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3G router serves both wired and wireless users

Feb 12, 2010, 15:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"NetGear announced a Linux-based 3G mobile router developed in collaboration with Ericsson. The NetGear MBRN3300E 3G Mobile Broadband Router combines an internal 3G radio, an 802.11n WiFi access point, an Ethernet swtich, and four Ethernet ports, sharing 3G bandwidth over WiFi and Ethernet, says the company.

"Like the Novatel Wireless MiFi, the MBRN3300E Mobile Broadband Router is intended for sharing 3G bandwidth among wireless users, but it can also share bandwidth with wired LAN users. The MBRN3300E combines an Ericsson 3G HSPA or EV-DO mobile broadband radio with a NetGear 802.11n access point, a 10/100Mbps Ethernet switch, four Ethernet ports, and a firewall, says NetGear.

"According to NetGear, the MBRN3300E is designed for locations that lack wired infrastructure, or for customers who want a backup alternative for existing broadband networks. The technology is also said to be suitable for Internet access from trains, buses, automobiles, RVs, or boats, says NetGear. In some locations, 3G service is even competitive with other broadband options on both price and bandwidth, the company claims."

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