CPE Routers and MiFi routers are commonly used Internet devices in our daily life and work. But many people don’t know the difference between them. Which one is better? Which one is more suitable?
This article will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the characteristics and differences between these two devices, I believe you will have a deeper understanding of them.
What is a CPE Router?
The full name of CPE is Customer Premise Equipment. Simply put, it is a terminal that converts broadband or mobile signals into wireless WIFI signals directly; it can also convert high-speed 4G or 5G signals into WiFi or LAN ports and support multiple devices to access the Internet at the same time.
More directly, the CPE router is a combination of mobile Internet access and WiFi router, which can be used in any scene you can think of, such as home, office, travel, etc., to bring smooth Internet connection through home broadband or mobile network of telecommunication carriers.
How to use a CPE Router?
CPE routers are usually deployed at the subscriber end of FTTX home customer services to provide integrated access services such as cable broadband, IPTV, and VOIP to home customers.
CPE connects to the PON transmission network and downlinks to specific service equipment to complete the connection between the access network and user equipment.
CPE routers are usually widely used for wireless network access in rural areas, towns, hospitals, units, factories, communities, etc., which can save the value of laying wired networks. For most foreign countries, it will be more convenient to use a CPE router.
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How to set up the CPE router correctly?
1. Connecting Hardware Devices:
Plug the CPE Router’s power adapter into a power outlet and connect the power cord to the CPE Router’s power connector. Use the Ethernet cable to connect the LAN port of the CPE Router to a computer or other device. Make sure the connection is solid and reliable.
2. Enter the router setup interface:
Open your computer’s browser, enter the CPE Router’s default IP address (usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1), and press the Enter key. This will take you to the CPE router’s setup screen.
3. Logging into the Router:
In the setup screen, log in by entering the CPE Router’s default username and password. This information can usually be found in the CPE Router’s product manual or on the back label. After logging in, be sure to change the default password for added network security.
4. Network Connection Settings:
In the Settings screen, locate the “Network Settings” or similar options. Select the appropriate connection type (e.g. ADSL, Fiber, or Broadband) and access method (e.g. Dynamic IP or Static IP) according to the requirements of your Internet Service Provider. Fill in the required information and save the settings.
5. Wireless Network Settings:
If you want to use the wireless function of the CPE router, you can find “Wireless Settings” or similar options in the setup interface. Set the name (SSID) and password of the wireless network and select the encryption type. Make sure the password is strong enough to secure your wireless network.
6. Security Settings:
In the Settings screen, find “Security Settings” or similar options, you can set firewall, MAC address filtering, port forwarding, and other security features. Configure these security settings appropriately according to your needs and network environment to improve the security of your network.
7. Save Settings and Reboot the Router:
After completing all settings, be sure to save the settings and reboot the CPE Router for the settings to take effect. After rebooting, your CPE Router will start working properly and provide you with a reliable network connection.
Please note that the setup procedure may vary for different models of CPE routers, so before proceeding with the setup, please refer to the relevant product manual or consult the technical support of your network service provider.
What is a MiFi Router?
MiFi Router is a portable broadband wireless device, also known as a mobile WIFI hotspot. The devices are the size of a credit card and combine the functions of a modem, router, and access point.
MiFi Router has a lot in common with a mobile phone hotspot, so let’s briefly explore the differences between the two.
1. Battery life
MiFi routers can support 6-10 hours of continuous use and 200 hours of standby time. However, our mobile phones can’t do that. We can use Mobile Phone Hotspots temporarily or occasionally. Battery power can be depleted in a short period. When the battery runs out, we can’t use our mobile phones for important things.
2. Stable Signal
Mobile Phone often drops out and the network disconnects when there is an incoming call, which affects the experience of other terminals. It can also cause some damage if you disconnect from the network at a critical time. In contrast to Mobile Phones, the MiFi router has a stable signal that never affects the user experience.
3. Ultra-fast internet speeds
Mobile Phone Hotspots have a slower speed because of the number of applications the phone has to handle. But not with MiFi Router, it just focuses on linking and transmitting the network.
4. Multi-user connection support
Mobile phone hotspot also supports multiple devices being linked at the same time, but the mobile phone hotspot itself has limited resources to be allocated, and the bandwidth is certain, when more users are connected, the average allocation of the resources will be less, which will affect the users, so it is recommended that the number of simultaneous linked devices of a Mobile phone hotspot should not be more than 5 units.
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How does the MiFi Router work?
MiFi Router’s built-in modem receives wireless signals, which are then shared with other devices through the built-in router. One MiFi Router device can share this connection among multiple users and wireless devices.
How to use the MIFI Router？
Using a MiFi router is generally simple, and the exact steps may vary slightly depending on the specific model. Below is a general guide on how to use your MiFi router:
Insert the SIM card:
Open the back cover of the MiFi router.
Insert the SIM card into the designated slot. Make sure it is inserted correctly according to the instructions that came with the router.
Power on the MiFi router:
Press and hold the power button until the device turns on. The power button is usually located on the front or side of the router.
Connect to a MiFi network:
- On a WiFi-enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, turn on the WiFi settings.
- Find the name (SSID) of the MiFi network in the list of available networks.
- Select and connect to the MiFi network.
- If prompted, enter the WiFi password. You can find this password on your MiFi router or in its documentation.
Wait for the connection:
When the connection is complete, your device is ready to access the Internet through the MiFi router.
The difference between a CPE Router and a MIFI Router
Both CPE routers and MiFi routers can convert LTE signals into WiFi signals, which is convenient for us to surf the internet wirelessly with our WiFi devices. But there are some differences between them:
For CPE Router:
CPE routers are usually designed for fixed installations at the customer’s premises, such as a home or office.
In addition to wireless capabilities, they usually offer wired connectivity options such as Ethernet ports.
Broadband and mobile signal access:
CPE routers are usually used to connect to 4G / 5G networks and fixed-line broadband services such as SIM cards, DSL, cable, or fiber connections. VSOL LTE CAT6 CPE XMC2842 is a great example of this!
CPE routers are used to support multiple users in a fixed location and are suitable for providing Internet access to a home or business.
CPE routers can be equipped with an external antenna to improve signal reception, especially in areas with poor network conditions.
For MiFi Router:
Portable and mobile:
MiFi routers are designed for portability and are usually used when you are on the go. They are small and easy to carry.
They primarily provide a wireless connection, creating a WiFi hotspot that allows multiple devices to connect to the Internet without a wired connection.
Cellular data connection:
MiFi routers typically provide internet access using a cellular data network via a SIM card. They are ideal for situations where fixed-line broadband is unavailable or inconvenient.
MiFi routers usually come with a built-in battery that allows them to run without being plugged in. This feature makes them ideal for traveling and outdoor use.
While MiFi routers can support multiple users, they are better suited for smaller groups or individual users due to cellular data bandwidth limitations.
In short, CPE routers are designed for fixed installations and wired connections in homes or businesses that typically use fixed-line broadband services.
MiFi routers, on the other hand, are portable and provide wireless connectivity over a cellular network, making them suitable for on-the-go internet access, traveling, and situations where fixed-line broadband is not available or not practical.
How to Choose a CPE Router and MIFI Router?
Whether you choose a CPE router or a MiFi router depends on your specific use case, whether you need a fixed installation in your home or office or a portable solution to access the Internet anytime, anywhere.
Find the router that best meets your requirements by comparing the two devices above, taking specific factors into account, and comparing the different models.
Or you can get in touch with our professionals and we will provide you with the most suitable option.