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Monday, 27 April 2015

CloudGate Releases Firmware 1.44.0

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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

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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

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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.


Vehicles:


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:


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)



Outdoor:


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

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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.


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“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!


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“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!


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“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.


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“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.


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“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.


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“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.”

 


 

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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, 20 April 2015 )
 

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