Failover Routers – What are the benefits? And which ones work best?

A 4G / 5G failover router is a device that provides backup internet connectivity in case your primary internet connection fails. It uses a cellular data network as the secondary means of connectivity. 

Typically it provides reassurance for businesses or anyone relying on mission critical internet connectivity. The benefits include: 

Automatic failover – the router will automatically switch over to your 4G/5G backup connection, keeping your business connected and running.

No disruption for your business operations – a huge advantage for businesses that cannot afford to have any damaging downtime. A failover router will ensure your online services, such as VoIP phones, electronic payment machines, security cameras, or cloud applications, will continue to function without interruption.

Easy to set up and use – failover routers are relatively simple to install and configure, and do not require any special wiring or equipment. You just need a SIM card and a power source, and you are ready to go.

Flexible and portable – a 4G failover router can be used in any location where there is a 4G signal, which covers most of the UK. You can also move your router to different sites as needed, such as temporary locations, exhibitions, or remote offices. 

Failover routers supplied though IDNet Mobile Broadband run over the H3G (Three) mobile Network. You can easily check the local cellular coverage in your postcode area by entering your postcode here

The IDNet support team have tested a variety of failover routers and the following have shown to be most robust and reliable. 

Zyxel 3301-Plus Mobile Router

The LTE3301-PLUS has 4G LTE-A and Gigabit Ethernet dual-WAN for interruption-free connection. It is perfect for small business, home business, or startup company wanting to provide non-stop internet connection for their business. Users will enjoy the best Cat.6 4G LTE-A technology with up to 300 Mbps data rates. It embeds two external antennas, which will boost your signal reception.

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Draytek Vigor 2620LN

The Vigor 2620Ln is a unique product with VDSL and LTE modems in one box, with 2 embedded SIM card slots for 4G/LTE failover and versatile Multi-WAN Failover for guaranteed ultra-resilient service. Downloading at speeds of up to 150Mbps and Uploading at up to 50Mbps. It’s not locked to any mobile network and is compatible with all major UK mobile networks. 

The Vigor2620Ln with an IDNet mobile data service is ideal for mission critical connectivity such as retail/EPOS or security monitoring applications where continuous uninterrupted connectivity is essential.

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Draytek 2927Lac

It may look like a brute, but the DrayTek Vigor 2927Lac is a powerful Dual-WAN, Load Balancing, Firewall & VPN Router. It comes packed with advanced features, allowing you to make the most of FTTP Fibre Broadband, with Gigabit WAN throughput, extensive Firewall, Content Filtering, VPN client/server, and Quality of Service controls.

It incorporates an integrated 4G/LTE modem so you can take advantage of mobile broadband, and with fast Dual-Band AC1300 WiFi the Vigor 2927Lac provides a reliable, flexible, and secure network solution that’s ideal for Small Business and Home Offices.

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DLink DWR-2101 Mobile Hotspot

The DWR-2101. One of the world’s first 5G & Wi-Fi 6 harnessing mobile hotspots. 
Experience next-generation 5G speeds and the unstoppable performance of Wi-Fi 6 with increased download speeds, drastically lower latency and reduced congestion on all your devices, wherever and whenever you wish.
Never go anywhere without your Wi-Fi again. 

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