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IBR1100 4G Wi-Fi Vehicle Router (Dual SIM, up to 128 clients)

Overview

The IBR1100 is a rugged 4G / LTE vehicle router which creates a Wi-Fi hotspot supporting up to 128 Wi-Fi devices such as tablets, laptops and mobile phones. The IBR1100 features dual-SIM functionality for network failover and built-in technology to maintain a persistent and reliable data connection wherever possible. Large deployments of IBR1100 devices are easily managed by the ECM cloud-based remote management solution.

The IBR1100 router is the hardware basis of our Bus & Coach Managed Wi-Fi Hotspot Service.

Key Features

  • Internal 4G (LTE) modem with dual SIM card support and fall-back to 3G
  • Dual-band dual-concurrent 2.4/5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi captive portal - ideal for bus and coach operators wishing to monetise the system or increase engagement with their customers
  • Cloud-management facility for zero-touch deployment and intelligent management
  • Designed for vehicles (rugged design, ignition sensing, E-mark certified, etc.) – more details below
  • Built-in GPS
  • Antenna connectors for external cellular (x2), Wi-Fi (x2) and GPS (x1) antennas (available separately) for greatly enhanced performance compared to devices with built-in antenna systems
  • Three 10/100 Ethernet ports to provide connectivity to other devices

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Specifications
WAN
  • 4G (LTE) with fall-back to HSPA+/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM
  • Supports dual 4G modems via optional dual modem dock
  • Supports frequency bands 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz (LTE) and 850/900/1900/2100 MHz (3G)
  • Up to 100 Mbps theoretical download speed on LTE, 21.1 Mbps on HSPA+
  • Up to 50 Mbps theoretical download speed on LTE, 5.76 Mbps on HSPA+
  • 2 x external cellular antenna connectors (SMA Female)
  • Dual secured SIM card slots
  • Wi-Fi as WAN
  • Load Balancing
  • Advanced Modem Failure Check
  • WAN Port Speed Control
  • WAN/LAN Affinity
  • IP Passthrough
LAN
  • 3 x LAN 10/100 Ethernet ports (all ports independently switchable between LAN/WAN)
  • DHCP Server, Client, Relay
  • DNS and DNS Proxy
  • DynDNS
  • UPnP
  • DMZ
  • Multicast/Multicast Proxy
  • QoS (DSCP and Priority Queuing)
  • MAC Address Filtering
  • Serial console support for out-of-band management of a connected device
  • VLAN 802.1Q
Wi-Fi
  • Dual-band 2.4/5 GHz dual-concurrent
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 2 (MIMO) x external antenna connectors (RP SMA Female)
  • Up to 128 connected clients (64 on 2.4 GHz band, 64 on 5 GHz band)
  • WPA2 Enterprise
  • Hotspot with optional captive portal
  • SSID-based priority
  • Up to 8 unique SSIDs (4 on 2.4 GHz band, 4 on 5 GHz band)
GPS
  • Built-in GPS module
  • GPS Protocols: TAIP & NMEA 0183 V3.0
  • Support for active external GPS antennas (1 x SMA Female connector)
Management
  • Enterprise Cloud Manager (requires subscription)
  • Web UI, API, CLI
  • Data Usage Alerts (router and per client)
  • Advanced Troubleshooting (support)
  • Device Alerts
  • SNMP
  • SMS control
  • Serial Redirector
VPN & Routing
  • IPsec Tunnel – up to 5 concurrent sessions
  • L2TP**
  • GRE Tunnel
  • OSPF/BGP/RIP**
  • Per-Interface Routing
  • Routing Rules
  • NAT-less Routing
  • Virtual Server/Port Forwarding
  • NEMO/DMNR**
  • IPv6
  • VRRP**
  • STP**
  • NHRP**

