Monday, 27 April 2015

Cradlepoint Announces CBA850 Broadband Adapter with Out-of-Band Management


Cradlepoint has announced a new powerful and versatile addition to their enterprise lineup: the CBA850 Cellular Broadband Adapter. Like Cradlepoint's CBA750, the CBA850 is targeted for failover and drop-in connectivity, and when combined with the Out-of-Band Management feature in Enterprise Cloud Manager Prime (also newly announced), the CBA850 becomes a powerful management tool for other devices on the network. The CBA850 is available on its own (MSRP $349.99) for use with USB modems, or customers can choose one of the ARC CBA850 models which include a multi-band embedded modem (MSRP $679.99) for an all-in-one solution. 

Key Features:

  • Cloud-managed for zero-touch deployment and intelligent management
  • Out of Band Management
  • Integrated Multi-Carrier Software-Defined Radio with 3G & 4G LTE, HSPA+ and EVDO modem
  • Two 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports for simultaneous local management and IP Passthrough
  • RJ45 serial console port for direct out-of-band management to connected devices
  • Drop into existing network for a turnkey failover solution
  • Remote management capabilities
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • IPv6 support
  • pdfdownload the CBA850 datasheet

Read more about the CBA850 at 3Gstore

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 May 2015 )
Monday, 27 April 2015

CloudGate Releases Firmware 1.44.0


Just a couple weeks after the previous firmware update, Option has released another firmware for their CloudGate products. Version 1.44.0 is now available on Cloudgate Universe as well as at 3Gstore's Support Portal.

Main fixes and new features are:

  • Added SMS support for CloudGate Japan
  • Introduced proper cellular call disconnect when using ignition sensing
  • Added units of GPS reporting interval to SDK documentation
  • Improved automatic upgrade mechanism
  • Fixed ping persistence problem after a reboot
  • Fixed a WebGUI problem which was introduced in fw 1.43.0
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!

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 April 2015 )
Thursday, 23 April 2015

Cradlepoint will make firmware available to all as of 5/5/15 - subscription no longer required


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In a surprising reversal of the policy that has been in effect since late last year, Cradlepoint has announced that as of May 5th customers will be able to download firmware releases any time without having to pay for one of Cradlepoint's support licenses. Since December of 2014 Cradlepoint had required customers to purchase a subscription to their Enterprise Cloud Manager service or CradleCare support to access firmware updates, a policy that was overwhelmingly unpopular. Customers were very vocal about their displeasure, and Cradlepoint took notice. 

In a letter to Cradlepoint partners, CEO George Mulhern explained:

"Over the past few months, we’ve spent a great deal of time listening. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback that has helped shape our best-in-class WWAN technology to meet and exceed your customers’ expectations. We have also heard you loud and clear about your customers’ concerns regarding firmware updates, and want to make sure you have everything you need to continue to win in the marketplace and keep your customers loyal and happy.

To that end, with the release of Firmware 5.4, Cradlepoint will no longer require customers to have Enterprise Cloud Manager or CradleCare Support to access firmware updates. Beginning on May 5, 2015, all of your customers will have access to firmware updates as part of their relationship with you, and your relationship with us."

Cradlepoint's next firmware release, version 5.4, will be available to all customers on May 5.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Google Project Fi Introduction



Today, the official Google Blog released the details on Project Fi, Googles answer to cellular carriers. The goal of Project Fi is to "put you on the best network wherever you go."

Google has partnered with T-Mobile and Sprint to deliver a unique cellular experience unlike anything else on the market. Project Fi will intelligently connect your phone to specific WiFi hotspots or LTE networks. As you go about the day, Fi will move between over a million free WiFi hotspots as well as T-Mobile and Sprint LTE, and the icing on the cake, once connected the data is encrypted for security.

Most interesting is Googles approach to payments.

"Making the service experience as simple as possible
Project Fi takes a fresh approach to how you pay for wireless, manage your service, and get in touch when you need help. We offer one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support. Here's how it works: for $20 a month you get all the basics (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in 120+ countries), and then it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use. Get all the details about our plan."

As speculated, this is launching on the Nexus 6 handset only, and will grow to more devices in the future.

Learn more about Project Fi on the offical Google page.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 April 2015 )
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Pepwave Max BR1 for Verizon on sale for $399 at 3Gstore - limited supply!


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Pepwave's super-popular Max BR1 for Verizon is reaching "end of life" status (Pepwave is replacing it with a multi-carrier version that suppots Verizon as well as a variety of other carriers), but 3Gstore has a limited supply left. While supplies last, customers can buy the Max BR1 for Verizon for just $399 (MSRP is $499) at 3Gstore, AND get free shipping (contiguous 48 states only! This is a great opportunity for users who only require Verizon support to save $100 on this popular router!

Max BR1 Features:

  • Automatic WAN Failover: MAX BR1 automatically switches between Ethernet WAN, Wi-Fi as WAN, and 4G LTE/3G links to keep your WAN up and running at all times.
  • Embedded 4G LTE Modem: Cut complexity and cost with a built-in 4G modem that supports Verizon's 4G LTE network.
  • Redundant SIM Slots with Data Overage Protection: The BR1 saves you money with a bandwidth allowance monitor that switches SIMs when you're close to a data cap.
  • Switchable 802.11n Wi-Fi as WAN or AP: Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi lets you connect to a Wi-Fi source as WAN. Switchable to Wi-Fi AP, the MAX BR1 also lets you deploy a fast, secure, and reliable Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere.
  • Industrial Durability: Built to withstand temperatures from -40° to 65°C and featuring ESD/surge protection for all ports, the MAX BR1 is designed for worry-free performance wherever your work takes you.
  • Versatile Input Voltage. Redundant Power Supply: The MAX BR1 supports a wide input range of 10V - 30V DC. It also keeps the current and your work uninterrupted with a built-in terminal block that can be used in tandem with the BR1’s DC connector to give you high availability power you can depend on.
  • SpeedFusion Persistent Session Roaming: Thanks to persistent session roaming powered by SpeedFusion technology, failover between fixed and mobile links is completely seamless. With other technologies, fixed/mobile failover terminates existing connections, creating costly downtime. with SpeedFusion persistent session roaming, you won't miss a beat when your MAX BR1 switches between connections.
  • Bridge/IP Pass-Through Mode: Bridge/IP pass-through mode transparently passes your cellular public IP to your Ethernet LAN, simplifying your deployments alongside existing equipmenet.
  • Dual Ethernet LAN Ports: Dual Ethernet LAN ports mean you don’t have to worry about external switches and power supplies or unnecessary maintenance and setup hassles, even if your work requires two LAN ports.
  • Central Management: Cloud and local administration options let you manage all your mobile outposts from one intuitive interface.
  • GPS Location Service: Built-in GPS lets you keep tabs on fleet vehicles wherever they may be. Easy to interface with external GPS systems, the MAX BR1 allows you to maximize resources and team coordination while improving safety and productivity. NOTE: a firmware upgrade or unlock key (free) is required to enable GPS.

Read more about the Max BR1 and order for just $399 while supplies last!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Peplink Releases Router Utility 1.4


Peplink has released an update for their Router Utility app on iOS. Unfortunately the update doesn't appear to be available for Android users just yet. Updates for iOS include bug fixes as well as optimization for iPhone 6/ 6 Plus users. 

Features are still the same - use this Utility app to keep an eye on your router(s) status, set up push notifications to be sent when events ocurr, check bandwidth usage, locate your device via GPS, etc.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 April 2015 )
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 )

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