Thursday, 03 September 2015

Sierra Wireless Provides New IoT Acceleration Platform to Simplify Deployment of Connected Products and Services

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New comprehensive IoT platform is industry’s first to combine cloud, hardware, and managed connectivity services to support worldwide deployments

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) today announced the industry’s first integrated service platform that combines cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) hardware, and managed connectivity services to support worldwide deployments. The new IoT Acceleration Platform is unique in that it provides global multi-operator coverage by combining Sierra Wireless and third-party network operator SIMs, all managed from a single unified connectivity platform.

The new IoT Acceleration Platform from Sierra Wireless also provides connectivity to Google Cloud Platform, giving customers the benefits of using Google BigQuery, Google’s analytical service, with data collected from connected devices.

Sierra Wireless can now provide customers with a comprehensive end-to-end solution including the hardware, AirVantage® cloud platform, and managed connectivity – vastly simplifying the sourcing, management, and administration of multi-region IoT deployments.

“Reducing the complexity in building and deploying IoT connectivity solutions is critical for our customers in getting their products and services to market quickly, and delivering real value to their organizations,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, Senior Vice President, Cloud and Connectivity Services for Sierra Wireless. “Our fully integrated IoT Acceleration Platform is designed to empower customer innovation and get IoT solutions to market faster with the ability to scale and grow quickly.”

Integration of Google Cloud Platform makes it quicker and easier to get value from data

In addition to the integration of connectivity, Sierra Wireless has also natively connected AirVantage to Google Cloud Platform a set of modular cloud-based services that support the creation of anything from simple websites to complex applications.

Customers can collect and store their sensor data in Google Cloud Platform and use the tools provided in the platform to build custom analytics, big data, or IoT applications, enabling them to leverage the data collected from the devices and their connected assets in a broader context – increasing its value.

For organizations already operating on Google Cloud Platform, this makes integration into other applications and services quick and easy. With the platform pre-connected, the process of doing this is vastly simplified and the resulting applications are flexible and scalable to support future growth.

Sierra Wireless will showcase the customer benefits of integrating Google analytics tools with the IoT Acceleration Platform at CTIA Super Mobility Week, September 9 to 11 in Las Vegas. To learn more, visit the Sierra Wirelessstand at #5632 in the M2M Zone.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 September 2015 )
Wednesday, 02 September 2015

Sierra Wireless Completes Acquisition Of MobiquiThings

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of MobiquiThings, a leading European mobile virtual network operator, based in France. Details of the acquisition were first announced on June 24, 2015.

MobiquiThings is an MVNO focused on managed connectivity services for the Internet of Things, with broad segment experience including the energy, transportation, security, retail, and healthcare markets. It offers a unique technology platform that includes MobiquiSIM, a dynamic attachment service that provides its customers with superior radio access network coverage and industry-leading quality of service (QoS), as well as SIM provisioning and management for 2G, 3G, and 4G connectivity. The company has more than 75 customers, which together comprise more than 100,000 wireless connectivity subscriptions.

Sierra Wireless has purchased all of the shares of MobiquiThings for €14 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments, plus a performance-based earnout formula that extends into 2017.


Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Cradlepoint MBR95 Reaches End of Life


In June 2011, Cradlepoint released what we believe to be one of their top selling routers, the MBR95. This mid-sized router was geared towards the consumer - both home and travelers - but was also a good fit for certain small business applications due to its advanced features.

As of April 28th, Cradlepoint announced the MBR95 had now reached its End of Life (EOL). This was just over a year after they had released the last firmware update for it (version 5.0.4). If you’re one of the many customers out there that love the MBR95 and are looking for a replacement, or perhaps a new customer looking for something similar, 3Gstore is here to help!

If you’re worried about your current MBR95 router continuing to work, don’t fret as it is still working with current USB modems available today. However, any new modems released after April 2014 will likely not work.

