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Huawei AI Cube Router & Alexa With Unlimited 4G Data £20pm [24m] £480 @ Three
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Huawei AI Cube Router & Alexa With Unlimited 4G Data £20pm [24m] £480 @ Three

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Posted 2nd Oct
This router is comparable to the B535 (which you can see in the table below) but comes with Alexa built in to control your home etc.
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3303296.jpgThe main feature of the Huawei AI Cube beyond providing 4G home broadband, is its smart speaker credentials.

With Alexa built-in plus four far-field microphones, so it can hear you clearly, you can use your voice to turn smart lights on and off, adjust smart thermostats and control other smart home devices. You can also ask for weather and travel information, ask Alexa to play music and ask it to look up information.

The Huawei AI Cube supports LTE Cat 6, meaning that it’s theoretically capable of 4G download speeds of up to 300Mbps
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Bloody hell! Huawei and Amazon privacy invading devices rolled in to one!

You only pay £480 for the privilege.
Edited by: "dijital" 2nd Oct
Looks interesting!
Shame it is only limited to 64 devices, as in have 65 that need connecting.
Edited by: "muzhaque" 2nd Oct
The b535 is better as a router if you're not bothered about Alexa. Faster upload speed, 4 ports and also external antenna connects. For the same price I think.

I don't see the attraction of an all in one device, only disadvantages. You might want to put your router on the window for the best reception but that will more than likely not be the best place for the speaker and Alexa function.
Edited by: "madmal" 2nd Oct
I got this deal then my speed took a huge dive after the 14 day cooling off period, 3's resolution is that I drop it to 3g, so be careful of network coverage.
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Very positive youtube reviews for this.
Looks interesting!
Shame it is only limited to 64 devices, as in have 65 that need connecting.
Edited by: "muzhaque" 2nd Oct
muzhaque02/10/2019 06:54

Looks interesting!Shame it is only limited to 64 devices, as in have 65 …Looks interesting!Shame it is only limited to 64 devices, as in have 65 that need connecting.


Bloody hell! Huawei and Amazon privacy invading devices rolled in to one!

You only pay £480 for the privilege.
Edited by: "dijital" 2nd Oct
dijital02/10/2019 08:02

Bloody hell! Huawei and Amazon privacy invading devices rolled in to …Bloody hell! Huawei and Amazon privacy invading devices rolled in to one!You only pay £480 for the privilege.


It’s worth noting these don’t work on Spotify without the Bluetooth connection. I was paying £27 when these first come out but I’ve actually got it for £22 because of the Spotify situation, so you might be able to get some money off this after getting it.
The device delivers very decent speeds and can be taken abroad to some locations.
Edited by: "judavid89" 2nd Oct
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Here are some results. :-)
Ordered, thanks MrSwitch!
I had one of these and does the job for all streaming needs and the sound was good as well for music. I decided to swap due the launch of their new router which had slightly better specs. In hindsight I wish I kept this, the reality is they both produce the same results minus the Alexa feature which was huge bonus for us.
Already have the unlimited data plan with three and currently using my phone as hot spot.

Can anyone please recommend a good 4g router for home use? This one or B525 or Tp link Archer MR600?


Thanks
I had been using this for a couple of months with good results. Sadly Three performed a half bottomed upgrade to my local mast midsummer and from that point speeds became hugely variable. As low as 0.25Mbps and highs of 50Mbps in 12 hours.

They aren't shy at throwing credit on your account if you aren't happy though.

Managed to cancel the contract after 8+ weeks of fault investigation resulting in no fix from then. Allowed a free of cost cancellation, I kept the device and they paid out the credit they had added to the account. Bonus!

When speeds were good the device is spot on. Just be aware it is the slimmed down Alexa AI it operates so no drop in, announcements or calling possible alongside music services connection issues. But seamless with Amazon music tbf!
The b535 is better as a router if you're not bothered about Alexa. Faster upload speed, 4 ports and also external antenna connects. For the same price I think.

