Vodafone GigaCube 5G – Vodafone First 5G Router

Two months ago, Vodafone released its first wireless router that is compatible with the new mobile communications standard 5G. The new 5G wireless router converts the mobile Internet access into a WLAN hotspot, so that several smartphones, tablets and notebooks can connect with an Internet access. Like the predecessors Vodafone GigaCube and Gigacube Cat19, the manufacturer of the 5G router is also Huawei. The model is officially called Huawei 5G CPE Pro but for Vodafone under the name Vodafone GigaCube 5G.

 

According to Vodafone official sayings, data transmission rates of up to 2Gbps could be achieved in the 5G mobile network. This concerns the LTE access, over which most customers will initially be predominantly online, especially as 5G availability is still severely limited. The network operator does not reveal how fast users can surf via 5G. A footnote simply states that you can “surf faster” in the first 5G radio cells. Within the home network scores the bolide by using the WiFi-6 technology. This achieves data transfer rates of up to 4.8 GBit/s.

 

At the heart of the Vodafone GigaCube 5G is the Balong 5000 chipset, which is also used in the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G as a multi-mode modem. If the 5G network is not available, customers can also use the LTE, UMTS and GSM network for Internet access with the Vodafone 5G router.

Vodafone offers the 5G router along with the well-known GigaCube tariffs. “With speeds reaching up to 1Gbps,” said Vodafone at launch, “customers are able to access super-fast speeds and reliable Wi-Fi quickly. GigaCube is ideal for those waiting for their home or business broadband, who need a connection for a second home or who have a home office.”

 

It added: “The GigaCube can connect up to 64 devices at any one time and has a wifi range of 90 meters. Thanks to the low latency of 5G, this solution is perfect for small businesses who have multiple employees streaming or downloading at the same time. It is also particularly useful for businesses that don’t have a fixed location, or students and house shares.”

 

Here you can see the general Vodafone 5G GigaCube Specs:

 

  • Network:5G/LTE
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Balong 5000
  • Wi-Fi:11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax; 802.11 n22*2 MIMO for 2.4GHz and 02.11ax4*4MIMO for 5GHz
  • Ethernet Ports:2 x GE LAN (inc. 1 LAN/WAN)
  • Memory:4GB NANDFlash/8GB DDR4
  • External antenna port:2 x Ext. antenna ports (TS-9)(Buy Vodafone GigaCube 5G External Antenna)
  • SIM port:1 x NANO USIM card slot
  • Device model:Huawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-370)
  • Dimensions:99mm x 107mm x 215mm

 

You can also check the Vodafone GigaCube 5G Router Review here: https://www.4gltemall.com/blog/vodafone-gigacube-5g-router-h112-370-review/

Vodafone GigaCube 5G Router H112-370 Review

Vodafone is the first operator in Germany to provide 5G service. To help users enjoy 5G service, Vodafone also presented the 5G data tariff with a compatible 5G router, which is named “Gigacube 5G”. We show what the super router can do, what advantages and weaknesses there are in this blog. Of course there is also a comparison to the previous model (Huawei B818 = Vodafone GigaCube Cat19) and saving tips for interested parties.

 

Vodafone Gigacube 5G Specs and Features
Manufacturer and device name Huawei CPE 5G Pro (H112-370) = Gigacube 5G
Supported mobile standards 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
5G network modes Non standalone & stand alone
chipset Huawei Balong 5000
Maximum 5G data rate 2.8 GBit/s Down & 150 MBit/s Up according to Vodafone
5G frequencies 5G band n78
mmWave frequencies no, only the H112-372 still supported n41 / n77 / n79(more about difference between Huawei H112-370 and H112-372)
LTE frequencies 700, 800, 900, 1500, 1800, 2100,  2600, 3500 MHz
External 5G antenna can be connected yes, 2 x TS9 ports
WLAN Features (LAN & WiFi)
WLAN standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and ax(up to Wifi 6)
Maximum gross data rate with WLAN 5100 Mbps
Supported WLAN bands 2.4 and 5 GHz, 6 Wifi antennas
WLAN guest access can be installed Yes
WLAN encryption standards WPA, WPA2, WPS
Gigabit LAN yes, 2 ports
WAN port No
Telephone
Telephone Support No
Other features
IPv6 support; Dual stack Yes / Yes
NAS capable No
SIM form factor Nano SIM
Power consumption approx. <24 watts
Suitable for IPTV Yes
Can be used as a media server no, no USB
USB ports on the back No
Battery for self-sufficient operation No
Dimension and weight 99 mm x 107 mm x 215 mm and 765 grams
Files to download
Datasheet for download (PDF) not yet available online
Manual for download (PDF) not yet available online
Available »https://www.4gltemall.com/

 

 

First 5G router in Germany

The Gigacube 5G was the first 5G Router widely available in Germany, although shortly before another network provider in Germany Telekom presented a 5G gateway named HTC 5G Hub.

