Wednesday, 15 April 2015

2015 Cellular Antenna Almanac

When it comes to improving Voice/2G/3G/4G/LTE for phones, modems, hotspots, and routers, there is a lot to think about. “What modem should I get? Do I get a direct connect amplifier or a repeater? What about LTE?” The one question that is just as important as the rest and is often overlooked: “What antenna and mounting options do I have?” We will look at the major antenna categories and how each style can be used.


These antennas come in a variety of flavors such as the 12" Magnetic Mount Antenna, and 4” Mini Magnetic Mount Antenna. This is also the antenna style that is bundled with the weBoost Drive 4G-S Cradle Amplifier. All of the above antennas are magnetic mount, and as the name suggests, require a magnetic surface to function and ground the antenna. These antennas offer the most simplistic installation, and usually require no more than a few seconds to place. Magnetic mount antennas are typically the most portable since there is no need to permanently secure any of the components.

(21” Omni RV Antenna with 3-Way Mount)

Vehicle antennas also expand into larger, more permanently mounted antennas. The 21" Omni RV can be clamped to a mirror frame on a truck/RV/coach, RV ladder, or pole. And for the over the road trucker, the 32" Omni External is king of the hill for keeping connected while on the go. While requiring additional time to install, these mount in a way that will hold up to long term usage, and have pre-attached cable to simplify installation.

(Laird Phantom Antenna)

Vehicle antennas come in another variety, through roof. These are permanently installed antennas that require drilling through the surface of a vehicle. The Laird Phantom Antenna and the MobileMark antennas offer an elegant, low profile mount while maximizing connectivity. Ambulances, police cruisers, and emergency vehicles benefit most from these options, however they can be used in just about any situation where low profile mounting is required. These antennas do require a ground plane which in most cases will be the vehicles metal body. If you are installing on a fiberglass RV, a metal ground plane between the antenna and RV may be required.


Indoor antennas are perfect in environments where an outdoor antenna can not be used, or where a user wants to avoid complex installations. Again, the 12” Magnetic Antenna can be used, and includes 10’ of cable to run from your device to the best sinal location such as a window. Because this requires a magnetic surface, a Window Mount may be needed. The Indoor Directional Panel Antenna has a suction cup mount for a window as well. Being a directional antenna, it does need to face the direction of the cell tower. If a window facing the tower isn’t available, this antenna isn’t likely to provide much improvement. Another indoor antenna choice, primarily for embedded modems and routers like the COR IBR600 or Max BR1 , is the Panorama Portable MiMo Antenna. This indoor antenna is unique in that it has dual SMA connectors on the end of its pre attached 6.5’ of cable. Embedded modems have MiMo antenna operation meaning there are two antenna elements meant to enhance the signal strength and quality a modem receives. This can also be used with USB modems or hotspots with MiMo antenna connectors, but additional adapters are required.

(Panorama Portable with COR IBR600)


The outdoor antenna is perfect for the home or business looking to maximize performance. Requiring the most time to install due to routing cable from the antenna to the interior of the building, the benefits of having a properly mounted antenna outweigh the small time investment to install them. The 9.5" Full Band is the most popular outdoor antenna with the simplest installation. It’s L bracket and included hardware make mounting quick, easy, and very sturdy. Because this antenna requires no aiming, mounting locations are not limited. The Panorama Outdoor MiMo Antenna is another M2M style option made for embedded modems or routers that have 2 antenna connectors. Watch our quick introduction video on this antenna.


(9.5” Full Band and Hardware)

Outdoor antennas also come in a pole mounting variety. The pole mount gives users 360 degrees to swivel an antenna in order to achieve the best reception possible. The 18" Building Mount Omni, Outdoor Directional Panel Antenna, and Wide-Band Yagi, are all pole mounting options. The downside to these, if there is no existing pole to mount an antenna to, a few trips to the hardware store may be required. If one of these pole mounted outdoor antennas is most appropriate for your installation, 3Gstore offers a Pole Mounting Kit to save you time and money.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 April 2015 )
Monday, 13 April 2015

3Gstore 2 Outlet Remote Power IP Switch Features and Reviews


The 3Gstore IP Switch is a simple, easy-to-use piece of a equipment that monitors your internet connection for you and automatically resets it when necessary - without any need for action by you! The IP Switch has an ethernet port which connects to your router to monitor the status of your internet connection; if you lose internet connectivity, the 3Gstore IP Switch will automatically reset power to any devices that are connected to it.

