Review: COR IBR900 by Cradlepoint (Mobile Routers)

The Cradlepoint COR IBR900 features an integrated LTE-Advanced cellular modem, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two gigabit ethernet ports, and a USB port - all packed into a small rugged metal case designed to run off 12V vehicle power.

High-end mobile router manufacturer Cradlepoint launched this flagship mobile router in January 2017.

On paper at least, this is by far the most advanced cellular integrated mobile router we have seen to date.

Cradlepoint describes it this way:

"With an embedded Category 6 modem for LTE Advanced, 802.11ac Wave 2 support, and a quad core processor, the IBR900 series is designed for the most demanding in-vehicle and M2M/IoT applications that require near-Gigabit speeds for both Ethernet and WiFi."

The catch is the cost - the COR IBR900 starts at $869, without any antennas included!

But for those looking to have just about everything integrated into a single (expensive) industrial-strength device, the COR IBR900 may be very well worth taking a close look at.

NOTE: The IBR900 is more advanced in almost every way than the older COR IBR1100, but yet it costs the same. Do be sure to compare specifications closely before deciding to go with the IBR1100.

Specifications - COR IBR900

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 300Mbps Max, 25dBm (2x2 MIMO)
      18dBm Transmit Power (63mW)
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/n/ac - 866Mbps Max (2x2 MIMO) - Wave 2 Support
      16.5dBm Transmit Power (44mW)
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: 2x RP-SMA/Female Antenna Port, No Antennas Included
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes - 4 SSIDs supported.
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: Yes - 1x USB Port
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: Yes
    • Carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
    • LTE Bands: 1-5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 41
    • 4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz (No Verizon / Sprint 3G)
    • 2G: No
    • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes (2x)
    • LTE Performance Category: Category 6
      (Max Theoretical Speed: 300Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
    • Cellular Antennas: 2x SMA/Female Antenna Ports, No Antennas Included
    • SIM Slots: Dual Mini-SIM (2FF)
  • Ethernet Ports: 2x 1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet  (WAN / LAN Configurable)
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover, Load Balancing, Integrated GPS
  • Power Source: 9V - 33V Direct DC Input, 110V AC Adapter Optional
  • Dimensions: 4.6" x 4.5": x 1.2"
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price:  $869.99 (w/o antennas), $899.99 (w basic antennas)

Testing Status

Based upon its impressive specifications, we think that the COR IBR900 is likely to be a "Top Pick" and deserves a closer look - and we have reached out to Cradlepoint for a review unit.

Until we get some hands on time however, we can only tentatively declare the IBR900 as a "Top Pick" for those seeking a high-end mobile router.

Stay tuned for our deeper analysis and conclusions.

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Purchasing Options

You can buy the IBR900 with a set of two Wi-Fi and two cellular antennas, or you can use external roof-mounted antennas mounted on top of your RV.

 

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Quick Take

The COR IBR900 is Cradlepoint's flagship mobile router.

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