Siemens has expanded its cellular router portfolio by adding the Ruggedcom RM1224 as an entry level device. The Ruggedcom RM1224 with 4G LTE worldwide connectivity and automatic fallback to 3G UMTS or EVDO cellular networks is suited for providing data communication to and from remote locations.

The router comes with an integrated four-port switch, which can be used to connect up to four Ethernet devices. It also includes two antenna connections, making it possible for operators to use multiple receive and transmit paths (antenna diversity) and thus increase both signal quality and bandwidth. The RM1224 has one digital IO and is equipped with its own redundant power supply for bridging short-term power failures.

It offers downlink speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s and uplink speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s via LTE. When there is no LTE available, the Ruggedcom RM1224 supports HSPA+ (Evolved High Speed Packet Access) and EVDO (Evolution Data Optimized). Depending on the available mobile service provider infrastructure, this enables high transmission rates to end devices (downlink) of up to 14.4 Mbit/s and back to the telecommunications network (uplink) of up to 5.76 Mbit/s. The RM1224 offers end-to-end communication link encryption via either IPsec or OpenVPN, and also offers an integrated firewall.