The Cradlepoint IBR600C is a small, industrial wireless 4G LTE router with GPS. It has a 2 x 2 MIMO dual LTE cellular antenna. Plus, it features LTE and WiFi connections, GPS, dual SIM card slots, and dual Ethernet ports.
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.
Now, since your home router is using WiFi, it doesn’t need internet to do these things. Therefore your router doesn’t need to have a simcard to pick internet from your mobile network of choice.
That said, routers can hook your devices to all sorts of networks. They can be your own little home network (LAN), in which case your router is simply inter-connecting your devices so that they can talk to each other. For example, you can connect your laptop and smart TV to the home WiFi network created by your router. In addition, you can connect to your mobile operator’s network with or without cables.
But the IBR600C is more than just a home router, right?
Yes. For starters, LTE routers like the 600C contain a built-in LTE broadband modem. Plus, they enable local Wi-Fi and/or Ethernet devices to share the LTE connection.
They can also have some additional features such as firewall, layer 7 filters, DHCP server, advanced QoS – all of which the IBR600C has. What’s more, the 600C supports up to 64 connected devices.
Performance of the Cradlepoint IBR600C
The Cradlepoint IBR600C has Firewall Throughput of 75 Mbps. It’s WAN Connectivity is 4G Cat 4, GbE, and LAN Connectivity is Wi-Fi 4, GbE. It’s embedded Category 4 LTE modem offers 150 Mbps download speeds, and 50 Mbps upload speeds. It has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.
What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and LTE?
LTE and Wi-Fi serve different purposes. LTE modems are an evolution of the cellular connectivity that normally provide 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 ultimate mobility of course is with vehicles, where Internet connectivity can easily be provided by LTE routers like the IBR600C. For example, think of cases where vehicles are part of a mass transportation system such as buses or trains. For these vehicles, LTE routers can provide Internet connectivity for passengers in the form of WiFi. Some other uses include mobile clinics, bus libraries, first responders, and law enforcement.
NetCloud IoT Package
The IBR600C is sold as a package with a cloud-based plan called NetCloud. It is a secure, cloud-based networking plan built for the 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 600C. Netcloud is offered in three and five-year software subscriptions that include 24×7 support.
In addition, there’s the option of the Advanced Plan with NetCloud Perimeter. It provides critical security protocols for IoT networks. Also, it adds remote connect, out-of-band management, advanced VPN and tunneling, and location-based services.
In conclusion, we hope this has been helpful in explaining not only the IBR600C itself, but it’s core technologies in a useful, readable way. And, if you have any further questions about the 600C, Wi-Fi, LTE, or anything else, please email us or call Corporate Armor at 877-449-0458. Thanks for reading!