawei B818 Specifications


The Huawei B818-260 LTE Router supports 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology as well as carrier aggregation (channel bundling). The following LTE frequency bands are available: B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B28, B32, B38, B42. In the downlink, the maximum theoretical data rate could reach 1.6 GBit/s and up to 150 MBit/s in the uplink is possible.



In practice, the speeds were rarely over 300 MBit/s. Vodafone theoretically promises up to 500 MBit/s in the Gigacube tariff, but many sites offer only lower data rates. Nevertheless, the B818 was often slightly faster than other devices in the test, especially when several frequency ranges could be bundled by means of carrier aggregation. The latencies (ping) were usually between 20 and 25 milliseconds in the test.    


Huawei B818 Test


The Huawei B818 comes with built-in cellular antennas in the device. These offer a very good reception in the LTE network, especially in comparison with many smartphones. Even with poor reception, fast speeds are still achievable. For example, in the test, a stable connection could still be established in a basement room, even though the smartphones in the room already showed no reception.  



The Huawei B818 allows the connection of up to two external antennas or a MIMO antenna. For this purpose, two TS-9 connectors are available on the back. If the external antenna is not detected automatically by the router, then you can manually switch to the operation with an external antenna in the web interface.  


The WLAN module of the Huawei B818 transmits by default in dual-band mode to 2.4 and 5 gigahertz. Up to 32 devices can be supported with WLAN at the same time. The maximum speed was tested by using 3 × 3 MIMO antenna technology at 1300 MBit/s, which is also the highest data rate supported by the WLAN module. The speed is at a high level compared to other Huawei 4G LTE Wireless router models. The WLAN range was also convincing in the test, a large apartment or a small family home can be supplied without additional repeaters.  


The Huawei B818 provides a separate guest Wi-Fi network upon request. This can be equipped with a separate password. Unfortunately there is no timer function for the WLAN module.  




Huawei B818 Software: Web Interface & App


The operation and configuration of the Huawei B818 or Gigacube CAT19 takes place either via web interface in the browser or via an app. The web interface is designed in red Vodafone design, the app comes in the original Huawei design therefore. The web interface offers significantly more options than the app, so there about the desired network technology (eg LTE-only) can be set. Overall, the web interface has left a good impression in the test.  


Conclusion: Huawei B818 / Vodafone Gigacube CAT19



The Huawei B818, or Vodafone Gigacube CAT19, left a very good impression in the test. In particular, the new LTE wireless router was convincing, this offers above-average speeds and is extremely future-proof. Currently, the speed advantage of the Huawei B818 is still manageable compared to many other LTE router models. The operation and configuration was very easy in the test and if necessary, any other SIM card can be used in addition to the Vodafone SIM card.  


The Vodafone Gigacube CAT19 or Huawei B818 is worthwhile for anyone who would like to have a particularly good LTE modem and would like to spend a little more. Even the Huawei B818 can provide high LTE and WLAN speeds for daily use, but probably only for the fewest users. Currently, a cheaper device such as the Vodafone Gigacube CAT6 (Huawei B528) is quite sufficient.  


TP-link M7450 VS Huawei E5885 Mobile WiFi

Since Huawei 4G pocket WiFi router had been a great success in many countries, TP-link followed the steps of Huawei and also presented many 4G WiFi pocket routers. Though they are not as well-known as Huawei pocket WiFi routers, they have similar functions to provide reliable performance like TP-link WiFi routers. TP-Link M7450 is one of the 4G+ Cat6 routers. Some customers asked what the difference is between the TP-Link M7450 and Huawei E5885, and which one is better to buy. Today, we will compare the two pocket WiFi routers and see which one is better.





Huawei E5885 VS TP-Link M7450 Specifications


To know the detail functions of Huawei E5885 and TP-Link M7450, let’s have a look at the Huawei E5885 specifications comparison with TP-link M7450 Specs in the table below:  


