Huawei E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot General Review

HUAWEI E5331 3G MobilePocket WiFi is the lastest most popular portable 3G hotspot from HUAWEI. Perhaps because its fashion design and good price, after released to market, HUAWEI E5331 mobile 3G router soon becomes the new star in HUAWEI E5 family.

HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot
HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot



HUAWEI E5331 Mobile WiFi supports 3G UMTS 900/2100Mhz, and it seems it’s more apt for European area. Different from HUAWEI E586 and E560, it support maximum 8 users to share the network. And the operation icon is more simple, just one button on the front. There is no LED screen display, just 4 indicators with the power button. Perhaps the LED screen save the cost of HUAWEI E5331 Pocket WiFi.

HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot
1 – Signal indicator
2 – Wi-Fi indicator
3 – Battery indicator
4 – SMS indicator
5 – Strap hole
6 – Power button
7 – USB port(Micro USB Type B)

Frankly speaking, HUAWEI E5331 is more powerful than HUAWEI E586, and price is much cheaper, we suppose it’s the chipset change. But we didn’t get any official information about this.

HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot
HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot

There is only one USB Slot at the side of E5331, which is to give power support to E5331. Below is the genera review of HUAWEI E5331 Pocket WiFi:

HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot
HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Highlights & Details

  1. With up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices (and 1 device via USB 2.0) simultaneously to the Internet
  2. Internet-/Intranetzugang mobile with up to 21.6 Mbit / s
  3. Plug and Play Software Installation
  4. For Windows ® XP (SP2 or later), Windows ® Vista SP2 (32/64), Windows ® 7 (32/64), Mac ® OS 10.5 or later, Linux Kernel2.6.18or later
  5. MAC filtering, HTTP file sharing, DMZ, port forwarding and VPN
  6. Lithium-polymer battery, 1500 mAh for 280h standby or 6 hours of use
  7. SMS send and receive
  8. LED display for battery level, network signal, wireless status and SMS
  9. Controlled and configured via free “HUAWEI Mobile WiFi” app for Android ™ and iOS
  10. Free for all SIM cards
HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot
HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot


With the mobile hotspot, your UMTS / HSPA connection for up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices by pressing a button can be achieved.



  • HSDPA: Max. 21.6 Mbit / s (download)
  • HSUPA max. 5.76 Mbit / s (upload)
  • 2G (GSM) frequencies 850/900/1800/1900 MHz (Quad-band)
  • 3G (UMTS) frequencies 900/2100 MHz (Dual Band)
  • WLAN 802.11 b / g / n (WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-AES).


  • Huawei E5331
  • USB cable
  • Quick Guide
HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot
HUAWEI E5331 3G 21Mbps Mobile WiFi Hotspot

System Requirements

  • Windows XP SP2
  • WindowsVistaSP2 (32/64)
  • Windows 7 (32/64)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Kernel2.6.18or later

With HUAWEI E5331 Pocket WiFi Router, HUAWEI also released HUAWEI E355 Mobile 3G WiFi modem router which has the same functions as E5331. The main difference between E5331 and E355 is that E5331 has rechargeable battery but E355 needs external power input to keep it working. And for most of time, they could replace each other.


HUAWEI B660 3G Wireless Router Quick Review and General Specifications

For a long time, the HUAWEI B970 and HUAWEI B970B 3G Router – released as a wireless router B970 Vodafone or as web’n’walk Box IV 4 or Speedport HSPA – the best wireless network solution for wireless Internet access via UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE and GPRS.

HUAWEI B970b 3G Wireless HSDPA 7.2Mbps wifi Router
HUAWEI B970b 3G Wireless HSDPA 7.2Mbps wifi Router

But now there is the successor: the Huawei B660 3G WiFi Router – mostly by automatic configuration and significantly improved connection reliability. Surf the web via WLAN or LAN, you build a home network through this router to wire you up to four devices via LAN and save yourself an additional network switch – anything is possible with this HSPA+ router. It delivers on the mobile networks up to 7.2 Mbit/s download and up to 5.6 Mbit/s upstream.

3G Wireless Router HUAWEI B660 HSDPA 7.2Mbps Router
3G Wireless Router HUAWEI B660 HSDPA 7.2Mbps Router
But the HUAWEI B660 Wireless Router can do even more – It has a socket for connecting an analog landline phone. This can be a DECT base station, or a standard corded phone. With this phone, you can not only browse the traditional landline via the located SIM card on the HUAWEI B660 3G Router, but also calls!
3G Wireless Router HUAWEI B660 HSDPA 7.2Mbps Router
3G Wireless Router HUAWEI B660 HSDPA 7.2Mbps Router

HUAWEI B660 WiFi Router comes without SIM-lock, without Netlock and without branding, thus without any restriction in the usability. It is a device that comes directly from Huawei and freely used for all networks and SIM cards.

