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

 

 

Huawei 5G CPE PRO H112-372 VS H112-370

Huawei 5G CPE Pro Router is now available in many countries and is very popular based on the fantastic performance for internet connection. Actually, Huawei 5G CPE Pro has two variant models now. The two models numbers are H112-372 and H112-370. Somebody may ask what the difference is between the Huawei H112-372 and H112-370 5G CPE. Please check the table below the Huawei H112-372 and H112-370 Specs comparison:

 

Huawei 5G CPE Pro Models

Model Huawei H112-372 Huawei H112-370
Chipset Balong 5000 multi-mode chip, GigaHome dual-band Wi-Fi chip Balong 5000 multi-mode chipset
Type 5G LTE Router 5G LTE Router
Network Mode NSA / SA NSA / SA
5G Speeds DL 2.33Gbps /UL 1.25Gbps DL 2.33Gbps /UL 1.25Gbps
4G/LTE Speeds DL 1.6Gbps /UL 150Mbps DL 1.6Gbps /UL 150Mbps
5G Frequency Bands n41 / n77 / n78 / n79 n78
WLAN 802.11ac/a/n 2 x 2 MIMO, and 802.11b/g/n 2 x 2 MIMO 802.11ax/ac/a/n 4 x 4 MIMO, and 802.11b/g/n 2 x 2 MIMO
WiFi Speed DBDC, 1167 Mbps DBDC, 5100 Mbps
WiFi band 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz, dual-band auto-selection 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz, dual-band auto-selection
Antenna Type Dual-band Wi-Fi antenna with four signal amplifiers Dual-band Wi-Fi antenna with six signal amplifiers
Ports One Wan / Lan GE port, one Lan GE port, one SIM card slot (Nano-SIM) One Wan / Lan GE port, one Lan GE port, one TEL port, one SIM card slot (Nano-SIM)
APP HUAWEI SmartHome App HUAWEI SmartHome App
Dimensions 99 mm x 107 mm x 215 mm 99 mm x 107 mm x 215 mm
Weight About 700 g About 700 g

 

From the table, we can see the difference between the two Huawei 5G CPE variant models.

 

Netgear Nighthawk M2 MR2100 VS M1 MR1100

To meet the requirements from 5G network, Netgear presented a new mobile WiFi hotspot Nighthawk M2 for the Australian network provider Telstra and carriers in Europe. Netgear Nighthawk M2 is an ultra-fast portable WiFi router with next-generation Gigabit 4G LTE connectivity with a download speed of up to 2 Gbps. The Netgear Nighthawk M2 5G router is upgraded from the predecessor Nighthawk M1, so you may ask what’s the difference between Netgear Nighthawk M2 and M1?

In the table below, you will see the details specs of Netgear Nighthawk M2 unlocked and Nighthawk M1 unlocked for your reference:

Model Netgear Nighthawk M2 Netgear Nighthawk M1
Product type 5G Mobile Hotspot 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.20 LTE Cat.16
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 Qualcomm MDM9x50
Data rates DL 2Gbps/UL 150Mbps DL 1Gbps/UL 100Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Telstra Nighthawk M2 MR2100-1TLAUS: Band 1/3/7/8/28
Nighthawk M2 MR2100-100EUS: Band 1/3/7/8/20/28/38/40/41
Hong Kong Nighthawk M2: LTE Band 1/3/8/20/29/30/38/40/41
Telstra Nighthawk M1: Band 1/3/7/8/28
AT&T Nighthawk M1:  Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/29/30/66
Hong Kong Nighthawk M1: LTE Band 1/3/8/20/29/30/38/40/41
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 20 users 20 users
MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna Netgear Nighthawk M2 Antenna Netgear Nighthawk M1 Antenna
App management Netgear Aircard APP Netgear Aircard APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Removable, 5040 mAh Removable, 5040 mAh
Dimensions 105.5 x 105.5 x 20.35 mm 105.5 x 105.5 x 20.35 mm
Ethernet Port * One port for LAN port(RJ-45)
* One port of USB-A
* One port of USB-C
* One port for LAN port(RJ-45)
* One port for USB 2.0
Datasheet download Netgear Nighthawk M2 Datasheet Netgear Nighthawk M1 Datasheet
User Manual Netgear Nighthawk M2 Manual Netgear Nighthawk M1 Manual
Other features 3GPP, Rel. 14, 5 band CA, 256QAM DL / 64QAM UL, JumpBoost 3GPP, Rel. 12, 4 band CA, 256QAM DL / 64QAM UL,  JumpBoost
Firmware download Nighthawk M2 Firmware Nighthawk M1 Firmware
Drivers Nighthawk M2 Driver Nighthawk M1 Driver
Reviews Netgear Nighthawk M2 Review Netgear Nighthawk M1 Review
Price 999.00USD 459.00USD

