Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cradlepoint AER2100 is the first dual band 2.4/5Ghz WiFi embedded router

With the recent announcement of the new Advanced Edge Router (AER2100) Cradlepoint becomes the first manufacturer to offer a dual band concurrent 2.4/5Ghz fully embedded cellular router. Dual band wireless is ideal for branch offices that might have neighboring companies competing for wireless space. The 5Ghz band is substantially less crowded offering better range with multiple nearby WiFi networks and can provide more bandwidth for faster. In addition to other nearby routers below is a quick list of popular culprits that can affect your WiFi range. 

Some devices that can interfere with WiFi:
  • Cordless Telephones
  • Kitchen Microwave
  • Smartphones with hotspot capabilities enabled
  • Portable MiFi devices
  • Baby Monitors
  • Garage Door Openers
  • Wireless Cameras
  • Computer Cables
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Mirrors
  • Energy Efficient Windows
  • Fluorescent lights
Depending on your environment you could see completely different results than another user with less interference. Take for example an office with 50 computers and a wireless IP camera system may only see 300’ of WiFi coverage, where a warehouse with little to obstruct the signal could see 500+ feet. When you run the AER2100 in dual band mode (Shipped configured to dual band WiFi) the 5Ghz band can give you greater range where there’s lots of interference on the 2.4Ghz band. Traditionally the 2.4Ghz frequency gets the best pentration, but if you’ve got devices competing in that band you could actually get more range on the 5Ghz band.

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