hogtownhero wrote:Did some testing using speedtest.net to compare how this Huawei unit performs and found the following comparison:
Laptop at home using China Telecom (over wifi router):
Download speed = 2.33 Mb/s
Upload speed = 0.44 Mb/s
Iphone using China Telecom (over wifi router):
Download speed = 2.184 Mb/s
Upload speed = 0.475 Mb/s
Iphone using China Unicom native 3G SIM card (i.e. wifi off):
Download speed = 1.344 Mb/s
Upload speed = 0.322 Mb/s
Iphone using China Unicom 3G card and Huawei e5830:
Download speed = 2.71 Mb/s
Upload speed = 0.522 Mb/s
All of the results posted were the average scores of 3 tests.
Interesting that the Huawei unit performs slightly faster than my wifi network at home even though I'm not getting the 3.5G signal. Still nowhere near the claimed 7.2 Mb/s but good enough for me.
hogtownhero wrote:No, this device is designed for WCDMA networks so it will only work with China Unicom.
hogtownhero wrote:According to other websites, it should work. Just cut the SIM card down to the right size and then plug it in.
3gchina wrote:I think Huawei e5 Wifi/3G Modem's main attractive points as below:
Provides mobile wifi hotspots
and allows up to 5 users (or devices with wifi function) to share the wifi network.
Small & light as your cellphone.
Unlocked and workable with 3G data sim cards of many countries. So travel to different countries, just change the sim card.
Support 3G network HSUPA/HSDPA/UTMS 2100 Mhz (in China it is China Unicom's 3G sim card) which is most adopted in the world.
thechris wrote:Just a quick update here - through this thread, followed links to buy the Huawei E5... just got it over the weekend. Works wonderfully with the iPad - frankly, this is a gem. It costs less (including a year of data) than the price difference between an iPad with WiFi only vs. iPad 3g, and you get the same internet speed - only now, you can also connect your laptop, iPhone, whatever else to the same device and get internet as well. It's literally more for your money. Wonderful little device - I'm very happy, and now I can ditch Coffee Bean in favor of other, cheaper options since I have my own portable 3g WiFi network wherever I go - no more hunting for free WiFi!
I love technology.
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