ZTE MC801 5G Indoor WiFi Router Review

Last month, ZTE announced its 5G series products in Guangzhou at China Mobile 2019 Global Partner Conference, including the ZTE’s first industrial 5G module ZM9000 and its first 5G indoor CPE MC801. Now we get the ZTE 5G CPE MC801 and we will check more details about this new 5G WiFi CPE.

ZTE MC801 5G Router Appearance and Design

From the first glance, you may not recognize the ZTE MC801 is a 5G wireless router. It looks more like a humidifier or an air cleaner. The design looks cool in white color. With its unique design, the runway-type streamline design ZTE MC801 won iF Design Award 2019. And it is also the industry’s smallest commercial 5G gateway router.

ZTE 5G indoor router also has superior heat dissipation capacity than the previous generation. With vertical chimney air duct design, aerodynamic self-accelerating heat dissipation, and built-in custom powerful radiator, it can increase heat dissipation efficiency by 10%.

 

On the front, there are seven indicators available under the ZTE logo, which can indicate the status of Network, SIM Card, WiFi and Power. On the back of the body, ZTE MC801 provides dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, a flexible connection of various types of wired devices, providing stable, high-speed, low-latency 5G network services for industrial applications. One of the GE ports is for both WAN and LAN. Under the GE Ports, one RJ11 telephone port is provide with the power plug port.

Like the competitor Huawei 5G CPE Pro, the ZTE MC801A router locates the SIM card slot at the bottom with the power on/off button. The model number ZTE MC801 and other information are also on the bottom label, including the model number MC801, IMEI Number, WLAN SSID & WiFi Key, Management IP address(192.168.0.1) & log in password, Made in China and manufacturer company. However, there is no connector for external 5G antenna in the ZTE MC801A Router.

ZTE MC801 5G indoor router Specifications

Powered on Qualcomm Snapdragon X50, it supports 100MHz ultra-wide bandwidth and max downlink rate of 2.8Gbps which enables consumers to enjoy ultra-fast 5G networks. While the competitor Huawei 5G CPE Pro supporting 5G SA/NSA dual-mode, the ZTE 5G router MC801 supports only NSA mode. It supports 5G NR bands on Sub6G n41, n77, n78, n79 with 4G LTE network compatible backward with support of LTE Cat20. ZTE MC801 5G CPE can provide dual-mode WiFi 2.4GHz and 5GHz with 4 x 4 MIMO technology. One of the hot features is supporting Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11ax), and allowing a maximum of 128 Wi-Fi users to access the 5G network at the same time.

ZTE MC801 User Manual and Datasheet

Since ZTE MC801 router is recently announced, ZTE didn’t provide the source to download the user manual and datasheet. We suppose they will be available for download soon.

 

ZTE MC801 5G CPE Price and Availability

Here now ZTE MC801 5G CPE is available for buy in some online stores such as www.4gltemall.com . And the price is 799.00USD. Many of the latest 5G terminals are at this price range. Before you buy this 5G router, you’d better check whether 5G coverage is available at your location and whether the ZTE MC801 supports the available 5G frequency bands, and then buy it if it suits.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro Review

We had introduced the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi E6878-870 a couple of days ago. With this Huawei 5G portable WiFi router, Huawei also presented the brother/Pro model named “Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro”. The factory model for Huawei 5G mobile WiFi pro is E6878-370, which is similar to E6878-370 in the name and appearance.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro Appearance

If you have read our blog about Huawei 5G mobile WiFi E6878-870 review, you may know the design of the latest Huawei 5G mobile WiFi hotspots. The Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro adopts almost similar design and colors. On the front, there is a black band which has located the small display, huawei & 5G logo, and the base for wireless charge between them. There is a USB type-A and a type-C port for wired charging. It also has a power button and menu button at the side of SIM card slot. The suitable SIM card size is also NANO-SIM.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

 

The Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 has larger battery pack and it has the USB type-A port to charge other devices, so it’s thicker than E6878-870. And of course it weights more than E6878-870.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro Specifications

As the pro version of Huawei 5G wireless router, many technical specifications are same as the brother models.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Below are the general specifications of Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro:

 

