Huawei B612 VS Huawei B618

Since more and more Huawei LTE WiFi routers are available in the market, sometimes they had the similar name which may confuse the customer. At the beginning of 2018, Huawei presented a new 4G modem router Huawei B612, following the Huawei B618 router. As you can see, the Huawei B612 and Huawei B618 router names are very similar. For those who are unfamiliar with Huawei routers, they may don’t know what the difference is between the Huawei B618 and B612 LTE router. If they want to buy one of the two routers, they may be in trouble to make the decision which one to buy. Today, we will compare the two routers specs and features so the customers may get some reference.

Huawei B612 VS B618 Appearance and Interfaces

Simply from the router name, it may not be easy to identify the two routers, but if you see them, it would be easy to recognize. The Huawei B612 4G LTE Modem is in a traditional router shape, on the front, there are indicators for Power, Mode, WiFi, LAN and Signal. On the back, there are 3 LAN ports and One port for both LAN & WAN. And there is also a telephone port with the Ethernet ports. Like other Huawei 4G wireless routers, there are two SMA-male connectors at the back of the router and the connectors are covered by a long cap. The special design of the Huawei B612 router has an angled backrest for stand stability.

 

Huawei B618 LTE is not in a usual router design. It’s in a shape of cube, which looks cool like home furniture. Like Huawei B612, Huawei B618 Cube is also in white color. On the front face, there are indicators for Power, Status, Lan, WiFi, Mode and Signal. The WPS button is in the middle of the indicators. On the back of Huawei B618 WiFi router, there is One USB port, one LAN port, one telephone port and One WAN/LAN port. The power button is above the USB port. And there are also two connectors are for external antennas. The connectors are TS-9, not the common SMA connectors. The SIM card slot is at the bottom of the router.

 

Huawei B618 VS B612 Specs and Features

The appearance of Huawei B618 and Huawei B612 are very different, then let’s have a comparison of the Huawei B618 specs and Huawei B612 specs:

Model Huawei B612 Huawei B618
Product type Huawei WiFi Router with Ethernet port Huawei WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.9/ Cat.11
Chipset HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset HiSilicon Balong 750
Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 600Mbps/UL 100Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Huawei B612s-25d:  B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B38/B40/B41/B42/B43
Huawei B612s-51d: B2/B4/B5/B7/B41
Huawei B618s-22d: Band 1/3/7/8/20/38
Huawei B618s-65d: 1/3/5/7/8/28/40
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/ac, single-band 2.4GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 32 users 64 users
MIMO 4 x 4 MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, SMA-female jacks Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei B612 external antenna Huawei B618 external Antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM Size Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery NO NO
Dimensions 240 × 155 × 78 mm 95 × 95 × 208mm
Interfaces * 3 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-female)
* One micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
* 1 x LAN port(45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)
* 1 x USB 2.0 port* Two external LTE antenna ports (TS-9)
Datasheet Huawei B612 Datasheet(PDF) Huawei B618 Datasheet
User Manual Huawei B612 User Manual(PDF) Huawei B618 User Manual
Other features  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, VoLTE, IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, NAT, DHCP, VPN, DMZ, UPnP, ALG, DHCP Server, DNS RELAY and NAT, VoLTE, IPv4 /IPv6 dual stack
Firmware download Huawei B612 firmware Huawei B618 firmware
Driver Huawei B612 driver Huawei B618 driver
Reviews Huawei B612 Review Huawei B618s-22d Review
Price/USD 399.00USD 449.00USD

Summary

From the specs table, we can see the new Huawei B612 is just a 4G+ Cat6 router, the Huawei B618 LTE is with more advanced technology, which could achieve download speed up to 600mbps and upload speed to 100Mbps. The Huawei B612 could support only LTE Cat6 up to 300Mbps. They both have two variant models for difference LTE frequency bands. Huawei B618 seems to be more suitable for home use but Huawei B612s-25d supports LTE B42 and B43, which are usually for industrial applications. Huawei B618 supports up to 64 wireless users while Huawei B612 support only half to 32 users. But they both use 4 X 4 MIMO technologies. Of course, the more advanced Huawei B618 price is higher than Huawei B612 price. Considering the LTE frequency bands at your location and your network providers, and the price & interfaces, you can easily make the decision which one to buy now.

Huawei B618 VS Huawei E5186

Since Huawei LTE router WiFi is very popular in the global market, if you want to buy a 4G SIM router for home or office, you may consider Huawei LTE routers such as Huawei B618 or predecessor model Huawei E5186. But what’s the difference between the Huawei E5186 router and B618 CPE? And which one is better to buy? The questions would be answered in this article.

Huawei E5186 VS B618 CPE Appearance and Interfaces

If you had used a Huawei 4G router, you may know the Huawei E5186 router, which is the best seller of 4G LTE-A router from Huawei. It’s in white color and in a traditional router design. On the front, there are five indicators on the front for Power, Mode, WiFi, Voice, and Signal. On the back, there are 4 Ethernet Ports for LAN (One is for LAN & WAN), two Telephone ports and one USB 2.0 port. The Huawei B618 4G LTE router is the latest new LTE advanced Pro router, which is in a new design of a Cube in white color. It also has some indicators on the front vertically for Signal, Power, Status, LAN, WiFi, Mode, among which the WPS buttons are available.

