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Wednesday, 04 March 2015

Peplink Firmware 6.2 Now Available

 

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After a 6.2 beta firmware period that lasted nearly half a year and multiple major revisions, the release version of Peplink firmware 6.2 is now available! Peplink firmware 6.2 delivers significant improvements to SpeedFusion, Peplinks WAN Bonding technology, making large deployments easier and adding additional tools and features as well.

Multi-Site SpeedFusion Profile: Previously if you were deploying a Peplink router like the Balance 380 and wanted to have 20 peers connect you would need to create a profile for each remote router. With 6.2 now a single profile can be created on the main router, and thousands of remote sites can connect with the same ID and preshared key.

PepVPN Layer 2 Peer Isolation: As an added layer of security, devices on the same Layer 2 VPN profile can be made invisible to each other. This means a headquarters location with dozens of PepVPN/SpeedFusion connected offices can be configured with a single click, where each remote location can only see the headquarters. This means remote sites won't have communication with each other. As an example a restaurant chain main headquarters has a Balance 580 and 50 remote restaurants. The remote restaurants would only be able to talk to the headquarters to send POS and sales reports throughout the day, and not each other, increasing network security.

Configurable Traffic Direction: In a SpeedFusion tunnel its not uncommon to add a number of low cost, lower speed links together. In the past though, if one of those links had a great upload but poor download speed, there way no way to take advantage of JUST the upload. With 6.2 users can designate WAN connections for just upload or just download to maximize SpeedFusion performance.

WAN Smoothing: In SpeedFusion connections, WAN smoothing can be enabled to reduce latency and the negative effects of packet loss. This feature trades higher bandwidth for a more reliable and resilient connection. PBX and VoIP users who require the lowest latency possible will be using this feature.

Internal Service Forwarding: Using your router as a transparent proxy, you can now forward web traffic or e-mail and redirect it to a local server using specified ports.

Other features introduced in firmware 6.2 include 'Cut Off Latency' and 'Suspension Time After Packet Loss' options for SpeedFusion connections. For the full release notes for firmware 6.2, follow the links below. To find out if a Peplink router and SpeedFusion deployment is right for you, contact the experts at 3Gstore.


 




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 March 2015 )
 
Friday, 27 February 2015

Ruckus ZoneDirector and ZoneFlex Access Points for High Density WiFi

 

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If you have ever visited 3Gstore.com before, you may have noticed the words 'Helping You Stay Connected' across the top of the page. Everything we do, every product we carry, goes through that simple test. Does it help you stay connected? When it comes to WiFi coverage and connectivity, we took a look at a variety of options and recently added the Ruckus Wireless line of ZoneDirector and ZoneFlex Access Points. Why? For the simple answer of yes, they do help you keep connected, and more.

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What makes a Ruckus Access Point special? By itself, quite a lot. Depending on the type of coverage you need there are options for low volume, low density WiFi APs. The ZoneFlex R300 is an ideal jumping off point. This 802.11n dual band AP can support up to 250 clients, 20+ unique SSIDs (wireless networks) and 300Mbps of throughput. A power home user or small office can create a high power, long range, WiFi network very easily with a device like this. Customize security and splash pages, throttle speeds per SSID or client, and band steer clients to 2.4 or 5Ghz networks with ease. Power options include an AC adapter, or a PoE injector can simplify installation letting  you place the Ruckus anywhere, even where an outlet isn't present!
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(ZoneFlex R300 Access Point)
 
From there many more powerful ZoneFlex APs are available, topping out with the ZoneFlex R700 . Building on the features of the lower models, this 802.11ac AP provides connectivity for 500+ clients from a single device. The wireless AC standard means 1300Mbps of throughput can be delivered to a single compatible client. Ruckus also has a technology not found in other access points called BeamFlex. Inside every Ruckus AP are multiple antennas, and the Ruckus tracks all its connected clients. Based on those clients location and signal strength, multiple antenna patterns are possible to provide the maximum connectivity to every single device on the network. In the case of the R700, 21 internal antennas provide 3000 unique antenna patterns meaning even the most demanding, high density WiFi situations are covered with relative ease. Gymnasiums, churches, shopping centers, stadiums, and more, can all benefit from a ruckus AP.

