MultiTech MultiConnect rCell 100 LAN LTE modem

MultiTech is a US based manufacturer of telecommunication equipment. The MultiTech modems are readily available in the US and Canada, a welcome situation because modems from other brands that are compatible with Diafaan SMS Server are often difficult to find in North America.

MultiConnect rCell 100 modem

MultiConnect rCell 100 modem

For this review, we tested the LTE version of the MultiConnect rCell 100 LAN modem for the European market (MultiTech product code: MTR-LEU1-B07). This model works worldwide on GSM based 2G, 3G and 4G networks. The modem is also available in versions for the US (with separate models for the Verizon and AT&T LTE networks) and for older 2G and 3G networks.

MultiConnect rCell 100 specifications
Connection USB
Frequency bands 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100, 2600
Network protocols 2G, 3G and 4G
Setting up the rCell modem
Setting up the rCell modem

Setting up the MultiTech rCell modem

The Multitech rCell modems is a wireless LAN router and not just a basic wireless modem. When it is used as an SMS modem for Diafaan SMS Server, the router functionality must be disabled so that Diafaan SMS Server has direct access to the wireless module over the network connection. Direct access to the wireless module can be enabled in the Telnet Radio Access settings in the Cellular section of the web interface of the modem. Select the Enabled and Raw options in the settings and click on the Submit to save the new settings.

Add the rCell modem to Diafaan SMS Server
Add the rCell modem to Diafaan SMS Server

To add the modem to Diafaan SMS Server, add a new GSM Modem Gateway and select TCP/IP as the modem, provide the IP number of the rCell router and the port number for the Telnet Radio Access (the default is port number 5000). Diafaan SMS Server found the modem without any problems, the modem identifies itself as a Telit LE910-EUG 4G module.

Daily operation

During our tests the MultiConnect MultiConnect rCell 100 modem worked without any problems. The modem supports the full reboot command from Diafaan SMS Server after the 4G modem encounters a problem. It also recovers well after the network connection has temporarily been down.

SMS send speed

Network Vodafone 3G
Signal quality Average
Time to send 500 messages of 160 characters, delivery confirmation enabled. All messages sent to the same number (concurrent send and receive) 9 minutes 47 seconds

Conclusion

The MultiTech MultiConnect rCell 100 4G LAN modem that we tested is an excellent modem for use with Diafaan SMS Server. The easy availability of the modem in North America makes it an especially attractive choice for use in the US and Canada.