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Telekom Speedport LTE Router – Huawei B390s-2

The Telekom Speedport LTE is a wireless router in the poorly served rural areas with broadband for Internet access on the 4G Telekom mobile network provides in Germany. The Speedport LTE router is used for stationary surfing in the house and can supply several PC via a network cable or wireless via WLAN. The Telekom Speedport comes from the manufacturer Huawei and model number is B390s-2. Vodafone B1000 is with the same specification as Sppedport.  As the first generation LTE Router, Telekom Speedport LTE is with the basic specifications for LTE network, even though there are many 4G Routers available now.

 

Huawei B390S-2

Telekom Speedport LTE Technical Specifications & practical test / Experience:

 

* 4G LTE wireless router for the internet connection in the LTE 800 mobile network

* Internet access via LTE 800 MHz band (integrated 4G modem) via the Telekom 4G mobile network

* Suitable for Call & Surf Comfort via radio

* Supported cellular standards: LTE 800

* The mobile phone standards are Not supported: GPRS, EDGE, UMTS , HSDPA, HSPA

* Download speeds up to 50 Mbit/s and upload rates up to 10 Mbit/s

* 32 devices can be connected via Wi-Fi

* WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g standard for wireless integration of computers with max. 54 Mbit/s

* Range WLAN: up to 50m in the building and 300m outdoors

* 4 x 10/100Mbps LAN ports via Ethernet cable for PC

* Inclusive firewall with packet filtering, Access Point function

* Integrated DHCP server

* High security through encryption using WEP, WPA or WPA2 (TKIP and AES)

* Access security by MAC – filter

* Easy to set up using the installation wizard of the configuration program

* Control with an Internet browser possible (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, ..)

* Dynamic Domain Name System (DynDNS ) after software update

* Fits appropriate Telekom 4G SIM cards

* Operation with micro-SIM possible via micro – SIM / SIM Adapter

* No call function

* Connect an external antenna LTE (LTE800 ) by two SMA antenna connectors possible

* Width x height x depth: 195 x 169 x 64 mm

* Weight: 424 g

3Webcube 3 LTE Router

We had introduced two webcube white for Three yesterday, they are from the Huawei B153 and B183 with very good appearance. Now Three Austria brings the third version of 3WebCube, which had already sold 120,000 on the market. The new LTE Router unlocked version is available now on 4g-store.com . Huawei, the Chinese mobile phone supplier has completely redesigned the router hardware. Upgraded from Webcube B183, 3WebCube 3 supports faster data transmission on LTE than its predecessors. THREE has placed particular emphasis on ease of use and an attractive design value. It’s easy to surf with the 3WebCube3. The user just need insert the SIM card and get PC connected with the router, then user can surf freely.

 

3WebCube 3 4G Router

 

3Webcube 3 LTE Router Technical Specifications:

 

* Manufacturer: Huawei

* Tri-band LTE router for fast broadband access

* Internal Category 3 LTE modem

 

4G Support:

* The 3Webcube 3 WLAN router supports the following LTE frequencies and bands:

– LTE FDD Band 20 (800MHz)

– LTE FDD Band 3 (1800MHz)

– LTE FDD Band 7 (2600MHz)

* LTE download speeds up to 100 MBit/s and upload speed to 50 MBit/s

 

3G Support:

– DC-HSPA+ download speed up to 42.2 Mbit/s and 5.76 Mbit/s upload

– HSPA/HSPA+/ WCDMA/ UMTS (2100/900 MHz)

 

* Wi-Fi Support:

– Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with up to 16 Wi-Fi connections simultaneously

– WIFI router for wireless data transfer up to 300 Mbit/s

– The WLAN 802.11ac standard is not supported

 

The Cube consists of 2 parts with blue interior lighting, when power on, it shines in blue color after connected. Simple installation router via a web browser is possible.

 

Conclusion:

 

With the THREE 3WebCube 3 you get a powerful designer router for fast THREE Hui tariffs. With the new 3WebCube 3, you can now also use the 100 Mbit/s rates correctly. We can offer the unlocked version of 3Webcube 3, then you can use it with any operators, including the THREE. Most of the European operators would work well with it without any limit.

Huawei E5186 LTE CAT6 Router Preview

In a few weeks the German Telekom and Vodafone launch LTE-Advanced Category 6 offered speeds up to 225 Mbit/s in the downlink with Vodafone, at Telekom even up to 300 Mbit/s. At MWC, Huawei released the mobile WLAN hotspot E5786 which is already a first LTE CAT6 shown terminal at CeBIT. It was followed with another model Huawei E5186 router now. The Huawei E5186 is the successor to Huawei B593 and was not only technically upgraded, but also the design and functions are now much of higher quality.

