Peplink is a large and respected company in the high-end mobile networking space, and is particularly well known for providing cellular connectivity for enterprise customers and businesses.
Pepwave has long been focused on connectivity via routers, but the Pepwave MAX Adapter is different. It is a small, portable device that has no router functionality and is a simple device intended to do one thing well - provide cellular connectivity to a router or computer over USB.
Inside the diminutive case is a cellular modem, a few electronics, and not much else.
The outside of the device has standard SMA antenna ports for the cellular modem - either two ports or four depending on the MAX Adapter version. There is also a port for an optional GPS antenna, a USB-C port for power and data, two SIM slots (software selectable), and a status light.
The Max Adapter is intended to be plug-and-play with compatible Pepwave routers, providing an additional cellular modem input. The MAX also works with Windows and some Linux (Ubuntu) PCs. The device does not have any other connectivity besides USB - so there is no way to directly share the connection via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.
- Model Number: Pepwave MAX Adapter (MAX ADP - )
- # of Connected Devices: 1x via USB
- Control Panel and Default Password: N/A
- USB Tethering Support: Compatible Pepwave routers and Windows and Linux PCs
- Supported Networks and Bands: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
- LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 41
- Category-12 (Global Version):
- LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 41, 42, 43, 46, 48, 66
- 5G/LTE Cat-20:
- 5G Bands: n1, n2, n3, n5, n28, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79 (all Sub 6GHz - no mmWave)
- LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes
- MIMO Support: 2x2 or 4x4 external depending on model
- LTE Performance Category:
- Category 6 (Max Theoretical Speed: 300Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Category 12 (Max Theoretical Speed: 600Mbps Down / 150Mbps Up)
- Category 20 (Max Theoretical Speed: 2Gbps Down / 150Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x or 4x MIMO depending on model / SMA ports
- Other Ports: 1x USB (power and data), 1x GPS (SMA)
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: None
- Battery: No battery
- Power Source: USB Cable
- Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches
- SIM Card Type: Dual Mini-SIM (also supports eSIM)
- Retail Price: Cat-6 - $249 | Cat-12 - $349 | 5G/Cat - $649
News, Videos, & Status
The MAX Adapter series was announced in May 2021, and the Cat-6 and Cat-12 versions are now shipping. Mobile Must Have will be providing us an evaluation unit of the 5G model once it is shipping later this summer.
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