Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Peplink SpeedFusion - Information and Getting Started

As Peplink experts, 3Gstore receives questions everyday about SpeedFusion. What is it? How does it work? How can it help my business? We’ve put this information all in one place to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about this exciting technology. Do you need to know more or want to discuss if a SpeedFusion deployment is right for you? Contact the experts at 3Gstore and we’ll come up with with a solution for your business's unique needs.

What is SpeedFusion?

SpeedFusion is Peplinks patented technology that powers enterprise grade VPNs. By tapping into the bandwidth of up to 13 low-cost cable, DSL, cellular, and other links, SpeedFusion turns your multiple connections into a single bonded connection.

What can SpeedFusion be used for?

SpeedFusion has three technologies designed to address specific problems.

SpeedFusion Hot Failover

In the event of a WAN disconnection, Hot failover will transfer your traffic to another connection while maintaining session persistence. For example, if a WAN connection breaks during a video conference, the video conference can still continue without having to hang up or call again.

3Gstore utilizes SpeedFusion Hot Failover in our day to day operations at our warehouse. Our primary internet connections is a wired Comcast connection, and we use Verizon LTE as our backup connection. We’ve created a SpeedFusion Hot Failover connection and run all of our traffic through that connection. All of our data flows over the wired connection first so we don’t use any unnecessary cellular data, but the instant that the wired connection fails, Hot Failover seamlessly switches all of our traffic to the LTE connection.

A traditional failover or load balancing router would lose all of the network traffic on the internet connection that fails dropping calls with our customers, interfering with our ability to ship products, and preventing us from running our business. Thanks to SpeedFusion Hot Failover, if an internet connection fails, no customer or employee is even aware there was an outage. 3Gstore holds quarterly ‘fire drills’ where we’ll purposely disconnect our primary connection to ensure our systems all function in the event of a real outage.

SpeedFusion WAN Smoothing

WAN Smoothing utilizes intelligent algorithms to fill in connectivity gaps, trading bandwidth for greater connection resiliency. WAN Smoothing minimizes latency and reduces the impact of packet loss. This is useful for times when you need connection reliability and responsiveness more than speed.

WAN Smoothing uses two or more internet connections simultaneously for the purpose of increasing reliability and consistency of a connection. If you can’t afford dropped packets or need minimal latency for applications such as live streaming audio/video, WAN Smoothing makes that possible.

SpeedFusion Bandwidth Bonding

Bandwidth bonding combines data at the packet level, enabling you to combine the speed of up to 13 connections. This is useful for situations where bandwidth is scarce, such as at a remote site or in a moving vehicle. This technology also enables branch offices to connect to the head office at greater connection speeds.

If you are opening a branch office in a location where internet connectivity is slow or unreliable, Bandwidth Bonding can save the day. By bonding the speeds of multiple DSL lines, offices can experience increased reliability by utilizing multiple connections at once, and aggregate the bandwidth of multiple connections into one faster pipe.

SpeedFusion Bandwidth Bonding is also a simple way to save money over high cost MPLS or fiber lines. Instead of paying for a direct fiber connection which can be thousands of dollars to install, and hundreds of dollars monthly for a slow connection, you can run multiple commodity DSL or cable connections and bond them. You’ll save money over the MPLS or fiber line, increase reliability by having multiple connections active, and end up with more bandwidth than those lines can provide!

What makes SpeedFusion different from Load Balancing?

Load balancing allows a single router to have multiple active internet connections, however load balancing has its limitations. First, load balancing doesn’t allow a single user to take advantage of the speeds of multiple connections. If you have three 10Mbps DSL lines, all a single user would ever see is 10Mbps. If the internet connection that user is being balanced to drops, that user would lose connectivity completely while the router fails them over to another available connection. VoIP phones would be disconnected, web sessions would sign out, and any downloads in progress would be dropped. Load balancing provides more bandwidth across an entire network, but does NOT combine the speeds of multiple connections or allow for session persistent unbreakable internet connectivity. Only SpeedFusion can provide this!

