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4G Hotspot for 24/7 use.

25,560 October 17, 2017 at 08:49 AM
Does anyone know of a 4G hotspot that is meant for 24/7 use? Preferably one that works on Verizon. I've tried the Jetpacks, and they cycle down randomly, sometimes after a couple weeks, sometimes just a day or two. Some say theirs don't, but mine do, and the phone forums indicate it's a common issue. Verizon says they are not meant for constant usage. Anyone have a suggestion?

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You need something like a cradlepoint router. Some models have usb ports or express card slots for cellular modems. Netgear also makes a few that work on AT&T and t-mobile.
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I used Millenicom on Verizon a while for home Internet (before the regional cell carrier got a better plan, and Millenicom was forced to stop doing what they were doing). The jetpack they provided also didn't like being left on all the time, I just turned it on and off as used. Verizon and US Cellular are the only national carriers in my area (unless roaming).

Verizon has these https://www.verizonwireless.com/h...ome-phone/ , althought it says they don't work on the current "unlimited" plan. They used to before the last plan update, a few people in the area got them for home internet. I have a Huawei type that works this way for my regional carrier (they are 1900MHz HSPA+ GSM).

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You need something like a cradlepoint router. Some models have usb ports or express card slots for cellular modems.
Cradlepoint routers are good for that. I initially used wifi as WAN with an MBR95 and the jetpack, but that got annoying so I got a couple 4G sticks (one as a spare) from ebay (about $14 each I think?). The stick was on 24x7 without issue, and they had antenna ports for the roof antenna that I used before I got my booster. Also, the routers can be set to reset the stick if it detects Internet issues. And automatically connect to other sources when turned on or in range (like turn your phone hotspot on, router connects automatically and switches to that).
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You need something like a cradlepoint router. Some models have usb ports or express card slots for cellular modems. Netgear also makes a few that work on AT&T and t-mobile.
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I used Millenicom on Verizon a while for home Internet (before the regional cell carrier got a better plan, and Millenicom was forced to stop doing what they were doing). The jetpack they provided also didn't like being left on all the time, I just turned it on and off as used. Verizon and US Cellular are the only national carriers in my area (unless roaming).

Verizon has these https://www.verizonwireless.com/h...ome-phone/ , althought it says they don't work on the current "unlimited" plan. They used to before the last plan update, a few people in the area got them for home internet. I have a Huawei type that works this way for my regional carrier (they are 1900MHz HSPA+ GSM).



Cradlepoint routers are good for that. I initially used wifi as WAN with an MBR95 and the jetpack, but that got annoying so I got a couple 4G sticks (one as a spare) from ebay (about $14 each I think?). The stick was on 24x7 without issue, and they had antenna ports for the roof antenna that I used before I got my booster. Also, the routers can be set to reset the stick if it detects Internet issues. And automatically connect to other sources when turned on or in range (like turn your phone hotspot on, router connects automatically and switches to that).
Thanks, I was hoping there was a standalone hotspot that would do it, but I'll go back and look at the cradlepoints and try and figure out one that will work.

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I ended up going with a Novatel T1114V LTE router. It's designed for constant use, so far so good. It doesn't have it's own battery for the 4G part, but it's a low power usage, so I've got it on a UPS. Researching better UPS options for it. .
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I ended up going with a Novatel T1114V LTE router. It's designed for constant use, so far so good. It doesn't have it's own battery for the 4G part, but it's a low power usage, so I've got it on a UPS. Researching better UPS options for it. .
From things I just read it sounds like some people have had issues getting that device activated and vzw requiring a more expensive plan to use it. Looks like it has the option for built in battery backup. You just need to buy the right battery and install it. No guarantees, but this may be the right battery: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Replacem...1325582351

Give the manual a read: http://www.novatelwireless.com/fi...14_VZW.pdf
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From things I just read it sounds like some people have had issues getting that device activated and vzw requiring a more expensive plan to use it. Looks like it has the option for built in battery backup. You just need to buy the right battery and install it. No guarantees, but this may be the right battery: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Replacem...1325582351

Give the manual a read: http://www.novatelwireless.com/fi...14_VZW.pdf
I saw that before I bought it. Apparently some people were able to get it to work on their unlimited plan for a while. I don't need it to do that, as it won't be using much data. It just shares my Verizon plan data.

It came with the battery. The battery works for the phone part only, not for the data, unfortunately. I'm looking into some of the lithium battery UPS's for low watt devices now.

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