Originally published April 25, 2017
Cradlepoint has introduced Release 6.3 of its NetCloud OS router software, part of the Cradlepoint NetCloud platform, with extended SD-WAN functionality for 4G LTE-dependent networks.
"SD-WAN represents the most significant transformation of enterprise WAN architecture in several decades," says Ian Pennell, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Product at Cradlepoint. "Today's branch networks are not confined to a building anymore. They now span vehicles, pop-up stores, smart cities and mobile operations facilities, making 4G LTE, and nascent 5G wireless services, essential infrastructure. Our new NetCloud OS Release 6.3 provides several unique router features that make it easier to deploy 4G LTE for primary, hybrid and failover connections within SD-WAN environments while controlling performance and data plan consumption, and starts to pave the way to a 5G future."
Cradlepoint's routers have a wealth of policy-based traffic prioritization, filtering, shaping and steering capabilities built into the NetCloud Traffic Control function. NetCloud OS Release 6.3 extends these critical SD-WAN router capabilities with several new 4G LTE-optimized functions.
First is client-side visibility, which allows network administrators to see and analyze LAN-attached devices on both Ethernet and Wi-Fi. This new feature provides enhanced visibility, secure and control of on-site PCs, servers and IoT devices and aids in determining 4G LTE failover policies and remote troubleshooting from NetCloud.