Obtaining wired broadband-like performance in a mobile form factor is considered by some the Holy Grail of mobile computing. It's also entirely possible, says Netgear
, which just introduced four new 3G / LTE mobile broadband routers at the Mobile World Congress (MWC).
According to Netgear, these latest additions to its router line feature some of the same tricks and technologies as the company's wired broadband devices. There are four new models in all, including the MBR1200 (Quadband 3G HSPA+), MBR1310 (Quadband 3G CD-HSPA+), MBR1517 (Euro LTE), and MBR2000 (Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+). All four offer failover to wired 10/100 Fast Ethernet (FE), WAN, FE LAN, and 802.11n Wi-Fi for multiple user sharing, Netgear says.
NETGEAR Announces New 3G / LTE Mobile Broadband Router Line-up
New Mobile Broadband Router Series Offers Internet Access Performance Rivaling Wired Broadband Performance
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced four new products for mobile network operators at the 2011 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The new line-up of mobile broadband routers is designed to take mobile broadband to the next level of performance. Built on NETGEAR's expertise in mobile networking, these new routers integrate features from its popular line of wired broadband devices together with the speed and high-performance provided by European 3G and LTE (4G) mobile networks.
The four new models all offer either 3G or LTE connection, failover to wired 10/100 Fast Ethernet (FE) WAN, FE LAN & 802.11N WiFi for multiple user sharing. The line-up includes:
- MBR1200: Quadband 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps x 5.76Mbps) with HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN
- MBR1310: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN
- MBR1517: Euro LTE (100Mbps x 50Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN
- MBR2000: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to ADSL2+
All of the new mobile broadband routers are ideal for residential and business customers. These devices can be located in city or rural locations using the internal high gain antenna or optional external antenna for poor signal areas. Auto failover from wired to mobile broadband enables operators to deliver service level agreements (SLAs) to business customers where the cost of network outages is high.
"With this round of high performance mobile plus wired dual WAN routers, NETGEAR moves into new business applications, and brings high quality features from our core expertise in wired broadband gateways to mobile network operators," said Michael Clegg, vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business Unit, NETGEAR. "As mobile broadband coverage areas expand, these new products have the potential to bring in new revenue for mobile operators due to the excellent performance of the routers, which rivals wired Internet access."
For more information on these products, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/service-provider/products/mobile-broadban