Five LTE Cat6 Home/Office Routers to Recommend

More and more people are enjoying the life with 4G LTE networks, which changes our lives invisibly. Even LTE is more and more popular; many customers are demanding faster surfing speed for large data transmission or online games. And the network providers are not stopping at the current LTE cat3 and cat4 networks. Many carriers are trying to upgrade the current LTE to LTE –Advanced to meet the customers’ requirements for better experience. With the upgraded LTE networks with carrier aggregation, customers can get much faster speed on LTE cat6 than current LTE cat4. Today, we would like to recommend a few LTE Category 6 routers for home or SOHO office.


Huawei B525

Huawei B525 is the latest 4G Router Cat.6 supporting DL speed to 300mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps, please check the details specs below:

Model Huawei B525
Product type LTE WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.6
Chipset HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset
Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands B525s-23a: Band  1/3/7/8/20/32/38
B525s-65a: Band  1/3/4/5/7/8/20/19/26/28/32/38/40/41
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 64 users
Connector for external antenna Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei B525 external antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP
SIM Size Micro SIM
Battery NO
Dimensions 163 x 52 x 226 mm
Interfaces * 3 x LAN port(45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (45)
* 2 x telephone port(RJ11)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5)
* One micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
Datasheet Huawei B525 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual Huawei B525 User Manual(PDF)
Other features  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, TR069 Remote Management, HTTP Online Upgrade, QoS, USB Share, UPnP, IPV6, DLNA, Fax, Print, VPN
Firmware download Huawei B525 firmware
Driver Huawei B525 driver
Reviews Huawei B525 Review
Price/USD 259.00USD

Huawei B525 is the best buy Cat6 WiFi router, if you want to buy it, click here:

Huawei E5186

Huawei E5186 is the world’s first 4G LTE Cat6 router for LTE advanced networks. With the carrier aggregation technology, users can access internet and surfing at 300mbps download speed and 50Mbps upload. The download speed is almost double faster than that from LTE CAT4, which could achieve download speed to 150mbps. To support various LTE frequency bands from different carriers, the Huawei E5186 CPE has two sub-models now as below:

* Huawei E5186s-22a: LTE Band 1/3/7/8/20/38 (FDD 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz, TDD 2600MHz)

Huawei E5186s-61a: LTE Band 3/7/28/40 (FDD 700/1800/2600MHz TDD 2300MHz)


Of course, the 3G DC-HSPA+/UMTS and quad-band GSM networks are backward compatible. The WiFi standard is 802.11a/b/g/n/ac on dual bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz). What’s more, the Huawei E5186 could support up to 64 wireless devices to access the internet through WiFi. And there are four RJ45 ports for LAN, one of which is also for WAN. Two RJ11 ports are for a telephone. One USB port and one SIM card slot are available. There is also the possibility to connect an external antenna to the E1586 router, on the back, there are two connectors for external antennas.


Huawei E5186 is a typical 4G LTE Router and as we know, it’s the best seller of LTE Cat6 router. If you want to know more details about it, click here:



Huawei E5175

Very few people know the Huawei E5175 LTE Router perhaps because it’s also not listed in Huawei official site. And we also don’t get any information about the router available for any network providers. Perhaps it’s just a test model? We can’t get the answer.


The appearance of Huawei E5175 is similar to Huawei E5186, especially the interface ports, almost copying from E5186. It’s said Huawei E5175 is presented earlier than E5186, but it’s about to end of life. The Huawei E5175 technical specifications are the same as that of E5186 router.

If you want to know more details about Huawei E5175 4G Router, welcome to click here:



Vodafone B4000

If you are familiar with Huawei wireless gateways, you may know the Vodafone B4000 is the customized Huawei E5186. The predecessor model Vodafone B3000 comes from Huawei B593s-22. On the Vodafone router, the Huawei logo is changed to Vodafone. And the firmware is customized for Vodafone. Other features and functions are completely the same as Huawei E5186.


So if you don’t like the Vodafone brand, Huawei E5186 could fully replace Vodafone B4000. If you want to know more details about Vodafone B4000, click here:



ZTE is always following the steps of Huawei and presents similar products to huawei. So the appearance of ZTE MF286 somewhat looks like Huawei E5186. The interfaces in MF286 are the same to E5186. The chipset of ZTE MF286 is Qualcomm WTR3925 and MDM9230. But Huawei E5186 is on its own chipset. The highlight of ZTE MF286 is that there is an inserted battery with 3000mAh, which means user can take MF286 outdoor or on the go. Other features are similar to E5186. We usually say ZTE is copying Huawei, but we also see the innovation in ZTE products.


If you want to know more details about ZTE MF286, click here:



ZyXEL LTE4506 

Unlike the three LTE routers above, the ZyXEL LTE4506 is in the shape of cube, which looks like Huawei E5180 LTE Cube. LTE4506 can support up to 32 wireless users. There is a micro-USB connector for charging and a Gigabit LAN port, for connecting wired devices. Frankly speaking, the design of the ZyXEL LTE4506 is cool, if you want to know more details about it, click here:



We believe there will be more LTE Cat6 router available in near future, but currently the above the five LTE routers are the best for LTE advanced networks with CA. There is no doubt that Huawei is dominating this LTE advanced technology. In the above routers, Huawei E5186 is the most popular and mostly recommended. But before you get the right one, check the network compatibility first with your carriers.

Vodafone B4000 4G LTE Wireless Router Review

Vodafone will begin with LTE-Advanced and already announced a matching router B4000 at Cebit that should dominate the improved LTE technology for the first time. With the new model B4000,  user could achieve the fastest possible speed on LTE-Advanced network. Below you can learn all about the key data for the new top model.