 

The Huawei B618 Router also has the Ethernet ports on the back, but there are only two LAN port, one of which is for both LAN and WAN. Only one telephone port is available below the Ethernet port. The USB 2.0 port is above the Ethernet port. The power button and connectors for external 4G Antennas are available on the Ethernet and USB ports. The connector type is TS-9. If you need Huawei B618 antenna, you must buy an LTE Antenna with two TS-9 connectors. The Huawei E5186 also has two connectors for an external antenna on the back covering a long cap. The connector type is SMA-Female. If you need Huawei E5186 external antenna, you must buy an LTE antenna with two SMA connectors.

 

Huawei B618 VS E5186 Specs and Variant models

If you had some blogs about 4G LTE devices, you may know that the many LTE devices have variant models to support various LTE frequency bands over the world. To support these LTE bands, Huawei E5186 router has two variant models E5186s-22a and E5186s-61a. The Huawei B618 also has two sub-models: B628s-22d and B618s-65d. From the appearance, we can only see the difference is in the design and Ethernet ports. Regarding the data transmission performance and other features, you may check the table for Huawei E5186 specs and Huawei B618 specs:

 

Model Huawei B618 Huawei E5186
Product type LTE WiFi Router LTE WiFi Router
Category LTE Cat.9/ Cat.11 LTE Cat.6
Chipset HiSilicon Balong 750 HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset
Data rates DL 600Mbps/UL 100Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Huawei B618s-22d: Band 1/3/7/8/20/38
Huawei B618s-65d: 1/3/5/7/8/28/40
Huawei E5186s-22a: Band 1/3/7/8/20/38
Huawei E5186s-61a: Band  3/7/28/40
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 64 users 64 users
MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei B618 Antenna Huawei E5186 external antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery NO NO
Dimensions 95mm × 95mm × 208mm 190 mm × 200 mm × 32 mm
Interfaces * 1 x LAN port(45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
* 3 x LAN port(45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (45)
* 2 x telephone port(RJ11)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5)
* One micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
Datasheet Huawei B618 Datasheet Huawei E5186 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual Huawei B618 User Manual Huawei E5186 User Manual(PDF)
Other features DHCP Server, DNS RELAY and NAT, VoLTE, IPv4 /IPv6 dual stack  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, TR069 Remote Management, HTTP Online Upgrade, QoS, USB Share, UPnP, IPV6, DLNA, Fax, Print, VPN
Reviews Huawei B618s-22d Review Huawei E5186 Review
Price/USD 449.00USD 259.00USD

 

Summary

 

From the specs table, we can see the Huawei B618 router is more advanced than unlocked Huawei E5186 router. LTE CPE B618 could support downlink speed up to 600Mbps with 4 x 4 MIMO technology, which is almost double faster than that of Huawei E5186. The two variant models of the two routers cover similar LTE frequency bands, which mean they are designed for same areas. However, the advanced Huawei B618 has fewer Ethernet interfaces than Huawei E5186. If you would use the router with more than 2 devices through Ethernet port, you’d better select the Huawei E5186 as a home or office router. However, if you use the router mainly through WiFi, the Huawei B618 router would be very good. Since the two Huawei Routers would provide wireless internet for up to 64 users, Huawei B618 provider fast internet speeds.

Of course, the Huawei B618 provide faster speeds with advanced technologies, the price would be more expensive than Huawei E5186 router. So if you don’t have enough budget for B618 CPE, the Huawei 5186 is recommended, in our test, it’s good enough for most cases in our daily life.

Huawei B618 VS B315 LTE WiFi Router

As the top telecom equipment supplier, Huawei LTE WiFi routers had gained a great reputation worldwide based on the good performance and reasonable good price. Since there are many Huawei 4G WiFi Routers available in the market, for those who are not familiar with Huawei routers, it’s still a big problem to buy a best 4G WiFi router for them. Huawei B315 and B618 are two popular Huawei WiFi routers if a customer wants to buy one router from them, which one to choose? What’s the main difference between Huawei B618 and B315? You will find the answer in this article.

Appearance

 

Huawei 4G Router B315 was available since 2016 and it’s in a traditional router shape. However, the latest Huawei B618 was presented to the public since the second half year of 2017. And Huawei B618 is in a cube shape, which makes you think it’s a kind of furniture rather than a wireless router. From the pics below, you can see the different shape of the two routers. On the front of Huawei B315, there is Huawei logo and a few LED indicators for power, WiFi, internet, signal status. Huawei B618 has the Huawei logo on the top side, the WPS button is in the middle of WiFi signal and other status indicators such as Power, WiFi, LAN, Status, Mode.

