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|
|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|
|IPv6 support; Dual stack||Yes / Yes|
|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|
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 Gigacube 5G 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)|
|Price in USD||1299.00||799.00|