See below for a few models you might consider, and remember, if you’re using a USB modem you’ll need to also confirm compatibility!

You may also be interested in our Surf SOHO vs MBR95 article for comparison!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 September 2015 )
Monday, 31 August 2015

Stopping Network Abusers: An Open Letter to T-Mobile Customers


Some of you may have seen my Periscope this afternoon where I shared a preview of this blog -- and to those of you already supporting my position in social media, I appreciate it! However, I am following up now, because I want to make sure I am being really clear and transparent on this issue as we take action tomorrow morning.
This week, I am taking aim at a select group of individuals who have actually been stealing data from T-Mobile. If their activities are left unchecked their actions could eventually have a negative effect on the experience of honest T-Mobile customers. Not on my watch.
We’ve built the T-Mobile network to reach 290 million Americans with the fastest 4G LTE speeds around. We drive hard every day for our network to reach more people and to keep giving customers the fastest data speeds in the USA. I won’t let anyone jeopardize that. So we are going after a small group of users who are stealing data so blatantly and extremely that it is ridiculous.
Here’s what’s happening: when customers buy our unlimited 4G LTE plan for their smartphones we include a fixed amount of LTE to be used for tethering (using the “Smartphone Mobile HotSpot” feature), at no extra cost, for the occasions when broadband may not be convenient or available. If customers hit that high-speed tethering limit, those tethering speeds slow down. If a customer needs more LTE tethering, they can add-on more. Simple.
However, these violators are going out of their way with all kinds of workarounds to steal more LTE tethered data. They’re downloading apps that hide their tether usage, rooting their phones, writing code to mask their activity, etc. They are “hacking” the system to swipe high speed tethered data. These aren't naive amateurs; they are clever hackers who are willfully stealing for their own selfish gain. It’s a small group – 1/100 of a percent of our 59 million customers – but some of them are using as much as 2 terabytes (2,000GB!) of data in a month. I’m not sure what they are doing with it – stealing wireless access for their entire business, powering a small cloud service, providing broadband to a small city, mining for bitcoin -- but I really don’t care!
These abusers will probably try to distract everyone by waving their arms about throttling data. Make no mistake about it – this is not the same issue. Don’t be duped by their sideshow. We are going after every thief, and I am starting with the 3,000 users who know exactly what they are doing. The offenders start hearing from us tomorrow. No more abuse and no risk to the rest of our customers’ experience. It's over. If you are interested, you can find more info in our support forum.
I’m not in this business to play data cop, but we started this wireless revolution to change the industry for good and to fight for consumers. I won't let a few thieves ruin things for anyone else. We’re going to lead from the front on this, just like we always do. Count on it!
John Legere
President & CEO
T-Mobile USA 


Friday, 21 August 2015

FCC Fines Another Company for Blocking WiFi Hotspots


Almost a year ago, the FCC fined Marriott $600,000 for blocking guests’ personal WiFi hotspots. In January of this year, Marriott withdrew a petition they had submitted to the FCC looking for ways to legally block guest’s WiFi. More recently, the FCC has accused Telecom provider Smart City for practicing the same illegal acts in their meeting centers and hotels. It appears the FCC thinks Smart City should have learned something from Marriott and is fining them a hefty $750,000.

In June 2014, guests had complained about problems connecting to the Internet at several Smart City locations. To avoid having to pay the company $80/ day to use their services, guests were trying to use their personal hotspots - whether those be from their cell phones or dedicated mobile hotspots (e.g. Verizon’s Jetpacks). However, when trying to do so, they found that it would not work and in turn had no choice but to use Smart City’s service.

Per Travis LeBlanc, head of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, "It is unacceptable for any company to charge consumers exorbitant fees to access the Internet while at the same time blocking them from using their own personal Wi-Fi hotspots to access the Internet...All companies who seek to use technologies that block FCC-approved Wi-Fi connections are on notice that such practices are patently unlawful."