On the back, the Ethernet port and connectors for 4G external antenna are located. Since Huawei may assign the router with many variant models, the Ethernet port quantity may vary. The Huawei B618s-22d has two LAN ports (one is for LAN/WAN) and one phone port with a USB 2.0 port. As one of the variant model of Huawei B315, Huawei B315s-22 has four LAN ports (one is for LAN/WAN) and one phone port with USB 2.0 port. However, another variant model Huawei B315s-936 doesn’t have the phone port and USB 2.0 port. They all have two connectors for external antenna, the Huawei B315 connector type is SMA while the Huawei B618s-22d antenna connector is in TS-9 type. If you would like to buy the external antenna for the two router, you may check the professional 4g antenna shop.

The power button and WPS button of Huawei B315 are on the top side of the router. And the label for product detail is on the bottom side of the body. The SIM card slot of Huawei B315 is on the back side of the body while Huawei B618 locates the SIM card slot at the bottom. The Huawei B618 has the label at the bottom too with the WPS button.

 

 

Specs

From the appearance, you may still have trouble to select which one for you. Then the specs of the Huawei B618s-22d and Huawei B315 would tell what’s the key point of the difference between the two routers:

Model Huawei B618 Huawei B315s
Product type LTE WiFi Router LTE WiFi Router
Category LTE Cat.9/ Cat.11 LTE Cat.4
Chipset HiSilicon Balong 750 Hisilicon Balong
Data rates DL 600Mbps/UL 100Mbps DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands B618s-22d: Band 1/3/7/8/20/38
B618s-65d: 1/3/5/7/8/28/40
* Huawei B315s-22: 4G LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B38
* Huawei B315s-607: 4G Band 1/3/7/8/28/40
* Huawei B315s-936: 4G Band 1/3/40/41
* Huawei B315s-608: 4G Band 1/3/5/7/28
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Max supported users 64 users 32 users
MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO n/a
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei B618 Antenna Huawei B315 external antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM Size Micro SIM Standard SIM
Battery NO No
Dimensions 95 × 95 × 208mm 186.0mm x 139.0mm x 46.0mm
Interfaces * 1 x LAN port(45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
* 1 x power adapter port
* 3 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)(depends)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5)
* One SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port(depends)
Datasheet download Huawei B618 Datasheet Huawei B315 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual Huawei B618 User Manual Huawei B315 Manual(PDF)
Other features DHCP Server, DNS RELAY and NAT, VoLTE, IPv4 /IPv6 dual stack VoIP, DHCP, NAT, IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, Firewall, Port forwarding, DMZ, ALG, Remote management
Reviews Huawei B618s-22d Review Huawei B315 Review
Price/USD 449.00USD 169.00

From the specs, we can see the Huawei B618s-22d WiFi router is far more advanced than Huawei B315 router technically. It could peak download speed up to 600mbps, which is almost 4 times than that of B315 Router. It has advanced WLAN feature 802.11ac with dual-band, while up to 64 devices could access the internet when connected with B618 LTE CPE. The advantage of Huawei B315 is the multiple variant models for various LTE frequency bands while Huawei B618s-22d is mainly for Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and Middle East area. Huawei B315 could be used in more wide areas but you must select the specific right model. Another advantage is that Huawei B315 is not as expensive as Huawei B618. Because Huawei B618 is with many advanced LTE technologies, the price is higher.

Conclusion

Huawei B618 (B618s-22d) is no doubt much better than Huawei B315 technically. But Huawei B315 is attractive on the multiple variant models which would support different LTE network providers worldwide. And Huawei B315 is in a cheaper price than that of B618. For those who use the router at home, the speed of Huawei B315 is enough for daily applications. If you are a technology geek or want a future-proof LTE router and don’t care about the price, the Huawei B618 is definitely the right one.

Huawei B618 LTE Router VS Huawei B528 LTE CPE

More and more Huawei LTE advanced routers are available for many network providers in the market. Among them, Huawei B618 LTE router and B528 routers may be the most attractive models. They don’t have the appearance of common LTE routers, but they look cool in the cube shape in white color. Somebody may ask, what’s the difference between Huawei B528 and B618 LTE-A router? Which one is better? If buying from one of them, which one to buy? After reading this article, we suppose you will find the answer.

Appearance

Huawei B618 and B528 LTE CPE are both available in 2017 and firstly presented the Europe market. The popular models for them are Huawei B618s-22d and Huawei B528s-23a. The Huawei B618s-22d LTE router is now available for Telekom in Europe. The Huawei B528s-23a was introduced by Vodafone to its product range. It’s also named Vodafone GigaCube or Vodafone B528s. Another network provider A1 also gets the B528s-23a CPE for its contract plan, and named it “A1 Net Cube Plus”. So the B528 may have Vodafone logo or A1 logo on the device. And the firmware may be customized by the network providers.

The Huawei B618 is in square cube shape while Huawei B528 is in a cylinder cube. But they both look cool and the touch feel is good when handing them even though the body material is made of plastic. On the front of the Huawei B628s-22d, there are 8 indicators for the connection status and WPS button is in the indicators. Huawei B528s-23a has 4 indicators with the power button and WPS button. The power button of Huawei B618 is at the back with two gigabit LAN ports(one for LAN & WAN) and one USB port, above which, two connectors are covered a small cap. The Huawei B528s-23a has only one Gigabit LAN (RJ45) port and one VoIP port.

