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.
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:
||One Touch L100V (tested firmware version: EX153700XX)
||LTE (4G) UMTS (3G) GSM (2G)
||* LTE: 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz * UMTS: 900/1800/2100* GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
||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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.