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Thread: Huawei B970/B970b HSPA Router

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    Default Huawei B970/B970b HSPA Router

    What is it?
    The Huawei B970 is a 3G router with an embedded 3G chip (think Linksys WRT54G3G without having to buy a PCMCIA card). It has 4 ethernet ports, an analogue port for attaching a phone, WiFi support as well as a connection for an external antenna. When attached via USB to a PC it presents itself in the same as a Huawei USB modem. In this mode however the ethernet ports and WiFi are disabled.

    The info below applies to the Vodafone branded version but obviously many things will be similar to other rebranded devices.

    The B970 has recently been replaced by the B970b. Main difference is better uplink speed (5.76 Mbps) and support for HSPA/UMTS in the 900MHz frequency range (which means you can use it with Cell C) otherwise everything else looks the same.

    End of Life & Replacement
    The B970/B970b is now end of life. The best replacement seems to be the B660 or B683

    Specifications
    Dimensions: (L/W/H): 155mm x 115mm x 28mm
    Weight: < 500g
    Compatible OS*: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7** (should work on Linux)
    Operating Frequency: HSPA/UMTS 2100MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    Speed: 7.2 Mbps downlink, 2Mbps uplink
    Ethernet: 4 Ports (RJ45) 10/100
    Telephony: 1 Port (RJ11) for attaching an analogue phone
    WiFi: 802.11g
    USB Port: Doubles as either power in router mode or connectivity to a PC/Notebook in modem mode
    Antenna: 1 SMA connector for attaching a 3G antenna
    Light Indicators: Power, WiFi, Signal Strength, Mode (GPRS/EDGE/3G/HSPA)
    *OS only matters when using it as a modem
    **64bit users might need the Huawei patches


    What's in the box?
    1 x B970 Router
    1 x Stand
    1 x Ethernet Cable (RJ45)
    1 x Phone Cable (RJ11)
    1 x 2 Prong Power (Europlug) adapter (ends in USB-B)
    1 x Split USB Cable (USB-A to USB-B)
    1 x User Guide
    1 x Quick Start Guide

    Software Versions - Shipped
    Boot Loader Version: 256.11.10.05.105sp03
    Router Hardware Version: WLA1GAPU
    Router Software Version: 256.11.10.05.105sp03
    Release At: Sep 9 2008 11:41:37

    Modem Hardware Version: WLA3TCPU
    Modem Software Version: 256.11.10.04.111

    Software Versions - Most Recent Update (SP04)
    Boot Loader Version: 256.11.10.06.105sp04
    Router Hardware Version: WLA1GAPU
    Router Software Version: 256.11.10.06.105sp04
    Release At: Nov 20 2008 16:39:40

    Modem Hardware Version: WLA3TCPU
    Modem Software Version: 256.11.10.07.1141

    Vodafone/Vodacom Firmware Updates
    SP04 is no longer available from the Vodacom Downloads Page since the site was revamped. I have uploaded a copy to mediafire: Firmware Upgrade 256.11.10.06.105.SP04. This update is supposed to correct the problem where the router looses its settings randomly, but sadly does not.
    Caution: Care needs to be taken when applying this update. There have been reports of this update either resulting in a bricked router or a partially updated router. The update instructions below have proven to be successful.

    MTN Firmware
    MTN do have their own branded firmware, but there have already been reports that things like DDNS have been removed. There may be other features that have been disabled, so using this firmware on the Vodafone branded version is probably not a good idea. Workaround for enabling DDNS on the MTN firmware here

    Available from the MTN Downloads Page. Direct Link: Version 20080811

    Custom Firmware
    Huawei have released the source and toolchain for download
    There are some details on the E960 which is a close relative to the B970 and attempts at OpenWRT which could serve as a pointer to some enterprising persons.

    Vodafone/Vodacom Firmware Update Procedure
    I have personally bricked one router and at least one other forumite has reported bricking theirs. Another's partially updated and will not complete the rest. I have subsequently refined the update method and others have also reported successfully applying the SP04 update. It was also discovered that you can selectively update components if the update process fails. If you are not sure what you are doing it might be best to skip this one over or take your router to a Vodacare store and let them perform the update. As always Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV).

    • Download and extract the update package
    • Connect to the router using a LAN cable (one was supplied in the box when you purchased it)
    • Login to the router and make notes of any existing settings you wish to retain (MAC filter list, WIFI password etc).
    • Factory reset the router: Advanced Settings | System | Restore Defaults | Click Restore
    • Let it reboot, then power it down and remove the SIM
    • Assign yourself a fixed IP for your LAN connection in the same range as the default one. (i.e. 192.168.1.20)
    • In the folder you extracted review the B970 Upgrade User Guide.pdf
    • Run: FmcUpdate.exe
    • Click Check. Your router should be detected and it will list the current firmware and the target firmware. If your router is not detected you probably did not factory reset it.
    • Click Update.
    • The update process will start. It takes about 20min to complete.
    • If at any point the update fails to update a certain component take careful note of what did update and then remove those files from the extracted folder and repeat the update steps. The update will detect that the files are missing and skip over updating them. This should allow for the rest of the update to resume.
    • Sigh with relief if everything went well, otherwise you might be in for a trip to VodaCare