At the bottom of the Huawei B618 and B528, the SIM card slot is located with the device information label, where the product name, IMEI number, S/N number, SSID and WiFi key, certifications are listed. In addition, the reset button is also available at the side of the SIM card slot.

Technical Specs

Regarding the technical features, you can have a clear review of the specs:

 

Model Huawei B618s-22d Huawei B528s-23a
Product type LTE WiFi Router LTE WiFi Router
Category LTE Cat.9/ Cat.11 LTE Cat.6
Chipset HiSilicon Balong 750 HiSilicon Balong 722
Data rates DL 600Mbps/UL 100Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands LTE B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B38 LTE B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B32, B38
WiFi 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 64 users 64 users
MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna Two, TS-9 jacks Two, TS-9 jacks
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery NO NO
Dimensions 95mm × 95mm × 208mm 105 mm x 90mm x 181 mm
Interfaces * 1 x LAN port(45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
* 1 x Gigabit LAN (RJ45)
* 1 x RJ11 (VoIP)
Other features DHCP Server, DNS RELAY and NAT, VoLTE, IPv4 /IPv6 dual stack IPv4 /IPv6 dual stack
Price 449.00USD 399.00USD

Summary

From the specs table, we can see that the Huawei B618s-22d is more advanced than Huawei B528s-23a. It could support faster download speed than that of B528 based on more LTE technologies. And more interfaces are available in Huawei B628s-22d for more connection possibility. Huawei B528s-23a has fewer interfaces and the speed is not as fast as Huawei B618, but for most users, the speed is still fantastic. And Huawei B528s-23a supports LTE band 32, which is not available in Huawei B618s-22d. Huawei B618s-22d LTE router has advanced features; consequently, the price of Huawei B618s-22d is higher than that of Huawei B528s-23a. So you are looking for an LTE advanced router with a budget price, Huawei B528s-23s seems more suitable for you. But if you need a future-proof router and would accept the high price, it’s no doubt that Huawei B618s-22d router is the best one for you.

Huawei B618 4G LTE Category 11 Router Review

In the forest of 4G WiFi routers presented by the manufacturers, LTE routers sometimes are only available in certain countries. Now the new member Huawei B618 joins the family of 4G category 11 routers. As a reminder, category 11 (3GPP rel .12) allows a downstream peak rate of 600 Mbps and 50 Mbps upstream. LTE Category 11 specifies the aggregate of 3 carriers (256 QAM) in download for a single upload frequency. MIMO 2×2 and 4×4 support are possible.

Huawei B618 data rates announced by the manufacturer Huawei:

– LTE FDD: 4 * 4 MIMO + 2CA 582Mbps
– LTE TDD: 4 * 4 MIMO + 2CA 426Mbps
– DC-HSPA+: DL 42 Mbit / s, UL 5.76 Mbit / s
– HSPA+: DL 21 Mbit/s (64QAM) / 28 Mbit/s (MIMO), UL 5.76 Mbit/s
– HSPA: DL 14.4 Mbit/s, UL 5.76 Mbit/s
– WCDMA PS: 384 kbit/s
– EDGE: DL 296 kbit/s, UL 236.8 kbit/s
– GPRS: 85.6 kbit/s

Huawei B618 B618s-22d front logo and indicators

And Wifi rates offered:

– 802.11b/g/n up to 300 Mbps
– 802.11a/ac up to 1300 Mbps

On the WiFi side, the WLAN module supports the 802.11ac standard with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies for a maximum speed of 1300 Mbps (cumulative).

 

 

We get the model Huawei B618s-22d, and it supports below the LTE/4G/3G/2G Frequency bands:

– LTE: B1/3/7/8/20/38
– FDD: 2100 MHz/1800 MHz/2600 MHz/900 MHz/800 MHz
– TDD: 2600 MHz
– Intra-band contiguous: CA_1C, CA_3C, CA_7C, CA_8B, CA_38C
– Inter-band : CA_1A-3A, CA_1A-20A, CA_3A-7A, CA_3A-20A, CA_7A-20A, CA_20A-38A
– DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS : Band 1/8 2100MHz/900MHz
– EDGE/GPRS/GSM : Band 2/3/5/8 1900MHz/1800MHz/850MHz/900MHz

 

The network compatibility makes Huawei B618s-22d would work well in almost all the countries in Europe, Asia and middle East, but as we mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Huawei B618s-22d is not marketed in some countries. If you need this router, you may purchase from oversea online trader www.4gltemall.com.

 

Huawei B618 B618s-22d USB LAN WAN Telephone ports

Huawei B618s-22d 4G LTE Router Interfaces:

On the back side, we discover the power button, a WPS activation button. A USB 2.0 port is available for media sharing (under Samba). A Gigabit Ethernet LAN port allows wired distribution and a second port allows either Ethernet or WAN input. This WAN entry option implies the presence of a Failover mode in case of loss of either the WAN link or the 4G link. An RJ11 port is also available for connecting a phone or fax. The AC power connector is located at the bottom, because the B618 does not have an internal battery for a stand-alone mode. Finally, a hatch visible here above the power button conceals the 2 external 3G & 4G antenna connectors in TS-9 format. Under the device is the SIM card slot and the reset button.

