Cradlepoint announces AER2100 Dual Modem capability for Advanced Edge Routing


Boise, ID, June 3, 2014 – CradlePoint, the global leader in 4G LTE wireless networking solutions for distributed enterprises, today announced the industry’s first dual-integrated 4G LTE modem available for all major North American carriers. The CradlePoint MC400 will integrate directly into the CradlePoint AER 2100 Advanced Edge Router.

The MC400 allows two enterprise grade modems to be embedded within the CradlePoint AER 2100 cloud-managed solution. This tight integration of dual modems provides enterprises greater bandwidth for additional users and today’s demanding applications. In addition, more and more enterprises are demanding the ability to support diverse LTE carriers within a single router for high availability requirements. With WAN Diversity™ and its advanced feature set, the AER 2100 helps manage costs and supports the evolving demands placed upon distributed enterprises.

“4G LTE is having a dramatic effect on how enterprises deploy, support and manage secure wireless networks within the distributed enterprise,” said Ryan Adamson, COO at CradlePoint. “CradlePoint continues to push the innovation envelope to ensure that our customer’s networks are secure, agile and cost effective. The introduction of the MC400 strengthens our position in the market and gives our customers a unique advantage in deploying a high availability, cloud-managed, “cut-the-wire” networking solution.”

With dual modem support in the AER 2100, customers have the capability to support up to four SIM cards within a single router to ensure flexibility and stronger management of data usage. Compared to consumer grade USB modems, the MC400 is enterprise tested for 24x7 use, includes high-gain external antennas and comes with world-class support. With CradlePoint Enterprise Cloud Manager, network administrators are afforded greater analytics and overall management functionality to easily configure, deploy, manage, and monitor on-premise network equipment in real-time from a central location. View All Cradlepoint Routing Solutions

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Option CloudGate 3G/4G LTE coming June 2014


Last year Option released the CloudGate and it has become a highly versatile M2M gateway with the flexibility to quickly switch between all major U.S. and international carriers. The concept was simple, design a rugged cross carrier device that was expandable with module inserts to fit specific company requirements like RS-232 serial support, WiFi, additional Ethernet LAN ports etc. This decision allowed the CloudGate to come in at a highly aggressive price point while allowing flexibility if your company happened to need WiFi or something else not found on the baseline unit. The only major complaint we got with the CloudGate from customers was the the lack of 4G LTE support.

Option has listened to customer suggestions and is now releasing a CloudGate 4G LTE available in the mid part of June 2014. Just like the 2G/3G version this unit will feature a universal chipset allowing you to run 4G LTE on all major carriers support band 4/13/17 LTE. In addition to LTE support the 4G version of the CloudGate will also support 800-850/900/1900/2100Mhz and AWS (1700/2100Mhz bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8). This will take the guess work out for a lot of companies doing both U.S. and international deployments that want one reliable easy to use cellular gateway to handle connectivity for all their M2M needs. There is not a specific shipping date yet, but be sure to sign up and get notified when the Option CloudGate 4G arrives here - Contact Me When the Option CloudGate 4G LTE is available

Sierra Wireless Product Comparison


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Sierra Wireless have a variety of different embedded router solutions available. This can sometimes make it difficult to figure out which model makes the most sense for your company. The product matrix above is an excellent guide to help figure out which model you should be looking at based on your needs. The majority of Sierra Wireless products come with either a 3/yr or 5/yr warranty giving them an edge over other companies that opt to include a standard 1/yr manufacturer warranty.

The most popular Sierra Wireless devices are the newer GX440 and ES440 units. These units offer 2G/3G support and add 4G LTE support for the latest LTE networks. These are typically placed in harsh environments where businesses need to rely on stable 24/7 Internet connectivity and can’t afford to have a device burn out on them. Both models also offer RS-232 connections making them ideal to pair up to any device serial port to get remote diagnostics or control equipment. If you’d like to learn more about Sierra WIreless products please contact at 866-347-8673


Verizon AWS LTE to be branded XLTE


Late last year Verizon started to launch AWS (1700/2100) 4G LTE in congested markets to help offload usage from their 700Mhz LTE bands. Users with compatible devices were reporting upwards of 80Mbps down and 15Mbps up because not many devices are capable of running on AWS bands yet. Recently Droid Life reported that Verizon will take their AWS network public on May 19th and brand the service as “XLTE”. The first phones planned to support XLTE are the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8). Both of these phones will receive an OTA (Over the Air) update, which will give customers access to XLTE. The rebranded service may seem faster than standard 4G LTE, but after all devices also support XLTE you’ll see speeds average out to standard LTE data rates around 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up.

AT&T VoLTE launches May 23 in select areas


AT&T recently confirmed that the company is very close to launch their VoLTE (Voice over LTE) service. This will give customers higher audio quality voice in locations where AT&T plans to start rolling out VoLTE. The official AT&T announcement said VoLTE will launch on May 23 in select areas in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin and will continue to expand on a market-by-market basis. The only problem with the launch is the only handset that currently supports VoLTE is the Galaxy S4 Mini with more devices to eventually hit the marketplace. Within their original plans they wanted to launch VoLTE, but faced some issues that pushed the official launch back until 2014.


AT&T set to possibly launch VoLTE on May 23


The biggest thing on both AT&T and Verizon’s 2014 roadmap are to officially launch VoLTE (Voice over LTE). During testing there were setbacks after VoLTE tests rapidly drained battery delaying voice over LTE’s launch. Now that the battery issues are resolved VoLTE may make it’s debut on May 23, according to sources at Engadget. It has not been disclosed on which devices will be able to take advantage of VoLTE, but it should be possible for most 4G enabled smartphones to use VoLTE with an OTA (Over the air) update. The only comment AT&T has made on the news is "We're wrapping up our initial VoLTE market trials and our initial markets will be VoLTE ready this year”. When VoLTE finally debuts the voice quality should be better than current 3G calls due to improved latency and fallback where LTE service isn’t available.

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T-Mobile closes 2.4 billion wireless spectrum deal with Verizon


T-Mobile has been working for the last several months on closing a deal with Verizon for additional wireless spectrum. They have finally closed the deal with Verizon to purchase part of their unused 700Mhz Spectrum to help boost coverage in areas that currently only support 2G access. In the past T-Mobile has been known as an urban carrier because their 1700/2100Mhz frequency requires too many towers in rural areas to provide robust coverage. Now that they have 700Mhz spectrum they can start launching 4G speeds in rural areas without deploying a ton of cell towers. T-Mobile plans to have their network completely upgraded to 4G LTE by the mid part of 2015, but customers should notice improvements by the end of this year.

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