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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok 4G router. Bad firewall. 100mbit only ethernet. Cannot port forward, 22 May 2014
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This review is from: Huawei E5172As-22 4G LTE 150Mbps Unlocked Wireless Router (Accessory)
First off I'm a network engineer. So I expected a lot from a £150 4G router when I could have got a 4G "MiFi" or a dongle for £50.

I bought this for a backup connection when my main connection goes down. I already have an ethernet router so I got this one because ethernet 4G routers seem to be either really expensive or just not exist. But I was very disappointed to learn that it does not offer a bridging mode / modem-only mode. That means you get a private IP, not your real public one (some networks like three give you a real IP) Not a problem for most users but is for me and anyone who has services running / ports open on their network.

The modem claims to support up to 150mbit download speed, yet the ethernet port is a 100mbit port (yes, not a gigabit one) so you will NOT be able to get the full speed via ethernet, only via WiFi and that means you will probably have to sit in direct line of sight with it to get full wifi bandwidth, but then I have yet to find a UK telecom company that can offer speeds of 100mbit or over.

For 90% of internet users, this router is probably fine and the router is really fast having measured up to 45mbit on o2

The firewall is pretty laughable with very few options which is why I wanted to just use it as an ethernet 4G modem and hook it up to a custom built pfSense firewall.... but It's totally useless if you want to run your own servers like web or email servers. I have not managed to get the DMZ or the port forwarding features to work AT ALL and I have a degree in network communications !!!!!

Save yourself £100 and buy a dongle if all you want it for is surfing / mobile broadband / emergency backup.
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Initial post: 7 Aug 2014 10:31:20 BDT
david says:
Re port forwarding, standard SIM cards are specifically intended to prevent their use in this way (see pcwintech.com for why). You need to buy MORE EXPENSIVE sim cards that provide a static IP address. See www.3grouterstore.co.uk for example.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2014 14:23:27 BDT
Matt says:
Thanks for the tip!

Posted on 28 Sep 2014 23:11:45 BDT
Hoff_87 says:
What would you guys recommend for me in rural areas? land line internet here is 2mbps, if i stand in the loft with my mobile I get H+ signal and can tether 6mbps to my laptop. I want a router/modem i can plug a H+/4g sim or dongle into that i can gigabit ethernet to the rest of my house.

Cheers for any help,

Posted on 25 Nov 2014 10:00:33 GMT
Alan says:
Matt,
Can I ask what APN was being used for this router?
I have had a similar issue with another router that used to port forward, but now it does not, even the ... cough... cough the "technical staff" didn't know either, even had the cheek to suggest buying another one from them (which would have had exactly the same issue).. then it dawned upon me that I had changed the APN to reflect an APN that I saw to set up on the 3 network.. WRONG! = wrong APN
So, I will hazard a guess that you are using "three.co.uk" as your APN? if so try "3internet" and let me know how you get on if you still have that router eh? "three.co.uk" will always be assigned a private IP "10.0.0.1" range, but "3internet" gets a WAN IP.
Cheers
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