Huawei CPE 4G Router 3 Prime ( B818 ) – unboxing , detailed menu review and performance testing

Hello Everyone ! Adam here.
Today I’ll be doing unboxing and reviewing
the newest Huawei 4G Router 3 Prime
which is the most advanced and the most powerful
LTE router
which is capable to do
up to 4 Carrier Aggregation
of LTE bands
as well as doing 4 x 4 MIMO
and it is
even written here that it can do
up to 1.6 Gbps
I am really wondering …
How it’s going to work, bacause I haven’t opened it yet…
And I’m also wondering …
How to achieve 1.6G bps throughput
If there is only single Gigabit Ethernet port 🙂
on the backside of this router
OK so the box as you can see
is quite big
it also weights I think more than 1 kg

and there is not so much information here on the package
there is some info about LTE Category
which is LTE CAT 19
BTW the real name of this model is
Huaweri B818
So that’s the marketing name but

but the name inside should be B818
yeah that’s the one
B818-263 , color White

Ok It can also operate on 2 WIFI bands
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz

and it support up to
64 users connected over WIFI
Let’s unbox it !
I will be using my “credit card knife”…

That was the first seal and that was the only one…
There is no more seals, yeah ?
OK let’s open the box…
And we can seee this “brick”
I’ve seen that some vendors are calling this unit a Gigabrick

or something like this
OK we have the router
and we have a plenty of LED indicators here
POWER, STATUS, LAN, WIFI & MODE

and there is also some indicator of the SIGNAL
of the mobile network
so you do not have to log-in to see the signal status
and on the back side
we have 2 Gigabit LAN connectors
and one RJ11 connector
the ordinary landline phone connector

and the connector for Power Adaptor

What’s here ???
It is a connector for an external antenna
You can connect here
antenna which is using TS-9 socket

and we have 2 buttons
this one is probably for WIFI : WPS setup
and second one
is to used to switch on the router
ok let’s see what’s here…
we have the sticker with the name of the model
the initial WIFI WPS password
information how to log onto the device when connected to the PC

the password that should be used to connect
and the information about the voltage & current needed to power on the CPE

also
I think this is a SIM CARD slot

It’s MICRO SIM
you need to have a MICRO SIM otherwise
you won’t be able to use it

And now let’s see what’s else in the package

This is a power adaptor, it’s quite big
but very light
it is 12 V / 2 Amps
about 24 Watts

It’s not so small I think

And we also have an
an Ethernet cable
but quite nice…
the flat Ethernet cable
I think there is also some kind of instruction
User Guide here
That’s probably all from the package…
We have a “Warranty Card”
in many languages
and we have a “Quick Start Guide”

as many languages as on Warranty Card
OK I think we should start
now connecting this device to the PC
and see the GUI and how it performs

OK I have connected CPE with my PC
I also ensured that
the PC will not become a bottleneck
in our scenario and we’ll have enough
of CPU power and memory to handle speed testing
and let’s start with the Google Chrome
OKthe page you need to log in is
http://192.168.8.1

that’s the page
and I must admit that I’ve logged once
a couple of minutes ago
just to enter a PIN CODE for my SIM CARD
so it could connect to the Internet
It also during this asks you to change your password
and setup a WIFI networks
so we’ll skip that
I am logging in…
For the needs of this presentetion I have selected
English language from this drop down menu
But there is a plenty of them here
You have to browse through these to select language
OK initially after setup
you will get such picture which is showing
how is your network setup looking like
And I have only one PC connected
The WIFI is setup but none is using it…

and currently there is no traffic
going in & out
let’s browse through the settings here
so Home, the Network Settings
in Network Settings
you have an option to
enable Data Roaminbg
and there is some kind of predefined setup
for every
every operator that is on
internal list of this device
I am using Orange Poland right now
And if you have “auto-select network” it will select by default
the network that is bound to your SIM Card

and it also has some kind of
locking on the 3G, 4G
and automatic switching between these two technologies
As you can see there is no 2G here…
When talking about Ethernet settings…
I have some Status here
it does not show any settings…
Ok, what we can do here ?
It’s having PPP over Ethernet so it may be used for
the cable network I believe
There are options that you can
choose from…
Dynamic IP, static IP, PPPoE, LAN only
One of the Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back
is named LAN2 or WAN
it can be used to connect to cable Internet provider

of course you can change MTU settings
if you’re using PPPoE
and enter required PASSWORD & LOGIN

