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Verizon 4G LTE Doesn't Work for Remote Applications



Update 1/27/12: Verizon is now offering static IP addresses for 4G LTE devices for a one-time fee of $500. Read more
 
Verizon has officially launched their new VZ4G LTE network and despite a few bugs the service has been pretty impressive so far. However, we've found a major problem that could be a deal breaker IF you require a router to run remote-based applications. The new LG VL600 and Pantech UML290 run a privately routed IP (10.) address that ONLY allows outbound traffic - no inbound traffic can be passed through. This means that if you have a need for remote access to a device, Verizon's new 3G/4G-capable devices will not allow you to access them like you could with a 3G-only modem.

Inbound Traffic Examples:
  • M2M (Machine to Machine)
  • SlingBox (Dish Network/Direct TV)
  • Remote IP Camera applications (Only IP Camera that currently works is CloudCam)
  • Access to off site server
  • DVR (Digital Video Recording)
  • Security Systems
  • FTP/SSH Servers
  • Screen Share Applications (Examples VNC, PC Anywhere)
  • Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop)
If you have any need for any of the above examples, we HIGHLY recommend purchasing a 3G-only device like the MiFi 2200, which allows a public facing IP. We have tried to test the Pantech UML290 with a SlingBox and Aztec Camera system and it WILL NOT pass inbound traffic or allow for any type of port forwarding (see below). We have heard from Verizon that they will be offering an option for a Static IP to be added to their 3G/4G devices in February, however, we don't know the cost or if the static IP will be public or private. After speaking with Verizon this option may be made available for a one time fee of $500 for a public facing IP address, but we won't know for sure until the option is officially available. If you require 4G and remote access Sprint and CLEAR are the only carriers to offer a solution.

Verizon Pantech UML290 with Private IP assigned


For the time being, if you require 4G internet and remote access to applications, your only option would be Sprint 4G, which DOES work with these types of applications.  
 

*** 12/31/2010 UPDATE ***  We have a tool that allows you to configure a public facing IP on 3G with details in the following article - How to configure your UML290 for a public IP in 3G mode

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Last Updated ( Friday, 27 January 2012 20:31 )