Model TP-Link M7450 Huawei E5885Ls-93a
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.6
Chipset Qualcomm Hisilicon LTE Cat6 chipset
Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B38, B40, B41 * FDD-LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/19/20 * TDD-LTE: Band 38/40/41
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 32 users 32 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No connector No connector
Buy Antenna N/A N/A
App management tpMiFi APP Huawei Hilink APP 3.0
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Removable, 3000 mAh Non-removable, 6400mAh
Dimensions 112.5 x 66.5 x 16mm  112.00 x 69.20 x 23.00mm
Ethernet Port No On port for WAN/LAN port(RJ-45)
Datasheet download TP-link M7450 Datasheet Huawei E5885 Datasheet
User Manual TP-link M7450 User Manual Huawei E5885 Manual
Other features 2 band CA Power bank, CA, NFC
Firmware download TP-link M7450 Firmware Huawei E5885 Firmware
Drivers TP-link M7450 driver Huawei E5885 driver
Reviews TP-link M7450 review Huawei E5885 Review
Price 289.00USD 279.00USD






From the spec table, we can see the Huawei E5885 and TP-link M7450 are both LTE Cat6 mobile WiFi hotspot which could achieve peak download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. They both provide WiFi 802ac on dual-bands and support up to 32 wireless devices with 2 x 2 MIMO technology. But there are many obvious differences to note:




  1. LTE Frequency Bands

Huawei E5885 and TP-link M7450 both support FDD-LTE & TDD-LTE networks, but TP-link M7450 supports mainly the frequency bands popular in Asia and Europe. Huawei E5885 supports LTE band 4, which is widely deployed in American areas, so Huawei E5885 could not only work well in Aisa and European countries, it can also work well in American countries.  


  1. Battery

Like other TP-link LTE mobile WiFi, he TP-link M7450 battery is removable and has the capacity of 3000mAh, while the Huawei E5885 has a battery pack of 6400mAh and the battery is non-removable. The large battery of Huawei E5885 makes it work like a power bank to charge other devices, which is a very useful function. With the large battery, Huawei E5885 is a little bit thicker than common 4G pocket WiFi routers.




  1. Interface

TP-link M7450 has only a Mini USB port for charge, but Huawei E5885 has not only the Mini USB port to charge and the USB 2.0 port to charge other devices, but also one Ethernet port for both LAN & WAN, which is also a practical function if user travel to places where only Ethernet connection is available.  



  1. Price

The TP-link M7450 price is a little bit more expensive than Huawei E5885 price, but not too much. But we don’t think the TP-link M7450 is worth this price, on this price, you can consider the higher level pocket WiFi Netgear Aircard 810s.   In conclusion, we think the Huawei E5885 is more powerful and practical for users. And we recommend Huawei E5885 if you would buy one pocket WiFi router from the two.  



