Include support for USB Cellular Stick in USG.

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When I'm comparing between Meraki Security Devices and USG, I realised a very important feature which USG lacks, which is the support for USB Cellular Stick.  

 

I believe that the support for USB Sticks are crucial for:

1. Deployments that relied on cellular data as their primary connection. 

2. Mission critical deployments which use cellular data as their failover. 

 

Other than that, I don't see the reason for UBNT to not support USB Cellular Stick because even a cheap $40 mini router from TP-Link supports this function.

 

Suggestions on how to deploy support for USB Cellular Stick. 

I would suggest UBNT add another option called "USB Cellular Stick" under the  USG > WAN > Connection Type.

 

In the "USB Cellular Stick" Option, I would suggest putting "Country" and "Carrier" with preset settings like the ones shown below:

Screenshot from 2017-04-22 10-51-48.png

 

When we select the preset settings, please show the username and password of the preset settings in a blurred out column below so that we know which APN is used with the preset settings (Some Carriers have multiple APNs). 

 

Other than that, please add a "Custom" settings option under the Username and Password for the APN settings so that we can use custom APNs when the situation requires it.

 

Personally, I don't think that the Connection Mode and Authentication Type have to be included. 

 

Supported USB Cellular Sticks.

I would suggest UBNT to support only the mainstream USB Sticks since the USG isn't meant to be a cellular modem/router. I'll leave the supported USB Stick list from Meraki and other vendors below for reference:

https://documentation.meraki.com/MX-Z/Cellular/3G_-_4G_Cellular_Failover#Supported_USB_Modems

http://www.tp-link.com.my/support/3g-comp-list.html?model=TL-MR3020

https://www.asus.com/event/networks_3G4G_support/

http://www.dovado.com/en/support/modems

 

Lastly, I would suggest UBNT to include a USB port for USB Cellular Stick on the next revised version of USG-3P so that the USG-3P can be deployed as a teleworker gateway.

 

Comments
by
on ‎04-21-2017 08:31 PM
+1
by
on ‎04-21-2017 11:16 PM

+1

by
on ‎04-21-2017 11:46 PM
+1
by
on ‎04-22-2017 12:24 AM

I like the USB idea as well, esp. for the case that failover is not eating an Ethernet port on the router. But on the other hand, there are many 4g modems with Ethernet port - or the tp-link does it. That allows to put the LTE modem where you have good reception or even add a good antenna. 

by
on ‎04-22-2017 12:30 AM

+1

by
on ‎04-22-2017 07:03 AM
Me too!
by
on ‎04-22-2017 09:28 AM

MikroTik have this feature in a host of their routerboards. It's invaluable

by
on ‎04-22-2017 12:38 PM
+1
by
on ‎04-22-2017 12:53 PM

+1

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on ‎04-22-2017 02:25 PM

Found this list of supported USB Sticks for Asus Routers.

https://www.asus.com/event/networks_3G4G_support/