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.

 

 

 

TP-Link M7650 VS Netgear Nighthawk M1

More and more network providers are upgrading their LTE networks to LTE advanced or LTE-A pro. So many users are demand high-level LTE mobile hotspots to get as fast speeds as possible from the LTE-A or LTE-A pro networks. TP-Link M7650 and Netgear Nighthawk M1 are the most advanced 4G Portable WiFi routers from TP-link and Netgear. If you are in trouble to buy one from the two, you may check below details about the difference between Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 and TP-link M7650.

 

Netgear Nighthawk M1 VS Huawei M7650 Appearance and Interfaces

As portable 4G routers, Netgear Nighthawk M1 and TP-link M7650 are both in small size, which could be easily taken in a hand or a pocket. The Netgear Nighthawk is a little bit thicker than that of M7650. Unlike its predecessor mobile hotspots from Netgear 4G LTE modem, the Nighthawk MR1100 doesn’t have a touchscreen. The round display will show the important information for the connection. A user can switch the information by pressing the power button on the top edge side. There is also a USB port and an Ethernet port available with two connectors for 4G LTE MIMO Antenna. The back cover could be opened to remove the battery and insert the SIM card.

 

Following the design of TP-link 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, the TP-link M7650 has a small display which is also not a touchscreen. It can show the connection status and other parameters. Users can switch the menu by pressing the two buttons(Power and Menu buttons) at the two side of the display. The back cover of TP-link M7650 could also be opened and the battery could be removed. The SIM card and SD card slots are located together. The

 

 

TP-Link M7650 VS Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100 Specs and Features

It’s disappointing that both the two LTE-A pro mobile hotspots don’t have touchscreen. And the top mobile hotspot TP-Link M7650 4G doesn’t have connectors for external LTE antennas. Then let’s have a comparison of the Netgear Nighthawk M1 Specs and TP-link M7650 Specs:

 

Model Netgear Nighthawk M1 TP-Link M7650
Product type 4G hotspot with Ethernet Port LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.16 LTE Cat.11
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9x50 Qualcomm MDM9240
Data rates DL 1Gbps/UL 100Mbps DL 600Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands 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
B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B38, B40, B41
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 32 users
MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks No
Buy Antenna Netgear Nighthawk M1 External Antenna No
App management Netgear Aircard APP tpMiFi APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Removable, 5040 mAh Removable, 3000 mAh
Dimensions 105.5 x 105.5 x 20.35 mm 112.5 x 66.5 x 16mm
Ethernet Port On port for LAN port(RJ-45) No
Datasheet download Netgear Nighthawk M1 Datasheet TP-link M7650 Datasheet
User Manual Netgear Nighthawk M1 Manual TP-link M7650 User Manual
Other features 4 band CA, JumpBoost 3 band CA
Firmware download Nighthawk M1 Firmware TP-link M7650 Firmware
Drivers Nighthawk M1 Driver TP-link M7650 driver
Reviews Netgear Nighthawk M1 AT&T Review TP-link M7650 review
Price 459.00USD 469.00USD

 

 

Summary

It’s obvious that the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is better than TP-link M7650. Nighthawk M1 could support peak download speed up to 1Gigabit/s while TP-link M7650 supports peak download speed up to 600Mbps. Netgear Nighthawk M1 had presented three variant models to different countries. They support more LTE network frequency bands, so the Netgear Nighthawk M1 Unlocked could be used with more network carriers. With the larger capacity of the battery, Netgear Nighthawk M1 could not only support longer working time but also could charge other devices like a mobile power bank. In addition to the Ethernet port, Netgear MR1100 also has two connectors for external antenna, which would be very useful to improve network signal if it’s used in weak signal areas. The only advantage of TP-link M7650 is that it could support maximum users up to 32 devices, which is more than supported users from Netgear Nighthawk M1. And the TP-link M7650 price is higher than the Netgear M1 price. In our opinion, the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is highly recommended rather than TP-link M7650.

TP-link Archer MR200 VS Huawei B315 Router

Huawei 4G LTE WiFi Routers are very popular in many countries around the world. As the competitor from China, TP-link also has some LTE SIM WiFi routers available, but not well-known as Huawei routers. So many people usually compare the routers from Huawei and TP-link, such as the hot model TP-link Archer MR200 router and Huawei B315 modem router. They want to know which one is better to buy for home or office. To answer the question, it’s necessary to see the difference between the Huawei B315 and Archer MR200 and then conclude.

TP-link Archer MR200
TP-link Archer MR200

TP-Link Archer MR200 VS Huawei B315 in Appearance and Interfaces

Like other TP-Link 4G LTE WiFi router, the Archer MR200 stands horizontally on a desk. The TP-link logo is on the top front. There are some indicators on the front, including the Power, Internet, 4G, Wireless, LAN, WPS and Signal strength. On the back, there are 3 LAN ports and one LAN/WAN port with the power on/off button, WPS reset button, WiFi on/off button, and SIM card slot. The TP-link MR200 has two external antennas available with the router.

TP-link Archer MR200
TP-link Archer MR200

Huawei B315 is standing vertically like other Huawei 4G routers. On the front, there are indicators available for Power, Mode, WiFi, Ethernet and Signal strength. On the back, there are 3 LAN ports and one WAN/LAN port with one USB port and one Telephone port. The SIM card slot is at the side of the router. There are two connectors for high gain lte antennas. Since Huawei B315 has many variant models, some of the interfaces may be missing on specific variant models.

