Cradlepoint MBR1000 Mobile Broadband Router

I promised a review of a Cradlepoint product and so here it is.

I recently had the opportunity to set-up a Cradlepoint MBR1000 Mobile Broadband Router for use on a 46′ Nordhavn in Florida.  The owner wanted a wireless network onboard and the ability to print from his laptop from anywhere on the boat.  We used a Verizon Wireless USB720 modem which the owner had already been using for some time for connectivity while offshore.  I ordered the router from one of the third party vendors listed on the site and it arrived with no problem.  After unpacking I followed the simple instructions and in less than a minute the router was pumping out an extremely powerful signal.  I set up everything for the owner out here in the Bay Area and he took it back to his boat where he plugged it back in and was online in a matter of minutes.

The interface is clean and easy to use.  When I called customer support with a configuration question they were courteous and helpful and quickly walked me through the necessary steps.  Some folks may be put off by the price but I don’t think it should deter anyone from buying this product.  While I am only reviewing the MBR1000 I don’t think I would hesitate to purchase any of Cradlepoint’s other products.  The smaller compact units might prove extremely useful in the field.

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