 

Here you can check the general comparison of Nighthawk M2 and M1:

 

Nighthawk M2 Mobile Router (MR2100):

 

– LTE CAT 20, DL support up to 2Gbps speeds

– 3GPP, Rel. 14

– 5CA with 20 simultaneous Downlink layers

– 4×4 MIMO

– 256QAM DL / 64QAM UL CA 3C, 7C

– 11ac Dual band dual concurrent

 

 

 

Nighthawk M1 Mobile Router (MR1100):

 

– LTE CAT 16, DL support up to 1Gbps speeds

– 3GPP, Rel. 12

– 4CA with 10 simultaneous Downlink layers

– 4×4 MIMO

– 256QAM DL / 64QAM UL CA 3C, 7C

– 11ac Dual band dual concurrent

 

We can see that, based on the technology improvement, Netgear Nighthawk M2 is more advanced than M1, M2 can achieve download speed up to 2Gbps while M1 only half of it. And the Nighthawk M2 has larger touch screen to 2.4 inches. Other features are very similar.

 

 

Huawei Mate 20 VS Mate 20 PRO VS Mate 20 X

Huawei Mate 20 Series Main Difference

Model Mate 20  Mate 20 Pro Mate 20 X
Colors Midnight Blue, Twilight, Black Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, Black Midnight Blue, Phantom Silver
Storage * 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM
* 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
* 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
* 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM
* 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM
* 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
* 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 980 HiSilicon Kirin 980 HiSilicon Kirin 980
Unlock mode Fingerprint(rear-mounted) Face ID + Fingerprint(under display) Fingerprint(rear-mounted)
Front Camera 24MP 24MP 24MP
Rear Camera 12MP + 16MP + 8MP 40MP + 20MP + 8MP 40MP + 20MP + 8MP
Battery 4000mAh 4200mAh 5000mAh
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Water Proof IP53 dust and splash protection IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins) IP53 dust and splash protection
OS Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.0 Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.0 Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.0
Display 6.53 inches 6.39 inches 7.2 inches
Screen IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen AMOLED capacitive touchscreen AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
PPI 381 538 346
Resolution 1080 x 2244 pixels 1440 x 3120 pixels 1080 x 2244 pixels
Dimensions 158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm 174.6 x 85.4 x 8.2 mm

TP-link M7450 VS Huawei E5885

Since Huawei 4G pocket WiFi router had been a great success in many countries, TP-link followed the steps of Huawei and also presented many 4G WiFi pocket routers. Though they are not as well-known as Huawei pocket WiFi routers, they have similar functions to provide reliable performance like TP-link WiFi routers. TP-Link M7450 is one of the 4G+ Cat6 routers. Some customers asked what the difference is between the TP-Link M7450 and Huawei E5885, and which one is better to buy. Today, we will compare the two pocket WiFi routers and see which one is better.

Huawei E5885 VS TP-Link M7450 Specifications

To know the detail functions of Huawei E5885 and TP-Link M7450, let’s have a look at the Huawei E5885 specifications comparison with TP-link M7450 Specs in the table below:

 

Model TP-Link M7450 Huawei E5885Ls-93a
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.6
Chipset Qualcomm Hisilicon LTE Cat6 chipset
Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B38, B40, B41 * FDD-LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/19/20
* TDD-LTE: Band 38/40/41
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 32 users 32 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No connector No connector
Buy Antenna N/A N/A
App management tpMiFi APP Huawei Hilink APP 3.0
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Removable, 3000 mAh Non-removable, 6400mAh
Dimensions 112.5 x 66.5 x 16mm  112.00 x 69.20 x 23.00mm
Ethernet Port No On port for WAN/LAN port(RJ-45)
Datasheet download TP-link M7450 Datasheet Huawei E5885 Datasheet
User Manual TP-link M7450 User Manual Huawei E5885 Manual
Other features 2 band CA Power bank, CA, NFC
Firmware download TP-link M7450 Firmware Huawei E5885 Firmware
Drivers TP-link M7450 driver Huawei E5885 driver
Reviews TP-link M7450 review Huawei E5885 Review
Price 289.00USD 279.00USD