Features and characteristics of Vodafone B4000

Manufacturer and type designation

Huawei E5186s-22 (HiSilicon chip)

Download rate up

Up to 300 MBit/s

Upload rate up

Up to 50 Mbit/s

Supported LTE bands:

LTE 2600 MHz/2100 MHz/1800 MHz/900 MHz/800 MHz (FDD) LTE + 2600 MHz TDD

LTE-Advanced Support

yes (the first time)

backward compatible with:

HSPA, HSPA+; UMTS (900/2100 MHz); GSM

MIMO Support:

MIMO 2×2

Connector for external antenna

yes, 2 SMA sockets(Buy Vodafone B4000 Antenna)


LTE category 6 modem


With integrated PABX

Yes, VOIP SIP Client

VoLTE Suppor (Voice over LTE)


Connection for analog phones

Yes, 2xRJ11



integrator with Voice Mail

Network | LAN & WLAN

LAN Ports

4 LAN Gigabit ports (RJ45)

Wi-Fi standards

WLAN 802.11b/g/n/ac for up to 64 users

5 GHz Wi-Fi support





yes, 1 x USB 2.0

Mass weight

194 x 177 x 64 mm at 450 grams

Information material


“Not yet available online

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Before B4000 is presented, there was no doubt that Vodafone B3000 was probably more of a “snapshot”. Here now Vodafone B4000 is available, which looks like the predecessor Vodafone B3000 and B2000. From the specifications, you can find the B4000 has new features and improvements. From the back label, we can find the Vodafone B4000 comes from original factory model Huawei E5186s-22 with a Vodafone logo branded, Huawei is the top Chinese hardware manufacturer.


First LTE-Advanced Router

The B4000 will be Vodafone’s first router that dominated the superfast LTE-Advanced, with the Category 6 with possibly 225-300 Mbit/s download speed. Customers will benefit from higher data rates at home or office when best network is available. Vodafone B4000 could support the  Vodafone network on LTE 800 MHz and the band around 2600 MHz which is primarily only available in urban areas.

Technical parameters

You can see some general technical specification on the box. In terms of wired and wireless features, you may refer to the technical datasheet. All the 4 LAN ports are finally designed for Gigabit and WLAN module dominates the latest standard, the wireless also transfer rates are possible in the gigabit range. Accordingly, it can be done in 5 GHz for the first time. The previous models were only compatible up to 802.11n and offered no 5 GHz.


Vodafone B4000 supports LTE Bands 1/3/7/8/20 and 38, so it support TDD network while the Vodafone B3000 can only work with FDD networks. In addition, the router is backwards compatible with the popular 3G and 2G standards, when LTE is not available even temporarily. The unit also has 2 USB ports (bottom and sides), and 2 SMA connectors for connecting an external antenna.



Two telephones can be connected and operated via VOIP. What’s more, Vodafone B4000 supports the first “real” Voice over LTE, also named VoLTE. In 2014, the leading LTE providers start with this innovative technology, which promises including improved voice quality and lightning fast call setup.



The Vodafone B4000 has latest 4G technology for new networks, and it could fully replace the previous model such as B3000, B2000, B1000. Here now it’s already available on . If you like it or want the unbranded factory model Huawei E5186s-22, welcome to check




Vodafone B4000 LTE-Advanced Router Available in Portugal

Portugal is the first country where the new Vodafone B4000 LTE-Advanced Router is available. Since mid-June you can purchase your new router there, either without contract or with a mobile phone contract. And we can see there are many shops selling unlocked Vodafone B4000 without any contract. If you don’t want to be tied with the network operators, you can consider this unlocked one. The Vodafone B4000 router is manufactured by Huawei and there carries the model name of Huawei E5186. It is the world’s first LTE router for LTE-Advanced (LTE category 6), depending on the tariff and network, up to 300 megabits per second in the downlink can be achieved.


The Vodafone B4000 LTE-Advanced Router will be available over the summer in Germany with Vodafone, we could look at the device 2014 at the CeBIT already precisely. The factory model Huawei E5186 is already available on the market without operators’ logo and customization, it would be great for those who don’t need the operators’ contract. User can buy Huawei E5186 as alternative.


LTE with up to 300 MBit/s downlink
It is the first time the carrier aggregation technology can be bundled support on LTE Category 6, with the various frequency bands. So you can reach up to 300 megabits per second in the downlink in a first stage with 2 × 2 MIMO antenna technology, uploads of up to 50 Mbit/s are as previously possible. The downlink of a doubling of speed compared to LTE Category 4 speed cannot automatically be used from any vendor supporting LTE Category 6: it is expected in Germany “only” 225 Mbit/s to apply on Vodafone, while Vodafone Portugal support up to 300 MBit/s.


WLAN ac and Gigabit Ethernet
The Vodafone B4000 or the Huawei E5186 installed the new WLAN ac for the first time in a cellular router as standard. Assuming a corresponding terminal to LTE category 6 may as well use full wireless speed. But not only the radio interface has been optimized, and the Ethernet ports on the back of Vodafone B4000 are much faster than in previous devices Vodafone B2000 and Vodafone B3000. They now offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s.
Vodafone has already demonstrated LTE-Advanced in live operation at the CeBIT 2014. Press representatives could see speeds well in excess of 200 Mbit/s. according to a statement, Vodafone plans from March, the introduction of LTE-Advanced category 6 for the summer of 2014. with a start to the IFA technology, trade show in early September is considered highly probable in Berlin. Here many new products, services and technologies were launched in previous years.