The Huawei E5172 is a new wireless router for 4G LTE TDD FDD global networks, it features a download speed of up to 150Mbps and provides access to up to 32 WiFi devices as well as desktop computers through an Ethernet cable.
The Huawei E5172 4G Router is the ideal replacement for the Option Globesurfer 3G Router. The E5172 features a single RJ45 Ethernet port, WiFi for up to 32 users and also features an RJ11 telephone port for the connection of a standard analogue telephone to enable GSM calls or can be configured within the web browser interface to enable this POTS phone to make calls over a VoIP service instead. Of course, when using a telephone to make calls over GSM then the 4G SIM card being used with the E5172 4G Router will need to support voice calls.
The E5172As-22 router is the UK version and is supplied with a UK 3 Pin plug and also features an external antenna connector which is the SMA screw type so can be connected to an external 4G antenna if required. The WiFi antennas are inside the router casing and cannot use external WiFi antennas. The E5172 only provides a single SMS antenna port so cannot be used with 4G MiMo antennas and we recommend using an external 4G antenna only in situations where the router is located in a position with very poor or no signal, but an external 4G antenna can be located nearby in a location with a good 4G network signal.
The E5172 CPE Router is an ideal home entertainment and information exchange hub, providing multiple devices simultaneous high-speed Internet access, high-definition video downloads and real-time video viewing and transmission. The Huawei E5172 is also perfect for SOHO and small businesses with its connectivity options to VOIP telephone and fax, printers and other office equipment.
4G LTE-FDD 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
4G LTE-TDD 2600Mhz
3G HSDPA/HSUPA/UMTS/WCDMA 900/2100Mhz.
2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz.
Do you need to buy a 4G Antenna for your E5172?
If your Huawei E5172 4G router is indoors where you have a poor 4G signal but you have a much better 4G signal outdoors then you can locate a 4G antenna outdoors to receive the stronger signal and deliver it along the antenna cable to the router.
if you signal strength is the same outdoors as it is indoors then there is no point in using an outdoor antenna - in most cases it will be unlikely to drastically improve your 4G service.
The E5172 just has a single 4G antenna port so you should use something like a GXS606 3G/4G antenna.
Are you looking to replace your E5172 4G Router?
If you want to upgrade your E5172 4G router then we recommend different routers for different applications.
For home use we would recommend something like the Huawei B525 becuase it will give you fast 4G speeds via the embedded CAT6 4G Modem and then deliver this fast 4G service to your desktop PC's via Gigabit Ethernet ports and to your wireless devices via the high speed 5Ghz WiFi.
For Office Applications then something with added features like VPN we would recommend something the the Proroute H900 4G Router
For M2M Applications for remote monitoring and management then we would recommend something like the compact Proroute H685 4G Router.
You might also want to extend the range of your router WiFi so below are a few useful links.