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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.

Telekom Speedbox LTE mini II E5786 Hands-On

Named the Speedbox LTE mini II, the German Telekom brings a new LTE MiFi router on the market the summer of 2014. The Speedbox mini II LTE is the first LTE mobile hotspot for LTE Category 6 Up to 300 MBit/s in downlink achievable, provided appropriate tariffs and power supply. The successor of the Speedbox LTE mini is again manufactured by Huawei and Huawei E5786 MiFi are technically the original factory router. We were already able to watch the Telekom Speedbox LTE mini II accurate at CeBIT.

The world’s first LTE Cat6 modem
We have already seen many details of the Huawei E5786 LTE router at Mobile World Congress. The model is the successor to the popular Huawei E5776 ( Speedbox LTE mini ) and features the world’s first device with a modem for LTE Category 6 (LTE-Advanced) with up to 300 MBit/s. The Speedbox LTE mini II are technically the E5786, only the software and appearance will be provided with a slight branding in all likelihood, as you already know that from previous modems.

huawei E5786 WHITE

WLAN ac and strong battery
The design of Speedbox LTE Mini II has changed little compared to its predecessor: on the front is still a square, monochrome display built in, which provides information clearly such as data consumption and reception quality. Also the key functions could come true via the Power and the Menu button, this feature is already known from the middle-class device Huawei E5372. Furthermore, there is again connections for external antennas, a slot for a microSD memory card and a microUSB connector. The battery is 3000 mAh strong as its predecessor and is designed to provide working time for approximately 10 hours. But the battery is built-in and could not be removable.

Huawei E5786-LTE-MiFi

In addition to LTE, the LTE Cat 6 modem, of course, continue to UMTS with DC-HSPA+ and GSM/EDGE. On the other hand, of course, it must also be ensured that the velocities can be transferred from the router to the terminals anyway. Huawei has therefore installed for the first time in a MiFi router wireless ac (“Gigabit Wi-Fi”). What is the maximum speed can be achieved about it is not yet known, but one may assume that the full 300 Mbit/s is possible.

Market launch in the summer
At CeBIT the German Telekom has shown only a pre-production model of Huawei E5786. The device may have some changes, for example, the color (there is also a black version of the E5786) or the logos on the front. The Speedbox LTE mini II will arrive in the summer of 2014 per the official information.

 

Vodafone LTE Cardstick 4G Cat4 WiFi Stick

Vodafone presents the LTE Carstick W5101 at CeBIT, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot specifically for use in the car. The device is a Stick from Huawei E8278 with Vodafone design, in addition to the usual power adapter, there is an adapter for the cigarette lighter in the car. In the car, Vodafone Carstick can be plugged in via USB. Vodafone provides the device for the wireless network solution in moving cars, users in a card can access internet through this Mini hotspot. For new cars, many manufacturers of LTE or UMTS hotspots now already offer this solution, which are factory installed in the car. For example, the BMW or Audi Car Hotspot.

Vodafone-LTE-Carstick-E8278

 

Huawei E8278 on Vodafone Design
The Vodafone Carstick is manufactured by industry leader Huawei and there carries the model number W5101.The LTE WiFi Stick had been presented originally at the Mobile World Congress in 2013 and now it is already available for many network operators, such as in Australia or England. In Germany, Vodafone is the first provider who offers the W5101, but not the first with an LTE WLAN stick. Actually, the German Telekom has the Speed ​​Stick LTE IV (Alcatel W800) in the range, which provides similar functionality since early 2014.

LTE Category 4 to 150 Mbit/s
Inside the Huawei E8278, there is a Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon modem. This allows Vodafone Carstick LTE Category 4 speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s downlink and 50 Mbit/s in the uplink. If no LTE network available, it can also work on GSM/EDGE and UMTS, including DC-HSPA+. The convenient USB swivel joint and the black design allow possible installation in the car. At the side of the Vodafone LTE WiFi Stick, there are two connectors for external antennas, and a MicroSD slot could also be installed. By means of a suitable memory card, you can put files like photos and videos on the card and share the files with all users of the network.

