Peplink is a large and respected company in the high-end mobile networking space, particularly well known for providing cellular connectivity for everything from fleets of vehicles to cruise ships to dispersed corporate offices.
While Peplink's Pepwave cellular integrated routers are not specifically designed with individual mobile users in mind, Peplink does offer solid and well-supported products that many advanced consumers have grown to rely on. They also offer some consumer level options.
Table of Contents
- Pepwave Product Line: High-Level Thoughts
- Pepwave Product Lineup Deep Dive
- PrimeCare Support Contract
- WiFi as WAN Weakness
- Transit Pondering - Dual or Single Modem?
- Hands On Testing Notes
- Should You Consider a Pepwave MAX?
- Pepwave MAX Versus Cradlepoint COR
Pepwave Product Lineup Quick Glance
The diverse Pepwave product line can be overwhelming to navigate, as they offers dozens and dozens of models and variations.
They start at routers with minimal features and lower end modems with consumer pricing as low as $199.. all the way to high level enterprise gear priced in the multi-thousands. Some models are specifically ruggedized for mobility, such as their MAX line-up. Others are more intended for stationary office use, but might still have appealing features when used in a mobile environment.
As Pepwave is intended to managed by an IT department of a company, navigating their product line and interface isn't intended for those without some tech-savviness.
If you just want to focus on the options that we find most appealing to our audience of consumer level mobile travelers, there are the models that we specifically track and recommend starting your research with (click for our more detailed information on each - including reviews):
Below our members can dive in deeper into the product line with videos, spreadsheets and categorized listings - as well as our hands on testing notes.
While the models may vary in modem, LAN and processor specifications - some features are fairly ubiquitous across Pepwave's lineup. Here are some of the features commonly found across the product lineup:
- High Number of Connected Devices
- Ethernet Based LAN - Fast or Gigabit
- Wi-Fi Based LAN - On most models
- Wi-Fi as WAN - On most models
- USB Cellular Tethering - Not on most models
- Emdedded Cellular Modem - Dual or Single, ranging from Cat 4 - Cat 18
- Multi Cellular Carrier Support
- Dual SIM slots per Modem
- External Wi-Fi and Cellular Antenna Ports (non internal)
- Data Usage Tracking
- Auto Failover
- Integrated GPS
- SpeedFusion Bonding
- Band Locking
- TTL Settings
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Members - be sure to check the Member Discounts page for some potentially very substantial savings on purchasing Pepwave routers.
- MobileMustHave - Some models are offered with antenna bundles for extra savings. MIA members have a discount here.
- 5G Store
- SinglePoint - The SinglePoint 'WiFi in Motion' bundles are built around the Pepwave MAX routers, bundled with RV-friendly antennas, service plans, and support.
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- Pepwave Cellular Routers Refreshed with LTE Cat-18 Modems, T-Mobile Band 71 Posted on: February 19, 2020
- Geek News Alert: Peplink Removes Throughput Limit For SpeedFusion Bonding Servers Posted on: November 12, 2019
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