We had to have backup internet at a remote site and Verizon was the only choice. I use a Verizon USB modem plugged into a Peplink Dual WAN router that fails over to it when the primary internet fails. I needed/wanted a static IP from Verizon and it cost me $500 one time. As long as I keep that service going, it will be cost effective. It hasn't been the most reliable, but it has held our audio during outages of the primary internet. I pay for 20 GB of data but typically use 8-12GB per month, depending on the number of outages. If I had to rely on it alone, it would become very expensive.
Spectrum charges us $10/mo for static IPs.
We will be moving that transmitter to an even more remote location and it looks like my only immediate option will be to beam my current internet to the new location via a microwave link and keep using Verizon as backup.
Tom Van Gorkom
Radio Esperanza Engineering, KRIO AM/FM, KOIR FM
Rio Grande Bible Institute
4300 S US Hwy 281
Edinburg, TX 78539
If you did not order a static IP for the particular box, you will see a public IP on the Verizon service which is shared among any number of devices. Think of it as sort of a public address of its gateway being displayed. For that to work, you wouold have to program port forwarding in the provider's router/firewall. That is not going to happen.
The solution is to order static IP for the particular boxes that need port forwarding so that there is a public IP assigned directly to your box. The price from a typical provider can be higher than your pain threshold so you may need to negotiate with someone who handles the IOT accounts to get the best rate. Our static IPs cost us an additional $5/mo each.
I have a Verizon Cradle Point IBR-600 that I use for emergency internet backup and site security for project sites. They are available for all of the major carriers. It's internal router will do port forwarding but I have not yet found a way to beat it into submission... It _should_ be forwarding ports but in my limited time working with it, have not been able to make it work in that respect. It does provide a very stable internet connection that is dependent on the received signal and bandwidth available. TeamViewer and browsing works great.
It has both a wired RJ-45 port and strong wireless built in. I have a cheap laptop with TeamViewer that I typically leave at a site for remote control & IP camera monitoring via either wifi or a wired switch (usually a small Netgear switch). I feel certain that the port forwarding issue would be simply solved but for the most part is not an issue with the TV connection to the little HP laptop.
Also be aware that IF you push backup audio to a stream decoder IP via the cell connection, it uses your data whether you are using the stream or not...
Alan Kilgore, CPBE
WRVM Chief Engineer