[AusNOG] 4G router alternatives to Cradlepoint

Andrew Oakeley andrew at oakeley.com.au
Mon Dec 7 18:08:19 EST 2020


The teltonika units are stable and versatile. Though the LTE CAT is quite low, I think theoretical max 150mbps

Would you consider a Mikrotik device? E.g. Chateau LTE12
(unfortunately still in Beta firmware though, but seems to be mostly functional. Though I think BGP may still be broken)


From: AusNOG <ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net> On Behalf Of Andrew Yager
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Subject: [AusNOG] 4G router alternatives to Cradlepoint


I feel like someone is forever asking this question.

I'm looking for a solid alternative to Cradlepoint for a large rollout (about 400 sites) with 4G primary connection. The sites have unreliable power, which means things like SRXs are not a go. (I do like the 320s with LTE mPIM "mostly").

Aside from Cradlepoint's IBR commercial model becoming a bit more challenging with subscriptions,  we are keen for something that is solid, basic, and reliable, and can ideally run on DC power. It's even better if we can connect an external antenna.

Only real requirement is two ethernet ports and the ability to do IPSEC tunnelling. BGP/VRF support would be nice (yes, over the IPSEC circuit) - but honestly, it's a requirement that can be engineered around.

Customer would settle for something solid around the $800-$1k mark, so any reasonable options around this price point would be *greatly* appreciated.

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