A challenge that many companies in the Netherlands face is having a good internet connection at the office. An unstable, unreliable or simply slow internet connection can have major consequences for your business. For example, this can affect the efficiency of your business processes. This not only wastes time but also money. The use of a 5G router for primary internet or as a backup with fiber optic / copper can offer the solution in many cases.
The same goes for Capestone. At the head office in Leiden, Capestone runs entirely on a 5G mobile internet solution. Jos Ouwerkerk, Managing Director at Capestone says: “When Capestone moved to this office in 2020, there was no cable for fixed internet. Installing a fixed line is very expensive and takes a lot of time. That is why the choice for Fixed Wireless Access was quickly made. Our 5G internet solution consists of the E3000 Cradlepoint's 5G router with dual 5G modem that allows us to technically separate business-critical network applications from other data traffic without having to sacrifice bandwidth. The 5G modems are connected to the internet by Comgate M2M/IoT SIM cards, including a fixed IP address on the KPN IoT and T-Mobile Netherlands network, each with 1TB of 5G data per month.
The E3000 5G router is suitable as a permanent or temporary internet facility for companies thanks to a dual 5G modem, WiFi 6 and 5 LAN/WAN ports.
A Cradlepoint MC500 Modem is connected in the router to add an extra modem but also extra SIM card slots. In this way Capestone has set up a backup connection, and Load Balancing is made possible. A Load Balancing router tries to share the available broadband connections between the multiple devices/users. For example, if there are two employees in a Teams Meeting at the same time, a Load Balancing router should route traffic for the first user along the first network connection, while the second network connection is used for the second user. Capestone can also use Cradlepoint's NetCloud to set filters to indicate which websites, applications or software should be about which SIM. For example, priority can easily be given to certain activities by running this standard via one specific SIM card.
To fully cover the internal network, a 3000-port PoE switch is connected to the E48 router. With the switch, Capestone connects different devices on the same network. This allows all these devices such as printers, VoIP or the server to communicate with each other. In addition, Capestone has several Ubiquiti WiFi 6 Access Points connected to the switch. By placing the access points at different locations within the office, employees can be sure that there is a fast WiFi connection in every room.
For connectivity, Capestone uses the Truly Unlimited propositions of IoT Service Provider, and sister company, Comgate. The KPN IoT Echt Unlimited data bundle is used for the primary connection. Capestone uses the T-Mobile Echt Unlimited data bundle as a backup. Mike Nicolai, Support Engineer at Capestone explains: “A big advantage of the KPN IoT Truly Unlimited proposition is that we can set a fixed IP address. This ensures that I can resolve any network issues remotely. In addition, it is also easier to build in security protocols with a fixed IP address.”
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