Sierra Wireless is a leading provider of cellular modules designed to provide cellular connectivity for a varies of industries, including automotive, transit, emergency services, smart home, and PC/Tablet manufacturers.
But Sierra Wireless also offers its own line of cellular-embedded modems to businesses and consumers. Although primarily designed for emergency services, transportation and IoT (Internet of Things) uses, their modems can be a legitimate choice as the center for a mobile arsenal with enterprise-level features comparable to Pepwave and Cradlepoint.
Lineup Overview (Early 2020)
The router product line is divided into two categories:
- Performance Series: Ruggedized routers for extreme conditions, including exposed outdoor locations
- Essential Series: The standard line for indoor and protected locations
A full comparison chart listing all the models is on the Sierra Wireless website.
- MG90 - ($1599<)Offers up to two Category 6 or12 modems supporting 4 SIM cards with dual concurrent 3x3 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and 5-port Gigabit Ethernet.
- MP70 - ($799<) Single Cat 6 or 12 modem with two SIM cards, 4-port Gigabit Ethernet and optional 3X3 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
- RV55 - ($689) Single Cat 12 modem with two SIM cards, 1-port Gigabit Ethernet and optional 1x1 SISO 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
- RV50x - ($589) Single Cat 6 modem with two SIM cards, 1-port Gigabit Ethernet. Wi-Fi not available.
- GX450 - ($699<)Single Cat 3 modem with one SIM card, 1-port FAST Ethernet and optional 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
- LX60 - ($499) Single Cat 4 modem with one SIM slot, 2-port Gigabit Ethernet and optional 1x1 SISO 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- LX40 - ($449) Single Cat 4 modem with one SIM slot, 1-port Gigabit Ethernet (POE) and optional 1x1 SISO 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- ES450 - ($499) Single Cat 3 modem with one SIM card, 1-port FAST Ethernet and optional 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
These modems are designed for specific applications and therefore do not have some features that are more common on mobile routers:
- USB Tethering: Also almost all the routers have USB ports, there is no documentation indicating that they support USB tethering of smartphones or mobile hotspots.
- Wi-Fi-as-WAN: Some models do have very capable dual Wi-Fi radios, but they do not support Wi-Fi-as-WAN.
Review & Testing Status
We have not tested any Sierra Wireless routers.
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