Cellular Devices: Understanding End-of-Life Technology and Upgrade Planning

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Akative's Tips for Replacing Obsolete Connectivity Devices

Cellular backup Internet routers are essential devices that provide Internet connectivity when the primary Internet connection fails. However, like all technological devices, cellular backup routers have a lifespan and will eventually reach the end of their useful life. In this blog, we will explore how cellular backup Internet routers go end-of-life, how to tell when a device needs to be replaced, and how to plan for replacement costs.

What is a Cellular Router for Backup Internet?

Akative's offerings, such as RocketFailover®, AkativeSD™, InternetAnywhere®, and VitalConnectivity®, utilize carrier-certified 4G LTE/5G devices to ensure businesses remain online 24/7. A cellular backup Internet router (sometimes also referred to as a cellular modem) is a device that provides redundant Internet connectivity when the primary Internet connection fails. The device provides connectivity to a cellular network via 4G LTE/5G and automatically kicks on when the Internet goes down and stays on until primary connectivity comes back online. This ensures that businesses and individuals have uninterrupted Internet connectivity.

Why do Cellular Backup Internet Routers/Modems Go End-of-life?

Like all technology, backup Internet devices have a finite lifespan. Thanks to improvements in cellular antennas and equipment quality, the typical device life span is about 6-8 years. However, when these devices do go end-of-life, there are a number of culprits.

  • Hardware Failure: Hardware failure is one of the most common reasons why cellular backup Internet routers go end-of-life. Components such as the router's processor, memory, and cellular modem can fail over time, rendering the device useless. Akative offers extended hardware warranties on most leased equipment to help combat the challenges of premature hardware failure.
  • Software Obsolescence: Another reason cellular backup Internet routers go end-of-life is software obsolescence. As cellular networks evolve, the routers may be unable to support newer cellular technologies, rendering them obsolete.
  • Discontinuation by Manufacturer: Manufacturers may discontinue the production of cellular backup Internet routers, making it difficult to cover warranty replacements, renewal licenses, and device support. It has been Akative's experience that Manufacturers usually always release newer, improved models to benefit users.

How to Tell When a Device Needs to be Replaced?

Several signs may indicate that a cellular backup Internet router needs to be replaced:

  • Slower Internet Speeds: If the router's Internet speed is significantly slower than usual, it may indicate hardware or software issues. In this case, replacing the router may be necessary. (However, sometimes slower Internet speeds can indicate that a larger bandwidth capacity device is needed.)
  • Frequent Downtime: If the router experiences frequent downtime, it may indicate hardware or software issues. Replacing the router may be necessary to ensure uninterrupted Internet connectivity and business continuity.
  • Compatibility Issues: If the router is not compatible with newer cellular technologies, such as 5G, it may be an indication that the device needs to be replaced. Akative has witnessed many businesses embracing 5G backup Internet for its obvious speed benefits. 5G data service requires a 5G capable device, so consulting an Akative representative is recommended before transitioning.

Looking for a replacement device?

Akative has many great options for carrier-certified cellular devices to fit your business needs.

How to Plan for Replacement Costs?

Planning for replacement costs is essential to ensure proper budget allocation and spending transparency. However, anticipating replacement costs can vary depending on the router's age, features, and manufacturer. Here are some tips to help you plan for replacement costs:

  • Research: It's no surprise that there's plenty of device options on the market; discussing your intended goals or continued service with Akative will help us research the appropriate cellular backup device for your business. Akative’s engineering team ensures the correct fit by collecting relevant information, such as network needs, the device's expected lifespan, and/or throughput capacity.
  • Budget: Determine your budget for replacing the cellular backup device. Akative offers several different pricing structures to ensure that your business has proper hardware for continued failover Internet service. In addition, we help you plan for the device cost and any additional expenses, such as licenses, management, and/or reconfigurations.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance of the router can help extend its lifespan. Devices managed by Akative include license management, updates for firmware/hardware, and other essential maintenance items to ensure transparency in monthly maintenance for your cellular backup device.

Upgrade Your Cellular Connectivity With Akative

In conclusion, backup Internet is critical for businesses to remain online 24/7 with uninterrupted Internet connectivity. Like all business planning, knowing your budget and being aware of replacement timelines will help you make strategic decisions and ensure business continuity. If your business has cellular failover hardware, but you're unsure if it needs to be upgraded, please contact Akative today. We're happy to help you assess and ensure that your business has what it needs for smooth connectivity.

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