**requires extended subscription

Security
  • RADIUS and TACACS+
  • 802.1x authentication for Ethernet
  • Zscaler integration**
  • Certificate support
  • ALGs
  • MAC Address Filtering
  • Advanced Security Mode (local user management only)
  • Per-Client Web Filtering
  • IP Filtering
  • Content Filtering (basic)
  • Website Filtering
  • Designed for PCI compliant network architecture
Cloud Optimized IP Communications
  • Automated WAN Failover/Failback support
  • WAN Affinity and QoS allow prioritization of VoIP services
  • Advanced VPN connectivity options to HQ
  • SIP ALG and NAT to allow VoIP and UC communications to traverse firewall
  • MAC Address Filtering
  • 802.1p/q for LAN QoS segmentation and treatment of VoIP on LAN
  • Private Network support (wired and 4G WAN)
  • Cloud-based management (requires subscription to Enterprise Cloud Manager)
Ports
  • 4-pin power connector comprising:
    • +12V input
    • Ground
    • Ignition sensing line (also configurable as general purpose input)
    • General purpose output
  • 3 x 10/100 Ethernet LAN/WAN ports
  • 1 x USB2.0 Type A Female port
  • 2 x SMA female connectors for cellular antennas
  • 2 x RP-SMA female connectors for Wi-Fi antennas (2 x J-IWS antennas supplied for internal use)
  • 1 x SMA male connector for active GPS antenna
  • 1 x RS-232 port
  • LED status indicators for:
    • Power
    • 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi activity
    • 5 GHz Wi-Fi activity
    • USB
    • Cellular activity
    • Cellular signal status
SIM
  • Compatible with full-size SIM cards (2FF / "Mini")
  • Dual internal SIM card slots (accessible via a hatch on the underside of the unit, requires screwdriver)
Environmental
  • -30 to +70 degrees C operating temperature
  • -40 to +85 degrees C storage temperature
  • Built-in temperature sensor with optional alerts and automatic shutoff
  • 5% to 95% operating and storage humidity (non-condensing)
  • Shock/Vibration/Humidity: compliant with MIL STD 810G and SAEJ1455
  • Ingress Protection: compliant with IP64 (includes protection from dust and splashing water)
Power
  • 9-36 V DC input
  • Reverse polarity and transient voltage protection
  • Ignition sensing with optional time delayed shut-down
  • Power consumption:
    • Idle: 4.8W typical, 9.6W max
    • Transmitting/receiving: 7.8W typical, 15.6W max
Dimensions & Weight
  • 143 x 112 x 35 mm
  • 457 g
Certifications
  • FCC, CE, IC
  • WiFi Alliance – 802.11a/b/g/n certified, 802.11ac supported
  • Safety: UL/CUL, CB Scheme, EN60950-1
  • Hazardous Locations: Class I, Div. 2 (pending)
  • Materials: WEEE, RoHS, RoHS-2, California Prop 65
  • Vehicle: E-Mark, compliant with ISO 7637-2
  • Telecom: PTCRB/CTIA, GCF-CC
Captive Portal Features

The IBR1100 router supports the following hotspot / captive portal features as standard:

  • Require users to accept terms & conditions before being granted access to the internet (terms & conditions can either be stored in the router itself, or hosted on an external webpage)
  • Redirect users to a splash page of your choice after they accept the terms & conditions (or when they first connect, if no terms & conditions are used)
  • Limit the bandwidth of each Wi-Fi client (i.e. the "speed" of each user's internet connection)
  • Limit the duration that each Wi-Fi client can connect for (although after the limit expires users can just simply re-connect)
  • Setup "white-listed" sites (e.g. your own) that users can view without having to accept terms & conditions
  • Allow approved on-board devices (e.g. ticketing systems, CCTV systems, vehicle PCs, etc.) to bypass the captive portal - either by specifying the MAC address of each allowed device, or by setting up a completely separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for such devices.

For a range of more advanced hotspot features, including limiting the amount of data (not just the bandwidth) downloaded by each Wi-Fi client and capturing user contact details please see our Enhanced Hotspot Service.

Perfect for Bus, Coach & Taxi Applications

A number of features make the IBR1100 particularly suited to bus, coach and other public transport vehicle applications, where operators wish to customise the user experience and ensure that a large number of Wi-Fi devices all obtain high quality connectivity.

