Huawei B618 VS Huawei B818

I have been looking into getting a 4G home router, but struggling to see which one could deliver most reliable signal with fastest speed. My friend suggested me to get Huawei brand, but I am confused as to which model to invest in because the models are very similar.
Should it be the Huawei B618, at 600mbs or the new LTE cat 19 B818 at 1.6Gbit/s? Can anyone shed some light as to the advantages of the B818 which is 100 USD more than the B618.
As above, many users would seek for the comparison of Huawei devices, especially when they are with the similar look, like Huawei B818 and B618. Are there any differences between them?
For the average user, price is the most perceptible aspect. The B818 is 100 USD expensive than the B618, is B818 worth? Just look at the following differences.

Design

If you don’t look put them together, they cannot be distinguished. From the appearance, both of them look so similar. Both have the same external ports, indicators and buttons. However, there are some tiny difference. The B818 is a slightly larger than the B618. From the font side, the above Huawei logo of B618 is changed to Huawei fonts at B818. And the font of the WPS button is transformed from WPS font to X-shaped icon at B818.

Speed

Refer to the speed, here comes the biggest difference between the B618 and B818. Equipped with a new Balong 765 chipset, Huawei 4G Router 3 Prime B818 designed with more power. It is the world’s first LTE Cat19 CPE supports speed up to 1.6Gbits (theoretical downlink rate with 8×8 MIMO, CA, and 256QAM technology). By contrast, the B618 performs slightly worse (though it is more power than other popular routers, like B525). It is supports LTE of category 11 with up to 600 MBit / s in the downlink and 50 MBit / s in the uplink. Nearly 3 times slower than the B818 for the theoretical downlink rate. Besides this, the uplink rate is significantly different. The maximum uplink rate of B818 is 150Mbps which is 3 times faster than the B618 which only supports up to 50Mbps.

Network Bands

The aspect of network bands is another visible difference. Supporting more 4G LTE bands means you could use the devices for more carriers. You will have more choices. This determines the price of a network device to some extent. There are two versions of B818, the less bands supported B818-260 supports more bands than the B618s-65d that supports most bands. View the following LTE bands, you will fast learn that the B818 is overtaken the B618.
B818-260: B1/3/7/8/20/28/32/38/42
B818-263: B1/3/5/7/8/20/26/28/32/38/40/41/42/43
B618s-22d: B1/3/7/8/20/38
B618s-65d: B1/3/5/7/8/28/40
B618s-66d: B1/3/5/7/28

Summary

From the above three aspects, you will know clearly which one is you want. For more details for the comparison, please view the table below.

Model Huawei B818 Huawei B618
Chipset HiSilicon Balong V7R65 HiSilicon Balong 750
Network
LTE Category LTE Cat.19 LTE Cat.9/ Cat.11
4G LTE Bands B818-260: B1/3/7/8/20/28/32/38/42
B818-263: B1/3/5/7/8/20/26/28/32/38/40/41/42/43
B618s-22d: B1/3/7/8/20/38
B618s-65d: B1/3/5/7/8/28/40
B618s-66d: B1/3/5/7/28
4G Speed DL 1.6Gbps/UL 150Mbps DL 600Mbps/UL 100Mbps
Wi-Fi Connectivity
Wi-Fi Standard Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Band Dual band: 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Dual band: 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
Wi-Fi Speed 802.11b/g/n: up to 300 Mbit/s
802.11a/ac: up to 1300 Mbit/s
802.11b/g/n: up to 300 Mbit/s
802.11a/ac: up to 1300 Mbit/s
Wi-Fi Devices Up to 64 devices Up to 64 devices
MIMO 8 X 8 MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO
Appearance
Dimensions 103 x 103 x 225mm 95 × 95 × 208mm
Ethernet LAN port(45) x 1,  LAN/WAN port (45) x 1 LAN port(45) x 1,  LAN/WAN port (45) x 1
Phone Telephone port(RJ11) x 1 Telephone port(RJ11) x 1
External Antenna Yes, 2 x TS-9 connectors Yes, 2 x TS-9 connectors
Other Port USB 2.0 port x 1, Power adapter port x 1 USB 2.0 port x 1, Power adapter port x 1
Indicator Power indicator x 1, Internet status indicator x 1, Mode indicator x 1, WLAN/WPS indicator x 1, LAN indicator x 1, Signal strength indicators  x 1 Power indicator x 1, Internet status indicator x 1, Mode indicator x 1, WLAN/WPS indicator x 1, LAN indicator x 1, Signal strength indicators  x 1
Button Power ON/OFF switch x 1, WPS button x 1, Reset button x 1 Power ON/OFF switch x 1, WPS button x 1, Reset button x 1

Though, you should pay more to get the B818, but it really more powerful. However, if you take the economic factor into consideration, the B618 is also a good choice as it is really powerful than other star routers.

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