 

Taxi test in Berlin with NFC and QR Code
Vodafone subjects the new LTE WiFi stick in his own words from the 04/03/2014 an endurance test in some Berlin taxis. Users of these vehicles can easily connect with the Wi-Fi network using NFC tag or QR code without fumbling enter the wireless code. If you have a car and lack of the wireless terminals supporter, Vodafone Carstick W5101 or Huawei E8278 would be considerable to be a part in your cars.

 

Vodafone B4000 4G LTE Cat6 Wireless Router

Since Vodafone B3000 LTE Router is not yet available, the successor to B3000 is now presented to public, the model is B4000. Compared to the previous models, the Vodafone B4000 offers a number of interesting innovations. The main novelty is certainly the support for LTE-Advanced Category 6, up to 300 MBit/s in downlink will be possible on the network of Vodafone Germany. 4G-store.com had already had the opportunity to look at the Vodafone B4000 LTE router in more detail at CeBIT.

Vodafone B4000 4G LTE Wireless Router

Basic Model: Huawei E5186
The Vodafone B4000 is made ​​by the manufacturer Huawei and the same as the model named Huawei E5186s-22 version without branding. This model can also be seen in the pictures shown, as the variant designed specifically for Vodafone at CeBIT was not yet available. But we can still see the Great changes to the original model on Vodafone B4000, the predecessor devices always reflect quite accurately the sister model without branding.

Vodafone-B4000 4G Cat6 router

World’s First LTE Cat 6 Router
The Huawei E5186 and Vodafone B4000 is the world’s first stationary router, which has installed a modem for LTE category 6 (LTE-Advanced). It is also generally the second, commercially available LTE Cat 6 device while the first one is  Huawei E5786 LTE Cat6 Mobile Hotspot which can also reach speeds of up to 300 Mbps over LTE.

 

Vodafone-B4000 LED indicators

Vodafone B4000 LTE router can of course support UMTS DC-HSPA+ with up to 42.2 Mbit/s for downlink possible. In the uplink, Vodafone UMTS network can reach peak speed to 5.76 Mbit/s, but the medium term are also 11.2 Mbit/s HSUPA planned on. The reception can be improved by two external antennas to connect two SMA connectors on the back of Vodafone B4000. Here now the 4G Antenna for Vodafone B4000 is also available, if you need, click here.

External Antenna for Vodafone B4000

 

During the CeBIT, various speed tests were carried out in the live network with the Vodafone B4000. Although some units were in the cell at the same time, above 200 Mbit/s cannot be achieved on them in the downlink consistently, even up to 50 Mbit/s uplink were recognizable on the speedometer. The latencies were compared to “normal” LTE unchanged and amounted to approximately 30 milliseconds.

 

VoIP and Gigabit Network
Like the previous models Vodafone B2000 and Vodafone B3000, the upgraded Vodafone B4000 has the telephone function. Thare are two RJ11 connectors for analog phones. However, the phone does not run directly on the SIM card, but is handled via VoIP. The corresponding access can be stored in the web interface of the B4000 by the VoIP provider.

Vodafone-B400-VOIP Phone port

 

Huawei has the network components clearly modified compared to previous devices, so when the terminals that are connected to the Vodafone B4000 router, up to 300 Mbit/s downlink speed could be reached from the LTE-Advanced network. Thus, the 4 LAN ports are available on the back with Gigabit Capable and Wi-Fi 802.11ac operates on both 2.4 GHz and at 5 GHz mode. On the back and on the side there is ever a USB port, storage devices or printers can be connected to the B4000 and released in the home network so easily.

 

Market starting from the summer of 2014
The Vodafone B4000 is expected to be available from summer in the market. They will mainly be using the Vodafone LTE tariffs as a DSL replacement, with the maximum speed of 300 Mbit/s can be achieved mainly in cities for the time being, in addition to LTE800, the same time LTE2600 must also are available. Till then, the Unlocked Vodafone B4000 and factory unbranded Huawei E5186 would be also available here on 4g-store.com .  We will keep updated about the world’s first LTE Cat6 wireless router.