Huawei E5170 4G LTE Router Review

Previously there were two types of LTE router models: devices for mobile use with integrated battery and device for stationary use without battery as a DSL replacement. The Chinese manufacturer Huawei has presented a new LTE router Huawei E5170 since spring 2015, which combines the advantages of both types of devices. The small modem consists of a stationary docking station with LAN connection and a removable router with integrated battery and WLAN.  The following data sheet shows all the details for Huawei E5170.




Features and specifications of Huawei E5170

Manufacturer and model number

Huawei E5170 (E5170s-22)



LTE Category:


Download rate

Up to 150 MBit/s

Upload rate

Up to 50 MBit/s

supported LTE bands:

800 MHz / 900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 2100 MHz / 2600 MHz

backward compatible with:

DC-HSPA+, UMTS, GSM (UMTS 900 and 2100MHz)

Support of LTE-Advanced:


MIMO Support:

MIMO 2×2

External antenna connector:

yes, 2x MIMO



Network | LAN & WLAN

LAN Ports:

1x RJ-45 Ethernet LAN

WLAN Standards:

WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

5 GHz WLAN support:




Wireless Internet Hotspot function:

Yes (32 units)


Battery pack:

1,500 mAh


120 x 120 x 66.2 mm


USB 2.0

Memory card expansion:



Spring 2015

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Battery for mobile use


The Huawei E5170 is primarily intended for stationary use, ie for example as a substitute for a DSL connection. However, unlike other stationary LTE routers, the E5170 is divided into two parts: There is the router part of the wireless technology with an integrated battery and there is the docking station. The latter includes not only the battery but also offers an RJ-45 LAN port to connect a desktop computer. Between Router and dock, the LED lighting has a unique design.

If you want to use the Huawei E5170 mobile use without external power supply, according to the manufacturer, the integrated 1500 mAh battery could provide for an operating time of more than one hour. Thus, the device is also ideally suited for regions where often fails the power. In our view, the capacity would not be enough for long time run. Rather, it is more likely to provide emergency internet service.



Fast Internet over LTE


Thanks to support for LTE category 4, the Huawei E5170 can reach speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s downstream and 50 Mbit/s upstream. But the built-in modem can do even more: If no LTE network is available, UMTS+ is used with the data accelerator DC-HSPA+, so that up to 42.2 Mbit/s in the downlink are possible. Reception may need an external LTE antenna to be strengthened, the necessary connections are integrated directly in the device.


Wi-Fi for up to 32 users

Many LTE router with battery, which are designed for mobile use, can connect up to 10 devices simultaneously via Wi-Fi. Huawei E5170 seems powerful on this point, it can support up to 32 devices simultaneously. The maximum speed is 300 Mbit/s via WLAN 802.11b/g/n. Unfortunately, the LTE router supports only the frequency band of 2.4 GHz.

Availability and price


The Huawei E5170 LTE Router is available both at various online stores such as There is unlocked version of Huawei E5170 on . User can use it with many other network providers in Europe. If you usually travel the countries around, it would be a good partner.