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About 5G CPE: Features, comparisons, and Solutions


With the advent of 5G and CPE, 5G CPE is becoming more and more popular. But most people are not familiar with it, do not know it is different from other network devices such as ONUs, WiFi routers, mobile WiFi, and some people do not know how to use it well. Now in this article, we will take a detailed look at the features and solutions of 5G Cpes. A comparison between different networking methods is also listed.

Part 1: What is 5G CPE?

Customer Premise Equipment (5G CPE) is a 5G terminal device designed to connect more users' devices such as mobile phones, ipads or PCS to the Internet by receiving 5G signals from 5G base stations and transferring them to the Internet. WiFi signal or wired signal.

We can think of 5G CPE as a small base station or a combination of router and mobile WiFi. You can use 5G CPE to enhance or hide signals when coverage is weak in certain corners of your home/business, or when you travel to areas such as the far mountains. In addition, it is easy to carry out and users can access the Internet anytime and anywhere.

One might think that 5G Cpes are similar to mobile WiFi or routers. In fact, they are different. In the next section, we will do a detailed comparison to help you learn CPE well.

Part 2: Why Choose 5G CPE?

1. 5G CPE vs ONU

To be precise, ONUs are also Cpes. But ONUs connect to fiber access devices and 5G Cpes connect to 5G base stations. 5G CPE uses similar or the same 5G chips as 5G mobile phones, with strong 5G connectivity capabilities and support for SA/NSA networking and 4G/5G. Its speed is comparable to that of an ONU. However, compared with ONUs, Cpes are more flexible and mobile. In some sparsely populated areas, deploying fiber is difficult and expensive. Therefore, these areas always access the Internet by setting up an outdoor CPE to receive the signal from the base station and convert it to a local signal.

2. 5G CPE and WiFi router

The 5G CPE is a combination of a 5G modem and a WiFi router. The device connects to the WiFi or LAN port of the CPE by inserting a 5G SIM card. However, a WiFi router is a WiFi signal projector that connects to a modem, router, or switch via a cable. The smart device is then able to pick up the WiFi signal and access the network. WiFi routers will not be able to provide network without wiring.

3. 5G CPE and mobile WiFi

In fact, 5G CPE can be seen as an improved version of mobile WiFi. But 5G CPE has stronger antenna gain. 5G Cpes are also better at receiving and sending signals than mobile phones, which makes 5G Cpes used for testing outdoor 5G applications. In addition, 5G CPE has faster transmission speed, wider coverage and supports more devices.

4. 5G CPE and wired network

Obviously, wiring networks from deployment to installation can take a long time and cost. It's also not necessary for some people who rent or travel on a short-term basis. Using 5G CPE will save unnecessary costs. It is easy to carry and allows plug and play.


All in all, 5G CPE perfectly combines the low cost and wide broadband of WiFi. Here are the three main functions:

● Flexible mobility: Unlike ONUs and WiFi routers, which are fixed in one place, 5G Cpes are portable and can be taken anywhere with 5G coverage.

● Convenient and low cost: 5G CPE router allows you to access the Internet through the SIM card. There is no expense and no time required to have the same cost as in other ways.

● Equal performance: 5G CPE is comparable to ONU/WiFi router/mobile WiFi in terms of transmission speed, connected devices and coverage.

Part 3: V-SOL 5G CPE Solution: Wireless Home Broadband.

In addition to using 5G CPE to solve weak signals indoors or outdoors, 5G CPE is also well used in the establishment of wireless home broadband and industrial Internet of Things. V-SOL has come up with a solution that fits its 5G CPE device.

Outdoor 5G CPE with mesh network:

Below is the frame for setting up your home broadband using V-SOL Outdoor CPE XGC5552 and WiFi mesh router HG3610ACM. Now let's take a look at these two products.

① 5G outdoor CPE XGC5552

● Download speed up to 3.5Gbps

● PoE power supply is supported

● Has a 2.5 Gigabit LAN port.

● 5G CPE equipment can be mounted on a wall or pole, whether it is raining or high temperature, it can withstand bad weather.

② WiFi mesh router HG3610ACM

● Two WAN/LAN ports and one DC 12V/1A.

● Support 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual frequency bands, integrated throughput of 1.2Gbps, including 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 867Mbps.

● Chip built-in PA & LNA, improve signal coverage and stability.

● 4 high gain antennas, stronger signal, the maximum number of connected devices up to 128.

We can see from the figure that 5G outdoor CPE receives 5G signals from 5G base stations. It then transmits the electrical signal to the wifi mesh router by connecting the two devices with a cable. This wifi mesh router will also function as the primary router. There are several wifi mesh routers placed around your home, and they are from the router. These wifi mesh routers in your home will set up mesh wifi networks. In this way, the wireless home network is created successfully.

Isn't it more convenient and faster than traditional wiring networks or fiber-optic access networks?

5G CPE can also be applied to industrial iot such as smart factories, in addition to testing in various 5G situations. Through the combination of MEC edge computing points involving 5G core network and edge computing cloud platform, industrial Internet can be connected to more detection or monitoring scenarios. The limitless potential of 5G CPE awaits exploration.