This article is intended to provide a basic overview regarding WAN inputs and connected Wi-Fi and LAN devices on a CradlePoint router.
The numbered descriptions below correspond to the numbered sections in the illustration.
- The CradlePoint router. This can be a Series 1, Series 2 or a Series 3 router.
- Cellular modem (aircard) provided by your cellular carrier such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc. which provides access to the internet through the carriers cellular network. This is known as a WAN (Wide Area Network) connection.
- Cable, DSL, or other modem or networking device that provides a connection to the internet via the ISP (Internet Service Provider) using Ethernet. This is known as a WAN (Wide Area Network) connection.
- Wi-Fi as WAN (Series 3 routers only) connection to the internet through an existing Wi-Fi network. This is known as a WAN (Wide Area Network) connection.
- LAN (Local Area Network) devices connected via Ethernet to the router. These devices, such as a computer, connect to only a yellow or orange port on the back of the router. Note, some routers such as the CTR350, CTR500, CTR35, and CBR400 provide a single configurable LAN/WAN port. The CBA250, CBA750 and CBR450 Ethernet port only allow a LAN connection.
- Wi-Fi connected devices; this is a wireless connection to the LAN of the router.