Where can I find a basic CradlePoint router overview?

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.

Basic Overview

  1. The CradlePoint router.  This can be a Series 1,  Series 2 or a Series 3 router.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Wi-Fi connected devices; this is a wireless connection to the LAN of the router.

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