Zero Configuration: Watch the quick video below that shows just how easy the switch is to set up. With zero configuration, locked up modems and dropped internet connections are a thing of the past.


“Does what it says - I am not controlling it remotely but did test it by unplugging the ethernet cord, and within 5 seconds it rebooted the power to the devices (router and modem) plugged into it. Can't ask for more as that's what I was looking for. Easy setup.”


Monitor IP Cameras and other unreliable devices: By setting the IP Switch to monitor a local device like an IP camera, the switch can automatically power cycle it if the connection drops. Monitoring a vacation home or another property is easy, and making trips hundreds of miles for simple hardware resets will save you time and money. In many cases, the IP Switch pays for itself the first time it works!


“We have a vacation home with a Vera controller and IP camera. The internet provider uses dynamic IP assignment and our router routinely would freeze up for some reason. The provider wanted to charge extra to remotely manage the modem and also to provide a static IP. So we ditched theirs and got a Netgear router which works great except as soon as we did this, we noted that it would freeze occasionally (suspect something the provider is doing). Anyway, with this switch, the problem is solved and we never lose remote connectivity. It works perfectly and is easy to setup. We debated over the two versus one plug but felt for the extra money you get the ability to delay restart sequence and since we had several devices connected to the router, the extra flexibility to phase restarting was worth the few extra bucks.”

Power Schedules: Automate the resetting and powering on and off of remote equipment. Save time and money by eliminating the need to send a technician into the field to perform simple tasks!


“I was looking for a device that would quickly react and reboot a device if the ping was lost. The router I need to reboot locks up many times a day and an automated reboot script wasn't cutting it. The router reboots almost instantly, so I was looking for a device that could cut the power and reboot the router before any connections timed-out. With the fastest reboot settings, the timeout is no longer than 10 seconds. :) Solved my problems and works very well. I like that you can set a scheduled reboot as well as have it monitor the connection. I have a daily reboot set up as well just to make sure things run smooth. It's also great to see all the reboot activity in the log, so you know exactly what's going on. I hope I never need to buy more of these, but I won't hesitate if I do.”


Custom Applications: The switch can also be controlled by HTTP and XML commands for custom applications. Do you want to write your own software or integrate an automatic or manual power switching feature into an existing or new product? With some simple commands this is easily achieved.


“Solid. Works as advertised. I also use it to switch AC circuits controlled by a Python script (UIS feature off). No documentation on how to do that, but not too hard to figure out. Works with Safari, but some glitches in display. Windows-centric design, documentation, and testing. Recommendations to manufacturer: test with OS X, Safari, test firmware more rigorously in general. However, it is better than many web appliances in this regard, just not as good as the best (e.g., Axis IP cameras).”

1 Year of Phone Support, Support Portal, and EMail Support: 3Gstore provides free access to our 24/7 online support portal. This is regularly updated with user manuals, 3Gstore tech created product guides and tips, and you can even get automatic alerts when your product has new documentation added. Also standard is 1 year of phone support. Having an issue getting things running? Just contact 3Gstore and we can walk you through your IP switch setup with ease. We even offer email support if you can’t call in or don’t have an urgent question.


“The IP Switch worked as advertised. More importantly, 3GStore made it absolutely clear to me that they expected it to work by providing very complete documentation and all the support I would need. You don't see that very often any more, especially on the Internet. I am confident that anything I buy from them will be supported--they expect their products to perform as advertised and will do whatever is necessary to accomplish this. I will buy with confidence from them in the future. James Hofmann, Missoula MT.”


Google Talk (Now Hangouts) Control: Instead of complicated port forwarding to remotely access the IP Switch, you can control the switches power outlets with a phone or tablet by sending it an instant message! Power on or off switches, or power cycle, get network status and more, by sending a quick command to the switch from anywhere in the world.


