Cradlepoint has introduced its new R2100 Series 5G ruggedized router, which offers on-the-go connectivity for vehicles.
The Cradlepoint R2100 Series 5G ruggedized router is an exterior-mounted solution that is designed for mass transit, public safety, and other organizations that require a high-bandwidth IoT or mobile router. It’s designed to be mounted on the rooftop of a vehicle or attached to IoT cabinet enclosures.
The R2100 integrates the modem, antennas, and router into a single aerodynamic, IP67-rated casing that guards against weather, vibration, and shock. It is sold with or without Wi-Fi 6 and can be deployed as a self-contained router or to supplement an existing router as a 5G adapter.
Since antenna cables are no longer needed, many vehicle installations will only require one power cable and a single small hole to the router on the roof. Customers can add 5G to a current installation by deploying the R2100 in Captive Modem mode as an adapter that is controlled by an attached Cradlepoint router. The NetCloud management system treats the R2100 as an internal modem, eliminating the need for a separate license.
Similar to Cradlepoint’s Captive Modem capability, the R2100 Series can serve as an additional Wi-Fi source in captive mode to expand coverage for applications such as video offload, enhanced customer broadband, Computer Aided Dispatch connectivity while in the station, and more. Adding this Wi-Fi capability won’t incur an additional expense as all control and licensing is attributed to the incumbent router.
The R2100 can take the form of a 5G adapter that can be added to a third-party in-vehicle router via the WAN port. It is also designed to support local containers for edge computing functionality. NetCloud handles container creation as well as container and workload distribution and connectivity, making deploying edge computing applications a simple and secure process, says Cradlepoint.
“Modern public safety operations leverage data to make operations safer and more effective, and the data demands in and around vehicles continue to grow,” says Ken Rehbehn, Principal analyst at CritComm Insights. “Simplified integrated antenna form factors that bring high-performance 5G capabilities without running additional antenna cables will translate to reduced installation costs, faster installation, and improved radio performance.”
“Organizations are entering the next phase of their transformations, extending their reach through vehicles that need reliable connectivity to access cloud-based applications,” adds Donna Johnson, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Cradlepoint. “The R2100 Series underscores how Cradlepoint is expanding the capabilities of today’s police, fire, EMS, and transit organizations, helping these agencies and first responders alike take advantage of 5G connectedness in a streamlined, more efficient way.”
The R2100 Series 5G Ruggedized Router is powered by Cradlepoint NetCloud, which provides end-to-end encryption, threat detection, and defense functionality to enable secure direct cloud and internet access for applications and IoT devices, with or without Wi-Fi. The R2100 can also support the NetCloud Exchange services which provide Zero Trust Network Access and 5G Optimized SD-WAN.