  • Product type: 5G mobile WiFi router
  • Brand: Huawei
  • Model Number: E6878-370
  • Chipset: Balong 5000 platform(7 nm)
  • Support 5G/4G Networks
    • 5G network frequency bands: N41, N77, N78, N79
    • 4G network frequency bands: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, 28, B32, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42
  • Standard: Compliant with 3GPP Release 15
  • 5G Data rates: downlink to 1.65Gbps, uplink to 250Mbps
  • 4G Data rates: downlink to 300Mbps, uplink to 75Mbps
  • WLAN:
    • 11 ac/a/n, 2×2
    • 11 b/g/n 2×2,MIMO
    • Speeds: 2.4GHz – 300Mbps, 5GHz – 867Mbps
  • Interfaces:
    • 1 x Type-A port
    • 1 x Type-C port
    • 1 x SIM card slot(for Nano-SIM card)
  • APP management: Huawei Smart Home APP
  • Battery: 8000mAh
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 148mm×72mm×18mm

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Unique functions

Comparing with Huawei 4G mobile WiFi hotspots such Huawei E5788u-96a, Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro has many unique and practical functions for users:

 

  1. Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro is packed with a non-removable battery which not only support long time working, but also it can charge other electric devices via USB cable or wirelessly.
  2. Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro supports 40W supercharge, which can make it get full power in much shorter time.
  3. Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro can provide three working mode: AI high-speeds railway mode, mobile phone gaming mode and broadcasting mode. The AI high-speeds mode means Huawei 5G mobile WiFi pro can automatically select the best signal from cell towers at the side of railway to connect so that users can enjoy the fastest possible speeds. And the phone gaming mode would be useful for cell phone gaming players. The broadcasting mode would provide smooth data transmission for Internet celebrity.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Summary – Best 5G mobile WiFi Router

Based Huawei balong 5000 chipset, Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro can provide WiFi network for multiple users to surf the internet at high speeds. The powerful functions such large battery pack, SuperCharge and reversed charging, three working modes for different working scenarios. Since many other similar 5G mobile WiFi router such as HTC 5G hub, Netgear Nighthawk M2 don’t have these functions. We conclude the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi is the best 5G mobile WiFi hotspot till 2020!

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

What’s the Difference between Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 and E6878-870?

Recently, Huawei official released two 5G mobile WiFi router to the public. The two Huawei 5G portable WiFi routers have the name “Huawei 5G mobile WiFi” and “Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro”. And the specific model numbers for them are Huawei E6878-870 and E6878-370. If you had seen the pictures of two router 5G huawei, you may find they are very similar in appearance. However, they do have some difference. Then what’s the difference between the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi (E6878-870) and Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro(E6878-370)? You may find the answer in following content.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 VS E6878-870 Appearance

At the first glance of the two Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Router, they look very similar at the color, display, body size and even the logo location. But after further checking on details, you may find the difference. Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro is thicker and it has an USB output port, which is because Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro has larger battery pack and it can charge other devices. The 5G logo on the front are located at different places. The SIM card slot cap on Huawei E6878-370(Mobile WiFi Pro) is longer than that on E6878-870.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

 

Huawei 5G MiFi E6878-370 VS E6878-870 Specifications

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Router Specifications Comparison
Name Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro
Model E6878-870 E6878-370
Product type 5G Mobile Hotspot 5G Mobile Hotspot
Chipset Balong 5000 Balong 5000
5G Network Mode NSA/SA NSA/SA
Data rates DL 1.65Gbps/UL 250Mbps DL 1.65Gbps/UL 250Mbps
Supported 5G/4G LTE frequency bands — 5G NR Band: N41, N77, N78, N79
— 4G LTE Band: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, 28, B32, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42
— 5G NR Band: N41, N77, N78, N79
— 4G LTE Band: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, 28, B32, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 20 users 20 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No No
App management Huawei Smart Home APP Huawei Smart Home APP
SIM type NANO SIM NANO SIM
Battery Non-removable, 4000 mAh Non-removable, 8000 mAh
SuperCharge 18W QuickCharge – 40W Super charge
– 22.5W Wired Super Charge other devices
– 15W Wireless Super Charge other devices
Dimensions 148mm×72mm×12mm 148mm×72mm×18mm
Interface Port – 1 x Type-C port
– 1 x SIM card slot(for Nano-SIM card)
– 1 x Type-A port
– 1 x Type-C port
– 1 x SIM card slot(for Nano-SIM card)
Datasheet download Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Datasheet Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Datasheet
User Manual Huawei 5G mobile WiFi User Manual Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro User Manual
Other features wireless network connection, WiFi connection, WiFi encryption, menu UI, WebUI, SMS, firewall, Pin protection, MAC filter, VPN penetration, IPv6/IPv4, HOTA update  wireless network connection(5G/4G), WiFi connection, WiFi encryption, menu UI, WebUI, SMS, power bank, firewall, Pin protection, MAC filter, VPN penetration, IPv6/IPv4, HOTA update
Firmware download Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Firmware Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Firmware
Drivers Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Driver Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Driver
Reviews Huawei 5G mobile WiFi E6878-870 Review Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 Review
Price/USD 599.00USD 699.00USD