    DDNS Feature Not Available
    It has been noted that other providers around the world, in a similar fashion to MTN, have also removed DDNS from their custom config. Some people have reported successfully flashing the Vodafone firmware over their existing providers firmware. You of course do so at own risk

    Web Interface Tips
    Factory Reset The Router
    Advanced Settings | System | Restore Defaults | Click Restore

    Change default admin password
    Advanced Settings | System | Modify Password

    Custom Profile (i.e. unrestricted APN)
    Advanced Settings | Dial-up Settings | Profile Settings
    Fill in/select the following:
    Profile Name: Vodacom Unrestricted
    PPP User Name: <leave blank>
    PPP Password: <leave blank>
    APN: Static: unrestricted
    IP Address: Dynamic
    DNS Server: Dynamic
    Click Save
    Click Back
    Click PPP Settings
    From the dropdown select: Vodacom Unrestricted
    PPP Connection: Select desired option
    Leave rest as is
    Click Apply

    Dynamic DNS setup
    Advanced Settings | Dynamic DNS Settings
    User Name: <your dyndns.org website login name>
    Wildcard: Off
    Host Name: myb970.dyndns.org
    Password: <your dyndns.org website password>
    Click OK
    Click Apply
    Click Back
    Click Dynamic DNS Settings
    You should see: dyndns.org myb970.dyndns.org username Off Update succeed!


    Last Update: 2011-12-01
    Last edited by morkhans; 01-12-2011 at 10:47 AM.
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    Default Huawei B970 HSPA Router

    Can I get the Fastlink B970 on a Vodacom package? And where?

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    I believe AutoPage is selling them:-

    http://broadband.autopage.co.za/defa...?p=2&s=46#vod4
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    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER EMBEDDED
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1799 CASH ON MY MEG 250 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1299 CASH ON MY MEG 500 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1299 CASH ON MY GIG 1 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1099 CASH ON MY GIG 2 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1099 CASH ON MY GIG 3 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 999 CASH ON MY GIG 5 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1599 CASH ON DATA MESSENGER PLUS
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 2259 CASH ON DATA MESSENGER
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 2849 CASH ON 4U CONTRACT
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 2199 CASH ON MESSENGER
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 799 CASH ON TOP UP, 200s
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 299 CASH ON TOP UP, 275s
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1499 CASH ON TOP UP, 135,135s
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON WEEKEND
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON BUSINESS,TALK 130, TALK 240 & VODACOM SHARE TALK 1500
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON TOP UP, 315,315s,400s,500s &VODACOM SHARED TALK 1500
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON TALK 500, TALK 1000
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON TOP UP 590 & VODACOM SHARED TALK 1500

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    That is expensive.... MTN has it on 1 gig for free as well as 350 mb for free.
    I dont have MTN 3G though thats why I am looking at vodacom....

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    The logic of the pricing is really strange: A weekender contract costs R135/m and the router is free. A My GIG 1 contract costs R349/m and you have to pay in R1300.
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    Can you use the money on the top up packages toward a data 1 gig?
    Then if you get the topup R315 you just buy 1 gig with that for R289 it will be cheaper that anyone else then anyway...lol
    As you have to pay R349 to mtn for a 1G package.

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    As far as I am aware you can use the top-up airtime to convert to data.
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    Well then it would be worht it to do that then.... It will be much cheaper than other profiders plus you wont go over your limit each month and if you wanted to you can just top it up.

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    Trying to find information on this device, but I cannot.

    But from what I believe this router does not have any wireless 802.11 capabilities? I could be wrong? Can anyone confirm?

    It looks like the Huawei B933 router has wireless functions.
    Last edited by nuyork; 09-12-2008 at 01:57 PM.
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    Thanks. Found out from the MTN thread that it does have wireless.

    http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php?t=147415
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    Quote Originally Posted by wazarmoto View Post
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER EMBEDDED
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1799 CASH ON MY MEG 250 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1299 CASH ON MY MEG 500 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1299 CASH ON MY GIG 1 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1099 CASH ON MY GIG 2 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1099 CASH ON MY GIG 3 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 999 CASH ON MY GIG 5 + FREE SIM & CONNECTION
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1599 CASH ON DATA MESSENGER PLUS
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 2259 CASH ON DATA MESSENGER
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 2849 CASH ON 4U CONTRACT
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 2199 CASH ON MESSENGER
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 799 CASH ON TOP UP, 200s
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 299 CASH ON TOP UP, 275s
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER @ R 1499 CASH ON TOP UP, 135,135s
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON WEEKEND
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON BUSINESS,TALK 130, TALK 240 & VODACOM SHARE TALK 1500
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON TOP UP, 315,315s,400s,500s &VODACOM SHARED TALK 1500
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON TALK 500, TALK 1000
    HUAWEI B970 ROUTER FREE ON TOP UP 590 & VODACOM SHARED TALK 1500


    Where can I get these deals?

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    I'm wondering that myself. I cannot see anything on the Vodacom website or the VodacomDirect website. Where are these deal available?
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    I asked Vodashop Midlands mall and they dont know what I am talking about....lol

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    Oh just found out, they can only give me the Linksys Router

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