Huawei E3372 LTE Stick Test

Those who want to buy a date LTE stick, will certainly choose the Huawei E3372. The stick is very convenient to get on the Internet. Since the Huawei E3372 was launched in the 2014 Autumn, there has been no review for this new LTE Stick. In recent years, Huawei has brought few new LTE sticks monthly on the market and I thought more interesting models with LTE Advanced Cat6 will surely come on the market soon. Here we already have the LTE router Huawei E5786 and the Huawei E5186.

 

 

Now I had the opportunity to test the Huawei E3372 and see more details. The full report of LTE stick test is in this article.

 

Appearance

As I have already indicated in my introduction, there is no special feature on the Huawei E3372 LTE stick. However, in comparison with older devices, the E3372 is a low-cost model. Huawei is likely to have very low production costs and the LTE stick is also available at very reasonable prices. The direct predecessor Huawei E3276 (also known as Telekom Speed Stick LTE III), for example, had the similar technical data as the E3372, but E3276 has a rotatable USB port, which was very convenient. The E3372 has a compact design and also has its own advantages.   The Huawei E3372 is made entirely of plastic, but looks quite stable. No accessories are included with the stick. Only a Quick-Start Guide and Safety Instructions are hidden in the little box.

 

LTE Cat4 Modem

 

The modem in the Huawei E3372 allows speeds of up to 150 MBit/s for the downlink and up to 50 Mbit/s for the uplink based on LTE category 4. In the test, I have achieved approximately just 140 MBit/s for download. The latencies were under 20 milliseconds in the LTE network. In the uplink, I could reach about 40 Mbit/s. Of course, the data rate will vary depending on usage and reception situation. Of course, the Huawei E3372 can also work with UMTS networks including DC-HSPA+ with up to 42.2 Mbit/s in the downlink and 5.76 Mbit/s in the uplink when LTE network is not available. And the GSM and EDGE networks are supported. The LTE modem could support the frequency ranges of 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 megahertz (both FDD LTE), making it well suited for use in Europe. If you use it in America, it can be only conditionally recommended. In UMTS, it supports dual band (900/2100MHz) and in GSM supports Quadband.  

 

If you want to improve reception and data rates, Huawei E3372 could connect an external antenna. Under two covers, there are two CRC-9 ports available to fasten a MIMO antenna. Below is the suitable antenna for Huawei E3372 recommended.

 

 

 

 

If you want to buy the Huawei E3372, click here: http://www.4gltemall.com/4g-antenna-two-crc-9-connector.html

 

Appliances and Software

 

The Huawei E3372 is designed to operate on the notebook or desktop PC. User just need plug the LTE stick to a free USB port. After a brief driver installation, the drive already connects to the Internet. The connect software does not need be installed due to “Huawei HiLink”. The complete operation and configuration is performed via the browser, just as you would know from an ordinary DSL router or a MiFi router .The Huawei E3372 automatically recognizes the operator based on the inserted SIM card and takes an appropriate configuration ahead, so you make no further settings.  

 

To operate the Huawei E3372, you need a standard mini SIM card in 2FF format, which is currently the largest available SIM-card format. Micro or nano-SIM card with an adapter to go but also easily and adapter can cause the stick no harm. By the way, users can also insert a microSD memory card and use the E3372 as USB memory stick.  

 

Operating the Router

 

The Huawei E3372 LTE Stick can basically be operated on a wide variety of router models. Here it is important to distinguish: I have tested in my test version “E3372h-153“, which works significantly less router models than the version “E3372s-153“. So small differences exist between h and s. I was able to operate my E3372h successfully with the Dovado Tiny AC  and a Dovado GO. With AVM Fritzbox 7490, the stick did not work.  

 

Telekom Speed Stick LTE V

 

Telekom also offers the Huawei E3372 for about a year, named “Telekom Speed Stick LTE V”. It is the 5th generation LTE stick at Telekom as the name suggests.  

 

Conclusion

 

The Huawei E3372 is no doubt a good LTE Stick! Although it doesn’t support current LTE Advanced Cat6 technology for very high data rates, the LTE Cat4 modem makes the stick cut a good figure. The receive and transmit performance is well above average and the latency satisfyingly low. Actually, there is no LTE cat6 stick available now.  

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