In the wireless world, there are few technologies predominantly keeping the users to be connected everywhere either in the home or outside the building. These technologies are running in different protocols and compatibility among them could be an issue for most of the network devices. In order to create a digital convergence environment to connect them together, there are efforts putting in to develop such a device that could connect the different wireless technologies to emerge as the new market segment. CradlePoint recently unveils a new router device, known as CTR-350 that able to convert the cellular signal into standard WiFi signal for home high speed internet connectivity.
Unlike the current femtocell technology that extends the high speed data transmission for indoor coverage, the CTR-500 does a bit differently by acting as a termination for the cellular signal such as HSDPA or EVDO and then transform it to common wireless LAN 802.11b/g for internet access in the digital home. This is especially useful when there is a need to use the broadband connection wirelessly for your laptop at home through the high speed cellular network infrastructure. The device offers similar security encryption features such as WPA/WPA2 and 128 bit WEP encryption to prevent unauthorized use.
Besides the wireless LAN support, user can also connect a RJ45 Ethernet cable for wired LAN connectivity for those PC that doesn’t have wireless capability. Priced at only $149, I am sure this is a good companion for those travelers that wish to share network access with their counterparts.