The DrivePro 200 is the midrange model in a range of midrange cameras. The basic model is the DrivePro 100, which simply records. The 200 adds WiFi connectivity, so that footage can be streamed live to a mobile device, and the top model, the 220 has these features plus GPS speed and location recording. Clear?
The Camera itself is not particularly small or discreet, it’s about 3″ square with a large circular design around the lens. The rear is taken up mainly by a 2.4″ screen and four function buttons.
One of these buttons activates the Wifi, a neat trick that allows the camera to act as a wireless access point. Connected devices can then view the live stream from the camera or access recorded clips.
Picture quality is pretty decent, you may need to experiment with the expoure settings. I found the sky was getting burnt out, so turned it down a notch, though this did lead to slightly darker images in winter months.
The wide angle lens does mean that objects can appear further away than they really are, and also makes number plates that bit harder to read. It does give a very good overview of the traffic situation.
The camera simply starts recording when it’s plugged in, and stops when power is lost. The videos can be saved in 1 minute clips up to a maximum of 5 minutes. SD cards up to a maximum of 32GB can be used, which gives approximately 4 hours of recording at 1080p resolution and best quality. Once the card is full it simply overwrites the oldest material in a continuous 4 hour loop. An accelerometer detects impacts and will automatically save accident footage in a separate folder that is not overwritten.
This article describes the steps involved in updating the firmware of the Huawei e5776s-32 4G Router.
The necessary update files for Windows users have been uploaded to my web server, to make accessing them easier. For the paranoid (i.e. sensible!!) user the originals are available at the time of writing at http://consumer.huawei.com/en/support/downloads/detail/index.htm?id=22287 . The files needed are nested several layers deep in Zip files, along with some dubiously outdated documentation. The original Huawei download also includes Mac and SD Card update options, so is much more flexible.
It goes without saying that any attempt to update firmware is at your own risk, and if it went wrong you could render your device useless. You have been warned!
Before you start you need to have available the flash memory password, which can be calculated using this online tool. Make a note of the password, which should be an 8 digit number. Ignore the unlock code – that won’t do anything (including unlocking the SIM)!
Download firmware version 22.265.11.00.00 or get it from the Huawei link above. Connect your router via a MicroUSB cable, and wait a few minutes for the drivers to install. If this is the first time you have upgraded the firmware it might be necessary to install an updated set of drivers onto the router, shown in step one. If you have already done an upgrade (like I had) this won’t be required. The following instructions should be carried out in the order stated. If you get an “Error 10 Find Port Failed” message make sure that you have the drivers and connection software correctly installed, then try again.
Run the file Update_UTPS1.12.00.414_MAC1.12.00.414.exe This will update the drivers that are used to communicate with the router. First the new files are copied to the router, then the router should be recognised as a new device and the new drivers installed on your computer. Let everything finish. A reboot wouldn’t do any harm at this stage. (This file isn’t included in the Huawei download, I got it from the German firmware upgrade package – see original post linked below)
Run the firmware upgrade file E5776_Update_22.265.11.00.00.exe This is the stage that requires the password generated earlier. It doesn’t take very long, and the router will reboot itself a couple of times during the process. This is normal.
Finally, once everything has settled down run the last file, Update_WEBUI_15.100.09.00.03_E5_V7R1_V3R2.exe I don’t think this is essential, but having got this far you may as well. This updates the web interface, and includes a new connect/disconnect button and support for the same feature via the Huawei mobile App
Enjoy your new unbranded router. Let me know in the comments if this fixes issues such as losing signal at random. Some things I’ve noticed:
The LED display now has extra symbols for when data is being transmitted/received.
There is a prominent connect/disconnect button on the router homepage (see below).
My data is provided by virtual network Globalgig, I now get their name showing instead of 3, whose physical network they use.
The data counter on the LED doesn’t reset after power off.
There is a new monthly data counter, you can set billing date and allowance to avoid going over your package limits 🙂
Different language options, including Arabic, Chinese and Russian (see screengrabs below for full set and monthly limit setup).
One more feature that has been added is support for remote connect and disconnect using the Huawei Mobile app, which may be handy for some people:
Some people in the comments have mentioned signal issues. This isn’t something I’ve come across personally, but an external antennamay help in some situations. These aren’t signal boosters as such, but they can be placed in positions that might help get a stronger signal, eg through a window.
If this info has been of use to you please consider making a small contribution to help cover the costs of running this site. If you don’t want to that’s perfectly ok too! The button below will bill you one pound and reward you with my gratitude (and maybe some extra technical help). Alternatively you could always visit one of my advertisers 🙂
A previous version of this article, detailing installation of firmware version 22.264.07.02.414 is available here.
Last weekend I bought a new mobile wifi dongle from EE. It was half price at £24.99 and on just a 30 day contract, at £21 for 5GB data (which is not especially cheap). But I cancelled the contract after two days and got myself a new £130 modem for £46, which I don’t think is too bad, especially as I can currently get 20GB per month for £20 from a company called Mobi-Data. They use Three’s mobile network, which is very good for data. Their 3G speeds are nearly as fast as EE’s 4G, and when Three upgrade to 4G there will be no price rise, supposedly.
For details on unlocking and upgrading this router click here.