CradlePoint CTR500 3G Cellular Travel Router Review
Specifications and Design
A Unique Product
A unique product came to my attention several months ago from a company called CradlePoint. It wouldn't surprise me if you have no knowledge of the company prior to this article, but they are makers of some unique networking products that high-tech users and businesses will find pretty attractive. The CTR500 we are reviewing here today is essentially a router for wireless broadband connections from cellular providers. Functioning just like your standard router for your cable or DSL connection, the CradlePoint CTR500 uses USB and Express Card 3G modems and selected handsets as well.
First, a list of specifications from the CradlePoint.com website:
Model #: CTR500 Cellular Travel Router
WiFi Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g
Cellular Network Connection: Compatible
Wired Network Connection: 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet port (switchable LAN/WAN)
Firewall: NAT (Network Address Translation) with SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection)
Security and Access Control: Enable/Disable SSID, Internet Access Control (Services, URL, MAC, and DNS based)
Encryption: 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Network Applications Support: UPnP, ALG, Email, FTP, Gaming, Remote Desktop, NetMeeting, Telnet and others
Business Applications Support: Multiple and Concurrent IPSEC, L2TP and PPTP VPN pass-through sessions
Platform Compatibility: Windows 98SE/NT/2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X, Linux, and WiFi-enabled PDAs
Firmware Upgrade: Flash based with save and restore options (available from www.cradlepoint.com)
Device Management: Local and remote via Web Browser (HTTP)
LED Indicators:Power, WLAN (wireless LAN status), WAN/LAN (Ethernet link status), USB
Dimensions: 4.8" x 2.8" x 0.8" (122 mm x 73 mm x 18.5 mm)
Weight: 4.0 oz.
Certifications: FCC, CE, IC, RoHS, Wi-Fi Alliance
Operating Temp: 0 C to 50 C
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The CradlePoint CTR500
The CradlePoint CTR500 is really an interesting all-in-one product that can act as a normal broadband router, accepting a WAN connection from cable or DSL internet lines and then creating a wireless network for your home or office. What really makes the CTR500 unique is its ability to use a USB or Express Card based 3G wireless modem as the WAN connection, giving mobile users and teams the ability to maintain productivity and freedom from be tethered to cables and switches.
Let's see how CradlePoint has designed this unique cellular router product...