This modem kills two birds with one stone, providing both better mobile coverage and fast Internet without a cable into the house. Have Internet before, the modem as a backup that takes over if the fixed network fails.
Not everyone is so lucky that they live so that it is possible to get fast broadband to the door. Build cabin today, there will not be natural to embed copper wire to get a dial tone.
Better mobile coverage
With external antenna, we find that the signal is significantly better.
With external antenna, we find that the signal is significantly bedre.Foto: Manufacturer
Huawei B890 provides Internet via the mobile network, a solution with 4G in many cases gives as good as it speeds fiber and coax-users experience. In addition, it comes with a clever extra feature. The router is namely also a DECT base – ie technology used in good old wireless landlines. It comes with a phone with its own charging station. Do you generally poor mobile coverage inside the cabin, this is brilliant. Base station have higher power than your phone, and then you can bring mobile calls via DECT phone, even after the regular phone must succumb.
You can dial out and receive calls, send SMS and otherwise make the most of what you otherwise could with a regular cell phone. Buyer you own SIM card into the router will this get their own phone, and you get “landline” on the purchase. The only thing you must remember is that you need a SIM card that also supports speech. It does not have the usual SIM cards for mobile Internet.
Since most subscriptions include free speech, this is no stupid solution. It is especially useful if there are more people who use the phone – for example, children who do not yet have their own telephone, or if the modem is used in a workplace. It also gives you the opportunity to have a separate telephone number in the cabin, boat or home office.
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Range of up to 300 meters
Do you dual cards will DECT phone call while your mobile phone.
If you do not want to spend money on having a separate SIM card or a twin card to the router, you can use the SIM card from your phone, and still be available for calls – at least as long as you are near. DECT phone looks enough like a mobile phone from the days before the entry smartphone, but it works only within range of the base station, max 300 meters.
With this “mobile” you have better conditions for coverage where other mobiles falls out.
With this “mobile” you have better conditions for coverage where other mobiles falls ut.Foto: Espen Irwing Swang
Do you need it, you can associate all six handsets to the base station. One handset supplied the other may be DECT phones you already have, or you can buy new ones.
The router supports both 3G and thus 4G but not GSM / 2G. That means it will not work in areas where you only have EDGE coverage. When you speak with the DECT phone modem will use 3G. You can surf and talk at the same time, but then will also go surfing via 3G.
Supports the new 800 MHz networks
Photo: Espen Irwing Swang
The modem supports 4G of the “new” 800 MHz frequency, in addition to 900/1800/2100 and 2600 MHz. Maximum download speed is 100 Mbps, while the maximum upload speed is 50 Mbps. There are faster modem, but in today’s networks have little to gain from buying so-called CAT4 modem with max 150 Mbps download, because operators no case lets you charge the nights with so fast downloads.
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On the router, there are three LAN ports and 1 WAN port, whether you use it in combination with WAN. When the SIM card will serve as a backup when the WAN is down.
In addition, the router a USB port that lets you share external memory or printers.
The wireless router communicates at 2.4 GHz, but not at 5 GHz. This means that the connection can be a bit iffy though there are many other wireless networks nearby.
Tested with and without external antenna
For this test, we got us an external antenna to put on the house wall, or in our case, the cabin wall. The external antenna is a Poynting XPOL 8 dBi panel antenna 4G. That it has 4G in the name naturally means that it supports 4G frequencies, but it also supports 3G and 2G, if you were wondering. But modem from Huawei also has no support for 2G.
The antenna provides a minimum of 8 dBi gain antenna signal and measures 26 x 26 centimeters. It weighs only a pound and a fastening bracket makes installation simple. The antenna is directional, so it pays to inform themselves about where the signal is strongest before installing the firm. Best is to place the antenna as high as possible, especially because the highest frequencies muted much of vegetation or house walls.
The antenna comes with two five-meter long antenna cables, which are screwed on the back of the router. Fixing on the router itself is narrow, and the two connectors are fairly close. Here it is okay to use a small wrench to get the cables in place.
Approximate coverage map
The coverage map shows that it is a difficult area cottage is in, but both Netcom (purple = 4G) and Telenor (blue = 4G) claims to have coverage exactly where the cabin is located.
The coverage map shows that it is a difficult area cottage is in, but both Netcom (purple = 4G) and Telenor (blue = 4G) claims to have coverage exactly where the cottage ligger.Foto: Espen Irwing Swang
The area cabin is located, according to their coverage maps to Netcom and Telenor have access to 4G. In both cases, the lodge is situated in an area where coverage map has some holes, but since the cabin is located on a hilltop, and in addition is marked for coverage on both maps, we expected to get good speed on mobile broadband.
Our first attempt was to wander around inside the cabin to find out where the coverage was the best. It turned out that we were at a couple of points in the living room got symbol H + on your mobile screen. 4G so we have nothing, neither when we strolled a walk around the cabin. So we put the modem on the loft and made some measurements. The modem was moved around, but we never came across 3 Mbps download with Netcom. With Telenor we got speeds of up to 10Mbps, which is actually okay, but not quite what we had expected.
External antenna, faster web
Then it was time to try with the external antenna.
Since we would wait to drill holes in the cabin wall until we knew it had something for themselves, we pulled cable through a window in the loft. Then antenna panel raised to ceilings and revolved around hoping that 4G would report for duty. It did not happen.
But it happened otherwise. Suddenly 3G coverage to Netcom been much better, and we measured download speeds up to 13 Mbps. Could Telenor coverage make a percentage equal big jump, it would approach the speed you get from traditional broadband ..
But Telenor polls ended at the same speeds with Netcom.
Now both Netcom and Telenor in the process of building out its 4G network with base stations that support 800MHz. This rate increases coverage considerably, and hopefully it also means that we will not long be ours “broadband at the cottage,” as the ads with deadlines.
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But for it to be useful, must also data quotas increased. When we tested were Netcom quota of 8GB exhausted during one day. Our eminent PC discovered namely that it had net access and synchronized in the dark of night both OneDrive, DropBox and Googe Disk. Also mobile phones as their chance to send images to cloud storage.
It helps little to set the phones and cameras so they only sync over Wi-Fi, when Wi-Fi is the gate to the mobile network.
Mobile calls via DECT
Photo: Espen Irwing Swang
The accompanying DECT phone worked as expected, with good sound quality and a simple user interface. There is already a little nostalgic with phone keys, and strictly speaking have extra phone limited benefit when we still have mobile coverage at the cabin. But you are among those who have weak mobile coverage of the cabin, the outer reinforcing antenna hopefully help you avoid having to stand with his head out the window to make contact with the outside world.
In our test gets router operate fairly undisturbed by other networks, and we experienced 2.4GHz 802.11 b / g / n as sufficient. With the modem in place we can also follow what happens at the cabin, via IP cameras connected to the wireless network. This works fine on 3G. There is no problem to flow TV2 Sumo or Netflix in HD quality to the TV, as long as you have enough data available on subscription.