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Telekom Speedstick LTE III – Huawei E3276

Although Telecom Speed ​​Stick II LTE offered at Telekom is still very successful and reliable, the successor model to the next generation Speed ​​Stick is now available. The telecom Speed ​​Stick LTE III comes available for months now.  The identical model of the Telekom Speed ​​Stick LTE III is Huawei E3276s-150, they are both already for some time on the market and is winner of numerous tests. The Speed ​​Stick III LTE supports LTE Category 4 (LTE plus) and therefore offers the possibility with LTE download speed up to 150 Mbit/s. The Telecom Speed ​​Stick LTE III is not locked by the Telekom network, so it can also be used with Vodafone SIM or O2 SIM card. The Speed ​​Stick III can also roam working with all the 4G operators in Europe.

Telekom Speedstick LTE III

Technical specifications of Germany Telekom LTE Speed ​​Stick III:

* Identical with the Huawei E3276s-150

* Space saving and elegant “rotator design”

* LTE modem category 4

* Support LTE plus

* Integrated modem HiSilicon with the new chipset Hi9620

* Very high connection quality of the Speed ​​Stick III

* Supported LTE/4G frequency bands:

– LTE800 / LTE900 / LTE1800 / LTE2100 / LTE2600 megahertz

– Compatible 3G frequency bands: 900 MHz, 1700 MHz, 1900Mhz, 2100MHz

– Download up to 150 Mbit/s, with LTE Category 4

– Upload up to 50 Mbit/s, with LTE Category 4

* The Telecom Speed ​​Stick LTE III is backward compatible with 3G UMTS and DC-HSPA+ at up to 43.2 Mbit/s

* The Telecom Speed ​​Stick LTE III is backward compatible with 2G GSM and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Telekom-Speedstick-LTE-III-E3276

* The existing USB 2.0 port is fastened in the body

* Optional memory expansion with microSD memory card (max. 32 GB)

* Standard 2FF SIM card slot for microSIM (Nanosim need a SIM adapter )

* Built-in antennas and external antenna connectors (two TS-9 Antenna connectors)

* LTE external antenna with MIMO 2×2 Support

* Messaging:  SMS functionality (SMS Messages )

* Supported Operating Systems:

– Windows XP / Vista / W7,

– Mac OS 10.6, 10.7, 10.8

* Dimensions: 92x 32 x 14 mm

* Weight: about 30 grams

 

Speedstick-LTE-3-HUAWEI E3276

 

Application of the telecom Speed ​​Stick LTE III

The use of the Telekom LTE Speed ​​Stick III is very simple. Insert SIM card into the Speed ​​Stick, then connect your Speed ​​Stick with a notebook via USB. Connection is Done.

Self-installing driver and Self-installing software (Telecom Internet Manager) , some of the stick are inserted Huawei Mobile partner. Till now, the Telecom Speed stick III is one of the best wireless 4G stick.

 

 

Telekom Speedstick LTE IV – Alcatel One Touch W800

The German network provider Telekom brings a new LTE Speed ​​Stick on the market in November 2013. It is the Telekom Speed ​​Stick LTE IV. Telekom Speedstick LTE IV is a new LTE Stick with Wi-Fi Hotspot function, which would work like a mobile hotspot and supports up to 10 WiFi users to access internet simultaneously.

Telekom-Speedstick-LTE-IV Alcatel W800Z

There are now several LTE sticks available for Telekom:

1. The Telecom Speed ​​Stick LTE

2. The telecom Speed ​​Stick II LTE

3. The fast LTE Category 4 Stick Speed ​​Stick Telekom LTE III for Telekom LTE plus.

4. And now the new wireless Telecom Speed ​​Stick LTE IV

 

The special feature of the new Speed ​​Stick LTE IV is the integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 users. An LTE router is then superfluous.

Telekom-Speedstick-LTE-IV Alcatel W800Z STICK2

Technical data of the Telecom Speed ​​Stick LTE IV:

* Manufacturer: TCT Mobile (Identical to the Alcatel W800)

* Qualcomm MDM9215 LTE modem for notebook via USB

* Wireless Internet Hotspot function

* Internal memory 60 MB and 128 MB RAM

* Rotatable USB design (for 180 degree)

* LTE/4G: Supported frequencies: LTE800 / LTE1800 / LTE2600MHz

* Download speed up to 100 Mbit/s

* Upload speed up to 50 Mbit/s

* 3G: Supported frequencies: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz

* Upload speed with HSPA: up to 5.76 Mbit/s

* Download speed with DC-HSPA+ up to 43.2 Mbit/s

* The Speed ​​Stick LTE IV is backward compatible with 3G and 2G.

* Slot available for a microSD memory card up to max. 32 GB

* Support IPv4 and IPv6

* Slot for standard 2FF SIM card.

* microSIM and Nanosim need a SIM adapter

* No SIM Lock (Free for any operators)

* Supported operating systems:  Microsoft Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP Apple Macintosh Operating System: Mac OS X 10.8.X (Mountain Lion) / OS X 10.7.x (Lion) / OS X 10.5.x (Leopard)

* Messaging:  SMS Messages, SMS functionality

* Dimensions 89mm x 27.5mm x 14mm

* Weight: about 39g

 

Telekom-Speedstick-LTE-IV Alcatel W800Z STICK3

Conclusion:

Again, a new Telekom LTE Stick! The special feature of the fourth Telekom LTE Speed ​​Stick is the Wifi Hotspot functionality. One can thus take advantage of 4G/LTE not only with a single laptop, but also with a total of 10 users via WLAN to the fast LTE internet access. Telekom has announced that Telekom Speed ​​Stick IV will be available from November 2013. Now the Telekom LTE Speedstick IV is already available on www.4g-store.com .

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.