Vodafone ZTE K5006Z 4G LTE USB Surfstick

Vodafone offers a new LTE Stick for the in house mobile LTE solution. The stick K5006-Z comes from the Chinese manufacturer ZTE and very similar to the K5005, which came from the manufacturer Huawei. Here you will find the most important features of K5006Z.


Features and Specifications of the Vodafone ZTE K5006 surfstick

Manufacturer and type designation

K5006-Z (ZTE) USB Modem

Download to rate

100 MBit/s

Upload to rate

50 Mbit/s

supported LTE bands

LTE Band 3/7/20 (800/1800/2600MHz)

backward compatible with:

DC-HSPA +, UMTS, GSM frequencies (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz)

MIMO Support:

MIMO 2×2

Connector for external antenna

yes, 2 antenna jacks TS-9

LTE category:

LTE Category 3 (3GPP Release 8) modem


Qualcomm MDM9200



90 mm x 27 mm x 18 mm, 30 grams

USB standard

USB 2.0

Memory card expansion

Yes, MicroSD up to 32 GB

Compatible Operating Systems

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS (10.4)

Specs PDF

Vodafone K5006Z ZTE 4G LTE Stick Specifications


Network Bands


The new model Vodafone K5006Z supports all relevant Web standards. In LTE, it could work on  LTE 800MHz and LTE 2600MHz. In the latter case theoretical maximum download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and 50 Mbps in upload are possible. If LTE is not available, the stick could switch on UMTS and HSPA (DC-HSPA+). The quad-band operation for four GSM frequencies 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz is provided. Even abroad, the stick should almost always provide good reception.



Optics and other features


The panel is held in the Vodafone typical design, so setting with red border. However, compared to the K5005, the sequel looks a bit clumsy and not quite as elegant. But that is a matter of taste and a score is up to you. Same with almost all surf sticks, the dongle K5006 with an additional memory card to USB memory can be upgraded. For this purpose, the device offers a MicroSD slot. Corresponding maps are mostly cheaper than USB flash drives with the same storage capacity.


Under adverse reception conditions, high speed could reach by one or two TS9 connector (MIMO) antennas plug it. Just outside of urban areas, this can be very helpful, such as in tourist areas. Also noticeable is the lower weight. Instead of 40 grams (K5005), it weighs 10 grams less. With 90 x 27 x 18 mm, it is also slightly narrower and deeper dimensions.




Those who still does not have a LTE Stick, the 4G LTE Surfstick K5006-Z is considerable. And there are unlocked Vodafone K5006Z to use any SIM card, just one pay for the dongle and never limited to any contract. For those who have the predecessor, the newer, the better.




A completely ordinary stick, which brings all you need for the high speed data rates needs.



Why HUAWEI E398u-11 4G LTE FDD USB modem is Hot?

Here now, many customers are looking for Huawei E398 4G LTE FDD USB modem, the accurate model number is Huawei E398u-11. However, due to the supply shortage, many customers have to wait for the new stock arrival, and they would never will to change other similar modems. Then someone may ask: why Huawei E398u-11 is hot in the market?



Usually, the frequency band that a 4G USB modem could support is important for user to choose and decide whether it is appropriate for specific areas or countries. Let’s have a look at the frequency band that Huawei E398u-11could support, it works with 4G LTE FDD 1800/2100/2600 MHz.



The FDD band 2600 MHz is the common band for FDD, and band 1800MHz is the most popular band, so there are many 4G USB dongle could support them. They are not the focus from customer, then the Band 2100MHz is the focus from customer, because comparing with the previous two bands, few modems are available on the market to support this band.



Another factor is also important for users: the external antenna connector. And there should be two antenna connectors available in the modem. Actually, Huawei E398u-18 also support band 2100 MHz, but most customers don’t change to E398u-18 because there is only one external antenna connector. The single pigtail can’t finish the task for MIMO connection.



The third factor is that Huawei brand. As the most professional vendor for USB modem, Huawei is always the most trustful brand not only for 3G USB dongle, but also on 4G LTE Surfstick.




Now that Huawei E398u-11 is in shortage, which 4G modem would be alternative foe replacement? Below are the some models for consideration:



Huawei E392u-6:

– 4G LTE bands: FDD 2600/2100/1800/900Mhz

– 3G UMTS: 900/2100Mhz

– Two external antenna connector



Sierra Wireless AirCard 320u:

– LTE 1800/2600 MHz
– WCDMA 850/900/2100 MHz

– Two external antenna connector


ZTE MF820:

– LTE-FDD 1800/2100/2600Mhz

– 3G UMTS 900/2100Mhz

– No external antenna connector


So if you can’t wait and urgent for project, the above three models could be taken into consideration or replacement.



Test Report on HUAWEI E392 Multimode 4G LTE USB modem

Previously, LTE sticks always available with branding and software of the large mobile operators Vodafone, O2 and Telekom. These sticks are printed externally with a logo of the network operator and the preinstalled software can often allow only certain SIM cards into the slot. Nowadays, Huawei E392 4G LTE Surf stick on the market can easily be used with any carrier and not tailored to a particular provider.

HUAWEI E392 4G LTE Multi-mode Data Card


The First Impression

The scope of delivery is only a small strap and some instructions. The wrist strap is also attached to the stick and on the cover for the USB port, thus preventing that the cover is lost. Overall looking, the Huawei E392 4G LTE Modem has quite large and bulky for a surf stick, which is certainly the fact that the USB port is not rotatable.

