Sprint 4G Pocket Routers
Sprint this morning gave its WiMAX-based 4G service a boost by introducing two new routers to bridge the mobile Internet connection to a local network. The Cradlepoint MBR1000 takes any of Sprint's 3G or 4G ExpressCard and USB modems, including all-in-one modems, and shares the connection over 802.11g or n Wi-Fi to as many as 32 different devices. Unlike most cellular routers, it has three large antennas to boost the range as much as with most landline routers.
Clearwire at CTIA launched the Spot, a personal hotspot device that connects to the company's WiMAX network and provides Internet via Wi-Fi. The 3-inch by 5-inch router is manufactured by CradlePoint and matches the appearance of the PHS300. Users must insert a CLEAR USB modem into the port on the side of the router. The Spot contains a lithium ion battery that powers the USB modem.
PHS300 portable Wi-Fi
CradlePoint Technology has announced its PHS300 portable Wi-Fi router is now certified with the Verizon Wireless UM175 USB Modem, for use on the Verizon Wireless network. PHS300 requires no software installation in order to work and lets the router serve as a mobile Wi-Fi access point. Plugging the UM175 USB Modem into the PHS200 router adds 3G data and brings up to 16 people online through a secure link. The PHS300 certification was received by going through the Verizon Wireless' recent open development program.
Cradlepoint CTR500 Router
Cradlepoint this morning served heavy-duty travelers through the launch of the CTR500. Treated equally as a portable wireless router and as a possible replacement for networking off of the main Internet grid, the device is small enough to be pocketable but includes both an ExpressCard slot and a USB port to draw and share an Internet connection from most 3G cellular Internet modems meant for notebooks, regardless of whether they support HSPA (on GSM networks) or EVDO (for CDMA). "Dozens" of 3G-capable cellphones can also share their connections over the 3G network through USB, the company says.
CradlePoint recently unveiled a new EVDO-sharing WiFi router, the PHS300, allowing users to connect 3G-based cellphones or 3G USB modems to the device and share the connection with any WiFi enabled device. The device features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AC power, both of which provide enough current to run a USB modem. The PHS300 supports WEP and WPA encryption, and uses a built in firewall to protect connections to the router. CradlePoint will ship the PHS300 on December 20th, and is taking pre-orders based on a price of $180.