 

From a purely visual point of view, it looks similar to the predecessor model called “Gigacube CAT19” at first glance. Instead of the Vodafone logo emblazoned on the front now, the Huawei logo, which is actually atypical for the routers from Vodafone. In addition, the striking big “5G” was stamped on the top. Also, the number of LEDs in the front has been greatly reduced from 8 to 3 pieces.

 

Data rate, models and 5G SoC

The Vodafone 5G Router is actually the “H112-370” model from Huawei. There is, of course, another version called “H112-372“, which differs in terms of Wifi and 5G/LTE equipment. At the heart of the Gigacube 5G is the Balong 5000 chipset, which was introduced in January 2019, The SoC in itself dominated some features, such as 5G in the mmwave area, but which were obviously disabled in part in the firmware. There are also various specifications for the maximum possible data rate. While Huawei speaks of a 5G transmission rate of 2.33 GBit/s in the download and 1.25 GBit/s in the upload, Vodafone gives 2.8 GBit/s (down) and 150 MBit/s (up).

 

Frequencies for 4G & 5G

The newest version controls all nationally and internationally relevant bands. Vodafone GigaCube 5G supports LTE FDD Band 700/800/900/1500/1800/2100 and 2600 MHz. In addition, the TDD band 3500 MHz is supported. At 5G, unfortunately, only one band is supported, the so-called n78 band which includes frequencies from 3.3 to 3.8 GHz. So it could be problematic if other bands are released in the future. If you want to use the 5G router supporting more 5G frequency bands, you may check the Huawei CPE 5G PRO H112-372 which supports additional 5G at n41, n77 and n79.

Connections & WLAN

On the back there are two Gigabit LAN ports, as well as a telephone connection. It describes how to connect a telephone anyway. It is also negative that the 5G model no longer has a USB port. The use as a media server is therefore not possible.

 

The Wifi module, on the other hand, is state of the art and comes with Wifi 6. This refers to the standard 802.11ax, which again promises significantly more data rate than the best ever ac standard. This means a maximum gross data rate of 11 GBit/s. In total, up to 32 users can be supplied with WLAN.

Heavier than the previous models

Conspicuously, the newest router has again increased significantly in weight. While the first model of 2017 still came with a slim 366 grams, the Gigacube CAT19 from the beginning of 2019 already weighed 620 grams. The Gigacube 5G brings it now to stately 765 grams on the scales and has thus more than doubled to the first version.

 

Antenna connections for better reception

Fortunately, Huawei has continued to build two TS-9 ports in the router 5G Huawei, which can be connected to two antennas to improve reception if required for both LTE and 5G reception optimization. Although the internal antennas already do excellent work, but especially in remote regions or in difficult conditions, additional antennas are often absolutely necessary.

 

Other features and innovations

By the way, the 5G router only holds Nano-SIM cards. The predecessors were all still designed for micro SIMs. By the way, Vodafone has by default disabled the PIN on SIM cards. Optionally, this can be set on the router again. The Gigacube 5G also supports Huawei VPN tunnel/VPN penetration, IP penetration, IPv6 and IPv6 dual stack and multi-APN.

 

 

Differences to the predecessor Huawei B818

The following table summarizes again the most important differences to the predecessor model Vodafone GigaCube Cat19.

