EVDOinfo Tip Of The Week #49: Configuring Cradlepoint Routers for Failover Mode with Pepwave

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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

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Configuring Cradlepoint Routers for Failover Mode with Pepwave Surf Mini

Many of our readers are full time travelers and use mobile broadband as their primary internet connection. Many are also limited to 5GB of data transfer per month (Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T all have a 5GB limit on their mobile broadband plans and charge overage fees thereafter), and are always having to keep a close eye on their monthly data usage in fear of having overage charges. This week we are going to show you how you can take some of the load off of your aircard and save on your monthly data usage. This tip might just help you sleep better at night knowing that you aren't anywhere near your monthly allowance! Tip Of The Week #31 showed Cradlepoint router users how to use a Pepwave Surf Mini to connect to a WiFi network and share it through your Cradlepoint. This week we're going to go into more detail about how to set up this equipment and provide step-by-step instructions on how to configure your Cradlepoint router to automatically switch to free WiFi when its available, and only use the aircard when there isn't a WiFi network available!

Once your Pepwave Surf Mini is set up to connect to the WiFi network you want your Cradlepoint to automatically switch to when its available (for example, campground WiFi network, your local Starbucks, etc), you'll need to set up the failover setting.

First, you will need to connect your Pepwave Surf Mini to the WAN port on your Cradlepoint router and connect your aircard. If you are using a CTR350 or CTR500, both of which only have one ethernet port, you will need to change your ethernet mode to WAN before following the steps below to allow your Pepwave Surf Mini to connect to the router - see Tip Of The Week #49 - Connecting a Pepwave Surf Mini to a Cradlepoint CTR350 or CTR500 for instructions. If you are using an MBR900, MBR1000, or MBR1200, you will not need to change your ethernet mode, as your router has a dedicated WAN port (the blue port on the back).

How to Set Up Failover Mode on your Cradlepoint Router:

1. Connect to your Cradlepoint router.

2. Log in to your router's administration page at

3. Click on the Advanced tab at the top of the page

4. From the Advanced menu on the left side of the page, select Failover

5. Under the Ethernet WAN Failure Detection section, configure the settings as shown below:

Enable: *Checked*
Timeout: 30 seconds
Enable Ping on Idle: *Checked*
Ping target:
Enable Failback: *Checked*

6. Under the WAN Load Balancing section change the Load Balance Mode to: Enable Failover from wired WAN to any load balance modems (note: CTR350 users won't see this option)

Your settings should match what is shown in this screenshot:

Once you have changed these settings, click "Save Settings" at the top of the page and then choose to reboot your router. Your Cradlepoint router will now automatically use your Pepwave Surf Mini when you have it connected to a WiFi network! If a WiFi connection is unavailable, it will automatically switch to your aircard connection within 30 seconds.

Stay tuned for our tip next week on how to change which WiFi network your Pepwave Surf Mini is connected to without having to disconnect it from your Cradlepoint router!

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 )
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