Huawei E5885 VS Netgear Aircard 790s

We had introduced the Huawei Cat6 Pocket WiFi one month ago. As a new 4G+ Cat6 MiFi, Huawei E5885Ls-93a was added to the Cat6 router list. However, there are many similar 4G LTE pocket WiFi in the market. Netgear Aircard 790s is one of the LTE Cat6 MiFi routers. Somebody had asked what the difference is between the Huawei E5885Ls-93a and Netgear AC790S and which one is better to buy. Today we will take a comparison of the two mobile router and find the answers.

Huawei E5885Ls-93a VS Netgear AC790S Appearance

If you had read our blog about Netgear mobile hotspot, you may know the Netgear Aircard 790s is in a typical design of a Netgear mobile hotspot. It has a touchscreen and it’s the first 4G LTE Pocket WiFi router with a touchscreen. Users can do simple settings from the display. There are a power button and two connectors for high gain LTE antenna. The back cover could be moved to insert SIM card and change the battery.


Unlike Netgear AC790S, Huawei E5885Ls-93a has only a small display to show the connection status. Users cannot do the settings through the display. Different from other Huawei 4G portable router, Huawei E5885Ls-93a is very thick, perhaps because of the large built-in battery packs. The battery of Huawei E5885Ls-93a could not be removed but the back cover could be removed to insert SIM card and SD storage card. Huawei E5885Ls-93a has also an Ethernet port, USB input and output ports, a WPS button and Power button.

Netgear AC790S VS Huawei E5885Ls-93a Specifications

From the appearance, we can see the Huawei E5885 and Aircard 790s are very different. Then let’s have a comparison of Huawei E5885Ls-93a Specs and Netgear AC790S Specs:

Model Huawei E5885Ls-93a Netgear Aircard 790s
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot with Ethernet port LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.6
Chipset Hisilicon LTE Cat6 chipset Qualcomm MDM9230
Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * FDD-LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/19/20
* TDD-LTE: Band 38/40/41
B1, B3, B7, B8, B28
WLAN 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 32 users 15 users
MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No connector Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna N/A Netgear AC790s External Antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP 3.0 Netgear Aircard APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Non-removable, 6400mAh Removable, 2930 mAh
Dimensions  112.00 x 69.20 x 23.00mm 110 x 68 x 15 mm
Ethernet Port On port for WAN/LAN port(RJ-45) No
Datasheet download Huawei E5885 Datasheet Netgear AC790S Datasheet
User Manual Huawei E5885 Manual Netgear Aircard 790s manual
Other features Power bank, CA, NFC 2 band CA
Firmware download Huawei E5885 Firmware Netgear AC790S Firmware
Drivers Huawei E5885 driver Netgear AC790S driver
Reviews Huawei E5885 Review Netgear Aircard 790s review
Price 279.00USD 179.00USD



The two Cat6 pocket WiFi routers both could support peak download speed up to 300Mbps. Huawei E5885Ls-93a seems more powerful on other points:

  1. Supports more LTE frequency bands including the bands in North American areas
  2. Support up to 32 wireless devices which are double of the qty from Aircard 790s
  3. Larger battery up to 6400mAh, and it can charge other devices
  4. The Ethernet port supports LAN/WAN and very useful
  5. NFC functions for easy WiFi connection


However, Huawei E5885Ls-93a doesn’t have the connectors for external antennas, which Netgear Aircard 790s has. Since Huawei E5885 is a new model with powerful and practical functions, the price is more expensive than Netgear Aircard 790s price. So if you just need a decent pocket WiFi for daily use, the Netgear AC790S is enough. But if you want the pocket WiFi has more function to meet your requirements, Huawei E5885Ls-93a is worth buying.