Updated 19 Dec 2017

Huawei (supplied by Spark)

HG659b

Bottom line: This dual-band router supplied by Spark has good fibre incoming speeds and outgoing WiFi speeds are OK on the 5GHz band. But incoming speeds on VDSL speeds at 500m and outgoing on the 2.4GHz band were only just OK. Our obstruction tests were little trouble for this router, and our load test showed only a minor drop in speeds.

HG659b
Consumer score
57
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
OK
57
WiFi performance
Just OK
5.0/10
Ease of use and setup
Good
7.2/10
Security
OK
6.5/10

Good points

  • Good fibre speeds.
  • OK WiFi performance on 5GHz.
  • Easy to use and setup.
  • Good security.
  • Good parental controls.
  • Excellent documentation provided.
  • Has guest networks, but they're not enabled by default.
  • Has 2 USB ports.

But

  • Just OK VDSL speeds at 500m.
  • Just OK WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.

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
7.5
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
8.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
5.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
1.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
0.0
Vectoring speed increase
60%
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
4.5
WiFi performance 5GHz
5.5
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Load test
Minor drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
Good at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
Yes
VDSL
Yes
Fibre
Yes
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4 & 5
Antennas
None external
Antenna placement
n/a
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
231x76x178
Weight (g)
453

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
×
Ethernet LAN ports
4
VOIP/Phone ports
2
USB ports
2
Media sharing via USB
DLNA
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
Parental controls
Parental control features
Time scheduling.
Firewall
Guest network WiFi
Yes
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough
VOIP
Wall mountable
×

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Notes
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