Feeds

New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

Um, when you say 'unlimited data plan...'

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

With increasing 4G coverage, mobile data is becoming a sensible option for corporates who want resilience for their company networks. This is especially true in major American cities which have more mature 4G coverage than the UK, a stark turnaround from the early days of GSM.

Cradlepoint from Idaho has launched a router which combines 3G and 4G mobile coverage with fixed lines for both bandwidth and resilience. The AER2100 can take one or two 4G modems to provide corporate infrastructure. These are Sierra Wireless modules. The router can talk through Ethernet (T1, DSL, cable or Metro Ethernet) and Wi-Fi as WAN. The Wi-Fi comes in 802.11b/g/n and dual band concurrent 802.11ac.

What the new device doesn’t do is bond connections. Cradlepoint’s Lindsey Notwell explains that in a corporate environment it makes more sense to load balance. “A lot of what you perceive of as speed is latency,” he says – and while bonding is good for bandwidth, the latency is poor.

Indeed you might be better off using SIM cards from different networks if you have two 4G modems fitted to provide some resiliency – and that would be a huge complication for bonding. After all, if you are in an area with flaky broadband, you don’t want to have to compete with your neighbours for 4G coverage too.

Router_AER2100

The Cradlepoint routers can be configured remotely, but saying it like that is boring so they are apparently “cloud-managed for zero-touch deployment”. There that’s much more buzzword-friendly.

The devices cost $1,100 with one 4G modem, a second one adds another $500, mobile data bills will of course come on top of that. You might have “an unlimited data plan” but may well find that it doesn’t stay that way for longer than you can say “fair usage policy”. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
IT crisis looming: 'What if AWS goes pop, runs out of cash?'
Public IaaS... something's gotta give - and it may be AWS
Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it
CEO says it will be 'undisputed leader' in enterprise cloud tech
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone
News of the Weird: Screen-rotating technology declared unpatentable
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.