For some users session persistence is not required and failover between multiple links of a load balancing router is enough. Peplink provides 7 incredibly powerful load balancing algorithms and customizable rules that put you in complete control of network data priorities. Just set your traffic priorities, including VoIP and custom application traffic with a few clicks and let Peplink take care of the load-balancing and optimization details. Peplink load balancing routers support PepVPN instead of SpeedFusion. PepVPN allows a simple VPN connection to other Peplink routers, although without the benefits of SpeedFusion. Branch offices that don’t require SpeedFusion performance can still connect up to a SpeedFusion capable router at the headquarters and still participate in the larger mesh network for remote connectivity.

What is required to create SpeedFusion Connections?

In order to create a SpeedFusion connection you’ll need a minimum of two pieces of Peplink technology with SpeedFusion capabilities. This typically consists of a primary unit, installed at a headquarters or data center location with access to a high speed internet connection, and a second unit that is mobile (in the case of cellular bonding) or installed at a remote or branch office. A SpeedFusion VPN tunnel is created between the two locations, and using the powerful outbound policy settings on the Peplink router, all or specific traffic is routed over the bonded connection.

Lets use the diagram above to show how SpeedFusion can make VoIP calls unbreakable for a business. The headquarters location has a Balance 710 router installed. Each branch office for the business located across the country gets a Balance router with SpeedFusion capability, spec’d based on the office size and throughput requirements. The remote office routers are easily set up to route all VoIP traffic over the SpeedFusion connection to the main headquarters router. Because each remote office has at least two internet connections, if one connection was to fail, VoIP traffic would seamlessly continue on the second internet connection uninterrupted!

This sounds great, but is SpeedFusion easy to set up?

Yes! SpeedFusion setup takes minutes, compared to the time and effort it takes to configure a typical VPN between multiple sites. The Peplink user interface is graphical with easy to understand options. Helpful icons provide more information where it is needed without making deployment a burden.

SpeedFusion deployments are even easier when leveraging InControl 2, Peplinks cloud based management tool. InControl 2 can automate SpeedFusion deployments for hundreds of sites simultaneously in just a few minutes meaning you don’t have to configure each router individually! InControl 2 is free for the first year with every Peplink router, included with the extended warranty, or a low yearly cost per device.

SpeedFusion and InControl 2 are part of a larger concept called SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network), a revolutionary way to approach the simplification of branch office networking and assure optimal application performance by using centrally controlled and managed WAN virtualization. SD-WAN is WAN virtualization, which allows for intelligent, secure, and centrally managed and monitored connectivity. Read more about SD-WAN here.

VPN Feature Comparison

What if I want to take advantage of SpeedFusion but don’t have a second location for a second router?

3Gstore has created SimplyBonding for exactly those situations. SimplyBonding uses Speedfusion technology to bond multiple 3G, 4G, DSL, or cable connections into one fast/reliable/unbreakable connection. Utilizing Speedfusion typically requires a Peplink router on both ends of the connection - one at the location where you need the bonded connection, and another at another location with a high-speed internet connection to bond the connections and send the data back to the primary location via VPN. SimplyBonding eliminates the need for this dual-router setup. SimplyBonding requires just ONE router, which will be configured to connect to our hosted service - WE handle the bonding and VPN for you!

SpeedFusion Considerations

SpeedFusion Bonding does have limitations that are important to understand before considering a deployment. First, you must have enough bandwidth at the headquarters site, to support the total bandwidth of the remote site(s).

(Consider The Speeds On Both Sides of Your SpeedFusion Connection)

Ex. You have a headquarters location with 50Mbps download, and 10Mbps upload speed. Your remote site has three 10/5 connections. 5 + 5 + 5 = 15 Mbps - 15% = 12.75 Mbps maximum upload speed. The headquarters only has 10 Mbps of upload speed available, so that is your upload capacity for the remote site. You still have the benefits of bonding for reliability, session persistence, and speed, you just can’t use the full capacity of the remote site links due to the bottleneck on the headquarters router connection.

Cellular users should note that bonded cellular connections suffer from "flow control" of TCP traffic at the carrier level, and 3Gstore cannot guarantee that bonding multiple cellular connections will result in faster speeds (however, the other benefits of SpeedFusion bonding remain, such as unbreakable VPN, session persistence, and 100% uptime as long as you have 1 healthy WAN). Cellular users must also consider tower capacity if bonding multiple connections from a single carrier. For the best results, we recommend bonding no more than two of the same carriers connections together, favoring bonding multiple networks together instead to ensure the highest availability of bandwidth.