HUAWEI E392 4G LTE Multi-mode Data Card
HUAWEI E392 4G LTE Multi-mode Data Card

The Huawei E392 can be run on both Windows and Mac OS X. After you have inserted the SIM card and the flash drive connected to the computer, the connection software to install. Installation takes usually only a few minutes, then the LTE stick can be used immediately. If the PIN protection is enabled SIM card, you will be prompted to enter the PIN. Other settings do not normally need to be made, the connection software detects the inserted SIM card and automatically configures the matching connection parameters. If there are two different APNs with a provider, you can select them before joining in a dropdown menu. By clicking on the “Connect” the Internet connection is established – the Huawei E392 will select the fastest available network.


HUAWEI E392 4G LTE Multi-mode Data Card
HUAWEI E392 4G LTE Multi-mode Data Card

Under the LTE network, HUAWEI E392 could reach speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s download  and the upload speed up to 50 MBit/s. Huawei E392 is not only suitable for all German LTE networks, but also in other countries, such as in Scandinavia and in Australia. When the stick is used in the UMTS network, based DC-HSPA + the speed could reach up to 43.2 Mbit/s- provided at the current location, this speed is also supported. In my test, I was able to achieve in the download about 52 Mbit/s in the Vodafone LTE network in the UMTS network of Telekom there were at least another 30 Mbit/s The high data rates are not only marketing, but with matching fare quite well in practice achievable.


HUAWEI E392 4G LTE Multi-mode Data Card
HUAWEI E392 4G LTE Multi-mode Data Card


The reception of the Huawei E392 is not quite as good as that of the Vodafone K5005 (or Vodafone K5006 ) or by Telekom Speed Stick LTE Telekom. while the telecom Speed Stick LTE 4G connection is possible, it shows the Huawei E392 3G networks only as available. In my experience, this is also due to the Huawei E392 can’t be rotated into a vertical position where the reception is usually a bit better. If you live in an under-served area, it is advisable to use an external antenna. For it provides the LTE stick two connections for two separate external antennas or MIMO antenna with two antenna connectors – depending on use case.


HUAWEI E392 4G LTE Multi-mode Data Card
HUAWEI E392 4G LTE Multi-mode Data Card



Finally, we can see that the Huawei E392 definitely a good LTE stick. Especially for global travelers, HUAWEI E392 could support all major bands and frequencies; it’s a good companion to go all over the world. The preinstalled software can convince with easy operation and quick setup. Unlocked HUAWEI E392 4G LTE modem is a good gadget a enjoy 4G network. Or alternatively, it can keep fast connection under 3g network. Equipped with an alternative connection software, it is also possible to use the Vodafone K5005 with all network operators.

ZTE MF823 4G LTE Surfstick–World’s Smallest 4G LTE Datacard

ZTE Corporation (ZTE), ein börsennotiertes globaler Anbieter von Telekommunikationsanlagen, Netzwerk-Lösungen und mobile Geräte, hat die Markteinführung des ZTE MF823, die “weltweit kleinste” 4G LTE Datenkarte angekündigt.
Mit Fahrer-free-Funktionen bietet das ZTE MF823 Verbraucher schnell und einfach Internet-Konnektivität. Es verwendet Qualcomm der zweiten Generation LTE Chip-Plattform und ist nur 13mm dick, fast ein Drittel der Größe der ersten Generation LTE Datenkarte und ist damit der weltweit kleinste LTE Datenkarte.
Die ZTE MF823 hat eine Web UI Betrieb, unterstützt IPv6 und ist kompatibel mit Win8/XP/Mac und allen gängigen Betriebssystemen. Es unterstützt LTE-FDD DL / UL 100/50Mbps, UMTS-HSPA +: DL / UL 42/5.76Mbps und GPRS / GSM Abwärtskompatibilität Verbrauchern zu ermöglichen, Highspeed-Internetzugang genießen, wo sie ohne die Notwendigkeit für eine Festnetz Internet verbinden oder öffentlichen WiFi-Hotspot.
Der durchschnittliche Stromverbrauch des MF823 wurde ebenfalls stark gegenüber dem Verbrauch der ersten Generation LTE Datenkarte reduziert, sondern nutzt ein Drittel weniger Strom. Es hat strahlenden Eigenschaften verbessert und mit der niedrigsten Betriebstemperatur in der Branche wird es nicht fühlen sich auch nach langer Zeit der Benutzung heiß.
Die MF823 wurde im Hinblick auf die hohe Bandbreite, niedrige Verzögerung und hohe Übertragungsgeschwindigkeit (um das Ablegen von Daten-und Sprachkommunikation zu reduzieren) optimiert, um sicherzustellen, dass Benutzer können eine neue Generation von mobilen hoher Bandbreite Internet-Zugang genießen.

Die ZTE MF823 hat bereits in Kasachstan gestartet worden und wird in Kürze in Europa und im asiatisch-pazifischen Raum.
Seit 2008 ZTE hat R & D und Investitionen auf LTE Terminal-Produkte fokussiert und hat bereits eine Reihe von LTE-Terminal Kerntechnologie-Patente erhalten. Früher in diesem Jahr ZTE startete der weltweit erste Multi-Standard-USB-Modem, das MF820 und UFI, der MF91. ZTE war auch das erste China Festland Anbieter, der eine 4G LTE Smartphone, das Grand X LTE (T82) zu starten. Derzeit ZTE verfügt über sieben Prozent der 4G LTE grundlegenden Patente unter den globalen Telekommunikations-Anbieter.