Cradlepoint has a new 4G LTE Router – The AER 3100 / 3150. The 3100 Series has built-in WiFi and the 3150 Series does not. The continue the Software Defined Modem for Cellular Carrier Switching capability as well as Dual Modems for those that need to have US and European or 2 U.S. (or 2 European) modems in operation or hot standby.
Noticing differences between the AER-31xx series and the AER-21XX series – The modems are now on the front. I don’t know if that might be easier to removed them if necessary … before it was a cover plate that went across both modem modules … now it looks like it may be one over each and they are independent cover plates.
There are also a lot more 10/100/1000 – now there are 12 LAN ports and 1 WAN port (switchable as LAN or WAN on all of them) – which gives a lot more LAN ports for boats that 12 ports is enough for all access points and computer connections or if you want to avoid having to by a separate LAN Switch Hub unit. Interesting as before is the LAN / WAN (Internet) switchable capability … which now gives (with 12 ports) the capability to handle more WAN ETHERNET *INTERNET* connections in one box. Before, with AER-2100 we had 4 + 1 WAN … which we could switch to be 4 WAN and 1 LAN but requiring a separate LAN SWITCH hub unit to extent 1 LAN (Local onboard network) to all WiFi Access Points and Wired Computers. So this may be nice in many situations.
SAY YOU HAD 5 or 6 INTERNET CONNECTIONS – all CAT5 Ethernet Internet feeds. You can do that all in one box. Before we were limited to 4. VSAT, WIFI, SHORE DSL/CABLE MODEM, Fleet Broadband … it’s hard to need 5 but it can happen.
Anyway regardless of the LAN / WAN switchable capability … you could still do 4 … and have 8 local LAN Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports remaining for your onboard infrastructure and computers / equipment. Or any combination of LAN / WAN as needed. (Actually since there is one WAN besides the 12 LAN, ports, there would be 9 remaining for LAN use if you used 4 for WAN.)
Also 4 of the LAN ports seem to now have support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) which can be handy in some installations requiring remote power in an overheard installation or such.
I will be checking on the pricing for these units …
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