Huawei B618 B618s-22d bottom label

 

 Huawei B618 LTE Router specs

The Huawei B618 router supports 64 simultaneous WiFi connections (32 per band) via 2 internal non-removable antennas. The router offers VoLTE voice compatibility through its RJ11 port , which can be set in VoIP or CS mode (depending on the firmwares probably). It can also support IPv4 and IPv6, DHCP, DNS relay and NAT functions, and the basic protection functions are available (DDNS, deny ping ..).

Huawei B618 B618s-22d connecting external antenna

Huawei B618 Firmware

The firmware is very classic “Huawei” as shown on this page. And the Huawei B618 LTE CPE is compatible with the Hilink® smartphone app.

 

The version Huawei B618s-22d is the one we are talking about here, however, there is another brother versions B618s-65d available on the market, this declination is intended mainly for the following frequencies: Band 1/3/5/7/8/28/40 (FDD 700/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz & TDD 2300MHz). The 800 MHz is replaced by 700 (B28) and 850 MHz. If you need the Huawei B618 router, just check your network provider deployed 4G LTE networks, if they just covers these bands, you could select Huawei B618s-22d or B618s-65d to get high-level LTE surfing with much faster speed.

 

Huawei B612 LTE Router Features and Specs

Huawei offers a new wireless LTE CPE B612 with powerful LTE modem recently. The B612 CPE supports LTE Advanced Cat6 with up to 300 MBit/s in the downlink and up to 50 MBit/s in the uplink, which is similar to the predecessor Huawei E5186 and B525 technically. A special feature compared to the predecessor model is the support for 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology. The router also offers a telephone function and connections for external LTE antennas, which are common specs for the Huawei LTE routers. Here now in some countries, the Huawei B612 LTE CPE is already available.

 

Huawei B612: design and comparison

The Huawei B612 looks like a classic router, there is no special design or visual highlights. The case is held in matt white plastic. On the front several LEDs show the operating status, on the back you will find the connections.

 

But where can you roughly classify the Huawei B612 compared to other Huawei LTE router models? One thing is clear: the Huawei B618 with 600 MBit/s and 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology has a much more powerful modem, but puts the focus much more on the body design and has fewer connections. The Huawei B715 LTE router can also use much higher speeds than the B612 at 450 MBit/s, but does not use 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology. The B715 also has the most connections in the comparison with B612 and B618.

Huawei B612: Specifications

As we know, Huawei had presented two sub-models for Huawei B612. We suppose there will be more models available in near future, just like the Huawei B593 LTE CPE. The Huawei B612 offers a LTE Cat6 modem for up to 300 MBit/s in the downlink. In addition to 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology, 2CC CA (dual channel bundling) is also supported. In addition to FDD LTE, TDD LTE is supported, so the router is very universal. The following LTE frequency bands are supported in detail as below:

 

Huawei B612s-25d support:

* LTE: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B38/B40/B41(2545~2655MHz)/B42/B43

* DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/WCDMA: B1/B8

* EDGE/GPRS/GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8

* 4*4 MIMO:B3/B7/B20/B38/B40/B41/B42/B43

 

Huawei B612s-51d support:

* LTE: B2/B4/B5/B7/B41(2545~2655MHz)

* DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/WCDMA: B1/B2/B5

* EDGE/GPRS/GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8

The WLAN module of the Huawei B612 operates both in the frequency range around 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and supports the 802.11ac standard. For connection to computer and game console, there are also four RJ45 Ethernet LAN ports on the back of the router. If you want, you can also use one of the four LAN ports as a WAN connection, ie an external modem can be connected there. The internal mobile modem is then disabled and you can use the router as a normal wireless access point.

 

On the back you will find other connections besides the RJ45 LAN ports. On the one hand, there is the RJ11 connection for an analogue telephone, because the B612 supports telephone connections. On the other hand there are two SMA connections for an external LTE MIMO antenna, the connections are well protected under a cover.

Huawei B612: availability

Here now the Huawei B612 is only available for few network provider in Poland and Chile, and the online retailers don’t have this new LTE CPE available. We suppose it would be available soon around the beginning of 2018, just like the predecessor huawei LTE router. We will take further test on this router once we get it. And we would also inform the availability if we have news from 4gltemall.com.

 

Telekom Speedbox LTE IV Router Test

Telekom has introduced a new LTE router- Speedbox LTE IV to its product range. The Speedbox LTE IV is the successor of the Speedbox LTE III, which was offered since January 2015 and left a good impression on the users. Compared to its predecessor, the Telekom Speedbox LTE IV offers twice as high speeds (LTE Cat11 with up to 600 MBit/s), as well as a sleek new design. Manufacturer of the device is the Chinese company Huawei, and the router is a slightly modified Huawei B618s-22d.

