Review: Pepwave MAX On-The-Go by Peplink (Mobile Router)

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.

While Peplink's Pepwave routers are not specifically designed with individual mobile users in mind, they do offer many solid and well supported products that many advanced users have grown to rely on.

The MAX On-The-Go router introduces an interesting solution for those wanting to bring together multiple USB connected cellular devices, supporting up to 4 connections. However, to gain access to all four at once, a more expensive 'WAN Smoothing' feature is required as a $249 upgade to utilize an existing bonding service or server (also pricey).

Specifications - MAX On-The-Go (MAX-OTG-U4)

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n - 150Mbps Max
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/n - 150Mbps Max
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: 1x RP-SMA/Female Antenna Port for optional external antenna
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network: Yes
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: Yes, 4x USB Port
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: No
  • Ethernet Ports: 2x 100Mbps Fast Ethernet  (WAN / LAN)
  • Special Features: Data Usage Tracking, Auto Faillover, Integrated GPS
  • Power Source: 10V - 48V Direct DC Input, 110V AC Adapter Included
  • Dimensions: 4.3" x 4.3" x 1.2"
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price: $399.99

Other Models & Variations

A much  more commercial grade and feature packed variation is available in the MAX 700:

  • MAX 700 ($1999) - Still supporting 4 USB cellular WAN inputs, this device also has 4 gigabit ethernet ports and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi support.

 

Review & Testing Status

Though several members have reported great experiences, we have not yet tested the MAX On-The-Go directly.

 

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Quick Take

A great concept for those managing multiple mobile hotspot devices, but a bit outdated tech wise.

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