updated 09:05 am EDT, Thu May 15, 2008
Cradlepoint CTR500 Router
Cradlepoint this morning served heavy-duty travelers through the launch of the CTR500. Treated equally as a portable wireless router and as a possible replacement for networking off of the main Internet grid, the device is small enough to be pocketable but includes both an ExpressCard slot and a USB port to draw and share an Internet connection from most 3G cellular Internet modems meant for notebooks, regardless of whether they support HSPA (on GSM networks) or EVDO (for CDMA). "Dozens" of 3G-capable cellphones can also share their connections over the 3G network through USB, the company says.
The router creates a Wi-Fi network at up to 802.11g speed and includes a unique Ethernet jack that can switch either to WAN, to pull an Internet connection from a traditional source, or to LAN to share its link with an existing hardwired network. The size also still allows for anti-phishing and adult filters for those worried about children or their own security.
The CTR500 is bundled with a 12-volt car adapter and a Wi-Fi booster antenna and should be shipping today for $180.