Summary

From the spec table, we can see the Huawei E5885 and TP-link M7450 are both LTE Cat6 mobile WiFi hotspot which could achieve peak download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. They both provide WiFi 802ac on dual-bands and support up to 32 wireless devices with 2 x 2 MIMO technology. But there are many obvious differences to note:

  1. LTE Frequency Bands

Huawei E5885 and TP-link M7450 both support FDD-LTE & TDD-LTE networks, but TP-link M7450 supports mainly the frequency bands popular in Asia and Europe. Huawei E5885 supports LTE band 4, which is widely deployed in American areas, so Huawei E5885 could not only work well in Aisa and European countries, it can also work well in American countries.

 

  1. Battery

Like other TP-link LTE mobile WiFi, he TP-link M7450 battery is removable and has the capacity of 3000mAh, while the Huawei E5885 has a battery pack of 6400mAh and the battery is non-removable. The large battery of Huawei E5885 makes it work like a power bank to charge other devices, which is a very useful function. With the large battery, Huawei E5885 is a little bit thicker than common 4G pocket WiFi routers.

  1. Interface

TP-link M7450 has only a Mini USB port for charge, but Huawei E5885 has not only the Mini USB port to charge and the USB 2.0 port to charge other devices, but also one Ethernet port for both LAN & WAN, which is also a practical function if user travel to places where only Ethernet connection is available.

 

  1. Price

The TP-link M7450 price is a little bit more expensive than Huawei E5885 price, but not too much. But we don’t think the TP-link M7450 is worth this price, on this price, you can consider the higher level pocket WiFi Netgear Aircard 810s.

 

In conclusion, we think the Huawei E5885 is more powerful and practical for users. And we recommend Huawei E5885 if you would buy one pocket WiFi router from the two.

 

Huawei B612 VS Huawei B528

The Huawei B612 and B528 LTE routers are both available in European countries. But they both can work well in Asia. Since they are both Huawei latest routers, many people are not quite familiar with them. To help the end-consumers to know more about the two LTE modem routers, we will compare the Huawei B612 and B528 specs and features. If somebody would buy one router from the two, they may get some useful tips.

Huawei B612 VS Huawei B528 Specs

 

First, let’s have a check the Huawei B612 specs and Huawei B528 specs in the table:

 

Model Huawei B612 Huawei B528s-23a
Product type Huawei WiFi Router with Ethernet port LTE WiFi Cube
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.6
Chipset HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset HiSilicon Balong 722
LTE Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Huawei B612s-25d:  B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B38/B40/B41/B42/B43
Huawei B612s-51d: B2/B4/B5/B7/B41
LTE B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B32, B38
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/ac, single-band 2.4GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 32 users 64 users
MIMO 4 x 4 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Antenna Connectors Two, SMA-female jacks Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei B612 external antenna Huawei B528 External Antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM Size Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery NO NO
Dimensions 240 × 155 × 78 mm 105 mm x 90mm x 181 mm
Interfaces * 3 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-female)
* One micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
* 1 x Gigabit LAN (RJ45)
* 1 x RJ11 (VoIP)
Datasheet Huawei B612 Datasheet(PDF) Huawei B528 Datasheet
User Manual Huawei B612 User Manual(PDF) Huawei B528 Manual
Other features  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, VoLTE, IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, NAT, DHCP, VPN, DMZ, UPnP, ALG, IPv4 /IPv6 dual stack
Firmware download Huawei B612 firmware Huawei B528 firmware
Driver Huawei B612 driver Huawei B528 Driver
Reviews Huawei B612 Review Huawei B528s-23a Review
Price/USD 199.00USD 229.00

 

Summary

From the specs table, we can see the Huawei B528 and B612 router are both LTE Cat6 routers which could achieve download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. The main difference between the Huawei B612 4G router and Huawei B528 includes:

 

  1. Appearance

If you had seen the two routers, you will know the Huawei B612 looks like a traditional Huawei router such as Huawei B593 or E5186. But Huawei B528 LTE router looks like a humidifier in cylinder shape, which looks cool and like a furniture.

