Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:05

NETGEAR’s new 4G LTE Modem for wireless back-up connectivity or ‘instant Internet’


With wireless broadband an excellent choice for instant back-up connectivity, and for some even a primary form of broadband, Netgear’s new 4G LTE Modem has come on sale at an opportune moment.

Top networking devices company BETGEAR, with solutions for consumers and businesses, has launched its new 4G LTE Modem offering mobile broadband, along with “a fail-safe connectivity solution".

Of course, should your wireless broadband provider be in the unlikely event of being down at the same time as your wired provider is also having an outage, then you’re stuffed, but the chances of this happening are very slim – and you can always get a SIM card from a different provider to get around this situation, while also ensuring you head to a newsagent to buy a lotto ticket.

So, what NETGEAR’s new “4G LTE Modem,” model LB2120 does is to “provide lightning-fast 4G LTE connectivity for all your devices and equipment at your home or business”, while also being fully usable “as a standalone solution to your needs, without the need for fixed line broadband”, if that usage scenario suits your needs, even if that’s because there’s no suitable wired connection at your location, or you’re in a situation where a wired connection isn’t practical – but a wireless solution is.

And, with dual Ethernet ports, it should come as no surprise to see Netgear bill its 4G LTE Modem 2120 as being “ideal whether you’re a family who loves to stream movies, or a business that needs a reliable connection capable of providing multiple devices instant connectivity, any time, anywhere".

Indeed, with mobile virtual network provider OVO, which offers voice and 4G data on Optus network offering an impressive 100GB of data for the newly lowered price of $69.95 per 30 days, with other mobile broadband deals out there, wireless broadband is getting more affordable for those who need it, whatever their reason for needing it.

An example of this range of varied needs is where Netgear’s 4G LTE Modem 2120 “can also act as a back-up to your primary broadband network for avoiding service disruptions when your fixed wireline connection goes down – a great solution where continuity is critical".

After all, “even if your business has DSL or cable broadband, the LTE modem can run discreetly in the background to provide an automatic 4G LTE or 3G fallback connection during wireline network outages, ensuring business-critical functions such as retail POS terminal operations keep moving like clockwork".

And, unlike various other connectivity sources, the NETGEAR 4G LTE Modem can be easily installed in a matter of minutes, “making it a practical, instant Internet-without-wires solution ideal for situations where fixed line option is not sufficient for your needs or readily available":

  • Homes with an unreliable fixed-line connection.
  • Those who regularly travel.
  • Outdoor or rural Internet usage.
  • Temporary offices at construction sites or emergency response command centres.
  • Mobile retail businesses such as food trucks.
  • Temporary retail businesses such as kiosks or pop-up stores at trade shows, sporting events and festivals.

Now, some may wonder why end-users don’t simply buy a Vividwireless device, or the Optus Home Broadband equivalent, and the simple answer is that those services are speed limited, whereas an OVO SIM, for example, operates at the full speed the Optus 4G (or 3G) network in that area can deliver.

Also, in the case of Vividwireless, it’s network coverage area isn’t as large as the standard Optus coverage area, and so may not be applicable to you in any case.

So, while those alternatives exist, as have other mobile broadband modems from various network equipment vendors in the past and present, new devices with better support for newer bands and other features like SMS message alerts for firmware updates, data usage and failover to LTE are expected developments, so now you know.

To this end, David Robles, marketing manager ANZ at NETGEAR, said: “We’re seeing more and more Australians opting for mobile modems in a variety of different situations - from at home to their workplaces. What’s more, with cheaper data and growing allowances, many are choosing this as a preferred option over a fixed line connection.

“The 4G LTE Modem 2120 was developed to provide a new option for those who require lightning-speed connectivity, with the freedom that comes with using a portable modem. At NETGEAR, our ultimate aim is to ensure our customers have failsafe networking solutions, whatever their needs.”

Here are the NETGEAR 4G LTE Modem (LB2120) specs

  • Two built-in Ethernet WAN ports offer home and office connectivity for all devices.
  • Fast 4G LTE speeds.
  • SMS message alerts for firmware updates, data usage, and failover to LTE.
  • Direct IP-pass-through for secure enterprise VPN configuration.
  • Light, compact design for easy portability anywhere.
  • NETGEAR limited warranty and free 90-day technical support.
  • Unlocked device to connect to any network.

So, what does it cost, and where can you buy it?

The NETGEAR 4G LTE Modem is available now from JB Hi-Fi for $199.

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