 

High Speed ​​by Carrier Aggregation
The heart of the Huawei E5186 LTE router is new modem chipset. This is manufactured by the subsidiary HiSilicon and supports LTE-Advanced to Category 6, so depending on the network configuration, up to 300 MBit/s in downlink is possible. To this end, Carrier aggregation is used, ie different frequency ranges are combined. However, the maximum speed is only achieved when the supported bandwidth of 40 MHz is fully available.
For Germany Telekom, the frequency bands are 20 MHz LTE1800 and 20 MHz LTE2600 in cities, however, in the country you will probably encounter more often the combination of LTE1800 (20 MHz) and LTE800 (10 MHz) here and the speed with 225 Mbit/s is lower. Vodafone uses Carrier Aggregation with LTE800 (10 MHz) and LTE2600 (20 MHz), so it will also be possible here a maximum speed of 225 Mbps.

 

 

Gigabit LAN and WLAN ac
Not only the modem has been renewed at Huawei E5186, the remaining technical data have been considerably improved compared to the previous B593. The four LAN ports on the back are now working at gigabit speed, the WLAN module now supports the standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and thus allows wireless transmission rates of up to 1.3 gigabits/s Thus, the high speeds of LTE-Advanced can also use easily on the terminal.

 

The on-off switch has been moved from the side to the back side in comparison to B593, the USB interface is completely saved. A single USB port is still on the back, so printer or storage media can be integrated into the E5186 network. The two RJ-11 ports for analog phones still exist, the new functions are that not only VoIP is supported, but also VoLTE and CSFB, ie telephone directly via the SIM card in the router. The two connectors for external antennas are still available at the usual place (under the cover).

 

 

Huawei E5186 on Vodafone and Telekom
The Huawei E5186 LTE CAT6 router with the Huawei E5786 is record as the first Category 6 devices to Vodafone portfolio from summer. Both devices are again provided with the new name, for example, the E5186 has the new name as Vodafone B4000. Also at Germany Telekom, there are plans, the Huawei E5186 included in the assortment. Here, however, a final selection is not yet made ​​- whether the device comes as “Speedbox III LTE”  to the portfolio is unclear.

 

Alcatel One Touch L100V LTE Stick Test

In this review, I’d like to introduce the Alcatel One Touch L100V LTE Stick. What Alcatel One Touch L100V can do for us and what about the specifications, and how about in comparison to competition from Huawei, learn it in this test.

Alcatel One Touch L100V

The Alcatel One Touch L100V LTE stick is currently only be purchased via the online trading site www.4g-store.com . In brief, the Telekom will take the stick under his own name LTE Speed ​​Stick 2 in their range, we have already reported. We have sent the black L100V for the test. The LTE Stick comes in a small cardboard box without a lot of accessories; just a USB cable and a quick start guide are included. From the outside, the Alcatel One Touch L100V looks unimpressive from: it is completely made ​​of plastic, as big as a Huawei E392 stick and has a compact USB port, which is not as good as LTE stick Huawei E398. The specifications can be seen as below:

Manufacturer: Alcatel
Model Name: One Touch L100V (tested firmware version: EX153700XX)
Technologies: LTE (4G) UMTS (3G) GSM (2G)
Frequencies: * LTE: 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz * UMTS: 900/1800/2100* GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Speeds: LTE: 100Mbit/s down, 50Mbit/s up UMTS: 42.2 Mbit/s down, 5.76 Mb/s up (when using DC-HSPA+)  GSM: 256kbit/s (when using EDGE)
Other: MicroSD slot

Alcatel One Touch L100V LTE Stick

Installation and commissioning

The upper half cover of Alcatel L100V can be removed completely. Below the cover, there are the slots for SIM-card and MicroSD memory card. After any simcard was used in the standard format, the stick can be connected to the USB port of the computer. Because the USB port is not in the center but slightly to the side sitting in L100V, possibly other ports cannot be used directly next to the USB port, which I personally do not like this design so much. Exemplary contrast, the installation of the software is installed with a few clicks of the connection manager that is completely in English language.

sim Card and memory card

 

After installation, you do not need the SIM PIN if you get the unlocked Alcatel L100V from 4G-Store.com, and then you can connect instantly to the Internet. Special settings are not necessary in most cases because the Alcatel software has already stored the needed connection profiles.

