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LTE connected router?

Discussion in 'Wireless Buying Advice' started by Anders Thingholm, Aug 14, 2018.

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  1. Anders Thingholm

    Anders Thingholm New Around Here

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    I'm in a bad wired connection area and are using 4G. But due to a change in vendor, I need to find my own router this time. I have two antennas on the roof to point toward nearest antenna that I should be able to connect. But most routers that have LTE/4G is fairly old. Or am I missing something?
    Any suggestions regarding which to choose and why?
     
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  3. Anders Thingholm

    Anders Thingholm New Around Here

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    Hmmm.. That was a lot less answers than I expected
     
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    Internet Man Senior Member

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    I started researching cellular routers for a friend and pretty much just gave up since they are already using a cell phone as a hot spot and it's working. Since cell carriers differ so much by region or country there are different models available in different regions of the world.

    Price levels vary drastically too. The cheapest option would probably be to use a USB cellular adapter plugged into a wireless router that supports USB cellular WAN. There are SOHO and enterprise class options too.
     
  5. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Cradlepoint used to be the source of choice...

    They've pivoted their business as of late, but they still have some good offerings...

    https://cradlepoint.com/
     
  6. Anders Thingholm

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    So either looking for a good dongle that have connection to external antennas and a new router, pr somehting that cradlepoint can provide. Thanks.. have something to look into now :)
     
  7. Trip

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    Hi Anders - I'm assuming by your name that you might be in Europe? If so, these might not all be available in, or compatible with, your market. If you're shopping models with embedded modems, make sure to double-check compatibility with your broadband provider.

    1) Peplink - Pepwave models have embedded modems. If you can get a USB modem and/or multi-WAN is of interest, then also look at the Balance series.
    2) CradlePoint - Still relevant, even if they have changed their business model somewhat.
    3) Accelerated - Similar to CradlePoint, newer to market, but supposedly excellent as well.
    4) Mikrotik - If your skills are up to it and a USB modem is an option. Note: their modem support can be iffy, depending on your market.

    3GStore.com has a really nice showcase of Peplink, CradlePoint and Accelerated if you want to get an idea on pricing and features in the space.

    Hope that helps!
     
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  8. Anders Thingholm

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    Thanks, Trip :).. I'm unsure if I should settle for something smaller until 5g products starts comming out. The LTE bandwith in my country isn't that good anyway
     
  9. Trip

    Trip Very Senior Member

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    Hi Anders. Regarding connectivity standards, I would just purchase based on what's available now, and let future speculation be just that. Too many variables at play to be able to "future proof", in this space especially.
     
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