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

 

Summary

From the table above, we can see the core specifications of Huawei E6878-370 and E6878-870 are very similar. They both support dual-mode 5G networks NSA and SA based on 7nm Balong 5000 chipset. And the 4G networks are backward compatible. They can both work on same 5G & 4G frequency bands. You can also enjoy almost same 5G speeds when using the two 5G mobile WiFi hotspots. However, there are some differences which also decide why the Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro is more powerful:

 

  1. Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) has a larger battery of 8000mAh, which is double of E6878-870. The large battery makes Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro(E6878-370) working for longer time and it can charge other devices. However, the larger battery makes it thicker.
  2. So Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) has a USB output port to connect other devices for wired charging.
  3. What’s more, Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) can provide supercharge for other devices wirelessly.
  4. Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) itself support 40W supercharge which makes it get full power in much shorter time.
  5. Not only Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) provides cell phone gaming model and broadcasting mode (Huawei E6878-870 has the two working modes), but also it can provide AI high-speed railway working mode, which let the WiFi hotspot automatically search and connect with the nearest cell tower so that users can get fastest possible speeds when the railway is going at high speeds on the way.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

 

Based on these differences, the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 price is higher than that of E6878-870. So if you are looking for a 5G mobile WiFi hotspot, you may check which one is preferred.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Review

A few months ago, Huawei released the newest 5G portable WiFi router in China and huawei online store starts to sell this new mobile 5G hotspot. We got the new Huawei 5G Pocket WiFi yesterday and let’s have a close look at the new 5G gadget.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Package

The Huawei 5G mobile WiFi hotspot is packed in a white box, which is similar to many Huawei devices such as Huawei 4G WiFi router, WiFi extender. Since it’s released for China market, the language in the box is Chinese, so as the user manual. In our test, there are two languages available in the web UI. On the front, the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi image is printed in white color with black face.

On the side label, it tells the product type: 5G wireless data terminal and model number: E6878-870. And the network standard, network entrance number, color, IMEI & S/N numbers are included.

 

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Appearance

The Huawei E6878-870 is in white and black color as showed below. On the front, there is a small LED screen which will show the connection status and other parameters. Unlike the predecessor model Huawei E5788u-96a, the Huawei 5G WiFi router can’t operate the setting through the display. The Huawei and 5G logos are on the front black. The power button and SIM card slot is at the edge side. Between them, there is a switch button, where user and press to switch the menus on the display to do simple settings. On the back, there is a small label showing the IMEI number and S/N number.

If you are unfamiliar with this new 5G pocket WiFi, you may thought it’s a new cell phone at first glance. The size of Huawei E6878 5G MiFi is much bigger than the predecessors, and it weights much like the Netgear Nighthawk M2 MR2100. The USB port is Type 3.0. There is no connector for external antenna. And it also has the Ethernet port like the Huawei E5885 Mobile WiFi hotspot.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Operation

Press the power on, the display of Huawei 5G portable router E6878 will show the slogan: welcome to 5G. It will also tell users to log in the 192.168.8.1 in a browser to configure the Huawei 5G mobile router. However, the default language is Chinese. To switch to Engligh, users need to log in the 192.168.8.1 in a browser. At the right head of the web page, there are two languages optional. You can select English as preferred language. Then you can follow the guide to setup the Huawei mobile 5G router.

 

As mentioned before, users can setup the Huawei 5G pocket WiFi router through the power button and switch button at the edge side. When the Huawei E6878 MiFi working, press the power button, it will show the menu. The switch button is the function of Next and the power button is the function of Confirm.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Price

Since the Huawei E6878 5G mobile WiFi Hotspot is new and recently available, the price is not cheap now. But we suppose the price would be down from 2020 when more and more competitors’ 5G mobile router will be available.

 

 

We will take further test in following days and we will share our test report later.

FRITZ!Box 6850 5G Router Review

Together with various other products, AVM also presented the new FRITZ! Box 6850 5G at the IFA 2019 in Berlin. The Berlin-based company is thus the manufacturer of the world’s first all-in-one router for the new 5G mobile communications networks, which is available in more and more regions from 2019.

