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July 13, 2012

Huawei B683 Wireless 3G HSPA+ Router

For a couple of months now, I’ve been completely dependent on pocket WiFis (Huawei E587 & ZTE MF80) for my internet access in my new condo. Then, this Huawei B683 arrived and saved the day.

The B683 is basically a 3G router, much like the SmartBro Share-it from years ago. Prior to this, I used a similar set-up using a Sapido router hooked up to a Rocket Plug-it giving me up to HSPA+ connectivity.

The Huawei B683 removes the hassle of plugging a USB dongle and replaces it with a built-in SIM card slot. Also, when I’m at home, I switch to this device to save battery cycles on my pocket WiFi which I used all day on the road.

To share internet, you can activate WiFi 802.11 b/g/n or use any of the 4 LAN ports at the back. That means you can also plug this to any of your internet devices that does not have a built-in wireless connection.

There’s a USB 2.0 port in there as well so you can plug in an external HDD as network storage or you can also use a network printer in here (via Samba server).

By default, the router uses its built-in antenna but if you need a stronger cellular signal in your area, you can use an external antenna as well.

You will need to plug it to the wall socket for power since there’s no battery here.

The Huawei B683 supports HSPA+ networks and can support download speeds of up to 28.8Mbps.

Huawei B683 specs:
HSPA+ 28.8Mbps downlink, 5.76Mbps uplink
UMTS & HSDPA 850/900/2100MHz
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
1 x SIM card slot
4 x LAN ports
1 x USB 2.0 port

Of course, actual results on the ground will be different and dependent on your telco.

So we did a number of speedtests in the last 2 weeks and got these results as the most appealing ones (using a Smart Bro Plan 999).

The tests were done using SpeedTest.net with SmartBro GreenHills as the test server. As expected, the best results we got was during off peak hours (around 3AM) but during peak hours, we only get between 0.5 to 1.5Mbps.

While it does not have the portability of the pocket WiFi, the Huawei B683 has the advantage of built-in LAN ports (where I hook up my media players and NAS) and support for more WiFi clients (255 to be exact).

The B683 is being sold for Php7,980 by Hot Gadgets (see listing here).


53 Responses to “Huawei B683 Wireless 3G HSPA+ Router”

  1. eb says:

    pwede din ba to sa dsl? o 3g lang talaga

  2. edwaine
    Twitter: kyle_edwaine
    says:

    for 3G/4G network lang siya.

    & you can use any type of sim cards as possible.

  3. eb says:

    ah kala ko pwede din sa dsl para kako isang router nalang para sa sim at dsl hehe

  4. hellrock says:

    magkano 2 TS

  5. allen
    Twitter: 4gltemall
    says:

    hello, what’s the function of the USB in the device? is it for USB Modem or storage flash?

  6. edwaine
    Twitter: kyle_edwaine
    says:

    the usb slot is a storage slot for hdd/flash drive or can be used as a network printer

  7. allen
    Twitter: 4gltemall
    says:

    the test speed is slow, i found the web http://www.4gltemall.com speed test very fast, what’s the matter?

  8. philip calamba says:

    hi good day po saan tyo pwde makabeli eto

  9. Osh says:

    Hi..ask ko lng po..alin po kya ang mas mganda huawei e5151 or ung huawei b683??tnx po..

  10. -.- says:

    stupid review ever

  11. kathlyn may bayucan says:

    looking for a supplier po ng Huawei B683. Please contact me @ 09162700750

  12. kim says:

    sang branch po kayo naka bli nyan nmn merun ba sa QC ???

  13. Mike says:

    I got the same but not from Phil…do i have to reconfig it to match Smart req’t or i just insert the sim and will work? pls advice ASAP

  14. grace says:

    hi i just wanna ask kung pwede pala siya sa smartbro can you help where i can find that router at ang smartbro ba nglilimit? nlman nilng may router kming gamit.. after nun di ko na mconnect ung phone ko as in laptop ko lng nakaconnect ano bng prob dun router ba talaga or ung smartbro?

  15. dani says:

    Did you use panel antenna when doing speedtest or just the built in antenna?

  16. Melbert says:

    Bawal sa DSL yan? :(

  17. Wifi Routers says:

    I own Apple Airport one, Thanks for sharing the review BTW

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