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USB Modems vs. Embedded LTE Modems

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WHITE PAPER LTE About Cradlepoint Cradlepoint is the global leader in cloud-delivered wireless edge solutions for branch, mobile, and IoT networks. The Cradlepoint Elastic Edge™ vision — powered by NetCloud services — provides a blueprint for agile, pervasive, and software-driven wireless WANs that leverage LTE and 5G services to connect people, places, and things everywhere with resiliency, security, and control. More than 27,000 enterprise and government organizations around the world, including 75 percent of the world's top retailers, 50 percent of the Fortune 100, and first responders in 10 of the largest U.S. cities, rely on Cradlepoint to keep critical branches, points of commerce, field forces, vehicles, and IoT devices always connected and protected. Major service providers use Cradlepoint wireless solutions as the foundation for innovative managed network services. Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint is a privately held company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with a development center in Silicon Valley and international offices in the UK and Australia. ©Cradlepoint. All Rights Reserved. Explore more solutions at cradlepoint.com +1.855.813.3385 | cradlepoint.com 8 Advanced Capabilities Cradlepoint's Pathway to 5G The reliability, performance flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of cellular-based broadband have made wireless WAN an essential and trusted part of forward-thinking enterprise networking. Cradlepoint is the industry leader in cloud-delivered 4G LTE solutions for businesses, service providers, and government organizations. That leadership continues as 4G LTE evolves into higher-speed, lower-latency Gigabit-Class LTE, which is one of the cornerstones of the pathway to 5G. The fifth-generation wireless broadband technology, 5G will be 10 to 100 times faster than the current LTE network and will allow for the connection density to support billions of devices. USB Modems: USB modems do not provide the advanced networking services that many organizations now seek — functionality that previously wasn't needed in modem solutions. Retail stores, quick-serve restaurants, and small offices are looking for a cost-effective way to provide Day-1 connectivity at scale — with ample bandwidth but without on-site IT support. They also need their networks to be more intelligent, with options for automated traffic steering between a wide range of WAN links. Additionally, with IoT devices now prevalent in most branches and vehicles, intrusion threats are at an all-time high. Companies need a way to isolate IoT data from sensitive information such as credit card and patient data. In distributed vehicles, on-board Point-of-Sale (POS), location tracking, digital signage, surveillance, and more call for a "branch on wheels" approach. Simply plugging a dongle modem into a laptop no longer meets the increasingly robust needs of fleet and IT managers. Embedded Modems: Embedded modems come with the advanced functionality provided by enterprise-class routing platforms. SD-WAN: In branches, routers with built-in SD-WAN capabilities allow organizations to automate failover and traffic steering between WAN links, including LTE. Dual-modem routers enable in-vehicle SD-WAN, too. SD-Perimeter: For IoT security, some embedded, cloud- managed solutions also provide Software-Defined Perimeter (SD-Perimeter) technology that allows organizations to isolate data from IoT devices on overlay networks that use a private IP space. These networks utilize a private environment over the public Internet. GPS & Telematics: An all-in-one router designed for vehicles is the only way for organizations to meet their modern-day needs, which include connectivity, remote visibility and management, GPS location tracking, AVL integration, and insights into actionable telematics data.

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