 

Huawei B315 Router
Huawei B315 Router

Huawei B315 VS TP-link Archer MR200 Specs and Features

From the appearance, we can see the two routers are in different design, but some basic indicators are interfaces are similar. Then let’s have a comparison of the TP-link Archer MR200 Specs and Huawei B315 Specs to know features of the two routers:

 

Model TP-link Archer MR200 Huawei B315s
Product type 4G Router with SIM card slot and Ethernet port LTE WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.4 LTE Cat.4
Chipset MediaTek MT7620A Hisilicon Balong
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)
* Huawei B315s-22: 4G LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B38
* Huawei B315s-607: 4G Band 1/3/7/8/28/40
* Huawei B315s-936: 4G Band 1/3/40/41
* Huawei B315s-608: 4G Band 1/3/5/7/28
WLAN * IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, DL to 433Mbps
* IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, DL to 300mbps
802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Max supported users 64 users 32 users
MIMO n/a n/a
Antenna 3 Internal Wi-Fi Antennas,
2 Detachable External 4G LTE Antennas
Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna TP-link Archer MR200 outdoor antenna Huawei B315 external antenna
App management TP-Link Tether APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM Size Standard SIM Standard SIM
Battery No No
Dimensions 202 x 141 x 33.6 mm 186.0 x 139.0 x 46.0mm
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)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)(depends)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-female)
* 1 x SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port(depends)
Datasheet TP-Link Archer MR200 Datasheet(PDF) Huawei B315 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual TP-Link Archer MR200 Manual(PDF) Huawei B315S 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 VoIP, DHCP, NAT, IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, Firewall, Port forwarding, DMZ, ALG, Remote management
Firmware download Archer MR200 Firmware Huawei B315s Firmware
Driver Archer MR200 driver Huawei B315s driver
Reviews TP-link Archer MR200 Review Huawei B315 Review
Price/USD 329.00 169.00
Huawei B315 interfaces
Huawei B315 interfaces

Summary

From the spec table, we can see the both the TP-link Archer MR200 and Huawei B315 are LTE Category 4 routers which could support peak download speed up to 150mbps and upload speed to 50mbps. As the typical home router, they both have similar router functions for wireless connection or Ethernet cable connection. The Huawei B315 has many variant models, which may have one telephone port. The variant models of Huawei B315 makes it could support more network providers. The TP-link Archer MR200 has only one variant model and focus on the common LTE frequency bands in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa markets.

 

When we see the price, we feel confused. The TP-link Archer MR200 price is much higher than Huawei B315 price. We suppose the Archer MR200 is not as popular as Huawei B315 modem. For those who want to buy a good home router, we recommend Huawei B315 router. But the LTE frequency bands may vary on different carriers, you must select the right model per your network provider.

TP-Link Deco M5 Review

TP-link Deco M5 is a WiFi router available in 2017 and now is well-known in many countries. The highlight of TP-Link Deco M5 is that WiFi mesh system which provides WiFi throughout the house, at high speed and without interruption. With the arrival of the new WiFi mesh routers, it is finally easy to realize a good WiFi connection in every nook and cranny of the house without pulling wires.

What is WiFi mesh?

These new WiFi mesh systems work as follows; Each WiFi point is connected to the other units via a mutual wireless connection. Each device has a separate WiFi transmitter that is used purely for mutual communication between these units.

 

WiFi devices such as your smartphone and tablets are connected to the network via a private WiFi transmitter in the unit. The big advantage is that the available bandwidth of such a WiFi point does not have to be shared between for example your tablet and the mutual communication between the different WiFi points.

The main advantage, of course, is that you do not have to pull any wires. For example, you put a unit in the living room, a unit on the first floor in a bedroom and the third unit in the attic. These three units form one large WiFi network together.

 

TP-link Deco M5 WiFi Roaming

An additional advantage of these WiFi mesh systems is that they ensure that connected equipment is always automatically connected to the best available transmitter. They also call this technology “WiFi roaming”.

Suppose you have a station on each floor and walk from the attic to the ground floor with your tablet while watching a movie, then the system will automatically and without interruptions transfer the signal to the wifi point with the best connection.

 

TP-Link Deco M5 Test

The Deco M5 system comes with 3 separate mesh routers that are identical so it does not matter which unit you will use as the main unit. In addition to the routers, there are 3 power adapters and a LAN cable. You connect 1 of the units to the LAN port of the modem/router, then download the free app on your smartphone and start the installation.

 

TP-Link Deco M5 installation and configuration

The installation is really very simple and within 5 minutes the system is installed. You will first have to create a TP-Link cloud account by choosing an e-mail address and password. Next you will be asked to enable your location data and bluetooth on the smartphone. After logging in you can start the installation.

 

The TP-Link Deco M5 is installed via bluetooth and during the configuration, you will have to stand next to each unit with the smartphone to install the unit. After that, the entire system can be centrally controlled from the app.

After starting the app, it will automatically find the deco nearby and will first be asked to choose a name and password for your wireless network. After filling in a network name and password, you will be asked where the Deco unit is located. So you can easily indicate in which room of the house the unit is located to get a clear overview of the network later.

 

 

After choosing, the Deco will be configured and the LED will turn blue when it is ready for use. In principle, the system can already be used, but we repeat this step two more times to install the two other units. The app also asks you if you are ready or want to add another unit at that moment.

 

To configure the other two units, you have to stand in the vicinity of the units as the installation works via bluetooth and can therefore only be done at a short distance. When you have finished configuring the units, the network is ready for use. The whole process takes at most 5 minutes!

TP-Link Deco M5 APP options

When the installation is complete you can further configure the system via the TP-Link App if desired. The Deco M5 system has a lot of nice options. The home screen shows immediately which Deco M5 units are connected and what the last measured internet speed is. You can also see directly in this screen which devices are all connected to the system. If you click on the device, you will receive more details about the device and you can add it to a group.

