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IBR900 4G Wi-Fi Vehicle Router (Dual SIM, up to 128 clients)

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The IBR900 (successor to the popular IBR1100) is a rugged 4G / LTE-A Cat 11 vehicle router which creates a Wi-Fi hotspot supporting up to 128 Wi-Fi devices such as tablets, laptops and mobile phones. The IBR900 features dual-SIM functionality for network failover and built-in technology to maintain a persistent and reliable data connection wherever possible. Large or small deployments of IBR900 devices are easily managed by the NetCloud Manager remote management solution.

Key Features

  • Internal 4G (LTE-A Cat 11) modem with dual SIM card support and fall-back to 3G
  • Dual-band dual-concurrent 2.4/5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wave 2 Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi captive portal - ideal for bus and coach operators wishing to monetise the system or increase engagement with their customers
  • Cloud-management facility for zero-touch deployment and intelligent management
  • Designed for vehicles (rugged design, ignition sensing, E-mark certified, etc.) – more details below
  • Built-in GPS
  • Antenna connectors for external cellular (x2), Wi-Fi (x2) and GPS (x1) antennas (available separately) for greatly enhanced performance compared to devices with built-in antenna systems
  • Two Gigabit Ethernet ports to provide connectivity to other devices
  • Dual-modem capable (requires optional Extensibility Dock)

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  • 4G (LTE-Advanced Cat 11) with fall-back to HSPA+
  • Supports dual 4G modems via optional extensibility dock
  • Up to 600 Mbps theoretical download speed on LTE-A, 42.2 Mbps on HSPA+ 
  • Up to 75 Mbps theoretical upload speed on LTE, 5.76 Mbps on HSPA+
  • 2 x external cellular antenna connectors (SMA Female)
  • Dual secured SIM card slots
  • Wi-Fi as WAN
  • Load Balancing
  • Advanced Modem Failure Check
  • WAN Port Speed Control
  • WAN/LAN Affinity
  • IP Passthrough
  • Standby
  • DynDNS
  • QoS (DSCP and Priority Queuing)
  • 2 x LAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports (both ports independently switchable between LAN/WAN)
  • DHCP Server, Client, Relay
  • DNS and DNS Proxy
  • UPnP
  • DMZ
  • Multicast/Multicast Proxy
  • MAC Address Filtering
  • Serial console support for out-of-band management of a connected device
  • VLAN 802.1Q
  • Dual-band 2.4/5 GHz dual-concurrent
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wave 2 (MU-MIMO and 256 QAM Support)
  • 2 (MIMO) x external antenna connectors (RP SMA Female)
  • Up to 128 connected clients (64 on 2.4 GHz band, 64 on 5 GHz band)
  • WPA2 Enterprise
  • Hotspot with optional captive portal
  • SSID-based priority
  • Client Mode for faster data offload
  • Up to 4 unique SSIDs (2 on 2.4 GHz band, 2 on 5 GHz band)
  • Built-in GPS module
  • GPS Protocols: TAIP & NMEA 0183 V3.0
  • Support for active external GPS antennas (1 x SMA Female connector)
  • Satellite channels: Maximum 55 channels, simultaneous tracking
  • Concurrent standalone GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo
  • 1 Hz refresh rate
  • NetCloud Manager (requires subscription)
  • Web UI, API, CLI
  • Data Usage Alerts (router and per client)
  • Advanced Troubleshooting (support)
  • Device Alerts
  • SNMP
  • SMS control
  • Serial Redirector
  • Auto APN Recovery
  • Syslog
VPN & Routing
  • IPsec Tunnel – up to 10 concurrent sessions
  • L2TP
  • GRE Tunnel
  • Route Filters (Access Control Lists, Prefix Filters, Route Maps, Communities for BGP)
  • Per-Interface Routing
  • Routing Rules
  • Policy-based Routing
  • NAT-less Routing
  • Virtual Server/Port Forwarding
  • IPv6
  • VRRP
  • STP
  • NHRP
  • VTI Tunnel support
  • OpenVPN support
  • CP Secure VPN compatible
  • Serial PAD Mode
  • RADIUS and TACACS+ support
  • 802.1x authentication for Ethernet
  • Zscaler integration
  • Certificate support
  • ALGs
  • MAC Address Filtering
  • Advanced Security Mode (local user management only)
  • Per-Client Web Filtering
  • IP Filtering
  • Content Filtering (basic)
  • Website Filtering
  • Zone-based Object Firewall with host address (IP or FQDN), port and MAC address
Cloud Optimized IP Communications
  • Automated WAN Failover/Failback support
  • WAN Affinity and QoS allow prioritization of VoIP services
  • Advanced VPN connectivity options to HQ
  • SIP ALG and NAT to allow VoIP and UC communications to traverse firewall
  • MAC Address Filtering
  • 802.1p/q for LAN QoS segmentation and treatment of VoIP on LAN
  • Private Network support (wired and 4G WAN)
  • Cloud-based management (requires subscription to NetCloud Manager)
  • 4-pin power connector comprising:
    • +12V input
    • Ground
    • Ignition sensing line (also configurable as general purpose input)
    • General purpose output
  • 2 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN/WAN ports
  • 1 x USB2.0 Type A Female port
  • 2 x SMA female connectors for cellular antennas
  • 2 x RP-SMA female connectors for Wi-Fi antennas (2 x J-IWS antennas supplied for internal use)
  • 1 x SMA male connector for active GPS antenna
  • 1 x 15-pin dock port for Extensibility Dock
  • LED status indicators for:
    • Power
    • Wi-Fi status
    • GPS
    • Cellular status
    • Cellular signal strength
  • Compatible with full-size SIM cards (2FF / "Mini")
  • Dual internal SIM card slots (accessible via a hatch on the front of the unit, requires screwdriver)
  • -30 to +70 degrees C operating temperature
  • -40 to +85 degrees C storage temperature
  • 5% to 95% operating and storage humidity (non-condensing)
  • Shock/Vibration/Humidity: compliant with MIL STD 810G and SAEJ1455
  • Ingress Protection: compliant with IP54 (includes protection from dust and splashing water)
  • 9-33 V DC input
  • Reverse polarity and transient voltage protection
  • Ignition sensing with optional time delayed shut-down
  • Power consumption:
    • Idle: 4W
    • Transmitting/receiving: 20W max
Dimensions & Weight
  • 118 x 113.5 x 29.3 mm
  • 400 g
  • FCC, CE, IC
  • WiFi Alliance – 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wave 2 certified
  • Safety: UL/CUL, CB Scheme, EN60950-1
  • Materials: WEEE, RoHS, RoHS-2, California Prop 65
  • Vehicle: E-Mark
  • Telecom: PTCRB/CTIA, GCF-CC