I don't see the attraction of an all in one device, only disadvantages. You might want to put your router on the window for the best reception but that will more than likely not be the best place for the speaker and Alexa function.
Edited by: "madmal" 2nd Oct
I got this deal then my speed took a huge dive after the 14 day cooling off period, 3's resolution is that I drop it to 3g, so be careful of network coverage.
I have one of these. Works a treat.
Just be aware that the Cube isn’t a 5G router, and Three are upgrading all 4G sims to 5G for free.
Not really an issue now, as 5G is limited to a few areas, but in a year/18 months you might be quite green with envy!
I have this on a similar deal.
Had to get a network switch to connect TV, Hue and PS as only 1 Ethernet port and the WiFi being pants.

Had issue with Smart TV 5 feet away connecting at all via WiFi. Cant connect TV in the next room. This is in a small 2 bed maisonnet.

As soon as the 2 other family members start connecting iPad and phone everything via WiFi slows down and a online game on my phone via 5ghz fails to connect until I turn WiFi off on the phone.
2 chromecasts do seem to work ok though?

Getting a WiFi extender to see if that helps.

Get slight issues with buffering on iPlayer etc, best position tool on the app shows highest green but never into the max blue no matter where router placed so maybe linked to a 3 issue.

Rather find a work around at this time than deal with 3 CS.
Edited by: "trbal" 2nd Oct
Anyone ever used this for ps4 online gaming?
Got one with £70 cash back from quidco a while back on a 24 month contract. Infuriating having to say Alexa about 4 times for it to work. Might be my Scottish accent but my echo dot doesn't have this problem. And forget it if there is background TV noise of if you are playing something through the speaker. I now use it only for internet connection and the echo dot for any alexa stuff. Drops connection and needs rebooted about once a month but other than that it's a great way to get cheap internet at home.
asmith198802/10/2019 11:40

Anyone ever used this for ps4 online gaming?


Hi,

I got this for £13 for 6 months, then £26 for the final 18 months. Running my PS4 from it, (wired, via a network switch), and couldn't be happier to be honest.

I get between 40-70Mbps download depending on time of day, upload is normally around 20-30.

I'm in a semi-rural part of Swansea, where my maximum landline download was 8Mbps, and my upload was <1Mbps, so this is a massive improvement for me.

Quite a good speaker as well for all the alexa stuff
trbal02/10/2019 11:14

I have this on a similar deal. Had to get a network switch to connect TV, …I have this on a similar deal. Had to get a network switch to connect TV, Hue and PS as only 1 Ethernet port and the WiFi being pants.Had issue with Smart TV 5 feet away connecting at all via WiFi. Cant connect TV in the next room. This is in a small 2 bed maisonnet.As soon as the 2 other family members start connecting iPad and phone everything via WiFi slows down and a online game on my phone via 5ghz fails to connect until I turn WiFi off on the phone.2 chromecasts do seem to work ok though? Getting a WiFi extender to see if that helps.Get slight issues with buffering on iPlayer etc, best position tool on the app shows highest green but never into the max blue no matter where router placed so maybe linked to a 3 issue.Rather find a work around at this time than deal with 3 CS.


Hi there. I'm thinking there might be a problem with the wifi section of your router... just as my TV connects via wifi and it's downstairs across the other side of my house - and my 1st floor is solid concrete, so with that and going through a wall or two it still connects quite well.
For me the best position tool just gets into the blue and I've never had a signal dropout, average 50Mbps download
trbal02/10/2019 11:14

I have this on a similar deal. Had to get a network switch to connect TV, …I have this on a similar deal. Had to get a network switch to connect TV, Hue and PS as only 1 Ethernet port and the WiFi being pants.Had issue with Smart TV 5 feet away connecting at all via WiFi. Cant connect TV in the next room. This is in a small 2 bed maisonnet.As soon as the 2 other family members start connecting iPad and phone everything via WiFi slows down and a online game on my phone via 5ghz fails to connect until I turn WiFi off on the phone.2 chromecasts do seem to work ok though? Getting a WiFi extender to see if that helps.Get slight issues with buffering on iPlayer etc, best position tool on the app shows highest green but never into the max blue no matter where router placed so maybe linked to a 3 issue.Rather find a work around at this time than deal with 3 CS.


