Monday, June 24, 2013

Embedded vs. USB Cellular Routers

When 3G service started to take off for a lot of rural customers and businesses that can’t get DSL/Cable, or simply want backup in case their main link goes down there were a variety of USB routers. These routers had a basic feature set that had the unique ability to insert a popular USB modem or smartphone and tether it to give Internet access to several devices instead of just one. Over the last two years you may have noticed several embedded products pop up offering some new features that can benefit both consumers and business users. Instead of worrying about a USB modem all you need for service is the ESN (Electronic serial number) of the device, or an active SIM card. Below we’ll break down both types of solutions to help you identify if you should consider embedded solutions, or if a USB based router is going to meet your needs.