 

  1. Variant model

Huawei B612 Router has two variant models supports different LTE frequency bands. The Huawei B528 has only one variant model name B528s-23a, perhaps because it’s only available for Vodafone GigaCube. We are not sure whether there will be new variant model in near future.

 

  1. WLAN feature

Huawei B612 can provide only WiFi on single band 2.4GHz for up to 32 wirless users to connect, but Huawei B528s-23 could provide WiFi one dual-bands and support maximum up to 64 wireless users. However, Huawei B612 adopts 4 x 4 MIMO technologies for wireless connection while Huawei B528 only supports 2 x 2 MIMO.

 

 

  1. Interface

Huawei B612 has more interfaces options for users, but Huawei B528 has less interfaces. If your home or office has many devices and have to connect via Ethernet cables, the Huawei B612 may be better. They both have the external antenna connectors: Huawei B612 connector type is SMA-female while Huawei B528 antenna connector type is TS-9, like the Huawei B618 LTE Router.

 

  1. Price

The prices of Huawei B612 and Huawei B528 are very close. So if you would buy one of the two routers, you may focus on the wireless functions and the interface functions.

See the difference list, you may have your conclusion about the two routers and will have trouble to buy the Huawei routers.

Huawei B612 VS Huawei B310

Since 4G LTE networks are more and more popular, people usually need one or more home WiFi router for the terminals at home to access the internet. Huawei had provided many wireless router models for home usage and many of the Huawei Home WiFi routers are very well-known by the users. The Huawei B310 router is one of them. A few months ago, Huawei presented a new 4G home WiFi router named Huawei B612. For those people who are looking for a home WiFi router, they may want to know what the difference is between the Huawei B612 and Huawei B310, and which one is better to buy. You may check below the images of the two routers and specs comparisons, in the summary, we will list the key difference between them for the reference.

Huawei B612 VS Huawei B310 Specifications

 

Model Huawei B612 Huawei B310
Product type Huawei WiFi Router with Ethernet port LTE WiFi Router
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.4
Chipset HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset Hisilicon Balong
LTE Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Huawei B612s-25d:  B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B38/B40/B41/B42/B43
Huawei B612s-51d: B2/B4/B5/B7/B41
* Huawei B310s-927:  B1/B3/B8/B40
* Huawei B310As-852: B3/B7/B8/B38/B39/B40/B41
* Huawei B310s-22: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20
* Huawei B310s-518: B1/B2/B4/B5/B7/B28
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/ac, single-band 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n, single-band 2.4GHz
Max supported users 32 users 32 users
MIMO 4 x 4 MIMO n/a
Antenna Two, SMA-female jacks Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei B612 external antenna Huawei B310 external antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM Size Micro SIM Standard SIM
Battery NO No
Dimensions 240 × 155 × 78 mm 181.0mm x 126.0mm x 70.0mm
Interfaces * 3 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-female)
* One micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
* 1 x power adapter port
* 3 x LAN port(RJ45)(Depends)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)(depends)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5)
* One SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port(depends)
Datasheet Huawei B612 Datasheet(PDF) Huawei B310 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual Huawei B612 User Manual(PDF) Huawei B310 Manual(PDF)
Other features  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, VoLTE, IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, NAT, DHCP, VPN, DMZ, UPnP, ALG, Voice, DHCP, NAT, ARP, ICMP, DNS Relay, IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, VPN passthrough, Firewall, URL filter, LAN IP filter, DMZ, UPnP, ALG, Port forwarding
Firmware download Huawei B612 firmware Huawei B310 firmware
Driver Huawei B612 driver Huawei B310 driver
Reviews Huawei B612 Review Huawei B310 Review
Price/USD 199.00USD 139.00USD

Summary

From the specs table, we could see the Huawei B612 is more advanced than Huawei B310 router. The main difference between the Huawei B612 and B310 focus on below:

 

  1. Speeds

Huawei B612 could support peak download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps based on LTE Cat6 while Huawei B310 supports peak download speed up to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps based on LTE Cat4.

