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3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

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3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

Sprint currently seems to support this usb modem Franklin U772 USB Modem 

However is seems that the Z1/Z3 or MX doesn't who do I need to speak to get this support added.

Our customers would like the sprint service as the price point is acceptable and modem cost is very low.

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Re: 3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

@Cowboyflr,

 

You best path to requesting integration of a new USB modem is to contact support and make the request with them, as well you could use the "make a wish" link on the dashboard to submit your request. You could also work with your sales rep, if your project is of considerable size you may sway someone.

 

Honestly, getting a modem integrated with Meraki is a long process and takes a considerable amount of effort.  I would suggest you explore the currently integrated options which are listed here... https://documentation.meraki.com/MX-Z/Cellular/3G_-_4G_Cellular_Failover or use a Cellular modem with a copper Ethernet hand-off.

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Re: 3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

Don't bother trying to use USB 3G/4G modems.  They are not worth the hassle.

 

Use a unit that has an Ethernet port on it, so you can just plug it into a WAN port on an MX.

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Re: 3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

@Cowboyflr

 

Unfortunately, you're going to want to look into a different device that's already been approved/certified. The time it would take to certify a new device is likely going to be longer than you're implementation timeline. We have 900+ MX's in the wild using primarily U620L's & UML290's with Verizon service. There are issues with the connection status in the dashboard reporting 'Ready' when in fact there is not a full cellular signal. Our ticket made it's way into the Meraki 'blackhole', however there has been some progress recently on fixing this.

 

I certainly respect PhilipDAth's point of view; However, I also understand that depending on the level of need (or SLA) for failover, it just doesn't always make sense in terms of cost and ROI. Our modems were almost entirely refurbished for around $40 a pop. We've had sites running multiple weeks on these while we work with the local carrier to resolve their issues. Reliability is definitely a case-by-case basis though. Certain USB modems can be outfitted with external antennae if the reception is just too poor.

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Re: 3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

Unfortunately the Z1/Z3 product doesn't support a second WAN port ( however in local configuration page it says you can make port 2 internet or Lan it doesn't work ) so only USB for cellular , as stupid as that is, but that the deal.
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Re: 3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

Maybe I will have to use the Verizon solution...it just seems a shame to pay $50/ mo for 6 GB when sprint has 50 GB for the same price
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Re: 3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

It would seem to me that the community could pressure on them to support the current offering from the big 3 sprint, tmobile verizon ..if the won't support the 2nd internet connection on the Z1/Z3 product line.
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Re: 3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

I'm not going to offer up any insider information (because I really don't have it), but there have been rumors about Meraki releasing a security appliance with built-in cellular abilities in the near-ish future. If that is in fact true, I have a feeling that's where the focus/engineering is being placed at this time.

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Re: 3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

When you say the three big ones @Cowboyflr - none of them even operate in my country.  Globally I suspect they may not even make the top ten list.

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Re: 3g 4g failover usb modem upgrade to support Franklin U772 USB Modem

sorry usa based ....thought they might have checked in usa 


@PhilipDAthwrote:

When you say the three big ones @Cowboyflr - none of them even operate in my country.  Globally I suspect they may not even make the top ten list.


 

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