Huawei E5186s-22a 4G LTE Cat6 WiFi Router

The Huawei E5186s-22a router is a 4G LTE category 6 router available from Huawei, replacing the popular predecessor LTE CPE B593s-22. As a large Chinese company that offers high quality network equipment, Huawei wireless routers has gain great reputation worldwide, and they also supply smartphones in very good quality too.

The Huawei E5186 4G wireless router was really the top model for making a broadband connection at home at least last year. Firstly, it has the latest 4G standard with the support of the frequencies in Europe (LTE FDD 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz TDD 2300/2600Mhz) and especially the 4G+ LTE CAT6. This means you can use the Huawei E5186s-22a with any network providers in all the European countries. Of course, if the network is compatible, you can also use the Huawei E5186s-22a in most of the Asian and African countries, including Middle East areas.



You can also attach an external 4G antenna to the Huawei E5186s-22a router because it has 2 SMA jacks. We had tested two external antennas (Indoor & Outdoor) for Huawei E5186 router to recommend for users who may need them:

Huawei E5186S-22a Indoor LTE antenna:

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


Huawei E5186S-22a Outdoor LTE antenna:

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

This E5186 router also allows you to have the latest WIFI standard, and in particular to be compatible dual band 2.4GHz and 5Ghz, the latest 802 ac is also supported.

It allows you to use an analog phone to make and receive calls from the inserted SIM card. This is crucial because operators are reluctant to use the SIM card only as a modem! It has a multilingual interface that you manage from your computer to configure your network quickly and easily (DHCP, VOIP, Firewall, consumption management etc), and it is also compatible with the mobile application Huawei Mobile WiFi for a configuration via smartphone.

You can share your 2G/3G/4G/4G+ connection in WiFi (WiFi support maximum up to 32 devices) or Ethernet (4 RJ45 sockets). In the package, there is an Ethernet cable, a user manual and an electrical adapter.

Huawei E5186 router has an on/off button which is easy to turn it off when you do not use it. Likewise, a WPS button (to connect wifi easily) is to enable/disable WiFi.

With the LTE advanced technologies, this Huawei E5186s-22a is currently not at high price comparing with the latest Huawei B618S-22d LTE router, which supports more advanced LTE technologies. Huawei E5186 4G Router is now in a really budget price, which will have good price and higher performance for faster surfing speed at home or office.


Huawei E5186 4G LTE Router Test

Huawei E5186s is the name of the Chinese producer’s latest mobile broadband router on the Danish market, and the telecommunications company “3” has introduced the E5186 router into their range as the router perfectly fits 3s network. The router can support Carrier Aggregation, which the phone company uses to achieve speeds of about 140 to 150 Mbit/s.

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The features on Huawei E5186 router:

  • 3G/4G LTE router with carrier aggregation
  • 4G LTE Category 6 router option to download up to 300 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac both on the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz
  • 4 Ethernet ports
  • USB port for sharing files
  • Antenna connector for external antenna.



Mobile broadband routers usually include not only the most basic set, and is by no means at the forefront compared to normal home routers, so this must be kept in mind to have a little quick look at the router’s functions.

The start-up of the Huawei E5186 router is very easy. You put the Sim card in, turn on the router and the name of the wireless network and the password are behind the router. So you can access the internet in two minutes.

The router is kept in white color, fit perfectly into most homes. Somebody may not exactly love the router’s blue twinkling lights. It should be mentioned that the included black power adapter is just as ugly as all other black power supplies that are currently provided in electronic products.

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How Huawei E5186 router works


The first thing you notice is that the E5186 router’s configuration to be accessed via the address, which is slightly different than most other routers in the consumer market. Next, you will be presented with a login window where you see the router’s current status without having to login to.

On the statistics, you can see the statistics of one’s consumption of data. The statistics are not just useful for much, but it gives an opportunity to follow one’s consumption, although it is somewhat unclear how the statistics are generated.

It is possible to update the router software on page “update”. The software update can be performed locally via USB or downloaded online.


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Many advanced options

The real fun options are listed in the settings where all the huawei E5186 router important settings hiding. Here you can change the name of the Wi-Fi network individually on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz. Unfortunately no possibility to make a guest network.

On the other hand, there are plenty of other very advanced features such as to setup a SIP server, which you use to certain types of IP telephone. The router is equipped with two phone ports, so it is possible to use the Huawei E5186 router to the IP phone. But this part, we have not tested.

It is also possible to block access to certain websites directly in the router – eg. block access to Facebook or YouTube. You simply enter the address of the web sites you do not want users to be able to access via the browser, and so prevents the router access to the site, which is quite useful if teenage daughter spend too much time on Facebook.

Finally, it is also possible to share the contents of a hard drive or a printer respectively via DLNA and Samba over the LAN. DLNA function serving as expected, and it is possible to stream video, view photos or play music. The setup of samba function caused not so many problems.



