Huawei E5220 HSPA+ WLAN Router Test
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Huawei E5220 Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is a small mobile pocket router that can forward the UMTS
internet connection via WiFi for up to 10 devices simultaneously. In comparison with other portable
Wi-Fi hotspots, we will soon find out that the Huawei E5220 without contract belongs to the best
devices of its kind. With the low weight of only 66 grams and dimensions of 90 mm x 56 mm x 14.4
mm, Huawei E5220 is a unique mobile hotspot. And the price of Huawei E5220 is good, so how does
the price affect the performance? Let’s have a look at the result of HUAWEI E5220 test.
HSPA+ up to 21.6 Mbit/s
Following the Huawei E5 series, Huawei E5220 also works both in GSM network and the UMTS
network, LTE is not supported. In the UMTS network, the download speed of up to 21.6 Mbit/s via
HSPA+ is available, of course, it depends on the configuration and utilization of the network. In the
test, we use the HUAWEI E5220 under the Vodafone network, a maximum speed of 14 Mbit/s
downstream and 3.3 Mbit/s upstream; while with the network of Deutsche Telekom, the speeds 4.2
Mbit/s for downstream and 4.1 Mbit/s for Upstream were possible. The ping times were at 35 - 80
milliseconds over UMTS, depending on network and usage. The usable frequency bands are the 900
and 2100 megahertz with UMTS/HSPA+, and 850/900/1800/1900 MHz for GSM/EDGE.
Four status LEDs on the front panel next to the Power button indicate the current operating
status. Further information can be obtained only through the web UI of Huawei E5220, more on
that. The connection to the computer via Wi-Fi in the 2.4 GHz band, up to 72 MBit/s is supported
(Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n). Even if you are not too far from the router, the full 72 Mbit/s WLAN connection
speed can’t come true at the terminal.
Only 3 hours battery life
The size of HUAWEI E5220 is very slim and in pocket size. The battery of Huawei E5220 removable
and the capacity is only 1150 mAh, so in the test, the working time only lasts just under 3 hours at
use in the train and at stationary use. On the other hand , the expensive 4G Mobile devices like
the Huawei E5776 offer up to 10 hours. Positive note, the battery is easily replaceable and can
therefore be replaced with a defect without effort.
The operation of the Huawei E5220 hotspots is normally done via a web interface in the browser.
There, next to the SIM pin, for example, network technology (automatic, 2G only, 3G only) or the
provider could be selected. Information is also available about data volume and the online time. For
smartphones and tablets with the Android operating system or iOS, an app is also available, which
also presents the most common settings and information.
Conclusion: simple mobile WiFi hotspot
After the test, one thing is certain: Those who seeks extras like an external antenna port or a slot for
memory cards, the Huawei E5220 is definitely wrong model because E5220 has not the external
antenna connector and the SD card slot. But for those who want to surf high speed on UMTS, not
LTE, Huawei E5220 is definitely worth a look: price, size and weight are unbeaten so far, as well as
our Pocket WiFi column shows.
Here now, Huawei E5220 is already branded for the operator Vodafone, the model number
is Vodafone R206. If you want the branded E5220, Vodafone R206 is a good option for you.