Consumers looking for a router with failover capabilities should take a look at CradlePoint's MBR1200 802.11n broadband router. The device will automatically switch to a secondary Internet connection--whether it's wired or wireless--when the primary service goes offline. Once the main Internet feed is restored, the router will then jump off the secondary connection and return the user back to the primary access.
Outside the typical LAN and WAN Ethernet ports, the router sports 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 ExpressCard slot, and one PC Card slot, allowing consumers and businesses to inset their 3G/4G data plans right into the network. CradlePoint claims that the router requires no software to load, has a range of up to 600 feet, and can connect up to 64 people to the Internet.
On the business side, this router is super-secure and reliable, especially for virtual private networks. "The high-performance MBR1200 has the capability to create, manage, and terminate multiple IPSec VPN sessions," the product description reads. "It provides up to five concurrent sessions, supporting transfer and tunnel modes and several Hash and Cipher algorithms. These encryption protocols protect your communications from one private network to another from end-to-end."
Naturally, this router doesn't come cheap, costing consumers and businesses a rather meaty $349.99. But for the price, said parties will rest assured that their Internet connection will always be up and running... unless both connections go down, that is.
To purchase or learn more about this router, head here.
Also, 64 clients? Is this wireless clients, or total clients? I mean, I have 8 clients at my home for two of us (2 cell phones w/ wifi, Wii, 3xlaptops/netbooks, Nook, 2x desktop/dvr PCs). Yeah, not all 8 at one time, but seriously, a business could rack of 64 simultaneous connections pretty fast.
Considering Charter constantly hiccups for me (going down sometimes for 5 seconds to 5 minutes every few hours - but of course no problem can ever be found), this might be useful... but between the hills and trees, we are smack dab in the middle of a 3G deadzone. That drops to 1xRTT all the time - so as tempting as this is, without an antenna on my roof there is no point.
However, I will put this in the iPad category - if you have the money to waste, go for it... after all, Cradlepoint makes some good cellular broadband routers (and updates frequently).
As a backup solution this would work well if it could have more connections.
*load-sharing* across all seven (7) WAN interfaces - 2 Ethernet, 3 USB, Expresscard and a PCMCIA
WiFi-N range tested to over 2800 feet line of sight on the 1000 model
optional 12-hour battery pack, car adapter, and dual external wifi antennas
gigabit switch as well...
load-balancing five 3G connections and broadcasting a mile-wide WiFi-N zone off of a battery pack at a mining site with no electricity - gets my attention