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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.

 

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.