Such a group is useful because you can deny these groups WiFi access at certain times and filter content. This is useful for families with small children.

 

 

 

TP-link Deco M5 Content filtering and WiFi schedule

This division into groups is relatively easy by giving a name to the group and then choosing to what level the group belongs. This way you can choose a group for small children or adults or create your own group. It is possible to block certain websites or content and thus you have full control over what users see. You can then only access these groups at certain times to the internet. If you do not want the children to be on the Internet after 8 hours, except on weekends, you can easily arrange this.

 

 

 

TP-link Deco M5 WiFi guests network and security

Through the app you can throw a WiFi guest network in the air with a few taps on the screen. This guest network is separate from the rest of the network and can be provided with its own network name and password. Of course you can also manage the connected devices with a WiFi scheme and content filtering. This way you can give visitors access to your internet connection, but you have complete control over what they view and when.

Unique to the TP-Link Deco M5 is that there is Anti-Virus software from Trend Micro. This actively monitors the network for viruses and protects all equipment before the malicious software can be installed.

 

TP-link Deco M5 QoS

With the QoS function in the TP-Link Deco M5, you can easily give priority to certain data. So you can choose that gaming gets more priority compared to chatting and surfing, or vice versa. You can also set the QoS settings yourself if you do not want to use the preconfigured priority list. With the help of handy sliders you can screw the level up or down per part.

 

 

TP-link Deco M5 WiFi performance

The TP-Link Deco M5 is therefore easy to configure and has some nice options in the app, but the most important of these are the performance of the system. We are very pleased with the results of the Deco M5, we get the maximum out of my 300 Mbps through wired connection and wirelessly we also achieved almost the full speed. This speed is really more than enough to stream movies from Netflix, for example, even in 4K resolution. Even wireless gaming should not be a problem with this performance.

 

 

TP-link Deco M5 Disadvantages

The Deco M5 is a bit slower with roaming. If you walk between the different points, switching between the wifi points can take a little longer than with Amplify. But then we are really talking about a difference of no more than 10%. No disadvantage for our test, but for some users maybe: you have to create a TP-Link cloud account at the beginning and turn on your GPS location. If you are very fond of your privacy/anonymity, you may not like this.

The app is sometimes not entirely translated in some languages. There are some English texts hidden here and there, but that will not influence for normal use.

 

TP-link Deco M5 Advantages

Anti-Virus software is built in which is very nice to protect your equipment. Another great advantage is the price of this set. The price of TP-link Deco M5 is very attractive now comparing the price when it’s first available in the market. A third advantage of the TP-Link Deco M5 is its design. The router of the mesh points Deco M5 units are small and handy to place.

 

 

Conclusion

The TP-Link Deco M5 is currently the best WiFi mesh system available. The price/quality ratio is very good, the app is convenient and extensive and the WiFi range is top notch. The test was carried out in a new house on 3 floors, where WiFi signals often pass through walls and ceilings without any difficulty. The fact that we were able to realize a perfect WiFi network at high speeds indicates that the quality is good!

TP-Link TL-MR6400 4G LTE Modem Router Review

TP-link TL-MR6400 is a powerful wireless broadband wireless router. Simply insert a 4G/LTE SIM card and the built-in modem connects to the internet wirelessly through fast-moving mobile broadband. Thanks to wide range and speed of 300 Mbps via WiFi, you can enjoy 4G/LTE internet access throughout your home or office – perfect for those in locations where 4G/LTE speeds are faster than regular ADSL or broadband via cable. The TP-link TL-MR6400 router delivers even streaming HD videos and fast transfer of files.

150 Mbps 4G/LTE mobile broadband

With the 4G wireless broadband router, you can enjoy download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and allow you to share your network on multiple WiFi devices. This allows you to enjoy streaming HD movies and experiencing quick-speed file transfer on multiple devices simultaneously.

Up to 300 Mbps

The TP-link LTE router delivers 300 Mbps WiFi connections – it allows you to stream movies and transfers files at super fast speed. The integrated antennas also ensure that you get stable wireless connection and coverage.

Easy to Setup and use

The TL-MR6400 WiFi router is easy to use. With an integrated 4G LTE modem and built-in SIM card slot, the connection to the wireless network is easy. Simply plug in a SIM card and turn on the router and you have a fast, stable and reliable WiFi network.

As a versatile LTE modem that lets you connect your home appliances wirelessly or wirelessly to your network, TP-Link TL-MR6400 modem is designed to guarantee a constant internet connection. Works with all the SIM cards of all operators in Europe and Aisa, two antennas are included, which can also be changed more efficiently if needed. Below are the general specifications of TP-Link TL-MR6400 for review:

TP-link TL-MR6400 Specifications and Features:

  • 4G LTE maximum download speed of 150 Mbit/s
  • 4G LTE maximum upload speeds up to 50 Mbit/s
  • 4G: FDD-LTE Cat4 (800/900/1800/2100 / 2600MHz)
  • TDD-LTE (2300 / 2600MHz)
  • 3G: DC-HSPA+ / HSPA+ / HSPA / UMTS (900 / 2100MHz)
  • 2G: EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850/900/1800 / 1900MHz)
  • WiFi up to 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz
  • Fully compatible with 802.11b/g/n standards.
  • Two external antennas for reception and two internal WiFi networks. External antennas can be replaced with more powerful antennas with SMA connection.
  • Ethernet WAN – One LAN port can be used as a WAN port, allowing the device to work as a wireless router.
  • The Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) feature enables wireless network encryption and devices to be connected at the touch of a button.
  • DynDNS, NO-IP support
  • The DoS / SPI firewall protects the network.
  • The Quality of Service provides more bandwidth for speed-demanding activities such as games, VoIP calls, and videos.
  • IPv6 Support: IPv6 is a new network capability that will replace the IPv4 protocol used by all devices in the future. Networking IPv6 support, therefore, enables the device to work with future technology.
  • VPN Support: IPSec Pass-Through, PPTP Pass-Through, L2TP Pass-Through
  • Operating system idle – management with a web browser
  • A separate power switch as well as a button from which the wireless network can be closed and started.
  • Interfaces: LAN x 3 RJ-45 10/100, LAN/WAN x 1 RJ-45 10/100, Mini-SIM (normal size)
  • Sales Package Contents: TL-MR6400 Modem, AC Power Adapter, Ethernet Cable, 2 Antenna (SMA), Micro-SIM to Mini-SIM Adapter, Nano-SIM to Mini-SIM Adapter

