Connectivity for IoT
What is a Cellular Router?
Cellular routers empower rural and mobile operations
Cellular routers are a type of router that uses cellular technology to provide internet access. They are an ideal solution for businesses, homes, and other locations that don't have access to wired internet services, such as cable or fiber.
This makes cellular routers an invaluable tool for businesses and individuals that operate in rural areas or need to stay connected while on the go. They offer several key features that make them a great option for mobile computing and communication:
- Gigabit-speed connectivity: Cellular routers provide fast, reliable connections with speeds up to 5G & 4G LTE, allowing easy access to streaming services and online applications.
- Portability: Cellular routers are lightweight, compact devices that are easy to carry and set up.
- Security: Cellular routers offer advanced security features, including WPA2 encryption and VPN support, which keeps data and transactions secure.
- Long battery life: Many cellular routers come with long battery lives, allowing users to stay connected for extended periods of time.
- Compatibility: Cellular routers are compatible with most devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
- Failover: Cellular routers typically have built-in failover capabilities that allow them to automatically switch from their primary connection source to a secondary source, such as a mobile data connection, in the event of an outage, minimizing network disruption.
But cellular routers work differently than other more commonplace types of routers.
Multi-user access anywhere
A cellular router works by connecting to a network tower and using it to provide an internet connection to a local network. It receives the wireless signal from the tower and then converts it into a wired signal that is then sent to the local network. The router then uses the local network as a gateway to access the internet.
The router also allows multiple devices to connect to the internet simultaneously. This means that multiple users can access the internet at the same time. The router can also be used to set up a secure connection so that only approved users can access the internet.
Different types enable different use cases
Broadly speaking, there are two types of cellular routers, each of which is better suited for certain use cases. They are:
- Fixed cellular routers: These are the most common type of cellular routers and are designed to remain in one place. These routers are typically used in corporate networks, or in areas where a reliable internet connection is needed.
- Mobile cellular routers: These are designed to be portable and are often used in vehicles or boats. They are typically more expensive than fixed routers but can provide a reliable connection for people on the go.
Cellular routers enhance key use cases across verticals
While Wi-Fi networks are the norm for many enterprises, cellular routers are becoming increasingly popular in a variety of industries due to their ability to provide wireless data access over cellular networks.
Wi-Fi routers provide a wireless network connection between two devices, typically using radio waves to provide high-speed wireless over short distances. Wi-Fi is usually used to access the internet from a wireless router connected to a broadband wired connection.
Cellular routers use cellular towers to provide wireless internet access over larger distances. They are typically used to access the internet from a cellphone or other mobile device but can be used for entire networks in rural locations. This makes them well-suited for several key use cases in various industries:
- Retail: Cellular routers are ideal for point-of-sale systems, allowing retailers to quickly and easily process transactions in remote locations.
- Healthcare: Cellular routers can be used to provide secure, reliable, and fast data access for medical devices, patient monitoring systems, and other healthcare applications.
- Transportation: Cellular routers are commonly used in vehicles and other transportation systems to provide real-time data and GPS tracking.
- Manufacturing: Cellular routers can be used to provide secure and reliable access to industrial automation systems and production line systems.
- Security: Cellular routers are used in security systems to provide real-time monitoring and data access.
- Telecommunications: Cellular routers can be used to provide wireless access to telecommunications networks, enabling customers to access data and services remotely.
High-performance Inseego routers and CPEs deliver reliable access anywhere
Inseego cellular routers are an ideal solution for businesses, homes, and other locations that don’t have access to wired internet services. Inseego provides a wide range of high-performance 5G routers for indoor use and customer premise equipment (CPE) for outdoor use.
With features such as Wi-Fi 6, dual-SIM card slot adapters, Ethernet ports, PoE ports, internal/external antennas, and MIMO, Inseego routers offer increased connectivity options for a multitude of situations. Additionally, Inseego routers are certified by major carriers and come with a variety of features and functionalities, including VPN and cloud-management software.
With Inseego routers, you can enjoy a high-performance, secure, and reliable internet connection no matter where you are. Get in touch if you’d like to learn more.