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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.