Updated 19 Dec 2017

Huawei (supplied by Spark)

HG630b

Bottom line: This single-band router supplied by Spark has very good incoming VDSL speeds at 500m. But the outgoing speeds on its single 2.4GHz band were just OK – it could only transmit 90% of the incoming VDSL speed. And don't overload this router with too many devices, it suffered a speed loss of 76% in our load testing.

HG630b
Consumer score
53
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
Just OK
53
WiFi performance
Just OK
4.5/10
Ease of use and setup
OK
6.9/10
Security
OK
6.0/10

Good points

  • Very good VDSL speeds at 500m.
  • OK to use and setup.
  • OK security.
  • Very good parental controls.
  • Very good documentation provided.
  • Has a guest networks, but it's not enabled by default.
  • Has a USB port.

But

  • Just OK WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.
  • Not capable of transmitting on 5GHz band.
  • Doesn't support VOIP.

How we test

Overall score includes:

WiFi performance (60%) – measured at 4m and 10m from the router with the router and laptop in line of sight from each other. We calculated the speeds, in megabits per second (Mbps), by timing how long it took to transfer a 1.1GB file from a network attached storage (NAS) device, connected to the router, to a laptop over WiFi. We repeated the test 3 times on each band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and at each distance. The speeds from both distances were averaged and scored compared to the speeds expected for the WiFi standards they were using.

Ease of use and setup (20%) – based on an assessment of set up and how easy the device is to use including monitoring and managing network access and changing default settings (service set identifier (SSID), network key/password, encryption and WiFi protected set-up (WPS) settings). We also looked at the ease of accessing advanced functions such as guest networks, virtual private network (VPN), attached external media and parental control tools.

Security (20%) – looked at whether the networks were encrypted, how easy it was to identify them by SSID, and the security of the network key/password.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$0

Speeds

Fibre
n/a
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
9.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
8.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
4.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
2.5
Vectoring speed increase
40%
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
4.5
WiFi performance 5GHz
n/a
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
n/a
Load test
Noticeable drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
Good at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
Yes
VDSL
Yes
Fibre
No
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4
Antennas
None external
Antenna placement
n/a
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
180x68x14
Weight (g)
250

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
×
Ethernet LAN ports
4
VOIP/Phone ports
0
USB ports
1
Media sharing via USB
DLNA
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
Parental controls
Parental control features
Time scheduling, block websites and block or enable device access.
Firewall
Guest network WiFi
Yes
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough
VOIP
×
Wall mountable
×

More Info

Notes
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