Although several sites mentioned the release several days ago, yesterday marked the official release of the Cradlepoint MBR95 wireless router. This router is designed to replace the MBR90 and MBR900 models with a modern powerhouse.
Cradlepoint is in the process of updating its product line from its older Linux-based lineup to a new architecture based on a MIPS processor and NetBSD firmware. The new web interface is much easier to use than the older interface.
Right now, the new routers in Cradlepoint’s lineup are the CTR35, MBR95, and MBR1400. The MBR1400 sits at the top of the lineup and will be reviewed on this site very soon. The CTR35 replaces the old CTR350 as the compact and basic travel router at a great price. Cradlepoint also has several new routers coming down the pipeline soon that we will be writing as soon as they are released.
The key features of the MBR95 are greatly improved 802.11n Wi-Fi performance with 2x2 MIMO antennas to provide up to 600ft of wireless range and 300Mbps speeds. In addition, the MBR95 supports up to 32 simultaneous Wi-Fi users. As always, it is also compatible with 802.11b/g. The new lineup of Cradlepoint routers also support multiple SSIDs (Wi-Fi Networks) in the form of a primary and guest SSID that can be isolated from the rest of your network.
Another great features is Wi-Fi as WAN which allows you to connect to another wireless network as your WAN connection. This also allows the router to essentially be an Ethernet to Wi-Fi bridge. Understandably, Wi-Fi as WAN limits the MBR95 to only one SSID.
It has a USB 2.0 port which supports 3G and 4G USB modems. The only major USB modem that is not yet supported is the Verizon USB551L 4G LTE modem but a coming firmware update will add support very soon. The router has one WAN 10/100 Ethernet port and four LAN 10/100 Ethernet ports. In addition to its 3G and 4G USB modem support, the router also supports all standard WAN connection methods such as DSL and Cable access.
In keeping with nearly all Cradlepoint routers, the MBR95 also supports WAN failover and failback. In the event of an outage, the router will automatically failover from a wired WAN connection such as DSL, Cable, or Satellite to a 3G or 4G USB modem and then failback again once the wired WAN connection is restored. This also works from USB modem to wired WAN and back again.
The high quality of Cradlepoint products and the great features and performance of the MBR95 make it our new pick for best overall home and small business router. The MBR95 makes a much better choice than a typical Linksys, Netgear, or D-Link router due to its responsive customer service and higher quality in every way.
Although design makes little difference to some users, the design of the MBR95 is very sleek and exceptionally futuristic. The lack of external antennas also makes the router that much more interesting.
The MBR95 is available for purchase through 3Gstore.com and your purchase helps support this site. Look forward for real world performance tests coming soon and a more in-depth review as well.