The Cradlepoint E300 uses 4G LTE as its’ internet connection. But ‘5G-ready’ means it is also 5G ready, for whenever you are.
Great. What does ‘5G-ready’ mean?
Let’s start by saying that 5G will deliver a much faster, much more capable service than its predecessor, 4G. Fort example, download speeds of up to 10 Gbps and latency (the time taken to open a downloaded file) of 1 millisecond.
To put this into context, the phone you’re most likely using right now is capable of download speeds of 300 Mbps. To download a full-length film on 4G it’ll probably take you around 2-3 minutes. But on 5G you’ll be ready to press play in 4-40 seconds.
So, in order to connect to the 5G network, you’ll need to be using a 5G-ready device. That means things like a 5G-specific modem, a larger battery and faster, more powerful processors to support more data-heavy tasks. That means a device like an E300.
So how’s it ‘Even better?’
Simply put, the E300 now has an enhanced, higher-performing Cat 7 LTE modem. Cat 7 modems like the one in the E300 support a broader set of LTE bands. They provide greater extensive coverage and reach in the USA and global locations. That means 300 Mbps Downlink Performance, and 150 Mbps Uplink Performance. It also means higher uplink performance over Cat 6 and Cat 11 LTE modems.
E300 use cases
As a result of all this the Cradlepoint E300 is very suitable for high-traffic pop-up sites like small clinics and treatment facilities. Obviously, it’s a very appropriate technology for a COVID-19 world. It’s also great for distributed offices and enterprise branches where wireless WAN is required. Even for individual work-from-home situations involving sensitive data or communications.
Of course, it has many, more traditional uses, such as retail stores or pop-up shops where there is a lack of wired connectivity.
The ultimate mobility of course is with vehicles. And internet connectivity can easily be provided by LTE routers like the E300. For example, think of cases where the vehicles are part of a mass transportation system such as buses or trains. Some other uses include mobile clinics, first responders, and law enforcement.
A router like the E300 can even be used to power surveillance cameras, access points, manager’s PCs, and so on.
Performance of the E300
The E300 can support up to 248 connected devices. It has a dual-band concurrent 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi router, with Wi-Fi 6 LAN connectivity. It carries 2 internal Wi-Fi antennas, and has 4×4 MIMO support. Additionally, it pushes 940 Mbps of Firewall Throughput, and 20 VPN tunnels.
If you need to provide wired networking and powerful Wi-Fi to an entire remote office, or you need a second dedicated cellular modem for instant failover – the E300 might be worth a look. It is perfect for the most demanding mobile users, but honestly, it might be overkill for some.