You can CLONE MAC ADDRESS
if you were using some cable router you can replace it
by clonning MAC ADRESS of this old router

to use this router instead of
the old router provided by your cable operator
when moving to the WIFI SETTINGS…
I accepted initial pop ups
that were displayed
during my first launch of this router

and it is
asking you to setup 5GHz WIFI
and 2.4 GHz WIFI
it is basically providing some
initial passwords that are secure
and you can accept that or you can enter your own
if you want to change something
you need to get to this page an then..
setup required options

these are the security parameters and cyphering options
you can select from
there are of course more WIFI settings, let’s look into them

these are some new functions I don’t know
basically some Huawei propretiary stuff
you can select the bandwidth that you will be using

you can select the WIFI channel or make it Auto-Select

in the 5GHz WIFI settings you can do exactly the same
but with the change that
you can select some more bandwidth

In WIFI SECURITY SETTINGS
it’s probably
you can exclude or ban some devices
let’s see some options here
OK you can setup PASSWORD, SSID
you can hide particular SSID
if you don’t wish it to be visible

you can setup for each kind of WIFI
a GUEST network
the GUEST network will be the one here & here

you can switch this one ON or OFF
let’s move forward
then there is MAC FILTER
where you can select which device can attach to your network you have created

and of course the WPS
Wireles Protected Setup, the automated
connectivity between devices
In the other options

we can see
that we can update this device by local file
if you have firmware on your local disk in the PC
you can update it from the file

there are also other options for the Ethernet like
you can change the IP network subnet
by default it is 192.168.8.1
you can change this

this network to some other if it collides
with your current home network setup

you can enable / disable DHCP server
you can choose the IP range here and you can change DHCP lease time
of course when there will be some devices connected
they will show up here
and – that’s the good thing
it has a Dynamic DNS client
Let’s check what client is available
these ar most popular …
DYNDNS.ORG and NO-IP.COM
so that’s good
You can enable BRIDGE MODE
the bridge mode is
the setup that you share one IP network across
across many different access types like
WIFI and Ethernet
so all of these devices can talk to each other
and share the same network segment

I will not be using this option in this setup
in the VPN sections you can set up
probably an IPSEC?
oh yes – it is PPTP or L2TP tunnel
towards some gateway in your office
where you work
of course you need to know all the parameters here…
for PPTP same kind of setup
Let’s go to the SECURITY menu
It has by default enabled all the security features
like the firewall
IP address filter and
disabled WAN port ping

so you will not be..
the router will not be accessible directly from the Internet
it of course enables some kind of
DNS filter
and MAC filter
It is enabled by default but it’s probably not configured
so it will allow all kind of connectivity except this one (WAN ping)
Let’s browse through this options
as you can see
by default
it blocks the MACs that you enter on this list

By default it allows everything unless
you have something here
which can be blocked…
For the IP filter
it also
has an option to BLACKLIST ot to WHITELIST particular destination
or source IPs
and VIRTUAL SERVER is kind of
DMZ- Demilitarized Zone …
where you can put some for example Minecraft server or gaming server
and you will be able to access it from the Internet
and let’s see what are the SPECIAL APPLICATIONS
SPECIAL APPLICATIONS are simple the applications
that are handled with better QoS? Probably
you can select a TCP/UDP port
and put them here so they will be handled
different way.
It is even briefly described here…
The DMZ SETTINGS as it is written here
your computer becomes
a DMZ host
that is exposed to the Internet directly
and can be accesed remotely from the Internet
and the SIP ALG settings it is basically
if you are using a VOIP provider
then you need to enable this one
because otherwise it will not be possible to
to access your landline number
you landline phone which is connected through
the RJ11 jack on the back as I showed in the unbixing

For UPNP I have it always off
for the security reasons…

NAT settings – if you have a
some servers that you need to expose to the Internet
then you’re probably interested in this options
Symetric NAT is only 1:1 network address translation

