In 2020, Alcatel offers a 4G LTE router HH71, which also bears the name “LINKHUB LTE cat7 Home Station” and it has been sold at congstar since March 2020 as a “Homespot” LTE router together with the Homespot tariffs. The Alcatel 4G Router connects up to 32 devices to the LTE cellular network via WiFi.
|Alcatel LinkHub HH71 Router Specifications|
|Manufacturer and type designation:||Alcatel HH71|
|LTE category:||Cat. 7|
|Download rate up to:||300 Mbit/s|
|Upload rate up to:||150 Mbit/s|
|Supported LTE bands:||700, 800, 900, 1800, 1500,2100, 2600 MHz|
|Downward compatible with:||UMTS/GSM|
|Support from LTE-Advanced:||Yes|
|Connection for external antenna:||yes, TS-9 Connector(Buy Alcatel HH71 Antenna)|
|With integrated telephone system:||No; only model HH71V1|
|Connection for ISDN telephones:||–|
|Connection for analog telephones:||no, (only HH71V1)|
|integrated answering machine:||No|
|Network | LAN & WLAN|
|LAN ports:||yes, 1 port|
|WLAN standards:||IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 + 5 GHz|
|5 GHz WLAN support:||Yes|
|Encryption:||WEP, WPA, WPA2|
|WiFi hotspot function:||yes, up to 32 devices|
|Dimension:||145 x 100 x 89.3 mm|
|Memory card extension:||No|
|Release:||1st quarter 2020|
|Manual as PDF||»Currently not available|
Speed up to 300 Mbit/s
Theoretically, the Alcatel HH71 supports download rates of up to 300 Mbit/s. Uploading via the mobile data network is possible at a speed of up to 100 Mbit/s. However, as with all devices of this type, these are only theoretical values.
Technically, the Alcatel HH71 supports LTE Cat 7 and the LTE bands 700, 800, 900, 1800, 1500, 2100 and 2600 MHz. Reception can be improved by connecting up to two external LTE antennas (TS-9 connector). The prerequisite for reception is that a 4G SIM card is inserted.
WLAN for at home
The name “LINKHUB LTE cat7 Home Station” already shows that the Alcatel HH71 router is primarily intended for use at home. It can be used wherever there is no broadband connection and the Internet is to be supplied via the LTE cellular network. It also fits that the 4G LTE WiFi router has no integrated battery, so it is always dependent on a socket nearby. The Alcatel HH71 is therefore not a mobile router that can be used anywhere as a WLAN hotspot. Instead, it opens up a WiFi connection at home. It supports IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with the two frequencies 2.4 and 5 GHz. Up to 32 devices such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, laptops and more can connect wirelessly to the LTE router. The multi-antenna technology 2 × 2 MIMO ensures a stable connection and good reception. There is also a LAN port that can theoretically be expanded via a hub. It also has an RJ11 port for connecting a telephone. However, some variant models may has not the telephone port.
Visually, the rounded Alcatel HH71, which is only available in white, is simple. The connections already mentioned are located on the back. At the front there are four status LEDs arranged vertically one above the other for power, WiFi, network and signal. With dimensions of 145 x 100 x 89 mm, it doesn’t take up much space either. The weight is 325 g for the HH71VM and 330 g for the HH71V1. However, it does not play a decisive role in a device designed for domestic use.
Inside the Alcatel HH71 is the Qualcomm MDM9240-1 platform. It is supported by 2 GB of RAM and 2 GB of ROM. Alcatel offers its own app for setup and administration. Among other things, they can be used to view the status of the connection and the connected devices, change the SSID and password and much more.
Many other manufacturers already presented many 4G LTE WiFi routers to the market, such as Huawei B528, Huawei B618, Huawei B525, Huawei E5186, ZTE MF286, ZTE MF275R, ZTE MF288 etc…Their functions are very similar, the main difference is on the appearance and design. Some of them may have better price.