Always on Cellular Router/Hotspot?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Gueeds, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. Gueeds macrumors member

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    Not sure such a thing exists but here is what I'm looking for:

    An always on (connected to a UPS in the event of a power outage) cellular router or hotspot for my smart devices. The idea being if my house loses all wired connections coming in, I'd have a backup internet connection to still for emergencies should I be away. Remaining devices would also be on a battery backup too. Some devices would always be connected to this network.

    I expect data usage to be low, so a pay as you go plan would be ideal. Hotspots seem to be more light usage rather than 24/7. Routers I've found tend to be more commercial grade.

    Is there anything like I'm looking for in the consumer space?
     
  2. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I think your problem is going to be how to handle the failover from the wired connection to a cellular connection. Devices that do this automatically are going to be expensive as it's not a normal consumer item.

    All my network gear is covered by a UPS for power outages and restores automatically when power is restored. We recently had an outage that outlasted the UPS so went elsewhere. I was able to see when the power came back on by checking into my home automation system.
     
  3. monokakata macrumors 68000

    monokakata

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    There are wireless routers out there that can have a built-in cellular modem to which you add a SIM card from the carrier of your choice. I'm not sure whether failover is completely automatic or not, but it shouldn't be hard to find out.

    http://3gstore.com/product/5242_cradlepoint_arc_mbr1400_lte_verizon_multiband.html

    I installed an older Cradlepoint cellular router 4 or 5 years ago for a friend, and it worked well. We bumped up the signal strength by adding a directional antenna on her roof. When she switched to a satellite connection, the router simply worked as a router.

    I've dealt with 3G stores and they are a decent operation.
     
  4. smartmoney macrumors newbie

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    Easy solution. Buy a 3G/4g router from cradlepoint or TP link etc. ($30-100) use a USB modem from carrier of choice. Mikrotik RBxxx ($45-75)or Ubiquiti Edgerouter (50-100) can be setup to use the cellular connection from the router as a failover network.
    I use this setup at many of my WISP towers to manage equipment if there is a failure.
    At my home I have my Edgerouter Pro managing 3 different internet connections and a cellular last ditch failover. Never lost internet access sine I set this up many years ago.
    Ubiquiti routers are not the most consumer friendly but there is now a quick start that has a failover network and a load balancing network

    https://community.ubnt.com/t5/EdgeMAX/Basic-SOHO-Home-Config/td-p/398055
     

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