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Proroute – New M2M 3G Router Storms Ahead Of Competition

Since it’s launch in September 2012, the Proroute range of M2M 3G Routers have taken the UK market by storm.  Offering an industrial grade, M2M 3G router using the latest high speed HSPA+ embedded modem technology the Proroute H685 and H700 3G Routers have won the hearts and minds of both the security and energy services marketplaces as the premium 3G router to provide 3G wireless Broadband connectivity for remote management and monitoring of equipment at remote sites using high speed 3G mobile broadband services.

The cost of using 3G compared to traditional landline broadband is now more competitive in many instances and the Proroute 3G routers provide a convenient and reliable 3G service for Machine To Machine (M2M) communications with advanced keep alive features and a specification list making it suitable for 99% of applications the Proroute M2M 3G Routers are the ideal choice for your 3G remote connectivity services for small and large projects alike.

Already used in over 36,000 installations worldwide, the Proroute M2M range of industrial grade 3G routers have been providing robust, reliable M2M connectivity for over six years and with the latest HSPA+ technology offering download speeds of up to 21Mbps and upload speeds up to 5.76Mbps these 3G routers offer a real alternative towired broadband services.

The Proroute H685 series router provides a single HSPA+ Module withan  RJ45 Ethernet port for wired LAN connectivity as well as a WAN Port to enable the router to be used as a failover 3G router.  Also inlcuded inside this robist metal casing that protects the router in the harshest of environments is built-in WiFi offering high speed N Wireless as well as 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, Keep Alive features to ensure a permanent 3G connection, firewall and port forwarding options to suit most installations as well as wide ranging temperature and voltage specifications to ensure compatibility and functionality in the majority of applications.

The Proroute H700 has all the same features as the H685 3g router but includes a second HSPA+ 3G Module making this dual SIM 3G router the ideal solution for mission critical applications where redundancy is required.  The Proroute H700 3G Router will failover to a second network in the event that the primary network becomes unavailable and becuase the router contains two 3G modules it can either do this with a cold start to switch to the second module and SIM card or can be configured for a Hot Start whereby both 3G module are actice at the same time allowing for a hot switch to the backup network if required ensuring the miniumum of disruption or downntime.  The H700 M2M Dual SIM 3G Router can also be configured to use both HSPA+ 3G connections at the same time using built-in load balancing, ideal for users that need additional bandwidth within a single dual SIM 3G Router.

The manufacturers of the Proroute 3G routers are so confident in their reliability that they offer an advance replacement warranty free of charge for all Proroute 3G routers in the UK.  This warranty covers hardware failure to ensure that customers and users of Proroute routers provide the best levels of customer service and satisfaction from a company that wants to deliver the same reliability and service as it’s products.

How Fast Is 3G?

With the recent hype from Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) about their new 4G LTE Service which they are calling 4GEE, many comparisons are being made between existing 3G and the new 4G wireless broadband services.  EE (Everything Everywhere) are using some Ofcom report which states that the average 3G Speed in the UK is only 1-2Mbps and their new 4G service will be five times faster (I suppose that means 5-10Mbps).

This 1-2Mbps is not the reality for most users and since Three.co.uk updated their 3G network to the new HSPA+service which offers download speeds up to 21Mbps, many users find that their download and upload speeds on 3G are around 5-6Mbps for download and 2Mbps for upload and many users of traditional fixed line ADSL broadband services in rural and semi-rural locations do not get this kind of speed and are moving to 3G wireless broadband internet.

When we tested our 3 Mobile SIM card inside a Zalip CDG561WE 3G Router which is a HSPA+ Router we consistently got 12Mbps download speeds and 2Mbps upload speeds which we thought was very impressive.

How Fast Is 3G - CDG561WE Speedtest with 3 Mobile SIM

So when you are asking the question How Fast is 4G then you should also ask How Fast Is 3G so you can make a proper comparison when deciding whether or not to invest in a new 4G LTE Router or 4G Modem and whether existing 3G mobile broadband is enough for you especially as many networks still cap your 3G data limits when using a 3G Modem, 3G Dongle or 3G Router with many of the uncapped 3G data plans only available for use in 3G Smartphones.

Voice turns to Data

Have you noticed in the last year or so that you have been considering how you use your mobile device a little differently? The priority in your bundle used to be how many free minutes do I get? What is the calling rate between networks or to fixed lines? How many free texts do I get? etc.

Now we are starting to think a little more about how much data we are consuming on a monthly basis and what our priorities are. Consequently the operators are starting to do battle on the data limits, notably 3 who are offering unlimited downloads (read the small print re. fair usage) The fact is however, that although the networks have been striving for some time to get more data traffic and consequently revenues, essentially the networks of the last 10 – 15 years were designed primarily to support Voice. This is the case even with 3G. Data has been an add-on and always in contention with voice connections which have been the priority. After all, the money has been in voice and even now continues to be so.

This is causing the networks a quiet crisis as they struggle to keep pace with user demands and the rush of access products flooding the markets in both smart phones and dongles/routers. Within new LTE and 4G networks the intention is that all traffic will be carried as IP data. In this situation the payload can be voice, data, video, IM, whatever it will be handled within an ‘all IP’ connection driven infrastructure. When this becomes the case the way networks are billed with regard to Data will become ever more critical and even if traditional voice connections may well originate or terminate within traditional ‘non IP’ networks.

The considerable challenge of these new networks is the dynamic nature of the traffic. In the past capacity has been engineered on the basis of factored numbers of dedicated switched channels within an area or cell site. In the future it maybe more difficult to predict what sort of capacity is going to be needed at certain points when access devices can potentially run at high Mbit/s speeds and demand being non linear.