Smart City did not admit liability in a recent statement, but as part of the settlement, they will cease WiFi blocking practices and pay the $750,000 civil penalty. That being said, perhaps they may have learned something from the Marriott case. They said that fighting the FCC would be too costly and time-consuming. However, they did make a point of justifying why they implemented such practices with the following:

As recommended by the Department of Commerce and Department of Defense, we have occasionally used technologies made available by major equipment manufacturers to prevent wireless devices from significantly interfering with and disrupting the operations of neighboring exhibitors on our convention floors...This activity resulted in significantly less than one percent of all devices being de-authenticated and these same technologies are widely used by major convention centers across the globe as well as many federal agencies.

Of course, we ourselves have seen issues caused by WiFi interference. To give guests no other choice but to pay more than most would pay for monthly service in one day though, it just doesn’t seem fair.

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 August 2015 )
Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Pepwave Surf SOHO vs. Cradlepoint MBR95

NOTE: The MBR95 had its last firmware release in April of 2014. It was announced at that time that the router would not receive any further firmware updates. Cradlepoint announced the MBR95 was discontinued as of June 30th, 2015. For those looking for a replacement Cradlepoint, the MBR1200B offers everything the MBR95 offers plus load balancing, ECM support, IPSec VPN, and more. For those looking for an MBR95 alternative or for something in the sub $200 range, keep reading!

The Pepwave Surf SOHO has been on the market for well over a year now, and since its release, it has made quite a lot of noise in the cellular router industry.  As a low cost, high quality professional-grade WiFi router, the SOHO has impressed countless new users and converted over long time fans of the competition. As its name implies, the SOHO (small office, home office) is meant to be a realtively inexpensive consumer router used by individuals and small businesses alike. With an impressive feature set, the SOHO dominates the competition. But what about the long standing king of consumer cellular routers, the Cradlepoint MBR95? Is the SOHO the 'MBR95 Killer' its made out to be? 3Gstore has created a quick comparrison chart looking at the major features of the two routers; these are the things our customers ask us for day in and day out.


Pepwave Surf SOHO


Cradlepoint MBR95









WiFi Range


2.4Ghz or 5Ghz

WiFi Frequency


Yes – Add Up to 50% More Range!

External WiFi Connectors



Failover Time

8-90 seconds

Real Time, Hourly, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, per Connected Device

Bandwidth Monitoring

Per WAN in 'Samples/Hour'. Must Set Custom Data Usage Rules.

Yes, Health Check on all WANs

Keep-Alive (Ping Target)

Hidden Option, Not Configurable

PPTP Server and PepVPN

VPN Options


Fully Customizable



Individual Bandwidth Limit

Bandwidth Control


InControl 2 (free while under warranty)

Cloud Management


10/100/1000 GBE

Gigabit Ethernet (GBE)

No, 10/100 Only

Regular Firmware Updates

Current Support?

FW 5.0.4 Released 04/2014. Cradlepoint Has Announced There Will Be NO Future MBR95 FW Upgrades!

On paper the SOHO looks like a clear winner, and its easy for us at 3Gstore to recommend the SOHO over the MBR95. All of the other features aside, the support is enough to put the SOHO in the lead. Cradlepoint previously announced there would be no future updates for the MBR95 firmware. This means new USB modems may not be supported, and bugs and vulnerabilites are left untouched. Cradlepoint has also announced the MBR95 is discontinued, so you'll need to look to the MBR1200B as an entry point for Cradlepoint, and for some users this may have more features than they need. This means bug fixes and firmware updates are a thing of the past on the MBR95, no new modems will be supported. In fact, the last firmware update came out well over a year ago! We've seen the SOHO is great spec for spec, but what about in practice? Check out some of the great reviews left on the SOHO by verified 3Gstore customers.

Date Added: 08/03/2015 by McGann S. (Ruther Glen, VA)
Excellent in every way. Does things no other router will do.