Helping You Stay Connected. To improve upon that, 3Gstore also carriers the ZoneDirector WLAN controllers from Ruckus. Every Ruckus AP can work on its own, without any WLAN controller, and with any router. The ZoneDirector expands on the already impressive capabilities of the ZoneFlex APs. Simply connect a ZoneDirector to your existing network, and then connect your Ruckus APs. The ZoneDirector will automatically manage all of your APs from a single controller. This means you can deploy a number of APs at the same time, while making a single master configuration on the ZoneDirector. Automatically push configuration, updates, gather statistics on users and bandwidth, and more. There is no need for an IT team to manage even the largest high density WiFi deployments.
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(Ruckus ZoneDirector 1200 WLAN Controller)
 
The ZoneDirector also adds additional functionality such as meshing of APs. SmartMesh means you can install a Ruckus AP where no ethernet connectivity is possible. The Ruckus ZoneFlex APs can talk to each other wirelessly for simple deployments where its impossible or costly to run an ethernet cable to each AP. Simply install an AP by ethernet, and install a second AP within its range, and they'll pair up to form a single constant network. This also allows for seamless roaming between access points. Large spaces? Connected devices can roam freely between access points without any interruption in their connectivity thanks to the ZoneDirector and its powerful client monitoring.

As a deployment example, say you run a car dealership. You want to provide secure WiFi to all of your staff as well as a guest WiFi network for any customers. There is a large central showroom where wireless kiosks are installed streaming video, many customers will connect their phones and tablets while waiting, and employee PCs and devices will be used in day to day operation of the business. There is also a separate area, a body shop, where mechanics use wireless laptops and tablets to update orders and information. A back office area where employees need connectivity. Finally outdoor coverage is required for both employee and customer connectivity. What could you use to cover all of this, seamlessly, securely, and without drops or hiccups in performance?

As a start, the Ruckus ZoneDirector 1200 will be the brains of the operation. Simply connect this into the main network. Out of the box the ZoneDirector can support 5 APs simultaneously (with optional licenses to support up to 75 APs) and 2000 clients. Plenty of capacity for a growing business, and meets current and future needs.

For the main show area, a Ruckus R700 . This will mount on the ceiling or a wall and provide connectivity for up to 500 clients. More importantly in this case, the BeamFlex technology and high bandwidth capability means that everybody in the showroom can have an uninterrupted experience. Kiosks displaying videos run without interruption, and clients waiting don't have to suffer through slow speeds (or the inevitably awful shows running on the TV in the waiting room).
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(ZoneFlex R700 Access Point)
 
For the body shop, a Ruckus R500 . This provides the coverage and capacity to allow every wireless device access to the main network securely and without any lag or connectivity issues. No guest network is needed here, and installation and setup is simple thanks to the automatic configuration from the ZoneDirector.

For the back office area, the R300 . Most devices here are connected by ethernet into the main network, but for employee laptops and tablets, reliable WiFi is again a must.

Finally, the ZoneFlex T300 is installed outdoors to provide connectivity across the lot so customers and employees can seamlessly browse inventory online and talk to systems installed on the main network. With a rugged outdoor enclosure this connectivity is available year round, regardless of the heat or cold.
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(ZoneFlex T300 Outdoor Access Point)

Not only can the Ruckus provide all the benefits above and more, it can save money over alternative solutions. Other companies charge a yearly licensing fee, typically of a few hundred dollars, per EACH AP! With a Ruckus AP there is no yearly fee requirement. The ZoneDirector is a simple requirement of a service plan to manage all the APs. This saves money while also providing 24/7 365 technical support. So if you do end up in a situation where support is needed, it is always available. You can also save money by ensuring  your employees (and customers) have constant, reliable connectivity. Nothing is worse than losing money for something that is as simple as a WiFi connection, and with Ruckus you can set it and forget it, and let the hardware do the work.

