End of Life Annoucement: Cradlepoint has discontinued the IBR900. Learn about what this means for you and the suggested replacement. Read now.


The Cradlepoint IBR900 and IBR1700 equip your vehicles with a wireless broadband network. From construction sites to police vehicles, the Cradlepoint routers can get you and your team connected. This article will help you learn about the capabilities of each 4G LTE router to determine which is right for your fleet.


The IBR1700 is a strong router primarily built for those working out of vehicles. This router has outstanding security. It boasts a built in firewall and an intrusion detection system (IDS). This top-notch security is important for industries that are looking for privacy on their network.

In addition to great security, the IBR1700 is also capable of connecting 30 or more devices or people. With that many devices connected, this Cradlepoint router still operates with a 1.2 GBps (gigabits per second) transfer rate. 1.2 GBps means your network will run quickly making communication and your work efficient.

  • Antenna: External and detachable
  • Chassis: beidou, galileo, GPS, GLONASS
  • Modem: Wireless with a 1.2 GBps transfer rate
  • Capacity: Recommend 30 people
  • Security: Built in firewall, Intrustion Detection System (IDS),
  • Dimensions and Weight: 8.8 x 7.5 x 1.7 and 3.75 pounds
  • Service and Support: Technical support, phone consulting, web support (all 3 years), limited warranty for a lifetime

Cradlepoint IBR1700 router


The IBR900 is an optimal router for industries that need network connection on the go. This cellular router is built for mobile use making it a useful tool for industries like law enforcement, first responders, delivery drivers, and more.

As it is a 4G LTE router that is built for vehicles, the IBR900 does not require an antenna and can be locally installed while being used in a car. The router is a small size ensuring that it will not impede on too much space inside the vehicle. 

Like the IBR1700, the IBR900 also comes with significant security. It features a firewall and security filters; they will filter MAC addresses, IP, content, and websites. With in depth security measures, the IBR900 is a great cellular router for industries, like the police force, that are looking for secure networks.

  • Antenna: No antenna necessary
  • Chassis: Locally installed
  • Modem: 1 GBps
  • Capacity: (Can’t find this info)
  • Security: Filtering (MAC address, IP, Content, Website), firewall
  • Dimensions and Weight: 4.6 x 4.5 x 1.2 and 14oz
  • Service and Support: Same as IBR1700

Cradlepoint IBR900 router

Both the IBR1700 and IBR900 routers come with GREAT service and support. Both routers come with a limited warranty for a lifetime. Technical support such as phone consulting or web support come with your router for the length of the NetCloud subscription you purchase.


NetCloud is the subscription service Cradlepoint for the IBR1700 and the IBR900. This subscription plans are available for 1, 3, and 5 years.

This subscription based service provides enterprise capabilities for in-vehicle routers. It provides organizations with zone based firewalls, data usage dashboards, troubleshooting in real time with tools and diagnostics, location services, and more.

This subscription can be renewed without purchasing a new Cradlepoint router when the original subscription has ended.

A private network is more secure than a public version and can provide less interruptions creating a secure and efficient work environment.

Router Accessories

The IBR900 and IBR1700 can be used outside of vehicles, if needed. You can purchase additional accessories to convert the router from in-vehicle use to out-of-vehicle use, like an office. Find the required accessories you'll need to purchase if you want to use these routers outside of vehicles.



The IBR1700 requires a power supply, line cord, 4 cellular antennas, and 2 WiFi antennas per router.

  • Power supply
  • Line cord
  • Cellular antenna
  • WiFi antenna


The IBR900 requires a power supply, 2 cellular antennas, and 2 WiFi antennas.

  • Power supply
  • Cellular antenna
  • WiFi antenna

Both routers are optimal systems for those working in vehicles (public safety, first responders, delivery workers, etc.) who need wireless secure internet.

Choosing which one is best for you depends on where your priorities lie: do you want your router to be smaller, are you looking for something that can support many devices, or are you looking for a router that can filter IP addresses? Both routers are great options; we hope this article gave you the information you need to make a choice between the two.

DEANNA PARENTI is a Marketing Copywriter at Waveband Communications. With her experience in critical communications, she helps public safety clients enhance their team communications during everyday work and emergencies.

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