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"Huawei Monitor" is now "LTE H-Monitor"

Boab

Casual Member
Following some arguments regarding the name v3.10 has been replaced by v4.00.
available from: https://ltehmonitor.github.io/
The site is still in french but google translate works wonders.
I use this to monitor my Huawei B535-232's signal strengths. If you pay the licence fee then you can set the Band to use etc.

https://routeur4g.fr is a forum in french regarding the product.
Google routeur4g and it will offer to translate the forum.
 

ksuuk

Regular Member
If you pay the licence fee then you can set the Band to use etc.
False - it's possible to adjust bands etc with free version:

"The free version of the program is identical to the licensed version, with certain limitations.
The main difference is that the free version does not save the data. Historical data are therefore not available. The mini web server, the version on board the router and command line operations are not available on this version."
 

kommando828

Top Member
Free version does allow setting of bands, paid version allows storing of data for more than 24 hrs, I did not need that but paid anyway as the program is so good. I get all the sms messages relayed to my mobile which is perfect as it was my old main mobile number.
 

Boab

Casual Member
Thanks for correcting me, I did buy it soon after i got it as i liked the graphs.
 

teleman6868

Casual Member
Quick question about H-Monitor.

When you get carrier aggregation, does it show you the two bands that are being aggregated or just the main band? I am seeing 4G+ on a B535, but H-Monitor just shows band 3 for upload and download. On my MR600, I see bands 3,20 reported which makes more sense.

Thanks
 

GavinAshford

Top Member
Huawei routers only report the primary band - usually this is the band it connects to first before aggregating with the secondary band. For example if you forced only B20 alone and then added B3 afterwards it would report B20.

Given the bands you're talking about, I assume you're with Three so there is no upload aggregation - Three don't have it enabled on any bands, but I don't know if B535 supports it anyway.
In this B20 forced first/as primary band example, the upload speed would be limited to the B20 upload speed (12.5Mbps) as it's the primary band that is always used for upload.

Edit: the MR600 may support upload CA (I don't know the specs) on B3+20 but as the Three network side doesn't, it won't aggregate. I don't know how you'd identify the primary band (and therefore upload band) that is in use on the MR600.
 

Buggerlugz

Top Member
The whole CA compatibility from current LTE routers seems half-baked at best with loads only allowing certain bands or combinations. Makes me wonder why isn't there a CA standardization within the CAT framework and what makes it so difficult to allow routers to just connect to multiple different bands, hell why even just two and not ten?
 
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teleman6868

Casual Member
Thanks for the info ref Huawei band reporting. Makes it trickier to interpret why I’m currently getting slower speeds on the B535 than the MR600.

And yes, I’d happily pay more for a top quality router with solid CA, a great feature set and UI, but they are all variable at best.
 

GavinAshford

Top Member
The whole CA compatability from current LTE routers seems half-baked at best with loads only allowing certain bands or combinations. Makes me wonder why isn't there a CA standardization within the CAT framework and what makes it so difficult to allow routers to just connect to multiple different bands, hell why even just two and not ten?
Different products are built to target different price points, and limiting the spec means that less effort is required to put into development to allow a price point to be hit.

Radio is complex; signals have different characteristics depending on the frequency so modems and the software that drives those, as well as the antenna design, all need to be able to handle those differences when in aggregation of multiple bands and cross combinations of those.

This applies to mobile phones themselves, as well as routers, but equally on the network provider side too.
 

GavinAshford

Top Member
Thanks for the info ref Huawei band reporting. Makes it trickier to interpret why I’m currently getting slower speeds on the B535 than the MR600.

And yes, I’d happily pay more for a top quality router with solid CA, a great feature set and UI, but they are all variable at best.
How much slower? How do the signal metrics compare (asuming you're testing in the same spot)?
 

teleman6868

Casual Member
How much slower? How do the signal metrics compare (asuming you're testing in the same spot)?
Yeah, same spot and metrics are not dissimilar and pretty poor. Forecast is pretty bad for tomorrow which buys me time to do some proper testing. I know how sensitive these things can be.
 

teleman6868

Casual Member
I've now realised how fussy the B535 is with placement. My SNR generally fluctuates between 8 and 12, and often if I restart the router it will lock onto band 20 with only 4G and give slow speeds. Fixing band 3 and 20 always gives me 4G+ and much better speeds (40 down and 20 up).

I am now using its internal antennae as the bunny ears were indeed giving slightly worse performance.
 

teleman6868

Casual Member
Does anyone know what determines the basic signal strength indicator in the B535 and displayed in LTE H-Monitor? The five lights on the front, and shown when first logging in to the router? I get three or four, sometimes five and am just wondering which stat is used. My signal is never great, so wondering why I have such a strong indication.
 

kommando828

Top Member
The five lights on the front, and shown when first logging in to the router?

That is just a start indication to check all 5 lights work.

I get three or four, sometimes five and am just wondering which stat is used.

Only Huawei know but its using more than one stat looking at my stats and the number of lights.

My signal is never great, so wondering why I have such a strong indication.

With exactly the same stats my 525 shows 3 lights and my 715 shows 4, so Huawei vary the algorithm of how many lights to turn on from model to model.

I ignore the lights and just go by the stats.
 

teleman6868

Casual Member
My apologies, but I have a further query about H-Monitor.

When I fix my B535's bands to 3 for upload and 3+20 for download, I get 4G+ and good speeds. I'll retain 4G+ no problems over days.

But, if I restart the router (as would happen in a power cut), the router comes back on only band 20 with just 4G and I get poor speeds. In H-Monitor, upload band will have changed to 20 and download band will still show 3 and 20 highlighted.

Immediately, if I reselect 3 for upload and 3+20 for download, click apply, then it's back to 4G+

Surely bands 3+20 should persist? I recognise that the band 20 signal is stronger, but surely fixing the bands should ensure I stay on band 3+20 through a restart?

Thanks in advance.

And FWIW, H-Monitor was updated to 4.40 :)
 

Biobob

Regular Member
I have downloaded this twice and both times Norton AV removes it as a threat, has it been hijacked?
 

Buggerlugz

Top Member
Norton Bob?!! Really???!
Are you their only customer left on the planet in 2020?

Considering what that program does these days have you considered that Norton may be contributing to some of your issues?

Personally I'd recommend uninstalling the program in its entirety (if it lets you!), and seeing how much your computing experience benefits.
 

teleman6868

Casual Member
I find on my setup Band 3 alone gives the same download or just a bit more than CA B3 + B20. Worth a try.
Yes, I've finally convinced myself that it's the same for me. There's something appealing about using 4G+, but in reality I find that band 3 on its own is more reliable, particularly on upload speed.
 
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