 

  1. Variant models

Huawei B612 Router has two variant models while Huawei B310 has more up to 4 variant models. They support different LTE frequency bands, users to check which frequency bands are available for their network providers and then select the right model to use.

 

  1. Wireless technology

Huawei B612 and B310 both support single mode 2.4GHz for WiFi, but Huawei B612 support 4 x 4 MIMO technology, which would improve the data transfer speeds.

 

  1. Interfaces

Huawei B612 has the standard configuration for Huawei 4G routers, including 3 WAN ports, one WAN/LAN port, one telephone port, two connectors for external antennas, and one USB 2.0 port. However, in the Huawei B310 variant models, some of the interfaces may be missing on specific models. If you would buy Huawei B310, you may confirm how many WAN or LAN ports are available, whether there is telephone port in case you want to use some functions but no interface to support.

 

  1. Price

As the newer model and better technology, Huawei B612 price is higher than Huawei B310 price, but if you don’t have much requirements for the router, Huawei B310 is a budget router for home use.

 

 

Now you could make a decision of which router to buy between the Huawei B612 and B310 router.

Alcatel LinkHub HH70 VS HH40

Many people know Alcatel 4G WiFi Hotspot, but few Alcatel 4G wireless router with Ethernet ports are well-known. Now Alcatel presented a new LinkHub series of wireless router for home use. The Alcatel LinkHub HH70 and HH40 are the two models for the home station. If you want to know the difference between LinkHub HH40 and HH70, you can check the specification table below for the comparison of the two 4G wireless wifi routers.

 

Model Alcatel LinkHub HH70 Alcatel LinkHub HH40
Product type 4G WiFi Router with Ethernet port 4G WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.7 LTE Cat.4
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9240-1 Qualcomm MDM9207
LTE Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 100Mbps DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Band 1/3/7/8/20/38/B40 – EU Version(Alcatel HH40V): Band 1/3/7/8/20
– APAC/MEA Version(Alcatel HH40CM): Band 1/3/5(26)/7/8/20/28/38/40/41
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Max supported users 64 users 32 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Antenna Two, SMA-female jacks Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Alcatel LinkHub HH70 external antenna Alcatel LinkHub HH40 external antenna
App management Alcatel WiFi Link App Alcatel WiFi Link App
SIM Size Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery NO NO
Dimensions 146 x 146 x 32 mm 134 x 134 x 31.5mm
Interfaces * 2x 1000Mbps RJ45 port (WAN/LAN)
* 1x RJ11 telephone port
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA)
* One Micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
* 1 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA)
* One micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x Micro USB for power supply
Datasheet LinkHub HH70 Datasheet(PDF) LinkHub HH40 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual LinkHub HH70 User Manual(PDF) LinkHub HH40 User Manual(PDF)
Other features
Firmware download Linkhub HH70 firmware Linkhub HH40 firmware
Driver Linkhub HH70 driver Linkhub HH40 driver
Reviews LinkHub HH70 Review LinkHub HH40 Review
Price/USD 279.00USD 169.00USD

 

Summary

From the specs table, we can see the main difference focus on below point:

 

Speed:

  • Alcatel Linkhub HH70 supports LTE Cat7 and achieves download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 100Mbps based on Qualcomm MDM9240-1
  • Alcatel LinkHub HH40 supports LTE Cat4 and achieves download speed up to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps based on Qualcomm MDM9207

 

Variant models: LinkHub HH70 has only one variant model now, but Alcatel Linkhub HH40 has two models for different markets: Alcatel HH40V for EU and Alcatel HH40CM for APAC/MEA areas.

 

Interfaces: Comparing with Linkhub HH40, Alcatel LinkHub HH70 has an extra USB 2.0 port for external disk connection and printer, but it doesn’t has the Micro USB port which is available in LinkHub HH40.

 

Dimensions: Alcatel LinkHub HH70 is a little bit larger than Linkhub HH40

 

The Alcatel Linkhub HH70 is advanced than HH40, so the Linkhub HH70 price is higher than HH40. If you would like to buy one home router from the two routers, we recommend the LinkHub HH70.