What if I need support or have more questions?

3Gstore provides one year of technical support by phone on every purchase. We also have an extensive online support portal which includes manufacturer user manuals and documentation, along with 3Gstore created tip-sheets that go over specific features and troubleshooting. We have multiple Peplink Certified Engineers on staff who can help you with every step of your SpeedFusion solution from concept to deployment, and assist with any questions you may have before and after the sale. Contact 3Gstore for more information.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Peplink Firmware Version 6.3.2 Released


Peplink has released firmware version 6.3.2 today for their SOHO, Balance, and MAX series routers. 6.3.2 went through a few beta cycles before release, and some long requested features have been added.

  • LAN as WAN: With a software license, you can convert up to 3 LAN ports into WAN ports as the situation requires. This feature is available on the MAX HD4 and the Balance One.
  • Improved Content Filtering: We have added the “Audio and Video” category, as well as the option to redirect blocked surfers to a customizable page.
  • Local AP Scheduling: The Surf SOHO, MAX BR1, and MAX On-The-Go can now schedule on-off times for their router’s built-in AP.
  • PepVPN Port Forwarding: Designate ports for each of their LAN clients while running NAT Mode on PepVPN. This ensures that remote devices will be able to reach each LAN client individually.

The full firmware release notes are available here, and you can download firmware 6.3.2 here. To find out if a Peplink deployment is right for you, contact the experts at 3Gstore.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 July 2016 )
Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Get Up to a $100 Bill Credit When you Purchase and Activate a New Sierra Wireless 4G Router


Verizon has a new promotion running through December 31, 2016 where you can receive up to a $100 bill credit with the purchase of a new Sierra Wireless AirLink LTE device. This is a great opportunity to get a one of four different Sierra AirLink models and a few bucks back on the cellular service you’ll need for the device.



ES450 - Ideal for business continuity and LTE backup with Out Of Band Management.

RV50 - Extremely low power LTE Gateway. Perfect for industrial applications where power is a concern, and conditions demand a rugged M2M device.

GX450 - Industry standard router for in-vehicle LTE. Public Safety, Field Services, and Transportation.

MP70 - The latest in high performance with long range WiFi. Ideal for transit and public safety vehicles that need constant LTE and wireless connectivity.

Contact the experts at 3Gstore to discuss your deployment, and we’ll help determine the solution that fits your unique needs.


Verizon Wireless Reps - Did you know that 3Gstore has a Carrier Rep Registration program? Let 3Gstore handle your customers Cradlepoint, Peplink, Sierra, Novatel, or Option orders and we’ll automatically notify you of the device info when an order ships! This lets you and your customers leverage the top tier customer service and support that 3Gstore has to offer, while ensuring you don’t miss out on device activations! After signing up you’ll get a custom URL to provide to your customers. When somebody checks out using that URL you’ll get an email with the customer information and the product ordered. Once the item ships, you’ll get another email with the full customer details, along with the device IMEI and SIM number if the customer also ordered a SIM from 3Gstore. If the customer didn’t order a SIM, you’ll have the details so you can set up service and send that out. Simply visit to sign up!


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 July 2016 )
Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Peplink has IPO - Continues Growth in SDWAN Field
Peplink today had an IPO on the Honk Kong stock market.  This step will allow Peplink to continue their rapid growth.  Peplink has seen a tremendous growth worldwide and especially in the US.  Look for a big push in the emerging SD-WAN market, along with iOT, OOBM (out of band management) along with SpeedFusion/FusionHub which allows aggregation of multiple internet connections into one reliable, unbreakable fast connection.  #PeplinkIPO

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 July 2016 )
Thursday, 07 July 2016

Cel-Fi DUO+ For Verizon LTE - Hands on Review

If you have a weak cell signal in your home or office, there are a few potential fixes available. One option is to use a microcell from your cellular carrier. These devices leverage your existing high speed internet connection in order to function. Microcells tend to have limited coverage, provide slow speeds, and are only as reliable as your ISP. If you don’t have a high speed connection, this isn’t an option at all. The latest microcell from Verizon needs a whopping 20Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speed to function, which will severly degrade your internet performance for the rest of your network, if you even have that type of speed to begin with! Business grade microcells can be thousands of dollars as well for the hardware, not including the cost of installation, just to eat up your internet bandwidth and provide less than stellar results.

(Typical Signal Booster Installation)

The most common way to boost cell signal inside a home or office is with a cellular repeater kit. This consists of an antenna mounted on the roof, cable running inside to an amplifier, and then another cable going to one or more inside antennas at various locations where the signal is needed. Cellular repeater kits are designed to amplify an existing cellular signal for multiple devices at once, but often times the complexity and cost of installation prevent this from being a viable solution. Repeater kits also suffer from limited range when attempting to boost a weak signal. An amplifier that is capable of covering 5,000 Sq. Ft. under optimal conditions may only improve signal to one or two rooms when the starting signal is just one bar.


Introducing the Cel-Fi DUO+ for Verizon LTE. The Cel-Fi does away with all the complicated setup, issues, and installation costs of typical signal boosters. No mounting antennas to the roof, running cables through walls and ceilings, and no unsightly panel or dome antennas on the walls and in the ceilings of your home or office. Instead the Cel-Fi DUO+ is comprised of just two pieces of hardware, a Network Unit (NU) and a Coverage Unit (CU). Installation is as simple as placing the NU in a window where the Verizon signal is the strongest and connecting it to power. The CU is then placed elsewhere in the home or office and connected to power. The NU picks up and amplifies the Verizon LTE signal, wirelessly sends the signal to the CU, and the CU pushes out an amplified cellular signal for any devices in range. It is that simple!


(Cel-Fi Installation, Plug and Play)

The Cel-Fi DUO+ boosts the cellular signal up to 15,000 Sq. Ft for Verizon LTE with just one NU and one CU. A traditional cellular amplifier capable of that coverage area on the other hand would be significantly more expensive, require multiple rebroadcasting antennas, and in most cases need professional installation. How can the Cel-Fi boost the signal to such a large area with such a simple and compact device? The Cel-Fi can operate at up to 100dB of system gain on each band simultaneously. That is 30dB more gain than any other wireless repeater kit available from any other manufacturer. By working with only a single carrier, in this case Verizon, the Cel-Fi doesn’t fall under the standard FCC Safe Harbor requirements which limits gain to 70dB on other booster products. For every 6dB of power, the coverage distance from an amplifier doubles making the Cel-Fi solution significantly more powerful.


What if you have a larger area to cover? Because the NU and CU communicate wirelessly in the 5Ghz frequency range, multiple Cel-Fi systems can be installed in a single building without the concern for interference. Try that with a standard repeater kit and you’ve got a recipe for serious oscillation (feedback between antennas) which will result in a lower output power or cause the amplifier to shut down completely.



(Wave Works With All Cel-Fi Models, ATT Cel-Fi PRO Shown)

With the Nextivity Wave mobile application on iOS and Android devices, monitoring your device is easy. Although the Cel-Fi DUO+ is completely plug and play, the mobile application gives you insight into the actual signal strength that the NU and CU are receiving and boosting. For installations where you want to fine tune and get the perfect set up, the mobile application makes that possible.


3Gstore has been extensively testing the Cel-Fi DUO+ in our warehouse over the last 3 months. We already have a standard cellular repeater kit installed in the building with multiple internal antennas to rebroadcast the boosted signal. There is a dome antenna in the hallway to cover the front offices, a dome in the conference room, a dome in our server room to provide coverage for our LTE backup, a panel antenna to push the signal into our warehouse space, and of course thick ultra low loss cable connecting everything. This kit was professionally installed over the course of two days, and provides us coverage for the majority of our location. To test the Cel-Fi, we disconnected our traditional amplifier and ran the NU in the front window of our building. We took the CU and placed it in our warehouse space about 75’ away through 4 walls. After a quick automatic pairing process, the CU indicated it was boosting the Verizon LTE signal. We created a quick demonstration video below which shows the signal boost in our warehouse. Our warehouse is brick with a metal roof, so our Verizon LTE signal is next to nothing inside. Our primary internet connection is backed up by SimplyFailover (using Verizon LTE) as well so it's important that we have the best signal possible to protect our day to day operations.