Date Added: 07/23/2015 by McGann S. (Ruther Glen, VA)
The Surf Soho is one of the best routers I have ever used. I bought it because my Mi-Fi 6620L was deficient in one respect. It has a great cellular radio, but the wi-fi is definitely substandard. Even worse than the 4510 I had before. Enter the Surf Soho. I can connect by USB and the connection and wi-fi are rock solid. I have only had it for a few days, but so far it is excellent.***M.S.***
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Date Added: 08/03/2015 by McGann S. (Ruther Glen, VA)
Excellent in every way. Does things no other router will do.

Date Added: 07/23/2015 by McGann S. (Ruther Glen, VA)
The Surf Soho is one of the best routers I have ever used. I bought it because my Mi-Fi 6620L was deficient in one respect. It has a great cellular radio, but the wi-fi is definitely substandard. Even worse than the 4510 I had before. Enter the Surf Soho. I can connect by USB and the connection and wi-fi are rock solid. I have only had it for a few days, but so far it is excellent.***M.S.***
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Date Added: 08/03/2015 by McGann S. (Ruther Glen, VA)
Excellent in every way. Does things no other router will do.
Date Added: 07/23/2015 by McGann S. (Ruther Glen, VA)
The Surf Soho is one of the best routers I have ever used. I bought it because my Mi-Fi 6620L was deficient in one respect. It has a great cellular radio, but the wi-fi is definitely substandard. Even worse than the 4510 I had before. Enter the Surf Soho. I can connect by USB and the connection and wi-fi are rock solid. I have only had it for a few days, but so far it is excellent.***M.S.***
Date Added: 07/17/2015 by Joseph C. (Hatfield, PA)
This is the second Suf SOHO I have purchased! Has lots of features, and just works as you would expect it to.
Date Added: 06/07/2015 by Chris S. (Oxford, FL)
This has been a huge blessing for times when our satellite-based broadband is rained out, throttled, or just having a bad hair day. Combined with the AC313U (also purchased here), we have **BACKUP BROADBAND** for the meager cost of an add-on line to our AT.
Date Added: 05/12/2015 by Kurt S. (Wausau, WI)
Fantastic. Worked just as advertised, very simple set, no problems using it with my cellcom MiFI hotspot. I'm in a broadband deadspot, no DSL, no Cable Internet. My choice of internet then is 4g hotspot. Works pretty well, except for data pricing, limited range of Wi Fi and being limited to connecting only 10 devices (with kids, let me tell you, this is not enough). Anyways, enter the Pepwave Surf SOHO router. I plug my hotspot into this bad boy and I have great Wi Fi range and am not limited by the number of devices that can connect. Speed was not denigrated either. In my case, well worth it. Oh, and I can take it to our cabin to support Wifi for devices there as well.

Jack Mayer of , wrote a rave review for the Pepwave Surf SOHO as well, showing that this isn't just a great router for home and business use, but ideal for RVers as well.
"The SOHO is an excellent device. It has a few rough edges in the user interface - the WiFiRanger has a more “groomed” interface. But the SOHO has above average performance with its external antennas, has excellent throughput, supports tethering of mifi devices, and has the best data collection facilities of the three routers. If monitoring data used is an important consideration for you, and you need detailed reports, then the SOHO is likely your best device."
And interestingly enough, the final line of his review...
"With the availability of the Pepwave Surf SOHO I see no need for a Cradlepoint 95. I think the SOHO is probably better for most RVers than the Cradlepoint 95."

The Pepwave Surf SOHO has set a new standard for the cellular industry, and so far no other product we have tested has come close to the performance and feature set of the SOHO, without paying quite a bit more. For more information contact the experts at 3Gstore , and to order a Surf SOHO, visit . For videos demonstrating the Surf SOHO and its user interface and instant failover capability, check out the SOHO playlist on our YouTube channel!

The Surf SOHO is available now at 3Gstore!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2015 )

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