File download for TP-Link MR6400 4G Router:

TP-Link-TL-MR6400(EU)_V2_Datasheet

TP-Link-TL-MR6400(EU)_V2_Quick_Installation_Guide

TP-Link TL-MR6400 User Manual

 

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TP-Link Archer MR400 4G WiFi Router Test

More and more 4G LTE WiFi routers are available in the market; we’ve had the opportunity in recent months to talk about some of the best Wi-Fi routers to cover your entire home without a single WiFi empty area (Would it be Google Wi-Fi, Netgear’s Orbi or Deco M5 from TP-Link?). But while summer is here and so is the vacation time, there is the question of connecting wireless network not at home or on the go.

How to solve this problem? Pull miles of Ethernet cable? Of course not. But why not use a 4G Wi-Fi router, which connects to the network with only one SIM card and then redistribute this connection through Wi-Fi? Of course, there are small stand-alone 4G Pocket Wi-Fi routers (with battery) now, but they usually offer a fairly fluctuating coverage, minimal settings, and are more suitable for small trips that to offer you lasting access Internet.

 

For that, we must adopt more complete solutions. That’s why our eyes turn to the TP-Link Archer MR400 AC1350, which seems to have everything from the ideal candidate. But will it be comfortable at the campsite, in your rental, in your country house or even at home? Let’s see the test below.

 

Compact 4G LTE router with antennas

With rather compact dimensions (20.2 x 14.1 x 3.36 cm), the MR400 is a real wireless router, it has four Ethernet ports (including a LAN and WAN, if you want to use it as a conventional Wi-Fi router). This means that it will be possible to connect wired machines as needed. We would like to find a USB port to allow the sharing of a hard disk or a USB key, but it’s a pity the USB port is missing.

 

At the back of the case, there are two 4G antennas of good size and removable, to avoid damage during transportation or to put larger, which are used to capture the 4G signal. Then what about the Wi-Fi antennas? There are three of them and more classically integrated in the body of the router. They do a pretty good job because the coverage offered very satisfactory in an environment consisting of many very thick load-bearing walls.

TP-Link MR400 WiFi Features

The TP-Link router WiFi is dual band based on its know-how. That is, it produces two networks (802.11ac or n), one that uses a 2.4 GHz frequency field, the other one in 5 GHz. Do not complain that it is not tri-band, in this price range and this kind of products are very rare or nonexistent.

 

Does it matter if the router is dual band? The answer Yes! A choice will have to be made manually because the connection to each of the two networks is not automatic. If the signal range in 2.4 GHz is better, its bit rate is lower: 450 Mbit/s. While the 5 GHz network carries less but it is more resistant to interference and provides above all a much better theoretical bandwidth at 857 Mbit/s. This allows the MR400 to proudly wear the AC1350 designation, a rate that you will never get but which places the device in a family of rather honest routers.

Then let’s talk about the performance for internet connection. It is futile to strive to measure them on a 3G/4G network because everything will depend on the proximity of an antenna, your operator, etc. If the signal received is strong, your flow will approach (more or less) the theoretical maximum, that’s what to keep in mind.

 

To give you an idea of the reality of these speeds, we took advantage of the conventional router mode, which sees it being connected to a conventional fiber box, to measure the speeds offered in Wi-Fi (802.11ac, 5GHz). Whether the distance between the measurement points does not seem important, remember that the test environment is quite hostile to Wi-Fi with a large number of very thick walls.

TP-Link Archer MR400 Speed Test

It shows that the connection is stable and ensures equivalent or similar flows in both directions of use. This is at least the case when one is in the relative vicinity of the router. With 100 Mbit/s measured, the result is obviously much worse than that of mesh routers, in particular, tested by us, the 4G speed flows encountered oscillating generally between 10 and 80 Mbit/s.

 

To continue with this exercise, logically, the further you get from the router, the weaker the signal and the bit rates. However, in this case, the MR400 is doing quite well. Despite the context of our tests, an apartment and a house with thick walls in brick or freestone, the flow provided between 10 and 15 meters remains quite honorable. We get the speeds enough to watch videos or TV streaming in HD and Full HD – forget the 4K. To give an overview of what gives the connection in 4G/Wi-Fi, during our tests, while the reception oscillated between average and bad enough, we measured bit rates of just over 15 Mbit/s in download and just over 3 Mbit/s upload. This is not a good result, but keep in mind that these figures could be much better in an optimal situation.

 

 

Archer MR400 – Easy to install and setup

Then let’s check the Archer MR400 installation and configuration. TP-Link had a good idea to provide SIM adapters for those who use a micro or NANO SIM, the two most common formats at the moment.

 

Once the MR400 router plugged into the sector (it has no battery and need an external power supply), the configuration can be done by a browser or iOS/Android application. We preferred the first option. The first thing to do is to change the login password. Then we navigate in a clear and detailed interface. As always, it is possible to access a more advanced interface to access more advanced settings. In normal mode, you may decide to choose a different SSID for each network. Guest networks can also be activated, which will be opened by default. Remember to immediately protect access with a password.

