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#1 Jack Mayer

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 03:05 PM

This link will take you to a Google document reviewing the Pepwave Surf SOHO mobile router. I compare it to the WiFIRanger Go, and the Cradlepoint 95.

 

If you have comments or observation based on your own use I'd love to hear them. 

 

The SOHO is a very nice product - take a look at the review if you are in the market for a mobile router.

 

My review equipment was provided by the 3GStore, which would be an excellent source for the product.


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 12:04 PM

Jack,

Thanks for posting the review! By any chance are you reviewing the new WFR router that they introduced at the Escapade?

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 12:59 PM

Jack,

Thanks for posting the review! By any chance are you reviewing the new WFR router that they introduced at the Escapade?

I have an X, but I'm not doing a formal review of it. 


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:43 PM

Thanks for the review.  I just purchased the Pepwave Surf SOHO and a Mifi (from Millenicom) in the past month and have everything set up and working for our start to fulltiming (which is scheduled for the end of next week).  It wasn't too bad setting up either router.  I had everything running in a few minutes and I then tweaked things over the next few days.  As I said, the road test starts next week.


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 05:38 PM

Jack:

 

As an obviously "biased" reader, I think you have posted an extremely thorough and fair review.

 

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:21 AM

Jack:

 

As an obviously "biased" reader, I think you have posted an extremely thorough and fair review.

 

Joel

Thank you Joel. Choosing between a WFR and a SOHO really hinges on two items:  the user interface, and if you need an integrated CPE. If you disregard the CPE of the WFR and strictly compare on the base Go then the two routers both perform very well. That is with 6.3.3 firmware in the Go.  At this point I see no need to mention the Cradlepoint 95....both the Go and the SOHO are superior, IMO.

 

I will point out however, that neither router is "perfect". Both could use some work in different areas.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:00 PM

At this point I see no need to mention the Cradlepoint 95....both the Go and the SOHO are superior, IMO.

 

As a Pantech 290 user, I disagree. The dynamic 3G/4G switching of the Cradlepoint (page 14 of your review) makes the MBR95 my choice over the Go & SOHO -- although I do have a Go for that day when 4G rules the planet. Now, however, I've had enough times when 3G (or less) was my only option.

 

Truth be known though, I wish I had replaced my original Cradlepoint 1400 with the another one when the original gave up the ghost as my MBR 95's range is limited to say the least.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 01:47 PM

I agree on 3G/4G switching, since here on the West Coast I am still seeing lots of Verizon 3G. This is even in areas where the coverage maps show 4G.   I have also seen 4G in places that are normally 1X extended network.  I hope that continues.  


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 01:49 PM

I would not buy based on 3G/4G switching. It will only be a very short time until V has all 4G. But hey, the WFR handles it just fine. 


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 02:56 PM

Verizon is very versatile.  I have 4G, 3G or 1X, without moving.  It all depends on I know not what! 

 

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 11:56 AM

Right on the money Jack, A good write up I like the SOHO. :D


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:23 PM

Verizon is very versatile.  I have 4G, 3G or 1X, without moving.  It all depends on I know not what! 

 

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Yeah, Verizon still has some 1x areas.  I am in one now and will be for the rest of the summer.  When we got here it was 3G extended network and it disappeared on June 23.  Long story short, I am in an area that at one time Verizon bought Allltell and then had to divest themselves of it per the justice department.  They sold it to AT&T and were given a 3 year lease on the AT&T tower to cover this area.  By the way, this has happened all over the western part of the country.  Anyway their contract ran out on June 23rd and so did the 3G service.  So, I doubt that the promise of a completely 4G system by the end of 2013 is just advertizing hype.  Things are so bad here Verizon sent representatives to this town and had a town hall type meeting for the people.  Mostly lip service and "we are sorry" and "we didn't see this coming" type talk.  NO timeline as to when or if service will be restored, was given.  If this is the type of thing that is going on in the western part of the country, they will and proabably already have lost their serperiority in serivice out here.  Looks like AT&T will soon be the one to have.


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:53 PM

Let me be a little clearer.  I have 3G most of the time.  I have 1G too much of the time.  I have 4G on occasion.  All sitting in the same chair in the same spot.

 

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:30 AM

Let me be a little clearer.  I have 3G most of the time.  I have 1G too much of the time.  I have 4G on occasion.  All sitting in the same chair in the same spot.

 

Newt

 

Sounds like you should look for a 4G LTE antenna or one of the inline 4G LTE amplifiers. That should give you stable 4G LTE all of the time instead of constantly jumping between LTE, 3G and 1xRtt.

 

In regards to Jack's review I think it's an excellent review as always! I wanted to point out that existing SOHO users should upgrade to the latest 6.0.3 firmware here - http://download.pepl...w-br1-6.0.3.zip

 

There was a bug on the previous firmware version that caused usage tracking to vanish if the unit was power cycled. The latest update will preserve data tracking if you turn the unit off or have a power outage.



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:37 AM

Pepwave is giving away one Surf SOHO each week for the next 4 weeks by liking and sharing this Facebook post - https://www.facebook...&type=1

 

They'll be randomly choosing a winner each week to receive a brand new Surf SOHO for free!



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 05:06 PM

How does the Pepwave Surf On-The-Go 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN stack up against the SOHO? Our needs are simpler with no LAN ports required and I think this might be a less expensive route for us.


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:50 PM

I found and read Jack's earlier report on the Pepwave Surf On-The-Go 3G/4G and went that route.


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