Product Overview: AER Routers by Cradlepoint (Mobile Routers)

Cradlepoint is focused on the mobile enterprise market, and though Cradlepoint used to have many options for "average" users, most have been discontinued over the years as Cradlepoint has focused on the higher end of the market.

Individuals with specific needs do often find value in going with Cradlepoint hardware.

Cradelpoint offers the AER Router Series, with a variety of router renditions with differing specs and price points.

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AER1600 Series

The AER1600 is an enterprise level solution in Cradlepoint's Advanced Edge Routing line combining cloud management, advanced security (UTM), WAN Diversity, industry-leading 4G LTE failover, high-performance WiFi, and dual modem capabilities for deployment versatility when wired lines are too costly or unavailable. It comes in several different configurations with embedded and plug-in modems available. The AER1650 (also in this series) does not include WiFi configuration.

The Cradlepoint AER1600/AER1650 is available with different modem options:

  • LPE and LP4 models include an embedded modem and a slot to add an MC400 modem
    • LPE Modems: 4G LTE/HSPA+/EVDO (multi-carrier, North America, dual-modem capable)
    • LP4 Modems: LTE/HSPA+ for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Canadian carriers (SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection, dual-modem capable)
    • Dual integrated modem option (LPE and LP4 only)
  • LP6, LP5, and LP3 models include a bundled MC400 modem and do not include an embedded modem
    • LP6 Modems: LTE Advanced LTE/HSPA+ for all North American carriers and European operators (SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection)
    • LP5 Modems: Cat 6 LTE Advanced for operators in Asia Pacific and Saudi Arabia (SIM-based Auto-Carrier selection)
    • LP3 Modems: 4G LTE/HSPA+ (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand)
  • AER1600/AER1650 only include a slot for an MC400 modem and do not include an embedded modem

Specifications - AER1600

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: 1x USB Port
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: Yes - field-upgradable MC400 modem slot - Dual modem capable
    • Carriers: All North American carriers, European and Asia Pacific operators, Saudi Arabia
    • LTE Bands (US): 1-5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 41
      • Verizon: 2, 4, 5, 13 (XLTE support w/carrier aggregation)
      • AT&T: 2, 4, 5, 12, 29, 30
      • Sprint: 25, 26, 41 (LTE Plus Support)
      • T-Mobile: 2, 4, 12 (T-Mobile Wideband LTE Support)
    • Fallback: WCDMA/DC-HSPA+: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8
    • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes
    • LTE Performance Category: LP6 Category 6, LP4 Category 4
    • Cellular Antennas: two SMA male plugs available (antennas not included)
    • SIM Slots: Dual Sim Slot
  • Ethernet Ports: 5x 1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet  (WANLAN Configurable)
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Failover, Load Balancing, Integrated GPS
  • Power Source: 12v or 110v AC (No POE)
  • Dimensions: 8.3" x 6.6" x 1.7"
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  •  Typical Power Consumption
    • Idle: 9.5 W
    • Single Modem: 13.1 W
    • Dual Modem: 15.2 W
  • Retail Price:  $499.99 - $1299.99 (Dependent on modem model)

AER2100 Series

The AER2100 is an enterprise level solution in Cradlepoint's Advanced Edge Routing line combining cloud management, advanced security (UTM), WAN Diversity, industry-leading 4G LTE failover, high-performance WiFi, and embedded dual modem capabilities with dual SIM slots.

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The Cradlepoint AER2100 Series is available in a variety of models based on modem:

  • LP6: LTE Advanced LTE/HSPA+ (SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection for all North American carriers and European operators)
  • LP5: LTE Advanced (SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection for Asia Pacific and Saudi Arabia operators)
  • LP4 (accessory option only): LTE/DC-HSPA+ for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Canadian carriers (SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection, dual-modem capable)
  • LPE: 4G LTE/HSPA+/EVDO (multi-carrier, North America)
  • LP3: 4G LTE/HSPA+ (Europe, EMEA, and Australia/New Zealand)