Is this the b311 router? I have that one and the same issues. TV only playing at 240p while 5 feet away but router has 50mb+ download speeds. I went to three shop today and they said they have been told to replace b311 with b535 for free. Just return it with ID. Helpful maybe if you have the b311.
asmith198802/10/2019 11:40

Anyone ever used this for ps4 online gaming?


My experience is that it can be flaky but it's decent when it's not peak hours but there are a few stability issues so there's a bit of lag on some sessions. As with any mobile connection, your mileage will vary. Use the 14-day cooling off period and see.
Edited by: "Sherbat" 3rd Oct
Is this the one you said? It shows as £25 monthly and £70 cashback for me. If not can you send me the link?38595462-7NgI9.jpg
dijital02/10/2019 08:02

Bloody hell! Huawei and Amazon privacy invading devices rolled in to …Bloody hell! Huawei and Amazon privacy invading devices rolled in to one!You only pay £480 for the privilege.


So China and US and A both can look after your wellbeing.
skidr0w02/10/2019 19:50

Is this the b311 router? I have that one and the same issues. TV only …Is this the b311 router? I have that one and the same issues. TV only playing at 240p while 5 feet away but router has 50mb+ download speeds. I went to three shop today and they said they have been told to replace b311 with b535 for free. Just return it with ID. Helpful maybe if you have the b311.


No mine is the AI cube - B900 I believe, thanks anyway.
I've been with this for the past 2 months and I have not been impressed whatsoever.

The first 14 days we were getting 10mbps. Reasonable but not what we were sold as 60mbps.

As soon as the 14 days expired, we dropped massively to around 0.5 - 1mbps. Rang customer services who put us through to the technical team after two hours of waiting on the phone who told us that we've been limited for a fault of their own. After the conversation we moved back up to 10mbps for 3 days, and not to our surprise after the 3 days moved back down to 0.5 - 1mbps.

Called up to cancel and like 360finder said, they were very generous with giving us an additional 2 months free to see if we still wanted to stay as 5g was around the corner. Naturally we said yes, and a week later we got charged for the month that was supposed to be free and internet speeds were even slower at 0.1 - 0.5mbps. Finally caved in and got back in contact with customer services telling them we don't want the last free month and that we just want to cancel. The customer over live chat took this personally and started to ask us if we had any other accounts with 3 so they can cancel them seeing as though we aren't happy with what 3 provide.

We laughed it off as a bit of a joke and told them to go for it as long as we don't get charged.

It's a shame to see so many other people having different experiences but I suppose there are always anomalies. Unfortunate especially with 5G around the corner but we just couldn't cope with such slow internet speeds any longer.
360finder02/10/2019 09:09

I had been using this for a couple of months with good results. Sadly …I had been using this for a couple of months with good results. Sadly Three performed a half bottomed upgrade to my local mast midsummer and from that point speeds became hugely variable. As low as 0.25Mbps and highs of 50Mbps in 12 hours.They aren't shy at throwing credit on your account if you aren't happy though. Managed to cancel the contract after 8+ weeks of fault investigation resulting in no fix from then. Allowed a free of cost cancellation, I kept the device and they paid out the credit they had added to the account. Bonus! When speeds were good the device is spot on. Just be aware it is the slimmed down Alexa AI it operates so no drop in, announcements or calling possible alongside music services connection issues. But seamless with Amazon music tbf!


I am facing the same issue with my area. Used to get over 50mbps now I get.0.5 to 2 mb. They have investigated 3 times and found no fault. Switching to Vodafone now.
300MBPS on 4g? Not going happen.
Dont buy if your home has bad reception. I have this. I regret it due to my home reception. I love it but reception seriously. I take to work in like remote areas, I get 30-40. Same in my wifeys sister house. My home i get 5-20. Up and down... Its a long contract. You have been told. If works, you will love it kinda like sky basic fibre speed haha
I have this and it is fantastic.
Excellent speeds
I’d get something that’s for an external antenna. Huge difference! I had the BS35 and B618 and the main difference was seen with an external antenna pointing towards the nearest mast!
Hmmm... Coming up to renewal time for my fibre broadband. Tempted to grab this, get a free 5G sim whenever they launch in my area and buy a 5G router.