LED light shines like a beacon

The most important thing about the Huawei E5186 router is enough for daily use where you do not have to play with the functions in the menu, the router would be running rock-stable. Even with sometimes up to 14 Wi-Fi devices connected, Huawei E5186 LTE router drove stable, and there was absolutely no trouble keeping Wi-Fi connection itself far from the router. It is really convenient to be able to choose Wi-Fi at 5 GHz, when many residential areas have too many Wi-Fi network at 2.4 GHz, which creates noise and resulting low throughput of Wi-Fi.


Huawei E5186 4G router is also equipped with two connectors for external antennas. The router’s antennas are quite sensitive, and during the test, no trouble keeping the connection to the 3’s 4G LTE network. If you live far from the nearest cell tower or in an unfortunate area, so it is possible to connect an external antenna. You can use below the external antenna with two connectors to improve the signal strength. You may refer to below the link to buy the external antenna for Huawei E5186 Router:

Huawei E5186 antenna

The only really big complaint about Huawei E5186 router is the exceptionally bright LED lights on the router’s front – LED light shines just like a lighthouse. User should not put the router in the bedroom if you are planning to get some sleep during the night, and there should be a configuration option to turn down the strong light.


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Overall, Huawei E5186s router is a quite fine and sensible 4G router. It was no connection problems under the little mini-test, and the router did its good job for 12 terminals. If you are planning to buy a future proof router with good stable performance, Huawei E5186 4G LTE wireless router is recommended.

Huawei E5186 – First LTE Cat6 Router for A1

The first LTE Cat6 router Huawei E5186 arrived available for A1. Thanks to the introduction of LTE Carrier Aggregation  at the end of June 2015, so that bandwidth of up to 300 Mbit/s can be achieved. Thus, the Huawei E5186 router with appropriate tariff is ideal for work/surfing/games at home. The model number is huawei E5186s-22a, as we know, there is brother model Huawei E5186s-61a, which is for Australian market. If you are interested in the performance of this router, it’s necessary to see this test below.




In an unspectacular packaging, we find the E5186 router, a power cable, a LAN cable and a Quick Start Guide. In the brief instructions, we will discuss on the importance of the lamp, the connections and the installation of the SIM card. The Huawei E5186 router size is not smalle, dimensions are 194 x 177 x 64mm and lack of battery for stationary use.

On the front, we find LEDs that indicate the current operating status. The air vents are designed on the top and bottom. When working, the router is not hot, thanks to passive cooling, there is also no noise.

huawei E5186 LEDs


On the back we find a whole range of connections. In addition to the power connector, there is a USB port (for a network printer and USB Storage), 2 telephone lines and 4x Gigabit LAN ports. Behind the white panel, there is also the possibility to connect an antenna for better reception. If you want external antenna for Huawei E5186, we will recommend two antennas for your consideration. The micro-SIM card is inserted on the right side of body.



It’s simple to operate the E5186 LTE CPE: After insertion of SIM card and activation of the Power switch in the router, it would be connected with the mobile network after about 30 seconds. The Huawei E5186 router itself, brings the configuration of the connection automatically, manual input is unnecessary. And then other terminals can connect the WiFi and surf after the router connected with network. Those who then want to change the wireless network password or other settings, can do that on the router interface. The makes a very neat impression and you find yourself good at it rightly.



Huawei E5186 router offers the classic configuration via browser while there is another way to do the settings: The Huawei Mobile WiFi app. The app can be installed to the mobile phones or tablets by means of a clear user interface and wireless network settings.



Here, you can see the Huawei E5186 router technical features: It offers all common standards with WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac at 2.4GHz / 5GHz Dual Band and supports up to 64 devices. The range of the wireless network is about 250 meters (without obstacles), the possible bandwidth is up to 1.1 Gbit/s. This is the WiFi standard 802.11ac including simultaneous use of 5 and 2.4 GHz bands. In order to exploit the full speed, you need a corresponding network environment.


The Huawei E5186 4G/LTE router supports mentioned LTE Cat6, and thus enabling download speed of up to 300Mbit/s. Of course, it also supports all other standards, so LTE Cat4, HSDPA (Dual Cell) and EDGE or GRPS. The range was great in the practical test: I have measured 80 Mbit/s with LTE Carrier Aggregation without that latency. Surfing speed was particularly impressive. Since LTE provides really good value!


The reception of Huawei E5186 can also be improved with an external antenna if necessary. The antenna connector is SMA socket, here we have two external antenna for Huawei E5816. They both work well in real test:


Antenna one for Huawei E5186:

You can buy the antenna from here:


Antenna two for Huawei E5186:



You can buy this antenna from here:




For those who need fast Internet at home or a more remote region, we can recommend the Huawei E5186 router: it is ready to go, offers a number of setting options and a very stable and fast wireless internet. As a result, the E5186 LTE router is not only suitable for working or surfing, but also to play. But this also depends on the network coverage. The LTE Cat6 are already covered in more and more cities over the world and LTE latencies are generally low. We suppose the Huawei E5186 is a future proof LTE Wireless router, it’s worthy to buy!


If you ask whether there is similar LTE Cat6 router, there is still Huawei router to recommend. The model number is Huawei E5175. It’s a brother model like E5786, but not well-known.