Huawei E5885 VS Nighthawk M1

In past years, 4G mobile routers with SIM card slot are becoming more and more well-known because they are of small size and can be easily taken in a handbag or in a pocket. Nowadays, more and more people would prefer the 4G router with Ethernet port, which would provide one more option for internet connection. What’s the more, the manufacturers usually configure the 4G routers with Ethernet with large battery pack, which makes the 4G pocket router work like a power bank to charge other devices. Huawei was the first manufacturer to release its 4G mobile router with Ethernet port, and now the Netgear follows. Huawei E5885 is the latest 4G mobile hotspot with Ethernet and Netgear present the Nighthawk M1 as its first 4G router with Ethernet. Someone may ask: what’s the difference between Huawei E5885 and Nighthawk M1? Which one is better? You may find the answers after reading this article.

Huawei E5885 VS Nighthawk M1 Appearance and Interface

Actually, before the Huawei E5885 was presented, Huawei had released a few mobile hotspots with Ethernet port such as E5151, E5730, E5351, E5770, E5771, which are a series mobile router with Ethernet. It has been proved this series of MiFi hotspots are very popular in the end-users. Now the upgraded Huawei E5885 is available with more advanced features and cool design. On the front of E5885, the upper part is LED screen while the lower part is leather material with Huawei logo. The touch feels in hand is very much better than the predecessor models. And it’s much thicker than the mobile hotspot E5770 and E5771. The power button, WPS, and the Interfaces are located at the top edge side of the body. The Ethernet port and USB ports are covered by a square cap, which you have to open it to see. The back cover could be removed, however, like the Huawei E5786, the battery is built-in and non-changeable. The Mirco SIM card slot and SD storage card slot are available with the reset button.

Unlike its predecessor of Netgear mobile router, Nighthawk M1 also has a thick body. On the front, there is a round screen, like E5885, it’s also not a touchscreen. There are battery and data transmission indicators around the screen. The Netgear logo and carrier logo are on the side of the screen. The power button is on the top side and the Ethernet & USB ports are located on the opposite side. The difference is Netgear Nighthawk M1 has two connectors for external antenna, which is missing in Huawei E5885. And the USB input ports for Nighthawk M1 and the Huawei E5885 are different. The Nighthawk M1 back cover could be removed and unlike Huawei E5885, the battery could also be removed for exchange. The Netgear M1 also use Micro SIM card size, but no slot for SD card.

Netgear Nighthawk M1 VS Huawei E5885 Specs and Variant models

Since the network frequency bands are different in different countries or areas, the Nighthawk M1 has around three variant models: Telstra Nighthawk M1, AT&T Nighthawk M1, and another variant model for Europe market. The Huawei E5885 has only one variant model: Huawei E5885Ls-93a. It seems to be a global version, however, in China, the Huawei E5885LS-93a in China has only one language (Chinese) available. In other countries such as Saudi Arabia or Romania, we found they have many languages available, at least with the English language.

 

From the appearance, we can see the Nighthawk M1 and Huawei E5885 are very different in the design. To know more difference, let’s have a look at the detail specs of the Nighthawk M1 and E5885:

 

Model Netgear Nighthawk M1 Huawei E5885
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.16 LTE Cat.6
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9x50 Hisilicon LTE Cat6 chipset
Data rates DL 1Gbps/UL 100Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands   — Telstra Nighthawk: Band 1/3/7/8/28
AT&T Nighthawk: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/29/30/66
Huawei E5885Ls-93a: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/19/20/28
* TDD-LTE: Band 38/40/41/42
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 connector
Buy Antenna Netgear Nighthawk M1 Antenna N/A
App management Netgear Aircard APP Huawei Hilink APP 3.0
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Removable, 5040 mAh Non-removable, 6400mAh
Dimensions 105.5 x 105.5 x 20.35 mm  112.00 x 69.20 x 23.00mm
Ethernet Port One Ethernet Port for LAN On port for WAN/LAN port(RJ-45)
Datasheet download AT&T Nighthawk M1 Datasheet Huawei E5885 Datasheet
User Manual AT&T Nighthawk M1 Manual Huawei E5885 Manual
Other features 4 band CA, JumpBoost Power bank, CA, NFC
Reviews Netgear Nighthawk M1 AT&T Review Huawei E5885 Review
Price 459.00USD 249.00USD

 

Summary

From the specs, we can see the Nighthawk M1 Router is more advanced with the support of LTE Cat.16, which could achieve downloads speeds up to 1Gigabit/s and upload speed to 100Mbps. The speed is much faster than that of Huawei E5885. The LTE Advanced Pro technologies would provide amazing surfing experience. The Nighthawk M1 variant models could be used globally after unlocking. However, there is maybe limitation due to network incompatibility. The Huawei E5885LS-93a seems to be more open for global travel. It covers the main frequency bands in all the areas.

The Nighthawk M1 could support maximum users up to 20 while Huawei E5885 mobile hotspot supports up to 32 users. The Ethernet port in Huawei E5885 is for WAN and LAN but the port in Netgear M1 is only for LAN, which may not be as good as expected for the Ethernet. The Huawei E5885 has a large battery capacity of 6400mAh while Netgear MR100 has around 5040 mAh battery; however, the removable battery of Nighthawk M1 seems better than Huawei E5885 built-in battery. The missing of antenna connector in Huawei E5885 is also criticized while the Netgear M1 has two connectors for external 4G antenna, which is very useful if using the device in weak signal areas. Per the feedback from the users of Nighthawk M1, it’s the best 4G router with Ethernet. However, the advanced Nighthawk M1 price is more expensive, so if you would buy Nighthawk M1, the price is an important concern.

