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Cellular Backup ISP Service

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I have a home office and depend on my internet connection for income. In addition the industry I work in requires fast response times in some cases. MY ISP goes down I lose work and sometimes customers have serious consequences if I cannot make changes quickly. Tethering my cellular device is a solution but I am looking for something more permanent/seamless and flexible solution. A second service from the "other" provider is not possible due to wire sharing and incompatible technologies.
 
My thoughts are that a “cellular modem” like my cable modem connected to my already owned dual WAN routers (RV042 Linksys and a Watchguard Firebox, I am not using both just mentioning what I have) matched to my 4G LTE wireless service where my plan has a larger than we need data plan so an occasional fail-over would not be a problem would be ideal. My problem is locating the proper equipment. My carrier offers a device that might work but my use case is not its intended purpose and this would necessitate a new router as it is USB only, no Ethernet.

I have located an article or two here but hours of searching have produced no fruitful results for devices because I am not exactly sure what I need in my particular mix of equipment/needs.

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by:alexziv
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cellular isp are not for buissines, only for you phone maybe, try a real isp.
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by:mohrk
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I have a real ISP I need a backup in case the main one goes down. There are no others available to me.
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by:alexziv
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try to call the current isp for a backup line(backbone). it must have, depends of isp and it.s lt cheaper couse is only used just when you out of power or other reason, your isp it will be able to offer you a backup connection with lower speed.
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by:mohrk
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Alexziv,

Not a bad idea but I am thinking "eggs in one basket" if they have major infrastructure issues but I see your point to the backbone. If that is the issue most of use will hang it up anyway.
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by:alexziv
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not necessary, depends from an isp to another, you may stil give it a try, or you can use a router that use sim card, but you need another contract with the gsm network inyour area witch will cost you a lot for this kind of necessity .
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if your isp have this option of backing up connection it will use another line than that you usually have.
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by:mohrk
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Thanks my solution was to use the hot-spot device from the carrier, disable any unnecessary features such as Wi-Fi (for users who I assume do not have their own cellular access) and connect it to a purpose built router. This gave for me, the most bang for the buck. The device was free (0.99 with 2yr $149 otherwise) and adding on to existing service with plenty of data left over was $20 per month. The router was a bit steep at $200 but I could have gone a bit cheaper.
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thanks,
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