It supports the following data transfer methods:

– HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbit/s – fast download

– HSUPA up to 5.6 Mbit/s – faster upload

– WCDMA up to 384 kbit/s

– EDGE to 220 kbit/s

– GPRS up to 53 kbit/s

Conjunction with the PC: either via WiFi or LAN cable

Antenna connection available – suitable antennas can be found in our shop

3G Wireless Router HUAWEI B660 HSDPA 7.2Mbps Router
3G Wireless Router HUAWEI B660 HSDPA 7.2Mbps Router

Contents of Package:

– Huawei B660 without branding

– Power Supply

– Manual

Actually, here now there is new upgraded 3G Router from huawei to support users get higher speed connection, the model is HUAWEI B683 HSPA+ 28.8Mbps 3G Wireless Router, which could support 32 users to share stable WiFi signal. Check the review and test of HUAWEI B683 3G WiFi Hotspot.

HUAWEI B683 3G Wireless Router Test and Review

Mobile Internet, which was synonymous with luxury – until recently it is now a very common and convenient way to access the global network and to surf internet. Continuously falling prices of the service make more and more people choose to use mobile or wireless network. Following the wake of growing demand for mobile internet devices, manufacturers are trying to create mobile broadband to maximize the easier and more enjoyable communication for us.


One of these manufacturers is Chinese company Huawei, which launched the HUAWEI B683 3G WiFi router. It could connects to 3G mobile network via LAN or SIM card based on HSPA + standard.

General Review

Huawei B683 3G Wirelss Router stands out from the “crowd” of other routers, its unusual, modern design. The outside plastic is used in glossy casing (so-called “piano”), which unfortunately can be seen virtually every fingerprint. If clean it up, it looks very shining.


At the top of the unit is the Dial-up (used to connect to the Internet) button, the side is the ports for connections in the router (external antenna, connect the telephone line, power supply, USB port, four-port LAN 10/100 Ethernet (RJ45)).

At the front of the router there are two buttons – on / off switch and a button Wi-Fi/WPS (for creating wireless Wi-Fi networks).


Behind the rear panel is reset button (used to restore the factory settings) and pendants, based on which we can put HUAWEI B683 stand like a wall. In this back, you will also find housing flap, concealed SIM slot grille.


The discrete icons on HUAWEI B683 3G WiFi Router informs us connection status, the icons are located around the dial-up button. The lights of the icons will keeping on when the B683 is working, so they could show us below the information clearly, even in a dark room:

* Using the USB port

* Wi-Fi/WPS active network

* Internet connection through mobile

* Power

* LAN status


Package Contents

In the box, we can find the router power adapter and user manual for instructions. Manufacturer unfortunately not provided us information about the gadgets that can connect to the device. And users have to look for an external antenna themselves and buy on their own.


Interface and Support

The device is taken out of the box practically ready for use. To use the mobile Internet, we only need to put a SIM card into and snap, and plug the snap into B683 Router. After power is on, a 3G LAN / Wi-Fi router starts working. Usually, you don’t even need to set up a profile , but if you are unlucky to do this, it’s simple and easy, the configuration wizard helps you through the whole process step by step, you just follow up the wizard and click finish. All finished and it will auto connect to internet.


If we want to use more advanced functions of the router, you have to delve into the administration panel. Do not fail the people who want to have access to a large number of network settings.

Huawei B683 3G Router could set up below configuration:

* MAC address filtering

* IP address filtering

* Setup DMZ

* Mobile network settings (including manual network selection)


* UPnP


Regarding the stability and speed of data transmission – during the test, they are not a big deal. Only when the Wi-Fi connected the three devices simultaneously, this is not enough for the maximum device quantity that HUAWEI B683 could connect. It could support total 32 users to share the network.

Mobile internet worked without delay, the HUAWEI B683 Wireless Router could found and correct 3G network in a few seconds. The infrastructure of the operator at the test, unfortunately, did not allow for “squeezing all the juice” from the router. The test speed that I was able to achieve a 2.05Mbit/s (download) and 0.04Mb/s (upload), even the peak speed declared by the manufacturer could reach 28MB/s (download) and 5.76Mb/s (upload). I suppose it’s due to the network environment.


Huawei also has equipped its product in several additional and very useful features. One of them is the ability to send and receive SMS messages from the admin (of course, if our operator gave this functionality).



Huawei B683 3G WiFi Router is the ideal solution for those who want to create a small network. The device is so functional that allows you to use both mobile internet and desktop – through the telephone line.


Unfortunately, the device also has disadvantages. Manufacturer begrudged accessories for the router – in the standard package, there is only power adapter, user guide, then users couldn’t anything more.


Anyhow, we still give good praise on the router performance, because the case is well fit and makes a solid impression. It is a pity that the manufacturer has applied the glossy, new material. On the other hand, this type of equipment will not touch rather too often, so the prints should not be a problem.


The most important is that when we test it, it keeps working at stable status, which is key point users concern.


Actually, HUAWEI also has other 3G Wireless Routers, such as HUAWEI B970b HSDPA 3G WiFi Router, we will introduce next time.