Peplink Balance 20x Expandable Mobile Router

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Part Number: BPL-021X-LTEA-US-T-PRM

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Description:  Single CAT-7 LTE-A Modem, Expandable and Customizable


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The Peplink Balance 20x CAT7 offers advanced features and rock-solid reliability at the heart of your mobile or rural home internet/connectivity solution.  This modem is capable of supporting up to 3 cellular WAN connections  with optional accessories making it a true powerhouse at an attractive price point that includes Speedfusion licensing with the bundled Primecare Licensing. This 2022 upgraded hardware version of the Balance 20x has a cat7 modem built in and an expansion slot module that can be used to insert a second modem. The USB Port can support a 3rd cellular modem. 

Expansion modules known as FlexModules are available in LTE cat-6, cat-12, cat-18 and now a cat-20/5G variants. USB Max Adapters are available available in Cat 6, 12 or 5G variants which can function in addition to the flex module offering a 3 modem solution at an exceptional price point. 

In addition to 802.11ac/a/n and 802.11b/g/n 2x2 MIMO WiFi (2ghz and 5ghz WiFi Supported), this router has 4 wired ethernet ports for wiring up non WiFi devices as well as a WAN port for wiring up an additional WAN source such as Starlink, DSL or a cable modem. This router does support WiFi-as-WAN as of the newest firmware update (8.3). 

The Balance 20x supports Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile & Sprint as well as many other carriers. Thanks to automatic failover switching and multiple SIM slots with multi-carrier support, you will always be connected using a single, easy to use device without needing a hotspot or tethering of any kind.

The units highly customizable web interface supports a variety of advanced routing features and will satisfy the needs of power users while being extremely easy to use for the nontechnical as well. The unit accepts 12v inputs ranging from 10-30 volts or you can use the included AC adapter for 120v installation. 

Included Support & Optional Device Configuration


All Peplink devices purchased from MMH include:
  • Detailed instructions for fast setup & surfing
  • Detailed video setup series to follow at your own pace
  • Pre-recorded "Getting to Know Your Peplink" training class
  • Bi-weekly LIVE, Instructor-led webinar Q&A session (join as many sessions as you want to hone your skills!


Optional Upgrade: $49 Device Configuration
  • Access to all setup material, videos, and live Q&A class
  • Remote Device Pre-Configuration
    • Update to latest firmware (if needed)
    • Setup local device access
    • WiFi setup and configuration
    • Configure advanced options (as needed)
    • Device is added to MMH's Support Cloud Management Portal
Two Embedded Cellular Modems

This mobile router is equipped with two embedded cellular modems. This will allow you to utilize two cellular connections at the same time, providing advanced traffic routing and load balancing capabilities as well as near-instant failover from one provider to another. Internet traffic can be routed in a variety of ways using Peplink's proprietary Outbound Policy Management Algorithms. Dual modem devices may be capable of utilizing SpeedFusion technology, also known as "WAN bonding", which may require separate licensing. See SpeedFusion section below.

One Embedded Cellular Modem

This mobile router is equipped with a single cellular modem. This device may have multiple SIM card slots but can connect to one cellular provider at a time. Single modem devices may include a USB port or expansion slot to add additional modems. Switching between SIM card slots can be done via the management console, typically in 30-60 seconds allowing time for the modem to reboot utilizing the auxiliary SIM slot(s). Higher-end single modem devices often have faster maximum download/upload speeds then other devices but lack the redundancy found in a multi-modem device. Our multi-modem collection of devices can be found here

Internet traffic can be routed in a variety of ways using Peplink's proprietary Outbound Policy Management Algorithms.  Single modem devices may be capable of utilizing SpeedFusion technology, also known as "WAN bonding", which may require separate licensing. Single modem devices can bond the single cellular connection with the devices WAN port or WIFI-as-WAN sources if the device supports these functions.  See SpeedFusion section on this page for additional information.

Category 7 Modem

This mobile router is equipped with one or more category 7 LTE Advanced cellular modems with a maximum download speed of 300Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 150Mbps (typical speeds range from 10-75mbps depending on cellular network conditions and coverage). The category of the modem impacts the maximum upload and download speed of the device and what cellular bands or "channels" the device can connect to. Cellular bands act similarly to "channels" on television, each cellular provider broadcasts on specific bands. Category 7 modems support connecting to the primary bands of all major carriers such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T and include additional LTE secondary bands for increased speed and coverage in many areas. This includes access to Band 14, AT&T's FirstNET band and Band 71 for TMobile's rural band. For a complete list of bands supported, click the documentation tab for detailed specifications.


Category 7 modems are extremely popular as they blend strong performance and maximum data plan compatibility and value. Category 7 modems are very popular for mobile workers and for those who consider the internet "mission-critical" as they come in many dual modem mobile routers capable of bonding. Category 7 modems are capable of video calling, VOIP, streaming,  general internet use, and, when paired with a dual modem capable device, support bonding of multiple cellular connections. See SpeedFusion section for more information.