 

If we look a little further, we will discover the possibility of setting up a parental control. It is based on a system of white and black lists, which is drawn up oneself. Filtering is then done through keywords. Finally, we choose which devices will be subject to this control. It’s simple and efficient.

 

4G Data is still a rare and expensive commodity, so it will be good to focus on limiting its consumption. This starts with restricting bandwidth limitation on some devices. This will prevent a user from consuming all the flow without leaving it to others. More interesting is the setting up of a monthly cap of megabytes allocated. We will set this maximum and set an alert, for example, 80 or 90% of this total data plan to avoid being out of frame or without connection. Multi SIM data plans are usually rich in gigabytes but 30 GB or 40 GB can evaporate very quickly with YouTube video or application download.

 

 

Summary for TP-link Archer MR400 Test

 

Archer MR400 Advantage:

  • Removable 4G antenna to ensure good reception
  • Dual-band WiFi for fast WiFi speed up to 1350Mbps
  • Compatible with different SIM formats

 

 

Disadvantage:

  • No USB port
  • WiFi frequency management is not automatically

 

To sum up, TP-link Archer MR400 is a good 4G WiFi router for home, office, or even cap if it can get the power supply. The powerful WiFi feature would provide a reliable wireless internet connection for multiple users. The rich settings in the web interface would provide many useful functions. If you are looking for a reliable WiFi router, TP-link Archer MR400 is considerable. But if you want to check more TP-link 4G WiFi routers, click here: https://www.4gltemall.com/4g-wireless-router/tp-link.html

TP-Link 4G Router Archer MR400 VS MR200

Many people know TP-link WiFi router because TP-link WiFi routers are very popular due to the good price and reliable performance. Following the market demand for 4G Routers, TP-Link also presented many 4G WiFi routers to the markets. TP-link Archer MR400 and MR200 are two hot TP-Link 4G Routers with SIM card slot and Ethernet ports. With the similar name, you may don’t know what the difference between the TP-link MR200 and MR400 is. We will compare the Archer MR400 and MR200 to find the answer.

 

TP-link Archer MR200 VS MR400 Appearance

 

The TP-link Archer MR400 and MR200 are both desktop routers. If you let them stand together, you can’t tell which one is Archer MR400 or MR200. They use the same model design. On the top, there are some indicators for power, WAN, LAN, WiFi, and Signal with the new TP-link logo. On the back, there are two external antennas, 4 LAN ports (RJ45 Ethernet port), one of which is for both LAN & WAN. On the left side of the LAN ports, there is the plug for power and power on/off button. On the right side of the Ethernet ports, there is WPS reset button and WiFi on/off button with the SIM card slot. They both use the standard SIM card. If you are using Micro SIM or Nano SIM, the manufacturer TP-link offers the Micro to Standard SIM adapter and NANO to Standard SIM adapter.

 

Archer MR400 VS MR200 Specifications

 

From the appearance, we can see the TP-link MR200 and MR400 are very similar. Seems when they are produced, they are using the same design model. Then let’s have a comparison of the TP-link Archer MR400 Specs and MR200 Specs:

 

 

Model TP-link Archer MR400 TP-link Archer MR200
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 Qualcomm MDM9207 MediaTek MT7620A
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 867Mbps
* IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, DL to 450mbps
* IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, DL to 433Mbps
* 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
3 Internal Wi-Fi Antennas,
2 Detachable External 4G LTE Antennas
Buy Antenna TP-link MR400 external antenna TP-link MR200 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 * 3 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
* 1 x 10/100Mbps LAN/WAN Port
* 1 x SIM Card Slot
* 3 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
* 1 x 10/100Mbps LAN/WAN Port
* 1 x SIM Card Slot
Datasheet TP-Link Archer MR400 Datasheet(PDF) TP-Link Archer MR200 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual TP-Link Archer MR400 Manual(PDF) TP-Link Archer MR200 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 MR400 Firmware Archer MR200 Firmware
Driver Archer MR400 driver Archer MR200 driver
Reviews TP-link Archer MR400 Review TP-link Archer MR200 Review
Price/USD 369.00 329.00

 

Summary

From the specs table, we can see the TP-link Archer MR400 and MR200 are both 4G LTE Router which could achieve 4G LTE download speed to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps based on the support of LTE Cat4. Other features are completely the same except that the WiFi feature. Due to the configuration of the MIMO 3 x 3 antennas in the 2.4 GHz band and the MIMO 2 x 2 in the 5 GHz band, the Archer MR400 provides a total transfer rate of up to 1350 Mbps (450 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz network and 867 Mbps in the 5 GHz). For comparison: the predecessor Archer MR200 model is limited to a speed of 300 Mbit/s in the 2.4 GHz network and 433 Mbps in the 5 GHz network. That’s why the TP-link MR400 is also called Archer AC1350 and TP-link MR200 is called Archer AC750. Of course, the TP-Link Archer MR400 is technically better than TP-link Archer MR200 AC750. If you would buy one router from the two, the Archer MR400 is better to recommend since the prices of the two routers are very close.

TP-Link M7650 Mobile WiFi Hotspot Test

TP-Link M7650 was available around half a year and many people got to know this new LTE WiFi router, but regarding the performance for internet access and connection stability, many people want to know more even they may get some information from TP-Link M7650 Review. It’s better to take a test for the internet connection and find the answers. Today, we would take a test for TP-Link M7650 and see how it performs for users.

