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Data Sheet:

NetCloud Private Networks

2023 - 01 - 11

Cradlepoint’s NetCloud Private Networks (NCPN) is an end-to-end private cellular network solution designed for the needs of today’s dynamic enterprise IT ecosystems. Initially based on the 4G LTE Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum in the USA, NetCloud Private Networks is a cloud-native solution packaged to make it easy for enterprises to prioritize security and Quality of Service (QoS) while also enabling plug-and-play deployments that scale with an API-first design philosophy.

NetCloud Private Networks provides an added layer of security over and above SIM-based authentication. The added layer of security is built from the ground up using zero-trust principles and is based on a granular and dynamic policy framework that is core to the architecture. The policies are applied based on the connection’s context which includes network, user, device, environment, application, and cellular attributes.

Solution Architecture and Capabilities

NetCloud Interoperability

NetCloud Private Networks utilizes a unified cloud management and orchestration experience that delivers SD-WAN, enterprise-class security, cellular intelligence, and advanced analytics at the edge through full interoperability with NetCloud Manager — all managed through a single pane of glass. NetCloud Manager intelligently integrates the CBRS Spectrum Access System (SAS) to manage and prevent interference. To optimize network coverage and QoS, RF planning tools are included as part of NetCloud Manager.

 

Mobility Gateway

 

Built around a converged 4G cellular core, NetCloud Private Networks have the flexibility to be deployed on the enterprise premises, thus enabling enterprises to maintain their data locally while still benefitting from the power of cloud-based configuration and policy management. With this inherent flexibility, the NetCloud Private Networks Mobility Gateway enables secure access to enterprise data services from authenticated cellular endpoints.

 

Cellular Access Points

 

The NetCloud Private Network solution includes plug-and-play Cellular Access Points (CAPs) that support the 4G LTE CBRS spectrum band 48. Sometimes referred to as small cells, these CAPs form the private Radio Access Network (RAN) that cellular endpoints and clients connect to and are authenticated through the Mobility Gateway. CAPs rated for indoor locations (A2400) and outdoor environments (A2405) work together to create contiguous private network connectivity across the entire enterprise location. 

 

NetCloud Private SIM-Enabled Routers and Endpoints

 

Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards are critically required by every cellular network to authenticate edge devices such as cellular routers/adapters and cellular clients such as cell phones, tablets, and barcode scanners. In fact, any device that incorporates a Cradlepoint Private SIM card can gain controlled access to the NetCloud Private Networks — including third-party endpoints and routers. However, to realize the benefits of a fully converged and centrally managed system, Cradlepoint CBRS routers and adapters are the preferred endpoint solution for connections to the LAN or SIM-less edge devices.

 

WAN Edge Router

 

The WAN Edge Router connects the on-premises equipment, including the Mobility Gateway and Cellular Access Points (CAPs), to the Internet and remote data centers. Depending on the deployed NetCloud Private Network architecture, the WAN Edge Router may also connect remote CAPs at a site to a centralized Mobility Gateway in a datacenter. For the best end-to-end management, policy orchestration, and user experience, this WAN Edge Router may be a Cradlepoint device, but third-party devices are also compatible with NCPN and may be a better fit for some network architectures.

Notable benefits

  • Implemented as an integrated system including edge to core single pane of glass visibility
  • Inherent cellular-based security with unified policy management of access, network, SIM, and traffic from edge to core
  • Extensibility leveraging RESTful APIs for dashboarding, custom applications, and integrations
  • Leverage a large portfolio of Cradlepoint routers with features including ruggedization, Wi-Fi 6, gigabit ethernet, containers, GNSS, PoE, and more
Mobility Gateway Specifications

The Mobility Gateway is a virtual machine image that is installed on customer provided third-party hardware which meets the following system requirements.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (ALL CAPACITIES)

KVM

VMware

Software Version:

Ubuntu 18.04

ESXi 6.7 or newer

Instance:

N/A

N/A

vCPUs:

8

Refer to hardware compatibility.

8

Refer to hardware compatibility.

Memory:

16 GB

16 GB

Minimum Disk Space:

24 GB

24 GB

vNICs:

3

Refer to DPDK Hardware Compatibility.

3

Refer to DPDK Hardware Compatibility.

Minimum NetCloud Private Network Release:

7.22.120

7.22.120

PERFORMANCE

Concurrent Cellular Access Points:

Up to 100

Up to 100

Cellular Access Point Specifications

The Cellular Access Point (CAP) is a TDD-LTE small cell with integrated antennas that provides connectivity to the SIM-authenticated devices in the private network.

