Wireless Routers Go to 4G

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NETGEAR, in conjunction with Verizon Wireless, today announced the MBR1000 Mobile Broadband Router, designed to take advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

The MBR1000 is said to support the data speeds of 5-12 Mbps (downstream) and 2-5 Mbps (upstream) on the Verizon Wireless LTE network. The MBR1000 delivers a full customer-side LAN with four Fast Ethernet ports and 802.11n Wi-Fi at up to 270 Mbps and features redundant WAN network availability with a separate Fast Ethernet WAN uplink port.

The MBR1000 Dual WAN feature gives customers the option to switch between WANs for “always on” network service should their selected primary WAN experience an outage — an especially important feature for fixed business applications. The MBR1000 can also be deployed on rail, bus or coastal marine vessels.

Verizon’s LTE network, launched in December 2010, provides up to 10 times faster performance than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. Verizon says its LTE network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, and plans to expand the network to Verizon Wireless’ entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.

The LTE MBR1000 is part of Verizon Wireless’ LTE Open Development program — designed to allow and encourage the development community to create new products, applications and services beyond what Verizon Wireless offers in its portfolio and bring these to the marketplace on the Verizon Wireless network.

Netgear also introduced the $180 N600 (WNDR3800) and $179 N750 (WNDR4000) Dual-Band Gigabit routers, the $199 N600 all-in-one home gateway (DGND3700) with a built in DSL modem, and a $119 wireless router with integrated powerline AV N300 Wireless + Powerline Router (WNXR2000).

Meanwhile, Cradlepoint has been selling their similarly named MBR 1000 mobile broadband router for a couple of years — I’ve been using one with Clear’s WiMAX service for almost 2 years. Cradlepoint announced the NFS750L 4G to Ethernet Bridge and PCS1400L 4G Business Router that both take advantage of Verizon’s LTE network. The company says it is finalizing firmware upgrades for the CTR500, CBA250, CBA750, MBR1000, and MBR1200, to support Verizon’s Pantech LTE UML290 USB modem, as well as other LTE USB modems in CradlePoint products.

Other wireless router news at CES includes:

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 11:39 am .

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