 

Connections and design

The Telekom Speedbox LTE IV is visually certainly one of the most beautiful LTE routers that are currently available. The matt white cuboids also looks good on a dresser, unlike many other routers, the device does not need to hide. Various LEDs on the front indicate the operating status as well as the reception, a WPS button ensures fast WLAN connections without tedious password entry. The MicroSIM card is used on the underside of the Telekom Speedbox LTE IV; there is also a label with serial number and Wi-Fi password attached.

 

 

The power supply, LAN cable and external antenna connectors are located on the back panel. In detail, we can find here 2x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet and two TS-9 connections under a cover. But unlike the original Huawei B618s-22d router, there is no USB or an RJ11 telephone connection in the Speedbox LTE IV. And it doesn’t have built-in battery, which feature is available on another similar router Huawei B529s-23a. The Speedbox LTE IV must get external power supply and work.

 

Telekom Speedbox LTE (Huawei B618s-22d) hightlight features:
LTE Category 11, down to 600 Mbps, up to 50 Mbps
LTE frequency bands FDD LTE Band 1/3/7/8/20 (800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz)
UMTS DC-HSPA+, up to 42.2 Mbit/s downlink, up to 5.76 Mbit/s uplink
UMTS frequency bands 900/2100 MHz
GSM Including EDGE
GSM frequency bands 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
connections 2x Gigabit LAN, 2x TS-9 for external antenna
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, up to 867 Mbps
Others LAN port can also be used as WAN port. Operation via browser and via app possible.

 

 

LTE speed in practice

Even though the LTE modem of the Telekom Speedbox LTE IV theoretically reach up to 600 MBit/s fast: in practice, only a fraction is reached in the normal case. For the highest possible speeds, not only the LTE advanced pro mobile network must be equipped accordingly, the network utilization may only be very low, which is rarely the case in modern times. Of course, the reception must of course be as optimal as possible. Much more interesting than the question of how maximum fast the router will be is the question of how the speeds are in areas with poor reception and how the device beats in comparison with the competition.

The transmission and reception performance is quite decent with the Telekom Speedbox LTE IV, but does not trigger any enthusiasm storms. If in doubt, you should connect with very poor reception an external antenna. The speeds were above average in the LTE network and in the UMTS network in comparison with a Netgear AirCard 810 hotspot , an Apple iPad Pro 9.7 and an AVM FRITZ! Box 6890 LTE. Tested in the LTE 800 and LTE 1800 network of Telekom and Vodafone, UMTS was used at 2100 MHz.

 

 

The continuous use was easily possible in the test, the SpeedBox LTE IV ran smoothly for several days and was doing little more than lukewarm. What was noticed during the test, however: with heavier load (eg speed test) the power supply made noises, a kind of “coil whistling” was to be heard.

 

WLAN at the Speedbox LTE IV

The WLAN of Telekom Speedbox LTE IV is strong enough to supply a large apartment or a small house. The range of course depends on various factors such as thickness and texture walls, but in comparison with common mobile WLAN/LTE hotspots, the range is good. The maximum speed is 867 MBit/s. The WLAN works on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz (802.11b/g/n/ac), you can also switch off the frequency bands individually. The channel bandwidth can be set in the web interface, the highest speeds are obtained only with 80 MHz in the 5 GHz band. You can use the Wi-Fi bridge or Wi-Fi extender mode that allows you to use an existing Wi-Fi network as an Internet access. If a device is connected to the Telekom Speedbox LTE IV via LAN cable, a menu is displayed in the web interface with which the WLAN can be completely switched off.

Hidden WAN function

As already described, the Telekom Speedbox LTE IV offers two RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on the back. These connections can be used, for example, to connect a desktop PC or game console with a LAN cable to the LTE router. If you need more than two LAN ports, you have to switch between a switch. In the test, the LAN connections worked smoothly, as expected.

 

The Speedbox LTE IV has a nice feature that the “original” Huawei B618 taken: if necessary, one of the LAN ports can also be used as a WAN port, ie you can feed an existing Internet connection via LAN cable and thereby possibly save mobile data volume. It should be noted, however, that you no longer have access to the Web interface when using the WAN. Settings on the WLAN must therefore be carried out beforehand, before the WAN function is used.

 

Configuration via web interface

The web interface of the Telekom Speedbox LTE can be reached in the browser via the address 192.168.8.1. On initial startup, you are prompted to change the log in password to a custom one, eliminating unauthorized access and configuration changes.

 

On the start page you get the most important information displayed clearly, including, for example, the amount of data consumed and the online time. Of course, the reception is also displayed, but you can also find it in any other menu at the top of a status bar. There are also tabs for “Statistics”, “SMS”, “Update” and “Settings”. Basically, the points are self-explanatory and quite clear, only in the settings, there are many sub-points, which are worth a close look.

 

In the tab “Settings” you can specify, for example, whether the router should also go abroad (roaming) to the Internet and whether the network technology (2G, 3G, 4G) should be selected automatically or if you prefer to use only LTE, for example , The configuration of the WLAN interface can also be made here: up to 4 WLAN names (SSIDs), two each at 2.4 and 5 GHz, can be assigned, of course, each with an individual password.

