Monday, September 24, 2012

Cradlepoint Releases Firmware 4.0.3 for Business-Class NetBSD Routers

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Cradlepoint has released firmware version 4.0.3 for their business-class routers (MBR12000, MBR1400IBR600, IBR650, CBR400, CBR450; the MBR95 and CTR35 are NOT included in this firmware release).  

4.0.3 is a significant re-architecture of CradlePoint firmware. Key features and updates include:
  • IP Passthrough: Ethernet WAN to LAN with failover to modem is available.
  • Networking improvements: Better IP Filtering, more powerful routing (per-interface routing), rule-based policy routing.
  • QoS: Improved bandwidth & priority traffic shaping (CBQ to HTB as a queuing discipline, Fair Queuing added). QoS can handle FTP/PPTP now.
  • Hotspot: Improved client rate limiting.
  • WPA2 Enterprise/RADIUS settings can be set with any WiFi interface, not just the primary.
  • Improved WiFi-as-WAN (WWAN) reconnection ability.
  • A number of Data Usage Management defects have been fixed.
  • Load Balance schedule selection: A user may now select either Round-Robin, Rate, Spillover, or Data Usage as a Load Balance algorithm.
  • Improved UPnP support, including “Type 2” NAT support on PS3.
  • Most high-speed modems (HSPA+ and LTE) should see higher upload and download performance in 4.0 than in 3.0
  • The CBR450/CBR400 in particular work better under stress (high network loads or VPN tunnels) than they used to.
Several new modems are also now supported with the latest firmware:
  • Huawei E173-SD2 / Orange (UK)
  • Huawei E173 / T-Mobile (UK)
  • Huawei E397 (“4G LTE Mobile Internet Key”) / Telus (Canada)
  • Novatel U679 (“4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 Turbo Stick”) / Bell Mobility (Canada)
  • Sierra Wireless 330U (“4G LTE Sierra Wireless U330 - Turbo Stick”) / Bell Mobility (Canada)
  • Sierra Wireless 330U (“LTE Rocket Stick – Sierra Wireless AirCard 330U”) / Rogers (Canada)
  • ZTE MF680 (“Rogers HSPA+ Rocket Stick”) / Rogers (Canada)
  • Franklin X720 (“4G LTE 2-in-1 Data Card”) / Verizon (USA)
You can read all of the improvements, fixes, and notes in the 4.0.3 release notes.

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