There are quite a few boards/routers out there that have a Mini-PCIe slot with SIM in them. However, we would like to use Sierra Wireless EM7565 which unlike their other cards, is only available in the M.2 format.
Anyone have recommendations on something that has a M.2 with SIM? Ideally it would have a couple gigabit ethernet ports, 802.11AC wifi, and be low cost if possible.
So far I have found the MinnowBoard Turbot Dual Ethernet Dual-Core which is $175 (or the quad core version for $199). This seems to be a good fit, but doesn't have wifi built in. It does have a M.2 slot with SIM.
I am more worried about the Sierra Wireless EM7565 card working, which requires a M.2 with SIM. Overall, now that you mention wifi I don't think this Minnorboard would be a good fit. It would be if I didn't want Wifi.
I am not leaning towards more of the traditional boards that do have a Mini PCIe with SIM, and just using the $10 MiniPCIe to M.2 converter. So this gives me a lot more low cost options right?
I've been using a we826 with an mc7455 modem (m-pcie) and have recently upgraded to a mtk rbm33g with the same modem, I am looking to upgrade the modem to either the quectel em20 or em7565, either way I will need an adapter, I have been looking for boards with an m2 slot that supports m2 + sim. I gave up and settled on the rbm33g. What it does mean is that i can add a wifi card, currently the board has a compex wle900vx 3x3 card in it, all in all its a great solution for my needs.
I only upgraded the board as I found that the fast ethernet only ports on the we826 were being saturated and capping at 99mbps, on the rbm33g the limit is now the modem, on my cellular service the max I have seen is 193mbps, but only when the towers are very quiet. Just thought i'd chime in on this discussion as I've been through a similar process in terms of what to get. Have a look at The ROOter Project, ofmodemsandmen.com, its openwrt but geared towards cellular, in my experience so far it produces a much more stable internet connect than qmi and mbim on plain openwrt.