Features and Specifications of the AVM FRITZ!Box 6850

Manufacturer and model number AVM FRITZ! Box 6850 5G
Supported mobile standards 3G, 4G, 5G
5G network modes Non standalone
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon X55
Maximum 5G data rate N/A
5G frequencies yes, 5G band n78
4G LTE frequencies 700/800/900/1500/1800/2100/2600 MHz
Sub 6 GHz frequencies Sub-6 GHz
mmWave frequencies N/A
external antenna can be connected yes, 2 SMA connections(Buy FRITZ!Box 6850 5G external antenna)

Network properties (LAN & WiFi)

WLAN standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Maximum gross data rate with WLAN up to 1.266 Mbps
Supported WLAN bands 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
WLAN guest access can be installed Yes
WLAN encryption standards WPA, WPA2, WPS
Gigabit LAN yes, 4 ports
WAN port No

Telephone

Telephone Support Yes
Connection for ISDN telephones Yes
Connection for analog phones Yes
DECT yes, up to 6 devices
HD voice compatible Yes

Other features

IPv6 support; Dual stack Yes / Yes
NAS capable Yes
Power consumption approx. N/A
Suitable for IPTV Yes
Can be used as a media server Yes
USB ports on the back (1 x USB3.0)
Battery for self-sufficient operation No
Dimension and weight N/A

More information

Datasheet for download (PDF) not yet available
Manual for download (PDF) not yet available
Available at »On 1st quarter of 2020

 

 

5G FritzBox: 3G to 5G on board

The flagship of the new FRITZ! Box 6850 5G is of course the support of 5G with sub-6 GHz . This allows bandwidths of more than 2 Gbit/s and low latencies. But also the older mobile radio standards LTE (4G) with the bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28 and 32 as well as UMTS (3G) are supported. For better reception, two SMA connectors are provided for connecting external antennas.

 

With the mobile networks, the 5G WiFi router allows further access to the Internet in addition to the classic DSL connection, where this new FRITZ! Box can of course also be connected. So it’s an all-in-one device that supports both mobile and fixed internet. In principle, it is similar to its predecessor, the 6890 LTE, since hybrid operation was also possible here.

WLAN with up to 1266 MBit/s

If there is a connection to the Internet, the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G with 4 x 4 MIMO, working with the Qualcomm SD X55 chipset, charges a WLAN. It supports dual band WLAN AC + N with 2.4 and 5 GHz including mesh. This allows transmission speeds of up to 1266 Mbps. In addition, four Gigabit LAN ports are available for connecting wired network devices.

 

 

5G router and telephone system in one

Of course, the AVM 5G router function includes that of a telephone system. This is no different with the new FRITZ! Box 6850 5G. It has a DECT base integrated so that up to six cordless DECT phones can be connected to it. In addition, it also offers a connection for an analog telephone or fax.

 

It is also interesting that the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G can be used as a smart home center. AVM offers a range of compatible products such as smart sockets, light bulbs and more that communicate with DECT radio. In addition, the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G also supports the typical features of AVM such as parental control, media server, FRITZ! NAS, WLAN guest access, MyFRITZ! and much more. The well-known remote access is also given at the 5G / LTE connection.

 

 

Market launch in early 2020

The market launch is only announced for the first quarter of 2020. The price is then also communicated, so we currently cannot know a price for the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G. However, this is likely to increase 20-30 percent above today’s 6890.

 

HTC 5G Hub Test

HTC has become quiet in recent years; It is surprising that HTC plays a leading role in the new 5G mobile communications standard by launching the HTC 5G Hub in Europe, which is the first 5G mobile WiFi hotspot with Android OS.

Technical specifications

The HTC 5G Hub is more than a simple mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with 5G modem. It can be an entertainment machine, which can easily output 4K content via Display Port to appropriate monitors. Below are the technical specifications for reference.

  • 129 x 100 x 43 mm, 340 grams
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory + MicroSD
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE Cat20 Modem
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G Modem
  • 5 inch TFT display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution
  • Android 9 with HTC interface
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac/ad
  • 7,660 mAh battery (not changeable)
  • USB-C 3.1 with Display Port function
  • RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port

Appearance and Package

The package connect is very clear. In addition to the 5G hub itself, there is a power supply with an output power of 12V / 2.5A included. The power supply has a proprietary connector and the cable is firmly connected to it. Basically, the 5G Hub can also be easily charged via USB C. The fairly heavy weight of 340 grams presumably caused mainly by the strong battery. The weight does not bother because the dimensions unfortunately do not allow the 5G gadget to be carried in the pocket.

The power button on the top of the HTC 5G Hub is the only physical button. It provides a good pressure point and, in addition, enables the activation or deactivation of the display with a short push of a button.

