The Peplink Pepwave Max BR1 ENT "FirstNet" Edition is Peplink's CAT 12 FirstNet Ready Cellular Router Solution. This unit does not have integrated WiFi. The BR1 ENT features a WIFI controller capable of seamlessly integrated external access points and can power those access points using the optional 56v AC or DC input adapter to enable PoE Support. CAT-12 brings your max theoretical cellular throughput up to 600mbps download/150mbps upload speeds. The CAT 12 modem will allow more simultaneous connections to the cellular tower which typically translates to faster speeds. Additional supported LTE bands as well as additional coverage options with Band 14 support. Additional information on FirstNet Band 14 is located below.
The BR1 ENT accepts sim cards directly into its build-in cellular modem that is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and international carriers. The MAX BR1 ENT FirstNet has 2 sim slots allowing you to load this router with multiple sim cards from multiple carriers allowing you to select which sim/carrier is in use by the modem.
The units highly customizable web interface supports a variety of advanced routing features and will satisfy the needs of advanced users while being extremely easy to use for non-tech users as well. The unit accepts 12v inputs (bare wire screw-down terminals) or you can use the included AC adapter for 110v installation.
Single Modem Device
The mobile router listed on this page 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 however they 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 12 Modem
The mobile router is equipped with one or more category 12 LTE Advanced cellular modems with a maximum download speed of 600Mbps 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 12 modems support connecting to the primary bands of all major carriers such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint & 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. For a complete list of bands supported, click the documentation tab for detailed specifications.
Category 12 modems are extremely popular as they blend strong performance and maximum data plan compatibility. Category 12 modems are very popular for mobile workers and for those who consider the internet "mission-critical" (dual modem device recommended). Category 12 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.
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This device is FirstNet Ready! FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America's first responders. Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the FirstNet Authority, FirstNet utilizes Band-14, which is reserved for public safety but is also being marketed as available to the public for additional bandwidth capacity. In testing Band-14 has been made available during non-emergency situations to the public to provide additional bandwidth and coverages to customers who have a modem that supports FirstNet's Band-14. Not all modems that support Band-14 are "FirstNet Certified" however they typically can connect to Band-14 in most areas. Information on FirstNet certifications can be found on Specification sheets located on the Documentation Tab. Additional information about FirstNet's use and technology can be found in this article from our friends at the RV Mobile Internet Resource Center.
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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Great product. Paired with ASUS router as AP and directional antenna for rural home setup. Good solid performance over 30 mbs down / 7 up
Great so far,
Loving it, does what we needed and great signal with the internal antennas