Huawei B818-260 (Vodafone GigaCube Cat19) 4G Router Review

To updates its GigaCube and brings faster speeds, Vodafone presents a new 4G LTE WiFi Router named Gigacube Cat19. The Gigacube Cat19 is from the Huawei B818-260 router. The new version Gigacube comes in the LTE network on CAT19 and thus achieves a maximum download of up to 1.6 Gbit/s. The predecessor was already at 300 Mbit/s out of air. If you are looking for maximum performance, the Gigacube Cat19 may be a good alternative. Then you may want to know what has been improved in the Gigacube Cat19. Below you will see the details:
Features and Specifications of the Huawei B818-260
Manufacturer and model: Huawei B818-260
Chipset: HiSilicon Balong V7R65
LTE Category: LTE CAT19
Download rate: up to1,600 Mbps
Upload rate: up to150 Mbps
Supported LTE bands:700, 800, 900, 1500, 1800, 2100, 2600, 3500 MHz
Backwards compatible with GSM, EDGE, HSDPA, DC-HSDPA
Support for LTE-Advanced: Yes
MIMO Support: yes, MIMO 3x3
Connection for external antenna: yes, 2x TS-9 (Buy Vodafone Gigacube Cat19 External Antenna)
Network | LAN & WLAN
LAN ports: 2 x Gbit port
WLAN standards: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz)5 GHz
WLAN support: Yes
Encryption: WPS/WPA/WPA2
WLAN hotspot function: yes, up to 32 users
Other features
Telephone: no connection (VOIP only via SIP)
phone port: No
WAN port: Yes
IPv6 dual stack: Yes
Battery pack: No
Dimension: 105 x 103 x 225 mm at 700 g
USB: Yes
Memory card expansion: No
Release: 18.03.2019 - only as GigaCube at Vodafone
Price: 499.00US
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Information material
New SoC for more performance
One of the disadvantages of the previous Vodafone Gigacube was that it was limited to 300 Mbps with LTE-CAT6 in the download. The network of Vodafone can deliver but much more! Up to half a gigabit is possible with the new Gigacube tariffs. This circumstance has now been resolved with the new version GigaCube CAT19. As the name implies, the new Huawei B818 LTE Cat19 Gigabit CPE supports LTE-Advanced Por Cat19 and gets a maximum download of up to 1.6 Gbit/s. Responsible for this is the new HiSilicon Balong V7R65 SoC (System on a Chip). Also in the upload makes the new heart much more. Here you made a significant jump from 50 to 150 Mbit/s.
Note: Vodafone has sent some devices for the first customers, where the package "Gigacube 1600" stands. It is of course the same device, only with other outer packaging.
Significantly gained weight
Also visually, a lot has happened. The new cube is now edgier and looks much more modern. The color is still white, a bit reminiscent of the design artists of Apple from Cupertino. If the predecessor came with 366 g, so the CAT19 version with 700g is anything but a lightweight. However, this should not be a problem in daily use, as it is not intended to use in a companion for a hiking tour. Also, there is no battery, so you always have to rely on a power outlet.
Friendly Connection
If you want a broad range of connectivity, you will enjoy the new edition. Of course, WiFi is on board and transmits both at 2.4 and 5 GHz to 802.11 a/b/g/n and ac, The MIMO capability (multi-antenna technology) has also been improved. So now 3 × 3 instead of 2 × 2 is used, which significantly increases the data throughput. Even wired, there are more options available with the Gigacube CAT19. Since there was only one Gigabit Ethernet port before, you now have access to two. Very pleasing is the USB port, which is now new with it and allows the connection of external media. Last but not least, the new GigaCube also offers connection options for external antennas via two TS9 ports. Internally, however, already four antennas perform their service, so that 4 × 4 MIMO is possible via LTE, as it specifies CAT19.
Less users could be connected
In one point a small downgrade was made. Whereas previously up to 64 simultaneous devices were possible, the number is now reduced to 32. However, this is unlikely to play a major role in daily use. It will rarely happen that such a number of devices should be served. If so, then the two Ethernet ports are a good alternative to connect another router. However, this extra technology also means a slight increase in power consumption. However, the increase from 20 to 24 watts is moderate.
The mass storage GigaCube CAT19 is not intended. With only 512 MB of Flash, it uses the same completely for his operating system. However, the 256 MB memory is very generous for this device class. The daily tasks should hardly be able to fully exhaust these. Even with the software features, there is nothing to complain about. Thanks to the IPv6 and IPv4 dual stack, it is well prepared for the future. Defining a web interface including the possible firewall rules is also part of the equipment package.
Difference to the predecessor(Huawei B528s-23a VS Huawei B818-260)
The new Gigacube router from 2019 primarily offers a more modern LTE modem, which is also well-equipped for future upgrades in the 4G network of Vodafone. The Gigacube of the first generation, however, is designed "only" up to 300 MBit. In addition, the CAT19 box already supports LTE at 700 MHz. Otherwise, the differences are rather small. Both offer WLAN up to 802.11ac and two TS9 sockets for external antennas. The GigaCube CAT19 also provides an additional Gigabit LAN port.
Router Compare features
Model: GigaCube (2018)/ Huawei B528s-23a
LTE Download to 300 Mbps
LTE upload to 50 Mbps
LTE Category: CAT6
Supported Frequency bands 800, 900, 1500, 1800, 2100, 2600MHz
External antenna: yes, TS-9
Telephone: no (only via VOIP)
LAN ports: 1 x Gbit
Battery pack: No
Retail Price: 229.00USD
Model: GigaCube CAT19 (2019)/Huawei B818-260
LTE Download to 1600 Mbps
LTE upload to 150 Mbps
LTE Category: cat19
Supported Frequency Bands: 700, 800, 900, 1500, 1800, 2100, 2600, 3500 MHz
External antenna: yes, TS-9
Telephone: no (only via VOIP)
LAN ports: 2 x Gbit
Battery pack: No
Retail Price: 599.00USD
Technically, the 2019 version of the Gigacube offers much more than its predecessor. However, to benefit from the performance advantages, you have to live in regions where Vodafone already offers LTE-Advanced Pro. In rural areas you will hardly benefit from a change. If you would use the Vodafone Gigacube Cat19 in other countries, you have to buy the unlocked Huawei B818 LTE Cat19 giagcube CPE.