TP-Link Archer MR200 VS Huawei E5186

Since more and more network providers worldwide had deployed LTE wireless networks, when the end-users want to buy a 4G WiFi router with SIM card slot, they usually consider the top brand Huawei and TP-link. As the famous Chinese network equipment manufacturers, Huawei and TP-link provide similar LTE routers and the similar LTE devices are of course becoming the competitors. The TP-link Archer MR200 and Huawei E5186 router are the two similar routers. For those who are unfamiliar with the 4G WiFi routers, they may find it’s hard to make a decision to buy one. We compare the specs and features of the two routers. If you are interested in the two routers, you may find some tips.

Huawei E5186 VS TP-link Archer MR200 Specs

 

Model TP-link Archer MR200 Huawei E5186
Product type TP-link 4G Router with SIM card slot and Ethernet port Huawei 4G WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.4 LTE Cat.6
Chipset MediaTek MT7620A HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset
LTE Data rates DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * 4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20 (2100/1800/2600/900/800MHz)
TDD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41 (2600/1900/2300/2500MHz)
Huawei E5186s-22a: Band 1/3/7/8/20/38
Huawei E5186s-61a: Band  3/7/28/40
WLAN * IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, DL to 433Mbps
* IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, DL to 300mbps
802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 64 users 64 users
MIMO n/a 2 x 2 MIMO
Antenna 3 Internal Wi-Fi Antennas,
2 Detachable External 4G LTE Antennas
Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna TP-link MR200 external antenna Huawei E5186 external antenna
App management TP-Link Tether APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM Size Standard SIM Micro SIM
Battery No NO
Dimensions 202 x 141 x 33.6 mm 190 mm × 200 mm × 32 mm
Interfaces * 1 x power adapter port
* 3 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 3 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
* 1 x 10/100Mbps LAN/WAN Port
* 1 x SIM Card Slot
* 3 x LAN port(45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (45)
* 2 x telephone port(RJ11)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5)
* One micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
Datasheet TP-Link Archer MR200 Datasheet(PDF) Huawei E5186 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual TP-Link Archer MR200 Manual(PDF) Huawei E5186 User Manual(PDF)
Other features Traffic Control, Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/PPTP(Dual Access)/L2TP(Dual Access), Access Control, Local Management, Remote Management, DHCP, Port Forwarding,  Dynamic DNS, VPN, Access Control, Firewall, Supports IPv4 and IPv6, IPSec VPN  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, TR069 Remote Management, HTTP Online Upgrade, QoS, USB Share, UPnP, IPV6, DLNA, Fax, Print, VPN
Firmware download Archer MR200 Firmware Huawei E5186 firmware
Driver Archer MR200 driver Huawei E5186 driver
Reviews TP-link Archer MR200 Review Huawei E5186 Review
Price/USD 329.00 169.00USD

 

Summary

From the specs table, we can see the Huawei E5186 is more advanced with the support of LTE Cat6 and could achieve download speed up to 300Mbps, which is almost double of the speed from TP-link Archer MR200. They both have one SIM card slot, four Ethernet ports, and two external antennas. Huawei E5186 modem has two variant models for different LTE frequency bands but TP-link MR200 has only one model, but MR200 supports more LTE network frequency bands. Whether which router is more suitable for you, it depends on your network carrier’s LTE frequency bands. Besides the network compatibility, you may also concern the price of the two routers. Perhaps because Huawei E5186 is more popular worldwide, the price of Huawei E5186 is better than TP-link Archer MR200 price. In our opinion, we think the Huawei E5186 router is better than TP-link Archer MR200.

 

TP-Link Archer MR200 VS TL-MR6400

Many people know TP-link is good at wireless router or WiFi router, but TP-link also provides 4G Router with SIM card slot, which may not as well-known as TP-link WiFi routers. In the few TP-link 4G Routers, the TP-Link Archer MR200 and TL-MR6400 are the most popular two routers. We will compare the TP-link MR200 and MR6400 today to find the difference between the two TP-link routers and which one is better to buy.

TP-link Archer MR200 VS TL-MR6400 Appearance

If you are familiar with TP-link 4G Router with SIM slot, you may know the TP-link 4G routers are very similar in the appearance. They are all in black color with two external antennas. The TP-link logo is on the top front with some indicators for connection status. There are some interfaces on the body side, including a power plug, a power on/off button, three LAN ports and one WAN/LAN port, one WPS reset button, one WPS on/off button, and of course, a SIM card slot.