For more information on the Ruckus Wireless ZoneDirector and ZoneFlex, contact the experts at 3Gstore . We'll evaluate your existing hardware, discuss current and future needs, and create a customized solution to fit your specific situation.


 




Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2015 )
 
Friday, 27 February 2015

Cyber Attacks Target Routers with Default Credentials
and How to Change Yours

 

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The Threat

A recent wave of cyber attacks have been launched with one primary characteristic in common: they are targeting individual home routers. This kind of attack is possible because the majority of routers have uniform login credentials which can be found simply by googling the brand and model of your router.

Once the attacker is inside the router, they have complete control. These specific attacks are predicated around changing the router’s Domain Name System (DNS) servers. DNS servers are the system that directs all of your internet traffic to the proper IP addresses. For example, using a common DNS server, if you type in google.com it will know what IP address to bring you to, thereby displaying the information you are requesting.

The primary goal of the attack is to change the default DNS servers to malicious ones. When using malicious DNS servers, the attackers can send innocent users to any website they please when the URL google.com is entered. For their purposes these sites will be dangerous and will lead to many more vulnerabilities in your security and personal information.

According to PCworld.com, the initial attack to gain access to the router is typically facilitated through a phishing email. If the phishing email is successful in influencing the victim to click its link, and the user’s router is vulnerable to cross-site request forgery (CSRF), then the router takeover can begin.

Changing Your Router’s Credentials

An extremely simple and effective measure to take against these kinds of attacks is to simply change the default login credentials of your router. To do this, you must first be able to access the router’s administration page. All routers will have a default local IP address that is used to access these administration settings. To find this address, perform a google search for the default IP of the router’s brand and model. As an example, the default IP address of the Pepwave Surf SOHO is 192.168.50.1.

Typing in this address will bring you to the administration login page. This is where you will enter the default credentials for your router. These are usually either freely available to find online, or listed somewhere on the body of the device. For the SOHO, the default username is “admin” and the default password is also “admin”. Some devices, such as Cradlepoint routers, will have unique passwords specific to the MAC address of the device. Although this is more secure, it is still a good idea to make your password something customized.

Once inside the router, there is usually a page with administration settings where you will see the ability to change the administration password. For the Surf SOHO, this can be found under System -- Admin Security. Once your credentials are changed, make sure to save and apply the settings before logging out of the administration interface.

It can be difficult to stay on top of constantly changing cyber attacks. However, simply changing security credentials is a practice that is always helpful. One last piece of advice: while you’re in the administration interface, change your WiFi password! It will prevent the hassle of looking up your 30 digit alpha-numeric sequence each time you set up a new device.




Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2015 )
 
Thursday, 26 February 2015

weBoost Announces U.S. Retail Availability of New Cellular Signal Boosters

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ST. GEORGE, Utah, Feb 25, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- weBoost, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of cellular signal boosters, formerly known as Wilson Electronics, announces the company’s new consumer product solutions are now available for purchase from weBoost U.S. retail partners.

weBoost’s new Life and Work product lines include signal boosters designed for use inside homes, apartments and other buildings, as well as in cars, trucks, boats and RVs. weBoost signal boosters address a common customer condition – weak cellular signal and inadequate service coverage indoors and in vehicles.

According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of U.S. cell phone users experience signal problems at least occasionally. Almost one-third (32 percent) say they encounter signal problems at least a few times a week or more frequently.

weBoost products work by collecting available cell signals, amplifying them and distributing them inside a vehicle or building for use by cellular devices. The results for cellular device users include fewer missed calls and lost connections, stronger and more reliable signals, extended range, faster downloads and improved battery life.

