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Huawei B818-263

GaryW

Regular Member
It’s in my upgrade offers when I log into my account. I also have a £28 option that includes a bundle item like britbox
Good spot - I hadn't logged in for a while so completely missed that.

If you signed up for your current SIM between early 2019 and 1st Sept last year it will tie you into a higher annual increase, but at 4.5% that's only £1 or so so still cheaper than the current deal. Shame it's a 24-month contract, but then again even if I do finally get access to FTTP at some point this year I'm tempted to keep 4G going as a backup. Decisions, decisions...
 

tartanGuru

Regular Member
Decisions, decisions...
Yes - I'm in two minds as whether to upgrade to this deal or not, although the 4g speeds that I get (60mbps+) far outweigh the BT FTTC offering in the village which maxes out at 23mps on a good day, so I am likely to stick with EE. According to a friend with a modern iPhone there is a whiff of 5g nearby (although I'm not sure which mast it is coming from) which might be useful in the future. Interesting Starlink were willing to sell me a dish for my address when I checked this morning but £89 a month is a little excessive!
 

Tmac

Casual Member
Hi everyone I NEED HELP
Just got the Huawei B818 - 623
Only using an unlimited EE sim in the unit, as we live in an area that only has a poor copper BT line connection.
Live in a big stone house with 3 floors (Renovating a dump)
Got 3 green bars on the unit and speeds are strong when next to the unit.
Not getting wifi in most of the house, so we need a mesh system.
What mesh system would you suggest?
please help my children are not liking me at the moment :-(
thank you
 

Lucian

ULTIMATE Member
You'll need to pull some network cables ideally, to APs throughout the house. If you can do that you can get away with cheap wifi access points, rather then spend hundreds on a much hyped "mesh".
@Tmac
 

Tmac

Casual Member
You'll need to pull some network cables ideally, to APs throughout the house. If you can do that you can get away with cheap wifi access points, rather then spend hundreds on a much hyped "mesh".
@Tmac
what do you mean by cables? connect to BT?
 

dnietzsche

Member
Evening all,
Wondering if any of you have experienced the same issue.
New B818-263 with EE sim card (unlimited data contract), doing a test 50m from a mast that according to cellmapper has 2x B3s and 1x B20 (all EE). First night I tested it the download speed was 80 - 100 Mbps and Upload around 50Mbps, following day (and ever since) the download speed does not go above 25Mbps but upload is still +50Mbps. The router config page shows 4G+ so I assume carrier aggregation is active.
Any advice please?
Thanks.
 

Ronski

Casual Member
what do you mean by cables? connect to BT?

They mean network cables, if you're renovating the house now is the time to put in network cables. Have a read up on installing network cables (it's actually very easy), it really is the way to go - I did my whole house years ago and now have some of it running at 10Gbps. Network cable is far more reliable than wi-fi, and if you have thick stone internal walls then you really need network cable between areas, and then install access points for where you require wi-fi.
 

Tmac

Casual Member
They mean network cables, if you're renovating the house now is the time to put in network cables. Have a read up on installing network cables (it's actually very easy), it really is the way to go - I did my whole house years ago and now have some of it running at 10Gbps. Network cable is far more reliable than wi-fi, and if you have thick stone internal walls then you really need network cable between areas, and then install access points for where you require wi-fi.
we are looking for something that can be moved about. Plus we have no idea at the moment where the best places would be for the cables to go for the best signal/connection. Thank you for you idea anyway.
 

Tmac

Casual Member
Evening all,
Wondering if any of you have experienced the same issue.
New B818-263 with EE sim card (unlimited data contract), doing a test 50m from a mast that according to cellmapper has 2x B3s and 1x B20 (all EE). First night I tested it the download speed was 80 - 100 Mbps and Upload around 50Mbps, following day (and ever since) the download speed does not go above 25Mbps but upload is still +50Mbps. The router config page shows 4G+ so I assume carrier aggregation is active.
Any advice please?
Thanks.
we got the unlimited sim from EE in May. In Dec we got a letter saying we was using over 1TB within the month. They said they have the right to limit our traffic at busy periods. i am in the process of carrying out tests over 72hours. We had the Huawei B535-232 from May 2020 to Dec 2021, which was working great. Totally forgot about the letter errrr and returned the unit. A couple of weeks ago we brought the Orbi LTE 4G £370 for just the router and still it was no better, that was collected yesterday errrr. Now we are trying the Huawei b818, no better than the cheaper B535. I have compared unlimited ee sim and my mobile ee sim and they are similar speeds. I have no idea what is going on errrrr
 

dabigm

Top Member
Evening all,
Wondering if any of you have experienced the same issue.
New B818-263 with EE sim card (unlimited data contract), doing a test 50m from a mast that according to cellmapper has 2x B3s and 1x B20 (all EE). First night I tested it the download speed was 80 - 100 Mbps and Upload around 50Mbps, following day (and ever since) the download speed does not go above 25Mbps but upload is still +50Mbps. The router config page shows 4G+ so I assume carrier aggregation is active.
Any advice please?
Thanks.

