HUAWEI E3131 3G 21Mbps Hilink USB Stick Review

To choose the right USB modem, it depends not only on the speed and efficiency of the mobile internet. As a result, it will also depend on the experience of using a computer. Most of us use it almost exclusively online. But when you use a USB Dongle, it may be already outline.


Huawei E3131 USB modem looks simple, just like the other common type of USB dongles. The black case is made of really good quality plastic. This white logo of T-mobile breaks the ubiquitous black and makes it look much interesting than most competitors. Under the removable lid there are two slots, the larger one, placed on the top is the place where you put the SIM card. The smaller one, on the side is the pace to mount its microSD memory cards up to 32 GB and use the modem like an ordinary USB flash drive, even when connected to the Internet.




On the body, we can see small plug socket for external antenna is hidden under a small cap. It is worth to use it if you intend to use mobile internet in bad network conditions, for example in buildings constructed so that effectively suppress cellular network coverage. In our tests, however, we did not take advantage of this opportunity – because Huawei is working very stable and does not lose coverage so easily. Enclosure E3131 hides another, a small but very useful curiosity – a solid metal handle leash. The string can also drag the USB connector cap to prevent it from getting lost.


The installation consists of connecting it to the USB port. The operating system automatically recognizes the device and installs the appropriate drivers.


Installation process as simple as connecting it to the USB port- The operating system automatically recognizes the device E3131 and installs the appropriate drivers. The driver is stored in the modem, so we do not need to use additional software that comes on additional media. With Windows 7, you only need to manually run the installer for the Internet Manager. However, it is very easy and it boils down to virtually one click. If you are using the latest Windows 8, you do not have to do even that – everything will be completely automatic.



In addition to the connection to the internet, leading Internet Manager Panel also gives you access to many useful options. With it, you can send and receive text messages, check history of operations, the statistics of downloaded and uploaded data, and even use the subscriber’s personal account at T-Mobile. Huawei E3131 is compatible with HSPA+, which means that it is able to download data at speeds up to 21 Mbit/s. Posting is done in standard HSUPA, there is a maximum transfer rate of 5.76 Mbit/s. Such parameters freely enough to free and comfortable surfing the Internet resources. The practical results of our tests present themselves as well. Transfer speed in the test fluctuated around 14 Mbit/s for download.
Huawei E3131 modem is that you can recommend with a clear conscience, it is a small, portable and offers high-speed mobile Internet. His decisive advantages are also practical solutions, such as space for extra memory and a slot for an external antenna. And here now, there is HUAWEI E372 HSPA+ 42Mbps stick, if you want higher speed, you may need check HUAWEI E372 on . You will find something more amazing.


Huawei E3131 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps USB Surfstick Review

Huawei E3131 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps USB Surfstick is the new released HUAWEI HiLink 3G Wireless USB modem that support HSPA+ at 21Mbps download speed with 5.76Mbps upload speed.

Huawei E3131 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps USB Surfstick
Huawei E3131 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps USB Surfstick

                                                                                                                                                             HUAWEI E3131 has a few branch models, such as HUAWEI E3131s-1, E3131s-2, E3131s-6 and E3131s-65. They are born to support different network bands, for example, E3131s-1 supports UMTS 21Mbps, E3131s-2 supports UMTS 900/2100Mhz, E3131s-65 supports UMTS 850/1900Mhz and E3131s-6 supports UMTS 2100/1900/850MHz. They are all unlocked and could be used worldwide.

Huawei E3131 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps USB Surfstick
Huawei E3131 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps USB Surfstick

It’s the upgraded version of HUAWEI E303 HSDPA 7.2Mbps 3G USB Stick, and the same level of HUAWEI E353 3G USB Surfstick. But HUAWEI E3131 3G USB donle seems to be better than E353. Except the external antenna port, HUAWEI E3131 is more slim and could connect network in less time than E353. No software installation, plug to PC, it would auto connect.

Huawei E353 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps USB Surfstick
Huawei E353 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps USB Surfstick

Highlights & Details

  • Data transfer up to 21.6 Mb / s
  • Plug & Play installation with software for Windows and Mac OS X
  • MicroSD card slot for memory cards up to 32 GB (for example, for file sharing and common data exchange)
  • External antenna connector (CRC-9)
  • Supports SMS sending / receiving


HSPA + high-speed premium surf stick with antenna connection.


  • HSDPA up to 21.6 Mbit / s (download)
  • S HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbit / (upload).


HUAWEI E369 Himini 21Mbps 3G USB Modem
HUAWEI E369 Himini 21Mbps 3G USB Modem

HUAWEI also released another model HUAWEI E369 Himini 3G Datacard, which seem to be more powerful, because it support UMTS/WCDMA 850/900/AWS/2100Mhz and HSPA+ Download speed up to 21Mbps, but there is no external antenna connector and Micro SD card slot connector in E369. Perhaps HUAWEI E369 is designed for industrial applications.