Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cradlepoint Modem Cap or Security Enclosure?

Cradlepoint has moved into Enterprise geared solutions with their ARC CBA/MBR routers, which are more rugged than their consumer grade solutions. You’ll find higher temperature thresholds, embedded modems and enhanced cellular antennas for increased performance. Some customers can get confused between the “Modem Caps” and “Security Enclosures”, so read on to find out which solution is the best fit for you.

What exactly is a modem cap?

Back in July of 2011 Cradlepoint began offering modem caps, which have an integrated modem built into a self contained cap that screws into the ARC CBA750/MBR1400 series. At this time you can choose either Verizon or Sprint service, with a T-Mobile modem cap in the works. For Verizon 3G or Sprint 3G or 4G all you need to do is supply the ESN to the carrier to activate, while the Verizon 3G/4G caps use a sim slot.

With a modem cap you don’t need to worry about finding a compatible modem since everything is embedded into a single solution. You also don’t have to worry about someone walking off with your modem because it bolts directly to the router with special screws. The major downside to the ARC series modem caps are the inability to utilize multiple modems for load balancing because the additional USB ports are blocked by the cap.

Continue reading - Read more about the ARC Modem Cap and Security Enclosure