What to expect from the Huawei B535 4G Router
When using the Huawei B535 4G Router your first instinct may be to do a speed test and be disappointed when you dont get the full download speed of the hardwares physical capability. This is attributed to several factors which lay beyond the physical attributes of the router itself.
1. Mobile Network - the speed of your connection is determined by the Mobile Phone network and NOT the router. Many users will opt for a SIM card from 3Mobile who offer unlimited data plans, but 3mobile tends to have fairly slow 4G mobile broadband speeds compared to EE and Vodafone for example. In a recent test, where the EE and 3mobile masts were at a similar disance to the B535 router location we found thet EE gave a download speed of 45Mbps, whilst the same router with a 3Mobile SIM card only gave a download speed of 28Mbps.
Another factor of the Mobile phone networks is that they are a shared service so at peak times when more users are using the mast, then speeds may drop by 20-50% compared to normal daytime average speeds, whilst at off-peak times such as 1:00AM the speeds may increase by 20-30%. All of these speed fluctuations are as a result of the mobile network and NOT the Huawei B535 4G Router.
2. Test Method - many users will connect to the Huawei B355 4G Router using WiFi and then perform a speedtest, this means that not only are you testing the 4G mobile broadband speed, but also the WiFi connection so we always recommend that in addition to connection with WiFi to perform speedtests that you also connect the PC directly to the router using an Ethernet cable as this will mean that WiFi security protocols are not impacting the results of the speedtest. This also applies to the specification of the PC, whether it has a Gigabit Ethernet port, or high speed WiFi and any other programs running oin the PC which may affect the performance of the PC and speedtest.
3. Comparison of router against smartphone.
Some users may compare their speedtest of the £120 Huawei B353 4G router against their £1000 smartphone and expect to get similar results, in some cases you may well do, but in some instances the router may be 10-30% slower, this may simply be that your smartphone is connected to a different basestation and in some cases users may even be comparing different networks, for example they may have an EE SIM in the smartphgone but an unlimited data SIM from 3mobile in their 4G router, or it may be that the smart phone and PC connected to the router may be connected to different servers to perform the spedtest or may be at different times, even a speedtest a few minutes apart can yield different results.
Summary - if your router is giving you 20-40Mbps of download speed this is usually enough for most online functions such as streaming video so dont stress the speedtest, just get on with your everyday life and if your speeds are slow then try a SIM card from all the available mobile phone networks first and use a SIM card from the best network as this is the solution that will yield the best results.