3-year Return to Base warranty as standard.

Advanced replacement (typically within a few business days) if ordered with a NetCloud Essentials license (warranty valid for duration of NetCloud Essentials license).  

Extensibility Dock (inc. 2nd Modem)

The Extensibility Dock is an accessory product for the IBR900 which adds:

  • A slot for a secondary modem (modem included), turning the IBR900 into a dual-modem product, each one of which supports up to 2 SIM cards.
  • 2 x additional 10/100 Ethernet ports
  • A 2x10 connector for:
    • extra GPIOs (1 input, 4 I/O)
    • a 5V DC 50 mA sensor power output
    • redundant power connectors

NetCloud Essentials Package

NetCloud Essentials is a comprehensive management & support package for the IBR900 router, consisting of NetCloud Manager, NetCloud Perimeter and CradleCare Support.

NetCloud Manager is a comprehensive cloud management service for the IBR900 router.  It enables remote monitoring, configuration and troubleshooting of your routers "over the air".  For routers with a GPS antenna connected, NetCloud Manager can show location information. 

NetCloud Manager 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, including notifying you of connectivity issues. 

NetCloud Perimeter is a service that leverages software-defined perimeter technology to create virtual networks in the cloud that protect IoT devices. 

CradleCare is a 24x7 phone support service with advanced replacement (typically within a few business days) of faulty devices.


Each IBR900 is supplied with a 1-year NetCloud Essentials license as standard, as long as this is registered/assigned with us at the time of purchase (i.e. when you place the order).  The IBR900 can alternatively be ordered with a 3-year or 5-year NetCloud Essentials license.  In the case of the 5-year license this automatically increases the IBR900's warranty period from 3 to 5 years.

Thereafter NetCloud Essentials is a paid-for service requiring a small annual subscription charge per router. 

Please contact us for more details about NetCloud Essentials, including for details about the optional Enterprise version of NetCloud Manager, which adds enterprise-grade routing features and URL content filtering. 

Designed for Vehicles

The IBR900 is designed specifically for the vehicle environment, and has the following features as standard:

  • Rugged design – protected against shock, vibration, humidity, dust and splashes (MIL-STD-810G, SAEJ1455 and IP54 compliant)
  • Ignition sensing - the IBR900 turns on automatically with the vehicle ignition
  • Configurable shut-down delays – after the ignition is turned off the IBR900 continues operating for a specified amount of time (configured in the router's control panel or via remote management). This prevents the router from powering down when the vehicle is not being used for short periods of time, e.g. at pick-ups and drop-offs.
  • Support for dual external cellular antennas (MIMO) for maximum performance
  • Wide input voltage range of 9-33V with reverse polarity and transient voltage protection
  • Wide operating temperature range of -30 to +70 degrees C
  • E-mark certified – fully approved for permanent in-vehicle use
  • Integrated mounting holes for easy installation, plus an extremely compact physical footprint

For further information about the differences between a purpose-built rugged vehicle router like the IBR900 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.

Case Studies

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.

Captive Portal Features

The IBR900 router supports the following hotspot / captive portal features as standard:

  • Require users to accept terms & conditions before being granted access to the internet (terms & conditions can either be stored in the router itself, or hosted on an external webpage)
  • Redirect users to a splash page of your choice after they accept the terms & conditions (or when they first connect, if no terms & conditions are used)
  • Limit the bandwidth of each Wi-Fi client (i.e. the "speed" of each user's internet connection)
  • Limit the duration that each Wi-Fi client can connect for (although after the limit expires users can just simply re-connect)
  • Setup "white-listed" sites (e.g. your own) that users can view without having to accept terms & conditions
  • Allow approved on-board devices (e.g. ticketing systems, CCTV systems, vehicle PCs, etc.) to bypass the captive portal - either by specifying the MAC address of each allowed device, or by setting up a completely separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for such devices.

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.

Perfect for Bus, Coach & Taxi Applications

A number of features make the IBR900 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.

Captive Portal

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).

Apply Bandwidth & Traffic Restrictions 

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*.

Dual cellular WAN connections

An additional cellular backhaul connection can be added to the IBR900 by using the Extensibility Dock & 2nd modem.  This provides a dual-modem solution, each one of which supports up to 2 SIM cards.

Connect other on-board devices

As well as providing Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities to passengers' Wi-Fi devices, the IBR900 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 IBR900's 2 Ethernet ports.  

For added flexibility the IBR900 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.

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