Potential Current Option: This version of the Pepwave Surf SOHO sold out essentially everywhere online.
This entry in our review center is for the old version - for a review of the third generation Surf SOHO, click here.
Peplink is a large and well respected company in the mobile networking space - primarily focused on high end applications covering everything from providing cellular connectivity to fleets of vehicles to enabling whole-building network installations for hotels and offices.
But Peplink has not forgotten about individual consumers, and some of the lower end offerings in the product line are very well suited to the RV market.
In particular, the Pepwave Surf SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) is very well suited to be the hub of an RV's network.
The Surf SOHO is a WiFi-as-WAN capable router with four downstream ethernet ports, an ethernet WAN port, and great support for tethering cellular modems and hotspots over USB.
Peplink has recently announced a list of their products that will no longer be receiving any major firmware updates after 8.3, including this model. While you may still find this product/model for sale, it’s important to note that they will no longer be receiving these updates. The last firmware update will be 8.3. You may want to consider a more recent model.
Specifications - Pepwave Surf SOHO (Rev 2, Early 2015)
- Wi-Fi Router: Yes - Selectable Dual Band (Only One Band Active)
- 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 300Mbps Max (2x2 MIMO)
- 5GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/n - 300Mbps Max (2x2 MIMO)
- Wi-Fi Antenna: Internal, or External via 2x RP-SMA/Female Antenna Port
- Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
- Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
- Cellular Tethering via USB: Yes - Most USB modems & hotspots supported.
- Integrated Cellular Modem: No
- Ethernet Ports: 4x 1,000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 1x Gigabit WAN
- Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover
- Power Source: 10V - 24V DC Input, 110V AC Adapter Included
- Dimensions: 9.5" x 4.6" x 1.5"
- Outdoor Rated: No
- Retail Price: $179
Other Models & Variations
The original version of the Surf SOHO was essentially identical to this one, with the only significant difference being that it had 100Mbps fast ethernet ports rather than 1,000Mbps gigabit ethernet ports, which were added in a quiet product refresh in early 2015.
A new third version of the Pepwave Surf SOHO is due "Fall 2016", and will feature a major upgrade to 802.11ac and simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi. This new version is featured in our review center here.
Review & Testing Status
We have had the Pepwave Surf SOHO as part of our testing arsenal for years, and have found it to be a solid performer.
We share some more detailed analysis and hands-on thoughts with our members below, as well as in our testing lab articles:
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NOTE: This older version of the Surf SOHO is very hard to find.
For our deep look at and full review of the new third generation Surf SOHO, click here.
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