Alcatel connection software

The Alcatel L100V connection software is convincing in every respect. Also it runs relatively fast and reacts quickly on weak systems. The design is simple and easy even for non-technical users. Despite the simplicity and experts do not come too short, there are various settings, such as the stick to adjust “LTE only”. Besides the usual configuration options, there is also a SMS Manager to send and receive short messages as well as a diagnostic tool that the exact analysis of the compound allowed. Here about the online time and the consumed volume of data to be collected.

Alcatel-L100V-Manager

Call quality, reception and data rates

Unfortunately, there is no connector for external antennas in the Alcatel One Touch L100V LTE Stick. Even without a separate antenna, the stick provides a very good reception. In poorly served regions with LTE, the L100V still achieve decent data rates, as I have noted in the test LTE on 800 and 1800 megahertz. In the UMTS network, Alcatel L100V can achieve similarly good data rates as in the LTE network, which is due to the DC-HSPA+ technology. With around 36 megabits/s download, the L100V has surpassed my previous speed record in the telecom UMTS network.

Speedtest-Alcatel-L100V speed

The connection stability of Alcatel L100V has convinced me in the data rates: handover went smoothly and fluently in most cases, only rarely the LTE stick lost the power. But if use the stick on a train or in a car, the link speed of the L100V stick may be flexible depending on the network environment.

MicroSD-Slot in Alcatel L100V

 

Conclusion

Unfortunately, the Alcatel L100V lacks the compatibility with various popular router models such as the AVM Fritz box or Dovado Tiny. This is due to the compatibility with the firmware of the routers; the routers do not recognize the drive of Alcatel USB modem. All in all, the Alcatel One Touch L100V is a very recommendable LTE Stick which comes with good software and properly fulfilled its role as a wireless modem. The low price without contract is also acceptable over small weaknesses such as the lack of connectors for external antennas or the rigid USB connection.

 

Vodafone B3000 4G LTE Cat4 Router Specifications and Features

With the B3000 router, Vodafone upgrade the LTE Router from the previous B2000. The technical data contribute to part of the ongoing LTE network modernization and promise some new features. Find out what the B3000 LTE router distinguishes and where there are differences to the Vodafone B2000.

LTE-Rout_Vodafone B3000

Features und Specifications of Vodafone B3000

Model Number and Manufacturer Huawei B593s-22
Download speed bis 150 MBit/s
Upload speed bis 50 MBit/s
Supported 4G LTE Bands LTE 2600 MHz / 2100 MHz / 1800 MHz / 900 MHz / 800 MHz (FDD) + LTE 2600 MHz TDD
Compatible Networks Modes HSPA, HSPA+; UMTS (900/2100 MHz); GSM
MIMO Support MIMO 2×2
Connector for external Antenna Yes, two SMA connectors
Category LTE Category 4 (CAT4) Modem
Telephone
Integrated Telephone yes, VOIP SIP Client
Port for analog Telephone Yes, 2xRJ11
DECT No
integrator answering machine
Network | LAN & WLAN
LAN Ports 4 LAN Ports (RJ45)
WLAN Standards WLAN 802.11b/g/n for up to  32 terminals
5 GHz WLAN Support No
Encryption WEP, WPA, WPA2
USB yes, 2x USB 2.0
Dimensions / Weight 194 x 177 x 64 mm and 450 g

 

 

From the appearance, we can find little difference to the B2000. Under the OEM body with Vodafone logo, however, we can find a new version of the Huawei B593, accurately, B593S-22. The most important innovation: The LTE modem now also dominates LTE category 4, therefore, theoretical data rates of 150mbps. CAT4 is currently only available in urban centers, so in the cities with over 100 thousand inhabitants, WLAN with A standard is unfortunately not yet on the specification list. Users must therefore continue to take maximum 802.11n to be achieved. The B3000 provides total 4 LAN ports on the back along with 2 USB ports.

Telephone and reception

About two RJ11 jacks analog telephones can be operated via VOIP. A SIP client is integrated. Regarding the wireless network compatibility, the B3000 shows exemplary. In addition to all the important German LTE bands, LTE900 and LTE TDD at 2600 MHz are further supported. In addition, of course, all the relevant 3G and 2G standards predecessors including the 3G data turbo DC-HSPA+, which data rates of up to 42.2 Mbit allowed. the B3000 does not have SIM lock, so it can be used with other network operators besides Vodafone.

Availability and costs

The B3000 will be available from April 2014 on Vodafone shop. The target should focus on the ​​business customers. Those who want to order the model may find the B3000 Router in the form of B593s-22 selling on 4g-store.com at some outrageous prices. The final price of the Vodafone Store is not yet clear.

Conclusion

Many elementary improvements are not offered on the B3000. But currently, Vodafone B3000 is still one of the best LTE routers available.