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mbr1000 up to snuff?

 
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dfmastin
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:09 pm    Post subject: mbr1000 up to snuff? Reply with quote

Hey y'all. I've been using a Cradlepoint mbr1000 for quite a while now with my Verizon Pantech USB-UML290 and it's been great. Unfortunately as my gb usage has increased, so has my bill (now at $355 for 50gb). I just discovered a local company that can provide wi-fi for about $60 a month with no cap for 3 Mbps Down / 768 Kbps Up. They told me however I might lose service when it rains due to foliage.
My question is this:
They told me my mbr1000 will be fine with the service they are providing, but can I keep my UML290 as have it serve as a failsafe? I assume that if yes, I won't me notified when this is happening though, huh? Are there other modems that would do this and send me an email when it's happening.
Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much! David
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pioneer_56
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should really look at picking up a grandfathered unlimited phone plan from someone and swap the sim into your UML290. You could have unlimited data with the same setup for less than $70 a month if you found the cheapest available plans out there. I can't help you on the second part as I have never dealt with wifi like you are looking at.
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dfmastin
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:16 am    Post subject: woweee Reply with quote

This sounds like finding a rent controlled apartment in NY city he he. This would be a dream come true!

pioneer_56 wrote:
You should really look at picking up a grandfathered unlimited phone plan from someone and swap the sim into your UML290. You could have unlimited data with the same setup for less than $70 a month if you found the cheapest available plans out there. I can't help you on the second part as I have never dealt with wifi like you are looking at.
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pioneer_56
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are thousands of accounts people are still selling with unlimited date. Do a little search on Assumption of Liability or AOL and you will find all the info on it. It is an easy process to do and you will have unlimited data untill Verizon decides to do away with it.
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evdovalerie
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The MBR1000 router is capable of failover and SMTP email alerts. What you can do is set up the UML290 as the backup WAN connection to this WiFi service you mentioned. If the WiFi service disconnects, the router will automatically failover to the UML290 connection. When connectivity is restored, it will failback to the WiFi connection.

Then, you can set up SMTP email alerts so that you're notified of changes via email. If I remember correctly, you should be able to have it alert you when the WAN connection changes. There's a lot of instructions and guides you can look up on the Cradlepoint knowledgebase site, but should also be able to find some useful info in the manual.
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dfmastin
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheesh, this is interesting, thanks P!

pioneer_56 wrote:
There are thousands of accounts people are still selling with unlimited date. Do a little search on Assumption of Liability or AOL and you will find all the info on it. It is an easy process to do and you will have unlimited data untill Verizon decides to do away with it.
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dfmastin
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright, thank you. I have the manual and understood it a while back. I just wanted to see if folks were encouraging before I got started back. Thanks so much!

evdovalerie wrote:
The MBR1000 router is capable of failover and SMTP email alerts. What you can do is set up the UML290 as the backup WAN connection to this WiFi service you mentioned. If the WiFi service disconnects, the router will automatically failover to the UML290 connection. When connectivity is restored, it will failback to the WiFi connection.

Then, you can set up SMTP email alerts so that you're notified of changes via email. If I remember correctly, you should be able to have it alert you when the WAN connection changes. There's a lot of instructions and guides you can look up on the Cradlepoint knowledgebase site, but should also be able to find some useful info in the manual.
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fcs
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

evdovalerie wrote:
What you can do is set up the UML290 as the backup WAN connection to this WiFi service you mentioned. If the WiFi service disconnects, the router will automatically failover to the UML290 connection. When connectivity is restored, it will failback to the WiFi connection.


Hang on there a second, Valerie.

In order for what you are describing to work, the MBR1000 would need to be able to connect to the WiFi service provider over its WiFi interface. In Cradlepoint parlance this capability is called 'WiFi as WAN'. Other vendors use different terms.

In any case "WiFi as WAN" is not a feature available on the MBR1000. That feature was introduced in their second generation routers (ctr35, mbr95,mbr1400, etc).
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evdovalerie
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@fcs - you are correct, however, there are some local companies I have heard of that offer a service where you have an antenna on your roof that picks up WiFi service from the local ISP and feeds the connection thru an Ethernet cable that can then be connected via Ethernet WAN on the MBR1000.

That sounds like what dfmastin was referring to, but looking back they weren't specific. Apologies for any confusion based on my assumption!
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