Huawei MS2372 — LTE Stick for the Industry

USB surf sticks with LTE modem were the first devices for the first LTE networks in 2011, with which you could use the new mobile network of the fourth generation. In Europe, for example, the Samsung GT-B3740, Huawei E392u-12 and the Huawei E398 were widely used. In the meantime, at the end of 2017, LTE surf sticks in the end customer sector hardly play a role anymore. Most customers want to use a LTE hotspot with WLAN and battery for mobile use and a “real” LTE router with LAN and WLAN function for stationary use as a DSL replacement. For industrial applications, Huawei now presents a new LTE stick: Huawei MS2372.  

 

 

Huawei MS2372 Applications According to the manufacturer, the Huawei MS2372 LTE USB dongle can be used, for example, in mobile sales terminals, in vending machines, in consumption meters or in medical device. These devices require a connection to the Internet for a variety of reasons and can be upgraded with the LTE Stick as needed. For example, a remote update of certain devices is possible or a vending machine can report transactions in real time to the central office. The Huawei MS2372 seems to replace the previous old model Huawei E220 modem, which was widely used in various terminals. To support different LTE frequency bands from various network carriers, Huawei also presents many sub-models like the Huawei E3276 LTE Stick to support these networks:  

 

Huawei MS2372h-517:

* LTE FDD B1/B2/B4/B5/B7/B12/B28

* UMTS B1/B2/B4/B5

* GSM:850/900/1800/1900  

 

Huawei MS2372h-153:

* LTE FDD B1/B3/B7/B8/B20

* UMTS B1/B8. GSM 850/900/1800/1900    

 

Huawei MS2372h-607:

* LTE FDD B1/B3/B7/B8/B19/B28 and LTE TDD B40

* UMTS B1/B6/B8/B19

* GSM 850/900/1800/1900  

 

Extended temperature range For the consumer market, usual LTE modems work only in a quite limited temperature range. For the MS2372, Huawei has significantly extended this temperature range, the stick works between -20 and +55 degrees Celsius. The Huawei 4G dongle requires a power supply of 5V / 700mA for operation and is quite compact at 88mm x 28mm x 11.5mm. The weight is just under 50 grams.  

 

LTE Cat4 with 150 MBit/s The maximum speed in the LTE network is around 150 MBit/s in the downlink and 50 MBit/s in the uplink. This corresponds to LTE category 4. In addition, the stick is backwards compatible with 3G/UMTS and 2G/GSM, including the data accelerators DC-HSPA+ and EDGE. The following frequency bands are supported by the model MS2372h-153 designed for the European market:  

  • LTE: B1/B3/B7/ B8/B20
  • UMTS: B1 / B8
  • GSM: Quadband (50/900/1800/1900 MHz)

 

On the side of the USB stick, there are two connections for external antennas under one cover.  

 

Control via AT commands The Huawei MS2372 LTE stick can be controlled via AT commands, in addition to the 3GPP TS 27.007 and 27.005 standards, extended Huawei AT commands are also supported. Availability The Huawei MS2372 would be available soon around the beginning of 2018. We would take test for this new Huawei 4G dongle and show our report on www.4gltemall.com.

Huawei 5G Router for mmWave and C-band Released

At the Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei announced the first modem routers (“CPE”) for the new 5G cellular standard. The company has two devices in preparation, one for the C band (frequency range between 3.5 and 5 gigahertz) and one for the millimeter wave range between 26 and 28 gigahertz. Although the two 5G routers still have some drawbacks such as an enormous energy consumption to fight, yet it is likely to be the first commercially available 5G devices.

 

 

 

Huawei 5G router for C-band feature

 

Compared to a current LTE router like Huawei B618 , the Huawei 5G WiFi router for use in the C-band between 3.5 and about 5 GHz is quite large and heavy, but the first 5G devices are safe to handle. According to the manufacturer, the Huawei 5G router should be equipped with two RJ45 Gigabit LAN ports and WLAN 802.11ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz). The 5G C-Band Router is backward compatible with the 4G LTE standard and comes with a 2T4R antenna configuration, which means: data can be received on four antennas while sent via two antennas.

 

 

 

Huawei 5G router for mmWave feature

 

The Huawei 5G router for the millimeter-wave frequency range between 26 and 28 gigahertz is visually hardly distinguishable from the sister model for the C-band. But there is one important difference: millimeter waves can hardly or never enter buildings, so a line of sight to the 5G transmitter is required. This is done by an outdoor unit (ODU) integrated with the entire modem technology. The indoor unit (IDU) features all the connections and the WLAN technology. The indoor and outdoor units are connected via LAN cable, the power supply of the outdoor unit is realized via Power over Ethernet (PoE).

 

 

   

High energy consumption from the Huawei 5G router

 

As can be seen on the data sheets shown above, both Huawei 5G devices have an enormous power consumption, at least under load. The C-band model consumes up to 120 watts, while the mmWave model even up to 146 watts. So when the 5G router working, the power consumption is more like a gaming notebook rather than a router. For comparison: common LTE routers such as the Huawei B715 LTE router consume up to 12 watts during heavy load, ie one-tenth of them.