“We believe that staying connected, whether at home, at work, or on the road, is more important to people now than ever,” said Bob Van Buskirk, president and CEO of weBoost. “At weBoost, our mission is to bring strong, reliable cellular signals inside vehicles and indoors where they may not otherwise reach, allowing cellular customers to stay connected with family, friends and business associates.”

weBoost products are universal boosters – they work with all cellular devices and all U.S. cellular carriers, including today’s advanced high-speed voice and data services. The company’s product solutions support multiple simultaneous connections across U.S. cellular carriers.

weBoost products now available include:

  • Home 4G – boosts cellular signals in one to two rooms of a home or workspace (Home 3G also available)
  • Connect 4G – with power to boost signals throughout an entire home
  • Drive 4G-S – boosts signals for a single user in a vehicle
  • Drive 4G-M – a signal boost for multiple users/devices inside a vehicle (Drive 3G-M also available)

Signal boosters are sold as complete kits with all needed components and parts included, and come in a wide range of specifications and prices.

weBoost signal boosters are certified by the Federal Communications Commission to meet the latest FCC standards for cellular signal boosters.

About weBoost, LLC

weBoost, and its parent company, Wilson Electronics, LLC, are leaders in the wireless communications industry, and have designed and manufactured cellular signal boosters, antennas and related components for more than 20 years. Each booster is designed to significantly improve cellular coverage in a variety of ways, including in a workplace or in a vehicle. All weBoost products are designed and tested in the U.S.A. to meet specific global industry guidelines.

View all weBoost products at 3Gstore




 
Thursday, 26 February 2015

Trakdot Luggage Tracker Customer Review

 

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Every day 3Gstore customers write reviews on our products and experiences they have with them. Every once in a while we read a customer review that we can't help but share with everybody. Chris M. left a review for the Trakdot Luggage Tracker that blew us away, and we're ecstatic that he had this when it was needed most!

"During all the snow in NYC my luggage wound up on a different plane than me to Houston. I landed in Houston knowing my luggage had gone to Charlotte, NC. I live 2 hours from the airport. I filed a baggage claim and was about to walk away from them, knowing it would be at least the next day before I saw my luggage. As I was walking out my Trakdots (Scout 1 and 2) reported in to me via text and email that they had just arrived at the same airport. I went back to baggage claim and we found out my luggage was at another terminal, so I went there and collected it at baggage claim. If I hadn't had my Trakdot scouts working for me I wouldn't have gotten my suitcases until maybe the next day, and I do shows with props I keep in my cases and needed those desperately! Trakdot gave me not only peace of mind knowing where my luggage was, but saved me and baggage claim a rather long and drawn out delivery process! Thanks Trakdot! I talk about you on facebook all the time and I believe some of my friends have bought Trakdots for themselves due to my posts!

Date Added: 02/25/2015 by Chris M. (Silsbee, TX)"
 
 
The Trakdot is a small, battery powered device you place into your luggage when traveling by air. The Trakdot senses the takeoff from the plane, and goes to sleep until it feels the deceleration and plane landing. Upon landing, the Trakdot wakes up and connects to a cellular network and sends out its location to you by e-mail or notification in a mobile app. The Trakdot tells you the time, its battery remaining, and what airport it is located in. This way if you and your luggage are separated in different airports, or in the case of Chris M, misinformed by the airline, you'll know exactly how to locate it. Going one step further, the Bluetooth feature of the mobile app lets you locate your Trackdot as it comes physically nearby like when its coming down the baggage claim. Just stand out of the way, wait for the app to let you know your luggage is coming, and that is it. No more fighting the mob for a spot at the claim!

The Trakdot is available at 3Gstore for just $69.99 and for a limited time, includes 2 years of service!

 




Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 )
 
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Cradlepoint Firmware 5.3 Security Patch Notification

Cradlepoint just sent out a notification to customers regarding new firmware that includes a security patch. Per their new firmware policy, this update will be available to all users running 5.3.0 firmware (even if you do not have Enterprise Cloud Manager or CradleCare)

Here's a copy of their notification: 

What is it?

Cradlepoint is issuing a security patch included in firmware 5.3.4

Are my devices affected?

If you are running firmware versions 5.3.0 - 5.3.3 and have the HTTP Proxy Content Filtering feature enabled, please follow the mitigation steps below.

Not Affected:

  • All firmware prior to 5.3.0 is NOT affected.
  • The Cradlepoint MBR95, CTR35, CBR400, CBR450 and all Series 1 and 2 devices are not affected

Mitigation Steps: What actions do I take?

