First post, but I have read as much as I can find on this topic here on the Peplink community. My application is a mobile one outfitting a Prevost motor coach (stainless steel chassis and side panels).
Before I found this community I was certain I was going with a Cradlepoint product and have looked closely at the flexible IBR1700, but there is a good deal of negative reports on this product.
I am looking at a Max Transit product line as my mobile router paired with a roof-mounted antenna. I always like future-proofing, where possible, and the upcoming Max Transit 5G seemed attractive until I read that the processing power won’t take full advantage of the 5G potential and to wait until 5G solutions evolve a bit.
Comparing the Max Transit (single CAT-18) and the Max Transit Duo (dual CAT-12) I initially discounted the Duo because I didn’t need real-time redundancy between cellular carriers/SIMs; however, I have read that the Max Transit (single CAT-18) cannot simultaneously use Wi-Fi as WAN and my Verizon cellular connection because it doesn’t support outbound policy(ies). I see the advantage of having the CAT-18 for increased sensitivity as I am often in rural locations; however, I would really miss the ability to use Wi-Fi as WAN as priority with my cellular picking up the balance of the load when demand increases (maintaining a video conference call connection as an example). Am I misunderstanding any aspect of how the single CAT-18 operates compared to the Duo? Is this the reason more people recommend the Duo to bond Wi-Fi as WAN with cellular simultaneously even though the CAT-12 isn’t as sensitive?
If the community recommends going with the 5G version which is supposed to ship later this month how long might it take to obtain Verizon certification?
The second aspect of my question is the interior space. I plan on using the internal Wi-Fi radios on the Max Transit series to route to the roof-mounted 7-in-1 antenna for Wi-Fi as WAN; however, for the interior of the 45’ motor coach (especially with the stainless steel sides) I was planning on using one internal AP broadcasting my own SSID with the Peplink AP One Rugged being the likely candidate for the interior space. I also need coverage within 25’ or so outside of the motor coach. Will the AP One Rugged mounted inside provide sufficient penetration through the glass or should I add a second AP One Rugged to broadcast to the exterior either through an 11-in-1 antenna (with one Wi-Fi antenna port unused) or a second, separate external Wi-Fi antenna mounted on the roof to cover the exterior perimeter? I do understand that the internal Wi-Fi radios on the Max Transit series can do both Wi-Fi as WAN and WLAN using my own SSID but that it will degrade overall throughput. Most Wi-Fi as WAN sources will be relatively meager so perhaps the degradation is a moot point.
Thank you in advance for your help. This community was one of the main reasons for me switching my direction to Peplink/Pepwave products.