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4G CPE Pro 2 Router (New)

The Wee Bear

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GavinAshford

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Good spot - only been on Amazon for ~3weeks, but has been provided by EIR in Ireland to their customers since late last year.

Feels like a nice step up from the B535, for not much more money, if these specs are accurate:
4x4 MIMO on a number of bands
2CA DL (4x4+2x2) or 3CA DL (2x2+2x2+2x2)
256QAM DL
2CA UL

Edit: arguably the B818 could still be a better buy (+£20 on amazon) for more potential DL, though no UL CA available on it.

Edit 2: B818 is probably better aligned to EE's 4G network with greater CA capabilities, and the B628 a better match for Three. Assuming high spec'd 4G masts in your area for both.
 
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Brumski

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For those not in a 5G area, or likely to be anytime soon, does this offer any tangible benefits over the Cat19 B818 which is only marginally more expensive?
 

Lucian

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This is so confusing!
So this _new_ CPE Pro2 "4G only" is cat12, 4x4 mimo.. so basically it's got nothing on the B818, the price is also quite similar.
 

GavinAshford

ULTIMATE Member
This is so confusing!
So this _new_ CPE Pro2 "4G only" is cat12, 4x4 mimo.. so basically it's got nothing on the B818, the price is also quite similar.
No, but its a level or two down from it - as designated by being a '6xx' series, not an '8' series model.
Pricing is probably higher than it should be, perhaps due to it being new to the market and/or the global chip shortage limiting availability (and/or surplus/adequate stocks of the B818 pushing its price down closer to it)
 

JitteryPinger

ULTIMATE Member
This is so confusing!
So this _new_ CPE Pro2 "4G only" is cat12, 4x4 mimo.. so basically it's got nothing on the B818, the price is also quite similar.
It appears to just be new entry level hardware to take advantage of newer 4G configurations, the price of it currently will most likely been inflated due to numbers of excuses/reasons.
 

Conspiracy

Casual Member
Good spot - only been on Amazon for ~3weeks, but has been provided by EIR in Ireland to their customers since late last year.

Feels like a nice step up from the B535, for not much more money, if these specs are accurate:
4x4 MIMO on a number of bands
2CA DL (4x4+2x2) or 3CA DL (2x2+2x2+2x2)
256QAM DL
2CA UL

Edit: arguably the B818 could still be a better buy (+£20 on amazon) for more potential DL, though no UL CA available on it.

Edit 2: B818 is probably better aligned to EE's 4G network with greater CA capabilities, and the B628 a better match for Three. Assuming high spec'd 4G masts in your area for both.
I'm deciding between the B818 and B628-265. I am on EE so should I go for the B818 instead? Why is it better for EE?
 

Seani

Top Member
I'm deciding between the B818 and B628-265. I am on EE so should I go for the B818 instead? Why is it better for EE?
Carrier Aggregation with a higher CAT 19 than B628 CAT 12, 628 also only allows 2 Band CA.

Will be better on EE as their spectrum is spaghetti junction so the B818 should perform much better.

The difference of £50 is worth spending the extra - B818.


Have a comparison read here https://grouptestwinner.com/best-4g-lte-router/
 
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