After a long time, Vodafone introduced a new LTE Surfstick again since early 2016 in its product range: the K5160 or also called “Connect USB Speed 6“. However, the LTE-Advanced is not supported. You can see more details specifications in below blank:
LTE features and characteristics of Vodafone K5160
|Manufacturer and model||Huawei E3372s-153|
|Download rate up||150 MBit/s|
|Upload rate up||50 Mbit/s|
|Supported LTE bands||LTE800, LTE900, LTE1800, LTE2100, LTE 2600|
|Backward compatible with:||DC-HSPA+, UMTS, GSM frequencies (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz)|
|MIMO Support:||MIMO 2×2|
|External Antenna||Yes; 2 aerial sockets type CRC 9 available(Buy Vodafone K5160 Indoor antenna or Vodafone K5160 Outdoor antenna)|
|LTE Category:||LTE modem of Category 4 (CAT4)|
|chipset||HiSilicon Balong 711M|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||88 x 28 x 11.5 mm at 35 grams|
|USB standard||USB 2.0|
|Memory card expansion||Yes; MicroSD up to 32 GB|
|Supported Operating Systems||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Mac OS (from 10.7)|
|Quick Start Guide Vodafone||” Quick Start Guide Vodafone (PDF)|
|manual PDF||not yet available online|
LTE CAT4 stick
For a long time, Vodafone only has the predecessor Vodafone K5150 for sale, which are already LTE category 4 dominated. With the new K5160 Stick, Vodafone operates more facelift, but LTE CAT6 is still in vain. With LTE Cat6, up to 225 Mbps could be reached. But we can only achieve with a CAT6-device, which so far only the Vodafone R226 offers.
From the basic information here, the Vodafone K5160 is similar to Telekom Speed Stick 5. Since Vodafone unfortunately does not specify, it is strongly expected that it also is a E3372s-153 from Huawei. Therefore be supported at least 5 LTE frequency bands – LTE800 more specifically, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz. In particular, the former and the latter is essential for Vodafone customers. In addition, the 4G Stick naturally offers backward compatibility with GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA and HSPA+ networks. Thus, surfing the 3G network, after all, also up to 42 Mbps fast.
The “Connect USB speed 6” (K5160) has 2 ports for operation with an external LTE antenna . As jack comes Type CRC-9 used. MIMO 2 × 2 is also supported accordingly. You can get the indoor and outdoor antenna for Vodafone K5160 from the above link in the blank.
Installation and App
The key installed during initial operation on your computer, the “Vodafone Mobile Broadband App” (VMB). Here the settings can be made and users can request information for the connection, such as connection time spent, surfing volume etc. User can download the app from the Windows Store for Windows 8 & 10.
Amazingly, the Vodafone K5160 is not directly offered. If you like this 4G LTE Stick, you can get unlocked Vodafone K5160 from www.4gltemall.com . Actually, if you don’t need the customized version from Vodafone, you can directly get the Huawei E3372s-153, which has all the features of Vodafone Connect USB Speed 6. The difference between them is the logo and customized firmware for Vodafone. Other functions are completely the same.