As one of the first group of 4G LTE USB Modem, Huawei E397 LTE FDD USB modem is not as popular as Huawei E398 or E392, perhaps because Huawei E397 supports the 4G frequency bands which are not commonly deployed by the operators.
Just like Huawei E398 4G LTE TDD FDD USB modem, there are also many variants for Huawei E397 4G USB modem, such as HUAWEI E397u-56, E397Bu-7, E397Bu-501, E397u-53 etc… Today, we get the Huawei E397 4G LTE modem in “Cricket” logo, it was customized by the operator cricket, but it’s already unlocked and SIM card free.
In the original box, the Huawei E397 looks cool. After open the box, we can see the Huawei E397 in compact design. In the back stick, the information indicates that this is the variant model Huawei E397u-53. And we can see the IMEI number of Huawei E397, code and made in China.
The USB of E397u-53 is in the body of the dongle, there is a movable button to cap it, users need to pull the button out and the USB would automatically flick out. The USB could rotate around 180 degrees. On the other side of the body, we can see the body logo “Cricket”.
At the side of the body, there is one hole for external antenna, one plastic cap covers the hole, user need to use finger to open it. At the other side, it’s the SIM card slot. So in this model Huawei E397u-53, there is only one external antenna connector for pigtail.
Per the information on the Internet, Huawei E397u-53 could support 4G LTE band 13(700MHz) and Band 20(800mMHz). So the HUAWEI E397u-53 would be more possibly usable in North America because the band 700 is the most common 4G Frequency in North America, especially in USA. What’s more, E397u-53 also supports 3G HSPA+ network 850/1900/2100MHz, which is for American bands.
The HUAWEI E397u-53 could also support extended 32GB Micro SD memory card, like other HUAWEI 4G USB Modem, it’s compatible with the usual operation system, Windows and Mac. If you want it to work with Linux, there must drive upgrade.