In times like these, the thought of a broadband outage is enough to make you shiver. Here's a look at the Tenda 4G LTE broadband router that could save your health.
4G to WiFi
The 4G680V2.0 N300 is a router with VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and, according to Tenda, will "support over 300 mobile networks in over 135 countries".
It's all you need in a single box to receive 3G or 4G LTE cellular broadband and turn it into a WiFi network that lets you share an internet connection with up to 32 of your devices.
The 2.4 GHz 802.11 b / g / n WLAN he created can transmit data at speeds of up to 300 Mbit / s downwards and up to 50 Mbit / s upwards, provided that this is from your local mobile network is supported.
It is not only a backup for upgrading your street or other outage, but also for a temporary office, vacation homes, or country houses with garbage broadband. I even read about people who also use it as a WiFi hotspot in their car.
The box contains the 4G680V2.0 unit, a quick installation guide and two antennas
the 12V / 1A power supply, the Ethernet cable and an RJ11 telephone cable.
Within a minute or two, the device was up and I was able to connect to its WiFi network and access the internet.
Our installation has actually met the announced "zero configuration". I simply took it out of the packaging, inserted one of these three data simulations (enabled for each network) into the bottom of the device and switched it on.
You can use the mobile app to set a maximum monthly data usage limit that automatically disconnects from the mobile network to avoid overloading.
Two hidden internal antennas manage the WLAN, while the two external ones are for 3G / 4G. Because the device has removable cellular antennas (SMA connectors), you can swap it for a high gain antenna like this or even an external antenna like this to really maximize your signal strength.
As long as your SIM card supports this (not just data), you can also make calls at the same time by connecting a normal handset to the RJ11 telephone connection on the back. You can make calls and use the WiFi data network at the same time.
You can manage the router using a browser (standard 192.168.0.1 admin: admin) or Telnet. It may (or may not) provide DHCP, although it should be noted that the router does not allow port forwarding of any kind.
Instead, you can connect your hard-wired broadband via the WAN connection by using the device as for WLAN and moving the cellular function to become a failover protection option.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
This device was excellent in our tests. It worked immediately without configuration and built a reliable WiFi network from the 4G mobile network. I drop half a star because I don't have port forwarding features, but overall highly recommended.
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Last update on June 4th, 2020 / Affiliate links / Images from the Amazon Product Advertising API