Cellular-enabled routers combine the features of a network router with an integrated cellular internet option. While there are big names in this market like Cradlepoint, Pepwave, and WifiRanger along with a host of other established manufacturers, there is also an increasing number of inexpensive "generic" options, usually from small China-based manufacturers.
Typically these generic routers combine a very basic router with a low-end cellular modem module and open-source firmware to provide an integrated cellular router package, though some models may have more advanced modems and features.
Frequently these products are advertised as machine-to-machine (M2M) or Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, though they are not limited to those uses.
Some routers are sold without the cellular modem module, allowing the end-user to choose and install their own for a custom solution.
Specifications will vary by model but typically these routers utilize technology that is a generation or two out of date in order to save on costs. Be sure to carefully check the specifications to understand what exactly you are buying.
The specs below are what is typically available with this class of cellular router.
- Model: Varies
- Router Specs:
- # of Connected Devices: Varies
- Wi-Fi Router:
- USB Tethering Support: Most do not have USB ports
- Ethernet Ports: 1-4 Fast (10/100) Ethernet ports usually included. Gigabit Ethernet is rare.
- Cellular Modems: Varies depending on the modem module. Most are basic Cat 4 or Cat 6 modems made by Sierra Wireless, Quectel, or Telit that cover the most common cellular bands. Some modems may be optimized for specific carriers or regions. Most include 2G/3G fallback.
- Supported Networks and Bands: Varies
- Cellular Antenna Ports: SMA ports for cellular antennas and Wi-Fi antennas sometimes included.
- Retail Price: $80 and up
Here are some generic routers sold at major online retailers.
This listing is no way an endorsement or vetting for any product and is simply a courtesy for our audience to aid in their shopping process. Please do your own research and evaluation before purchasing.
- Alcatel Link Series - $140+
- Dionlink 4G LTE CPE - $129
- GL-iNet Routers - $139+ (See Our Gear Center Entry)
- GotW3 and Dynami Wireless - $199+ (See Our Gear Center Entry)
- KuWFi Routers - $80+
- Teltonika Routers - $199+ (See Our Gear Center Entry)
- ZBT WE1026-5G Router from LTE Fix - $68 (cellular modem module sold separately)
Review & Testing Status
We have not tested any generic cellular routers.
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These routers can be purchased from a variety of third-party resellers, Amazon, eBay, or directly from the manufacturer.
- Alcatel Link Series - Amazon
- Dionlink 4G LTE CPE - Amazon
- GL-iNet Routers - See Our Gear Center Entry
- GotW3 and Dynami Wireless See Our Gear Center Entry
- KuWFi Routers - KuWFi Direct / Amazon
- Teltonika Routers - See Our Gear Center Entry
- ZBT WE1026-5G Router - LTE Fix