Not in a virgin area and g.fast seems to have been shelved, so 5G is my only hope for faster internet unless I want to pay £2,400+ for FTTP on demand installation (no thanks!)
checker.ofcom.org.uk/


Check out the coverage of each network provider at the Ofcom site.
If you really want 3 - be cautious. I just swapped from virgin mobile. My test sim from 3 showed great signal strength and decent 4g speeds.


Now I'm on a 3 contract - my signal has dropped and I'm lucky to get 2mbps down, 0.3 mbps up.



The Ofcom site shows I'm right on the border of where the 3 signal goes from 'good' to 'meh'.

I was going to go with the 3 home broadband too, but not now....

And before you fall for the attainable speeds on 4g that get posted here - I'd suggest you do a bit of research via a search engine for what 4g can do.

The speeds posted here are fiction to say the least.
Don’t know if three still do it but I got a free PAYG SIM that gives you 200mb free a month, I didn’t have to top up to use it so I popped it in a phone to test the signal in my area. My phone with SIM got 80mbps so I went ahead with a contract. With the data sim and router I get 40mbps. The router I bought second hand and is the B310. All in all, works for me. See if you can get the free sim with a bit of free data if you want to test signal, better than relying on heat maps for signal strength.
It may be a bad luck, but I am really disappointed with 3 mobile. After 6 months with them I got more issues than with other providers in last 10 years. Including non working LU free wi fi( can't even register to use it, 3 mobile support can't fix it) , central London losing coverage for days, because of damaged masts, showing full coverage and nobody can contact me for hours (voicemail starts immediately) etc etc. Every time I contact support they praise that soon they gonna be 5g. I exchange 5g for everyday working 3g. Thankfully my contract ends in April. Never ever.
Edited by: "fubuki81" 8th Oct
KelvinPritchardSmith02/10/2019 08:56

I had one of these and does the job for all streaming needs and the sound …I had one of these and does the job for all streaming needs and the sound was good as well for music. I decided to swap due the launch of their new router which had slightly better specs. In hindsight I wish I kept this, the reality is they both produce the same results minus the Alexa feature which was huge bonus for us.


They may produce the same results for you, but in reality, for others the external aerials connection is essential and don't come with this Alexa model but does with the other. Why did you swap? The better spec difference only is the aerial connectors that I can see.
Nickyleon02/10/2019 08:57

Already have the unlimited data plan with three and currently using my …Already have the unlimited data plan with three and currently using my phone as hot spot.Can anyone please recommend a good 4g router for home use? This one or B525 or Tp link Archer MR600? Thanks


What's your spend? Huawei B535 is better. Has wireless AC. Top of the line; AVM Fritz!Box 6890 LTE. Loadsa money! But just beautiful.
360finder02/10/2019 09:09

I had been using this for a couple of months with good results. Sadly …I had been using this for a couple of months with good results. Sadly Three performed a half bottomed upgrade to my local mast midsummer and from that point speeds became hugely variable. As low as 0.25Mbps and highs of 50Mbps in 12 hours.They aren't shy at throwing credit on your account if you aren't happy though. Managed to cancel the contract after 8+ weeks of fault investigation resulting in no fix from then. Allowed a free of cost cancellation, I kept the device and they paid out the credit they had added to the account. Bonus! When speeds were good the device is spot on. Just be aware it is the slimmed down Alexa AI it operates so no drop in, announcements or calling possible alongside music services connection issues. But seamless with Amazon music tbf!


Sounds more likely the variation was due to something as small as traffic. External aerial required. Three don't have Masts separate, but rent and share with other providers. Only EE and small independent providers have own Masts. Plus they don't announce Mast upgrades nor is it public knowledge. Simply because they don't control the Mast upgrades...
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