Fast modem with LTE and 5G

HTC has adopts two mobile modems to the 5G WiFi router: the Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 modem is integrated into the Snapdragon 855 SoC and allows LTE Cat20 with speeds of theoretically up to 2 GBit/s in the downlink. Over 5G theoretically up to 2.63 GBit/s in the downlink and up to 287 MBit/s in the uplink can be achieved.

In test practice, we have achieved speeds of over 150 Mbit/s in the LTE network from Vodafone, and the peak can reach to 308 Mbit/s in the downlink. In the uplink it went up to about 80 MBit/s high. The latencies (ping) were at least 17 milliseconds – a top value for LTE.

In the 5G network, we reached speeds of up to 1.3 GBit/s in the downlink. Speeds ​​above 1 Gbit/s were by no means rare. However, for such data rates, there must be line of sight to the 5G location. At around 400 meters without line of sight, around 600 MBit/s were still possible in the test, after which the HTC 5G Hub switched to the LTE network.

 

 

Basically, the impression was that the range of the 5G radio cells is limited to a few hundred meters. Once 5G reception is available, however, the data rates in the downlink are fantastic high.

Wi-Fi with restrictions

Of course, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with a mobile modem must have a reasonable Wi-Fi module. This requirement is met by the HTC 5G Hub. First of all, the positive: up to 20 devices can be connected to the 5G hub at the same time, the wireless standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad are supported.

In particular, the support for the fast ad-WLAN to 60 GHz is remarkable, which no other mobile hotspot offers. However, there are also virtually no devices that can connect via wireless ad. So we could not test it.

The WLAN range is very neat for a mobile router. You cannot expect the performance of a good stationary router, but you can easily cover a large meeting room or apartment of up to 60 square meters. Unfortunately, the HTC 5G Hub is not a dual-band WLAN, so you have to choose between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

A WLAN repeater function (WLAN Extender / WLAN Offload) is not available, so there is no way to use an existing WLAN as an Internet access type (eg hotel WLAN). Other mobile hotspots, such as Netgear Nighthawk M2 or Huawei 5G mobile WiFi, provide this function.

On the positive side, HTC queries the configuration of the Wi-Fi hotspot as soon as the 5G Hub is powered up for the first time. Thus, the WLAN name, WLAN password and other settings can be made directly to the start and do not have to be searched through the menu afterwards.

Connections, rechargeable battery

The HTC 5G WiFi Router has an RJ45 Ethernet LAN port on the back. So you can connect wired devices such as a classic desktop PC to access the Internet. In addition, the USB-C port is also usable. Unfortunately there are no connections for an external antenna.

This is usually standard on other mobile hotspots, especially in this price range. You also miss a full-size USB port (type A), because the strong battery would be ideal as a power bank.

The battery held 24 hours in the test in hotspot operation. Such a long runtime is exceptional for a mobile hotspot.

Android OS with adjustments

The HTC 5G Hub has Android operating system, which is also a special feature for a mobile hotspot. Former HTC users will also immediately see similarities with some HTC smartphones, as the user interface has been slightly adapted by HTC.

 

If you use the 5G hub in network operation, a simple, but very stylish standby screen with time and network display is permanently displayed. In battery mode, the display remains dark when the router is not in use.

In addition to the standby screen, HTC has designed two home screens especially for the router mode. These are also very chic and show a few more information, including the number of wireless devices.

Of course, the Android operating system comes with all Google apps, including the Play Store, so you can install any apps. However, since the 5G hub does not seem to have a position sensor, apps sometimes do not appear in the correct mode or have graphical errors. The vast majority of apps work perfectly.

Multimedia Features

As already mentioned, the HTC 5G Hub is more than just a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The wedge-shaped design makes the device ideal as a small streaming device, such as for YouTube, media libraries, television or Internet radio. The rather low display resolution did not disturb the test, rather the strong reflections in the open air. The brightness is high enough.

The speaker offers a good quality, only in very loud setting it tends to be oversteer. As a mini TV while traveling, the HTC 5G Hub is definitely a lot of fun! Incidentally, thanks to the integrated microphone and Google Assistant, the HTC 5G Hub can also be used as a smart speaker.

 

Of course you could use all these multimedia features on a regular smartphone. But the HTC 5G hub is more fun because you do not need a stand case, the speaker is good and the smartphone remains free for other applications. Only the active fan disturbs the streaming enjoyment temporarily, because this is quite audible and runs almost in continuous operation in normal use.