INTERFACES

A2400 (Indoor)

A2405 (Outdoor)

Ethernet:

2 x GbE, 1 x SFP

2 x GbE, 2 x SFP

GNSS / GPS:

Inbuilt with external antenna support through SMA

Inbuilt with internal antenna

ENVIRONMENTAL

Temperature:

  • Operating: -5 °C to 40 °C (23 °F to 104 °F)
  • Storage: -40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)
  • Operating: -40 °C to 55 °C (-40 °F to 131 °F)
  • Storage: -40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)

Humidity:

  • Operating: 5% to 90% non-condensing
  • Storage: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Operating: 5% to 90% non-condensing
  • Storage: 5% to 95% non-condensing

Ingress Protection:

IP30

IP65

PHYSICAL

Size:

265 mm x 210 mm x 80 mm (10.4 in x 8.3 in x 3.1 in)

410 mm x 286 mm x 115 mm (16.14 in x 11.25 in x 4.5 in)

Weight:

2.2 kg (4.9 lbs)

5.5 kg (12.1 lbs)

POWER

Input:

One of the following:

  •  12 VDC constant voltage (100-240 VAC input, 12 V/2.5 A DC power adapter cable included)
  • PoE+ 802.3at Type 2

One of the following:

  • 12 VDC constant voltage
  • PoE+ 802.3at Type 2 (30 W max PoE+ power injector included)

Maximum Load:

21 W

21 W

RADIO SPECIFICATIONS

Active Clients:

Up to 64

Up to 64

Carrier Aggregation:

Up to 2CA

Up to 2CA

MIMO:

2x2

2x2

Modulation:

  • Up to 64 QAM DL
  • Up to 64 QAM UL
  • Up to 64 QAM DL
  • Up to 64 QAM UL

4G/LTE Bands:

B48

B48

Cellular Power:

30 dBm EIRP

40 dBm EIRP

Cellular Antennas:

4 internal (omni-directional)

4 internal (60 degree semi-directional)

Channel Bandwidth:

10, 20 MHz

10, 20 MHz

Physical Measurements & Features

A2400

A2405

Private SIM Specifications

Private SIMs are required for each edge device that participates in the private network.

SIM CARD SPECIFICATIONS

Form Factor:

Tri-cut (2FF, 3FF, 4FF)

Temperature Range:

-25 °C to 85 °C (-13 °F to 185 °F)

SIM Card Info

Ordering Guide

NetCloud Private Networks is comprised of a Mobility Gateway, Cellular Access Point(s), and Private SIMs which all have corresponding NetCloud Service plans. For a complete end-to-end management solution, Cradlepoint routers and adapters should be added to the system. For details on NCPN features, refer to the summary on the NetCloud Service webpage and the detail in the NetCloud Service Features document. For more details on how to order NetCloud Private Networks, refer to the following:

Step 1: Select NCPN Mobility Gateway capacity for entire solution

Step 2: Select NCPN Cellular Access Point(s) (selection of one or more indoor/outdoor models)

Step 3: Select NCPN Private SIMs for connected endpoints (available in packs of 10)

Step 4 (optional): Select supported Cradlepoint CBRS endpoints

Step 5 (optional): Select compatible Cradlepoint WAN edge router

 

STEPS

COMPONENT

DESCRIPTION

1

Mobility Gateway

  • 500 Mbps throughput
  • 2 Gbps throughput
  • 5 Gbps throughput

2

Cellular Access Point(s)

  • A2400 Indoor Cellular Access Point
  • A2405 Outdoor Cellular Access Point

3

Private SIMs

Packs of 10

4 (optional)

Cradlepoint CBRS endpoints

  • R500-PLTE Series Ruggedized Router
  • IBR1700 Series Ruggedized Router
  • R1900 Series 5G Ruggedized Router
  • E100 Series Enterprise Router
  • E300 Series Enterprise Router
  • E3000 Series Enterprise Router
  • L950 Series LTE Adapter
  • W1850 Series 5G Wideband Adapter
  • W2005 Series 5G Wideband Adapter
  • W4005 Series 5G Wideband Adapter

5 (optional)

Cradlepoint WAN edge router

  • E100 Series Enterprise Router
  • E300 Series Enterprise Router
  • E3000 Series Enterprise Router
  • R1900 Series 5G Ruggedized Router
NetCloud Service Plans

REGION

NCPN PACKAGE PLAN

DESCRIPTION

PART NUMBER

U.S. only:

Mobility Gateway (self-hosted virtual appliance)

PROMO — 500 Mbps

 

PROMO — 2 Gbps

 

PROMO — 5 Gbps

NCPN-000y-MG500MBPS

 

NCPN-000y-MG2GBPS

 

NCPN-000y-MG5GBPS

SIM Management for NetCloud Private Networks

PROMO — Private SIMs, 10 pack

SA0y-SIM10-CB

CBRS Cellular Access Points — Essentials

PROMO — Indoor A2400 CAP with AC power supply and line cord

 

PROMO — Outdoor A2405 CAP with PoE injector and line cord

PA0y-2400NM-CN

 

PB0y-2405NM-CC

Renewal — Mobility Gateway

500 Mbps — 1 year

NCPN-0001-MG500MBPS-R

Renewal — Cellular Access Point

Indoor — 1 year

 

Outdoor — 1 year

PA01-NCESS-R

 

PB01-NCESS-R

Renewal — SIM Management

10 pack — 1 year

SA01-NCPNSIM10-R

y = 4 or 6 years

PROMO SKUs (promotional SKUs) are available for a limited time and add an extra year to the standard 3 or 5-year NetCloud Service Plan. Starting 01/01/2024, new subscriptions revert to the standard 3 or 5-year NetCloud Service Plan. All renewals have a 1-year duration.

Support & Warranty

All NCPN hardware and software are sold as part of a NetCloud Service package, which includes:

  • Cradlepoint Global Support for the full subscription term.
  • Hardware limited lifetime warranty for as long as they have a subscription license to an active NetCloud Service Plan.

More Information

Learn more at cradlepoint.com/netcloud-private-networks