“I went through a period of over a month where I had to restart a troublesome server much too often. Before I got the switch, those restarts included 16-mile each way trips. When I bought the switch, I found it hard to believe that a little $100 switch could do what 3G advertised. The competing products were far more expensive. It turned out that the little $100 swich was exactly what I needed. That little switch saved my life or at least my sanity. Actually when I bought it I was not aware you could control it with little 1-line instant messenger commands. I ended up putting Microsoft IM on my iPhone and thanking that little box every day. We have finally managed to clear up the problem that required all of the restarts, but that little remote power switch will always have a place in my heart.”




The reviews above, and many more, are all available on the 2 Outlet Remote Power IP Switch page at 3Gstore. With over 100 reviews from verified 3Gstore customers only, the switch holds a 4.5/5 star rating! The uses for the switch are endless, and the time and money saved with a simple automatic reboot can sure add up fast.

The IP Switch is Available at 3Gstore for just $99.99!

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 April 2015 )
Monday, 13 April 2015

CloudGate Firmware 1.43.0 Release




The CloudGate M2M Global Embedded cellular gateway provides LAN to WWAN routing and GPS functionality in a single basic unit. It is certified on all major US 3G and 4G LTE cellular operators with their 3G only and 3G/4G models. They can also be activated on virtually ANY 3G GSM network worldwide!

For those already utilizing these products, you should be aware that the CloudGate has new firmware, which is available now. You can download it via the 3Gstore Support Portal OR CloudGate Universe.

Version 1.43.0 adds:

  • Increased Functionality for KNX board.
  • Ingnition sensing feature in the SDK (software development kit).
  • Support for SMS on CloudGate LTE in the SDK.

If you don’t already have a CloudGate, check them out today to see how they may benefit your application. Be sure to conatct 3Gstore’s sales team with any questions you may have!


Tuesday, 07 April 2015

Fusion5s Amplifier Now Available

Founded in 2001, SureCall is a leader in cellular signal boosting technology. Over the last few years, SureCall has released numerous new amplifier solutions that are on the cutting edge of their industry. Today, 3Gstore is proud to announce the SureCall Fusion5s Home Cellular Signal Booster.

The Fusion5s is a wireless repeater kit designed to bring cellular signals indoors into areas where there is little to no coverage. A repeater is a wireless amplifier system that does not require a direct connection to cellular devices such as phones and modems. For cellular devices that do not have an antenna port or situations where signal needs to be boosted to multiple devices, a repeater system is the best way to improve signal strength. Repeaters can be installed in homes or businesses, and don't require any special approvals from cell carriers or other organizations to use. Generally, if you have better signal outside than inside, a repeater can be used to bring that signal in. Along with that signal comes a reception quality boost, as well as a possible speed boost for 3G and 4G LTE data. To find out if a repeater is right for you, check out our Site Survey page that walks through some basic signal testing.
As per recent FCC changes , the Fusion5s is sold as a complete kit with everything you'll need to boost cell signal into one or multiple rooms of a home or office. Included is the amplifier, external antenna, internal antenna, power supply, and high quality LMR equivalent low loss cable. You'll also get a user guide detailing the installation and use of the amplifier kit. Fortunately, the amplifier is very easy to use. Signal lights on each band let you know if the amplifier is working, and any possible issues you may have with your installation. One example is if the signal lights are red. This indicates the amplifier may have shut down due to interference with the cell tower, or interference between the two antennas in the kit.
Feature-wise, the Fusion5s amplifier comes in at a low price without sacrificing performacne. A main feature of the amp is the independent frequency control, giving the end user the benefit of total control in less than ideal installations where feedback may be present. On top of that, the Fusion5s offers the highest 4G data rates compared to competing amplifiers, meaning using the amp doesn't have a negative effects on speed.

The Fusion5s is also a 50 ohm system, with N Female connectors, so integrating this into larger environments is easy and the use of high quality ultra low loss cable is possible. Running at the FCC max 1 Watt EIRP output power, the amp has an average gain of 65dB on cellular and 72dB on PCS frequencies. Coverage areas of up to 6,000 square feet indoors are possible. SureCall also provides a 3-year warranty for the amplifier, and a 2-year warranty for all antennas, cables, and accessories.