Captive Portal

The first - as detailed above - is the facility to hold devices connecting to the network in a captive portal before granting access to the wider internet. A wide range of release events are supported*, from simply requiring the user to accept terms and conditions through to requiring payment for internet access - either as soon as the device connects or when an initial free trial period expires (defined by time or traffic).

Apply Bandwidth & Traffic Restrictions 

Another feature designed for bus & coach operators is the ability to set a fixed bandwidth limit per Wi-Fi device, preventing a small number of users from saturating the cellular connection and adversely affecting the user experience for everyone else.  Other restrictions such as limiting the absolute amount of data downloaded by each client can also be achieved*.

Multiple cellular WAN connections

Additional cellular backhaul connections can be added in one of two ways, taking advantage of the IBR1100's load balancing capabilities:

  • A dual modem dock is available for the IBR1100 which adds a secondary cellular modem.  This provides a dual-modem solution, each one of which supports up to 2 SIM cards.   
  • Up to 3 extra IBR1100 devices can be connected to the primary IBR1100 via its network ports in order to increase the overall cellular backhaul capacity to up to four concurrent 4G connections in total (each dual-SIM).  If every IBR1100 also includes a dual modem dock then the total number of cellular WAN connections is increased to 8.  

Connect other on-board devices

As well as providing Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities to passengers' Wi-Fi devices, the IBR1100 can also provide reliable internet connectivity to on-board devices such as CCTV systems, ticketing / point-of-sale machines and digital signage equipment.  Such equipment can either connect to a separate Wi-Fi network which is completely isolated from the passenger Wi-Fi network (and not subject to bandwidth restrictions, T's & C's acceptance, etc.) or by cable to one of the IBR1100's 3 Ethernet ports.  

For added flexibility the IBR1100 supports Wi-Fi as WAN – obtaining connectivity from an external Wi-Fi network rather than its built-in cellular modem (e.g. for uploading large amounts of CCTV footage when a vehicle returns to its depot at night).

*Some features are only available as part of our Enhanced Hotspot Service, which is a paid-for subscription service.  Please see our Bus & Coach Managed Wi-Fi Hotspot page for more information.

Designed for Vehicles

The IBR1100 is designed specifically for the vehicle environment, and has the following features as standard:

  • Rugged design – protected against shock, vibration, humidity, dust and splashes (MIL-STD-810G, SAEJ1455 and IP64 compliant)
  • Ignition sensing - the IBR1100 turns on automatically with the vehicle ignition
  • Configurable shut-down delays – after the ignition is turned off the IBR1100 continues operating for a specified amount of time (configured in the router's control panel or via remote management). This prevents the router from powering down when the vehicle is not being used for short periods of time, e.g. at pick-ups and drop-offs.
  • Support for dual external cellular antennas (MIMO) for maximum performance
  • Wide input voltage range of 9-36V with reverse polarity and transient voltage protection
  • Wide operating temperature range of -30 to +70 degrees C
  • E-mark certified – fully approved for permanent in-vehicle use
  • Integrated mounting holes for easy installation, plus a compact physical footprint

For further information about the differences between a purpose-built rugged vehicle router like the IBR1100 and consumer-grade devices like cheap personal Wi-Fi hotspots (e.g. "MiFi" routers), USB dongles, or using a mobile phone or tablet’s built-in 3G or 4G modem, read this comparison.

Enterprise Cloud Manager (ECM)

ECM allows remote configuration and troubleshooting of your router estate.

ECM is a cloud management service for the IBR1100 router.  It enables remote monitoring, configuration and troubleshooting of your routers "over the air".  ECM is an invaluable tool for ongoing management of your router estate, and drastically reduces the frequency of on-site visits required in the event of problems or configuration changes needing to be made.  A range of alerts can be configured, notifying you of situations including connectivity issues and excessive data usage. 

Pricing

ECM is a paid-for service requiring a small annual subscription charge per router.  An enhanced version of ECM - ECM Prime - is also available, which adds location reporting and enterprise-grade routing features.  Please contact us for details.

Case Studies

We have provided routers to numerous organisations, including Volvo Construction Equipment, Jaguar Land Rover / Team Sky, Bradford Swissport & Scottish Government.  

Please see our case studies page for more information, including quotes from the above organisations.



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