Hey thanks for the suggestion. We’re going to try the verizon LTE pepwave max BR1.
One thing that is a concern though is the reliability of the decision process on the peplink balance – in our environment the cellular link is actually an improvement over our other WANs. Rather than being an option of last resort (which I imagine is the case for a lot of folks) for us its an improvement over VSAT.
We’ve found we are sometimes in areas with marginal cellular signal quality which causes the cellular device to basically continually flap switching between availability and ‘health check failure’ or ‘wan disconnected’ states at something very close to the peplink’s ‘smart-check’ network timeout rate … We don’t use speedfusion for the majority of our traffic – so each network flap event is associated with some user impact as existing tcp sessions established via the cellular wan for the minute it was ‘available’ stop being able to move traffic … If we stay in these areas long enough, we pretty much have to manually disconnect the 4g modem to keep the network functioning well …
Is there any reason to think we might be able to get a better solution for this kind of situation with the BR1 over the result with a usb modem directly attached to the peplink balance …? On the same topic – does anyone know techniques that might help mitigate this situation … (something like cisco ios’s’ interface dampening feature might help …)