  • Frequency Range:
    • Uplink: 1850-1910 Downlink: 1930-1990
    • Uplink: 824-849 Downlink: 869-894
    • Uplink: 698-716 Downlink: 728-746
    • Uplink: 776-787 Downlink: 746-757
    • Uplink: 1710-1755 Downlink: 2110-2155
  • Standards Supported: LTE, CDMA, WCDMA, GSM, EDGE, AWS, TDMA and AMPS etc.
  • Gain: 65dB Cellullar and LTE / 72dB PCS / 71dB AWS
  • Max Output Power: 1 watt EIRP
  • Impedance: 50ohms
  • Noise Figure: Maximum 6 dB
  • VSWR: Less than or equal to 2.0
  • AC Power Transmitter: Input: AC 110 V, 60 Hz / Output: DC 19 V
  • RF Connectors: N Female on both sides
  • Power Consumption: <25W
  • Dimensions: 9-1/4” x 6-3/8” x 1-3/8” (amplifier)
  • Weight: 3lbs (amplifier)

For more information or to order the Fusion5s, visit . Not sure if a cellular repeater is right for you? Preform a Site Survey or contact the experts at 3Gstore . We'll discuss your unique situation and find a solution that works best for you.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 April 2015 )
Monday, 06 April 2015

New SimplyBonding Throughput Tiers

SimplyBonding is a hosting service that allows you to bond multiple 3G, 4G, cable, and/or DSL internet connections into one super fast, super reliable, unbreakable connection with minimal equipment. Unlike failover or load balancing, a bonded connection takes multiple internet connections and COMBINES them. The resulting connection is both faster and more reliable: if you have 3 internet connections that are bonded together and one goes down, your connected devices and apps will never know there was a failure - even apps that maintain persistent connections! 


The concept of bonding (AKA aggregating) internet connections has been around for years, but it has historically been prohibitively expensive and very complicated to deploy and manage. SimplyBonding solves both of those problems. Unlike other bonding options that require two expensive bonding routers in two locations with access to high-speed internet (one at the location where you need the bonded connection, and another at a secondary location with a high-speed internet connection to bond the connections and send the data back to the primary location via VPN), SimplyBonding eliminates the need for this dual-router setup. SimplyBonding requires just ONE router, which will be configured to connect to our hosted service - WE handle the bonding and VPN for you, and 90% of the setup and configuration is eliminated.

With a low start up cost and new tiered monthly throughput caps that include UNLIMITED bandwidth and usage, SimplyBonding is the most affordable and hassle-free way to ensure that your business has the fastest and most reliable internet connection possible.

Current SimplyBonding customers wanted more options, and new tiered pricing is available today! Using the simple setup tool, users can now select a SimplyBonding Throughput from 5Mbps to 40Mbps. The new tiers let customers decide just how much bandwidth is required. Users who will be video streaming from a Max On The Go with SpeedFusion can opt for the 5Mbps tier. 5Mbps is more than enough to stream an HD video to YouTube or uStream, and the unbreakable connectivity from running multiple bonded cellular connections means even if one carrier is overloaded or drops completely, your video will continue on without interruption! Larger offices can opt for the 40Mbps tier. This is plenty of bandwidth to run dozens of VoIP phones and critical systems like security systems, e-mail, and more.


With SimplyBonding, not all traffic is forced through that 5 to 40Mbps pipe either. With powerful Outbound Policies and easy to follow instructions, you can set just that critical traffic to run over the bonded connection. Less critical traffic (YouTube or Netflix) can be left to the existing internet connection, and mission critical devices like PoS terminals, select workstations, VoIP phones, and more, can be run on the bonded connection.

Watch our demonstration video below showing an unbreakable SimplyBonding connection! If this router was uploading, or streaming a video, though the quality of the stream would have reduced due to lower bandwidth with 1 less connection, the actual stream would have never failed! A typical single internet connection would have meant that video and stream would have completely stopped. Video streaming in remote locations, on multiple 3G/4G cellular connections, is now possible thanks to the improved bandwidth and unbreakable connectivity as long as just one carrier stays active at a time!

For more information, visit the SimplyBonding page at 3Gstore. Do you have a custom deployment or multiple location bonding need, or are you not sure if a bonded connection is right for you? Contact the experts at 3Gstore and we'll look at your unique situation and find a solution that works best for you. All existing SimplyBonding customers will be contacted, and given the option of moving to one of these lower speed tiers if it better fits their needs.


