New wireless "Broadband Bonding" technology

Mushroom Networks has been in the "broadband bonding" business for quite a while now, but we're guessing they're going to find a few more fans with their new wireless broadband gear, which promises the fastest cellular-based internet connection to date. Like the company's previous PortaBella device (pictured above, not exactly to scale), its new rig can combine up to four different cellular data cards into a single high-speed connection, but this one is fully portable (just over a pound) and, perhaps most importantly, it has an optional battery pack that'll let you be truly mobile with it. That, Mushroom says, makes the device ideal for a whole range of applications that can be a bit tricky with a single modem, like mobile TV broadcasting or temporary offices set up in a disaster area. Unfortunately, there's no word on pricing just yet, but it doesn't exactly take much guesstimating to figure out that it's likely not the most cost-effective solution around.

PortaBella is now shipping and caters to markets demanding fast, reliable and secure portable Internet access such as:

  • News-gathering agencies (DNG / ENG crews, outside broadcasting trucks)
  • Mobile TV broadcasting
  • CCTV
  • Security and remote monitoring video cameras (business and consumer)
  • Transportation and specialty vehicles (buses, trains, taxis, limousines)
  • Maritime (commercial, private, and military)
  • Point of sale / information kiosks (Internet kiosks, banks, gas stations, digital signage)
  • Government agencies (FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, Office of National Capital Region Coordination – NCRC, and Department of Emergency Response)
  • Temporary Offices (construction trailers, portable tent offices, unconnected commercial offices)
  • Cellular backhaul to WIFI hotspots

Mushroom Networks is actively pursuing channel partners to expand PortaBella’s reach across its targeted verticals. For more information on PortaBella including a brochure available for download, visit the products section of the company’s website at