The Freedom Connect rooftop mobile router from OpenRoad Mobile combines a basic mobile router and antennas into a weatherproof rooftop dome that is designed for RV and marine use. It can provide cellular connectivity or connect to local Wi-Fi to provide an internet connection. Devices connect via Wi-Fi to the rooftop unit directly, or an optional indoor access point can be added.
The device is available as an OEM option on some Tiffin motorhomes and is also be available as an aftermarket kit.
The design and function of the Freedom Connect are similar to other rooftop systems such as the Togo Roadlink 2.0 and Winegard ConnecT 2.0, but the Freedom Connect has the option for an Ethernet connection to an indoor access point, and also uses a much smaller enclosure.
The Freedom Connect hardware is a rebranded version of the Glomex WeBBoat 4G Lite EVO, but comes with its own branded firmware, mobile app, and additional optional accessories.
What's unusual about this system is that inside the rooftop dome housing is a Teltonkia RUT240 router, which is the heart of the system, and it is combined with customized firmware and antennas.
OpenRoad Mobile also sells cellular data plans, and can ship the device with an activated SIM.
- Model: Freedom Connect (IT1104)
- Router Specs:
- # of Connected Devices: Up to 50
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes
- Wi-Fi Standard: Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) - 2.4 GHz
- Max Theoretical Wi-Fi Speed: Not specified
- Wi-Fi Antennas: 1x
- Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
- Claimed Wi-Fi Range: Not specified
- Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
- Default Control Panel Address: 192.168.1.1
- USB Tethering Support: No
- Ethernet Ports: 2x Fast Ethernet
- Cellular Modem Specs:
- Cellular Modem: Single 4G
- Modem Chipset: Quectel EC25-AF
- Supported Networks and Bands: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
- LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 40, 41, 71
- MIMO Support: 2x2
- LTE Performance Category: Cat-4 (Max Theoretical Speed: 150 Mbps Down / 50 Mbps Up)
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- Cellular Antennas: 2x integrated
- SIM Slots: 1x Mini-SIM
- Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 inches
- Other Ports: None
- Power Source: Direct 12V power supply
- Outdoor Rated: Yes
- Retail Price: $449.00
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