Customers running firmware 5.3.0 - 5.3.3 have three options:

  1. Disable HTTP Proxy Content Filtering.
  2. Upgrade to firmware version 5.3.4 (released 2/24/15).
  3. Create a firewall rule to block access to the proxy from the WAN. Click here for instructions on creating the firewall rule: http://knowledgebase.cradlepoint.com/articles/Support/Firmware-5-3-Security-Patch

Upgrading to New Firmware

At Cradlepoint, protecting your network is our first priority.

As part of Cradlepoint's new firmware policy, Cradlepoint is releasing a Security Patch in firmware 5.3.4 to all affected customers through Enterprise Cloud Manager, via the firmware update options in the router user interface and via the Cradlepoint Connect Portal.

For more information contact your Cradlepoint Support Representative at +1.855.813.3385 (8am to 8pm EST), or email support@cradlepoint.com




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2015 )
 
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

IP Switch Script Control Tutorial

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Note: This article assumes you have working knowledge of the basic functions of the IP switch. For more basic information see here.

*The following information applies ONLY to the two outlet version.


Aside from it’s standard methods of control (using the web GUI and Google Talk) the two outlet Remote Power Switch also offers a more advanced option for experienced users. The IP switch has built in HTTP script commands that can be used in a wide variety of scenarios for manually or automatically controlling the unit.

These script commands can be used for simply sending a command by HTTP URL over your network, but that is not their main draw. Programmers will be able to use them in combination with other applications to automate the Switch to its fullest potential.

Example 1: You have a security camera monitoring your vacation home. When the camera senses movement, it sends the proper script command to the Remote Power Switch to turn on Outlet 1, which controls the lights. This is a great way to increase the security of your vacation home without needing to be actively involved.

Example 2: When you turn the lights off in your basement, a script command is sent to both outlets on your Remote Power Switch to turn off the TV and radio.

The possibilities of what this can be used for are vast. Take a moment to think of what you might use this feature for.

If the concept of writing scripts is overwhelming for you, I’ll attempt to break it down step-by-step. Let’s start with simply formulating an HTTP URL command to reset Outlet 1 on our switch here at the 3Gstore warehouse. I have set up the switch locally at the IP address 192.168.1.14. The following command will allow me to manually reset my router which is plugged into outlet one on the switch:

http://192.168.1.14/control.cgi?user=admin&passwd=ipswitch&outlet=1&command=3

Let’s take a closer look at each segment of the command to understand exactly what information is being sent.

http://192.168.1.14

This is the local address of my IP switch. Starting with this address directs where to send the command. On your network, your switch will most likely be at a different address, so be sure to check this using the Utility software or by accessing your router’s client list.

/control.cgi?user=admin&passwd=ipswitch

This segment uses a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) that allows us to establish control over the switch. The user=____ and passwd=_____ will be unique to your personal login information when accessing the Web GUI of your switch. It is important to make sure these are entered correctly. The username and password can be changed by accessing the Web GUI and clicking on the “Account” tab.

&outlet=1&command=3

Here we are identifying which outlet we are controlling, and what we wish to do with that outlet. In our scenario, we have selected outlet=1, from a list of 3 options.

0: Both outlets
1: Outlet 1
2: Outlet 2

Command=3 tells the outlet to simply reset. However, there are 6 total commands that can be used by implementing the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

0: Power off
1: Power on
2: Power toggle
3: Power reset
4: UIS on
5: UIS off
*UIS is a feature that allows the switch to automatically reset when an internet connection is lost.

Think back to how your IP switch is being used, and try to put together a HTTP command that would do what you are looking for in your application. 

Although it is the case in our scenario, the script commands do not require the user to be on the same local network as the Switch. By configuring port forwarding through your router, you can use these same commands remotely by adding the proper port to the IP address section.

If you’re looking for even more control over your IP switch, there are also XML commands available for use. For more information on the functionality of the switch, contact the experts at 3Gstore!




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 February 2015 )
 

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