Huawei B890 4G LTE Router Test

Not everyone is so lucky to get fast broadband at home in past time. But after getting the new 4G LTE Router Huawei B890, there is possibility to enjoy high surfing speed.

Huawei B890 LTE Router provides Internet via the mobile network, a solution with 4G in many cases just as good speeds as the fiber experience. In addition, it comes with a clever extra feature. The router is in fact also a DECT base – the technology used in the good old wireless landlines. The base station has in fact higher power than your phone, and then you can carry mobile calls via DECT phone.

huawei B890

You can make calls, receive calls, send SMS and do what you could with a regular cell phone. Buy you own SIM card and plug into the B890 router, then you will have your own phone number. The only thing you must remember is that you need a SIM card that also supports voice.

Since most subscriptions include free speech, this is not a bad solution. The Huawei B890 Smart Hub is especially useful if there are many people using the phone – for example, children who have not yet own phone, or if the modem is used in a workplace. It also gives you the opportunity to have a private phone in the cabin, boat or home office.

Huawei B890
Huawei B890 4G Router

Range of up to 300 meters

If you do not want to spend money on having a separate SIM card or a twin card to the B890 router, you can use the SIM card from your phone, and still be available for talks. DECT phone looks enough like a cell phone, but it works only within range of the base station, max 300 meters.

The Huawei B890 router can work in both 3G and 4G, but not on GSM/2G. That means it will not work in areas where you only have EDGE coverage. When you talk to your DECT phone, Huawei B890 modem will use 3G. You can surf and talk at the same time.

Huawei B890 Antenna Ports and WAN/LAN Ports
Huawei B890 Antenna Ports and WAN/LAN Ports

The B890 LTE Router supports 4G 800 MHz frequency, in addition to 900/1800/2100/2600 MHz. The maximum download speed is 100 Mbps, while the maximum upload speed is 50 Mbps. There are faster LTE Router now, which could support so-called CAT4 modem with max 150 Mbps download, and even LTE Cat6 router which could support peak download speed to 300mbps, and Huawei E5186 4G Router is the first one with LTE Cat6.


On the router, there are three LAN ports and 1 WAN port. When the SIM card will act as a backup, the WAN is down. In addition, the router provides a USB port that allows you to share external memory or printers.

Huawei B890 WPS Button
Huawei B890 WPS Button

The wireless router communicates at 2.4 GHz, but not at 5 GHz. This means that the connection can be a bit unstable if there are other wireless networks nearby.

For this test, we got us an external antenna to put on the house wall. The external antenna is a 9 dBi 4G panel antenna. It has 4G in the name of course, means that it supports 4G frequencies, but it also supports 3G and 2G. But the Huawei B890 router does not support 2G. It only weighs half a kilo, and a mounting bracket makes installation easy. The antenna is directional, so it is advisable to inform about where the signal is strongest before installing it on. Best is to place the antenna as high as possible, especially because the highest frequencies attenuated lot of vegetation or house walls. The antenna comes with two five-meter long antenna cables, which could connect directly to the back of the Huawei B890 router.

Huawei B890 SIM Card slot
Huawei B890 SIM Card slot

Our first attempt was to wander around inside the cabin to find out where the coverage was the best. It turned out that on a couple of points in the living room got symbol H+ on the mobile screen. We measured download speeds up to 13 Mbps; sometimes, the peak speed could reach 25Mbps.


In our test, Huawei B890 wireless router operates fairly undisturbed by other networks and we witnessed 802.11b/g/n (at 2.4GHz) as sufficient. With the Huawei B890 4G router, we can also follow what happens in the cabin, via IP cameras connected to the wireless network. This works fine on 3G. There is no problem to flow TV2 Sumo or Netflix in HD quality to your TV, as long as you have enough data available on subscription.

Huawei B890 Label
Huawei B890 Label at bottom


The Huawei B890 4G LTE Hub/router is with very budget price now at, but you can also buy a package that also includes the external antenna. But if you prefer to LTE Cat4 router, or even latest LTE cat6 router, you may refer to other models. Here you can check more Huawei latest 4G LTE routers:

How to Configure and Setup HUAWEI B890 LTE Wireless Gateway

HUAWEI 4G LTE Gateways are new for most of the users, but most of them are user-friendly and users don’t need many steps to configure. In most cases, the devices would automatically setup and connects to networks. Some users may want to set some parameters per their preference. Below is the user guide for your reference.


How to configure your terminal Intelligent 4G LTE Gateway Huawei B890


 A. Insert your SIM card

To take advantage of 4G LTE speeds on your providers’ network, you must use a 4G SIM card.

  1. Plug the power cable
  2. Insert the SIM card to the SIM card slot.
  3. Click the power button
  4. The device will turn itself.



B. After Connect to your computer to HUAWEI B890 4G LTE Smart Hub, you can login to HUAWEI B890 through wireless connection

The Intelligent Terminal Huawei B890 LTE Gateway can connect up to 32 wireless devices.

  1. Locate the sticky under your HUAWEI B890.
  2. Locate the SSID and WIFI Key line on the sticker.
  3. Use the information found on the sticker to connect your wireless devices.




C. Connect to Smart Hub for the first time and change the password

Once the Intelligent Terminal 4G LTE Huawei B890 is connected to your computer, log in and change the default password. The Smart Hub require change password the first time you connect.

  1. From your computer, open your Web browser.
  2. Type http://huawei.smarthub in the address bar.
  3. Box Username default should be “admin”.
  4. Type the password for the Admin account.  (NOTE: The default password is admin.)
  5. Press Enter or click Ok.
  6. Window Change the password of the connection opening appears.
  7. Enter the current password.
  8. Enter a new password.
  9. Confirm the password.
  10. Click Apply.




D. Configure your HUAWEI B890 LTE Wireless Gateway

Use the setup wizard to help you configure the Intelligent Terminal HUAWEI B890 4G Router.

  1. From your computer, open your Web browser .
  2. Type http://huawei.smarthub in the address bar.
  3. Box Username default should be admin.
  4. Type the password for the Admin account.
  5. Press Enter or click Ok.
  6. Click on Settings
  7. In the left column, click Quick Setup.
  8. If necessary, adjust the time zone on the page Welcome to the Quick Start Wizard. (NOTE: It is recommended to keep other default settings)
  9. Click Next
  10. The screen Configure the profile appears. (Make sure you type the right APN for your SIM card provider. NOTE: Keep the other default settings.)
  11. Click Next. .
  12. The screen Configure the WLAN setting appears. You can change the box SSID name, and enter the name you want to identify your network. It is recommended to keep SSID Broadcast to Enable.
  13. Click Next
  14. The screen Configure the WLAN setting appears. Select the type of authentication. (NOTE: It is recommended to use WPA2-PSK). Select the encryption method. (NOTE: It is recommended to use TKIP + AES.) Enter your WPA pre-shared key.
  15. Click Next
  16. Check your settings and click Finish to confirm.