TP-link M7650 Display

TP-Link M7650 Specifications

 

TP-Link M7650 is a portable LTE-A Category 11 hotspot allowing data download at speeds up to 600 Mb/s. With a 3000 mAh battery, the device can work up to 15 hours and can handle up to 32 devices. Thanks to the built-in screen with dedicated buttons, we can display current information about the router’s status and control data consumption, battery status and cellular network coverage. The manufacturer has equipped the solution with the 802.11ac standard, thanks to which the devices can communicate with the speed of 867 Mb/s.

 

TP-link M7650 USB Port

TP-Link M7650 is not the first TP-Link 4G LTE mobile WiFi hotspot. The manufacturer has been presenting interesting “MiFi” solutions for years. The TP-Link MiFi series includes the M5350, whose successor is the LTE version TP-Link M7200. And the TP-Link M5360 3G hotspot with 5200 mAh power bank function is also in this series.

 

TP-link M7650 side

The most interesting are the M7310, M7350 and M7450 mobile WiFi hotspots, which clearly show how the mobile data transmission developed. The first two offer cellular LTE data transmission at DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps, while M7450 supporting LTE category 6 allows downloading at 300 Mbps and uploading at 50 Mbps. The hero of today’s test is a device supporting LTE category 11 (LTE-Advanced), and hence offering 600/50 Mbps in the mobile network.

 

TP-link M7650 battery

TP-Link M7650 is based on the models M7310 and M7450. The device with dimensions of 112.5 x 66.5 x 16 mm contains a replaceable 3000 mAh battery, which, according to the manufacturer’s declaration, is sufficient for 15 hours of operation and up to 900 hours in standby mode. In predecessors (M7310 and M7350), the manufacturer TP-Link used 1800mAh and 2000 mAh batteries.

TP-link M7650 SIM Card and SD card slot

TP-Link M7650 Usage

After removing the battery, there is a place for a micro SIM card and a micro SD memory card (up to 32 GB). The hotspot was made of gray, pleasant to the touch material. The front part is a black glossy element with a small (1.44 “diagonal) color LCD screen. It is not as big as Netgear models, eg AirCard 810, but the information displayed on it is very clear and the menu is transparent. On the sides of the screen there are two buttons – turning on the power supply and the hotspot menu control button. Thanks to two buttons, we can easily navigate the menu of the device and activate the most important options.

In addition to the TP-Link documentation, the set includes a nano SIM adapter – micro SIM, as well as a USB cable for charging the device or wired communication using the NDIS standard.

With the change of mobile communication technology in the TP-Link mifi, the standards of wireless communication have also changed. In the M7200 model, we had a wireless network system working at 300 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band. The M7350 has a frequency of 5 GHz. In turn, the M7450 and M7650 solutions support the latest 802.11ac standard – in the 2.4 GHz band to 300 Mbps and band 5 GHz bandwidth – 867 Mbps. Thanks to this, we can easily connect up to 32 wireless devices.

 

TP-link M7650 back logo

The implementation of the 802.11ac standard and operating speed in the 5 GHz band with 867 Mbps is dictated primarily by fast LTE-A communication. Although the TP-link M7650 supports a cellular network with a speed of up to 600 Mbps, at present it is difficult to find a widely available location in which we will be able to reach this value. More specifically, what technologies and frequencies does the M7650 support?

In the field of LTE networks:

  • FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20 (2100/1800/2600/900/800MHz)
  • TDD-LTE: B38/B40/B41 (2600/2300/2500MHz)

 

And on the 3G/2G network:

  • DC-HSPA+ /HSPA/UMTS: B1 / B8 (2100/900MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

TP-Link M7650 Mobile WiFi Settings

To use the TP-Link M7650 MiFi, simply insert the SIM card and start it. Hotspot distributes a secured wireless network whose parameters (name and password) can be found on the inside of the battery cover. The advantage of TP-Link is that in the case of tested SIM cards: Play, Viking Mobile, Orange and T-Mobile, each of them was correctly recognized and there was no need to edit the connection parameters. This is especially important for people who are not familiar with the technical details of editing connection parameters.

However, if we want to use the configuration options, we have three options. The first one is the LCD screen mentioned. By switching the Menu button we can set or preview:

  • the name of the Wi-Fi network and its password
  • Enable / disable energy saving
  • Activate the mechanism of connecting to the WiFi network via WPS
  • Determine the frequency of WiFi networks (2.4 or 5 GHz)
  • Specify the operating mode of the 3G / 4G cellular network
  • Activate GSM network roaming.

These are a few basic settings that are sufficient for an everyday mifi user. In turn, the main screen of M7650 presents the indicator and type of cellular network, enabled WiFi network, battery level as well as the name of the operator and in the central part of data consumption and download speed.

More configuration options can be found in the tpMiFi mobile application. After connecting to the Wi-Fi network provided by the hotspot, we can view the M7650 parameters:

  • basic information about the device,
  • wireless network options with the possibility to edit parameters,
  • Mobile network options, unfortunately there is no detailed information about work in a specific LTE mode. Information about the type of 3G or 4G network remains,
  • information about connected users,
  • information about the status of the battery,
  • SMS message panel,
  • The ability to set the operating mode for the memory card – sharing via Wi-Fi or via USB. In the latter case, after connecting the M7650 to the USB port it will be visible as a flash drive,
  • Additionally, in view of expenditure control and a specific data package, we can set usage limits, monthly statistics and specify a data package that is not covered by the limits (useful for “no limit” tariffs).

TP-Link M7650 mobile WiFi Hotspot Web Interfaces

Using the web interface, we will find much more hotspot configuration parameters. The appearance of the M7650 web interface does not differ from the one we know from other TP-Link routers, such as Archer MR400. So we have a classic panel with device network status. We will also find SMS support and the TP-Link configuration wizard.

