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4G Xtream vs 4G Connect Comparison

 

Since the launch of our 4G Xtream product last year, we are often asked, “what are the differences between your 4G Connect and 4G Xtream products?” This article will highlight the main differences between the two products, so that you can decide which model would best suit your needs.

SUMMARY

Feature 4G Connect Pro 4G Xtream
4G Modem Specification MIMO technology Cat 4 Modem.
Single Core Atheros 400MHz Processor 64MB RAM.
Up to 150 MB/s
MIMO technology Cat 6 Modem
Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 717 MHz Processor 256 MB RAM.
Up to 300 MB/s
4G Antennas Dual external wide band high gain MIMO supplied with 7m cables and mounting bases.  (10 & 20m options available) Dual external wide band high gain MIMO supplied with 7m cables and mounting bases.  (10 & 20m options available)
Internal WiFi Single band 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n
Maximum 50 connections
Single antenna
Dual band 2.4 & 5GHz 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Maximum 150 connections
Dual antennas
SIM Slots 1 2
GPS NO YES
BlueTooth LE NO YES
NMEA interfacing Optional with LANLink N2K external interface or iKommunicate Built in certified NMEA 2000 interface for NMEA 2000 data distribution over wifi

 

SIM CARDS

The 4G Xtream has dual SIM slots (with auto fail over if required). Inserting the SIM card is very easy. The SIM slot is in the front cap of the unit. You don’t need to open the unit.

The 4G Connect has only one SIM slot. To insert the sim card, you must take off the 4 screws and then take off gently the end cap of the unit. The SIM card slot is inside the unit.

Both products are fully unlocked and can accept SIM cards from most of the popular network operators. The only exception is Verizon in the US, which we do not support with either product.

 

SIM CARD CONFIGURATION

With the 4G Xtream, you don’t need to configure the APN settings of the SIM card. It has a “Auto-APN” feature that reads the SIM details and selects the correct APN settings for the SIM’s mobile network. APN stands for Access Point Name and they are all the parameters of the network provider. With the 4G Connect Pro, you need to configure the APN settings and you therefore need to look up online the SIM card parameters with a website such as : https://www.apnsettings.org/

APN settings 4GConnect

 

SPEED

The 4G Xtream has a CAT 6 modem so it offers fast connectivity at up to 300 MBs (network dependent). It also supports carrier aggregation where two LTE channels can be used at the same time to double the bandwidth (network dependent).

The 4G Connect has a CAT 4 modem so it offers fast connectivity at up to 150 MBs (network dependent). It does not support carrier aggregation.

Also, the 4GXtream has four times the RAM and a quad core processor running twice the speed of the 4GConnect’s single core processor.

 

LTE BANDS

4GXtream comes in two models: ROW or USA

Part Number Regions Details
4G Xtream ROW version Europe, Middle East, Africa, APAC, Malaysia, Brazil and Australasia 4G (LTE-FDD): B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, B28, B32
4G (LTE-TDD): B38, B40, B41
3G: B1, B3, B5, B8
4G Xtream US Version North America 4G (LTE-FDD): B2, B4, B5, B7, B12, B13, B25, B26, B29,B30, B66
3G: B2, B4, B5

 

4GConnect comes in three models: Euro, USA or ROW

Product Regions Details
4G Connect Europe Version Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Korea, Thailand, India 4G (LTE-FDD): B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20
4G (LTE-TDD): B38, B40, B413G: B1, B5, B8
4G Connect US Version North America (AT&T, Bell, T-Mobile) 4G (LTE-FDD): B2, B4, B12
3G: B2, B4, B5
4G Connect ROW Version ROW, South America, Australia (supports 4GX), New Zealand, Taiwan 4G (LTE-FDD): B1, B22, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B28
4G (LTE-TDD): B403G: B1, B2, B5, B8

 

WIFI NETWORK & ETHERNET

The 4G Xtream has two built-in WiFi network (2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz). One wifi network can be used to access a shoreside hotspot (2.4GHz). The 4G Xtream has a 3 x LAN ports and 1 x WAN port. All ports work up to 1000Mb/s (1 Gigabit).

The 4G Connect only has one WiFi network (2.4 Ghz). The 4G Connect has 1 x LAN and 1 x WAN port. All ports work up to 100Mb/s

 

 

 

ACCESSING THE BOAT’S DATA

4G Xtream has a built in NMEA 2000 interface which allows NMEA 2000 data to be utilised by apps on mobile devices connected to the system. GPS, AIS, instrument data and NMEA 2000 data are streamed from the boat’s system across the wifi network.

The 4G Connect does not have any NMEA interface. However, by adding a LANLink you can connect the Ethernet interface and stream all the NMEA 0183 and/or NMEA 2000 data across the 4G Connect WiFi network.

 

BOAT MONITORING

4G Xtream is supplied with a GPS antenna. It supports text message polling of GPS data and alerts through its internal GPS function. If you connect one of our latest NavAlert units to the NMEA 2000 network, 4G Xtream can send any text message alerts configured on the NavAlert.

You can also access remotely all the NMEA 2000 data because the 4G Xtream supports VPNs and this technology is well proven but requires specialist 3rd party IP network knowledge to implement.

The 4G Connect doesn’t support those functionalities.

NMEA 2000 interface of 4G Xtream

 

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