In addition to streaming on the HTC 5G Hub itself, HTC also advertises the Display Port which can output 4K content to matching screens. I have not tested this, but have seen for example demos with the device in the 5G network and gaming applications. Thanks to the super fast Qualcomm 855 SoC, such applications for the 5G hub should not be a big challenge either.

Conclusion: More than a simple 5G hotspot

The HTC 5G Hub is a very good mobile 5G hotspot. If you have the opportunity to use the router in the 5G network, you will often be rewarded with speeds above 1 GBit/s. The router also performed very well in the LTE network.

The integrated battery, which offers a very long operating time, was also convincing. However, the unfortunately missing connections for external antennas and dual-band Wi-Fi are not good for a perfect mobile router. The support of 3G/UMTS would have been nice.

A very interesting and practical use for the HTC 5G Hub is as a small streaming machine. As a mini-TV or Internet radio, the router is really fun.

The HTC 5G Hub is available in many countries and the single price without contract is more than 500USD. Since 5G networks are not yet commonly available, the 5G device is still in high price.

 

HTC 5G Hub Review

HTC 5G Hub is a new 5G mobile broadband combining the wireless router with Android Tablet and working as a home or office modem for people who intend to use 5G network. From the appearance, the HTC 5G hub looks more like Amazon Echo show or Google Nest Hub, rather than a 5G NR router.

HTC 5G Hub Appearance

HTC 5G Hub has a 5-inch compact and handsome smart screen and gray fabric surround, which makes it look attractive and professional. The dimension of HTC 5G Hub is 129 x 100 x 43 mm, and it weights 340g. The HTC 5G Hub is much larger than the usual 4G mobile hotspot such as Netgear Nighthawk M2 and Huawei E5788. So it’s good to use the HTC 5G Hub on a desk, but not good to take it in a pocket or on the go.

 

It also has a large battery of 7660mAh capacity and comes with a big, chunky power adapter to charge it. On the back, there are both a USB-C port and a full-scale Ethernet port that can even attach to external routers.

HTC 5G Hub

 

HTC 5G Hub Specifications

The Hub is running Android 9.0 operating system like a Android tablet with with a 5 inches, 1280 x 720 screen, no cameras, and no traditional phone dialer, and of course all Google services onboard. You can run video services on the Hub and cast them to Chromecasts or compatible TVs. When it’s working, the status screen will show how it works as a hotspot. You can run arbitrary music services and use the Hub as a speaker. Or you can install Pocketshare and use the Hub as a NAS. It has 32GB of onboard storage, 10GB of which is taken up by system files, but you can add a microSD card for additional storage.

HTC 5G Hub

The product supports the powerful Wi-Fi capabilities of the Snapdragon 855 platform with the Qualcomm 60GHz multi-gigabit Wi-Fi chipset and next-generation Qualcomm 2×2 Wi-Fi 6-capable chipset for capacity, efficiency and performance. The unique device provides smooth 4K video streaming, LTE/5G mobile hotspot capabilities for up to 20 users, and low-latency games. As a home media center, the HTC 5G Hub uses next-generation LTE / 5G speeds to stream 4K video to a second screen for crisp, clear images. It can also replace a 4G Wi-Fi router and avoid unnecessary cables, while being easy to set up with a plug-and-play setup.

HTC 5G Hub

The big battery is pretty great, when just working as a hotspot, we got about 32 hours of 4G audio streaming to one device. Its high-end equipment and large body can give it excellent dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi performance. Users can also use the USB-C port to charge other devices, with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 onboard.

HTC 5G Hub

HTC 5G Hub Supported Frequency Bands

Here now we have the Australian version HTC 5G Hub and it supports LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/20/28/66 and 5G band n78. And actually, HTC 5G Hub has another version for US market and the network provider Sprint, which supports LTE bands 2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/26/26/41/66/71 and 5G band n41.

HTC 5G Hub

The Hub also works as an 802.11ad hotspot for up to four devices. 802.11ad, also known as WiGig, is a short-range, very high speed networking system that Qualcomm is trying to promote right now. There are no mainstream 802.11ad clients available. Below are the general highlight functions of the HTC 5G Hub:

  • Next generation LTE / 5G speeds
  • Internet for the whole family with up to 20 devices
  • Streaming games over 5G with Nvidia GeForce Now and Google Stadia (after release 2019)
  • Streaming videos and music
  • Intuitive voice and remote control
  • Pre-installed company VPN at high speed
  • Fully encrypted with Remote Wipe
  • Use as a charging station for additional USB-C devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops

Vodafone GigaCube 5G – Vodafone First 5G Router

Two months ago, Vodafone released its first wireless router that is compatible with the new mobile communications standard 5G. The new 5G wireless router converts the mobile Internet access into a WLAN hotspot, so that several smartphones, tablets and notebooks can connect with an Internet access. Like the predecessors Vodafone GigaCube and Gigacube Cat19, the manufacturer of the 5G router is also Huawei. The model is officially called Huawei 5G CPE Pro but for Vodafone under the name Vodafone GigaCube 5G.

