Configuring the Huawei E5832S

For the uninitiated, the Huawei E5832 is also known as the iMo, a battery-powered 3G wireless router: their answer to the Novatel MiFi.

Taking a SIM card and providing 3G data service at up to 7.2Mbps, the device is also a WiFi access point, meaning that you can share the 3G connection between multiple WiFi enabled clients and measures only 93mm x 48mm!
Featuring a microSD card slot it can also be used as a USB file store.
When connected to a PC via the supplied USB cable, it can also be used as a USB 3G dongle modem.

Key Features

  • Flexible WiFi Hotspot
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS 2100/900 MHz
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
  • Equalizer and receive diversity (UMTS 2100/900 MHz)
  • HSUPA data service of up to 5.76 Mbps
  • HSDPA data service of up to 7.2 Mbps
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Li battery
  • LED display
  • Plug and play
  • SMS service

The only difference between the E5832 and the E5830 is the frequency available for 3G usage: the E5830 is 2100MHz only.

I’ve now been given another unit which can be configured wirelessly using its built-in web server, particularly useful for non Windows-based platforms including Mac and Linux.

Configuration

Insert the SIM into the unit and power it on by pressing the on/off button the side. Activate the wireless functionality by pressing the WiFi button.

After a few moments the device will be listed in your available wireless networks:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

NOTE – the device may also be listed as E583x. If the device prompts you for a key, this can be found on the device itself under the battery.

Connect to the wireless network. By default the iMo is configured with an IP address of 192.168.1.1 and to assign addresses to clients automatically via DHCP. Open a web browser and enter in the address of the iMo, the following will be displayed:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Log in with a password of ‘admin’, the following will be displayed:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

To run through the Quick Setup, click Next:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Enter in a name for the cellular connection. Leave the dial-up number set to *99#.
Set the APN to static and enter in the correct details for your network provider:

Vodafone:
APN – internet
Username – web
Password – web

Orange:
APN – orangeinternet
Username – (leave blank)
Password – (leave blank)

O2:
APN – mobile.o2.co.uk
Username – web
Password – web

T-Mobile:
APN – general.t-mobile.co.uk
Username – (leave blank)
Password – (leave blank)

Three:
APN – three.co.uk
Username – (leave blank)
Password – (leave blank)

Leave all of the other settings at their default values. Click Next:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Specify whether you want the device to connect automatically (ie when powered on), manually (by pressing the connect button on the unit) or on demand (when a connection request is received). Click Next.

Enter in a name for the WiFi SSID (what you want the device to appear as to wireless clients), and specify whether you want the SSID to be broadcast to clients will need to have the network added manually. Click Next:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Specify the encryption you wish to use on the wireless link (if any) and enter in a key or passphrase. Click Next:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Review your configuration settings and click Finish. You will be taken to the Connection Status screen:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

The unit is now ready for use. To configure the unit further, click on the Advanced Settings option:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

The System menu allows you to change the default admin password, restore the unit back to factory default settings and check firmware version information:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

The SIM Settings menu enables you to add or remove PIN code information to your SIM:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Configuring the Huawei iMo

The Mobile Network menu enables you to set the device to 3G or GSM only mode, if desired:

 

Configuring the Huawei iMo

 

The Dial-Up Settings menu enables you to edit the connection properties (automatic, manual or on-demand):

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Configuring the Huawei iMo

As well as edit the APN settings and connection parameters:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

The DHCP Settings menu enables you to edit the properties of the DHCP server and client leases:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

The WLAN Settings menu enables you to enable and disable the WiFi feature of the device:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Configuring the Huawei iMo

As well as enable and disable SSID broadcast, configure regional information and specify broadcast channels:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

 

The Security Settings menu allows you to configure advanced features such as port forwarding, DMZ and port triggering:

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Configuring the Huawei iMo

Configuring the Huawei iMo

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