WiFiX WE826-T2 LTE Router
The WE826 LTE Router is the latest generation in a class of affordable wireless communication products. Its rugged and compact design makes the WE826 suitable for both mobile and stationary applications. The WE826-T2 combines stability with performance, and offers a 2.4GHz wireless transmission rate of 300M. See our WiFi suggestions below.
The WE826-T2 is a router and requires a modem for cellular internet. See below for different modem options.
Note: To better accommodate our customers, our WiFiX WE826-T2 routers include the SMA Omni-directional LTE antennas and the U.FL to SMA Female bulkhead cables preinstalled in the router.
Please refer to our Complete Build Tutorial for instructions on installing the modem and configuring the WE826-T2.
We now offer the WE826GO-U which has the newest WiFiX version of GoldenOrb preinstalled.
NOTE: Cellular service providers may require activating a specific data plan to use on a cellular internet device. The carriers are constantly updating and/or modifying existing cellular plans. It is the customer’s sole responsibility to assure a compatible cellular plan is available prior to purchasing cellular related components.
Power Adapter Upgrade:
Our WiFiX WE826-T2 routers include a 2 Amp Power Adapter after determining that 1 Amp is insufficient when using the Sierra Wireless MC7455 modem under load–which may result in both WiFi and service disconnection issues.
We strongly recommend upgrading to our top quality 12V 2.5A (30W) power adapter when using the Sierra Wireless and/or Quectel CAT12/CAT20 modems. The importance of providing adequate power to the router and its modem must not be underestimated.
WE826 LTE Router Accessories:
The SIM card slot on the router uses a Standard sized SIM card, and a SIM Card Adapter Kit may be also be required. See installation tips below to avoid damaging the SIM Card slot.
The most popular Sierra Wireless modems to use with the WE826 are the Sierra Wireless CAT6 MC74551, the Sierra Wireless CAT12 EM7565, and the Sierra Wireless CAT12 EM7511 (which has the AT&T FirstNet Band 14).
The Sierra Wireless MC7455 modem is a Mini PCI-E modem and requires no additional hardware or pigtail cables to internally install in the WE826.
The Sierra Wireless EM7455 , EM7511, EM7565, and the Quectel EM06-A and EM12-G are M.2 modems. All M.2 form modems require a Mini PCI-E to M.2 Key B adapter (with or without optional SIM Card slot) to be used for internal modem installation in the WE826.
The M.2 modems have MHF4 antenna connector ports and require two five inch MHF4 to SMA Female Bulkhead pigtails (to replace the U.FL pigtails) to install in the WE826.
1. The MC7455 is not recommended for Sprint Band 41 (unless provisioned via Sprint) as it may experience random disconnects.
Cellular Antenna Upgrade:
A significant number of customers are upgrading the WE826GO-U and WE826-T2 (as well as the WG3526) stock antennas with the Cisco LTE Omni Antenna Kit.
The Cisco antennas use TNC connectors (as opposed to SMA). The WE826-T2’s antenna pigtail cables must be upgraded to match that of the modem’s antenna connector ports to install the Cisco antenna upgrade:
- The Mini PCI-E modems (see above) require two U.FL to TNC Female Bulkhead connector 5 inch pigtail cables to install the Cisco antenna kit.
- The M.2 modems (see above) require two MHF4 to TNC Female Bulkhead connector 5 inch pigtail cables to install the Cisco antenna kit.
* Note: The two existing SMA connector cutouts in the WE826-T2 router case must be enlarged/drilled to 15/32″ to accommodate the larger TNC bulkhead connectors.
WE826 LTE Router Tutorials:
See steps below for installing a Mini PCI-E modem in the WiFiX W826 routers.
See this LTE FIX IT tutorial for complete instructions on building and configuring the WE826-T2 with a Mini PCI-E and/or M.2 modem.
See this LTE FIX IT tutorial for general information on building and configuring an LTE router and modem.
Wireless (Wi-Fi) Overview:
The Wi-Fi supports IEEE802.11 N/G/B/A protocol with a maximum wireless rate of 300 Mbps. It is equipped with two (2) removable RP-SMA 5dBi high gain Wi-Fi antennas for better coverage and performance in large areas.
Note: The WiFi capabilities on the WE826 routers are less than optimal for providing WiFi to multiple devices. Home installations for family/multiple users/devices, may discover the WE826 is best used strictly as the modem/gateway (to provide the internet) and connected to a quality dual band (2.4/5GHz) WiFi router or Access Point to provide the WiFi component. The WE826 would be then be connected via an Ethernet cable from one of the LAN ports on the WE826 to the WAN port on the WiFi router or Access Point.
The WiFiX WE826-T2 comes with OpenWRT pre-installed which may be upgraded to the newest WiFiX version of GoldenOrb, as well as other custom OpenWRT based firmware.
Installing a Mini PCI-E and M.2 Modem:
SIM CARD INSTALLATION AND TIPS:
It is important to insert the SIM Card into the router correctly to avoid bending and/or damaging the internal pins and spring in the router’s SIM Card Slot.
It is equally important when using a SIM Card Adapter, that the SIM Card is properly seated into the adapter to avoid damage to the SIM Card slot components.
DISCLAIMER: Damage to the SIM Card slot, its spring and pins, are NOT covered under warranty.
See below for proper SIM Card and Adapter preparation and installation.
The SIM Card installs into the WE826-T2 with the metal surfaces facing up. The cut corner of the SIM Card is inserted into the SIM Card Slot.
When using a SIM Card Adapter, the SIM Card MUST fit correctly into the adapter. This will:
- Help prevent damaging the SIM Card Slot internal components, and,
- Help to eliminate disconnect issues that can occur when the router warms up to operating temperatures.
To assure the SIM Card is seated into the SIM Card adapter correctly, all the tits/tabs on the four sides of the SIM Card MUST be removed. This is accomplished by laying an Emory board or fine piece of sand paper flat on a table and gently working each side of the SIM Card back and forth to sand off the tits/tabs.
The SIM Card should fit into the adapter with ease, not loose but not tight. Otherwise, when pushed into the router, the SIM Card can tilt ever so lightly on one end (or side), causing damage to the pins in the SIM Card Slot and/or the pins not making adequate contact with the electronic contact chip. This bad connection can worsen as the router warms up.
Check the SIM Card closely for any signs of damage. If SIM Card is bad, worn or dirty from swapping it in and out of devices, clean the SIM Card’s electronic metal chip with an alcohol pad and refrain from touching the metal chip area during re-installation. A pencil eraser may also be helpful to gently clean the metal contact scratches.