GEM420 4G Router Overview
This new embedded 4G router provides a reliable multi-functional 4G connectivity solution and is ideal for providing 4G Internet for the following applications :-
- Digital Signage / Remote Media
- Construction / Site Offices
- Energy (Wind / Solar) Management and Monitoring
- In-Vehicle (Emergency Response / ANPR)
- Banking / ATM
- Rural Broadband / Home
- Retail / POS / Pop-Up Shops
- Marine / On Board 4G / WiFi
- Building Management
The GEM420 4G Router is an industrial grade M2M 4G Router and that means it is designed to be installed in remote locations for remote management and monitoring and that means it has to be reliable and stay connected to the 4G network.
This connectivity reliability is required because 3G and 4G Internet services are not an always on service but are an always available service - this means that when a base station reaches capacity and a new user wants a connection the mobile network will disconnect other devices. So, if you were using a standard 3G/4G router it might mean that you might notice once a week or several times a month your connection has been dropped and you would think nothing of turning your router off and on and then it would reconnect and happily work again for another few weeks. However, if your router is hundreds of miles away this is more of a problem and that is why M2M 4G routers have built-in keep alive functions to ensure that the router stays connected and when it is disconnected by the mobile network then the router can recognise this and automatically reboot itself to reconnect to the 4G service.
The GEM420 4G Router, like most other M2M routers achieves this keep-alive function by using a ping reboot feature (also known as Cell ICMP check) and the router will ping an IP address on the internet every few minutes and if it does not get a response will know that it has been disconnected by the mobile network and will reboot and re-establish the 4G connection saving expensive and time consuming trips to site to reboot equipment.
As an additional back-up the GEM420 also features an SMS reboot service so you can send it an SMS message and tell the router to reboot - you can also use this SMS service to turn the 4G modem off or on - so if you only need the 4G connection occasionally you can turn it off until you need it and when you are ready to connect to the router, maybe to upload new content for remote media then you can send an SMS message, turn on the 4G connection, upload your content and then send another SMS message to turn off the 4G connection.
This connectivity reliability makes the GEM420 the ideal choice for all applications that need a reliable and robust 3G/4G connection and when we look at some of the other features then the Proroute GEM420 4G Router becomes even more appealing.
The Proroute GEM420 has an embedded 4G module so you just need to insert your 4G SIM Card directly into the router. The router then uses external antennas with SMA connectors which means that the supplied antennas can be replaced with different antennas to suit the installation - maybe external 4G antennas or roof or panel mount antennas.
The GEM420 can also be used as a 3G router if required and will automatically failover to 3G network if 4G is unavailable,
- LTE Bands : B3 (1800Mhz), B7 (2600Mhz), B8 (900Mhz), B20 (800Mhz)
- WCDMA Bands : B1 (2100Mhz), B8 (900Mhz)
- GPRS/EDGE : 850/900/1800/1900Mhz
To further enhance the M2M reliability the GEM420 has a second SIM Card slot so that you can insert another SIM card - usually this would be a different mobile network to the primary SIM. In the event that the primary network becomes unavailable then the router will switch to the second SIM card and use the alternative service provider.
Built-in firewall with SPI, CSM and IPS prevent hacker attacking and enhance network efficiency.
4 x 10/100 RJ45 Ethernet Ports initiallay configured as 4 x LAN but LAN 1 can be changed to WAN
Wireless / WiFi
802.11n (300mbps) WiFi with MiMo antennas for high speed wireless connectivity and multiple (8) SSIDs for privileged group users.
The first Ethernet port can be configured as a WAN port and connected to a secondary internet service (ADSL / Satellite) and the router can provide a 4G failover and can also be used in load balancing mode to use bothe the WAN internet connection and 4G simultaneously.
The Proroute GEM420 also features a USB slot for the connection of a 3G or 4G USB modem this extra connection is ideal as a secondary 3G/4G failover and can also be used in the load balancing mode at the same time as the embedded 4G module.
The Proroute GEM420 acts as a 4G Load Balancing Router so can utilise the embedded 4G module, the USB modem and the WAN connection all at the same time and share these WAN connections with the LAN users.
IPsec, PPTP and L2TP VPN support up to 32 concurrent tunnels with max 100M throughput (IPsec).
Dual Power Inputs / Power Failover
The Proroute GEM420 4G Router supports wide voltage range of 9V to 48V DC and has two power inputs so if the primary power fails then the router will automatically use the second power supply without router downtime. The industrial connectors are ideal for easy installation in different applications and the router is supplied with a UK mains power adapter.
IPV4 / IPv6
Full protocol stack for both IPv4 and IPv6, allowing up to 128 concurrent users and 50,000 concurrent sessions.
High Availability for mission critical application with muti-WAN load balance and VPN tunnel failover, also VRRP for Device Redundancy.
