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Huawei E5330 Mobile Wi-Fi Router Reviews, Features, Specifications & Unlocking

Huawei corporation has recently launched its new Mobile WiFi router, model Huawei E5330 in various countries. E5330 3G mobile W-Fi router is the world’s most compact 21 Mbps 3G router which is small enough to fit comfortably into your palm. The one key design blends elegance and practicality to deliver portable network in style. Here, we will review, its features and specifications. It is a high-speed packet access mobile hotspot. It is a multi-mode wireless terminal for SOHO (Small Office and Home Office) and business professionals.

Huawei E5330 router
Huawei E5330 router

You can remotely switch on or off your mobile WiFi, check up on battery levels, examine signal strength, read messages and view all connected devices in one place. The E5330 provides access for up to 10 different devices simultaneously, be it laptops, mobiles phones, and tablets.

The main specifications of Huawei E5330 Mobile WiFi Router:

1. Dimension :

  • Width : 92.8mm
  • Height : 60mm
  • Depth : 13.8mm
  • Weight : about 120g (including the battery)
Huawei E5330 dimension
Huawei E5330 dimension

2. Model : E5330

3. Sub Models :  E5330As-2, E5330Bs-2 and E5330Bs-6

4. Form : Mobile Wi-Fi

5. Communication System : UMTS/HSUPA/HSPA+/GSM/GPRS/EDGE

6. Speed : HSDPA 21.6Mbps upload /HSUPA 5.76Mbps download

7. Display : LED Light

8. Battery : Capacity: 3.7 V, 1500 mAh, Maximum working time: 6 hours, Maximum standby time: 300 hours while Wi-Fi is off

9. microSD card slot : No

10. Wi-Fi Protocol : 802.11b/g/n

11. Wi-Fi Connection Number : Up to 10 simultaneous users/devices

12. Operating System : Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7,Windows 8,Mac OS X 10.5,Mac OS X 10.6,Mac OS X10.7,Mac OS X10.8

The key features of Huawei E5330 Mobile WiFi Router :

  • HSPA+ (DL) data service of up to 21.6 Mbit/s
  • HSDPA (DL) data service of up to 14.4 Mbit/s
  • HSUPA (UL) data service of up to 5.76 Mbit/s
  • UMTS data service of up to 384 kbit/s
  • EDGE data service of up to 236.8 kbit/s
  • GPRS data service of up to 85.6 kbit/s
  • PS domain data service based on UMTS and GSM
  • SMS based on CS/PS domain of GSM and UMTS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Five-second fast boot
  • Support for HUAWEI Mobile WiFi App
  • Press and Play
  • 3G/Wi-Fi auto offload
  • IPv6 /IPv4 dual stack (optional)
  • Built-in DHCP Server, DNS RELAY, and NAT
  • Online software upgrade
  • Traffic statistic
  • Standard Micro USB interface
  • HiLink features (Driverless, Zero installation)
  • LED indicators
  • Built-in UMTS and WLAN high gain antenna
  • Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1/SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8 (does not support Windows RT), MAC OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 with latest upgrades

How to unlock Huawei E5330 Mobile WiFi Router?

  • Change the default sim with another network sim.
  • Plug to PC using USB cable.
  • It will redirect you to unlock page asking you for the password (unlock code).
  • Put correct unlock code and it will be unlocked forever.

Huawei Vodafone R216 4G Mobile WiFi Hotspot – Features, Specs, Reviews

Vodafone has launched a new Huawei make device, dubbed as Vodafone R216. It is a new 4G Mobile WiFi hotspot router that comes with Hisilicon Balong 711 processor. It is listed in the company international website without the price tag.

Vodafone R216 Huawei Mobile WiFi Router
Vodafone R216 Huawei Mobile WiFi Router

The Vodafone R216 mobile WiFi hotspot router supports Cat.4 4G LTE that supports download speed up to 150Mbps and upload speed up to 50 Mbps. Vodafone also provides R216-z which is ZTE make. It comes with 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, but no word about microSD card slot.

The R216 features LTE FDD 800/1800/2600MHz, UMTS/WCDMA 900/2100MHz and GPRS/GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz bands. In its DC-HSPA+ network, the device supports download speed to up to 42Mbps and upload speed up to 5.76Mbps.

The Vodafone R216 supports WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n and also dual band WiFi 2.4 + 5 GHz. It comes with LED indicator and 1500mAh Li-ion battery. It measures 96 × 58 × 12.8 mm and weight is <95 gms. It comes in black and white variant colors. Unlocked Huawei’s Vodafone R216 mobile WiFi router will be available in the market up to the US $300.