 

According to Vodafone official sayings, data transmission rates of up to 2Gbps could be achieved in the 5G mobile network. This concerns the LTE access, over which most customers will initially be predominantly online, especially as 5G availability is still severely limited. The network operator does not reveal how fast users can surf via 5G. A footnote simply states that you can “surf faster” in the first 5G radio cells. Within the home network scores the bolide by using the WiFi-6 technology. This achieves data transfer rates of up to 4.8 GBit/s.

 

At the heart of the Vodafone GigaCube 5G is the Balong 5000 chipset, which is also used in the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G as a multi-mode modem. If the 5G network is not available, customers can also use the LTE, UMTS and GSM network for Internet access with the Vodafone 5G router.

Vodafone offers the 5G router along with the well-known GigaCube tariffs. “With speeds reaching up to 1Gbps,” said Vodafone at launch, “customers are able to access super-fast speeds and reliable Wi-Fi quickly. GigaCube is ideal for those waiting for their home or business broadband, who need a connection for a second home or who have a home office.”

 

It added: “The GigaCube can connect up to 64 devices at any one time and has a wifi range of 90 meters. Thanks to the low latency of 5G, this solution is perfect for small businesses who have multiple employees streaming or downloading at the same time. It is also particularly useful for businesses that don’t have a fixed location, or students and house shares.”

 

Here you can see the general Vodafone 5G GigaCube Specs:

 

  • Network:5G/LTE
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Balong 5000
  • Wi-Fi:11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax; 802.11 n22*2 MIMO for 2.4GHz and 02.11ax4*4MIMO for 5GHz
  • Ethernet Ports:2 x GE LAN (inc. 1 LAN/WAN)
  • Memory:4GB NANDFlash/8GB DDR4
  • External antenna port:2 x Ext. antenna ports (TS-9)(Buy Vodafone GigaCube 5G External Antenna)
  • SIM port:1 x NANO USIM card slot
  • Device model:Huawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-370)
  • Dimensions:99mm x 107mm x 215mm

 

You can also check the Vodafone GigaCube 5G Router Review here: https://www.4gltemall.com/blog/vodafone-gigacube-5g-router-h112-370-review/

Vodafone GigaCube 5G Router H112-370 Review

Vodafone is the first operator in Germany to provide 5G service. To help users enjoy 5G service, Vodafone also presented the 5G data tariff with a compatible 5G router, which is named “Gigacube 5G”. We show what the super router can do, what advantages and weaknesses there are in this blog. Of course there is also a comparison to the previous model (Huawei B818 = Vodafone GigaCube Cat19) and saving tips for interested parties.

 

Vodafone Gigacube 5G Specs and Features
Manufacturer and device name Huawei CPE 5G Pro (H112-370) = Gigacube 5G
Supported mobile standards 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
5G network modes Non standalone & stand alone
chipset Huawei Balong 5000
Maximum 5G data rate 2.8 GBit/s Down & 150 MBit/s Up according to Vodafone
5G frequencies 5G band n78
mmWave frequencies no, only the H112-372 still supported n41 / n77 / n79(more about difference between Huawei H112-370 and H112-372)
LTE frequencies 700, 800, 900, 1500, 1800, 2100,  2600, 3500 MHz
External 5G antenna can be connected yes, 2 x TS9 ports(Buy Vodafone Gigacube 5G External Antenna)
WLAN Features (LAN & WiFi)
WLAN standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and ax(up to Wifi 6)
Maximum gross data rate with WLAN 5100 Mbps
Supported WLAN bands 2.4 and 5 GHz, 6 Wifi antennas
WLAN guest access can be installed Yes
WLAN encryption standards WPA, WPA2, WPS
Gigabit LAN yes, 2 ports
WAN port No
Telephone
Telephone Support No
Other features
IPv6 support; Dual stack Yes / Yes
NAS capable No
SIM form factor Nano SIM
Power consumption approx. <24 watts
Suitable for IPTV Yes
Can be used as a media server no, no USB
USB ports on the back No
Battery for self-sufficient operation No
Dimension and weight 99 mm x 107 mm x 215 mm and 765 grams
Files to download
Datasheet for download (PDF) not yet available online
Manual for download (PDF) not yet available online
Available »https://www.4gltemall.com/

 

 

First 5G router in Germany

The Gigacube 5G was the first 5G Router widely available in Germany, although shortly before another network provider in Germany Telekom presented a 5G gateway named HTC 5G Hub.

