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anotherron
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Upgrade recommendation Reply with quote

I have an old CTR500 router with a Verizon UML290 modem and have been having all the problems documented elsewhere, mainly frequent dropouts and much worse performance than I get with my Galaxy S4. My major objective for upgrading is increased stability and speed. A secondary desire is good VPN support. Wi-Fi is unimportant since I use another router for AC-based connections. While price is always a consideration, it is not the overriding one. What experiences do people have with newer Cradlepoint and Pepwave routers, and which ones would you recommend that I consider? Thanks in advance for all help and suggestions.
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pioneer_56
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I can't comment on the newer models, my Mbr 1000 and UML290 is a rock solid combo. I don't get any disconnects with the setup and get great speeds and signal strength.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:14 am    Post subject: Re: Upgrade recommendation Reply with quote

Maybe you have already done this, but before I went to look at replacing the router I would want to make sure that the problems are not due to the modem and/or the environment.

Do you experience similar problems with the modem just in your computer without the router involved?

Now having said that, the design of the CTR500 predates the introduction of the ULM290. Cradlepoint has done a pretty good job of getting it to work, but I'm sure the CTR500 doesn't handle the UML290 as well as some of their newer products. The most direct replacement for the CTR500 in their newer products is the ctr35. However, I see it was discontinued at the beginning of this year. That would leave the MBR95 or the MBR1200B. Of the two, I would prefer the mbr1200b, but you will have way more features than you need and will pay accordingly for it.
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anotherron
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:16 am    Post subject: Re: Upgrade recommendation Reply with quote

Thanks for your comments. I have noticed that the modem seems to be more stable plugged directly into the computer. Before I get a new router, I going to force the modem in LTE mode only and try a longer USB cable so that I can move the modem farther from other electronics that may be causing interference. From what I have read, I should limit the length of the extender to 10 feet.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CradlePoint created a new operating system and improved interface for all their routers and they are much more reliable then previous versions (at least in our experience). The CradlePoint MBR95 has our highest customer ratings and is most popular for home use. WiFi range is typically 100-150ft and it has 4 Ethernet ports for wired connections. Of course, if you're looking for VPN support, it really matters what kind. The CradlePoint MBR1400 is the only model you can create an IPSec tunnel from. The MBR1200B and MBR95 just support VPN pass-thru sessions. If you're looking for a PPTP VPN server, and/or IPSec, the Peplink/Pepwave routers would be the ones to look at, but I would stick with Cradlepoint if you're going to continue using the UML290. The Verizon modems seem to work better with Cradlepoint routers.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the very useful information.
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