 

Some simple settings can also be made via the Huawei HiLink Smartphone App, which is available for Android and iOS in the respective App Store for download. If you just want to see the current data consumption quickly or want to read a text message, you will be fine with the app. For more detailed things, such as the choice of network technology, you still have to try the web interface, here comes the app to its limits.

 

Test conclusion to the Telekom Speedbox LTE IV

In the test, the Speedbox LTE IV made a good impression: the Internet connection was stable and reliable, the modem reached high speeds and the case design is a clear advanced to its predecessor. The software is fast and easy to use and the WLAN module was convincing with up to four SSIDs and high speeds.

 

However, there are also some criticisms: on the one hand Telekom has deleted the telephone interface, which is the otherwise identical to original model Huawei B618s-22d available on 4gltemall.com. On the other hand, a WiFi Extender function is missing, with which one can use an existing WLAN as Internet entrance, as it is often already standard with many mobile LTE hotspots nowadays. The third point of criticism concerns the integrated LTE modem: it supports the advanced 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology, but “only” 2CC CA, ie dual channel bundling.

 

Overall, it should be noted: apart from a few technical details, the Telekom Speedbox LTE IV is a highly recommended and future-proof LTE router. For the price with contract, there is currently no information. Considering the functions deleted by Telekom, we suggest you buy original and unlocked Huawei B618s-22d to enjoy the full functions for the LTE advanced router. The Huawei B618s-22d unlocked router is now available www.4gltemall.com. You can get it without any contract and use it with almost all the network providers’ SIM cards in Europe.

 

Huawei B715 LTE Cat.9 WiFi Router Review

As a direct successor to the popular LTE Router Huawei E5186, Huawei presents a new LTE router B715 in Poland for the network provider “Play”. As a new LTE advanced router, the Huawei B715 reaches LTE category 9 with up to 450 Mbit/s in the downlink, which is a great improvement than the predecessor Huawei E5186 router. The B715 router has four RJ45 Gigabit LAN interfaces and a USB port, as well as an integrated telephone function with RJ11 connection. And we also see it’s available in Latvia for network carrier LMT with branded version.

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Huawei B715s-23c

The Huawei B715 is currently only available in Europe. The exact model name for the new Huawei LTE Cat9 router is B715s-23c. This designation recognizes the modem optimized for the European market; in other parts of the world, the B715 CPE may have a slightly different designation and thus different equipment with support of different frequency bands. Since the frequency ranges used in Europe are mostly same, as well as in Austria and Switzerland, the B715s-23c can also be used without problems in other Europe countries.

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Huawei B715: 4.5G LTE Advanced Technology

The Huawei B715 has integrated LTE antennas, but also has two SMA connectors on the back for an external LTE antenna, which can be connected when needed. The LTE modem can connect up to three frequency ranges by means of carrier aggregation (channel bundling), which theoretically allows up to 450 Mbit/s in the downlink. In the uplink, up to 50 Mbps are possible via LTE. In addition to LTE, UMTS (3G) and GSM (2G) are also supported.

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The RJ11 connector on the back panel of the Huawei B715 can be used to connect an analogue telephone, as well as a USB port for integrating a printer or storage media into the network. Wired devices can be connected via the four LAN ports. If required, one of the four LAN ports also acts as a WAN port, so the B715 can also be used with an external modem (eg fiber optic or cable modem). Wireless devices can connect to the Huawei B715s-23c via Wi-Fi, the router supports the frequency ranges around 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

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Huawei B715 and B618 in comparison

Attentive readers may already have noticed, with up to 450 Mbps, the new B715 LTE router is not the fastest router model in the Huawei product range. The Huawei B618 even offers up to 600 Mbps via LTE Cat11. The Huawei B618 also has the 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology installed, the B715 can seem only on 2 × 2 MIMO antenna technology fall back. Nevertheless, the Huawei B715 also has advantages over the B618: there are four RJ45 Gigabit LAN ports and not like the B618 with only 2 TS-9 connectors, the B715 has the SMA ports for external antenna, which is common on Huawei LTE stationary routers.

If you need the external antenna for Huawei B715 Router, we would like to recommend below the two antennas. We had tested the antennas and they can work well with Huawei B715 LTE Router:

http://www.4gltemall.com/4g-antenna-two-sma-connector.html

4G LTE Indoor Antenna (2 x SMA Connectors) for Huawei/ZTE 4G LTE Routers/Gateway/LTE CPE

 

If you prefer 4G outdoor antenna to get better signal, you could try below the antenna:

http://www.4gltemall.com/4g-lte-outdoor-antenna-2-x-sma-connectors.html

4G LTE Outdoor Antenna (2 x SMA Connectors) for Huawei/ZTE 4G LTE Routers/Gateway/LTE CPE

 

We would take full detail test for the new Huawei B715s-23c router, and compare it with the more advanced Huawei B618. Keep follow on us(twitter: 4GLTEMALL) and we will update our test report once it’s done.

