4G – what’s all the hype about?
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
4G LTE Modules (accept SIM cards)
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:
- 4G/3G (7304)
- 4G/3G (7354)
4G USB Module for use with USB Modems
|4G USB Module|
- 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)
2 live broadcasts. Both on Tieline Codecs using 4G LTE! Rock and roll, baby! #tieline— Bill Eisenhamer (@Eisenhamer_Eng) November 1, 2013
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