Thursday, 26 February 2015
weBoost Announces U.S. Retail Availability of New Cellular Signal Boosters
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.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Trakdot Luggage Tracker Customer Review
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!
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. However, per their new firmware policy, this will still only be available to those with 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.
- 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 February 2015 )
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
IP Switch Script Control Tutorial
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.
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.
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:
Let’s take a closer look at each segment of the command to understand exactly what information is being sent.
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.
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.
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
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 )
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Cradlepoint Licenses - What's Available?
Cradlepoint offers licenses such as CradeCare - for technical support and firmware updates; Enterprise Cloud Manager (ECM) - for network management, and firmware; and Extended Enterprise License - to enable additional features on specific router models. It is important to know the model of your Cradlepoint (and hardware version, if applicable) when purchasing a license so that you can also confirm the license supports the features you require.
Here are some examples:
- Enterprise Cloud Manager: ONLY available for MBR1400, CBA750B, MBR1200B, IBR600, IBR650, AER 2100, CBR400, and CBR450 routers.
NOTE: CradleCare and ECM can be added on their own if you only need one or the other, or you can select a bundle that includes both at a discounted price.
- Extended Enterprise License: ONLY available for MBR1400, ARC MBR1400, IBR600, IBR650, and AER 2100 routers. Also, certain features like OpenVPN (SSL VPN) only apply to AER 2100 and ARC MBR1400v2 (hardware version 2) models. WPA2 Enterprise Authentication for WiFi as WAN is another feature that only applies to the ARC MBR1400v2.
- Zscaler Internet Security: Built into ALL Cradlepoint routers EXCEPT the MBR95. Though it comes with these routers, it requires a license to activate it AND firmware 5.3.0 or above.
- Multi-Carrier Support:
All Multi-Band embedded router models (i.e. COR, ARC, AER) allow users
to switch from one carrier to another. This requires firmware version
For more details on Cradlepoint licenses and options, visit 3Gstore.com or give us a call!
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 February 2015 )
Monday, 23 February 2015
Finding RSSI on Your Cell Phone
Getting a good cellular connection in your home, office or while you’re traveling can be quite difficult. Finding a solution to help improve your poor signal can be even more of a hassle. If you’ve dealt with this yourself or are just starting to become familiar, you may have come across our Site Survey article. This article shows you how to test the signals at your location and then how to interpret them to determine what equipment (i.e. antenna, amplifier), if any, will help improve your signal.
Rather than using signal bars, which unfortunately don’t provide much insight, we use something called RSSI (received signal strength indicator). Instead of bars or percentages, RSSI gives you signal value in terms of a negative number. The Site Survey instructions will provide you with instructions on how to find this value on certain cellular air cards/ modems, hotspots and even cell phones. However, when it comes to cell phones, not all models actually have the ability to display RSSI.
If you have a smartphone - Android or iOS - there are alternative methods of finding RSSI.
For both iOS and Android devices, you’ll find an app called OpenSignal. Not only does this app give you your RSSI value, but you also get a compass that points you in the direction of the cell tower, as well as a map with tower locations (and a coverage map too). This is a convenient solution for those who want to utilize a directional antenna since they have to be aimed towards the tower. If you’re also trying to confirm whether or not you might be able to improve your speeds, OpenSignal even includes a speed tester.
an overview of the OpenSignal app pages
For iOS users, the app FieldTester, is very much like OpenSignal, but it does not include the compass for locating your cell tower. While there is still a map, it will only show you where the test is taking place - that is if you have GPS enabled. Like OpenSignal, you can also test speed and latency, but only FieldTester shows you a unique log of events of the tests it can run in the background or foreground of the phone. Things like your ping tests and GPS location (again, if enabled) will be displayed here. Using GPS also means that you can track the tests based on location - this can certainly be helpful for those on the go who may frequent the same locations - just keep in mind that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life on your phone.
an overview of the FieldTester app pages
In addition to finding RSSI for your cellular connection, both apps can also be used to test WiFi signal strength and speeds.
Last Updated ( Monday, 23 February 2015 )
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Happy 10 Year Anniversary to 3Gstore.com (aka Booster-Antenna.com)
EVDOinfo.com started in late 2004 as a resource to share honest information and help people use and understand this new EVDO technology (aka 2G, which was of course followed by 3G and then 4G). It primarily started as a way to provide reliable information in contrast to the bad information being passed around by a con-man named Robert Kim, who was taking advantage of people who were unfamiliar with EVDO (Robert Kim still is scamming people today). A few months later, I registered the domain name Booster-Antenna.com and set up a web site that sold just one product: booster antennas for the brand new EVDO devices. Previously, I was a software developer and in the mid 1990s developed an eCommerce platform called WS4D/eCommerce that allowed developers and companies to create an online store to sell products on the internet (around the same time that Amazon first started selling).
