Updating the Firmware of Huawei E5186

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Huawei E5186 is a Cat6 LTE modem router and the popularity has got up thanks to the rise of Unlimited 4G Internet plans in Malaysia. However, updating the firmware of the Huawei E5186 is not exactly easy. Most Huawei E5186 come with a really old firmware and it is known to cause a lot of issues. Here’s an article to help you on how you can update the firmware on the E5186.

Prerequisite:

  • Windows computer
  • Huawei Multicast Update Tool
  • Winrar installed (required by Multicast Upgrade Tool)

Setting a Static IP for your Ethernet port

You will need to configure the Ethernet interface of your computer to use a static IP in order for the router to be connected. How to configure the Ethernet Properties is different depending on the version of OS you are having. You can refer to my screenshot below. Remember to configure your computer to obtain an IP automatically once you are done with flashing your router.


Static IP

Flash a new Firmware for Huawei E5186

There are many methods available to flash firmware to Huawei E5186. I included 2 of them here. I always use the advanced method as the basic method never work for me. The chronology is really simple, put your router into firmware update mode and flash it using the Huawei Multicast Upgrade Tool and wait for at least 7 passes. I separated them into segments below.

Putting the router into firmware update mode.

  1. Turn off your router
  2. Plug your computer to LAN 1 of the router-
  3. Hold WIFI and WPS button while turn on the router
  4. When the WIFI LED blink once, quickly release the WIFI button. Release the WPS button after 1 second you release the WIFI button.
  5. Router should be in firmware update mode.

Flashing a firmware to the router (basic flashing)

1.  Change your Ethernet adapter into static IP

2.  Run Huawei Multicast Update Tool, it may require you to set the path to Winrar.exe

3.  Select your network card, tick force upgrade and select the firmware

Multicast Upgrade Tool for E5186

4.  Put your router into firmware update mode

5.  Click start

6.  Wait for 6-7 passes for a success flash

flashing done

7.  Turn off your router and exit Multicast Upgrade Tool.

8. Check if the firmware version is changed.

Flashing a firmware (advanced flashing)

It is basically the same as basic flashing but you will flash a really old firmware first before proceed to flash the desired firmware you want.

WARN: May brick your router

  1. Change your Ethernet adapter into static IP
  2. Put your router into firmware update mode
  3. Flash 21.281.99.80.00 with multicast upgrade tool. Use the guide in the section above.
  4. Stop and Quit Multicast Update Tool after 6-7 passes
  5. Turn off your router
  6. Run multicast update tool, tick force upgrade, select the firmware you want to upgrade
  7. Click start
  8. Turn on the router and see if Multicast Upgrade Tool is sending firmware to E5186. Just turn it on directly, don’t enter firmware update mode.
  9. Wait for at least 5 minutes. Multicast Upgrade Tool should be sending files to the router. The colour of the MODE LED will change from time to time.
  10. Wait for the MODE LED to turn Green
  11. If the LED turns green, firmware flash is successful. Restart your router.
  12. Remember to change back the static IP
  13. Check if the router have the firmware version you flashed
  14. Reset the router is recommended

 

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Hi, do the new firmware has bridge capability?

Are the LTE bands supported by the two subversions of this router software dependent? I have E5186s-22a but now moving to a country where E5186s-61a bands are required. Can I just flash the firmware and get it done?

Hi,
If I performed factory reset, does it mean it will roll back to the oldest firmware available?

Thanks for your site and info. I have a Optus E5186s-61a. I upgraded to Huawei 21.306.01.00.74 using Huawei Multicast Update Tool. My major reason was so that I am able to use VOIP (this was not available in the Optus stock firmware) The modem has two Lines and I assumed I could configure two providers for VOIP, however in the firmware it will only allow one to be configured. Do you know if any other your other firmware gives two separate lines?

step to unbrick, repeat all steps for advanced flashing? or repeat normal flashing ? i’ve tried so many times, and i noticed that we i done flashed to older firmware, quit multicast, open again and the ip will change to 0.0.0.0, and we canot do anything there

How do I choose the antenna setting? It seems that even after flashing, it doesn’t show at all.

blacktubi, which firmware that allow to set custom wifi bandwitdth ?thanks alot!

Which firmware should I use for OPTUS icon?

I got my E5186s-22A with OPTUS logo

thanks blacktubi. i have a question, i did the advanced flashing and i have waited until the light turn green, but as soon as i restart the router it turn blue back. i have check the firmware it is according to the latest firm lmt i installed. is it normal my light will just be blue?

it is apply to Viva icon on E5186 modem ?

there are few firmware at your folder may i know which 1 is suitable A1T1, huawei, LTM, etc..?. thanks …

May I know what is “passes” in Item 6 (basic flashing) and Item 4 (advanced flashing)?

The E5186s-22a (stock Huawei label) has an internal online firmware update option. Been pressing it many times and was informed “This version is the latest/ newest”. That doesn’t update to the newest firmware anymore (i.e. Huawei no longer releasing updates)?

Thanks.

Bro, could you share the step to unbrick. Thanks.

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