Cradlepoint has recently released the E3000, their brand-new, wireless 5G Optimized router. It uses 4G LTE as its internet connection. However, the Cradlepoint E3000 is also 5G optimized, not just “5G-ready,” like its little brother the E300.
Great. What does 5G Optimized mean?
Admittedly, ‘5G Optimized’ sounds like a nebulous marketing-term.
But, 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 the more data-heavy tasks enabled by using 5G.
The next iteration of mobile networks, 5G, will deliver a much faster and much more capable service than its predecessor 4G. Fort example, download speeds of up to 10Gbps 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 300Mbps. 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.
The way Cradlepoint says it, their endpoints provide industry-leading, Gigabit-Class LTE as well as Ethernet and Wi-Fi. The E3000 has the ports, interfaces, and software to make it optimized for 5G.
The E3000 is very suitable for high-traffic pop-up sites like quarantine centers, small clinics, and treatment facilities. Obviously, it’s a very appropriate technology for a COVID-19 world. It’s also great for distributed voting sites and traditional enterprise branches where wireless WAN connectivity is required. The E3000 Series Router makes it easy to connect to the Internet and critical applications from anywhere.
It’s designed for traditional medium-to-large branches or locations demanding flexible, reliable connectivity, high performance, and simplified management. This all-in-one, compact endpoint includes full-featured routing, security, and Wi-Fi without needing extra hardware or complicated configurations.
A router like the E3000 can easily be used to power surveillance cameras, access points, manager’s PCs, and so on.
But the E3000 is more than just a home router, right?
Yes. For starters, Gigabit-Class LTE routers like the E3000 contain a built-in LTE broadband modem. Plus, they enable local Wi-Fi and/or Ethernet devices to share the LTE connection.
However, it includes Wi-Fi 6, a SPF+ Ethernet port (10 gigabit Ethernet), and future compatibility with 5G adapters. In total, it has 5x gigabit ports and 1x SPF+ (10gigabit) port. All LAN/WAN switchable.
Performance of the E3000
The E3000 has a dual-band concurrent 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi router, with Wi-Fi 6 LAN connectivity. It has Cat 18, GbE, SFP+ WAN connectivity.
The Cradlepoint E3000 also has IPS Throughput of 1.5 Gbps, and IPSec Throughput of 400 Mbps. Additionally, it pushes 2.3 Gbps of Firewall Throughput, and has a client count of 100. It is PoE ready, as well.
NetCloud IoT Package
The E3000 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 E3000. For example, NetCloud offers secure, cloud-based management and control of your E3000. Netcloud is offered in one, three, and five-year software subscriptions that include 24×7 support.
In conclusion, 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 E3000 is well worth a look. It is perfect for the most demanding mobile users.