Best Practices for Mounting Router

Operating and Storage Temperatures

Tools Needed for Set up

Voltage and Power

Installing a SIM Card

Installing Your Cradlepoint Mobile Router

Managing Cables and Wires

Activating NetCloud Service


Best Practices for Mounting Router

Follow these best practices for placing and mounting your new router in a vehicle. By following these said best practices can help ensure you get the best performance and configuration of your router.

  1. Mount the router inside the vehicle.
  2. Don’t mount the device in direct sunlight
  3. Ensure there is plenty of room for ventilation
  4. In extreme rugged environments, use anti-vibration rubber grommets.

You can also refer to your Safety, Regulatory, and Warranty Guide that came with your device for more information.


Operating and Storage Temperatures

  • -22° F to 158° F (operating)
  • -40° F to 185° F (storage)


Tools Needed For Set Up

  • #0 Phillips-head screwdriver (for SIM card screws)
  • #2 Phillips-head screwdriver (for SIM door screws)
  • Vehicle’s owner manner
  • Permanent marker
  • Electric drill
  • Automatic center-punch tool
  • A 5/16” or 8mm SMA torque wrench for brass fittings
  • Mounting tools such as screwdrivers, drill and drill bits, additional screws, zip ties.

Voltage and Power


DC input steady state voltage range: 9-33VDC

For 12VCD install, use a 3A fuse

For 24VCD install, use a 2.5A fuse

For ignition sensing: Idle 4W, Wifi Tx/Rx: 9W, LTE Tx/Rx 6.25W



DC input steady state voltage range: 9-36VCD

For 12VCD install, use a 5A fuse

For 24VCD install, use a 2A fuse

For ignition sensing: Sleep 10mW, Idle: 8W, Typical 14W, Heavy Usage: 24W


How to Install a SIM Card

For wireless broadband data plan must be added for wireless broadband connectivity. These data plans include but not limited to Verizon, AT&T, Spring, EE, and Vodafone. The SIM card must be given by the carrier. Contact your carrier for more information on selecting data plans and process of getting a SIM card. Once it is activated, insert the card as shown below.


  1. Remove SIM door by unscrewing and removing the SIM cover from the router
  2. Insert a SIM Card into SIM slot. Insert the 2FF SIM card into the SIM1 slot. This should click into place. You can also insert and active SIM into the SIM2 slot.
  3. Reinstall the SIM door by replacing the cover and securing with the door screws.


  1. Unscrew and remove MC400 door from the router
  2. Insert the card into the SIM1 slot, metal contacts up and it will click into place.
  3. Insert a secondary SIM card into the SIM2 slot, If desired.
  4. Slide the MC400 modular modem into the IBR1700, Cradlepoint logo side up, USB plug first.
  5. Replace the modem door and secure with screws.
  6. Remove the plastic port covers from the modem door.

The modem cover must be replaced, or the modem will not power on.


Installing Your Cradlepoint Mobile Router

Follow these steps below for proper installation of your router when installing into a vehicle.

  1. Find Mounting Position
    • Ensure you are mounting on a flat surface
    • If this router is replacing an existing router, remove the previous device and all its mounting hardware before placing the Cradlepoint router in that position
    • Hold the Cradlepoint in position and mark the locations of the mounting bolts with a permanent marker.
    • If you are replacing an old router and want to reuse the same holes, make sure the hole sizes match. You might need to redrill holes for a proper fit
    • Place router aside. Its now time to install the mounting hardware
  1. Install the Mounting Hardware
    • Use the automatic center-punch tool, dent the marked bolt positions to be drilled.
    • Drill holes for the screws.
  1. Affix the device
    • Align the Cradlepoint device to the screw holes.
    • Tighten the screws to secure the device to the vehicle
  1. Connect the Antennas
    • Antennas are not supplied with the router due to the uniqueness of every installation. View our Cradlepoint antennas page for more details on which antennas we offer.
Each antenna will have installation instructions. Install these according to the instructions and ensure to keep the minimum separation distance that is outlines in the Safety, Regulatory, and Warranty guide that is with your router.
It’s best practice to use two separate antennas to increase isolation for instances when running two active modems.
Don’t over tighten the connection to the router. Use your fingers to tighten only.

Connecting to the Power Source

Found on your router includes a three meter 22 AWG 4-pin power connector. Below is the connector pinout of the router.


Wire Color






Ground to the vehicle chassis




VCD battery constant




VCD ignition sensing accessory input




General purpose I/O (GPIO)


Connect the red wire to the battery positive (+) and the black wire to ground. If it is powered and connected correctly, the LED lights will light up.

If you are using ignition sensing connect the orange wire (input) to the ignition switch. This input wire may be attached directly or through the fuse panel. Below is an image of the wiring examples



IBR900 Power Source Set Up


Cradlepoint IBR1700 Power Source Set Up


Manage Cables and Wires

Any loose antennas and cable can be affixed with zip ties to hold in place.


Activation of NetCloud Service

NetCloud service is available in your router with 1-, 3-, and 5-year plans.

To activate your NetCloud service to your router visit Cradlepoint Getting Started with NetCloud Manger


More information on installation of Cradlepoint mobile routers and additional information can be found on


First Source Wireless is an authorized dealer of Cradlepoint routers, modems, and accessories. For help with Cradlepoint installation or products contact us at 800-991-4569 or email us at Our knowledgeable staff can help ensure your vehicle has the best router.

TAYLOR THOMAS is a Marketing Manager at First Source Wireless. With her experience in critical communications, she helped public safety professionals enhance their communication through the help of two-way radios and headsets.


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