 

Router comparison Gigacube 5G GigaCube CAT19 (2019)
Factory Model Huawei H112-370 Huawei B818-260
5G support Yes no, defies “5G ready” label
Download Speed 2.8 GBit/s 1.6 GBit/s
Upload Speed 150 Mbps 150 Mbps
LTE Category not spec. but at least CAT19 cat19
Supported LTE Bands 700, 800, 900, 1500, 1800, 2100 and 2600MHz; 3500 TDD MHz 700, 800, 900, 1500, 1800,  2100, 2600, 3500 MHz
supported bands 5G n78 none
External antenna connectors yes, TS-9 yes, TS-9
Telephone no (only via VOIP) no (only via VOIP)
LAN ports 2 x GBit 2 x GBit
Wireless Internet Access to WLAN ax (Wifi 6) to WLAN ac (Wifi 5)
Battery pack No No
Price in USD 1299.00 799.00

 

 

Huawei 5G CPE PRO H112-372 VS H112-370

Huawei 5G CPE Pro Router is now available in many countries and is very popular based on the fantastic performance for internet connection. Actually, Huawei 5G CPE Pro has two variant models now. The two models numbers are H112-372 and H112-370. Somebody may ask what the difference is between the Huawei H112-372 and H112-370 5G CPE. Please check the table below the Huawei H112-372 and H112-370 Specs comparison:

 

Huawei 5G CPE Pro Model

Model Huawei H112-372 Huawei H112-370
Chipset Balong 5000 multi-mode chip, GigaHome dual-band Wi-Fi chip Balong 5000 multi-mode chipset
Type 5G LTE Router 5G LTE Router
Network Mode NSA / SA NSA / SA
5G Speeds DL 2.33Gbps /UL 1.25Gbps DL 2.33Gbps /UL 1.25Gbps
4G/LTE Speeds DL 1.6Gbps /UL 150Mbps DL 1.6Gbps /UL 150Mbps
5G Frequency Bands n41 / n77 / n78 / n79 n78
WLAN 802.11ac/a/n 2 x 2 MIMO, and 802.11b/g/n 2 x 2 MIMO 802.11ax/ac/a/n 4 x 4 MIMO, and 802.11b/g/n 2 x 2 MIMO
WiFi Speed DBDC, 1167 Mbps DBDC, 5100 Mbps
WiFi band 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz, dual-band auto-selection 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz, dual-band auto-selection
Antenna Type Dual-band Wi-Fi antenna with four signal amplifiers Dual-band Wi-Fi antenna with six signal amplifiers
Ports One Wan / Lan GE port, one Lan GE port, one SIM card slot (Nano-SIM) One Wan / Lan GE port, one Lan GE port, one TEL port, one SIM card slot (Nano-SIM)
APP HUAWEI SmartHome App HUAWEI SmartHome App
Dimensions 99 mm x 107 mm x 215 mm 99 mm x 107 mm x 215 mm
Weight About 700 g About 700 g

 

From the table, we can see the difference between the two Huawei 5G CPE variant models.

 

Huawei Unveiled New Products at MWC 2019

At the World Mobile Congress 2019 in Barcelona, ​​HUAWEI unveiled a number of new products, including the updated flagship laptop HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, new laptops of HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14, folding 5G-smartphone HUAWEI Mate X, Huawei 5G mobile WiFi and Huawei 5G CPE Pro based on the first serial multi-mode chipset Balong 5000.

 

Flagship laptop HUAWEI MateBook X Pro

 

 

At MWC 2018, HUAWEI unveiled the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, the first laptop with a FullView screen. Today at the MWC 2019, HUAWEI presents the new improved HUAWEI MateBook X Pro. It has all the characteristics of the flagship: modern design, innovation and smart technology, high performance and versatile communications that raise the bar for the flagship laptop to a new height.

 

HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is equipped with a 13.9-inch FullView screen with a resolution of 3K Ultra and a 91% ratio of screen area and laptop case. In addition, the touch layer with the recognition of 10 simultaneous touches and the world’s first technology screenshots finger gestures provide users with a new, intuitive way to interact with your computer.

High performance HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is provided by an 8th generation Intel® Core ™ i7-8565 processor, a discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 GPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The laptop is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity modules, Thunderbolt ™ 3 high-speed port and Dolby Atmos audio system with surround sound technology.

Smart connections and cross-platform interactions between devices are the mainstream universal user experience. The new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro supports HUAWEI Share 3.0 technology with OneHop function, which not only provides a quick exchange of photos and videos between laptops and smartphones, but also recognizes characters in images, transforming them into text. Screen recording has become as simple as ever. It is enough to shake the smartphone, and on the computer screen print HUAWEI PC Share, so that the image from the laptop screen starts to be transmitted to the mobile device. HUAWEI has also developed the unique Clipboard Sharing feature that allows you to copy content on one device and paste it on another one nearby. Thus, both devices can work with one synchronized memory buffer.