Vodafone R216 mobile WiFi hotspot router specifications and features

  1. HiSilicon Balong 711 processor
  2. 128MB RAM / 256MB ROM
  3. LTE FDD 800/1800/2600MHz, UMTS/WCDMA 900/2100MHz, GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  4. 4G LTE DL 150mbps and upload speed up to 50Mbps
  5. DC-HSPA+ download speed up to 42Mbps and upload speed up to 5.76Mbps
  6. WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band WiFi 2.4 + 5 GHz
  7. Status LED
  8. 1500mAh battery
  9. 96 × 58 × 12.8 mm dimensions
  10. <95 g weight

Unlocking of Huawei Vodafone R216 is slightly different, as you need to change the firmware. U.K. Vodafone R216 comes with firmware 21.200.51.00.1160 and can be unlocked after changing the firmware. I have also tested the unlocking of Vodafone R216 of India, but have to unscrew the device.

Huawei E5573 4G Mobile WiFi Router Features, Specs, Prices, Reviews

Huawei E5573 4G mobile WiFi router is available in UK with a contract through Three carrier :

£10.87 / month (No upfront cost / 24 months contract) – 1GB 4G data

£15.99 / month (No upfront cost / 24 months contract) – 5GB 4G data

£20.10 / month (No upfront cost / 24 months contract) – 15GB 4G data

£15.99 / month (£39.99 upfront cost / 1 month contract) – 5GB 4G data

£16.02 / month (£39.99 upfront cost / 1 month contract) – 10GB 4G data

£0.00 / month (£59.99 upfront cost / Pay as you go) – 1GB 4G data

£0.00 / month (£69.99 upfront cost / Pay as you go) – 3GB 4G data

£0.00 / month (£119.99 upfront cost / Pay as you go) – 12GB 4G data

Huawei E5573Features and Specifications of Huawei E5573 4G Mobile WiFi Router :

Huawei E5573 is a 4G enabled mobile WiFi hotspot, that can provide download speed up to 150Mbps and upload speed limit is 50Mbps. In its WiFi mode, it is able to provide internet connection up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices.

The E5573 is backed by a 1500mAH battery, that is rated for 4 hrs of WiFi usage and up to 300 hrs standby while Wi-Fi is OFF. On the front of the device, there are two single LED indicators for battery and signal strength. It is backward compatible with 3G and 2G networks.

The E5573 supports Cat.4 LTE 4G FDD-LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz, 3G UMTS/DC-HSPA+: 850/900/2100MHz, and 2G GSM/EDGE/GPRS: 850/900/1800/1900MHz frequency bands. It supports dual band WiFi 2.4G and 5G.

Huawei E5573 is a nice device and recommended to purchase. It can be unlocked, but after the firmware change only, which is similar in the unlocking of Airtel India E5573S-606.

Iball Airway 21.0MP-58 21 Mbps 3G WiFi Dongle with 5GB Cloud Storage

Iball has launched recently a 21 Mbps 3G USB 2.0 dongle, Airway 21.0MP-58. Iball offers 5GB cloud storage with Airway 21.0MP-58 WiFi modem. It is like Huawei LAPTOPI-FI E303FH dongle, can share internet using its WiFi powered software. Iball growing his market with different types of Gadgets. iBall Airway 21.0MP-58 is designed to enable users with access to High Speed Internet via HSPA+ / UMTS / EDGE / GPRS Networks , offers a maximum data transfer rate download to 21 Mbps & upload to 5.76 Mbps.

Iball Airway 21.0MP-58 21 Mbps 3G WiFi Dongle with 5GB Cloud Storage
Iball Airway 21.0MP-58 21 Mbps 3G WiFi Dongle with 5GB Cloud Storage

Free 5GB of Internet Cloud space is also bundled with iBall Airway 21.0MP-58 data card. Iball Airway 21.0MP-58 3G data-card is a normal 3G modem. In its hardware there is no Wi-Fi components is available. To able to work it as Wi-Fi dongle you need iBall Hotspot Utility, which can be downloaded from the download link which is provided at the end of the article. Download the Soft AP application to create your own Hotspot (Wi-Fi) Zone. The iball hotspot utility is supported with Win7 32-bit & 64-bit / Win8 32bit os.

