The IBR1100 is a rugged 4G / LTE vehicle router which creates a Wi-Fi hotspot supporting up to 128 Wi-Fi devices such as tablets, laptops and mobile phones. The IBR1100 features dual-SIM functionality for network failover and built-in technology to maintain a persistent and reliable data connection wherever possible. Large deployments of IBR1100 devices are easily managed by the ECM cloud-based remote management solution.
The IBR1100 router is the hardware basis of our Bus & Coach Managed Wi-Fi Hotspot Service.
**requires extended subscription
The IBR1100 router supports the following hotspot / captive portal features as standard:
For a range of more advanced hotspot features, including limiting the amount of data (not just the bandwidth) downloaded by each Wi-Fi client and capturing user contact details please see our Enhanced Hotspot Service.
A number of features make the IBR1100 particularly suited to bus, coach and other public transport vehicle applications, where operators wish to customise the user experience and ensure that a large number of Wi-Fi devices all obtain high quality connectivity.
The first - as detailed above - is the facility to hold devices connecting to the network in a captive portal before granting access to the wider internet. A wide range of release events are supported*, from simply requiring the user to accept terms and conditions through to requiring payment for internet access - either as soon as the device connects or when an initial free trial period expires (defined by time or traffic).
Another feature designed for bus & coach operators is the ability to set a fixed bandwidth limit per Wi-Fi device, preventing a small number of users from saturating the cellular connection and adversely affecting the user experience for everyone else. Other restrictions such as limiting the absolute amount of data downloaded by each client can also be achieved*.
Additional cellular backhaul connections can be added in one of two ways, taking advantage of the IBR1100's load balancing capabilities:
As well as providing Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities to passengers' Wi-Fi devices, the IBR1100 can also provide reliable internet connectivity to on-board devices such as CCTV systems, ticketing / point-of-sale machines and digital signage equipment. Such equipment can either connect to a separate Wi-Fi network which is completely isolated from the passenger Wi-Fi network (and not subject to bandwidth restrictions, T's & C's acceptance, etc.) or by cable to one of the IBR1100's 3 Ethernet ports.
For added flexibility the IBR1100 supports Wi-Fi as WAN – obtaining connectivity from an external Wi-Fi network rather than its built-in cellular modem (e.g. for uploading large amounts of CCTV footage when a vehicle returns to its depot at night).
*Some features are only available as part of our Enhanced Hotspot Service, which is a paid-for subscription service. Please see our Bus & Coach Managed Wi-Fi Hotspot page for more information.
The IBR1100 is designed specifically for the vehicle environment, and has the following features as standard:
For further information about the differences between a purpose-built rugged vehicle router like the IBR1100 and consumer-grade devices like cheap personal Wi-Fi hotspots (e.g. "MiFi" routers), USB dongles, or using a mobile phone or tablet’s built-in 3G or 4G modem, read this comparison.
ECM allows remote configuration and troubleshooting of your router estate.
ECM is a cloud management service for the IBR1100 router. It enables remote monitoring, configuration and troubleshooting of your routers "over the air". ECM is an invaluable tool for ongoing management of your router estate, and drastically reduces the frequency of on-site visits required in the event of problems or configuration changes needing to be made. A range of alerts can be configured, notifying you of situations including connectivity issues and excessive data usage.
ECM is a paid-for service requiring a small annual subscription charge per router. An enhanced version of ECM - ECM Prime - is also available, which adds location reporting and enterprise-grade routing features. Please contact us for details.
We have provided routers to numerous organisations, including Volvo Construction Equipment, Jaguar Land Rover / Team Sky, Bradford Swissport & Scottish Government.
Please see our case studies page for more information, including quotes from the above organisations.