Huawei E5186 LTE CPE Router Test & Review

Huawei E5186 is the world first CAT6 CPE LTE Router – it is said that LTE download speed up to 300 Mbit / s . Thus, the router all-in-one 4G network solution that should be ideal for work / surfing / playing on the second home or are at home. Whether this is really so, I have looked for this test.

  • Starting

In an unspectacular packaging we see there are the router, a power cable, a LAN cable and a Quick Start Guide. In the short instructions will be discussed in a few words on the importance of the lamp, the connections and the installation of the SIM card. The router is determined because of its size (194 x 177 x 64mm) and there is no battery for stationary use.

On the front we find LEDs that indicate the current operating status. There are the air vents at the top and bottom. The router is not particularly hot, passive thermal solution, it plays no sounds.

On the back we find a whole range of ports. In addition to the power switch which are the power connector, a USB port (for example, for a network printer), 2 telephone lines and 4x LAN Gigabit connections. Behind the white iris There is also the possibility to connect an antenna for better reception. The micro-SIM card is inserted on the right side.

  • Commissioning and Usability

Extremely easy: After insertion of the SIM card and activation of the Power toggle switch to the router is connected to about 30 seconds with the mobile network. The router, the configuration for the connection brings automatically, manual input is not necessary. At terminal only needs to be searched even after the router and then connected via WLAN. Who then wants to change the wireless password or other settings, can do this on the router interface. The makes a very neat impression and you find yourself good at it rightly.

The router offers the classic configuration via browser yet another way to make settings: The Huawei Mobile Wi-Fi App. The app can be made to the mobile phone by means of a clear user interface and wireless network settings.

  • Network readiness

Here, the Huawei E5186 router need not hide: He has with Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n / ac at 2.4GHz / 5GHz Dual Band all common standards and supports up to 64 devices. The range of the wireless network is about 250 meters (without obstacles), the possible bandwidth is Huawei to up to 1.1 Gbit / s. This is the standard Wi-Fi 802.11ac including simultaneous use of the 5 and 2.4 GHz bands. To thus utilize the full, you need a corresponding terminal.

  • Reception and bandwidth

The Huawei E5186 4G / LTE router as mentioned LTE Cat6 cable and, thus enabling bandwidths of up to 300Mbit / s. Of course it also supports all the other standards, ie LTE Cat4, HSDPA (Dual Cell) and EDGE or GRPS. The bandwidth was great in the practical test: In 1020 Wien I have 80 Mbit / s measured Tags with LTE without Carrier Aggregation, the latency was particularly impressive with only 20ms. Since LTE provides really good value!

Reception can – should it be necessary – are also improved with an external antenna. Simply check here if LTE is already available at your address: Shortly for LTE expansion in Austria. If questions about the supply or to appear expansion, easy to A1 community post under this thread!

  • Conclusion

A mobile terminal cannot replace a connection via the fixed network. For those who need fast Internet on a second home or a more remote region, I would recommend the B5186 Huawei router fully: it is ready to go, offers a number of setting options and a very good and fast wireless. As a result, the router is not only suitable for working or surfing, but also to play. But this also depends on the network coverage: Thanks very advanced LTE roll-out in the 800 frequency large parts of Austria are already covered and LTE latency are generally low.

My recommendation: Buy Huawei E5186!


Huawei Wingle E8278 Modem Review: Special 4G LTE in Car WiFi Router

Huawei E8278 is a special 4G surfstick released by Chinese manufactory Huawei, E8278 is not only a USB modem but also an in-car mobile WiFi hotspot. This article is talking about Huawei E8278 test and review.

E8278 Design & Appearance

Compared to E392 and other normal LTE surfsticks, Huawei E8278 larger in size, and also in its technology: a standard connector for SIM-card regular size, a slot for microSD memory cards and two pigtail connector for an external antenna. Connector is two, because over LTE technology is used coding diversity signal in which data transmission is performed via at least 2 antennas (two antennas in the base station and the two antennas in the modem). All connectors are covered with plugs to insert SIM-card, you need to move the front cover of the modem.

