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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Novatel Wireless Enters Into Agreement To Sell Its Mobile Broadband (MiFi®) Business For $50,000,000

 

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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ:MIFI), a leading global provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has entered into an agreement with T.C.L. Industries Holdings, a Hong Kong company ("TCL"), whereby Novatel Wireless will sell to TCL its mobile broadband business (including its MiFi® branded hotspots and USB modem product lines) for a cash payment of US $50,000,000 payable at closing.  The closing of the transaction is subject to the receipt of various regulatory authority approvals, as well as the approval of Novatel Wireless's stockholders and convertible noteholders.  The closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2017.

"The sale of Novatel Wireless's mobile broadband business to TCL is the most transformative event in Novatel Wireless's history, and punctuates our period of metamorphosis," said Sue Swenson, Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Novatel Wireless.  Ms. Swenson added, "Upon the closing of the transaction with TCL, Novatel Wireless will no longer sell any products it sold at the beginning of 2015.  We will have transitioned the company from a hardware-only business with approximately 80% of revenues tied to one customer into a predominantly SaaS, services and solutions business with thousands of customers generating recurring revenues. Going forward, we will deepen our focus on our recurring revenue IoT solutions such as our Ctrack telematics solutions, including fleet management and asset tracking & monitoring, and our Feeney Wireless ("FW") business connectivity solutions, such as our recently launched Ignite offering.

Editor Note:  Kind of shocking that a company would value older/dead technology (MiFi & USB modems) worth 50 million. 




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 September 2016 )
 
Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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Cel-Fi Smart Signal Boosters a Top Seller for 3Gstore,
Nextivity's Newest Master Reseller and Direct Web Partner

All online sales of Cel-Fi managed exclusively by 3Gstore

SAN DIEGO - September 27, 2016 - Nextivity Inc. today officially announced 3Gstore as a Master Reseller. Since partnering with Nextivity in May, 3Gstore has managed all online sales of the Cel-Fi Smart Signal Booster® family of products to consumers, businesses, and other resellers looking to solve their poor indoor cellular coverage. Cel-Fi has now become the top revenue-generator in its category for 3Gstore.

"We only carry products that customers will love, and Cel-Fi certainly fits the bill. It's effective and affordable, and solves a problem most people can relate to," says Michael Ginsberg, CEO and founder of 3Gstore. "The icing on the cake is our strong relationship and alignment with Nextivity.  Both companies put customers first, which is key to building trust in business." 

In addition to featuring Cel-Fi PRO, Cel-Fi DUO+ and Cel-Fi accessories on the 3Gstore ecommerce site, visitors to Cel-Fi.com, as well as Amazon, are directed exclusively to 3Gstore when they are ready to make a purchase. 3Gstore then oversees the entire process, from processing transactions and shipping to post-sales support.

According to Ginsberg, customers with a weak and unreliable indoor cellphone reception often require an immediate solution. Because Cel-Fi requires no testing or configuration, 3Gstore can offer same-day shipping on orders placed before 4:45 p.m. Central Time. Customers can also install Cel-Fi within minutes and see an immediate boost in the strength and clarity of their cell phone signal.

Since appointing 3Gstore as a Master Reseller, Nextivity has seen a 250% increase in revenues from sales of Cel-Fi PRO and Cel-Fi DUO+.

"3Gstore's avid promotion of Cel-Fi to its extensive network has created a domino effect," says Werner Sievers, CEO of Nextivity. "Our partnership with 3Gstore has been instrumental in helping us grow our product footprint and extends the benefits of Cel-Fi to even more consumers and businesses."


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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 September 2016 )
 
Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sierra AirLink Management Service Webinars

Today, Sierra Wireless has announced two webinars covering their AirLink Management Service. ALMS is a cloud based platform for managing and monitoring Sierra hardware deployed out in the field. From a single login screen, you can configure, upgrade, and monitor routers like the ES450 , GX Series , RV50 , and new MP70 . For more information on available Sierra models, visit 3Gstore.

The Sierra release along with registration information and links is copied below.

AirLink Management Service (ALMS) is Sierra Wireless’ cloud-based device management solution that provides customers with the easiest and most cost-effective means to manage their Sierra Wireless gateways and routers. While many customers are using ALMS, many more have not yet discovered the benefits that remote device management can bring to their organizations. This overview of ALMS will be a quick, 30 minute introduction to the features and benefits of ALMS. It will focus on the benefits you can expect to receive from using the product, and provides a very high-level overview of ALMS’ capabilities.

 

Tuesday October 4th: 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET; 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 5th AEST)

Register: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1l38qxcudy4m5&eom

 

Thursday October 6th: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET; 3:30 p.m. GMT)

Register: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/10ffpm7jimgaa&eom

 

Wednesday October 19th: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. ET; 3:00 p.m. GMT)

Register: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1gkt76e15tdb9&eom

 

This session will serve as an introduction to ALMS, and will be followed up with a series of deep-dive training webinars where we will cover the features in greater depth.

