Today let's turn to the test for the Vodafone K4605 UMTS Stick. Currently, this model represents the fastest 3G Surfstick on offer from Vodafone, since the Huawei K4605 supports DC-HSPA + technology, with download speeds of up to 42Mbit / s can be achieved. The surf stick is the manufacturer Huawei made ​​and has a classic USB stick design so - relatively little innovative. More on that later though! Once the drive is inserted into a computer, install the required drivers automatically. Connect software is not included on the stick, here the user must either use the included CD to install or install a connection manager of his choice from the Internet.


Delivery, commissioning and hardware: Included with the Vodafone K4605 is next to the stick, a USB extension cable and a CD with the Connection Manager. Otherwise, the user will find the usual flyer as a quick reference before, etc., there are no differences with other models. The stick itself is currently using firmware version delivered an update it yet. Stick to yourself: It is slightly larger than other UMTS sticks and has a removable cap to protect the USB connector. Unfortunately, he does not have a folding or turning mechanism, it is so far out of the laptop, which can be very annoying sometimes. Huawei shows the Vodafone K5005 stick that even better.


Start-up is very simple: the stick is plugged into the USB port, install the drivers automatically when the current operating system. Then you either have installed the Connection Manager from the supplied CD or download a free internet recharges manager such as MWconn - there then go all simcards all operators.



Signal strength and use: The stick is in the use of a little warm, but that remains in a familiar level and is hardly noteworthy. Important to know, however, what about the reception strength. After my tests, the K4605 can be used in GSM and UMTS network can not keep up with the top models, the reception quality is mediocre at best .Especially in outlying areas of the power supply shows the stick early on not receiving more or changes very early on from 3G to 2G supply. Positive, however, is that the stick a connector for external antenna (CRC9) holds that worked well in my testing. Even when using a small, cheap indoor antenna reception level was significantly greater (from-109db to-101dB or 0 bars to 2 bars). For use in areas with poor reception is therefore advisable either to connect an external antenna, or even just to buy another stick, such as the K5005.


For use in the router the Vodafone K4605 is not accessible: My FritzBox 7390 recognized the stick is not as a modem and the router could Dovado TINY with the surf stick also do nothing - here you have to probably wait a little longer until the device is supported.


The data rates in UMTS networks of Vodafone in my area are everywhere unfortunately limited by the network, DC-HSPA +, I could never discover. The speeds I therefore can not test at least on the Vodafone network. In the telecom network, however limited my rate the speed, this can only 21.6 Mbit / s to. Circular / s 20Mbit the download, but I could compete with the K4605. Also very good is the ping using the Vodafone network I could watch Pingraten of around 35ms - Record-breaking for UMTS.


Conclusion: Vodafone K4605 makes only partially a good impression. Although he believes in the speed and Pingtests, the reception is not only mediocre and the handling by the rigid USB port optimally. My recommendation would be: rather spend a little more and buy directly flagship Huawei E398 - or just save a lot of money and with a 21Mbit / s stick with good reception values ​​such as the Stick Fusion III to settle. Much higher data rates, at least in the Vodafone network is not available anyway.