Last Updated ( Monday, 06 April 2015 )
Friday, 03 April 2015

Phone Problems at Concerts and Sporting Events

Have you ever been at a sporting event and unable to share the excitement via text with your friends? Have you been at a concert and unable to upload pictures to Facebook and Twitter? How about a festival, unable to make a call to find your group in the crowd? At times it seems inexplicable. On occasion you will even have full bars yet it takes 5 minutes for your text message to go through.

Most event-goers will have had similar experiences to these. This nuisance can be attributed to an overload on the cell tower that the attendees are connecting to. Typically, cell towers will span several miles and have an adequate user ceiling to be able to accommodate the regular user base. However, when thousands of additional users are packed on to one tower, it really stresses the population load of that tower and causes performance issues for everybody.

With some of the larger events, like the music festival Coachella, cellular carriers like Verizon and AT&T go as far as to bring additional portable cell towers to add to the available user load. However, in other scenarios where this doesn’t happen, there is a trick that can help alleviate the user load that your cell phone is battling with.

By default your cell phone will always attempt to connect to the best possible network available to it. This means that if there are 20,000 fans at a football game with Verizon 4G capable phones, all 20,000 phones will be jockeying for position on the cell tower. However, since all 20,000 phones will be attempting to connect to 4G by default, this leaves the Verizon 3G network relatively free and, by contrast, fast!

Most phones that have the ability to connect to 4G or LTE will also have the ability to turn that function off and drop down to lower networks. Below you can see how to disable LTE on Apple and Android phones.


Apple iPhone

Open the "Settings" application and choose "Cellular"




Here you can toggle the "Enable LTE" function on and off.





Android Phones

Android phones allow you to choose from different network types.




Navigate to Settings, choose More Networks, then Mobile Networks, and finally Network mode. To turn off LTE, select the second option down (WCDMA/GSM).




Last Updated ( Friday, 03 April 2015 )
Thursday, 02 April 2015

Ruckus Wireless R710 High Capacity AC Access Point

Ruckus Wireless, today unveiled the Ruckus ZoneFlex™ R710 access point (AP), the industry’s first Wi-Fi AP based on Wave 2 features of the 802.11ac standard that extends Wi-Fi to enable multi-gigabit Wi-Fi performance and unprecedented capacity.


The new Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 is the first Wi-Fi access point to now support major technical advances in the 802.11ac standard that allow the simultaneous transmission of multiple client streams to different devices over the same frequency, a highly anticipated new capability called multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO). This enables over two times the density of mobile devices versus Wave 1, and aggregate data rates exceeding two gigabits per second.

Ruckus R710

Within a sleek and elegant new design, the Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 access point supports up to four spatial streams and 500 concurrent clients.  Additionally, each ZoneFlex R710 access point integrates Ruckus-patented BeamFlex + adaptive antenna technology, designed to enhance the operation of Wave 2 802.11ac technology by optimizing antenna coverage on a per client, per transmission basis.

With BeamFlex+, the ZoneFlex R710 also offers a significant increase in performance and range, delivering up to 5dB of signal gain and aggregate data rates of over two gigabits per second (Gbps), 1,733 Mbps (@ 5 GHz) and 800 Mbps (@ 2.4 GHz).

The ZoneFlex R710 has a built-in USB port to accommodate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This, combined with Ruckus SPoT location-based services (LBS) and analytics, enable opportunities for enterprises and Service Providers to monetize their Wi-Fi investment in public venues through rich analytics and location-based user engagement.

The Ruckus R710 will also be manageble by the powerful ZoneDirector AP Conroller from Ruckus. This unit allows for seamless and instant configuration and management of multiple Ruckus APs from the entry R300 to the new R710.

The Ruckus R710 will be available this quarer from 3Gstore. R710 MSRP will be $1,295. Keep an eye on EVDOinfo and 3Gstore for release dates as more information becomes available.

Read our full writeup of of the current Ruckus product line and how you use utilize it in the home or business for seamless, high density WiFi deployments. For more information on Ruckus and to see if a Ruckus deployment is the solution for you, contact the experts at 3Gstore.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 April 2015 )

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