Cradlepoint W1850 5G Adapter

Cradlepoint W1850 Cloud-Managed router

The Cradlepoint W1850 5G adapter is a 5G device, so it uses the NEW 5G LTE as its internet connection. Before Most Vendors have come out with their first 5G products, Cradlepoint is rolling out its second generation. And these are of clean-slate-designed!

The W1850 Series is an enterprise-class, dual-connectivity 5G and LTE wireless adapter. It can be paired with a Cradlepoint router in “captive modem mode” to provide virtual single-end-point deployment, monitoring, and control. Or, it can connect to a third-party router via an Ethernet connection to provide an instant WAN upgrade. They are purpose-built for the new high-performance low to mid-band 5G spectrum. To address the tradeoff of lower propagation, the W-Series can be placed separately from the router for optimal signal reception. Unlike the R1900, the W1850 is built for indoor use, and does not have Wi-Fi.

Great. What does 5G mean?

It is a nebulous term. But let’s start by saying that the next iteration of mobile networks, 5G, stands for fifth generation. It’ll 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 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 the more data-heavy tasks enabled by using 5G.

Performance of the Cradlepoint W1850

The W1850’s WAN Connectivity is 5G and LTE (CAT20) wireline. It has an embedded 5G Modem with 4 x SMA cellular antenna connectors.

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It also has 2 2.5 GbE RJ45 (LAN/WAN switchable) ethernet ports.

In addition, it has 1 USB 2.0 Type A (output 5V, 500 mA, 2.5W)and 1 RJ45 Console interface. The W1850 pushes 2 Gbps of data in IP Passthrough mode, as well as in Standard NAT and Captive Modem modes.

NetCloud IoT Package

The Cradlepoint W1850 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 W1850. Netcloud is offered in 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 or load-balancing – the Cradlepoint W1850 might be worth a look. And, if you have any further questions about the W1850, Wi-Fi, LTE, or anything else Cradlepoint-related, please email us or call Corporate Armor at 877-449-0458.

Cradlepoint W1850 Highlights

Up to 4.14 Gbps Peak Downlink Rates
Up to 660 Mbps Peak Uplink Rates
4×4 MIMO
Passive GNSS (multiplex with DIV/MIMO2 antenna ports) GPS

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