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4G – what’s all the hype about?

  ------ 4G Verizon LTE modem with USB module in Commander

 Commander G3 with a 4G USB Module and

4G LTE modem (sold separately)

4G is the fourth generation of cellular wireless technology standards and the term is normally used when referring to Long Term Evolution Advanced (4G LTE) and WiMAX, with both technologies offering high speed wireless data rates.

4G networks deliver higher bit rates and better audio quality for remotes over wireless data networks compared to 3G. 4G LTE networks are the natural progression from WCDMA/UMTS 3G networks and have been rolled out in many countries across the globe.

WiMAX Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) using Wi-Fi are also being rolled out across the globe and offer an alternative to LTE technology for wireless IP broadcasting.

Tieline's 4G module solutions are designed to connect to 4G networks and  automatically fail over to 3G/HSPA+ networks when 4G coverage is unavailable. Check with your local Telco to ensure this functionality is available.

Tieline 4G Wireless Module Options

Tieline has you covered with a range of 4G module options to allow Commander G3 and i-Mix G3 codecs to connect over 4G LTE wireless networks.

4G LTE Modules (accept SIM cards)

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  4G-LTE Module

Two versions of Tieline 4G LTE modules are available to support different wireless networks globally and both modules accept full sized SIM cards. These modules are:

  1. 4G/3G (7304)
  2. 4G/3G (7354)
To find out which one of these modules will work in your region please visit the 4G LTE page.
Note: These modules are currently unavailable in the US and Canada. If you want to connect using 4G networks in these regions we recommend using a Cradlepoint wireless router.

4G USB Module for use with USB Modems

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  4G USB Module
IMPORTANT: From April 2015 Tieline no longer sells the USB G3 module.
Tieline also no longer supports the use of the following modems in USB G3 modules:
  • Pantech® 4G LTE USB Modem UML290 (available from Verizon Wireless™)
  • Verizon Wireless™ 4G LTE USB Modem 551L (available from Verizon Wireless™)
  • Telstra™ USB 4G Modem 320U (available from Telstra™ retailers in Australia)
This is due to  customers encountering connection problems when using these modems. Tieline recommends using the Tieline 4G-LTE module instead.
If you need to connect over Verizon wireless networks in the US we recommend using a Cradlepoint wireless router, such as the MBR95.


What’s better, 3G or 4G?

3G networks maintain widespread coverage in nearly all countries and regions, so don’t throw away your 3G gear just yet!

3G wireless networks are adequate for broadcasting wireless IP audio using algorithms like LC-AAC, HE-AAC, Tieline Music and Tieline MusicPLUS, however many regions now experience congestion due to large numbers of network subscribers sharing limited available bandwidth.

4G offers significantly higher bit rates and therefore more reliable connectivity. Be careful to not connect your codecs at bit rates which don’t offer any additional audio quality and just eat up your data allowance much faster.


More about 4G LTE...

  • Click here to read how Cumulus used 4G LTE to broadcast live at the Super Bowl using Tieline codecs
  • Click here to read how New Rushmore Radio uses 4G USB modules to broadcast over 4G LTE
  • Click here to read more about IP audio solutions using WiMAX
  • Click here to view Verizon's 4G wireless coverage in the US
  • Click here to view AT&T's 4G wireless coverage in the US
  • Click here to find out more about WiMAX and 4G LTE