Huawei E5172 WiFi Router Quick Start Guide

Huawei E5172 WiFi Router Quick Start Guide

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Huawei E5172 WiFi Router Quick Start Guide


This document will help you understand your WiFi Router so you can start using it right away. Please read this document carefully before using your WiFi Router.
For detailed information about the functions and configurations of the WiFi Router, refer to the online help on the web management page that comes with the WiFi Router.

You must install Adobe Reader version 6.0 or higher to read the online help.

Packing List

The following items are included in your WiFi Router package. If any items are missing or damaged, please contact your local dealer. If any of the optional accessories are not included in the package, you can contact an authorized dealer to purchase them separately.

Item Quantity
LTE WiFi Router 1
Power adapter 1
Quick Start Guide 1
Safety Information 1
Network cable (optional) 1
Battery (optional) 1
External antenna (optional) 1

Getting to Know Your WiFi Router

The WiFi Router function descriptions and illustrations in this document are for your reference only. The product you have purchased may vary.


  1. Power indicator
    • Steady blue: The device is powered on. The power adapter is in use and working properly, or the power adapter is not in use but the battery level is high.
    • Alternating blue and pink: The device is powered on. The power adapter is not in use or not working properly, and the battery level is low.
    • Steady pink: The device is malfunctioning.


  • If your device malfunctions, power it off. Wait at least 15 minutes before you power it on again. If the problem persists, contact your dealer.
  • Off: The device is powered off.
  1. WLAN indicator
    • On: WLAN function enabled
    • Blinking: Transmitting data through WLAN
    • Off: WLAN function disabled
  2. WPS indicator
    • On: WPS function enabled
    • Blinking: WPS interconnection verification is in progress. This process should not take longer than 2 minutes.
    • Off: WPS function disabled
  3. LAN indicator
    • On: The port is connected to a device.
    • Blinking: Data is being transmitted through the port.
    • Off: No device is connected to the port.
  4. Voice indicator
    • On: Off-hook condition
    • Blinking: Incoming call
    • Off: On-hook condition
  5. Signal indicator
    • On: Indicates network signal strength. Full light indicates strong signal.
    • Off: No network signal.
  6. WLAN button
    Press and hold for more than 2 seconds to enable or disable the WLAN function.
  7. Reset button
    Press and hold for more than 2 seconds to restore the device to its factory settings. 3
    Restoring the default settings of the WiFi Router will override all the previous settings.
  8. WPS button
    After the WPS function is enabled, press and hold this button for more than 2 seconds to initiate WPS interconnection.
  9. External antenna port
    Connect to an external antenna.
  10. Power button
    Press this button to power the device on or off.
  11. Power port
    Connect to the device's power adapter.
  12. LAN port
    Connect to computers, switches, or other network devices.
  13. TEL port
    Connect to a phone.
  14. USIM card slot
    Accommodate a USIM card.
  15. Battery compartment
    Install the battery.
  16. Battery port
    Insert the battery connection cable.
  17. Battery cover
    • All indicators except the power indicator are blinking: The device is being upgraded or is restarting. To avoid damage to the device, do not power off during this process.

Getting Started

Installing the USIM Card and the Battery

Install the USIM card and the battery according to the illustration.
 Installing the USIM Card and the Battery


  • Do not remove the USIM card when it is in use. Doing so will affect the performance of your WiFi Router and data stored on the USIM card may be lost.
  • The WiFi Router automatically charges its battery when connected to a power source.
  • The battery is an optional accessory. If it is not included in the package, you may contact an authorized dealer to buy a battery compatible with the WiFi Router.

Connecting to a Power Adapter

Install the power adapter according to the illustration.


  • Only use power adapters compatible with the WiFi Router and provided by a designated manufacturer. Use of an incompatible power adapter or one from an unknown manufacturer may cause the WiFi Router to malfunction, fail, or could even cause a fire. Such use voids all warranties, whether expressed or implied, on the product.
  • The WiFi Router's power adapter model is HW-120200X1W or HKA02412020-YK. X and Y represent letters or numbers that vary by region.
    For details about the specific adapter model, contact an authorized dealer.

