New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by BillA » Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:47 am

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Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:10 am
There is one more possibility: do you have a good power supply?

If you are using the OEM 2amp one, then you need to upgrade to 2.5amp (12v = 30 watt) instead, because that specific modem sucks up a lot of power. Those EM20-G modems are all Engineering Samples, they never went to full production and Quectel moved to the EM160R-GL for CAT16 and EM120R-GL for CAT12, although the EM12-G is still available.

I upgraded my power supply to a high quality full 3Amp one. ;)

And once again, I can't stress enough the importance of choosing the right modem for your particular network.
The most popular modems in the US are the Quectel EM12-G (4G), EM16-G (EM160R 4G), RM500Q-AE (5G) and the Simcom SIM7912G-M2 (4G), SIM7920G-M2 (4G), SIM8200EA-M2 (5G).

Note that the Quectel RM500Q-"AE" must be version "AE", and Simcom SIM8200"EA"-M2 must be version "EA", only those versions will work properly on all US 5G bands. For example the RM500Q-"GL" and the SIM8200"G"-M2 are the global versions with SA (Stand-Alone) bands only, and are missing essential NSA (Non-Stand-Alone) bands. This is very important when ordering modems, otherwise they are useless on US 5G bands or very limited, and will only work in 4G-LTE mode. In the US we use NSA modems since we don't have a fully SA network yet, so make sure to get the right modem which covers most of your carrier's bands and modes.
Here's a good explanation about the difference between SA and NSA bands/modes:
https://www.ericsson.com/en/blog/2019/7 ... -5g-tracks

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by punkguy00017 » Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:57 am

Yes I bought the 2.5 amp from ltefix

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by punkguy00017 » Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:59 am

Where u get the 3amp power supply from?

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by BillA » Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:07 am

punkguy00017 wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:59 am
Where u get the 3amp power supply from?


Amazon or Ebay, just don't get the "cheap stuff" which usually doesn't deliver the full 3Amps and has poor filters.
Gotta spend at least $20-30 bucks for a high quality adapter with a 5mm outer diameter connector, and a (+) middle.
You could also use one of those universal laptop adapters sold at BestBuy (Insignia or Targus brands).
Even their lowest 65Watt unit provides over 5Amps, just make sure it comes with a matching tip (a 5mm ASUS plug fits, not responsible if you fry your router!).
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-u ... Id=6406928

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by punkguy00017 » Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:09 am

I do my shopping on ebay . I'll see if I can find one

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by Didneywhorl » Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:22 pm

I'm eventually going to try the stock firmware and us putty to send all the modem commands for setup. See what happens.

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by OxiGen » Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:33 pm

I used 11-17 version of GoldenOrb and managed to softbrick two WG1608 by trying to get the 4 Ethernet port to work. The methods of getting into the failsafe mode are not working on my devices and I wonder how are you guys recovering from softbricks?

My devices still show the wifi working but I can't access the admin page.

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by Poorguyyy » Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:58 pm

BillA wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:47 am
I upgraded my power supply to a high quality full 3Amp one. ;)

And once again, I can't stress enough the importance of choosing the right modem for your particular network.
The most popular modems in the US are the Quectel EM12-G (4G), EM16-G (EM160R 4G), RM500Q-AE (5G) and the Simcom SIM7912G-M2 (4G), SIM7920G-M2 (4G), SIM8200EA-M2 (5G).

Note that the Quectel RM500Q-"AE" must be version "AE", and Simcom SIM8200"EA"-M2 must be version "EA", only those versions will work properly on all US 5G bands. For example the RM500Q-"GL" and the SIM8200"G"-M2 are the global versions with SA (Stand-Alone) bands only, and are missing essential NSA (Non-Stand-Alone) bands. This is very important when ordering modems, otherwise they are useless on US 5G bands or very limited, and will only work in 4G-LTE mode. In the US we use NSA modems since we don't have a fully SA network yet, so make sure to get the right modem which covers most of your carrier's bands and modes.
Here's a good explanation about the difference between SA and NSA bands/modes:
https://www.ericsson.com/en/blog/2019/7 ... -5g-tracks
Hi Bill, I am interested in buying either the FM150-NA or SIM8200EA-M2 since the ae version of rm500q is so hard to acquire, which one do you think is more user friendly for WG1608 with tmobile n41 nsa? I am still a new bird in the field, so I want to avoid as much tweaking/scripting as possible. Thank you so much.

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by BillA » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:13 am

Poorguyyy wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:58 pm
Hi Bill, I am interested in buying either the FM150-NA or SIM8200EA-M2 since the ae version of rm500q is so hard to acquire, which one do you think is more user friendly for WG1608 with tmobile n41 nsa? I am still a new bird in the field, so I want to avoid as much tweaking/scripting as possible. Thank you so much.

Both the Quectel RM500Q-AE and Simcom SIM8200EA-M2 work equally well in the WG1608 router with the latest firmware (no scripting required). Here's the latest firmware dated 2021-01-15:
https://www.ofmodemsandmen.com/upload/W ... -01-15.zip
The SIM8200EA-M2 is readily available from China, while the RM500Q-AE just started to ship.
You can also try the LTEFix.com store, and bug Didneywhorl to carry both. ;)

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Re: New ZBT WG1608 5G-ready router + GoldenOrb firmware

Post by Poorguyyy » Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:01 am

BillA wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:13 am
Both the Quectel RM500Q-AE and Simcom SIM8200EA-M2 work equally well in the WG1608 router with the latest firmware (no scripting required). Here's the latest firmware dated 2021-01-15:
https://www.ofmodemsandmen.com/upload/W ... -01-15.zip
The SIM8200EA-M2 is readily available from China, while the RM500Q-AE just started to ship.
You can also try the LTEFix.com store, and bug Didneywhorl to carry both. ;)
Thanks for the reply, this helped me a lot! I guess I will go for the Sim8200ea since it is magic capable, and do you know the latest generic firmware version for the modem, I would like to ask the seller to upgrade it before shipping. Again, thank you so much!

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