What happens when your primary internet connection goes down ? Well, the list is fairly long, but pretty much at the top is a) users get frustrated, and b) the organization can’t function like it should. Depending on the organization, this could be anything from lost productivity to lost revenues. Someone usually has to answer to that….. Do you want that someone to be you ?
LTE (or 4G cellular) has become fairly mainstream as the cellular providers continue to roll out wireless network upgrades. With LTE, we start experiencing some real speeds on the cellular radio frequencies. Real-world 5 Megabits per second is achievable without too much issue. Now while that may not seem like a very fast connection, it sure makes a difference when the primary internet connection goes down.
If you live in a major metropolitan area, then internet connection reliability might not be that much of an issue for you. But if you live in a smaller area, many times even in cities of 100,000+ populations, you might only have 1 or 2 Internet Service Providers to choose from. In my area, there is only 1 provider. Unfortunately, when competition doesn’t exist, often we find ourselves in a position where reliability is not where we expect it to be. It becomes one of those “well, who else are you going to use ?” situations. And while we can yell and scream at the ISP all we want, at the end of the day, we need to find solutions that work for our clients. LTE failover has been that solution. We went to one of the cellular providers and struck an annual deal with them, ‘x’ amount of gigabytes of usage for ‘x’ amount of dollars per year. We’ve since deployed a number of cellular modems as backups to primary cable or DSL services, and have seen an instant improvement in uptime.
Read more about cellular failover here: https://cradlepoint.com/white-paper/4g-failover