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Cradlepoint MBR900

Cradlepoint MBR900 3G/4G Cellular Router


The MBR900 is the latest addition to Cradlepoint's family of cellular routers.

 


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Cradlepoint's new MBR900 mobile broadband router takes a step backward rather than forward.. but with good reason. Instead of coming out with a router that is superior to all prior models, the objective this time around was to provide a more cost effective solution for use in homes -- and the MBR900 hits that mark admirably.

The new MBR900 has been called the "MBR1000 Lite" but don't let that nickname fool you... the MBR900 is a "fresh" design, and is not based on the MBR1000 motherboard.


The MBR900 shows blue LED lights while in 'signal' mode.

The MBR900 features a single USB port that provides support for a large selection of 3G and 4G USB modems -- all the same USB modems that the current MBR-series routers support.


Right side of MBR900 is where the single USB port can be found

In addition to the single USB port, the MBR900 features a 4-port 10/100 (megabit) ethernet switch; a single ethernet WAN input to allow for use as cable/dsl/satellite router; 802.11N WiFi through two non-detachable antennas; a power on/off switch as well as an on/off switch for the WiFi radio.


Rear of MBR900, L-R: power jack, reset button, power switch, wifi power, WAN in, LAN out

The MBR900 features failover/failback capabilities between the USB cellular and WAN/ethernet inputs. However, unlike the other MBR-series routers, the MBR900 does not feature load balancing between cellular WWAN input and wired WAN input.

We consider the MBR900 to be the best "entry level home-use router" and think it will become a very popular choice for those customers who want the greater WiFi N range, and don't think they'll even need the additional bandwidth that load-balancing can provide across multiple cellular modems that the MBR900's bigger brothers like the MBR1000 and MBR1200 can provide.

The MBR900 ships with a 110v A/C Power Adapter (12V, 1.5A output), CAT5 Ethernet Cable (5 ft), Mounting Hardware, Quick Start Guide, and Accessory Guide


The MBR900 ships with an a/c adapter, ethernet cable, wall mount screws and user quide

Cradlepoint MBR900 Features/Specification/Security

Specifications:
  • WiFi Standards: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Network Connections: Four (4) 10/100 LAN ethernet ports, One (1) 10/100 WAN ethernet port, one (1) USB 2.0 Modem Port
  • Buttons/Switches: WiFi on/off switch; WPS Button (WiFi Security); Modem Signal Strength; Reset; and Power Switch
  • LED Indicators: Power; LAN 1-4, WAN (Wired Network), WLAN (Cellular Network), WPS (WiFi Protected Setup), USB Status, Signal Strength
  • Dimensions: 7 x 4.8 x 1.2" (180mm x 122mm x 30.25mm)
  • Certifications: FCC, CE, WiFi Alliance
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 120°F)
  • Power: 12v, 1.5amp input (110v A/C adapter included, 12v D/C cigarette lighter is optional)
Features:
  • 802.11 WiFi N provides over 200ft of wireless range to/from router (certain conditions may affect wireless rang)
  • Failover / Failback to/from ethernet/cellular.
  • Multiple Concurrent IPSec, L2TP and PPTP VPN Pass-Through Sessions
  • Automatic channel scan for best wifi channel
  • WiFi client type (Lock to B or G or N, lock to B or G only, allow all)
  • Access controls to limit activity by IP address, MAC address, day/time, website name, and website rating (very cool for parents, schools or even kiosk deployment)
  • Virtual server settings to easily route specific port activity to servers on LAN side by IP address
  • Wifi radio power settings. Useful when you need/want to limit/reduce wifi range
  • Online check for latest firmware, straight to firmware update
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS) with support for many DDNS services
  • Email notifications when certain router issues are triggered
  • Log submission to a syslog server
  • Offline storage of router config (useful when you want to save different settings for different uses)
  • 2.412 to 2.484 GHz Frequency Band Operation
  • Supports Cable/DSL modems with Dynamic IP, Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP, or L2TP connections
  • Traffic Control and Virtual Server (max 32 servers) and DMZ
  • UPnP (Universal Plug & Play) and ALGs Support for Internet applications such as Email, FTP, Gaming, Remote Desktop, Net Meeting, Telnet, and more
  • Compatible with 3G HSPA, EVDO, and 4G WiMAX Cellular Network Devices
  • Easy Management via HTTP and Remote Management via HTTP and SNMP
  • Flash Memory for Firmware Upgrade, Save/Restore Settings
  • Full Integration with WiPIPE Manager (optional managed services from Cradlepoint)
Security:
  • Firewall features Network Address Translation (NAT) and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) which prevents against DoS attacks
  • Access control available in encryption and open modes, as well as password protected Internet Access to prevent unauthorized usage
  • Provides additional security of Enable/Disable SSID and Internet Access Control (Services, URL, and MAC Filtering)
  • Supports multiple concurrent IPSec, L2TP, and PPTP VPN Pass-Through Sessions
  • Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2 (Personal and Enterprise) Wireless Security Modes
Available accessories for the CradlepointRouter MBR900:
MBR900 Performance

As with every Cradlepoint router we've tested, when used with officially supported modems, the MBR900 will transfer maximum bandwidth provided by any internet service/carrier. Devices that function attached to the MBR900 but are not officially supported, may experience less than maximum available bandwidth made available by attached modem.

The MBR900 features two permanently attached WiFi MIMO antennas that work very well and provided useful wifi connectivity at over 200 feet. Potential customers should realize that home/office construction and competing electronics within range of the router are very likely to reduce wifi range.

What We Like and What We Wish It Had
  • Really Cool
    • least expensive 3G/4G cellular router that features 802.11 N WiFi
    • the largest selection of supported 3G modems and cell phones of any cellular router
    • 4G modem support
    • failover and failback between cellular and ethernet
    • Cradlepoint support -- especially staying as up to date as they do with new device support
  • Why Can't We Also Have?
    • Bandwidth tracking and settings to help avoid overage charges
    • SMS/Email alerts when bandwidth thresholds are hit
    • detachable WiFi antennas with SMA connectors

The MBR-900 is the newest router to be released by CradlePoint and has many features.  With the current pricing between the MBR1000 and MBR900, you might want to get the bigger brother version take a look at the MBR1000 or MBR1200 .


The MBR900 sitting on top of an MBR1000 to show relative size.


The MBR900 (back) with a CTR500 (front left) & CTR350 (front right) to show relative size.

If you have questions about the MBR900 feel free to contact the mobile broadband experts at http://3gstore.com


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