 

Detailed configuration options are the place in the Advanced section. Here we have a full range of possibilities:

 

Dial-up – tab concerning the parameters of the connection to the cellular network with the settings of the operator, the type of cellular network or the management of the PIN code

Wireless – settings responsible for the wireless network parameters.

Compared to the classic TP-Link SOHO routers, there are few settings: network name, header broadcasting, operating frequency, channel, network type, encryption and password. We also have the ability to determine whether the password and name information will be displayed on the M7650 screen. TP-Link can work on both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies, unfortunately not at the same time. We need to compromise and either choose a slower 2.4 GHz or have 802.11ac client devices to switch to the fast 5 GHz network. In the Wireless section, you can also view connected clients and block them access to the network, activate the WPS mechanism (PIN code, button) or edit the black list of clients

DHCP server – you probably do not need to translate too much. For a simple mechanism for dynamically assigning IP addresses. We will not find here, for example, static IP assignment based on the MAC address. It’s a pity, because in the next tab NAT Forwarding in addition to options related to ALG control, we can also set port forwarding, enable the port triggering and even assign the computer to the DMZ zone.

In the following sections, we will find information on data usage with the possibility to set limits and warnings when approaching the packet volume.

 

Although TP-Link implemented two radio systems and LTE-A communication, the 3000 mAh battery according to the manufacturer’s declaration should last up to 15 hours. The power saving function helps in achieving the declared working time, which in the absence of connected Wi-Fi clients disables wireless Wi-Fi after 10 minutes.

In addition, if the hotspot works in close proximity to the devices, you can also set the Wi-Fi network signal strength. During the tests, we were able to achieve the declared time of the router’s work on the battery without any problem. During intensive use by several devices, the battery was enough for about 10 hours. It’s still a great result.

Finally, the functions associated with the memory card. You can insert a micro SD card with a capacity of up to 32 GB to the device. This is not much, but in the case of teamwork, you can use it as a place to exchange documents or store frequently used files. TP-Link implemented three possibilities of data sharing. The first one is sharing files after WiFi using the SMB protocol. Authentication takes place using the account specified in the account settings or can be anonymous. The second way is communication via FTP. In turn, the third is more individual – we can use the data by connecting the mifi to the USB port.

TP-Link M7650 Speed Tests

A few words of explanation at the beginning – it is possible to obtain a speed of 600 Mbps in a cellular network, but certain conditions have to be met. Well, as in Wi-Fi networks, the right number of bands and the modulation that allows LTE category 11 to obtain an aggregated frequency connection of 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz is an important issue in the cellular network. And so for three bands with a speed of 150 Mbps, we have a total of 450 Mbps. To achieve the above mentioned 600 Mbps, it is necessary to use the 256-QAM modulation, which should improve the speed of the 64-QAM modulation connection by 30%. Similar solutions are used, among others for wireless networks for 2.4 GHz frequency, where from three streams with appropriate modulation and 256-QAM 5/6 coding, we can set up a 600 Mbps connection.

During the tests, we used cards from three operators: Viking Mobile, Orange and T-Mobile. The distance from the transmitters for individual operators was the same. We performed tests at various times of the day and night. As it turned out, the best maximum results were achieved by Viking Mobile. In the case of T-Mobile and Orange, the maximum download values ranged from 70 to 90 Mbit/s. In turn, in Viking Mobile at the same time they have already reached over 120 Mbit/s. However, it is worth remembering that Viking Mobile uses Play transmitters and in the test location we had the opportunity to use Play technology (4G LTE ULTRA).

120 Mbit/s values can be achieved when we are connected to a hotspot using USB or a 5 GHz network. In the case of the 2.4 GHz network, the connection speed in Viking Mobile dropped to around 83 Mbit/s.

 

Why is the communication in the 2.4 GHz network slower? First of all, the maximum available connection speed is 300 Mbit/s. This is possible thanks to two streams and 40 MHz channel. In spite of many attempts, the TP-Link M7650 stubbornly established a connection on a 20 MHz channel, which results in a long link with a maximum speed of 144.4 Mbit/s and has a direct impact on the network connection performance and indirectly on the speed of downloading and sending data to and from the Internet. In turn, if one of the devices was connected using NDIS (through USB), the communication was much more efficient. For the 2.4 GHz frequency – 82/72 Mbit/s and for the 5 GHz band: 280/239 Mbit/s.

Summary

The TP-Link M7650 mobile hotspot can be described as a very interesting yet powerful solution for home use. Long battery life will allow you to take your mifi on a trip, as well as use mobile internet at work or places where we do not have access to wireless networks. The advantage of TP-Link is the very good LTE-A network support and the possibility of remote access to the internal LAN created using the M7650. With mobile, unlimited access to the Internet, we can use the M7650 as the main source of Internet access but also for mobile entertainment and even watching video streams. It is a pity that the manufacturer has not decided to simultaneously support two bands of the wireless network. And the TP-link M7650 has not a touchscreen, which is a common feature in similar 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot.

 

TP-Link M7650 LTE-A Pro Mobile WiFi Hotspot Test

We had introduced the TP-Link M7650 mobile WiFi hotspot a few days ago and somebody asked about the performance of this new 4G LTE WiFi Router. We will take a test today to see what the TP-Link M7650 mobile hotspot can bring to us.

TP-Link M7650 Specifications and Package

As the most advanced 4G mobile WiFi hotspot, TP-Link M7650 supports LTE Cat.11 with theoretically up to 600 MBit/s in the download and 50 MBit/s in the upload. Simultaneous surfing is possible with up to 32 devices, namely via dual-band WLAN IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac with theoretically up to 300 MBit/s on the 2.4 GHz and up to 867 MBit/s on the 5 GHz band. The 3000 mAh battery is designed to provide power for up to 15 hours of operation. A microSD card slot donates up to 32 GB of additional storage space, provided you plug in an additional memory card. The TP-Link M7650 router is controlled either via the display and two pushbuttons, via the tpMiFi app or a web interface.

