Cradlepoint Launches the First 4G Advanced Edge Routing Platform at NRF 2014

The Cradlepoint AER2100 Provides Edge Networks with More Bandwidth, Advanced Security, and Cloud Management to Lower the Total Cost of Ownership for Distributed Enterprises

Boise, ID and New York, NY – January 13, 2014 – Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-managed, 3G/4G networking solutions for distributed enterprises, today introduced the Cradlepoint AER2100, Advanced Edge Router. Available immediately, the Cradlepoint AER2100 (pronounced “AIR”) is designed to support and scale to the unique networking needs of distributed enterprises at branch locations. For retailers, in particular, the Cradlepoint AER2100 provides intelligent management of converged wired and wireless networks enabling a highly available “connected retail experience” that consumers have come to expect. Cradlepoint will demonstrate the AER2100 as a cloud-managed networking solution in booth #1465 at the 2014 National Retail Federation (NRF) Conference.

“The proliferation of mobile devices and the growth of cloud-based applications at the network’s edge has made IT an ever more critical business enabler,” said George Mulhern, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Cradlepoint. “To be successful, distributed enterprises require new network architectures that provide highly secure, multi-WAN support for higher availability and improved bandwidth. Because IT resources are limited at the edge, cloud management for ‘zero-touch deployment’ and intelligent management is essential. As an advanced edge routing solution, the Cradlepoint AER2100 is designed specifically to scale with the growing needs of edge and branch networks. With advanced security, high-performance 802.11ac WiFi, dual modem multi-carrier support, and advanced routing features that are designed for PCI Compliant networks the Cradlepoint AER2100 is the edge routing platform for highly secure, highly available networks.”

Today’s announcement is in concert with the launch of enhanced network analytics in Cradlepoint’s cloud-based network management and application platform, NetCloud Manager. Cradlepoint network analytics in combination with the AER2100 (or any Cradlepoint enterprise networking solution) provides distributed enterprises with the intelligence they need to develop strategies for WAN Optimization to manage performance, reliability and costs.

With Cradlepoint NetCloud Manager, network administrators can also select and extend advanced routing features and applications that are critical for the operation of their networks. Cradlepoint differentiates its networking platform when compared to the “walled garden” approach of its competitors through an Open API that allows for the easy integration of best-in-class 3rd party applications and unparalleled scalability.

As a cloud-managed solution the Cradlepoint AER2100 balances the strengths of both wired and wireless networks through WAN Diversity™, the convergence of 4G LTE, Ethernet (DSL, Cable, T1, MetroE), and WiFi as WAN, all delivered through a single networking device. With an established retail customer base, Cradlepoint anticipates that the AER2100 will provide distributed enterprises with the lowest 5-year Total Cost of Ownership. Unique features of the Cradlepoint AER2100, include:

  • WAN Diversity™ with integrated wired and wireless 4G LTE WAN (including private network support)
  • Dual LTE modems with multi-carrier support for a “cut-the-wire” solution
  • High performance WiFi including dual-band concurrent 802.11b/g/n/ac
  • Advanced enterprise routing features and best-in-class, cloud-based security options
  • Policy enforcement with flexibility to be deployed through the cloud
  • Extensible and easily integrated best-in-class, enterprise applications via an Open API

The Cradlepoint AER2100 is also purpose-built for PCI compliant networks to help distributed enterprises secure their networks where they are most vulnerable. Retailers have the ability to create and partition edge networks to support secure operational and transactional connections, while simultaneously allowing consumers access to public WiFi. Advanced Security and Advanced VPN options help retailers secure credit card data transactions sent from stores to the corporate network.

As enterprises with hundreds or even thousands of locations, encounter trade-offs between the security, management, and availability of their edge networks, the Cradlepoint AER2100 was developed in collaboration with a number of Cradlepoint customers to scale to those specific needs. These enterprise customers in the retail, financial services, and transportation verticals have turned to the Cradlepoint AER2100 for its industry leading integrated 3G/4G/LTE dual modems that are supported on multiple carriers. Using dual modem technology, enterprises have the ability to:

  • Deploy multiple wireless backup connections to help acquire 99.99% uptime
  • “Cut the wire” for combined high-speed 4G LTE networks from diverse carriers
  • Load balance and add burst bandwidth for peak periods

The Cradlepoint AER2100 series is available immediately from authorized Cradlepoint distributors and partners. To learn more, visit or contact Cradlepoint at +1.855.813.3385 or email

About WAN Diversity™

Cradlepoint solutions provide enterprises with the ability to diversify multiple WAN paths through 3G/4G, Ethernet (T-1, DSL, Cable, MetroE), and WiFi as WAN. Cradlepoint WAN Diversity™ enables a broad array of applications that may require standalone networks, increased bandwidth, or more reliability through backup wired and wireless connections. In particular, Cradlepoint’s expertise in using 4G LTE for both primary and backup networking helps distributed enterprises enable branch office connectivity and applications like digital signage, kiosks, surveillance, pop-up stores, point-of-sale systems, and in-store WiFi.

About Cradlepoint

Cradlepoint is the global leader in cloud-managed 3G/4G networking solutions, providing business-grade, secure connectivity to distributed enterprises. Specializing in business continuity, advanced edge routing, machine-to-machine (M2M), and primary connections, Cradlepoint’s award-winning solutions are purpose built for PCI-compliant networks. Cradlepoint is the first to pioneer and fully enable high-speed LTE in its solutions to maximize the potential of the cloud for businesses worldwide. Cradlepoint is a privately held company in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at or follow on Twitter @Cradlepoint.