 

 

AirLink® Management Service Technical Training (for existing customers)

 

AirLink® Management Service (ALMS) is Sierra Wireless’ cloud-based device management solution that provides customers with the easiest and most cost-effective means to manage their Sierra Wireless gateways and routers. While many customers are using ALMS, many more have not yet discovered the benefits that remote device management can bring to their organizations.

 

This technical training session will be a 90 minute deep dive into ALMS, and we will walk through the product capabilities in detail, and discuss how to most efficiently perform tasks such as registering devices, configuring dashboards, performing firmware upgrades, configuring reports and templates and monitoring devices.  Specific subjects include:

 

·         The most efficient ways to register your devices;

·         How to quickly and easily schedule firmware upgrades to keep your devices current and secure;

·         Explain the configuration of templates and reports;

·         Review how best to use the product to monitor your devices on an on-going basis; and

·         Answer any questions you might have about ALMS

 

Tuesday October 18th: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PT (7:00 p.m. ET; 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 19th AEDT)

Register: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1sdyqi76a9nio&eom

 

Wednesday October 26th: 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. PT (10:00 a.m. ET; 2:00 p.m. GMT)

Register: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/12q82dsn49gec&eom

 

Wednesday November 2nd: 7:00 – 8:30 a.m.  PT (10:00 a.m. ET; 2:00 p.m. GMT)

Register: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1exmts1368jlx&eom

 




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 September 2016 )
 
Tuesday, 13 September 2016

 

SureCall’s First All-in-One Signal Booster to Improve Weak Cellular and Wi-Fi Signals

New Fusion7 empowers cellular, Wi-Fi and HDTV capabilities for residences and businesses

 

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Fremont, Calif. – September 14, 2016 – SureCall, the premium cellular signal booster manufacturer, today unveiled its Fusion7 Booster at CEDIA Expo in Dallas. The new amplifier is a first in the consumer signal booster category, enhancing cellular and Wi-Fi reception up to 20,000 square feet and providing over-the- air (OTA) HDTV connectivity.

 

The Fusion7 provides a complete voice and data cell phone signal enhancement solution by employing SureCall’s patented all-carrier technology, that covers cellular, PCS, AWS, and two LTE frequency bands used by all North American carriers. With a maximum cellular gain of 72dB, the Fusion7 increases signal coverage inside areas up to 20,000 square feet, can support 20+ simultaneous users, boasts the fastest LTE data rates in the industry and features adjustable cellular uplink and downlink gain controls for each frequency, which leads to virtually eliminating dropped calls and in-building dead zones.

“As consumers look to cut the cord, they’re relying more heavily on cellular and Wi-Fi for both communication and entertainment. We created the Fusion7 to ensure that people don’t have to worry about managing multiple devices for reliable cellular, Wi-Fi and HDTV signals throughout the house,” said Hongthao Zhan, CEO of SureCall. “As the first of its kind in the consumer category, the Fusion7 is leap towards the future of communicating virtually cord-free.”

The Fusion7 also features a built-in Wi-Fi router that extends Wi-Fi coverage over a range of 20,000 square feet, Users simply connect their existing router into the Fusion7 WAN port, and the booster provides extended Wi-Fi coverage in addition to extended cellular coverage through the same cables and antennas.

For those wanting to access over-the- air (OTA) HDTV signals in their area, such as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS, the Fusion7’s has the ability to receive and amplify all locally-aired HDTV television stations and delivers those signals to more than 25 televisions. Along with the built-in Wi-Fi users can also access streaming video through Netflix and Hulu eliminating the need for cable or satellite television. A zip code search of OTA HDTV stations is available at https://www.tablotv.com/tools/.

The Fusion7 is covered by SureCall’s industry-best three-year warranty. It is available beginning today for MSRP of $1,999.




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Monday, 12 September 2016

[ALERT] PPTP VPN Connections And iOS 10 & MacOS Sierra

VPN is a great tool to use when you don’t have direct access to your local network. Having that option on your mobile device makes it even easier to access when on the go. For those that utilize PPTP VPN specifically, and on an iOS or MacOS device, be aware that upgrading to Apple’s new OS (iOS 10 or Mac OS X 10.12 / Sierra) will remove that option. After users upgrade, they will say "What happened to by PPTP Settings?  They are gone!"

Most of us at 3Gstore use PPTP VPN to access our Peplink routers (a feature built into Peplink Routers). So when one of us upgraded to iOS 10 (we got an early copy of the final release), we noticed they could no longer use VPN to get into their Peplink. It wasn’t just the Peplink VPN of course, all PPTP connections disappeared with the update. There’s also no way to add them back. That’s when we decided to do some research and found Apple’s document on the situation. For users who feel they want to keep their PPTP, Apple states this, "Even though PPTP protocol is still available on iOS 9 and earlier or OS X El Capitan and earlier, we don't recommend that you use it for secure, private communication."

