Industrial Cellular Routers & Gateways with Intelligence Inside

We believe that you shouldn't have to put aside what you're already using to take advantage of today's advanced M2M technology. That's why we build industrial, hardened routers and gateways that simplify bringing legacy M2M networks to the modern M2M and IoT standards.

  • Multiple legacy Interfaces and combinations let you easily hook up what you already have instead of having to buy converters or configure workarounds
  • Network management software and customizable user applications allows your router to do, process things you would not be able to do otherwise.
  • Easy to set up, field tested reliability, with expert support available both in legacy and the latest M2M technologies and approaches

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Answer a few key questions about your connection needs and we will get you an immediate recommendation to a product family:

  • What physical interfaces do you need to connect to and how many of each? (select only those that apply)
  • Ethernet
  • Power over Ethernet
  • RS232
  • RS485/RS422
  • USB
  • I/O
  • SD Card
  • WiFi
  • Cellular

Do you have an application that transfers a lot of data? (optional)

Do you have custom/extensive additional applications you need to run in the router?

Where will you deploy your router(s)?

Here are our recommendations in order of priority

XR5i v2 E Industrial Router

This non-cellular router is best used to secure two local area networks using tunnels IPSec, OpenVPN or L2TP via two Ethernet interfaces 10/100.

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XR5i v2 F Industrial Router

This non-cellular router is best used to secure two local area networks using tunnels IPSec, OpenVPN or L2TP. Use this to connect two devices with differential serial interfaces, or as a converter from serial line RS232, RS485, MBUS alternatively I/O to IP local area network (LAN EHTERNET 100/10). Also can be equipped with WiFi module (XC-WiFi) or WMBUS module (XC-WMBUS).

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SmartStart LTE Router

The SmartStart™ LTE Cat.4 family of cellular routers and gateways are the perfect way to connect RS-232 and Ethernet devices to a cellular network. Industrial M2M and IoT applications include Ethernet lottery machines, ATM stations, kiosk locations, gaming terminals along with RS-232 traffic controllers, meters, UPS systems, PLCs and much more.

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SmartFlex LTE & LAN Router (Spectre V3 LTE – ERT)

The SmartFlex™ cellular router provides secure Internet connectivity for devices and LANs via the cellular networks. It can be used to provide automatic wireless failover for wired networks, wireless connectivity for devices in remote locations where cable connections are impractical, and wireless connectivity for mobile assets.  

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SmartMotion Router

The SmartMotion™ cellular router provides a reliable, secure network, with failover protection for devices and LANs. Two interdependent cellular modules with 2 SIMs slots each to support multiple cellular carriers. Business continuity is never a problem with this advanced fail over architecture and Load Balancing feature which simultaneously receives  Cellular, WiFi and Ethernet data.

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LR77 v2 Libratum LTE Router

This non-modular wireless router features high speed data rates up to 100 Mbps, two Ethernet 10/100 ports and dual-SIM failover capability for mission critical applications.

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UR5i v2 UMTS/HSPA+ Router

Wirelessly connect various equipment and devices via Ethernet interface 10/100 to the Internet or intranet. Due to its high modularity, this router offers options to connect various user devices via Ethernet 10/100, RS232, RS485, RS422, MBUS or I/O.

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UR5i v2 Libratum UMTS/HSPA+ Router

Non-modular wireless router features high speed data rates 14.4 Mbps, two Ethernet 10/100 ports and dual-SIM failover capability for mission critical applications. This router is particularly suited to the demands of the “Transaction Management” industry such as point-of-sale terminals, remote ATMs and vending terminals as well as a huge variety of intelligent remote monitoring and control applications in the Transport, Energy and Security sectors.

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LR77 v2 4G LTE Router

An ideal wireless data transfer device for applications transferring large data loads because of the ultimately fast data transfer speed in LTE network, plus high modularity, offering ability to connect the various user devices via Ethernet 10/100, RS232, RS485, RS422, MBUS or I/O.

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ER75i v2 GPRS/EDGE Router

Wirelessly connect various equipment and devices via Ethernet interface 10/100 to the Internet or intranet. Due to its high modularity, this router offers options to connect various user devices via Ethernet 10/100, RS232, RS485, RS422, MBUS or I/O.

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How to choose the right family of cellular router

When you go to a company that sells industrial routers, the first thing that you have to do is decide which family of industrial routers in right for you.

To help a customer get to the right family of router, there are generally four key questions everyone needs to ask. In this article, we are going to go over each and why.

The first, and most important, question we ask is this:

  1. Which physical interfaces are you trying to connect to and how many of each do you need?
    This is the best filter to start with because often times there will be one of two scenarios:

    1. You have an existing application with existing interfaces that you need to connect and you don’t want to rewire it, or
    2. You are planning an application and therefore you need to find the best one-box solution for your application.

    Say you have purchased a PLC and it can only be connected via RJ45, serial port, DB9, or wi-fi. You will want to make sure the cellular router you choose fits this interface.

    Or, imagine you have a lottery terminal or kiosk and you need to connect to a printer and to a terminal via Ethernet. That would require two Ethernet ports. You don’t want to have to buy a cellular device for both the printer and the terminal.

  1. Do you have an application that transfers a lot of data? (bandwidth)

    Different applications require different amounts of data per transfer, and at different points. Depending on your application, you may not need to pay or support the latest, fastest data speed technology.

    If you have an application related to smartphones, automotive, premium infotainment, telematic broadband, video billboards, and connected cameras, then you will most definitely have much data to transfer, making it necessary to invest in the latest high speed data transfer technology.

    If, however, you are dealing with applications that may not require as much bandwidth like point-of-sale (PoS), metering, wearables, smart city, smart infrastructure, connected retail public services and/or governmental/fire/police, then you may not need to allocate budget for the latest high speed data transfer technology.

    The key is to understand how much data you need to send how often. If you are continuously sending multiple megabits per second, then you may need to consider safeguarding your investment by looking into the latest technology.

  1. Do you need to run special/custom actions on the router?

    This is an option that most may be unaware of but can have a great impact on whether you’re choosing the right cellular router for your application, especially if it involves the need for minor adjustments in the future.

    Most cellular routers aren’t built to do more than just transfer the data you need to its intended destination over a wireless network. There are cellular routers, however, that are built to do more, such as simplify the path from sensor to control center by eliminating additional equipment, or add features that wouldn’t normally be possible without significant time and energy.

    Ultimately, they allow the router to seamlessly adapt to your application without having to invest in additional pieces of hardware.

    The majority of our cellular routers at B+B Smartworx are equipped with the ability to run custom user applications (or apps for short). These routers can run custom applications that can:

    • Enhance the router’s hardware
    • Enhance the router’s software
    • Simulate protocol conversions
    • Enhance/add security functions
    • And more

    If you know that your current project is going to require a lot more than just a cellular router to achieve the intended objective, such as protocol conversion and additional security features, then you should consider investing in a cellular router with a higher CPU and memory, which, apart from the open Linux platform, enables a cellular router to run many different custom user apps simultaneously, be it right away or in the future when another upgrade or adjustment is made.

    To learn more about custom user applications/modules and to see a sample of what’s immediately available, click here.

  1. Where will you deploy your router?

    While this question may seem irrelevant, it is actually an important consideration. You want to ensure that the cellular router you are purchasing is certified to work with the carriers available in the applications geographical region.

    This is often cited as one of the driving reasons to purchase a cellular router in the first place as building your own linux box with a cellular card will still require certification, which requires multiple reviews and high submission fees.

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