 

On the back label, there is some information about the device including the model number, power, default access address, MAC, IMEI number, S/N, SSID and WiFi key/Pin. And there are also some logos for certificate such as RoHS, CE, EAC etc…

 

TP-Link MR6400 VS Archer MR200 Specs and Features

From the appearance, we can’t see the obvious difference between TP-link MR200 and MR6400. Then let’s have a check more details about the TP-link TL-MR6400 Specs and Archer MR200 specs:

Model TP-link Archer MR200 TP-link TL-MR6400
Product type 4G Router with SIM card slot and Ethernet port 4G Router with SIM card slot and Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.4 LTE Cat.4
Chipset MediaTek MT7620A Qualcomm Atheros QCA9531
LTE Data rates DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * 4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20 (2100/1800/2600/900/800MHz)
TDD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41 (2600/1900/2300/2500MHz)
* 3G: DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS B1/B8 (2100/900MHz)
* 2G: EDGE/GPRS/GSM Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
* 4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20 (2100/1800/2600/900/800MHz)
TDD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41 (2600/1900/2300/2500MHz)
* 3G: DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS B1/B8 (2100/900MHz)
* 2G: EDGE/GPRS/GSM Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
WLAN * IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, DL to 433Mbps
* IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, DL to 300mbps
* IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, DL to 300mbps
Max supported users 64 users 64 users
MIMO n/a n/a
Antenna * 3 Internal Wi-Fi Antennas

* 2 Detachable External 4G LTE Antennas

* 2 Internal Wi-Fi Antennas

* 2 Detachable External 4G LTE Antennas

Buy Antenna TP-link MR200 external antenna TP-link TL-MR6400 external antenna
App management TP-Link Tether APP TP-Link Tether APP
SIM Size Standard SIM Standard SIM
Battery No No
Dimensions 202 x 141 x 33.6 mm 202 x 141 x 33.6 mm
Interfaces * 1 x power adapter port
* 3 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 3 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
* 1 x 10/100Mbps LAN/WAN Port
* 1 x SIM Card Slot
* 1 x power adapter port
* 3 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 3 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
* 1 x 10/100Mbps LAN/WAN Port
* 1 x SIM Card Slot
Datasheet TP-Link Archer MR200 Datasheet(PDF) TP-Link TL-MR6400 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual TP-Link Archer MR200 Manual(PDF) TP-Link TL-MR6400 Manual(PDF)
Other features Traffic Control, Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/PPTP(Dual Access)/L2TP(Dual Access), Access Control, Local Management, Remote Management, DHCP, Port Forwarding,  Dynamic DNS, VPN, Access Control, Firewall, Supports IPv4 and IPv6, IPSec VPN Traffic Control, Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/PPTP(Dual Access)/L2TP(Dual Access), Access Control, Local Management, Remote Management, DHCP, Port Forwarding,  Dynamic DNS, VPN, Access Control, Firewall, Supports IPv4 and IPv6, IPSec VPN
Firmware download Archer MR200 Firmware TP-link MR6400 Firmware
Driver Archer MR200 driver TP-link MR6400 driver
Reviews TP-link Archer MR200 Review TP-link TL-MR6400 Review
Price/USD 329.00 289.00

 

 

Summary

From the specs table, we can see the TP-Link Archer MR200 WAN feature is more advanced than TP-link MR6400. Except that the difference chipset, the TP-link MR200 router has three WiFi antennas and supports dual-band WiFi 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The TP-link TL-MR6400 has two WiFi antennas and supports only single WiFi band 2.4GHz. This feature makes them perform differently for data transmission. So if you would like to buy a TP-link 4G SIM router from the two models, TP-Link Archer MR200 is better to buy.

 

Frankly speaking, both the TP-link Archer MR200 and TL-MR6400 router prices are expensive compared with 4G LTE Routers from other brands such as Huawei 4G Router, ZTE 4G LTE Router. If you can accept other brands, we would like to recommend Huawei E5186 modem and ZTE MF286 LTE Router rather than TP-link MR200 and MR6400. With the cheaper price and better technical specifications, you will benefit more from other brands’ routers.