 

The key features and specifications of Iball Airway 21.0MP-58 21 Mbps 3G WiFi Dongle :

 

1. Network Standards :

Data transmission up to 21Mbps (HSPA+)
Data transmission up to 5.76Mbps (HSUPA)
Data transmission up to 384kbps (UMTS)
Data transmission up to 237kbps (EDGE)
Data transmission up to 85.6kbps (GPRS)

2. Frequency Band :

HSDPA / UMTS: 2100Mhz
GSM /GPRS / EDGE: 850Mhz, 900Mhz, 1800Mhz and 1900Mhz

3. Power Class :

WCDMA – Power Class 3
GPRS 850/900 – Power Class 4
EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 – Power Class E2

4. External Interface :

UMTS/GSM Antenna – Built-in Antenna
USB Type – Standard USB Interface
USB Speed – USB 2.0 High Speed
SIM/USIM Card – Standard 6 PIN SIM card interface, compliant with 3GPP 31.101 and 31.102

5. Other features :

Drivers : Zero-CD Automatic installation
Languages Supported : English
iball PC Suite
With Voice Call, SMS, Phone-Book & USSD Services

6. Hardware Requirements : Minimum C.P.U 500MHz (Intel Platform), 512MB RAM, 40MB Free Disk Space, Standard USB 2.0 port

7. Dimensions (Size) : 86(D) x 26 (W) x 9(H) mm

8. LED Indicator :

Colour Flashing Cycle – Searching Network
Red Slow Flashing – Abnormal of (U)SIM card or no network
Luminous continuously – Data transmission
Green Colour – HSPA
Blue Colour – UMTS
Purple Colour – EDGE
Yellow Colour – GPRS

9. Operating Temperature : -10°c to 55°c

 

There is nothing to worry about Iball Airway 21.0MP-58 modem, since its online price is only Rs. 1500.

 

Download iBall Hotspot Utility iBall_Soft AP (Rev-1.1) (To use Iball Airway 21.0MP-58 dongle as WiFi Hotspot)

Huawei E5577 Mobile WiFi : Features, Specs, Prices, Reviews, Images

Huawei has released a new 4G LTE-enabled mobile WiFi router, calls it Huawei E5577. It can be purchased in market for US $300 in unlocked form.

The E5577 comes with a 1.45 inch TFT LCD screen, which allow users to see all the important info including the signal strength, network provider, battery status, SSID and password. The device is based on Cat.4 LTE technology. It provides peak download speed up to 150 Mbps and upload speed up to 50 Mbps. Up to 11 devices (10 with WiFi + 01 with USB cable) could access internet simultaneously through Huawei E5577. There is 1500mAH battery is installed on the device, and supports standard 6 pin SIM card.

Huawei E5577 Mobile WiFi

Huawei E5577 mobile WiFi router (modem) technical specifications:

  1. Cat 4 LTE
  2. 4G LTE FDD 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
  3. HSPA+/UMTS/HSPA 900/1900/2100MHz
  4. LTE FDD DL / UL 150 / 50 Mbps
  5. LTE TDD DL / UL 112 / 10 Mbps
  6. HSPA+ DL 21.6Mbps
  7. DC HSPA+ DL 43.2 Mbps
  8. Standard 6-pin SIM card interface
  9. 1.45-inch TFT LCD display
  10. Startup time : 5s
  11. Dimensions : 96.8 mmx58.0 mmx17.3 mm
  12. Weight : 110g
  13. Micro SD Card (up to 32GB)
  14. Supports external antenna
  15. WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  16. Up to 11 users

The Huawei E5577 Mobile WiFi router can be used with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1/SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 (does not support Windows 8.1 RT) and Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 with latest upgrades.

Reliance JioFi – Portable 4G Pocket WiFi Router & Hotspot in India

Reliance Jio 4G tariff plans are the cheapest in India. You can purchase a Jio Preview SIM card which can be used with Lyf phones and also in selected smartphones. Apart from the smartphone, Jio is also offering JioFi hotspot router, which comes with unlimited high-speed data, HD voice, voice call, and SMS.

JioFiJioFi portable Wi-Fi hotspot can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. It is equipped with a USB 2.0 port for configuration. It is sleek in design and light-weight device to keep you connected on-the-go.

It boasts a powerful 2300mAh battery that can run for up to 6 hours, in a single charge. There is a mini SIM card slot, which can be used with only Jio SIM. It is equipped with a microSD card slot that can be upgraded with up to 32GB of storage.

You can enjoy HD voice calls, video calls and rich messaging on your 2G / 3G phone via JioJoin app.

The JioFi supports only 4G LTE bands 2300/1800/850MHz and WLAN standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4G. It’s dimension is 85 x 55 x 16mm.

Since the Lyf phones are not so good and you are planning to be a customer of Jio, you should purchase a JioFi device. The device costs just 1,999 and can be purchased from Reliance Digital store. JioFi can instantly connect all your devices and not just your phone. It can connect multiple phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices in the house that connect to the Internet, then the JioFi is a great option.

Further, JioFi can be fully charged within an hour. It also features a LED indicator to give users an idea of the battery levels.