Industry first all-in-one router from Cradlepoint

Cradlepoint announces the E3000 Series, the industry’s first 5G-Optimised, all-in-one wireless edge router for enterprise branch development.

The clean-slate design optimises performance and investment protection, enabling customers to deploy a wireless wide-area network (Wireless WAN) today using the latest LTE and Wi-Fi technology and seamlessly upgrade to 5G in the future.

The demand for agile and rapidly deployable wireless WANs based on LTE for primary connectivity, has grown sizably due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a new Worldwide 5G and 4G LTE Router Forecast from IDC, the combined market for enterprise branch, mobile, and IoT wireless routers, and gateways will reach $4.9 billon 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 to deliver compelling price/performance relative to traditional wired branch routers. The all-new, all-in-one design provides 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.

The powerful 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.

The Cradlepoint E3000 Series is ideal for branch-oriented industry sectors that need the flexibility and freedom of primary wireless connections with robust WAN and LAN networking and security capabilities. These include retail stores, restaurants, healthcare clinics, financial services locations — such as banking, insurance, and tax preparation — construction sites, and field service offices.

“Initial SD-WAN deployments have been focused primarily on fixed Internet economics” says Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research.

“The next phase of WAN transformation broadens the definition of a ‘branch’ and will include an expanded role for LTE and 5G to drive Wireless WAN solutions. The Cradlepoint announcement expands its solutions to enable the transformation to a Wireless WAN.”

To learn more, please visit cradlepoint.com/products/branch

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