What remains to be seen is will the new networks deliver on their promises in terms of capacity and provide a sensible charging medium to reflect the value offered in an all IP data world?

4G Router

With the roll out of 4G mobile broadband services in the UK using HSPA+ Network technology, mobile broadband providers have been able to offer high speed mobile internet services with download speeds up to 21Mbps.  To get the most out of these new super fast mobile broadband services you will need the new generation of 4G Modems and 4G Routers.

There are many 4G Modem products that offer a simple USB modem stick like the Option Icon 711 connection for a single user to connect to a USB port of their laptop for mobile data usage, but what if you need to connect your iPad, iPhone or other tablet or mobile phone?  You will need to use a travel router like the ZTE MF60 or the Zoom 4506 4G Travel Router.

You can continue to use your 4G USB Modem at home by connecting it into a 4G Router that will allow you to share your 4G USB Modem with multiple wired or wireless users, for example the Zoom 4501 4G Router will provide high speed wireless connectivity and 2 x 10/100 Ethernet ports for the connection of multiple PC’s, Tablets etc and by plugging in your 4G USB Modem they can all share the high speed mobile broadband connection.

The next step for 4G connectivity at home is the use of an embedded 4G router.  This means that the 4G SIM card is inserted directly into the router rather than plugging in a USB modem.  The advantage of this is that most 4G Routers have the option of connecting a 4G Antenna that can be mounted externally to provide a reliable 4G signal, especially when the router is positioned inside a building with poor signal reception.  4G Routers such as the Zalip CDG561WE and Option Globesurfer III+ are both available in the UK and can be used with impressive results on three mobile HSPA+ network.  There are sure to be many more embedded 4G routers available over the coming months as mobile operators start to roll out their 4G HSPA+ Networks.

Another option to consider in the future is the LTE Router – LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and includes 4G and HSPA+ technology but also includes things like WiMAX which offer high speed connectivity, but WiMAX networks are generally not available in the UK at present, but once the analogue TV spectrum gets sold then we can expect more WiMAX type services for delivery of mobile broadband offering speeds up tp 1000Mbps.  Other Euopean countries already offer WiMAX services and there are already WiMAX Routers and LTE Router products available.

Zalip BDG51AM Embedded 3G Router with VPN replaces popular CDG561AM 3G Router

The 3 Router Store have announced the Zalip CDG561AM 3G Router has gone end of life and has been replaced by the Zalip BDG561AM HSPA Router with VPN functionality.

The  Zalip BDG561AM provies a reliable 3G Router solution for a variety of applications including ADSL failover, mobile, temporary or remote office, M2M (Machine to Machine) and remote monitoring and management.  The BDG561AM has a maximum download speed of 7.2Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 5.76 Mbps.

There is also a new HSPA+ Router available in the Zalip range, the CDG561WE with super fast download speeds up to 21Mbps in areas that support the latest HSPA+ network speeds.

LTE Router

The 3G Router Store now stocks a range of LTE Router products offering high speed mobile broadband on networks supporting LTE services such as HSPA+.

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the name given to the networks and hardware for th next generation of high speed mobile broadband internet access services.  HSPA+ networks are starting to be rolled out in the UK with HSPA+ networks available in Wales offering download speeds up to 14Mbps when used with a compatible HSPA+ Router.

HSPA+, LTE and 4G all mean pretty much the same thing so you can search for any of these terms on Google when researching your choice of 4G Router, LTE Router or HSPA+ Router and you will find that the products you find will be the same such as the Globesurfer III+, Zalip CDG561WE and the Vololink VA125 and VA126 LTE, 4G, HSPA + Routers.

 

3G Router

3G Router

A new 3G Router website, blog and form is now available at www.3grouter.com.  Getthe latest 3G Router news, information and reviews from the leading 3G router source on the web.

Visit www.3grouter.com for more information.

3G Antenna

We have launched our new dedicated online store for our range of 3G Antennas suitable for use with a wide rnge of 3G Routers and modems.  Whatever UMTS or HSPA device you have please visit the 3G Antenna Store to view our range of compatible antennas.

3G Antennas

With the abundance of cheap mobile broadband deals many individuals and businesses are turning to 3G routers in a bid to provide low cost, flexible mobile broadband.  Traditionally these 3G routers comprise a normal broadband with a USB interface for the insertion of a 3G dongle so that the 3G dongle could be shared between multiple users.  This method did not always prove too reliable and especially when in a poor 3G signal area.

There has been a shift to embedded 3G routers becuase they offer greater performance and can also be easily connected to a high gain 3G Antenna.  This enable users on the fringes of a 3G signal to improve their reception.  3G Antennas come in many shapes and sizes with internal and external options and also a choice of Omni-Directional or the higher Gain Directional 3G Antennas.  By using a combination of an embedded 3G router and a suitable 3G antenna ther is no reason why most users should not make the switch to convenient wireless broadband.

Flat Panel Antenna

Westlake Communications Ltd have announced the launch of their new Flat Panel Antenna.

Flat Panel Antenna

The GXD1201 Flat Panel Antenna is a 3G Antenna as well as a standard GSM Antenna.  This means that the GXD1201 Fat Panel Antenna can be used with 3G Routers as well as GSM Gateway and Fixed Cellular Terminal (premicell) type products. 

This High Gain Antenna is similar to the Sirio SMP-918-9 Antenna and provides 10dBi gain and is supplied with 5m of cable with an SMA connection suitable for use with most 3G Routers and GSm gateways.

The GXD1201 Flat Panel GSM Antenna is priced competitively at just £60.00 and is sure to e popular with many GSM Gateway, Fixed Cellular Terminal and 3G Router users and resellers.