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  • Pepwave MAX 6 WAN Multi-WAN Router Possibilities

    Yes this router available here really does support 6 simultaneous WAN connections with true loadbalancing/ failover capability.

    Notice that we stress true since many other routers that use the terms "load-balancing" or "failover" are in fact simply just dual-wan devices without the load-balancing algorithms available in the pepwave Max ... and the pepwave max has the following user-selectable algorithms for loadbalancing can be selected --- see this post for the difference algorithms:

    The Pepwave MAX has the following WAN inputs:

    2 USB Slots -- can connect to 3G/ 4G USB cards allowing for EVDO, HSPA, WiMax connection (or for that matter an Express Card if you use an Express-to-USB converter)
    1 PCMCIA Slot -- for 3G/ 4G PCMCIA cards.
    1 Express Slot -- for 3G/ 4G Express cards.
    1 WiFi 200mW 802.11b/g -- can connect directly to a nearby WiFi AP. (Very nice for RV's & Campers that go to areas with WiFi available).
    1 Ethernet WAN -- anything that has an RJ45 ethernet output can connect here. This includes the output of a Cable/ DSL/ Satellite modem, T1 output, WiMax modem, a Point-to-Point Bridge, a Point-to-Multipoint Bridge. Heck you could even connect this to the output of another 3G router or even another Pepwave MAX.

    We have some interesting applications that have been enabled by this device. We will post some examples soon or contact us if you need information about your wireless project.

  • #2
    Ontario Police Roll Out Mobile 3G Load Balancing Routers from Pepwave

    Ontario Police Roll Out Mobile 3G Load Balancing Routers from Pepwave to Power Emergency Command Fleet

    Pepwave MAX mobile router combines multiple 3G services and provides seamless and secure connectivity for demanding applications on the go

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - September 2, 2009 - Pepwave, an innovator of specialized wireless solutions, today announced the completion of a successful project with their new mobile router, the MAX. The MAX mobile router allows users to connect and combine multiple mobile Internet connections such as 3G, cellular, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE, or Satellite using multiple USB, Cardbus, and Ethernet adapters. The MAX intelligently manages all available connections to maintain seamless and continuous high bandwidth connectivity in mobile environments.

    The Ontario Provincial Police of Canada have deployed the Pepwave MAX in their fleet of mobile command centers. The MAX provides the Ontario Provincial Police the ability to implement a single box solution to manage their mobile 3G and satellite Internet connections. Each command center is always connected and is ready for any emergency situations, regardless of its location and without the need for an on site IT staff.

    Multiple Connections for Faster Speeds and Seamless Coverage
    The Pepwave MAX's on-board interfaces provide for up to six connections. This unique modular approach gives you the freedom to choose exactly which Internet providers and services are the best fit for your application and location. This allows you to add connections on the fly to increase speeds, maintain connectivity, and enhance coverage.

    The MAX also features two on-board Wi-Fi radios, simultaneously providing a local Wi-Fi Access Point and connection to Wi-Fi Hotspot.

    Enables New Applications with Reliable Mobile Internet
    Taking advantage of expanding mobile Internet services is crucial. The Pepwave MAX has been tested by military contractors, yacht owners, and the broadcasting industry. No other router provides the level of flexibility and security that the MAX can.

    "The Pepwave MAX will tremendously improve the way people use Internet on the go," said Alex Chan, President at Pepwave. "Our customers can deploy this appliance for ad-hoc remote Internet access, to replace a typical Internet connection, and to deliver digital content anywhere."

    About the Pepwave MAX
    The Pepwave MAX enables new mobile solutions with unique features:
    • Industry only mobile load balancing router with USB, Cardbus, Ethernet and Wi-Fi interfaces
    • Bandwidth Allowance Monitor to prevent cellular or satellite overage charges
    • Sub-Second Site-to-Site VPN failover with 256-bit AES encryption
    • Wi-Fi Roaming Algorithms for automatic connection to hotspots

    The Pepwave MAX is available through our e-store here. Please contact us to discuss your application. Here is an example drawing of the Pepwave max in a mobile application with 4 cellular connections, 1 satellite BGAN connection and 1 802.11b/g WiFi Bridging Learn More >>


    • #3
      Pepwave MAX Video Tutorial

      Here is an overview video of the Pepwave MAX. Post any specific questions you have on this product to this forum and we will try our best to get to each question.

      Last edited by thuor; 11-10-2009, 01:05 PM.


      • #4
        What about the upload speed?

        Can this device combine multiple connections to increase the upload speed? Or is this only for downloading...


        • #5
          What about the upload speed?

          Can this device combine multiple connections to increase the upload speed?
          Or is this only for downloading...


          • #6
            Upload speed through Pepwave MAX

            Yes this is bidirectional. It has both inbound and outbound policies so you can use it to increase the upload bandwidth. But it's very important to understand what this device can and cant do (and indeed any loadbalancer).

            For example if you are the only user on the LAN and you are uploading a file and you don't have any additional client software to split up the upload stream into different streams then you will not see any benefit from using this. Now if you have 2 users then rather than sharing the measly 500kbps or so available for 3G then the 2nd user can upload using a different WAN and now you both have a 500kbps channel whereas before you might have had around 250kbps each. This is tantamount to an increase in speed but realize that you can never really increase the bandwidth of a single WAN since this is constrained.

            Now if you have a large upload stream and you have software to split this up into multiple streams and you upload them using different WANs then this would take a shorter time to upload so it would be as if your speed improved but in reality each WAN is at the same max upload speed.

            Hope this makes sense.


            • #7
              Here is an additional knowledgebase article on this topic: