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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Sprint Announces First LTE-Advanced Market - Chicago

 

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Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sprint announced yesterday a new lineup of investments in the city, meant to bring significant jobs and infrastructure over the next few years. Dubbed 'Sprint For Chicago', this plan brings 300+ new jobs to the area, as well as he installation of new cell sites to deliver the first Sprint LTE-A connections.

LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) takes advantage of the multiple frequencies Sprint has available at this time. With aggregation at the carrier level, the typical 1900Mhz LTE will be used for upload speeds, and the 2500Mhz frequencies will be used for download. The 2500Mhz band was previously used in Sprints first 4G WiMAX technology, and has more recently been used in Sprint Spark.

In a quote from Sprint to Wireless Week , “Through the use of carrier aggregation we can take advantage of two 3x20 CA within our 2.5GHz band, but also inter-band carrier aggregation with 800MHz and 1.9GHz, TDD-FDD CA with 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz and intra-band carrier aggregation within 1.9GHz."

Since 2012 Sprint has invested more than $500 million dollars in Chicago, and Sprint customers have increased by more than 600% in that same time. While there aren't any details on LTE-A and the exact speeds or compatibility of devices, this is a major step forward for Sprint in terms of wireless technology.




 
Friday, 27 March 2015

The Fastest Broadband Locations in the U.S.

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In October of 2014, the United States broadband average was 10Mbps. In just over one year, this has more than tripled to 33.9Mbps. One of the more prominent speed test sites, SpeedTest.net (powered by Ookla), has released this data along with much more specific numbers which allow for further insight into this speed boost to be analyzed by location.

Within the United States, the Ookla results were able to reveal the top ten states by average broadband speeds for March 2015, and October 2014:

States, March 2015:

  1. Washington 45.6Mbps
  2. Missouri 41.21Mbps
  3. New York 40.86Mbps
  4. California 40.8Mbps
  5. Utah 40.47Mbps
  6. Delaware 40.03Mbps
  7. Rhode Island 39.76Mbps
  8. New Jersey 39.28Mbps
  9. Massachusetts 38.57Mbps
  10. North Dakota 37.84Mbps

States, October 2014:

  1. New York 39.24Mbps
  2. Delaware 38.92Mbps
  3. New Jersey 38.86Mbps
  4. Maryland 36.92Mbps
  5. Missouri 36.62Mbps
  6. California 35.36Mbps
  7. Rhode Island 35.24Mbps
  8. Virginia 35.09Mbps
  9. Massachusetts 34.90Mbps
  10. Nevada 34.55Mbps

You will notice that the state that currently tops the chart for average download speeds, Washington, did not even scratch the top ten for the previous list. That being said, nobody can really complain considering even those states that dropped in the rankings still increased their speeds.

Ookla was also able to provide the top 5 fastest cities in the United States for March 2015 and October 2014:

Cities, March 2015:

  1. Kansas City, MO 96.66Mbps
  2. Austin, TX 74.65Mbps
  3. Huntington Beach, CA 58.2Mbps
  4. New York, NY 53.3Mbps
  5. North Hollywood, CA 53.04Mbps

Cities, October 2014:

  1. Kansas City, MO 68.59Mbps
  2. Austin, TX 68.27Mbps
  3. Huntington Beach, CA 50.52Mbps
  4. Flushing, NY 49.83Mbps
  5. New York, NY 48.24Mbps

Although this list has stayed relatively constant over the past year, some of the increases in speeds for individual cities are pretty jarring. Kansas City, Missouri is the most obvious example of this, with nearly a 30Mbps increase in average speed. This can largely be attributed to Kansas City’s status as one of the three current host cities of Google Fiber. Austin, Texas also has access to Google Fiber, but interestingly the other Google Fiber city of Provo, Utah did not crack the top 5.

Outside of Google Fiber, another driving force behind the massive speed increase in the United States is the expansion of Verizon FIOS. According to Ookla’s results, Verizon FIOS averaged speeds of 43.2Mbps in 2015, slightly ousting Comcast at 42.7Mbps.

On a global scale, the United States have saved face a little bit with their recent explosion in broadband speeds, but still currently rank 27th out of 199 eligible countries used in the test results. South Korea leads the way with an average of 84.31Mbps.

*Note: None of the included results factor in cellular speeds.




Last Updated ( Friday, 27 March 2015 )
 
Wednesday, 25 March 2015

weBoost Signal Pro RF Signal Meter

 

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The weBoost Signal Pro RF Signal Meter from Wilson Electronics is a handheld device used to detect signal strength of cellular frequencies. This easy to use meter can display specific frequencies, bands, and their associated RSSI.

As an installer of cellular equipment such as wireless repeater kits and cellular modems , a signal meter is an invaluable tool. The ability to properly determine which cellular signals, including 3G & 4G, are available in any location, is a major advantage prior to installation. You won't need equipment specific to each carrier to test, rather just a single device. Used outdoors, the Signal Pro can determine best locations for installation of external antennas. Indoors, the meter can provide you with a way to best aim indoor antennas to maximize interior coverage. Even if you are a consumer installing your own cellular equipment, or a business owner, you'll not only save money by ensuring you have the right equipment for the job, but you can also ensure that equipment is working to the best of its ability without guessing.

The video below is a brief overview of the Signal Pro and how the on screen display provides you with all the information you need.

The weBoost Signal Pro RF Signal Meter is now available at 3Gstore!

 

 




Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 )
 
Tuesday, 24 March 2015

 Ransomware Targeting Gamers

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A relatively new form of virus that is being referred to as “Ransomware” is specifically targeting PC gamers. This kind of attack gained its namesake from its function: holding game files for ransom. Essentially what Ransomware does is lock down specific files within popular PC games or programs that make it unusable until the ransom is paid.

The newest variant of Ransomware is being called TeslaCrypt, and is becoming a major nuisance for gamers everywhere. The typical demanded price for TeslaCrypt is either $1000 in PayPal My Cash or 1.5BTC in Bitcoins. Even if the ransom is paid, the user is completely at the mercy of the tacker in regards to whether or not the files are returned.

So far TeslaCrypt has been confirmed to lock down dozens of programs, including:

  • Bethesda Softworks settings file
  • F.E.A.R. 2 game
  • Steam NCF Valve Pak
  • Call of Duty
  • EA Sports
  • Unreal 3
  • Unity scene
  • Assassin’s Creed game
  • Skyrim animation
  • Bioshock 2
  • Leagues of Legends
  • DAYZ profile file
  • RPG Maker VX RGSS
  • World of Tanks battle
  • Minecraft mod
  • Unreal Engine 3 game file
  • Starcraft saved game
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game file
  • Dragon Age Origins game

Every gamer knows the frustration and disappointment of losing progress. The most important steps that can be taken to counteract a Ransomware attack are to stay up to date on virus protection and security, and keep a backup drive for any vital data. For more information and advice on dealing with Ransomware, see SecurityCentra.org's dedicated information page here.




 
Wednesday, 18 March 2015

weBoost Connect 4G-X 70db Amplifier Kit Now In Stock at 3Gstore

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weBoost has released another addition to their lineup of signal boosters, the Connect 4G-X 70db kit (471104). The 4G-X includes everything you need to install the kit in your home or office and is powerful enough to provide boosted signal to an area up to 5,000 square feet. It covers virtually all voice, 3G, and 4G networks in North America and has an MSRP of $899.99.

 

Features & Benefits:

  • Installs in minutes
  • Boosts signal for all U.S. & Canadian cell carriers
  • Friendly, U.S.-based customer support
  • All components needed for installation in one package
  • FCC & Industry Canada Certified
  • Improved indoor cellular voice and data signal
  • Reliable cell signal and more consistent data speeds
  • Faster data downloads
  • Up to 2 hours additional talk time in weak-signal areas
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weBoost Connect 4G-X packaging
 
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Connect 4G-X amplifier - no manually adjustable gain knobs are needed since the amplifier can adjust itself
 
The Connect 4G-X is available now at 3Gstore for $899.99



 
Monday, 16 March 2015

Meet the Panorama Antennas

Over the past few weeks, three new outstanding antennas have made their way into the 3Gstore inventory. The Panorama antennas are high gain and reliable, and are all very capable in most scenarios. However, each of the three also has its own applications where it will stand out above the rest.

Panorama Portable MiMo Antenna

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This antenna is excellent when on the move. It has the ability to give the user high-gain performance in the places where you would not usually find it. Use this antenna in a vehicle with it’s suction cup mount, or in an office with the desktop feet or screen clips. This is a MiMo antenna which makes it viable for extra diversity and gain in the signal using two SMA connectors. This is perfect for embedded devices such as the Cradlepoint IBR600, or the Pepwave Max BR1. Find a video and more information about the Panorama Portable MiMo Antenna here! 

Panorama Low Profile Thru-Roof Antenna

 

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The next Panorama antenna introduced was made with a more permanent through-roof mount in mind, such as what is usually seen in an RV or bus. This antenna is “Low Profile”, meaning that it will not be overly noticeable sticking out the top of a vehicle at just over inches tall. However, this antenna packs a punch in terms of gain, and can be used on a wide variety of frequency bands. You can find more information on the Thru-Roof Antenna here.

Panorama Indoor/Outdoor MiMo Antenna

 

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Lastly, the Panorama Indoor/Outdoor MiMo Antenna provides a fixed mounting solution that can be successfully used indoors our out. With a variety of mounting materials included in its contents, this antenna can adjust to the user’s individual needs. Like its portable MiMo cousin, this antenna is also perfect for an embedded cellular modem like the Pepwave Max BR1, as it comes with the industry standard double SMA Male connectors. This helps prevent the need to run two separate cables and antennas externally to get the performance you are looking for. If this sounds like the proper antenna for you, check out our video and in-depth article, seen here.

If you have specific questions about these antennas or the devices they might be used with, contact the experts at 3Gstore!




Last Updated ( Monday, 16 March 2015 )
 
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

FREAK Vulnerability - Peplink Information

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On March 3rd, 2015, a vulnerability in SSL/TLS was made public. This vulnerability has been popularly referred to as FREAK. Factoring Attck on RSA-EXPORT Keys, officially documented as CVE-2015-0204. The FREAK attack allows a person to intercept a secure HTTPS connection between multiple vulnerable clients, and force them to use a weaker encryption, allowing the attacker to steal or monitor sensitive data.

The most simple way to visualize this is passing a note in school. Student A wants to send a note to Student B, but before it gets there Student C steps in, reads and modifies the note. The secure connection between both students is now comprimised, and the attack now is in posession of sensitive information.

Peplink has released a security advisory alerting their customers about any potential FREAK vulnerabilities in Peplink/Pepwave hardware. Firmware Versions 5.3.x and above are all NOT AFFECTED. Products that are NOT AFFECTED include: Balance, MAX, FusionHub, Surf SOHO, and MediaFast.

Pepwave AP Series access points ARE AFFECTED. A security update named version 3.5.1 is already available for download at the links below.

For AP One AC mini: http://download.peplink.com/firmware...neac-3.5.1.zip
For All other AP series: http://download.peplink.com/firmware...ppro-3.5.1.zip
For all other products: http://www.peplink.com/support/downloads/

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Peplink AP ONE AC Mini

Peplink Services

incontrol2.peplink.com: Not affected.
store.peplink.com: Not affected.
forum.peplink.com: Not affected.

peplink.com: Resolved.
secure.peplink.com: Resolved.
Product demos: Resolved.

You can visit the below website to see if your browser is vulnerabe to the FREAK Attack, as well as get a list of sites that may still be vulnerable.

https://freakattack.com/




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 March 2015 )
 

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