NEXR5GO Cellular Router (PoE) with Dual Band (2.4GHz & 5.8GHz) WiFi
The NEXR5GO Cellular Router with Dual Band (2.4GHz & 5.8GHz) WiFi is now the newest, and exclusive, WiFix router which comes preinstalled with our WiFiX firmware.
The NEXR5GO and WiFiX firmware produce a much more stable 2.4GHz and 5Ghz WiFi with a noticeable increase in throughput over similar WiFi gateway routers–a theoretical transmission rate of 300Mbps on the 2.5Ghz band and 433Mbps on the 5.8Ghz band.
It’s dual powering capability–12 volt wall adapter, or 48 volt passive PoE–makes it a good choice for both indoor and outdoor (i.e., external enclosure/antenna) applications. Refer to the guide below to configure the router for PoE applications.
The NEXR5GO is equipped with an internal Mini PCI-E slot and 2x U.FL to RP-SMA connector pigtails for installations of a Mini PCI-E modem (i.e., MC7455, EC25-AF, EP06-A…). A Mini PCI-E to M.2 adapter is required for a M.2 modem (see below).
The NEXR5GO is a router and requires a modem for cellular internet. See below for different modem options.
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 AND UPGRADE OPTION:
Our WiFiX NEXR5GO routers include a 2 Amp Power Adapter but 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.
When installing the WEXR5GO in an external antenna/enclosure, where it will be powered over the ethernet cable (PoE), we recommend our 48V Desktop or Wall PoE Adapter. Like most PoE routers, the Power is provided to the WAN port which must be modified to a LAN port for most cellular modem applications.
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 NEXR5GO is equipped with a single Mini PCI-E modem slot which allows modem installation without additional hardware.
When installing a M.2 form modem into a Mini PCI-E modem slot, a Mini PCI-E to M.2 Key B adapter MUST be used (with or without optional SIM Card slot).
Note that the M.2 modem also require MHF4 pigtail connectors as further explained below.
Mini PCI-E Modems:
Sierra Wireless CAT6 MC7455 (Multi-Carrier) 1
Sierra Wireless CAT3 MC7354 (Multi-Carrier)
Sierra Wireless CAT3 MC7700 (AT&T only)
Sierra Wireless CAT3 MC7750 (Verizon only)
Quectel CAT6 EP06-A (Multi-Carrier)
Quectel CAT4 EC25-AF (Multi-Carrier, includes T-Mobile Band 71, and AT&T FirstNet Band 14)
Sierra Wireless CAT12 EM7565 (Multi-Carrier)
Sierra Wireless CAT12 EM7511 (Multi-Carrier, includes AT&T FirstNet Band 14).
Sierra Wireless CAT7 EM7411 (Multi-Carrier, includes Bands 66, 71, and FirstNet Band 14).
Quectel CAT12 EM12-G (Multi-Carrier)
Quectel CAT6 EM06-A (Multi-Carrier)
The M.2 modems have MHF4 antenna connector ports and require two (2) eight inch MHF4 to SMA Female Bulkhead pigtails to install in the NEXR5GO
1. The MC7455 is not recommended for Sprint Band 41 (unless provisioned via Sprint) as it may experience random disconnects.
CELLULAR ANTENNA UPGRADE OPTIONS:
The cellular antennas on the current inventory of NEXR5GO routers are equipped with RP-SMA antennas. These antennas may be upgraded to any of the following cellular antennas but will require changing the RP-SMA pigtails to :
- U.FL to SMA Female Bulkhead (6 to 8 inch) pigtails to use a Mini PCI-E modem.
- MHF4 to SMA Female Bulkhead (6 to 8 inch) pigtails to use a M.2 (NGFF) modem.
- 700-2700MHz Rectangular 3.5dBi-4dBi 4G LTE Omni Antenna with SMA Male Connectors (PAIR)
- 700-2700MHz Cradlepoint 3.5dBi 4G LTE Omni Flat Antenna with SMA Male Connector (Requires Two)
- 698-2700MHz Cradlepoint 3dBi 4G LTE Omni Flat Antenna with SMA Male Connectors (PAIR)
- 700-2700MHz Rotating 3.5dBi–4dBi 4G LTE Flat Omni Antenna with SMA Male Connectors (PAIR)
- 700-2700MHz Round 3dBi 4G LTE Omni Antenna with SMA Male Connectors (PAIR)
- 698-2700MHz Remote 4.5dBi 4G LTE Omni with SMA Male Connectors (Requires Two)
A significant number of customers like upgrading their stock antennas with the Cisco LTE Omni Antenna Kit.
The Cisco antennas use TNC connectors (as opposed to SMA). The NEXR5GO 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, 1x 5 inch and 1x 10 inch, pigtail cables to install the Cisco antenna kit.
- The M.2 modems (see above) require two MHF4 to TNC Female Bulkhead connector,1x 5 inch and 1x 10 inch, pigtail cables to install the Cisco antenna kit.
* Note: The two existing SMA connector cutouts in the NEXR5GO router case must be enlarged/drilled to 15/32″ to accommodate the larger TNC bulkhead connectors.
WIRELESS (WIFI) OVERVIEW:
The WiFi supports IEEE802.11 N/G/B/A/AC protocol with a maximum wireless rate of 300Mbps on the 2×2 MIMO 2.5Ghz band and 433Mbps on the 1×1 MIMO 5.8Ghz band. It is equipped with three (3) removable RP-SMA 5dBi high gain WiFi antennas for better coverage and performance in large areas.
The WiFiX NEXR5GO has Qualcomm Atheros WiFi chips for enhanced WiFi speeds and much better throughput than similar competitors cellular router models. The Qualcomm QCA9531 is a highly integrated and feature-rich IEEE 802.11n 2×2 2.4 GHz System-on-a-Chip (SoC) for advanced WLAN platforms, with peak speeds of up to 300Mbps.
The Qualcomm QCA9887 is a highly integrated wireless local area network (WLAN) system-on-chip (SoC) for 5-GHz 802.11a/n/ac WLAN applications, with peak speeds of up to 433Mbps.
Our actual through-put testing between the WAN/LAN and 5.8 GHz WiFi are comparable:
Our WiFiX version of GoldenOrb (based on OpenWRT) comes pre-installed on the NEXR5GO.
Please refer to our Tutorial for instructions configuring the WiFiX firmware/software for cellular service.
DISCLAIMER: The WiFiX NEXR5GO is an exclusive router which is preloaded with customized firmware created specifically for the NEXR5GO. It IS NOT compatible with any other router firmware.
The current NEXR5GO version is not equipped with a firmware recovery mode. Attempting to flash any other router’s firmware image onto the WiFiX NEXR5GO may result in “bricking” the router which is not covered by warranty.
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.
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.