Stay connected with or without wires

27 November 2020

Designed for locations where wired connections are absent or limited, a new router from Netgear includes a 4G cellular modem.

It has combined its Orbi Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi system with a 4G LTE Advanced cellular connection.

The Orbi 4G LTE Advanced Wi-Fi Router (LBR20) is said to be the industry’s first tri-band mesh system with LTE-A Cat 18 modem technology.

Additionally, Netgear says the Orbi router can be used with a wired service to provide a fail over to ensure internet connectivity is consistent and uninterrupted.

With 1.2Gbps over 4G LTE Advanced and the high-performance tri-band AC2200 Wi-Fi, the router is said to be able to provide an uninterrupted network connection for small businesses.

Its integrated Cat 18 cellular modem will work with SIMs from all major 4G LTE Advanced cellular networks.  Its high-gain internal antennas offer up to a claimed 2,000 sq. ft. of Wi-Fi coverage and can be extended by pairing with any Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) satellite to create a mesh Wi-Fi system.

Netgear says the router has a patented dedicated wireless backhaul between the router and satellites to provide a robust uninterrupted data connection to extend the reach by an additional 2,000 sq. feet for each satellite added.  With a single Wi-Fi network name (SSID), uninterrupted seamless connectivity is supported while roaming.

It can also be paired with additional satellites such as Orbi Voice or Orbi Outdoor to gain greater coverage and additional features, like smart speakers.