Licensed for SpeedFusion

This device is licensed for SpeedFusion access. SpeedFusion is Peplink's proprietary WAN bonding solution that can bond multiple internet connections together into a single, more resilient connection for added connection reliability. SpeedFusion-capable devices create a VPN tunnel that allows multiple internet connections to act as a single connection. SpeedFusion supports WAN-Smoothing, a technology that helps to prevent packet loss which is typically the cause for unstable internet connections. In order to utilize SpeedFusion you must either host your own SpeedFusion instance at a secondary location/datacenter or use Peplink's SpeedFusion Cloud service which is available for an additional monthly subscription fee. This device includes data allotment for SpeedFusion cloud transfer at up to 100Mbps per second (amount of data will change based on the hardware). For more information on SpeedFusion and SpeedFusion Cloud, please reach out to us below.

 

Roof Antenna Recommended

This mobile router comes with indoor antennas that provide 3db of cellular gain. Upgrading to an optional roof antenna can provide significant signal improvement by moving the cellular antenna outside, at higher elevation and provide you the benefit of an antenna with higher gain specifications. Roof antennas can be added now with a bundle discount by checking out our Internet Bundle Section, or at a later date based on your needs.

Band 71 Ready

This device supports Band 71. Band 71 is T-Mobile's rural cellular band that operates on 600mhz which provides significant increases in coverage on the T-Mobile network for customers traveling outside of urban areas. 5G ready devices that support Band 71 typically also support Band 71n which is the 5G band for T-Mobile. Note that not all devices are 5G devices so check the listing above but with or without 5G you will still achieve increased coverage on the T-Mobile network with any device that supports Band 71. For more information about Band 71, check out the Band 71 Guide from our friends at the Mobile Internet Resource Center

1 Year of Primecare Included!

This is a PrimeCare device. PrimeCare includes a factory replacement warranty, centralized cloud management, and SpeedFusion licenses for WAN Bonding functionality. PrimeCare devices include 1 Year of PrimeCare with your purchase. Update to PrimeCare+ to upgrade from business hour support with the manufacturer to 24/7 email based support with the manufacturer. PrimeCare+ customers are eligible for Advanced Hardware Replacement from the manufacturer. Once your RMA is approved a new device will be sent to you before the defective device is returned ensuring customers are not left without a device during the warranty replacement. PrimeCare+ is provided by the manufacturer, not by MobileMustHave. For additional information our partners at the Mobile Internet Resource Center have put together a detailed guide

Licensing PrimeCare and Primecare+ beyond year one can be purchased at the time of purchase or after the fact. Basic functionality will remain if PrimeCare expires. Factory Warranty, InControl Cloud Management and SpeedFusion will stop functioning until the PrimeCare license is renewed. Warranty and license purchases are non-refundable due to manufacturer policies. 

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Looking for the full specifications on this product? Not to worry, they are located above under the "Documentation" Tab just above by the product description. 

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  • Jason W.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 months ago
    Great Features!

    The balance 20x is a great device packed full of great features. I had an issue with upgrading to the 8.3.0 firmware. The SIM card would not connect to my cellular provider. After contacting your customer support they were able to correct this issue promptly. I could not be happier with this device.

  • Craig S.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 months ago
    Excellent product I've been using it for a few weeks now!

    Even nich features like the starlink admin portal are in this device and there are loads of instructions on how to set it up. If you take your time and follow the directions it's very easy to setup.

  • Mitchell C.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    4 months ago
    Excellent Value

    I’m pretty impressed with this router so far. Primecare includes the ability to use an extra LAN port as a WAN — so I use it with T-Mobile Home Internet and Spectrum. Calls still “paused” when failing over on SpeedFusion on default settings, but once I enabled WAN smoothing, the call didn’t skip a beat. One thing to note: It does not have full support for IPv6. Instead, it can pass through IPv6 to your devices, but will not function as a firewall. Your devices will be exposed to the internet. I’ll give it a full 5 stars when they implement full IPv6 support.

  • Manuel M.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 months ago
    Peplink Balance 20x Cat-7

    Works great and Mobile Must Have support is awesome

  • Oak C.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 months ago
    Powerful sleek, router!

    So far so good with this router. Had to update the firmware to 8.3 to unlock the Wi-Fi is when but after that things are sailing smoothly. Very impressed with the function of the built-in cellular antennas.

  • Jacob C.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    7 months ago
    Great lower cost cellular router

    Setup easily with a USB hotspot, Verizon SIM card and Starlink. Bonding the connections nicely with FusionHub Solo.

  • Kimberly M.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    7 months ago
    Easy Install and a Great Price Point

    We are just starting our full time journey and quickly realized that the consistency of campground internet (even though we have a cable modem we rent from the campground) isn’t going to work for our remote jobs. As we get ready to take this show on the road we needed a solution with a better and more consistent connection. We chose the Balance 20x because it is expandable (2 cellular modems) and we can add cable internet where available and starlink if we decide to at some point. The versatility and affordable price point of this modem/router was right for us.

    We added the remote setup option and it was well worth it! I am pretty tech savvy, but having the programming done the right way the first time was amazing!! The customer support team was very responsive and even answered a couple of questions about the exterior antenna we also purchased.

    We have had an awesome experience with Mobile Must Haves and the equipment we purchased!

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