The Verizon signal strength at the CU location, with the CU powered off, would fluctuate from -100 to -107dBm. On most phones that is the equivalent of a 1 bar signal. With the Cel-Fi powered on we jumped to -80dBm or better which is a 3-5 bar signal on most phones. At longer distances within the warehouse, the signal strength slowly decreased just like it does when you move away from a cell tower, but even at the farthest distance from the CU, through multiple office walls, we still had a signal in the -90s. This is a stronger signal with better coverage than our existing amplifier and antennas are capable of, and getting that boost with a simple 5 minute install of a Cel-Fi DUO+ was one of the most impressive things we have ever seen at 3Gstore. We’ve invited a number of people over to our warehouse in the last few months for the sole purpose of demonstrating the capabilities of the Cel-Fi, and unanimously the response has been dropped jaws as soon as we turn it on.



When we first received the Cel-Fi DUO+ to test, we asked the question why only cover Verizon LTE? What about 3G? That answer was easy. Verizon already has the goal to cover their entire market with LTE and in terms of support as a carrier they do have the most LTE markets. With new phones, voice over LTE (VoLTE) means you can make calls over the LTE network instead of using 3G. This results in a better quality call as well, so the benefits are obvious. Read more about how to enable HD Voice here. The DUO+ supports Band 2, 13 and 4 which is LTE at 1900Mhz (being deployed now by Verizon), 700Mhz, and 2100/1700Mhz. Two of these 3 bands can be relayed simultaneously so devices that support carrier aggregation on both LTE and XLTE (AWS) can take full advantage of the improved performance. No single cell tower would ever use all 3 bands for Verizon LTE, which is why only 2 are relayed at once.


The minimum requirement for using the Cel-Fi DUO+ for Verizon is just one bar of signal for the Network Unit to work with (-120dBm RSRP signal minimum). If you are looking for an effective signal booster for your home or office, and would rather not go through the headache, hassle, and cost, of installing a traditional repeater kit, or just want something easy to set up and use, the Cel-Fi DUO+ is the device for you. The best part? It is just $599. Now consider an amplifier that can cover even half the square footage of a Cel-Fi costs the same or more, and requires an external antenna, running cable into the home or office, then running cable inside to one or more antennas, plus the cost of professional installation for most homes or businesses… the Cel-Fi DUO+ comes in at a fraction of the price and performs even better.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 July 2016 )
Friday, 01 July 2016

CradlePoint IBR600 in Coach Bus Fire and Still is Working!

A 3Gstore customer shared a success story with us today that was just too good to keep to ourselves. If you have ever wondered what kind of damage may happen to a router in the event of a fire, if you have a Cradlepoint IBR600 at least, it might not be that much. 


The customer is reporting that aside from 1 ethernet port that no longer works, the other port, WiFi, and cellular radio all work as intended. We can't guarantee your router will survive a fire, but the all metal enclosure and rugged design certainly give you the best chance.

Click here for more information on the COR IBR600!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 July 2016 )
Friday, 01 July 2016

Leaked Verizon Plan Changes?

A leaked slide from a Verizon test site has surfaced over the last few days, detailing some big changes to their current calling and data plans. This new plan shows Caryover Data, Safety Mode, and service in Mexico and Canada. The Carryover Data is a long awaited change, following the likes of T-Mobile and AT&T from more than 1 year ago. Safety Mode is similar to the T-Mobile throttling where once a data cap is passed, the service becomes unlimited but at a very slow data rate. T-Mobile throttles this down to under 130Kbps, so it is safe to assume the Verizon version of this will be similar. Note that is included on their 12 and 18GB plans, but an extra fee on the lower data plans. Mexico and Canada service is included on their large data plans as well.


The source of the leak suggests the changes are coming today or next week, so this leaked slide lines up perfectly with some major changes. We'll see if Verizon delivers on these changes, and what else they have up their sleeves to compete with the likes of T-Mobile.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 July 2016 )

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