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 E353 3G USB Surf Stick Spec and General Review

HUAWEI E353 3G USB Modem, also name E353u-2 3G Surfstick, is one of the hilink 3G USB stick which could help PC to connect network at HSDPA 21Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps. It’s not the newest USB modem, but it’s widely used in industries area. It’s longer than its predecessor HUAWEI E182E and E1820 UMTS Stick. With new software and upgrade in connection performance, HUAWEI E353 Internet Surfstick is the proved to be the reliable 3G USB dongle to access internet.

Huawei E353S-2 3G USB Surf Stick Spec and General Review
Huawei E353S-2 3G USB Surf Stick Spec and General Review

Below is the specifications:

Highlights & Details

  • Mobile high-speed data stick for easy surfing anywhere
  • Mobile Internet access with up to 21.6 Mbit / s
  • Plug & Play Installation: Software for Windows / Mac OS is already integrated in the drive
  • MicroSD slot for memory cards up to 32 GB
  • SMS / – reception possible
  • Free for all SIM cards, with “Mobile Partner” software to identify and develop all Operator Cards
  • With external antenna connection (CRC-9)

Huawei E353 3G USB Surf Stick Spec and General Review
Huawei E353 3G USB Surf Stick Spec and General Review


  • Data Transfer: 3G, HSDPA up to 21.6 Mbit / s (download), HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbit / s (upload), 2G, GPRS, EDGE
  • External antenna connector (CRC9)
  • LED status display
  • Dimension: (L x W x H) 89 x 27 x 12 mm

Huawei E353S-2 3G USB Surf Stick Spec and General Review
Huawei E353S-2 3G USB Surf Stick Spec and General Review

Package Content

  • Huawei E353 surf stick
  • Quick Guide

System Requirements

  • Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP2 (32/64), Windows 7 (32/64) or later
  • Mac OS X 10.4.x or later
  • Kernel 2.6.18 or later

Huawei E353S-2 3G USB Surf Stick Spec and General Review
Huawei E353S-2 3G USB Surf Stick Spec and General Review

Here now there is new HiLink HUAWEI E369 3G USB datacard available, which also support HSPA+ 21mbps download speed and 5.76Mbps upload. The difference between them is that HUAWEI E369 Internet Stick supports 5 bands for 3G, they are WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz. So HUAWEI E369 UMTS stick could supports almost all the 3G network all over the world. But high spec means high cost, if you can use HUAWEI E353, it’s also reliable and budget 3G modem for consideration.