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HUAWEI B315s-22 4G LTE WiFi Router Review

The Huawei B315s-22 is a 4G router for family use. Like its predecessor Huawei B593s-22, it allows sharing the 4G connection in WIFI with a valid SIM card from a network operator, and of course, the SIM card must has a data plan. Thus, in places where ADSL is of poor quality but 4G is available, it would be necessary to replace the ADSL and use the new Huawei B315s-22 with new contract from 4G network provider.

Huawei B315 4G Router

Huawei B315s-22 Technical Specifications

  • Height: 186mm Width: 139mm Depth: 46mm Weight: 275gram
  • Frequency bands: LTE/UMTS/GSM (4G LTE-FDD 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz 4G LTE-TDD 2600MHz). However, frequency 700MHz is supported on band 28.
  • LTE Speed: Donwload up to 150Mbps / Upload up to 50Mbp
  • 2 SMA antenna jacks
  • 1 USB port
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n
  • Supported number of wireless connections: Up to 32 devices
  • 4 Gigabit LAN ports/1 WAN/LAN port
  • 1 RJ11 port
  • Normal SIM card (no micro SIM or nano SIM, you may need an adapter if you use Micro SIM or Nano SIM.)

Huawei B315 4G Router2

Configuring Huawei B315s-22

The configuration of this type of router does not pose any difficulty. It is normally enough to insert the SIM, start the router, connect to the address http://192.168.1.1 after having connected to the B315 router’s WIFI (name and wifi key available behind or below) and then launch the quick configuration in the interface (login name and password are both default as “admin”).

This router is also controllable using the mobile application HUAWEI HiLink available on android or ios. User can manage the router settings from smartphones and Pads.

Huawei B315 LTE CPE

Our Opinion about Huawei B315

The Huawei B315s-22 is an excellent 4G router. The main difference with the HUAWEI B593s-22 is that it has better 4G reception, it only has one RJ11 port, it does not support the SIP protocol and it does not allow the router to use only the 4G. Thus, if the 4G/LTE signal is not very powerful, it switches itself in 3G or worse in 2G. However, you can connect an external 4G/LTE antenna to change this situation. You can connect a phone using the RJ11 jack (you need a T/Rj11 adapter if you have an old handset) to make calls using the sim card number 06 or 07 (If it is not just a data card).

For most cases, the Huawei B315s-22 is enough for most users with the support of LTE download speed to 150mbps and upload speed to 50mbps. But if there is LTE advanced or LTE-A pro network available, it’s also better to try the latest Huawei E525, Huawei E5186 or Huawei B618 Routers. We suppose one of them would definitely meet your demand for home or office wireless network.

Huawei B618 LTE Cat11 Router Available for Europe

We had already reported about the Huawei B618 LTE router in February 2017, one of the first stationary routers with LTE Category 11 modem for up to 600 Mbit/s download. At that time, the device was available in Europe only from a single supplier in Poland, but now the availability has improved considerably. In Europe, the B618 LTE CPE is soon officially sold under the model number B618s-22d. The network provider Telekom in Germany will also introduce the router as Speedbox LTE IV in its product range, but the telephone function of the original B618 will be missing, like its predecessor Huawei E5186s-22a router.

Huawei B618 B618s-22d front logo and indicators

Huawei B618: Technical Specifications at a glance

The Huawei B618 offers very good technical equipment and a cube design in white high-gloss plastic body. On the front, there are various LEDs and a WPS button, on the back two RJ45 Gigabit LAN connections (one also as WAN usable), an RJ11 telephone connection and a connection for the power supply. There are also two TS-9 connectors for an external LTE antenna and a USB 2.0 connector.

 

Huawei B618 B618s-22d USB LAN WAN Telephone ports

Inside the Huawei B618, there is a HiSilicon Balong 750 modem that supports LTE Category 11 (Cat11) with up to 600 Mbps downlink and up to 50 Mbps uplink. All key technologies for 4.5G LTE Advanced Pro can be found in the Huawei B618: 256QAM modulation, carrier aggregation and even 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology there. Vodafone was the first provider in Germany to officially announce the use of 4 × 4 MIMO technology for LTE, so the Huawei B618 should ideally be suitable for the Vodafone LTE advanced Pro network. The WLAN module allows the connection to a maximum of 64 WLAN devices at the same time and works in both the 2.4 GHz band and the 5 GHz band.

Huawei B618 B618s-22d external antenna connector

The Huawei B618s-22d is the European version of the B618 and the unlocked Huawei B618s-22d has been available on www.4gltemall.com since July 2017. You can use the unlocked B618 with almost all the network providers in Europe. Anyone who needs a high-level home router, the Huawei B618 is highly recommended due to the multiple practical functions. Since many network providers have not upgraded their network to LTE advanced Pro, the Huawei B618 may be too early to use and currently, the price for Huawei B618 is in high level, the Huawei E5186s-22a is still good to use on LTE cat.6 for download speed to 300mbps and upload speed to 50mbps. The most important is the price for Huawei E5186 is really budget now.

 

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