Cradlepoint

First 5G-optimised wireless WAN edge router debuts

27 May 2020 | Melanie Mingas

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The industry’s first 5G-optimised wireless WAN edge router for enterprise branch deployments has been released by Cradlepoint.

The Cradlepoint E3000 Series optimises performance and investment protection, enabling customers to deploy a wireless wide-area network (Wireless WAN) today using the latest LTE and Wifi technology and seamlessly upgrade to 5G in the future.

The launch comes as insight from IDC predicted the combined market for enterprise branch, mobile, and IoT wireless routers and gateways will reach US$2.98 billion by 2024.

Packaged as part of the Cradlepoint NetCloud Enterprise Branch Service, the E3000 Series utilises the latest multi-core, wireless system-on-chip technology, designed to deliver a mid-sized, enterprise-class “branch-in-a-box” solution. In a compact footprint, the E3000 contains an embedded Gigabit-Class LTE modem, integrated Wi-Fi 6, gigabit Ethernet ports for WAN/LAN connectivity, and expansion slots accommodate a secondary LTE modem module today with 5G modem and Bluetooth 5.0 modules slated for later in 2020.

“Cradlepoint is committed to being the first and best choice for enterprise Wireless WAN and 5G solutions,” said James Bristow, SVP EMEA at Cradlepoint.

“We believe, as do many of our customers and partners, that Wireless WAN is the next big networking wave, driven by the emergence of 5G. The Cradlepoint E3000 Series, powered by NetCloud, is the latest addition to our next-generation of 5G-capable solutions, its design provides customers with no-compromise Gigabit-Class LTE performance and the most paths to a 5G future,” he added.

The E3000 can run processor-intensive WAN edge features within the NetCloud Service at gigabit speeds, including BGP routing and application-aware SD-WAN and security functions, such as firewall, analytics, IPS/IPS and content filtering. It also supports customisable services like Wi-Fi guest portal and IoT edge computing capabilities.

While originally designed with much broader use cases in mind, the added capability will assist in meeting rising network demand caused by Covid-19. Cradlepoint said the pandemic fuels the need for agile networks that can scale to match capacity, by using wireless WANs based on LTE for primary connectivity.