OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE:S) has certified CradlePoint's MBR1200 Failsafe Gigabit N Router and CBA750 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Adapter for use with the Sprint 3G and 4G Mobile Broadband networks.
CradlePoint MBR1200 Failsafe Gigabit N Router and CBA750 Mobile Broadband Adapter are cost-effective answers for the Internet downtime caused by wireline outage issues that have plagued businesses. They extend corporate security policies, failover technology and 3G/4G access for virtually anytime Internet connectivity to small, remote and temporary offices at a fraction of the cost of most current solutions.
"When wireline access goes down and companies lose their connectivity, business doesn't get done -- that means no email, no research, no orders processed and no credit card approvals," said Fared Adib, vice president -- Product Development, Sprint. "With these two solutions from CradlePoint, Sprint customers can use our 3G and 4G networks to ensure business continuity and access to the Internet and other corporate resources when it matters most. As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint can play a vital role for our business customers using these two devices." Both routers are available today through Sprint Business sales, telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and online at www.sprint.com/routers. MBR1200 is priced at $349.99 and CBA750 is priced at $299.99. A Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem, PC ExpressCard modem or Connection Card with active subscription is required for use with both MBR1200 and CBA750.
Combining Sprint 3G or 4G mobile broadband service with CradlePoint's MBR1200 lets businesses connect to the Internet in a matter of minutes. With MBR1200, businesses are no longer at the mercy of wireline installation waiting periods, service area limitations or the downtime of legacy wired networks. Small branch or remote offices can enjoy the power and security of a business-class router and convenience of wireless connection to the Internet, without on-site IT management.
MBR1200 is an ideal Internet connectivity solution for business, whether in need of a dedicated connection in a small or home office, or merely as a backup to the current Internet service. A robust Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) router with Sprint 3G and 4G service, MBR1200 offers backup connectivity and will automatically switch to a secondary wired or unwired connection when the primary service is interrupted. It will return to the primary connection once service is restored.
The rich set of features for MBR1200 includes: -- 3G and 4G compatibility with five mobile broadband connection ports (three USB, one ExpressCard and one Connection Card) -- Five 10/100/1000 (one WAN and four LAN) Ethernet ports -- Failover/failback for easy redundant Internet connections with or without wired Internet service -- Wi-Fi Security: 64/128-bit WEP (11b/g), WPA, WPA2, and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK supported -- Enterprise-level security, including VPN endpoint -- Supports up to 64 Wi-Fi clients on both 3G and 4G networks (network speeds per user are reduced as more Wi-Fi clients are connected) -- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) with internal antennas (300+ yard range) and external antenna ports for optional antennas (to provide additional distance and performance) CBA750 is powered by WiPipe(TM) technology, and working together with Sprint's 3G and 4G networks, gives businesses a primary connection for applications such as Point of Sales (POS) or redundant connection to backup wired line services.
As a high-performance adapter, CradlePoint's CBA750 provides IP Pass-Through capabilities for devices that require wireless broadband access. Quickly installed, CBA750 handles the connection without configuration and provides enhanced network connectivity with support for USB and PC ExpressCard modems running on the Sprint 3G and 4G networks.
"CBA750 is easy to set up and requires no additional change in hardware configuration, which makes it an ideal solution for the office that doesn't have much IT support to securely and reliably connect to the Internet at broadband speeds," said Jack Alton, vice president of Sales for CradlePoint. "Many customers will also be able to use CBA750 as either a primary or redundant connection to their POS system." As a flexible connectivity solution, CBA750 converts Ethernet to mobile broadband and mobile broadband to Ethernet, making it easy to quickly drop mobile broadband into any Ethernet connection, and provide wireless broadband access to a host computer or server on a local area network. As a dual-mode adapter, the device can be run on both 3G and 4G networks via USB and ExpressCard WAN ports.
When used as part of a failover solution, CBA750 provides a wireless 3G/4G connection as backup connectivity when primary service is interrupted.
CBA750 also provides the benefit of "Antenna Remoting" through the combination of an "always-on" signal strength meter and its Power-over-Ethernet (POE) feature. The "always-on" signal strength meter determines the best mobile broadband reception for optimum placement and customer satisfaction. This flexibility, along with the Power-over-Ethernet feature, lets the user take advantage of existing CAT5 cabling within a building to bring the Internet connection to the equipment room.
Today, Sprint 4G covers nearly 41 million people in 32 markets nationwide and expects to have up to 120 million people covered by the end of 2010. Later this year, Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
View 4G coverage for all Sprint 4G markets at www.sprint.com/4G.
The 3G Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 269 million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports. The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) has twice the coverage of AT&T's current 3G network and 14 times the coverage of T-Mobile's current 3G network, both based on square miles(1).
According to Sprint performance data, Sprint Mobile Broadband connections are successfully connected and maintained better than 99 out of 100 times. According to a recent independent network test conducted by PC World, no one has a more reliable network than Sprint based on a recent 13 city 3G performance test(2).
About Sprint Nextel Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and the first and only wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone.
With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
ABOUT CRADLEPOINT TECHNOLOGY CradlePoint engineers and manufactures wireless 3G/4G broadband routers and software platforms that facilitate secure Internet access via the 3G and 4G wireless broadband networks. CradlePoint is a privately held company with headquarters in Boise, Idaho. Learn more about CradlePoint products at www.cradlepoint.com.
(1)Coverage comparison based on publicly available information as of 04/01/09 inclusive of Sprint roaming partners. Based on square miles.
(2)PC World's test included Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in 13 major cities in all regions of the country during December 2009 and January 2010. In all, roughly 9,000 individual tests of Sprint's 3G service were conducted from 280 testing locations in 13 cities. Testing sessions were one minute in duration per location, and network performance can be highly variable from neighborhood to neighborhood. In laptop-based tests, Sprint tied with another carrier for first in 3G network reliability.
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