The E8278 is painted white plastic, pleasant to hold. USB-plug in the modem, router and turning no-frills – there are only two locking position – 90 and 180 degrees. Under the logo Huawei three LEDs: LED working network WiFi, an indicator of unread SMS indicator and the mobile network. The green indicator light means the last job in the network GSM / EDGE, Blue – 3G / UMTS, if the indicator light is turquoise – and then you network LTE. In general, the standard color palette devices Huawei, familiar from many other modems.

E8278 as a modem and control software

Modem Router supports data networks EDGE, 3G (DC-HSPA + up to 42.2 Mbit / s) and LTE (up to 100 Mbit / s) – in a word, universal. By connecting the laptop to the E8278 as the USB-modem at 2 am, the network of “Megaphone” I was able to accelerate to 92 (!) Mbit / s, although my previous record was 80 Mbit / s on the modem E392. It is necessary to mention that I was lucky – the nearest base station LTE is next door, but the fact that the device can digest such speeds, says a good chip inside.

E8278 running in emulation mode network Ethernet-like interface on Windows-based laptops and computers running MacOS X. For the PC version of Windows below “Seven” in memory of the special protection of the modem driver. I do not know about you, but I do not always like the shell operator, especially those that are written in Java. In the case of a network card emulation all modem control is through a web-interface to the address, which, in my opinion, eliminates the need to constantly contemplate a pop-up window on the green or red MegaFon MTS. However, if your computer has installed the shell MegaFon Internet or for MTS Connect modem Huawei, the E8278 will be able to use it as a modem operator. Settings made through the web-interface, the same applies for the regime, “modem” and the mode “router.” Anyone can set up an access point is a non-standard (APN), for example, if your operator provides you with a static IP- address. Selecting the network is limited to points of “Automatic”, ” only 2G», « only 3G», « only 4G». It is possible to send and receive SMS, a handy feature for connecting / disconnecting the services.

E8278 as a router

Do not just believe that the housing modem engineers were able to fit more and WiFi- router, but it is a fact. The formal characteristics of the device claimed to support up to 10 connected Wi-Fi users. In practice, this could not be verified, scraped together only three devices – tablet, laptop and smartphone. The first testing cast doubt on the power WiFi- module: the measurements by hand periodically twitched and crashed. Therefore, in the case of a router in the car when the Internet needs of 2-3 passengers (for example, a wife, two children), opportunity Huawei E8278 is more than enough.

It is worth noting that the E8278 router mode always works – and when you connect it to USB-port of the computer, and when inserting it into the AC adapter with USB, and when inserting it into USB-port of any other router. Even when you are using the E8278 on the computer as a modem, others may take away the Internet on WiFi.

E8278 Power

The modem router can obtain power from any device equipped with port USB. These devices can be a laptop computer, a desktop monitor with USB- hub network adapter or laptop battery. In the latter case, the E8278 is able battery life even away from the wall.

Speaking of network adapters. The instructions to the E8278 strictly recommended to connect the router to the network only through the company network adapter Huawei Charger, the use of any other instructions the authors believe promises loss guarantees and other catastrophic consequences. Searching the Internet for the specification of this wonderful adapter revealed that the output current of 2.0A adapter will make the voltage standard – 5V. This E8278 works fine through the adapter 220 from the Apple iPad mini (1.0A), and from USB-port of the computer that provides all standard 0.5A. Why do the authors recommend that the instructions supplied to the router is almost 4 times more current, I personally do not really understand?

E8278 in the car

Finally the time has come to discuss the main thing – the life of E8278 in the car. As I said at the beginning , the task simple layman to get WiFi in the car through a network of LTE, while spending a minimum of effort and leaving intact the appearance of the cabin. Ie opening casing, additional wiring harness and mounting screws or gadgets on the adhesive is not allowed.

To connect the E8278 via the cigarette lighter, you can use any USB adapter from 12 to 5 volts. With a total spread of smartphones, tablets, video recorders and navigators certainly have such an accessory 9 out of 10 drivers. Ease of use of the router in the machine will depend on the location of the cigarette lighter socket or USB-ports. As practice has shown the use of several cars, not in each cigarette lighter socket is located optimally.

