Hello everyone, welcome back to another Peplink unboxing video. Today we have our hands on a Balance 20X LTEA BPL-021X-LTEA-US-T-PRM. So, let’s get right into the unboxing. The first thing you will see is the setup guide. It explains the process for basic product setup.
After that, you will see all the accessories which include 2 SMA LTE Antennas, 2 Wi-Fi Dual Band Antennas, 1 16ft GPS Antenna, 1 2V 3A Power Supply
Now let’s get into the router itself. The router is very slim it is 10.3 inches long while only being 1.3 inches in height. The router supports 900 megabits per second of stateful throughput and up to 100 Megabits per second of unencrypted SpeedFusion throughput. The router’s new and more capable CAT-7 cellular modem with a redundant sim slot, allows for 300 Megabits per second download and 150 Megabits per second upload while having the benefits of SpeedFusion like Hot Failover, WAN Smoothing and Bandwidth Bonding.
Additionally, the Balance 20x has built in Wi-Fi 5, meaning it transmits 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands. Being able to operate in as low as 14° Fahrenheit and as high as 113°F allows the device to be used in multiple environments.
Moving on to the rear interface, the Balance 20x has a single 1 Gigabit WAN port and four 1 Gigabit LAN ports. At both ends of the router you will see the wifi antenna ports. To the left of the router you will see the power port. To the left of the ethernet ports you will see the GPS antenna port. Finally, to the left of the GPS antenna is the mini Flexmodule slot. This mini slot allows for multiple different WAN upgrades including an DSL module, an additional LTEA cellular module, or a 5G cellular module, all of which can be bonded together to maximize throughput with Speed fusion Cloud. Moving on to the front, on both ends are the cellular antennas ports for the built-in category 7 modem. To the left is the reset button and the status lights. The status light should be solid green if the router is fully booted and the cellular light will be solid green if it is connected to a cellular network.
If the cellular light is off, the modem isnt initialized or the device isn’t detecting a sim card, if the cellular light is flashing then the modem detected a sim card and the router is trying to connect to a carrier. To the right of the serial port is the USB WAN port, this allows for more versatility and cellular expansion with the MAX Adapter 5G or other USB modems.
Now let’s put it all together, I suggest starting with the GPS, after that simply connect the 2 cellular antennas, and then the 2 Wi-Fi antennas, all of these are just hand tight, pliers are not needed. Now just plug in the power. Once the status is solid green the router can be accessed locally by going to https://192.168.50.1 or if the router is online with sim cards, you can add the serial number to InControl2 for remote management and configuration.
The Peplink Balance 20x offer incredible versatility, 5G expandability, and provides the amazing benefits of Speedfusion. Thank you so much for watching. We hope you enjoyed this video.