Like many other industries, the retail sector is embracing the transformation to the Internet of Things. The acceleration is partly caused by the COVID pandemic. Orders are often placed online from home. The potential of the retail sector in our digital age is overwhelming, but the industry is aware of its own problems and drawbacks. High pressure on delivery services and lack of technical knowledge online. However, the pandemic has prompted many retailers to rethink their digital strategy strategy and speed of implementation. In addition to optimizing the transport process, IoT helps to reduce costs, stimulate growth and improve the customer experience.


Choosing a 4G/5G router solution for primary internet connectivity and WiFi on board a boat involves the following issues:

  • Which devices will use the internet? Consider, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, cameras and chartplotters
  • How many devices are using 4G or 5G at the same time. How many devices go online at the same time?
  • Is there a separate network for “Business” and “Crew”?
  • Where is the boat sailing; The Netherlands, Europe or Worldwide. Select the SIM card for the correct reception.
  • Does the router also have to be suitable for satellite connections?
  • Are there also devices that are connected to the internet without WiFi receivers, such as PCs or chartplotters?
  • Want to save on data usage by using public WiFi networks when available?
  • Should the ship or boat also be able to be located using GPS?
  • Can also manage router (s) remotely? For example, make adjustments or perform a software update?


In case of more extensive wishes for the internet for ships, an inventory is first made of all the wishes that there are. Below, the most common wishes and the necessary properties of the 4G / 5G router are explained.

Non-WiFi devices on the internet? Choose a 4G/5G router with LAN ports

Are there devices that do not have a built-in WiFi receiver, such as PCs or built-in devices? These can then mainly be connected to the internet via a router with 1 or more LAN ports. Via a LAN cable, the device such as a PC or workstation is then connected to the internet via the 4G / 5G connection.

Save on data usage? Choose a 4G/5G router with WiFi as WAN (WAW)

WiFi as WAN means that the router can also receive WiFi and not only broadcast. This can be useful to make use of existing – free – networks as soon as they are available, for example in the port or near the shore. This can result in significant savings in data usage.

Maximum 4G/5G internet redundancy? Choose a router with multiple SIM cards

Are the requirements for the mobile 4G / 5G data connection business critical? Then choose a dual-SIM router. Is a lot of bandwidth also required? Then view a router with 4 SIM card slots or even 8 SIM card slots. This means that two, four or eight SIM cards fit in the router, which offers the following benefits;

  • Switch to another provider as soon as the network deteriorates or goes down completely.
  • Switch from SIM 1 to SIM 2 when the data credit on SIM 1 is used up.
  • Load balancing of data traffic
  • Linking multiple 4G connections into a single super-fast combined data stream thanks to so-called “bonding” technology.

Want to know where the boat is? Choose a 4G / 5G router with GPS

A router with GPS ensures that a boat can always be located via the GPS / Glonass satellite network. This is particularly interesting for inland shipping, seagoing shipping and companies that rent out boats. GPS is also useful in tracking down assets in the event of theft.

Remotely manage the router? Choose a 4G/5G router with a cloud management system

Nowadays almost all routers come standard with a cloud management system from the manufacturer or supplier. With a cloud management system, routers can be set remotely and firmware updates can be carried out. This also offers the possibility to manage or limit data usage, for example.


Cradlepoint E300
  • Firewall Throughput: 940 Mbpse300
  • WAN Connectivity: 4G Cat 4 or Cat 18, GbE, SFP+
  • LAN Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, GbE
  • Open temporary locations without compromising security or reliability.
  • Failover for reliable hybrid connectivity.
  • 5G Ready and can be used as a controller for Cradlepoint 5G Wideband Adapters.
Teltonika RUT240
  • Compact, powerful router with Ethernet and I/ORut240
  • LTE Cat 4 with speeds up to 150 Mbps
  • WAN Failover, automatic switching to available Backup connection
  • Wireless Access Point with Hotspot functionality
  • Compact size, easy integration
  • Digital Input/Output for remote monitoring and control
  • Teltonika Remote Management System
Huawei B818-263
  • 4G Router LTE CAT.19 based on 3GPP Release 13B818-263
  • 4 to 5 times Carrier Aggregation with 4×4 MiMo
  • Download speed: 1,600 Mbps
  • Upload speed: 150 Mbps
  • Dual band WiFi 802.11 b / g / n / a / ac. Connect up to 64 devices to WiFi.
  • 1x Gigabit LAN ports
  • 1x Gigabit WAN / LAN port
  • 2 external 4G antenna connections with a TS-9 connector
TP-Link TL-SG105
  • TL-SG105 LATEN STAANDesktop switch
  • 5 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 ports
  • Support Auto-MDI / MDIX
  • With Green Ethernet: energy-saving technology
  • IEEE 802.3x flow control ensures reliable data transmission
  • Steel housing, suitable for desktop or wall mounting
  • Supports 802.1p / DSCP QoS and IGMP Snooping
  • Plug and play: no configuration required
4G MIMO Antenna
  • Outdoor antenna | 3-7 dBi | 2 x 10 meter cable | SMA Malemimo antenna
  • Gain 700-960MHz: 3 dBi
  • Gain 1700-2700MHz: 7 dBi
  • Max Power: 50 Watt
  • VSWR: <2.0 Typical
  • Impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Dimensions: height 370 mm, thickness 74 mm
  • Cable: 2 x 10 meters CELF200 with SMA connections
  • Mounting: antenna suitable for fixed mounting, mounting bracket for wall, pole, mast included
Prepaid 4G Connectivity
  • Comgate Prepaid EU + USA Data SIM Card
  • Fast mobile internet in all countries within Europe and America.
  • Including management portal
  • Developed for business applications in 3G / 4G network equipment
  • Available from 100MB to 100GB
  • Can be stored for 5 years from the moment of activation
  • Easily top up credit via management portal


4G/5G for Maritime

In practice, most water sports enthusiasts on inland waterways have a WiFi router that can connect 32 devices to the internet at the same time.

4G / 5G antenna for better reception

With a good 4G / 5G antenna on the boat, the internet solution is complete for most water sports enthusiasts. Such an outdoor antenna picks up the signal better than the built-in or supplied antenna of the router. The router is often in the cabin, so that the signal is weakened.

To achieve the highest speed with the chosen router, MiMo antennas offer the best solution.

NOTE: only possible with routers with 2 external antenna connections.

WiFi antenna for the boat

If there is not only WiFi in the cabin or the place where the router is located, but also on the entire deck, then a WiFi antenna is indispensable. Without an antenna, the signal will arrive weakened outside. With the antenna, it comes out of the router via the antenna cables, where it is sent through the antenna.

Conversely, the WiFi antenna can also ensure that the WiFi signal of a public network is amplified in the cabin.

NOTE: only possible with routers with one or more external WiFi antenna connections.


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