What does this do? It gives you flexibility … You can choose whatever North American (U.S., Canada) cellular carrier that you want to. And you can change your mind later without buying new hardware. In an AER 2100 you would need 2 modems to do U.S. and European coverage. You would need a European version modem card in most of those routers … (The AER 2100 could take a US and European modem module from Cradlepoint since it can use 2 modems with 2 sim cards each, and the US one could be carrier switched as described.) Perhaps later on they will change to a newer card that can carrier change all of the bands needed to do US, European – Asian markets.
MC7330: B1, B19, B21
MC7354: B2, B4, B5, B13,
MC7350: B4,B13,B25″I think the reason is … need like a 7304 MC card for Europe … a MC7354 won’t do it. Only for North America.
** Now again … how about that MC7455 card ???? What? Band 1 through 5 ! and …
LTE B1-B5, B7, B12, B13, B17, B20,B25, B26, B29, B30, B41
* Yah … Forget about Europe / World for now … An MC7304 card would be required for European Bands. The 7354 they are using only works in North American bands. U.S. and Canada. The Cradlepoint AER 2100 can take the European modem based on the European bands supporting card. I don’t know if any Cell Carrier / Firmware changing thing is required there … but we could find out if need be.
Cradlepoints Software Defined Radio – Multiple Cellular Carrier / Provider Switching Capability is now open to a lot more of their products. I don’t believe this covers older products though, as they have to be LPE Models only. It’s still a manual update process and requires their Enterprise Cloud Manager or Cradle Care support programs. You would only REALLY need Cloud manager, IMHO, if you were managing several yachts and had to be able to change the carrier – and hence the firmware – on all of them. I may end up getting it here – just so that I can assist yachts in updating firmware and changing carrier when desired.
This is the opening screen in a video I just found from Cradlepoint. The following products are supported:
ARC MBR 1400LPE
AER 2100LPE (1 OR 2 MODEMS)
* The video is here:
Please contact me with any questions or to purchase any of these products …
No doubt, as previously blogged about on here, this new capability is due to Sierra Wireless MC7354 card being the cellar wireless radio-modem card in these routers … based on the Qualcom Gobi (think they dropped that name?) MDM9615 baseband chip set. I believe starting with the MDM9625 they are using SnapDragon (like their CPU name) LTE Xn or Xnn naming convention.
Previous to this card most routers were based on Sierra Wireless MC7700 card – this did not have Gobi which is the name Qualcomm had been using for the Software Defined Radio – Carrier / Frequency Band changing capability by changing the baseband firmware.
In Cradlepoint you have to follow their firmware … because you don’t have a direct way to install the baseband firmware in the Sierra card … and you would want to be damn sure that the rest of the software in the Cradlepoint could Play Ball with such a change.
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