This article is aimed at sharing more information about Huawei's B2368 combo kit, and we'll add real-life feedback based upon field-tests that we carry out in the UK. As of it's launch in 2018, the kit was mainly deployed in Poland via the Polish ISP "PLAY", and has so far garnered excellent reviews (Poland has many rural 4G subscribers - ideal for testing this technology). One of the main advantages is that the LTE modem is contained within the antenna pod, negating the detrimental effects of using a traditional antenna with subsequent signal degradation; the 4x4 MIMO antenna and modem, housed in the pod, is rated at cat.13 and capable of 600 Mbps - tested 9dBi Gain in 3.5 Ghz. The separate AC WiFi router sports a built-in PoE port, sending power and data to the remote antenna pod via standard cat.5 cabling (up to 90 meters away), thus allowing the antenna pod to be placed in the optimal location and height to obtain the best signal, whilst allowing the WiFi router to be position convenient to the user in the property.


Latest field test and feedback *** also see GUI screenshots at end of article ***
1-Apr-2019New firmware available - see https://internetservices.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/5000811702-firmware-upgrade-for-huawei-b2368
3-Apr-2019Awaiting results of initial field test...
12-Apr-2019Positive speed tests and signal. Installation very easy, even by novice. The kit does NOT come with Cat.5 cable - installer will need to supply and terminate, or reseller will need to supply pre-terminated length. We can drop-ship a 20m factory manufactured cable if required.
24-Apr-2019Huawei "Hi Link" app does not yet recognize this model, but B2368 does support remote access (HTTPS) and local access, and records data usage.
25-Apr-201985 Mbps speeds recorded at floor 1 height in rural area, although we must stress that you need a device with AC WiFi to obtain those speeds:
7-May-2019Speed improvement in low-4G signal areas. Please see our article here: https://internetservices.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/5000814644-4g-band-1-3-20-and-lte-signal-strength
(If the area currently has only weak 4G (less than 20 Mbps), you may enjoy faster speeds by turning OFF band 20 (800MHz) and band 3 (1800MHz) - both used for 4G - and ONLY enable band 1 (2100MHz), which is used for 3G. You may be able to get a faster and more stable 3G in a weak 4G area. Periodically, re-enable the 4G and re-test, as it may be that the mast or signal quality improves in the future.
22-May-2019Speed improvements! Valuable feedback suggests that in the UK a speed improvement can be obtained by ensuring the following:
  • Set correct time zone: UK London (Maintenance > Timezone)
  • Update the encryption key (Maintenance > System)
14-Aug-2019BLINKING GREEN
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BLUE
ORANGE
BLINKING ORANGE
RED
BLINKING RED
Starting up...
[|||||] Strong LTE signal
[|||_] Medium LTE signal
[||__] Weak LTE signal
[___] No LTE signal
Error (check PoE or SIM)
System upgrading...
LEDs: 1 located on the antenna pod, additional on router itself



The kit contains everything needed for a simple self-install; long cable and roof-mounted jobs will require additional cat.5 cabling and professional installation is recommended.


Rear of the B2368 WiFi router, showing PoE port that powers the pod containing the antenna and modem:


...and the front of the router with antenna pod assembled:


Please see attached PDF for full setup guide (at end of this article, bottom of page)



[Videos below are hosted on YouTube and are not under our control]






GUI config

Once logged into the GUI (192.168.1.1 - default admin password CPE@huawei), navigate to Network Setting > broadband > [Click Modify]


...then ensure that the APN is set to "Auto"


Check the connection status and signal strength by navigating to System Monitor > LTE status

Note the "Signal Strength", "RSRP", "Frequency Band", "SINR", and "RSRQ" - compare these with our chart  below...


Band 20 (800MHz) - used for 4G (ideal for rural areas)

Band 3 (1800MHz) - also used for 4G (works better in city areas)

Band 1 (2100MHz) - used for 3G where 4G signal is too weak


Signal quality*


Poor Fair GoodExcellentRare
WiFi N (2.4 Ghz)<10 Mbps
10-20 Mbps
20-40 Mbps
40-50 Mbps
55-60 Mbps
WiFi AC (5 Ghz)<15 Mbps
15-40 Mbps
40-60 Mbps
60-110 Mbps
110+ Mbps






RSSI (aka "signal")< -85-85 to -75-75 to -65-65 to -55> -55
SINR (dB)< 77 to 1010 to 1313 to 17> 17
RSRQ (-19 to -3 dB)< -11-11 to -8-10 to -6-8 to -4> -4
RSRP (-140 to -44 dBm)< -112-112 to -103-103 to -85-85 to -64> -64


*Signal quality: all measurements need to be within range, just one poor factor can impact the perceived "speed" (IP throughput)  for the user. To carry out a speed test we recommend http://zx3.speedtestcustom.com (If the client device is WiFi, please note that 2.4 Ghz "N" will never perform as well as 5 Ghz "AC". If the user does not have a WiFi "AC" device, test using a direct LAN cable with WiFi turned off)

 

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