Here is what the original site looked like:
Soon after Booster-Antenna.com was launched, customers started asking us for more. They wanted to get their Verizon data cards from us, and then we figured out a way to get the very first data card (the PC5220) working with a Mac, when it wasn't supposed to. This was a big boon to consumers and further cemented our interest in all things EVDO.
Around this time, we also launched EVDOforums.com, which allowed people to discuss problems and solutions and share information they'd found about EVDO and all the related products.
Things continued to grow, and soon we had to hire a high schooler from across the street to help with shipping.
Late in 2005, I met with someone from Kyocera. They were working on what would be the first router that would work with EVDO cards: the Kyocera KR1. They gave us one 4 months before it was released and encouraged us to write a review. We wrote a review and received millions of hits on it before it came out - customers were extremely excited about this new technology. When the KR1 was released, Booster-Antenna.com was the only place besides Kyocera to sell them, and we pre-sold hundreds of them. When our first shipment arrived from Kyocera, the FedEx truck pulled up to my house and the entire truck was full of routers. I had asked some friends to help us ship them and we made an assembly line to package and label the routers to get them off to our customers (my only regret is not taking pictures during this time!). When the orders were ready to ship, we took the seats out of a few minivans, put my twin 10 year old girls and some of their friends on top of the boxes and drove a mile to FedEx, where we made a human chain and passed each box from the minivans to the depot (again, wish I would have taken pictures).
Soon after, I realized I needed to have a support person to provide technical support to our growing customer base and hired my first full time support person, beginning our long tradition of providing the best support in the business.
In 2006, my little business started outgrowing the house and we needed to find a warehouse. I found one that was 1.5 miles from the house and 4 doors down from FedEx - it was perfect. Also at this time, I realized I need to have someone full time to manage shipping, so I hired Bob - who is still managing the shipping department today!
In 2007, we discovered a much smaller and cooler router from a company called CradlePoint and we become one of CradlePoint's first resellers (we still sell CradlePoint today!). Around this time, we also continued to grow the product line with antennas and amplifiers from Wilson Electronics (now called weBoost). Also in 2007, our company was featured as a case study in Seth Godin's book "Meatball Sundae," thanks to our reputation for providing exceptional customer service. He was a customer of ours, but funnily enough, we didn't know it until three months after the book came out and a customer mentioned it. We bought a copy and sure enough, there we were! I emailed him to thank him and he replied, "what took you so long to contact me?"
By this point, we were selling so much more than booster antennas, and the domain name booster-antenna.com really bothered me. In 2007 we rebranded our site to better reflect what we did and 3Gstore.com was born.
Business was booming in 2008, but changes were happening. A lot of revenue from selling data cards was about to change, as the major carriers didn't want to play nice with online resellers. Things started to go in the wrong direction in 2009 and 2010, but by focusing on customer service and maintaining our reputation as the go-to source for expert information and product knowledge, by 2011 things were again trending in the right direction. Since 2012, our business has grown around 22% each year, and in 2015, we are trending towards doing 35% better than 2014.
With our IT background, we have built an incredible ecommerce platform that does amazing things for customers and on the backend to fulfill order rapidly and accurately. In 2013 we partnered with a larger company to handle their fulfilling and customer support, which further enhanced our business.
Why are things going so well? There are a few reasons. First of all, we have the best customers around. 55% of our orders every month are from repeat customers. Once a customer discovers all the service and support they get from us, they never want to leave. The next reason is our employees. They are given the freedom to do the right thing and really take care of customers. Salespeople who answer the phone are not paid on commission, they are salaried - their job is to listen and recommend what is best for the customers' needs, not just make a sale. Our tech people are not required to answer a certain number of calls per day, just to make sure that when the call is over, the customer is happy and their issue is resolved. When tech people are not on phones, they are creating PDFs and tipsheets for our support portal (which all customers can access 24/7 for free). There have been a lot of changes over the years, but our focus on providing a flawless customer experience has never shifted.
Thank you to the 120,000 customers we have serviced over the years and thanks to our awesome employees that make up the 3Gstore team!
Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 February 2015 )