 

 HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14

 

 

HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14 laptops make advanced technologies accessible to middle-income users. They combine all the qualities of a new generation of products: FullView screens, high performance, mobility, high workmanship and modern design. The devices also offer users the latest smart communication tools between their computer and mobile devices.

HUAWEI MateBook 14 has all the main features of the MateBook series: FullView screen, high workmanship, sophisticated design, and good performance.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14 are equipped with FullView screens with a convenient 3: 2 aspect ratio, thin frames and a touch layer that recognizes up to 10 simultaneous touches. Both laptops support new handy features, such as a screenshot with finger gestures that highlight the user’s personality.

HUAWEI MateBook 14 is equipped with high-performance components: Intel® Core ™ i7-8565U 8th generation processor and a discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 video card, but it does not heat up due to an efficient cooling system with special design coolers. A battery with a capacity of 57.4 W * h and energy-saving software features HUAWEI provide long battery life.

HUAWEI MateBook 13, in turn, is improving standards in screen, performance, and cross-platform connectivity among 13-inch mid-price laptops. It is also equipped with an 8th generation Intel® Core ™ i7-8565U processor, a NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 GPU discrete graphics card, and a cooling system based on HUAWEI Shark Fin Fans 2.0 coolers, which, even under heavy loads, efficiently removes heat and still work silently.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 is equipped with a FullView screen with a 3: 2 aspect ratio and a 88% screen-to-area ratio, and also with a touch layer that recognizes up to 10 simultaneous touches.

To enhance the capabilities of HUAWEI computers, developers have proposed smart means of interacting with mobile devices: HUAWEI Share 3.0 technology, which, thanks to the OneHop and Clipboard Sharing features, provides smart, fast and simple, cross-platform interaction between laptops and smartphones. Other features include finger gestures screenshot, power button with integrated fingerprint scanner, Dolby Atmos ®technology. All of them are for those who need instant connection and universal interaction of all devices, including laptops and smartphones.

 

HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro brings 5G to smart homes

 

 

Balong 5000 supports a range of 5G devices, including 5G smartphones, home broadband devices, car systems and 5G modules. Thus, it provides users with 5G communication in a variety of situations.

The HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro Router, equipped with the Balong 5000 chipset, supports 4G and 5G connections and sets new standards for wireless modems. For example, a 1 GB video clip can be downloaded in just three seconds, and 8K video is broadcast continuously, without any delay. The HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro modem can be used for super-speed broadband access not only in homes, but also in the offices of companies.

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Using the new Wi-Fi 6 technology, the HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro modem provides data rates of up to 4.8 Gbps. In addition, it is the world’s smallest consumer telecommunications device (CPE) and the world’s first 5G CPE device that supports HUAWEI HiLink protocols and translates smart homes into a 5G era.

In the coming 5G era, HUAWEI has the leading position and capabilities to implement its universal strategy. Now HUAWEI is the only manufacturer of the full range of 5G products, including chipsets, Edge-class networks and cloud services. Huawei intends to expand the capabilities of 5G communication in order to provide users with all the benefits of a truly universal “smart” life.

 

HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro – Huawei’s First Commercial 5G router

At the Mobile World Congress, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) presented the HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro, a CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) unit that provides ultra-fast broadband speeds, as well as Dual-link functions. This new Huawei 5G Router is designed to achieve more robust “zero distance” connectivity between users and connected equipment. Powered by the Balong 5000, this 5G WiFi router is a breakthrough in the extension and accessibility of 5G technology for consumers around the world.

Developer by Huawei, the Balong 5000 is the world’s first 5G multimodal chipset modem. The power of this chipset allows the HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro to be the first with support for 4G and 5G commercial applications in dual modes. It is the first chipset to have the capacity to complete industry requirements at maximum 5G download speeds. Its dual mode functions allow it to operate by default in 4G when the 5G coverage is not strong enough.

“Huawei’s dedication to its research and development has driven the advancement of technology and connectivity from the beginning, so we have made progress, as well as the leadership of the 5G sector from its early stages,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. “We started our exploration and investment in 5G technology since 2009, and that is why today we are ready to welcome the new 5G era.” We are committed to the development of intelligent systems in all sectors.”