 

However, Huawei emphasizes that only the first generation of the 5G modem will have such high energy consumption. It is also likely that commercially available 5G routers will have a newer chipset and thus lower power consumption.  

TP-Link M7450 VS Huawei E5787 VS E5786

Huawei and TP-link are two important network equipment vendor for worldwide network carriers and end-users. They provided similar wireless products, so it’s unavoidable they compete with each other, especially on specific Wireless devices. Since more and more demand on LTE Advanced mobile devices, Huawei and TP-link both presented their LTE advanced mobile WIFI hotspot for worldwide users.

 

 

 

Huawei had supplied Huawei E5786 to the market a couple of years ago, and last year, the upgraded model Huawei E5787 available. TP-link was always following Huawei steps and the similar model TP-link M7450 was just available around the end of 2017. If you are unfamiliar with Huawei and TP-link 4G LTE mobile WiFi, you may not know the difference between the TP-link M7450 and Huawei E5787 & E5786. We will compare the three mobile WiFi hotspots in this blog and see TP-link MiFi VS Huawei MiFi, and which one is better to buy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TP-link M7450 VS Huawei E5787 and E5786 Appearance

 

We had compared the difference between Huawei E5787 and E5786 (if you want to know Huawei E5787 and E5787, check blog: Huawei E5787 VS Huawei E5786), and from the blog, you can get to know the appearance feature of Huawei E5787 and E5786. The TP-link M7450 is like Huawei E5786, on the front, there is a small display in the middle and at two sides of the screen, there is the Home button and power button. The back cover could be opened for exchange the battery or inserting the sim card, but the Huawei E5786 LTE battery is built-in and non-removable. The Huawei E5787 back cover could be opened and the battery is also removable. The E5787 has a touchscreen, but the other two both don’t have. There is only one USB port at the side of TP-link M7450 while the Huawei E5787 & E5786 both have two connectors for external antennas.

 

 

 

Huawei E5787 and E5786 VS TP-link M7450 Specifications

 

 

From the appearance, we can see the latest TP-link M7450 doesn’t have the connector for external antennas. Other features are very similar to Huawei E5786 except the battery. And Huawei E5787 touchscreen is also good to mention. Then let’s have a check the TP-link vs Huawei Pocket WiFi specifications with a comparison:  

 

 

Model TP-Link M7450 Huawei E5787 Huawei E5786
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.6
Chipset Qualcomm  HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset (Cortex A9 Processor)  HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset
Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B38, B40, B41 * Huawei E5787s-33a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/20 * Huawei E5787Ph-67a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/28 * Huawei E5786s-32a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/20/38 * Huawei E5786s-62a: Band 1/3/8/28 * Huawei E5786s-63a Band 1/3/7/8/28/40
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 32 users 10 users 10 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No Two, TS-9 jacks Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna No Huawei E5787 external Antenna Huawei E5786 external Antenna
App management tpMiFi APP Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Removable, 3000 mAh Removable, 3000mAh 3000mAh
Dimensions 112.5 x 66.5 x 16mm 109.00 x 58.00 x 7.50mm 106 x 66 x 15.90mm
Ethernet Port No No No
Datasheet download TP-link M7450 Datasheet Huawei E5787 Datasheet Huawei E5786 Datasheet
User Manual TP-link M7450 User Manual Huawei E5787 Manual Huawei E5786 Manual
Other features 2 band CA 2 band CA 2 band CA
Firmware download TP-link M7450 Firmware Huawei E5787 Firmware Huawei E5786 Firmware
Drivers TP-link M7450 driver Huawei E5787 drivers Huawei E5786 drivers
Reviews TP-link M7450 review Huawei E5787S Review Huawei E5786 Review
Price 289.00USD 269.00USD 179.00USD

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

From the specs table, we can see the TP-link VS Huawei routers are very similar technically. The three mobile WiFi hotspots all could support peak download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed up to 50Mbps with LTE Category 6. TP-link M7450 is based on Qualcomm chipset while two Huawei mobile WiFi are using Huawei own Hisilicon chipset. The two Huawei mobile WiFi both have variant models but TP-link M7450 has only one variant model, but TP-link M7450 could support maximum users up to 32 devices while Huawei E5787 and E5786 support only 10 wireless users. However, TP-link M7450 mobile WiFi doesn’t have the connector for external antennas, which is disappointing because the antenna connectors are very common in current 4G mobile WiFi hotspots. They all could be managed by APP which could be installed in the smartphone. Users can manage the mobile WiFi router through mobile phones.

 

 

 

 

In the three mobile hotspots, the Huawei E5787 Specifications seems to be more user-friendly because it has a touchscreen where users could manage and do simple settings for the mobile router. The two connectors also provide the possibility for connecting external antennas when the device is working in rural area of weak signal. But if you want the TP-link and Huawei router to support more users, the TP-link M7450 seems to be better.   Regarding the price, the latest TP-link M7450 price is not good as the old model Huawei E5786. And the newer model Huawei E5787 price is better than TP-link M7450. With more user-friendly feature, we recommend the Huawei E5787 4G mobile WiFi for you in good price and attractive features.