Connecting a Device to the WiFi Router

Before connecting the device, please read the safety information carefully.


  • During thunderstorms and rainy weather, turn off and disconnect the device.
  • Use a standard or authorized external antenna to avoid device malfunctions.

Selecting the Installation Environment

Obstacles such as concrete and wooden walls will affect the transmission of the network signal. It is recommended that when you install devices you choose an open space and ensure that there are no obstructions between the computer and the device.
Keep the device away from equipment that generates strong magnetic and electric fields, for instance microwaves, refrigerators, and satellite receivers.

Cable Connection

When connecting, use the power adapter that came as a set with the product. When finished, press the power button to turn on the device. The connection cable illustration is for reference only.
Cable Connection
When the device is in use, you can alter its position or orientation to improve signal reception. If the device is in use, you may change its location or position to achieve better signal strength and speed. For better coverage, place the 4G router as close to window as possible or move your device closer to the router for improved speed. If several users are connected simultaneously, the speed may be reduced. Wait until fewer users are connected before downloading large files. The signal strength light indicates the received signal strength.

Logging In to the Web Management Page

The web-based configuration utility can be used for initial device installation, parameter configuration, and function management through the browser.
The Windows XP operating system and Internet Explorer 7.0 are used as an example. Ensure that the device is connected to the computer. Follow these steps to log in to the web management page:

  1. Connect device cables.
  2. Configure the computer's IP address so that the IP addresses of the computer and the device are in the same network segment.


  • The device's default IP address is, the subnet mask is
  • It is recommended that you use the automatically obtained IP addresses for the computer and domain name system (DNS) server. If you manually configure the computer IP address, you must set the DNS server IP address to the device IP address. Otherwise, you will fail to log in to the web management page.
  1. Open the browser, and enter in the address box.
  2. Enter the user name and password to log in to the web management page.


  • The default user name is admin.
  • The default password is admin.

If your connection jumps between the 4G, 3G and 2G networks
In the 4G router setup manager you can lock the router to a particular network (only possible when disconnected):
Select Internet from the menu in the upper part, then go to Network Connection in the left menu. Select Network Mode and one of the preferred modes: Auto, 4G, 3G or 2G.

The WiFi Router supports the following frequency bands

  • FDD LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz, TDD LTE 2600 MHz
  • DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS 900/2100 MHz
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

The maximum data transfer speed of this WiFi Router are listed as follows

  • Downlink FDD LTE packet data service of up to 150 Mbit/s
  • Uplink FDD LTE packet data service of up to 50 Mbit/s
  • Downlink TDD LTE packet data service of up to 80 Mbit/s
  • Uplink TDD LTE packet data service of up to 20 Mbit/s
  • Downlink DC-HSPA+ packet data service of up to 42 Mbit/s
  • Uplink DC-HSPA+ packet data service of up to 5.76 Mbit/s
  • Downlink HSPA+ packet data service of up to 21 Mbit/s
  • Uplink HSPA+ packet data service of up to 5.76 Mbit/s
  • Uplink and downlink UMTS packet data service of up to 384 kbit/s
  • Uplink and downlink EDGE packet data service of up to 236.8 kbit/s
  • Uplink and downlink GPRS packet data service of up to 85.6 kbit/s
  • Wireless LAN Access Point IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Antennas of this WiFi Router

  • Built-in LTE/UMTS/GSM antenna
  • Built-in WLAN antenna
  • External antenna interface: type is 1 x SMA

User limitation for WLAN

  • STA management: support limit of access users (up to 32 users)

If you need more information about WiFi Router, please go to UI, to choose "Help" to get the document.
LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

Documents / Resources

Download manual

Here you can download full pdf version of manual, it may contain additional safety instructions, warranty information, FCC rules, etc.

Download Huawei E5172 WiFi Router Quick Start Guide


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