With the development of LTE networks, Advanced LTE is becoming mainstream. So the LTE-A WiFi Routers are more LTE category 3 or LTE category 4. Huawei E5186 is the world's first LTE-A router and was very popular in 2016 and 2017. Now the new upgraded Huawei B715 router is available. In this article, we will compare Huawei E5186 and B715 routers to see the difference between two routers and one is better.
Appearance and Interfaces
Since Huawei LTE CPE E5186 was popular in Europe and Australia in past two years, many people may know it well. Like many other Huawei stationary routers, there are few indicators on the front, such as Power, Mode, WiFi, Voice, Signal. And Huawei logo is in the middle front face. On the back, there are 4 LAN ports (one for LAN/WAN), two RJ11 Telephone port, and USB 2.0 port available. The power switch on/off button is also lined with the interfaces. Huawei Router B715 also has 4 LAN ports (One for LAN/WAN), but it has only one telephone port with the USB 2.0 port. They both use Micro SIM card size. The difference is that the SIM card of Huawei E5186 is located at the edge side while Huawei B715 router has the SIM card slot at the bottom. And they both have two SMA connectors for an external antenna. If you would buy 4G LTE Antenna with two SMA connectors, you can switch the internal antenna to external antenna in the web interface.
Specs and variant models
The predecessor Huawei B593 LTE router has more than 10 variant models. Unlike Huawei 4G CPE B593, Huawei E5186 has two variant models: Huawei E5186s-61a and E5186s-22a, even though it’s available for two years. The Huawei B715 was presented to market since the end of 2017, so it has only one sub-model Huawei B715s-23c. In the table below, you will see the details specs and features of Huawei B715 and E5186:
|Model||Huawei B715s-23c||Huawei E5186s-22a/E5186s-61a|
|Product type||LTE WiFi Router||LTE WiFi Router|
|Category||LTE Cat.9||LTE Cat.6|
|Chipset||?||HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset|
|Data rates||DL 450Mbps/UL 50Mbps||DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps|
|Supported 4G LTE frequency bands||LTE B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B28, B32, B38||E5186s-22a: Band 1/3/7/8/20/38 E5186s-61a: Band 3/7/28/40|
|WLAN||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz|
|Max support users||64 users||64 users|
|MIMO||4 X 4 MIMO||2 x 2 MIMO|
|Connector for external antenna||Two, SMA-female jacks||Two, SMA-female jacks|
|App management||Huawei Hilink APP||Huawei Hilink APP|
|SIM type||Micro SIM||Micro SIM|
|Dimensions||240mm × 448mm × 47mm||190 mm × 200 mm × 32 mm|
|Interfaces||* 1 x power adapter port * 3 x LAN port(45) * 1 x LAN/WAN port (45) * 1 x telephone port(RJ11) * Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5) * One micro-SIM card slot * 1 x USB 2.0 port||* 3 x LAN port(45) * 1 x LAN/WAN port (45) * 2 x telephone port(RJ11) * Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5) * One micro-SIM card slot * 1 x USB 2.0 port|
|Datasheet||Huawei B715 Datasheet(PDF)||Huawei E5186 Datasheet(PDF)|
|User Manual||Huawei B715 User Manual(PDF)||Huawei E5186 User Manual(PDF)|
|Other features||VPN, VoLTE, IPv4 /IPv6 dual stack, DMZ, Port forwarding||Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, TR069 Remote Management, HTTP Online Upgrade, QoS, USB Share, UPnP, IPV6, DLNA, Fax, Print, VPN|
It’s obvious to see that the Huawei B715s-23c router is more advanced than Huawei E5186. The Huawei E5186 supports LTE category 6 technology which could achieve download speed up to 300Mbps, which is good for most people in daily life. However, the more advanced Huawei B715 would support peak download speed up to 450Mbps, which is 1.5 times faster than that of E5186. Although we didn’t know the chipset model of Huawei B715, the Huawei B715 seems powerful on the LTE technology, including carrier aggregation, 4 x 4 MIMO, TDD&FDD networks support.
So Huawei LTE-A router , it's no doubt that Huawei B715 is the right model. However, as we said, the Huawei E5186 is enough for most cases in daily life or small office. With Huawei E5186, Huawei E5186 is highly recommended. It's popular in the past two years and gains high praise from thousands of users worldwide.
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