Carrier aggregation does not always mean faster speed. Especially when B20 is involved. If mine does CA with B3+B20 I get horrible speeds. If I lock it to B3 only, then I get 70+ . Try locking the router to just B3. (Use Huactl app for example)
 

Ronski

Casual Member
we are looking for something that can be moved about. Plus we have no idea at the moment where the best places would be for the cables to go for the best signal/connection. Thank you for you idea anyway.
Well that's all part of renovating a house, how do you decide where to put plug sockets, TV aerial sockets, telephone sockets? You think of the most likely places you need them and put them there. Same goes for network sockets, you can put multiple sockets around a room, run them back to a central point where you have a patch panel and connect only the sockets you need to use. Access points can be fitted on the ceiling and use power over ethernet. My Wi-Fi access point is in the loft, and another in a room that gets poor signal,all connected via network cables to a central point where my router is.
 

Blu3fire

Regular Member
What do you think of these stats?

RSRQ -14.0 dB
RSRP -81.0dBm
RSSI >=-51.0dBm
SINR -1.0dBm

I seem to stay around this on the Cell_ID and if it deviates to an alternate one I get:

RSRQ -16.0dB
RSRP -89dBm
RSSi -57dBm
SINR -3dB

Cellmapper.net doesn't have a fixed correct location for the second one in the list but I can physically see the whole 'station' on the roof of some flats in the distance.

I only ask the question as I cannot seem to find the second cell location anywhere. I tried to sign up to Cellmapper but the registration mail never came, and stupidly you need to be a member to e-mail them for support!

EDIT: Also what is a single band capable of delivering to one user, say 15MHz B3? Vs 10MHz on B1?
 

Ronski

Casual Member
we got the unlimited sim from EE in May. In Dec we got a letter saying we was using over 1TB within the month. They said they have the right to limit our traffic at busy periods. i am in the process of carrying out tests over 72hours. We had the Huawei B535-232 from May 2020 to Dec 2021, which was working great. Totally forgot about the letter errrr and returned the unit. A couple of weeks ago we brought the Orbi LTE 4G £370 for just the router and still it was no better, that was collected yesterday errrr. Now we are trying the Huawei b818, no better than the cheaper B535. I have compared unlimited ee sim and my mobile ee sim and they are similar speeds. I have no idea what is going on errrrr
I really don't understand what your trying to say, but if you're trying to solve poor WiFi coverage by constantly changing the router it's not going to work. You've said you have thick stone walls, WiFi does not travel well through thick stones walls, you can't change physics.
 

dnietzsche

Member
Carrier aggregation does not always mean faster speed. Especially when B20 is involved. If mine does CA with B3+B20 I get horrible speeds. If I lock it to B3 only, then I get 70+ . Try locking the router to just B3. (Use Huactl app for example)
Thanks for the tip @dabigm , unfortunatelly, I have locked B3 using the HuaCtrl and the speeds are farily similar (17Mbps Download / 47Mbps Uplaod / 52ms latency).
It is baffling to me since the signal quality is really good, also, tested with 2 differnet EE sim cards (new contract and pay as you go) with very similar results.

RSRQ -4.0dB
RSRP -71dBm
RSSi ≥-51dBm
SINR ≥30dB
 

Ronski

Casual Member
@dnietzsche what do you get if you test with a phone? Often the download is congested and the upload is fine. Try very late at night, or very early in the morning.
 

dnietzsche

Member
@dnietzsche what do you get if you test with a phone? Often the download is congested and the upload is fine. Try very late at night, or very early in the morning.
Slightly worse results when testing with a phone @Ronski 16Mbps down /18Mbps up.
I am tempted to say there is something wrong with the mast, I have not tested in the late evenings or very early in the morning but the mast location is in the middle of the north pennines with extremely low population density so unlikelly to be "too" congested.
 

GavinAshford

ULTIMATE Member
Feels like congestion personally, the give away for me is great upload speeds (47Mbps), but with poorer download speeds.
 

GaryW

Regular Member
Slightly worse results when testing with a phone @Ronski 16Mbps down /18Mbps up.
I am tempted to say there is something wrong with the mast, I have not tested in the late evenings or very early in the morning but the mast location is in the middle of the north pennines with extremely low population density so unlikelly to be "too" congested.
It could be a mast issue - my local mast EE is around 2km away and has 2 x B3 which with 4G+ gives me 195 down in the dead of night and 50 at peak times (it's near a motorway). Conversely, your upload is way better than mine (I get 15 max these days).
The only other thing I can think of is that it's related to the server you're using on speedtest (assuming you mean Ookla?) - I find that only one in the top 30 or so on the list of "nearby" servers gives me anywhere near the real numbers (most of them give me half or less) that are confirmed by other speed tests like fast.com and the UniFi tester.
 
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