On the DOMAIN NAME FILTER where you can blacklist
some particular FQDNS
for example some porn sites,
anything you don”t want your kids to access
and lets go to the VOIP section
in the VOIP section you need
to enter
domain name and parameters of your VOIP provider
your SIP account details..
you can even create a SPEED DIAL NUMBERS
that will be recognized by the CPE and expanded to Actual Numbers
Particular speed dial number with expanded number
CODEC SETTINGS- of course these are options that you need to configure
and may configure
only after you setup a SIP server
so I don’t have a SIP account
so I will not be able to show it to you
the same applies to the VOIP Advanced Settings
and in the SYSTEM section
we can see some detailed information about
the CPE and the firmware it uses
the version of the Web UI
some details about
your LTE connectivity
as you can see it supports IPv6
so I may switch this to the IPv6 connectivity in a minute
to show you if it works or not
and information about LTE band
that is used
of course it is a 4 CA so it can aggregate up to 4 LTE bands
so this is the main band
that will be used to attach other LTE bands
some details about the frequency
nothing special here …
you can RESTART the router from the menu
you can RESET it
ONE CLICK CHECK- that’s a strange option
let’s see what does it do ?
checking….
Normal – so it simply check the connectivity
probably accesibilty of some internet servers
or stuff like this
you can also do some deeper diagnosis
PING and TRACEROUTE is available
so let’s check the Google DNS servers availability
so it throws an output here…
there is probably some Linux inside
you can modify the passowrd of the router
you can setup a PIN code checking or
you can modify it (PIN)
in my case as I said
I have PIN in my SIM card and I have to
enter PIN everytime I switch ON the router
so that’s a disadvantage
because my SIM card does not allow to disable PIN code
TIME SETTINGS – probably it will use some
publicly available NTP servers
as you can see this is from NASA
but we can select one from the drop down list
We can probably enter our own I believe…
Question is if we can enter our own ?
No, it is only a predefined list…
if it’s disabled probably you can manually enter
you can setup manually the time settings.
Ok and now we go to the SYSTEM SETTINGS
and for the System Settings
I do not know this option (LINK+) really
it’s some kind of HUAWEIs propretiary
SCHEDULED RESTART – so the router can be restarted every N days
that you enable here
Probably just to keep it
to keep the connection working…
and it can AUTO UPDATE in specified time frame
during the night hours
when you switch this CPE on for the first time
it will ask you whether to do auto-updates or not
and I have it checkd here…
it can do ONLINE UPDATES when the Internet connection is working
and you can expand the LTE range by connecting external LTE antennas
Let’s see how it looks…
“Please use the externall antennas provided with the device[…]”
So I didn’t have one , it was not included in the package
It will automatically discover if the antenna is connected or not
But the good thing is that the options are in the menu
because on some previous Huawei CPE models there wasn’t any option
to select / switch antenna…
So I will not play with this because I don’t have external antenna
SYSTEM LOGS…
You can watch the System Logs
and there are some informations about
the network connectivity and who was connected to the router probably
and who was logged in…
so this is the Severity of the informations that are displayed…
and the last option BACKUP & RESTORE
… you can export your routers configuration to some file
that can be imported later on
and to do that
you need to restore configuration using
this option and select the file
Let’s see these what does it do ?
ok, it shows devices that are currently
connected to the CPE…
to this Huawei router B818
currenlty I have only 1 PC connected
over Ethernet, there is nothing else
not from the WIFI
and when we move to the TOOLS
we have a SMS CONVERSATION
so there is a box when you can send SMSes and receive SMSes
but
it is not common option for the CPE
CPE should be CPE and not
to behave like mobile phone…
it has some statistics
that applies to the
data that was sent and received
apparently it dwonloaded some data
ahh, that was me doing Speedtest once
it has PARENTAL CONTROL option
so probably
you can enable / disable
some devices from connecting to the Internet
probably that is for this
you can disable some devices from connecting
over WIFI in some specified time frame
and in ADVANCED
we have this WIFI settings that I showed
all these options…
previously displayed…
OK let’s do some speed testing
I am using Google Chrome
and SPEEDTEST by OOKLA
OK first I will select the server that
I know is the nearest one
Let’s choose this one
First let’s block all the adds
Not to have them disturbing our testing
And lets start…
OK when I am using other router..
I am getting here something like 15 Mbps
maybe up to 25 Mbps
this one is having 100+ so it is very impressive…
I will repeate this test in a minute…
as you can see it is very stable…
the upload…
the upload shows that there is no carrier aggregation in uplink direction
let’s test it once again…
maybe there will be a different outcome…
ok now it is better…
oh yeah
this is quite impressive here (in this location)
as I said
I live in a dense urban area..
there is a plenty of high building here
and there is a lot of people here
these speeds are very impressive
Normally I am getting something like up to max 25Mbps
maybe 30Mbps with
the carrier aggregation but on 2 bands
ok let’s do it once again for the last time
ok so the best result was almost 150 Mbps
in my location because in others
it can be quite different
it supports up to 1.6 Gbps
but that will all depend on LTE signal in your area and
on the usage – how many people are using LTE in your area
and if your Mobile Network Provider
has already deployed LTE 4 Carrier band aggregation…
OK guys I hope you enjoyed the video
and if you have any questions drop me some comments
and I will try to answer them
and that is all for now…
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