Per Apple's suggestion, here are some alternatives to PPTP connections for VPN:

  • L2TP/IPSec
  • IKEv2/IPSec
  • Cisco IPSec
  • SSL VPN clients on the App Store such as those from AirWatch, Aruba, Check Point, Cisco, F5 Networks, MobileIron, NetMotion, Open VPN, Palo Alto Networks, Pulse Secure, and SonicWall

The simple solution is to convert to L2TP. Thankfully, the Peplink routers support L2TP in the same manner as they do PPTP (just select the WAN connection(s) you want to come in over and then create a username and password) - all the settings can remain the same!

If you use Peplink to PPTP into your routers, follow the screen shots below to change your router to L2TP.  Once this is changed, it will require that your users change their local VPN settings and there will be a new "secret" password along with the normal account and password.

 

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 September 2016 )
 
Tuesday, 06 September 2016

3Gstore is Now a Peplink Distributor

3gstore is a peplink certified distributor

3Gstore is thrilled to announce that we are now an official Peplink Distributor. Since 2009, 3Gstore has worked closely with Peplink, selling and supporting the full line of Peplink and Pepwave routers, access points, and networking gear. Over the years, we have worked side by side with Peplink providing feedback on their product offerings, joining forces on major deployments like the failover solution we provided for hundreds of Hickory Farm stores across North America , and 3Gstore President Michael Ginsberg even delivered an address at the Peplink IPO in Hong Kong earlier this summer. To provide the best possible support to our customers, 3Gstore staff has received extensive training on all aspects of Peplink hardware and management tools to achieve Certified Engineer status.

In addition to selling and supporting Peplink products, we have worked with Peplink to develop unique solutions that go beyond hardware alone, like our popular SimplyBonding and SimplyFailover solutions. 3Gstore SimplyBonding combines Peplink hardware with a hosting service from 3Gstore that allows users to bond multiple internet connections into one super fast, super reliable, unbreakable connection with minimal equipment or setup. For customers in need of reliable backup internet, 3Gstore’s SimplyFailover provides users with a plug-and-play solution that integrates seamlessly with users’ existing network to provide a failsafe backup connection and eliminate downtime. Solutions like these set 3Gstore apart from any other distributor or retailer and allow Peplink equipment to be taken to the next level.

As a distributor, 3Gstore also supports resellers and VARs. Resellers and VARs can not only buy Peplink equipment through 3Gstore at a competitive price, but they also have access to customizable “White Label” products and services. For example, 3Gstore has the ability to provide resellers with a white label version of SimplyFailover, which resellers can brand and sell directly and earn generous up-front commissions on each and every sale. For resellers that are looking to establish an ecommerce presence and allow their customers to buy online, 3Gstore has full white label ecommerce solutions available as well. Additionally, 3Gstore offers configuration services for routers that need to be configured before shipping to the end user, including inserting SIMs (from the reseller or provided by 3Gstore) and coordinating activations through the reseller’s account or via their favorite Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint rep. And of course, resellers and VARs have access to our exclusive 24/7 support portal full of helpful resources and documents about the products they buy through us.

For more info on 3Gstore’s reseller program visit https://3Gstore.com/reseller


 
Monday, 29 August 2016

Verizon Announces LTE-Advanced is Now Available!

LTE-Advanced has been coming up a lot over the past few months. This new LTE technology allows cellular carriers to aggregate, or combine, multiple cellular frequencies therefore providing users with faster bandwidth. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have already been rolling out this technology as early as 2014. Just today, Verizon announced they now have LTE-Advanced available in 461 cities across the US. With this development, they’re promising 50% faster speeds. Tami Erwin, head of operations for Verizon’s wireless unit, says the following on LTE-Advanced, “Verizon LTE Advanced works like a turbocharger on an engine. Speed boosts kick in when you need it most, with big data use. That’s when you get the big peak boost of Verizon LTE Advanced.”

Per Verizon’s announcement, the upgrade comes at no additional cost or upgrade requirement to their customers. It utilizes two- and three-channel carrier aggregation across its 700MHz, AWS (1700/2100MHz) and PCS (1900MHz) spectrum. They calculated peak download speeds of 225mbps with two-channel carrier aggregation and over 300mbps with three-channel carrier aggregation. In comparison to what you may get without this new technology (average download is only about 5 to 12mbps), that’s quite a significant increase!

Just keep in mind that with this new technology, you must have a cellular device that is capable of supporting it. Even if your device supports all the necessary frequencies, it doesn’t mean that it is capable of aggregating them. Verizon states that they currently have this compatibility on 39 different smartphones and tablets - this includes the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7, Motorola Droids, and Apple’s iPhones. If you’re looking for a device to use to supply Internet in your home or business, then you’ll want to check out Cradlepoint’s line of LTE-Advanced Cat6 routersSierra Wireless has LTE Advanced routers too.  Be on the lookout for more manufacturers to support LTE-Advanced in the near future!




Last Updated ( Monday, 29 August 2016 )
 

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