Huawei E5186 LTE Cat6 Wireless Gateway Review

From 2014, Huawei bring a new 4G router E5186 to its 4G product range, which is expected to mark a quantum leap in the development for 4G equipment. It’s virtual that all of the new standards are on board and will shape new global standards from the end of 2014. For the first time, LTE-Advanced (CAT6) and VoLTE are supported on the same device, that is Huawei E5186 LTE Wireless Gateway. You can read more about the new flagship below.




Features and characteristics of Huawei E5186

Manufacturer and type designation   Huawei E5186s-22 (HiSilicon chip)  
Download rate   Up to 300 Mbit/s  
Upload rate   Up to 50 Mbits/s  
Supported LTE Bands:   LTE 2600 MHz / 2100 MHz / 1800 MHz / 900 MHz / 800 MHz (FDD) + LTE 2600 MHz TDD  
LTE-Advanced Support   yes (first time)  
Backward compatible with   HSPA/HSPA+/UMTS (900/2100 MHz); GSM  
MIMO Support   MIMO 2×2  
Connector for external antenna   yes, 2 SMA connectors (Buy Huawei E5186 Antenna)  
Category   LTE modem category 6! (CAT6)  
With integrated telephone system   yes, VOIP SIP Client  
Support VoLTE (Voice over LTE)   yes  
Connection for analog phones   yes, 2xRJ11  
DECT   no  
Integrator answering machine    
Network | LAN & WLAN  
LAN ports   4 LAN Gigabit ports (RJ45)  
WLAN standards   WLAN 802.11b/g/n/ac for up to 64 users  
5 GHz WLAN support   yes  
Encoding   WEP, WPA, WPA2  
USB   yes, 1 x USB 2.0  
Dimensions / Weight   194 x 177 x 64 mm and 450 grams  
Information material  
Manual   Not available online  
Available   On WWW.4GLTEMALL.COM  


LTE Advanced and VoLTE  

In spite of the appearance of Huawei E5186 looks like its predecessor Huawei B593, the standard is still the new evolution of the LTE technology.  Many European operator such as O2, Vodafone and Telekom, start deploying the further significant faster LTE-Advanced network from this summer. With the LTE-Advanced technology, the data rate of 225-300 Mbps could be achieved. We also concern about “true” LTE telephone which has not been in use. The so-called VoLTE is very convenient when calling significantly increases. Huawei E5186 could also work at the outdoor environment and is therefore ideally equipped for the future.  


Technology at a glance  

As already indicated, the wireless capabilities of the E5186 are outstanding. LTE is supported on the band 1/3/7/8/20 and 38 on Huawei E5186s-22. But there is Huawei E5186s-61 which supports different LTE frequency bands. In addition to LTE-Advanced  Category 6 ( CAT6 ), the operation over 3G and 2G is also possible. So all mobile phone types are supported by Huawei E5186. The router also dominates the latest wireless standard AC so that internal networks can be established with a maximum data rate of 1300 Mbps. A bottleneck via WLAN is therefore not to be expected in LTE-Advanced mode.





On the back of Huawei E5186, there are 4 Gigabit LAN ports (RJ45), two RJ-11 jacks for phones and a USB port. In addition, the power port and an on/off switch are at the side of phone jacks. Two external antennas can also be connected as usual, in case the reception conditions are not sufficient.  




You will probably never find a DECT connection at Huawei. However, the operation over VOIP is possible on E5186. What is new, as already mentioned, the support of Voice over LTE ( VoLTE ). If the provider offers the LTE technology, calls can thus be handled directly by the contract SIM card via mobile phone. The advantage for customers: more stable connections, call setup in under 2 seconds, and perfect voice quality.    


The Huawei E5186 has some OEM version at the leading LTE vendors. Vodafone will soon release the B4000 LTE Gateway with Vodafone logo. Probably the Telekom will use the device, but it is not yet known. Here now the E5186 is already available on If you want it, you could have a check.  

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