 

The TP-Link M7650 mobile WiFi is supplied in a blue metallic shiny cardboard packaging. The dimension is 6.7 x 1.6 x 11.2 cm and fits into the jeans pocket. The light gray case is slightly gummed, so the router does not slip easily out of hand. On the top there is a glossy black plastic surface around the display that magically attracts dust and fingerprints. At the left of this area is the menu button for the display, and the right of it is the power button, on a long narrow side the microUSB port for charging the battery.

 

In the package, we found a USB cable, various short instructions and an adapter from Nano-SIM to Micro in addition to the 3000 mAh battery. In the TP-link M67650 router, users can insert a micro-SIM, with adapter for a nano-SIM, but if with an old mini SIM, the router cannot be operated. And TP-Link also provides a plug-in power supply for the router, which can be charged on the USB port.

TP-Link M7650 Power on

After unpacking, you should first take a look inside the small LTE router and, if necessary, make a note of some details or take pictures with your mobile phone. Because the address and the password for the administration interface are located under the battery on the nameplate. And on the inside of the lid, the password for the Wi-Fi hotspot is printed, which is also required for use. The removal of the lid we found to be somewhat difficult, because you actually need long fingernails and some strength to reach into the notch of the lid on the device corner and then can lever up the lid.

 

The micro-SIM slot reminded us a bit of old Nokia phones. First, the lock must be released and folded up. After inserting the SIM, the lock is folded down again and locked. If desired, a memory card can still be inserted, for the operation of the TP-link 4G router as an Internet access device that is of course not necessary. Now the battery is inserted, the lid is closed and the hotspot is switched on or the battery is charged first.

In our test, the TP-Link M7650 recognized our LTE SIM card within a few seconds and connected to the mobile network. The PIN query we had already disabled before inserting the SIM, if you do not do that, if necessary, enter the PIN. On the 1.44-inch display, the top left of the power indicator is showing the technology used (in our case 4G). In the middle above, the WLAN icon indicates how many devices are logged into the network. At the top right is the battery level, in the middle of the display is the already used data volume and below is the network operator. Now we could couple different devices via WLAN and surf.

TP-Link M7650: Settings, App, Speedtest, Battery & Conclusion

The TP-Link M7650 can be administered in three ways: Some of the settings can be changed via the display and the two pushbuttons. The menu is navigated by pressing the menu key several times. Under “Device Info” users can display the WLAN password in plain text. “Power Saving” allows to switch the energy saving mode on and off. “WPS” couples the router to compatible devices, and “Wifi Band” allows switching between 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. In “Network Mode” manual, switching between 3G and 4G is possible; 2G cannot be selected explicitly. “Data roaming” allows the use of the router in data roaming; by default this feature is disabled.

 

The web interface of the TP-Link M7650 router address http://tplinkmifi.net on a paired device, the default password is admin. The third administration option is the app tpMiFi, which is available for Android and iOS. Via the app or the web interface, more extensive settings can be made than via the pushbuttons and the display. For example, it can be turned off that the Wi-Fi password appears on the display. If the tariff allows it, SMS can be sent and received via the hotspot. In addition, the administrator can set a data limit that can be maximized. Unwanted WLAN clients can be locked out.

 

TP-Link M7650 Performance

In the speed test, the TP-Link M7650 scored very well in our test measurements. We went to many places, where we knew that the mobile network reception is possible under almost optimal conditions. There, the TP-Link M7650 effortlessly managed to reach the maximum possible 50 Mbps downstream with our SIM card, even several times. For some test measurements, the value was even more than 60 Mbps downstream. The upstream, which is actually limited to 10 Mbit/s at our tariff, several times was even 12 Mbit/s. The ping was also very low with values of around 20 ms.

But even in poorly supplied areas, the router showed that it can “tickle out” the maximum available locally from the network. Stagnations or dropouts we did not notice. In normal operation, the TP-Link M7650 router should not be warm, but in the blazing sun you should not operate it for a long time, as this could damage the plastic body and the battery.

TP-Link M7650 Battery

In terms of battery life, TP-Link promises that the M7650 Router can last around 15 hours on a single charge. In our experience, this value should be seen as the maximum value and ultimately it depends on the setting: If you turn off the power saving mode, the Wi-Fi hotspot is constantly on, and not only when a device requires a connection. Of course, this sucks on the battery as well as any additional wireless client that contacts the LTE router for synchronization or data traffic. Also, the operation in the car can “gnaw” at the battery capacity when the hotspot must “overcome” the metal shell of the car body to make contact with the mobile network and hold.

If the battery is fully charged, the energy-saving mode is switched on and about five to ten devices are connected to the M7650 hotspot, which is not more than ten meters away, the battery should in our estimation without problems last ten to twelve hours, so a whole working day. In a building, you can also operate the router permanently at the socket – the battery problem is in any case only in one operation on the road.

Conclusion: Good Portable LTE router for Wireless Connection

The TP-Link M7650 proves to be a portable and robust router in the test, which can be easily put into operation and administered. Depending on the mobile phone tariff used, fast surfing with up to 32 devices is possible. The battery lasts around ten to twelve hours. However, the LTE hotspot price is not a bargain and the quickly smeared plastic surface around the display is visually unattractive.

 

Actually, there are many options of Portable LTE router available which can provide even faster speed such as the Gigabit LTE router Netgear Nighthawk M1 and Huawei E5788. You’d better check more before making the buy decision.