In my case, 12V outlet was located immediately to the right of the lever gearbox, so while running a hand now and then threatened to touch the device. The Toyota Allex, on the contrary, the place chosen for the outlet is almost perfect – the distance to the large lever arm; only inserted the router will interfere with open bottom drawer for small items. The same applies to the Toyota Camry. Perhaps the best way to accommodate the router will be lighter in the rear shelf next to the trunk – but the possibility is only the owners of wagons, minivans and SUVs, and some not at all.

An alternative way to connect the E8278 – plug it into USB-port on the front of the car. True, there may be some nuances: if the port is too close to the steering wheel, you will hurt him or his hands or knees.


Compact WiFi- router in the form of USB-modem – a rare guest on the shelves of mobile shops and electronics stores, but for most motorists this gadget would come in handy. He sat in the car , stuck in the cigarette lighter worked , pulled out of the cigarette lighter , slipped back into his pocket – a simple and straightforward scenario for equipping machines Wi-Fi access , especially for family travelers. In this regard, the router – whistle on the order of convenient conventional mobile routers, which would connect the cable.

E8278 Pros:

  • Excellent work mode LTE- modem
  • Compact size
  • A single web-based interface for setting device (router / modem)
  • Presence of connectors for external antennas
  • Standard SIM card

E8278 Cons:

  • High price
  • Ordinary-looking design


Huawei E5776 vs. Huawei E5786

Anyone looking for a portable 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot modem, cannot ignore the Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The flagship product called Huawei E5776 is so welcomed due to its good facilities and the long battery life. Now the upgraded version E5786 is on the market and has brought some improvements. The differences and commons of Huawei E5776 and E5786 are clarified in this article.

Tech Specifications of E5776 and E5786:

Both of the Huawei E5776 and the E5786 Huawei have a very good technical equipment. The main difference is clearly the LTE Speed: the older Huawei E5776 only LTE Category 4 with a maximum of 150 Mbit / s supported in the downlink, while the Huawei E5786 LTE Category 6 and thus speeds up to 300 Mbit / s in the downlink. In addition, the Huawei E5786 has significantly faster and more powerful wireless module which transmits on both 2.4 GHz and at 5 GHz. The following is a detailed comparison chart for both devices:

Huawei E5776 Huawei E5786
LTE Category 4, bis 150 Mbit/s down, bis 50 Mbit/s up Category 6, bis 300 Mbit/s down, bis 50 Mbit/s up
LTE frequency bands 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
UMTS DC-HSPA+, bis 42,2 Mbit/s down, bis 5,76 Mbit/s up DC-HSPA+, bis 42,2 Mbit/s down, bis 5,76 Mbit/s up
UMTS frequency bands 850/900/1900/2100 MHz 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
GSM frequency bands 850/900/1800/1900 MHz 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Battery 3000 mAh fest verbaut 3000 mAh fest verbaut
WLAN 802.11b/g/n (2,4 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (433 MBit/s, 2,4 GHz und 5 GHz)
Dimensions 107 x 66 x 16 mm, 150g 106 x 66 x 16 mm, 155g
Others Power bank function with optional cable Power bank function, QR code on display
Wi-Fi Protocol 802.11b/g/n IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Good reception on both devices:

Both the Huawei E5776 and the E5786 Huawei have a good transmitting and receiving performance, the E5786 LTE1800 and LTE800 is slightly better than the E5776. Even with speed and latency, the two models do not take much, at least not when the mobile tariff is limited to 150 Mbit / s or less. The only criticism of the E5776: the slow WLAN module is the maximum speed of 150 Mbit / s can only be used via the USB interface.

Software differences:

The technical data are well in both hotspots, but the software is equipped with a couple of interesting features in the Huawei E5786, which are missing the E5776. The most interesting is certainly the wireless repeater function, which was first introduced with the Huawei E5372.


Another software functionality of the Huawei E5786 is to be displayed on the display QR codes to get around to the wireless password or download the Huawei Mobile WiFi app. The latter is actually available to both the E5776 and E5786 with and allows you to configure the basic functions of a smartphone or tablet, will not have to call the web interface.


In summary, we can see the Huawei E5786 of course is the better device. In consideration of the charge for LTE Category 6, the faster Wi-Fi, the better software and a few other features worth, everyone must decide for themselves, because the Huawei E5776 is still recommended.