Specifications - AER2100

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz/5GHz: Dual-band dual-concurrent
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: 3 Included: reverse SMA (5dBi)
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB:  1x USB Port
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: Yes - 2 Embedded Modems
    • Carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
    • LTE Bands: 1-5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 41
      • Verizon: 2, 4, 5, 13 (XLTE support w/carrier aggregation)
      • AT&T: 2, 4, 5, 12, 29, 30
      • Sprint: 25, 26, 41 (LTE Plus Support)
      • T-Mobile: 2, 4, 12 (T-Mobile Wideband LTE Support)
    • Fallback: WCDMA/DC-HSPA+: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8
    • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes
    • LTE Performance Category: LP6: Cat 6
    • Cellular Antennas: 2 included (not specified)
    • SIM Slots: Dual in each modem
  • Ethernet Ports: 5x 1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet  (WAN / LAN Configurable)
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover, Load Balancing, Integrated GPS (most models)
  • Power Source: 12v or 110V AC
  • Dimensions: 10.25" x 9.5" x 1.75"
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price:  $1099

AER2200

The Cradlepoint AER 2100 Advanced Edge Router is a cloud-operated enterprise 4G networking solution  The AER2100 combines routing, multi-WAN support (wired + 4G wireless), advanced security, LAN WiFi in a platform that can be deployed, managed, and optimized via the cloud.

Specifications - AER2200

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz & 5GHz Wi-Fi: dual-concurrent WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    • Wi-Fi Antennas: 4 External dual-band high-gain WiFi antennas (reverse SMA) included
      •  2.4 GHz: 5 dBi
      • 5GHz: 5 dBi
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB:  1x USB Port
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: Yes - field-upgradable MC400 modem slot - Dual modem capable
    • Carriers: (US) AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint (pending certification)
      • Canada (Bell, Rogers, TELUS), Europe, Australia/New Zealand
    • LTE Bands: 1–5, 7–8, 12–13, 17, 20, 25–26, 28–30, 66; 38, 40–41
    • Fallback: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
    • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes - wide variety of combos
    • LTE Performance Category: ?
    • Cellular Antennas: 2 External 3G/4G (SMA) Included
    • SIM Slots: 2/modem
  • Ethernet Ports: 10 LAN/WAN switchable - 10/100/1000
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Failover, Load Balancing, Integrated GPS, Supports four LAN ports of PoE
  • Power Source: 54 V, 1.2 A (65 W) AC/DC power adapter, 30 W PoE budget, C8 line cord
  • Dimensions: 7.3'' × 8.3'' × 1.7''
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price: $1129

AER3100 Series

The Cradlepoint AER3100 series features dual modems for wireless-to-wireless failover or augmented bandwidth to optimize support for high-performance applications. This is an enterprise level router solution. With 13 ethernet ports, the AER3100 supports four ports of PoE (9-12) for class I, II, or III devices (up to 15 W) or two ports high power PoE for class IV devices (up to 30 W).

The AER3150 does not support WAN WiFi.

The Cradlepoint AER3100 Series is available in a variety of models based on modem:

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  • LP6: LTE Advanced LTE/HSPA+ (SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection for all North American carriers and European operators)
  • LP5: LTE Advanced (SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection for Asia Pacific and Saudi Arabia operators)
  • LP4 (accessory option only): LTE/DC-HSPA+ for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Canadian carriers (SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection, dual-modem capable)
  • LPE: 4G LTE/HSPA+/EVDO (multi-carrier, North America)
  • LP3: 4G LTE/HSPA+ (Europe, EMEA, and Australia/New Zealand)

Specifications - AER3100

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz & 5GHz Wi-Fi: dual-concurrent WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    • Wi-Fi Antennas: 3 External dual-band high-gain (5dBi) WiFi antennas (reverse SMA) included
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB:  1x USB Port
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: Yes - field-upgradable MC400 modem slot - Dual modem capable
    • Carriers: (US) AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint
    • LTE Bands: 1-5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 41
      • Verizon: 2, 4, 5, 13 (XLTE support w/carrier aggregation)
      • AT&T: 2, 4, 5, 12, 29, 30
      • Sprint: 25, 26, 41 (LTE Plus Support)
      • T-Mobile: 2, 4, 12 (T-Mobile Wideband LTE Support)
    • Fallback: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
    • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes
    • LTE Performance Category: 6
    • Cellular Antennas: 2 External 3G/4G (SMA) Included
    • SIM Slots: 2/modem
  • Ethernet Ports: 13 LAN/WAN switchable - 10/100/1000
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Failover, Load Balancing, Integrated GPS, Supports four (or 2) LAN ports of PoE
  • Power Source:  54 V DC Power
  • Dimensions: 12.2'' x 10.6'' x 1.75''
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price: $1499-$1649

Comparison of Cradlepoint's two most popular AER Routers:


Testing Status: We do not currently have a Cradlepoint AER Router in for testing.

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