A few years ago, a reputable brand released their own router to the Malaysian market, under the code-name of Huawei Media-Life WS880. This router considered as a boon for the user as, this router promises awesome features along with the customize (firmware) options.
The box design was decent and simply the best from Huawei. One thing that attract me is, their color selection of the box, blue-white.
The router were arranged in a perfect way, and only important items such as power supply, a cat5e ethernet cable, a manual and the router itself was in the box.
Final view of the router
This router was designed in a very professional way. The branding at the front of the router also functions as an on/off button. The router does come with a single gigabit WAN port, 4 gigabit LAN ports and a single USB 3.0 Port.
- One autonegotiation 10/100/1000M Base-T port
- Four Ethernet ports
- 10/100/1000M autonegotiation
- IEEE 802.3u compliance
- 802.11ac/a/n (5 GHz, 3×3 MIMO, up to1300 Mbps)
- 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz, 3×3 MIMO, up to 450 Mbps)
- One button control WLAN
- Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
- Wireless Distribution System (WDS)
- Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)
- Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), temporary key integrity protocol
(TKIP), and 64/128-bit wired equivalent privacy (WEP) encryption
- Shared Key authentication
- Hiding the service set identifier (SSID)
- Multiple SSIDs (up to eight)
- Wi-Fi access rates up to 1750 Mbps
- Security features
- Password-protected web-based management pages
- Parental control (website blocking and network access period control)
- MAC and IP address filtering
- Access control lists (ACLs)
- Password Authentication Protocol (PAP) (RFC 1334) and Challenge
- Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) (RFC 1994)
- Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
- Protection against denial of service (DoS) attacks, including LAND and
SYN Flooding attacks
- Network address translation (NAT) and network address and port
translation (NAPT) (RFC 1631, RFC 2663, RFC 2766, and RFC 3022)
- DHCP server and clients
- Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) agent and snooping
- Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) support
- Bandwidth control based on IP addresses, MAC addresses, physical
ports, and applications in the LAN
- Overall uplink/downlink bandwidth control for WAN devices
- Uplink/downlink bandwidth control for individual WAN devices
Power supply specifications
- Product power supply: 12 V DC 3 A
- Product power consumption: < 36 W
- Router Dimensions (H x W x D, excluding the rack):
270 mm x 150 mm x 34 mm (10.63 in. x 5.91 in. x 1.34 in.)
- Router weight: < 360 g
- Operating temperature: 0°C to 40°C
- Operating humidity: 5% to 95% RH (non-condensing)
SETTING UP FOR THE FIRST USE
I flashed the router to Asus-Merlin firmware to enhance the performance of the router. The stock firmware does limit the features of the router. For a powerful router as this, the stock firmware really limits the user from using its full potential. This router does supports Tomato Shibby as well.
The firmware has decent features, although it slightly higher compared with the Huawei stock firmware.
Dual Band Analysis
Analysis of Figure x:
Based on the analysis, the greater the distance, the lower the wireless reading. However, for such router that comes with internal antenna’s, the router performs well in terms of wireless coverage. The flashed firmware really maximize the router’s wireless performance.
Analysis of Upload:
As the distance of the device increases, the upload result tends to fluctuate. The reason why, the reading of the upload of 5GHz greater than 2.4GHz is because, there is less interference with the signals of the same bands from the neighbor.
I able to achieve 11Mb/s over write and decent read speed.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
- Creative design
- Wireless coverage is awesome (Wide coverage)
- Ability to flash to Asus-Merlin firmware and Tomato-Shibby firmware.
- Presence of USB 3.0 port (Fast Write & Read speed)
- The router does not overheat
- The router can fit in anywhere and also can be made as an “extra” decoration for your house.
- The stock firmware limits features such as changing your preferred DNS, DDNS service (You need to pay to use it).
- You have to be good at flashing it to the third party firmware so that, the router does not get bricked during the process.
This router is a very special router. With such an awesome specification, this router pre-loaded with a firmware that locks down its performance. However, the good news is, this router can be flashed to the third party firmware, such as Asus-Merlin or Tomato Shibby firmware.
The wireless coverage of the router is good for its range. Although the router comes with an internal antenna’s, the router seems to give out awesome wireless performance.
This router is already discontinued. Retailed at the price of RM199.00, this router is pretty overkill for such price.
As for finalize my statement, the router performs well, and it can be a good decorative item for your home, if and only if, you decided to place the router in an open place.
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