Remote reboot, router status and module on/off control via SMS messaging from authorised numbers
you can read SMS messages and compose and send messages from within the router management interface.
Secure remote management password protected and can also be locked down to access from single IP or IP range also supports TELNET and SNMP
Mounting / Installation Options
The router is supplied with DIN Rail Kit as well as flange mount kit so it can be desk, wall or DIN Rail mounted.
Quality industrial grade casing provides robust 4G router for installation in many different environments and operating temperature of -20 Celcius to +60 Celcius.
In summary - the GEM420 seems to have everything you need - reliability, security, high speed connectivity and multiple LAN and WAN features to ensure that it can be integrated into your M2M application or office environment with ease and confidence.
GEM420 4G Router Additional Information
View the Proroute GEM420 4G Router web interface and features overview in the video below
The Proroute GEM420 has a built-in embedded 4G module so you just need to insert your SIM card.
The Proroute GEM420 has a built-in / embedded 4G module so you just need to insert your SIM card. The GEM420 also supports the connection of an additional 3G/4G USB modem which the router can use at the same time as the embedded 4G module and provide basic 3G / 4G load balancing function if required.
3G / 4G USB Modems Supported By GEM420
Huawei E397 TD-LTE
Novatel E371 FD-LTE
Novatel U679 FD-LTE
Sierra Wireless 330U FD-LTE
Sierra Wireless AirCard 312U BP FD-LTE
ZTE MF823 FD-LTE
Alcatel AL2100 HSPA
BSNL UE100 HSPA
Huawei E3131 HSPA+ 21M
Huawei E353TU HSPA+ 21M
Huawei E372U HSPA+ 42M
Huawei K4305 HSPA
Huawei K4511 HSPA+ 21M
Option GI0335 HSPA
Sierra Wireless AC312U HSPA+ 21M
ZTE MF190 HSPA+ 21M
ZTE MF628 HSPA
ZTE MF668A HSPA+ 21M
ZTE MF669 HSPA
ZTE MF70 HSPA+ 21M
ZTE MF825A HSPA
AIKO 81D WCDMA
AIKO 82D WCDMA
Huawei E1691 WCDMA
Huawei EC180 WCDMA
Huawei EC261 WCDMA
Huawei K3772 WCDMA
Option ICON 452 WCDMA
Sierra Wireless USB301 HSUPA
Vodafone K3772 HSUPA
GEM420 4G Router Support Videos
Here are some common support questions answerd with a video showing you exactly how to configure the router or fix a problem.
GEM420 GET CONNECTED GUIDE
This short video will run through setting up your router APN settings and your network management (Ping Reboot) and makes some suggestions as to why your router does not connect such as incorrect network monitoring settings or SIM / APN settings.
HOW DO I ENABLE REMOTE ADMINISTRATION FOR MY GEM420 4G ROUTER?
For security reasons the default setting of the proroute GEM420 4G Router is to enable Ping from the WAN but to disable remote administraton. The following video shows how to configure the router to enable remote admin and also how to restrict remote management.
HOW TO CONFIGURE THE SIM FAILOVER
This video explains how you can configure the GEM420 4G router to fail over to a second network SIM card in the event that the primary network connection becomes unavailable. This SIM failover feature provides extra resilience, especially useful for M2M applications where the router is located at a remote installation. This video also shows how to manually select whether to use SIM A or SIM B so you can manually choose which network to use.
WILL THE PROROUTE GEM420 4G ROUTER WORK WITH A 3G SIM / 3G NETWORK?
YES - the GEM420 4G Router will quite happily work with a 3G SIM card and use a 3G network to provide reliable 3G M2M connectivity. You can see in the video below a demostration of the GEM420 using a 3G Vodafone SIM and also a 3G Speed Test using the 3G network.
WHERE CAN I SEE THE SIGNAL STRENGTH OF MY 3G/4G CONNECTION?
The GEM420 4G Router shows the RSSI signal strength in the 3G/4G modem status page - you can see an example in the following video.
HOW DO I CONFIGURE MY GEM420 4G ROUTER TO WORK IN 4G FAILOVER MODE?
In the following video we show you the configuration example where the GEM420 router uses the Ethernet WAN Interface as the primary internet connection and fails over to the embedded 4G module when this WAN connection is lost. In this example we have set the GEM420 to use seamless failover which means that the 3G/4G module is connected in readyness so that it can provide internet connection straight away in the event that the WAN Ethernet internet connection is lost. The GEM420 can also be set to failover from 4G to the WAN Ethernet Internet connection and this is also explained in the video.
HOW TO CONFIGURE THE GEM420 EMBEDDED 4G MODULE TO USE A SPECIFIC NETWORK TYPE EG. 2G, 3G OR 4G ONLY.
In some instances you may want the router to only use 2G, 3G or 4G connections and this video shows how to configure the router so the embedded 4G module will only use the selected network type. In Auto mode the router will use the fastest available network.