The Cradlepoint L950 is a cellular broadband adapter. It provides a cellular internet connection that can be added to networking equipment, like a router, for a variety of uses. For example, Cradlepoints have long appealed to RVers and boaters with their demanding mobile internet needs. In short, it brings cellular connectivity to any device that requires it. The L950 is designed for temporary networks, or networks where wired connections are impractical.
It also provides a secondary, failover connection in the event of a disruption to primary WAN links. Not only that, the L950 can augment with a cellular connection based on established policies, for specific applications, or in the event of diminished WAN performance. You can even establish a secure day-1 LTE connection to get operations running while waiting for a wired connection to be installed.
What is a router, exactly?
Basically, a router does one simple thing – connect two or more devices to the same network. It can be used for mainline or back-up connectivity. A basic home router can simply inter-connect the devices within your home or office and nothing else. For instance, if you want to print a photo from your smartphone to your home printer, all you have to do is connect the two devices to the router’s wireless hotspot.
LTE devices like the Cradlepoint L950 are an evolution of the cellular connectivity that normally provides Internet access to your mobile phone. Wi-Fi works best for servicing wireless local area networks while LTE works well for long-distance communications and roaming. LTE is often used for temporary applications, or as backup in case of failure of the primary connection.
LTE as a temporary Internet connection makes sense because of one of LTE’s advantages; it’s super quick and easy to set up. In the business world, this speed and flexibility can be a short-term lifesaver.
However, LTE is definitely ideal as permanent connectivity for a large variety of fixed, and mobile use cases. There could be various reasons for using an LTE router for permanent, primary Internet connectivity. Some of the most common examples would be retail stores or pop-up shops where there is a lack of wired connectivity.
The features of the Cradlepoint L950
The L950 is a simple drop-in device for those that need excellent management capabilities and an always-on network. It allows you to remotely control any out-of-band device that lacks a static IP address.
Just connect to the internet. It can be done by plugging in your mobile hotspot, jetpack or other compatible USB mobile broadband device. This failover connection is sent throughout the network. And it gives your business more uptime with fast 3G/4G/LTE speeds.
The IP Pass-Through feature enables administrators to control their network if the primary router or main internet connection goes down. The NAT port adds to its capabilities by sharing a single IP address over your entire network. This makes it easier to reroute traffic. That’s because you don’t have to use up your global address space.
The Cradlepoint L950 adapter can be dropped into any active network. And thanks to Power-over-Ethernet, you can place it wherever the cellular signal is best.
It runs at 940 Mbps of Throughput in Standard NAT Mode, and and 940 Mbps in Captive Modem Mode. It also pushes 940 Mbps of IP Passthrough Throughput.
NetCloud IoT Package
The L950 is sold as a package with a cloud-based plan called NetCloud. It is a secure, cloud-based networking plan built for Internet of Things and machine-to-machine uses. It’s similar to the bundles that firewalls often come with. This cloud-based service adds greatly to the features and capabilities of your router. For example, NetCloud offers secure, cloud-based management and control of your L950.
Cradlepoint L950 Highlights
|Deploy within any existing networking or SD-WAN environment|
|Configure with ease and confidence with the wizard-based installation application|
|Offload primary connections during traffic surges and congestion|
|Utilize Day-1 connectivity while waiting for terrestrial links|
|Maximize network uptime using LTE WAN for failover and|