Netgear Aircard 810s VS Huawei E5787 MiFi

Netgear 4G mobile routers are very well-known worldwide due to the stable performance and practical functions, and it’s always leading the development direction of the 4G LTE mobile broadband. If you know the Netgear Aircard 790s, you may know it’s the world’s first LTE mobile hotspot with a touchscreen. Now the upgraded model Aircard 810s becomes the best seller for LTE-A networks. As the aggressive competitor, Huawei follows the steps of Netgear. Huawei released its first LTE mobile router with a touchscreen: Huawei E5787 (also named Huawei Mobile WiFi Touch). And now the market proves the Huawei E5787 also becomes the best seller of Huawei LTE hotspot with a touchscreen. Someone may ask: What’s the difference between Huawei E5787 and Netgear Aircard 810s? Which one is better? You will find one answer in this article.

Huawei E5787 VS Netgear Aircard 810s Appearance and Interface

The Huawei E5787 and Netgear Aircard 810s both have a touchscreen in the middle of the front. Netgear aircard 810 has a Home button and Back button at the side of the screen. However, the Huawei E5787 doesn’t have the button. Only Huawei logo is below the screen. They have the same features on the appearance: the power button is at the top edge side of the router, on the opposite side, two TS-9 connectors for external antennas are available, and they both have USB 3.0 interface. The difference is the Huawei E5787 antenna connectors located together while the Aircard 810s antenna connectors are located separately, the USB 3.0 interface is in the middle of the two connectors.

The battery of Netgear AC810s and Huawei E5787 could be removed for exchange, and they both use Micro SIM card. However, they both don’t have the slot for Micro SD storage card. Huawei E5787 has a special design: one corner of the body has a port to tie a rope so that you can hold the rope to keep the Huawei E5787 device.


Netgear AC810S VS Huawei E5787 Specs and Variant models

From the appearance and interfaces, we can see the design of the Huawei E5787 and Aircard 810s is very similar, especially when they are both in black color. The Huawei E5787 has other colors available in the market, such as Glod, White, Brown etc… Like other Huawei 4G Mobile WiFi Hotspots, Huawei E5787 also has many variant models: Huawei E5787s-33a, Huawei E5787Ph-67a, and Huawei E5787Ph-92a. Similarly, the Aircard 810s has two variant models: one for Telstra and the other for Europe. Then let’s review the Huawei E5787 specs and Aircard 810s specs for more comparison:

Model Huawei E5787 Netgear Aircard 810s
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.11
Chipset  HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon X12
Data rates DL 1Gbps/UL 100Mbps DL 600Mbps/UL 100Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * Huawei E5787s-33a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/20/38/40/41
* Huawei E5787Ph-67a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/20/38/40/41
B1, B3, B7, B8, B28
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 10 users 15 users
MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei E5787 external Antenna Aircard 810s External Antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Netgear Aircard APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery 3000mAh 2930 mAh
Dimensions 109.00 x 58.00 x 7.50mm 112 x 68.6 x 15.45mm
Ethernet Port No No
Datasheet download Huawei E5787 Datasheet Netgear AC810S Datasheet
User Manual Huawei E5787 Manual Telstra 4GX Advanced III Manual
Other features 2 band CA 3 band CA
Reviews Huawei E5787 Review Netgear Aircard 810s review
Price 299.00USD 229.00USD


From the specs, we can see the Aircard 810s is more advanced than the Huawei E5787 because the Netgear 810S could support maximum downloads speed up to 600mbps while the E5787 support peak downlink speed to 300Mbps. The Aircard 810s can achieve twice faster speed than that of E5787. It’s probably because of the Qualcomm chipset with more advanced technologies. And Netgear Aircard 810s supports more WiFi users to 15 while Huawei E5787 4G+ supports only 10 users. However, the Huawei E5787 has more variant models, which means the sub-models could work well with more LTE network providers. The unlocked version would travel globally freely.


The amazing thing is that the more advanced mobile hotspot Netgear Aircard 810s has a better price than that of Huawei E5787. With more powerful function and better price, if you would buy a 4G pocket WiFi router for global use, the Aircard 810s would be the better option than Huawei E5787.

Difference between Netgear Aircard 810s/790s and Huawei E5787

As Huawei’s first 4G mobile hotspot with touch screen, Huawei E5787 had attracts customers’ eyes when it’s presented to public. Now the Huawei E5787 had already been available for many network providers in Middle East areas. However, if you had used Netgear 4G Aircards such as Netgear Aircards 790s or 810s, you may the touch screen feature on a LTE mobile hotspot is not a new feature.

On the screen point, Huawei is following the Netgear’s steps. With the touch screen and easy operation, Netgear Aircard 4G hotspots had gained good reputation from many customers. Here comes the questions: what’s the difference between Huawei E5787 and Netgear 4G Aircard(790s & 810s)? In this article, we will have a look at the difference between them.



The three 4G mobile hotspots are all in rectangle shape and have a 2.4 inch touch screen on the middle of the front. As we mentioned before, user can operate the device throigh the touch screen. Users can do simple setup without having to log in the web management page. This is also the selling point for them.

The Netgear 810s and 790s have a “home” and “back” button at the right side of the screen while the Huawei E5787 doesn’t have such button. They all have two connectors for external LTE antenna, which is important if the device is used at places with weak signal. The connector type is TS-9. The external LTE antenna can improve the network speed.


Technical Specifications


Huawei E5787 uses Huawei own Hisilicon LTE cat.6 chipset. The Netgear Aircards 790s and 810s both use Qualcomm LTE chipset like the predecessors, but they use different chipset model, Aircard 790s is based on Qualcomm MDM9230 and Aircard 810s is on Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem.

With LTE cat.6 chipset platform, Huawei E5787 and Netgear 790s are same level products; both could support peak download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps on LTE network. Netgear aircard 810s is on a higher level to LTE cat11 and supporting downlink to 600Mbps, which is almost double of the speed from the E5787 and 790s. And aircard 810s is more advanced with support of 3 band carrier aggregation(CA) while the other two only support dual-band CA.


Perhaps Netgear 810s is targeted on top terminals, the 2G GSM network is not supported and only 3G UMTS/DC-HSPA+ is backward compatible. Both Netgear 790s and Huawei E5787 can switch to 3G UMTS/DC-HSPA+ or 2G GSM/GPRS network when LTE network is not available. Regarding the supported 4G LTE/3G/2G network frequency bands, it depends on the specific model.


The Aircard 810s and Huawei E5787 both support latest WLAN standards ac, but Aircard 790s missed the ac. But they are all with 2 x 2 MIMO technology. The Netgear Aircard 790s and 810S could both support up to 15 wireless devices to access internet while Huawei E5787 only support 10 users.

Battery and SIM card

Unlike Huawei E5786, the Netgear Aircard 790s & 810s and Huawei E5787 are with removable battery. The Netgear 790s and 810s both have the battery of same capacity to 2930mAh; Huawei E5787 has larger battery to 3000mAh. The two Netgear Aircards has the SIM slot for Micro SIM while the Huawei E5787 uses Mini SIM.


Regarding the performance of the network connection, we will do the test later and show full report accordingly.