To ensure that the demands for access to networks and consumer connectivity are met, the HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro uses fiber-like technology with speeds up to 3.2Gbps in commercial networks, to be compatible with ultra high definition visual communications, as well as powerful multimedia interactions. Additionally, the HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro uses a dedicated video channel as well as video game acceleration channel technology, which means that the performance will be the best possible even in situations of multimedia in 8K resolution or in Virtual Reality games.

The HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro sets the standards for mobile spaces, as it is compatible with Wi-Fi 6 technology, also known as 802.11ax. The Huawei WiFi Router allows next-generation Wi-Fi speeds and connectivity, and is designed to operate at the best speeds in any situation. Some extra benefits are: better data transfer speeds, greater capacity and efficiency. Thanks to all this, the HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro supports WLAN download speeds of up to 4.8Gbps, which is 15 times faster than the 300Mbps of Wi-Fi 4 technology (802.11n, 2 × 2 MIMO).

Designed to receive better signals, the HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro is the world’s first “small cross-polarized” type antenna that minimizes auto interference effectively. Thanks to its unique design of two crossed antennas, the standard anti-interference distance of 10mm between the antennas has been eliminated, reducing the size of the structure by 20%, and increasing the Wi-Fi coverage by 30%, in both directions vertical as horizontal.

 

Huawei Launched Multi-mode 5G Chipset and 5G CPE Pro Router

Huawei officially launched the multi-mode 5G chipset called Balong 5000 and was first used on the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router. The perfect combination of these two products will bring the world’s fastest wireless connection speed not only on smartphones but also for larger spaces like houses, offices and other large spaces.

Balong 5000: Start for the 5G era 

 

The Balong 5000 chipset is expected to help Huawei formally open the era for leading advanced 5G technology. In addition, the Balong 5000 chipset also provides optimal support on a range of other 5G products, such as home broadband network equipment, car-mounted devices and 5G modules. Thus, Balong 5000 will help consumers have the opportunity to experience 5G completely new in many different usage situations.

 

With a compact design (SFF) and a high level of integration, Balong 5000 supports 2G, 3G, 4G and even 5G on a single chip. This will minimize the latency and power consumption when transferring data between different modes, and significantly improve the user experience in the early stages of 5G deployment. Balong 5000 marked a big step forward for the Balong chipset series.

On the market, Balong 5000 is the first chip for download speed reaching 5G standard. In Sub-6 GHz band (low operating frequency, main frequency used for 5G), Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds up to 4.6 Gbps. In the mmWave spectrum band (high operating frequency, used for extended spectrum for 5G), Balong can achieve download speed of 6.5 Gbps – 10 times faster than the leading 4G LTE router in the current market.

 

Besides, Balong 5000 is also the first chip in the world to support both independent network architecture (SA) and non-independent (NSA). With a non-independent form, 5G network architecture is built on 4G LTE network platform. Meanwhile, the independent form, as the name suggests, will have its own architecture. Balong 5000 can flexibly meet different requirements from users and operators in connecting equipment throughout the development stages of 5G.

 

Moreover, Balong 5000 is also the world’s first multi-mode chip that supports the V2X protocol (universal connection method), providing a reliable and low-latency solution for connected media. Huawei’s 5G smartphones using Balong 5000 will be launched at the Global Mobile Exhibition (MWC) in Barcelona this year.

 

Huawei 5G CPE Pro – Huawei First Commercial 5G Router

 

Based on the Balong 5000, Huawei 5G CPE Pro router supports both 4G and 5G connections. With 5G network, a 1GB HD video clip can be downloaded in just 3 seconds. 8K format videos can also be played smoothly, without interruption. This set new standards for home CPE equipment. In addition, the Huawei 5G CPE Router can also be used for small and medium enterprises, with fast broadband Internet access speed.

 

Applying new generation 6 Wi-Fi technology, Huawei 5G CPE Pro router can provides speeds up to 4.8 Gbps. This is the first 5G CPE to support Huawei HiLink protocol, bringing smart home ecosystem (smart home) into the 5G era.

As a pioneer in 5G technology, Huawei has started to research and develop 5G since 2009, currently the only company on the market that can provide all devices for 5G networks. Huawei has more than 5,700 engineers working in the R&D department, including more than 500 network experts. In total, Huawei has established 11 creative cooperation centers for the 5G solution globally.