 

From a purely visual point of view, it looks similar to the predecessor model called “Gigacube CAT19” at first glance. Instead of the Vodafone logo emblazoned on the front now, the Huawei logo, which is actually atypical for the routers from Vodafone. In addition, the striking big “5G” was stamped on the top. Also, the number of LEDs in the front has been greatly reduced from 8 to 3 pieces.

 

Data rate, models and 5G SoC

The Vodafone 5G Router is actually the “H112-370” model from Huawei. There is, of course, another version called “H112-372“, which differs in terms of Wifi and 5G/LTE equipment. At the heart of the Gigacube 5G is the Balong 5000 chipset, which was introduced in January 2019, The SoC in itself dominated some features, such as 5G in the mmwave area, but which were obviously disabled in part in the firmware. There are also various specifications for the maximum possible data rate. While Huawei speaks of a 5G transmission rate of 2.33 GBit/s in the download and 1.25 GBit/s in the upload, Vodafone gives 2.8 GBit/s (down) and 150 MBit/s (up).

 

Frequencies for 4G & 5G

The newest version controls all nationally and internationally relevant bands. Vodafone GigaCube 5G supports LTE FDD Band 700/800/900/1500/1800/2100 and 2600 MHz. In addition, the TDD band 3500 MHz is supported. At 5G, unfortunately, only one band is supported, the so-called n78 band which includes frequencies from 3.3 to 3.8 GHz. So it could be problematic if other bands are released in the future. If you want to use the 5G router supporting more 5G frequency bands, you may check the Huawei CPE 5G PRO H112-372 which supports additional 5G at n41, n77 and n79.

Connections & WLAN

On the back there are two Gigabit LAN ports, as well as a telephone connection. It describes how to connect a telephone anyway. It is also negative that the 5G model no longer has a USB port. The use as a media server is therefore not possible.

 

The Wifi module, on the other hand, is state of the art and comes with Wifi 6. This refers to the standard 802.11ax, which again promises significantly more data rate than the best ever ac standard. This means a maximum gross data rate of 11 GBit/s. In total, up to 32 users can be supplied with WLAN.

Heavier than the previous models

Conspicuously, the newest router has again increased significantly in weight. While the first model of 2017 still came with a slim 366 grams, the Gigacube CAT19 from the beginning of 2019 already weighed 620 grams. The Gigacube 5G brings it now to stately 765 grams on the scales and has thus more than doubled to the first version.

 

Antenna connections for better reception

Fortunately, Huawei has continued to build two TS-9 ports in the router 5G Huawei, which can be connected to two antennas to improve reception if required for both LTE and 5G reception optimization. Although the internal antennas already do excellent work, but especially in remote regions or in difficult conditions, additional antennas are often absolutely necessary.

 

Other features and innovations

By the way, the 5G router only holds Nano-SIM cards. The predecessors were all still designed for micro SIMs. By the way, Vodafone has by default disabled the PIN on SIM cards. Optionally, this can be set on the router again. The Gigacube 5G also supports Huawei VPN tunnel/VPN penetration, IP penetration, IPv6 and IPv6 dual stack and multi-APN.

 

 

Differences to the predecessor Huawei B818

The following table summarizes again the most important differences to the predecessor model Vodafone GigaCube Cat19.

 

Router comparison Gigacube 5G GigaCube CAT19 (2019)
Factory Model Huawei H112-370 Huawei B818-260
5G support Yes no, defies “5G ready” label
Download Speed 2.8 GBit/s 1.6 GBit/s
Upload Speed 150 Mbps 150 Mbps
LTE Category not spec. but at least CAT19 cat19
Supported LTE Bands 700, 800, 900, 1500, 1800, 2100 and 2600MHz; 3500 TDD MHz 700, 800, 900, 1500, 1800,  2100, 2600, 3500 MHz
supported bands 5G n78 none
External antenna connectors yes, TS-9 yes, TS-9
Telephone no (only via VOIP) no (only via VOIP)
LAN ports 2 x GBit 2 x GBit
Wireless Internet Access to WLAN ax (Wifi 6) to WLAN ac (Wifi 5)
Battery pack No No
Price in USD 1299.00 799.00