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Standard User smithbill
(newbie) Sun 22-Dec-19 16:59:06
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Re: Huawei B525 - firmware guide to enable bridge mode and m


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Seems like a happy customer smile

I'm amazed you can get ~120Mb download on your B525. The best I can get on my B525 with direct line-of-sight to the mast <100metres away, is around 30Mb if I try at 4am! Normal daytime use is 5-15Mb.

When next your mobile contract is due, you might want to consider the free B535 from Three. Although by that time you might have 5G available. (And note that Bridge Mode does not appear to be available on the B535).
Standard User frooty
(newbie) Sun 22-Dec-19 17:19:23
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Very happy indeed! I'm still shocked myself TBH - a jump from 3 to ~95+ is much more than I ever thought I'd get. Here's a screen of the first two days with my Asus AC86:

https://postimg.cc/yWrBxkzF

The dips are me messing or when I get a call the signal auto switches to 3G, then back to 4G when finished. The B525 doesn't automatically go straight to 4G+ but switches to it when demand requires, ie when downloading or streaming, which is fine by me. I wanted to keep the Asus as it has excellent firmware by Merlin that utilises vpn, add blocking etc as well as an excellent firewall addon - it's a great router.
Standard User smithbill
(newbie) Mon 23-Dec-19 05:47:02
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Here's a screen of the first two days with my Asus AC86:

https://postimg.cc/yWrBxkzF


What's the tool/website you are using to measure Upload/Download performance? I use the Thinkbroadband Quality & Speed test tools on the website, but I'd like something else to draw a comparison with.


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Standard User kommando
(learned) Mon 23-Dec-19 08:40:46
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In my B525 firmware there is a voip setting which I use with a Sipgate basic account, using a phone plugged into the B525 I do not get the drop to 3g but also cannot use the Three free minutes but the SMS still works.
Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 23-Dec-19 10:38:09
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In reply to a post by smithbill:
What's the tool/website you are using to measure Upload/Download performance? I use the Thinkbroadband Quality & Speed test tools on the website, but I'd like something else to draw a comparison with.
That is a feature of the Asus router range, you can see a graph of the data passing through it. It doesn't matter what your broadband type is.

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Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 23-Dec-19 10:39:48
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What a brilliant guide! Thank you for taking the time to put it together. I've learnt quite a lot from it, and I've also realised that the Three network may not have been the best choice in terms of available download bandwidth.


I've just updated that page, with a link to this guide on how "Gigabit LTE" networks are built, and the type of User Equipment (UE) you need to take advantage. What is unclear is how the UK networks align, Vodafone and EE have the spectrum to achieve this, but seem to be rolling out mostly only in cities.
https://www.techspot.com/guides/1328-gigabit-lte-exp...

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Standard User gary333
(committed) Mon 20-Jan-20 23:42:04
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Is anyone who has a B525-23a seeing CA on Band 1 and Band 3?

After reviewing the manual for the 23a this combination is not down as being supported. Only B1+B20 or B3+B20. If this of correct itís not good news for Three owners as this is the ideal combo.

I notice the B525-65a does list B1+B3 as an allowable combination.

Be interesting to know why the 23a doesnít support the combination for CA but does support each band individually if the manual is correct.
Standard User gary333
(committed) Tue 21-Jan-20 18:13:28
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Potentially answering my own question but could be useful for others.

After putting my sim card in my iPhone X I can see CA being activated by the cell. "LTE neighbour" / secondary band 3, with phone latching on to primary band 1 (B1 & B3 flipping around between primary and secondary).

This seems to suggest as the manual states that B1+B3 is NOT possible on the 23a model of the B525. Dissapointing. Maybe this is why Three are now using the B535 - however cannot find spec sheet to see if B1 + B3 is possible.

Does anyone have a B525-65a they could try B1+B3 on?

Just to confirm I have also used LTEInspecteur to tell the router to use B1+B3 and flipped it back to automatic. Neither work, and even though there was no error codes it still does not work suggesting it must be a firmware limitation of this device.

Anyone any views if anything else could be tried?
Standard User dect
(experienced) Tue 21-Jan-20 22:15:43
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After reviewing the manual for the 23a this combination is not down as being supported. Only B1+B20 or B3+B20. If this of correct itís not good news for Three owners as this is the ideal combo.
Also unless I'm reading the datasheet wrong B32 (L Band) is only supported with B20 (e.g. B20+B32) on the B525-23a
Standard User gary333
(committed) Tue 21-Jan-20 23:13:56
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In reply to a post by gary333:
After reviewing the manual for the 23a this combination is not down as being supported. Only B1+B20 or B3+B20. If this of correct itís not good news for Three owners as this is the ideal combo.
Also unless I'm reading the datasheet wrong B32 (L Band) is only supported with B20 (e.g. B20+B32) on the B525-23a


Indeed looks like all the good combinations are missing including as you say B1+B32 or B3+B32 from both models. I had hoped that when something wasn't listed it was just because it hadn't been tested rather than a hardware or firmware limitation.

B525s-23a support:
LTE: B1/3/7/8/20/32/38
Intra-band contiguous: B3+B3, B7+B7, B38+B38
Inter-band: B3+B7, B3+B20, B7+B20, B7+B8, B3+B8, B1+B20, B1+B8, B20+B32

B525s-65a support:
LTE: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B26/B28/B38/B40
Inter-band: B1+B3, B1+B5, B1+B19, B1+B8, B1+B20, B1+B28, B3+B5, B3+B19, B3+B7, B3+B8, B3+B20, B3+B28, B4+B28, B5+B7, B5+B38, B5+B40, B7+B20, B7+B28, B7+B8, B8+B28, B20+B32, B20+B38, B26+B40, B28+B38
Intra-band contiguous: B1+B1, B3+B3, B7+B7, B26+B26, B38+B38, B40+B40, B41+B41
Intra-band noncontiguous: B3+B3, B38+B38, B40+B40, B41+B41

Looks like the B535 does support B1+B3 which may explain why SmithBill's B535 had CA, but his B525 did not.

B535-232 support:
LTE: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B28/B32/B38
Intra-band: B1+B3, B1+B7, B1+B8, B1+B20, B1+B28, B3+B7, B3+B8, B3+B20, B3+B28, B7+B8, B7+B20, B7+B28, B8+B32, B8+B38, B20+B32, B20+B38, B28+B38
Intra-band (unknown): B3+B3

Edited by gary333 (Wed 22-Jan-20 00:05:35)

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