Five Huawei Mobile Hotspots with Ethernet Port to Recommend

A few years ago, Huawei presented its first mobile 3G router with Ethernet port Huawei E5151 (In China, it’s called Huawei E5 LAN). Now many mobile hotspots with Ethernet connection are available from many vendors. Today, we would like to review five Huawei mobile hotspots with Ethernet port, including Huawei 3G mobile WiFi hotspot with Ethernet port and Huawei 4G Mobile Hotspots with Ethernet Port.

Huawei E5885

Why people need a 3G/4G hotspot with Ethernet port?

Usually, many people use 3G mobile hotspots or 4G mobile hotspots on the go. The mobile hotspots usually have a SIM card slot, so that users can connect to the hotspot wirelessly. However, if the SIM card signal is not available or only Ethernet connection is available, it’s the show time for the mobile hotspot with Ethernet port. And the business people or somebody who usually travel overseas may face this trouble. In this situation, you may need a 3G/4G LTE hotspot with Ethernet port.

 

Best Seller – Huawei 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot with Ethernet Port

  1. Huawei E5885 (Also named Huawei Mobile WiFi Pro 2)
  2. Huawei E5770 (Also named Huawei Mobile WiFi Pro)
  3. Huawei E5730
  4. Huawei E5351
  5. Huawei E5151
Huawei E5770 in black and Huawei E5730 in white

From the name, you may don’t know what the difference is between the five mobile hotspots with Ethernet port. The Huawei E5885 and E5770 are two 4G mobile hotspots with Ethernet port while the rest three models(E5730, E5351 and E5151) are 3G mobile hotspots. We make the table below about the specs and features of the five mobile routers for your reference. Let’s see the Huawei 4G mobile hotspots with Ethernet port:

Huawei 4G Mobile Hotspot with Ethernet Port

Model Huawei E5885 Huawei E5770
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.4
Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * FDD-LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/19/20/28
* TDD-LTE: Band 38/40/41/42
Band 1/3/5/7/8/20/38
Supported 3G frequency bands B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19 850/900/1900/2100MHz
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Max support users 32 users 11 users
MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No connector No connector
Ethernet Port Single WAN/LAN port(RJ-45) Single WAN/LAN port(RJ-45)
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Non-removable, 6400mAh Non-removable, 5200mAh
Dimensions  112.00 x 69.20 x 23.00mm 106.0 mm × 68.4 mm × 22.5 mm
USB port Input & Output Input & Output
Datasheet Huawei E5885 Datasheet Huawei E5770 Datasheet
User Manual Huawei E5885 Manual Huawei E5770 Manual
Supported Carriers AT&T, T-mobile, Verizon, Rogers, Telus, Telstra,  Vodafone, Orange, Airtel, MTC, MTN, Vodacom etc.. Including other carriers in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Aisa. Mainly for Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, not working well in American areas on 4G/LTE
Review Huawei E5885 Review Huawei E5770 Review
Price/USD 299.00USD 229.00
Huawei E5351

And below is the Huawei 3G Mobile Hotspot with Ethernet Port:

Huawei 3G Mobile Hotspot with Ethernet Port

Model Huawei E5730 Huawei E5351 Huawei E5151
Product type 3G Mobile Hotspot 3G Mobile Hotspot 3G Mobile Hotspot
Data rates DL 42Mbps/UL 5.76Mbps DL 42Mbps/UL 5.76Mbps DL 21Mbps/UL 5.76Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands n/a n/a n/a
Supported 3G frequency bands 900/2100MHz 900/2100MHz 900/2100MHz
WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Max support users 10 users 10 users 10 users
MIMO n/a n/a n/a
Connector for external antenna No connector No connector No connector
Ethernet Port Single WAN/LAN port(RJ-45) Single WAN/LAN port(RJ-45) Single WAN/LAN port(RJ-45)
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM type Standard SIM Standard SIM Standard SIM
Battery Non-removable, 5200mAh Removable, 1500mAh Removable, 1500mAh
Dimensions 99.0mm×66.3mm×22.5mm 92.8mm x 63.5mm x 16.3mm 92.8mm x 63.5mm x 16.3mm
USB port Input & Output Input Input
Datasheet Huawei E5730 Datasheet Huawei E5351 Datasheet Huawei E5151 Datasheet
User Manual Huawei E5730 Manual Huawei E5351 Manual Huawei E5151 Manual
Supported Carriers Mainly for Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, not working well in American areas on 4G/LTE Mainly for Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, not working well in American areas on 4G/LTE Mainly for Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, not working well in American areas on 4G/LTE
Review Huawei E5730 Review Huawei E5351 Review Huawei E5151 Review
Price/USD 148.00 139.00 139.00
HUAWEI E5151 Ethernet port
Huawei E5151

They are the best sellers of Huawei Mobile Hotspots with Ethernet port. The Ethernet Port in the devices is for WAN & LAN. Here now, there are many mobile hotspots with Ethernet from other manufacturers, but some of them are only for LAN, not for WAN, which means you can only connect to the network via 4G SIM card. You cannot connect to WLAN network via Ethernet port.

 

The above mobile hotspots with Ethernet port support LTE to LTE-A networks, and 3G mobile hotspots available. You may find one for yourself if you have demand for such functions. And we have to mention that the large battery capacity in the Huawei E5885, E5770, and E5730, which can also charge other devices such as smartphones, gadgets etc…This could also be praised for the practical function.