Sprint Announces the Launch of their LTE Plus Network
Even though Sprint is still in the process of deploying their standard LTE service in the U.S., they’ve just announced a new network - LTE Plus. This network has apparently been “clocking blazing speeds nationwide,” so it seems similar to what Verizon is doing with their XLTE network. However, according to a recent study by Nielsen, the speeds are faster than Verizon’s and AT&T’s.
LTE Plus is available today in 77 major markets and takes advantage of Sprint’s rich triband spectrum portfolio. It uses some of the world’s most advanced technologies in wireless, such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Aside from Nielsen, RootMetrics and OpenSignal have also tested LTE Plus and agree that latency, speeds and reliability on the network have in fact improved.
Along with the mention of a new network, Sprint is doing something unprecedented with their data plans. From Nov. 20 through Jan. 7, 2016, new customers can sign up with Sprint and receive 50% off the plan they had with their previous carrier (Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile; Cricket and MetroPCS customers can also receive 50% off their parent company’s postpaid rates).
T-Mobile: offers 10GB for $80 per month. T-Mobile customers switching to Sprint can get unlimited talk and text with the same amount of data for $40 per month and that’s with high-speed for your video at Sprint.
AT&T: A family paying $100 for 15GB at AT&T can get the same amount of data for $50 if they switch to Sprint. Customers also save 50 percent on the access fee.
Verizon: Verizon customers paying $80 for 12GB of data will pay $40 for 12GB if they switch to Sprint, and they will save 50 percent on the access fee, too.
Sprint’s CEO, Marcelo Claure, is confident these new plans will have no problem bringing in new customers. He believes the new network speeds and reliability will ensure they’ll never look at going to another carrier again.
New from Sierra Wireless and now available at 3Gstore, the Raven RV50 is a powerful 4G LTE industrial gateway. Industrial grade and LTE capability is nothing new for Sierra hardware, but the exceptionally low power draw requirements put the RV50 in a whole new category of industrial and M2M solutions.
Jumping right into the main feature of the RV50, let's look at its power consumption, or rather, is lack of power consumption. The RV50 operates at just 900mW while in idle mode, which is comparable to many 2G modems. This means that users who have 2G/3G equipment and are looking to upgrade their deployments to LTE, the RV50 is an easy choice that doesn’t require upgrading the existing power infrastructure. The RV50 is specifically optimized for solar powered applications where a low voltage device is not only desirable, but necessary. The RV50 will then drop from idle to standby mode requiring just 53mW, and it can be triggered on by timers or input from its I/O connections.
Certified as a Class I Div 2 device, the IP64 rated RV50 will stand up to almost any industrial and M2M deployment. Mil spec for shock, vibration, temperature, and humidity protect the RV50 in the field, and a built in power supply protection can save your device in the event of a power surge. Capable of surviving power drops under 5 V, or surges from -600 VDC to 200 VDC, this is suitable for use with compressors, generators, or other volatile electrical environments.
The RV50 also integrates with AirLink Management Service (ALMS) to provide cloud configuration and monitoring of deployed devices. ALMS provides a single point to monitor things like device signal strength, location, temperature, voltage, data usage, and more. A dashboard screen gives the end user an up-to-date view of an entire deployment from anywhere in the world.
The RV50 has a single ethernet port, USB, and serial connectivity. Three antenna ports (2 Cellular, 1 GPS) round out antenna support, and configurable I/O through the power cable provides communication based on externally connected equipment. The RV50 also has dual SIM slots and carries all major carrier software on board. A quick restart of the device lets you switch providers without the need for new hardware. If you deploy on Verizon but switch to AT&T, or find that a carrier signal isn’t good for one location, just reboot the device on the new carrier firmware and you are set. A standard 3 year warranty with an optional 2 year extension should be peace of mind when it comes to large deployments or long term field use.
3Gstore has been testing an RV50 in house for the last few weeks, and we’ve found it to be extremely reliable. In our testing we primarily ran Verizon, however we made a few switches to AT&T by simply rebooting the device. Each time the RV50 rebooted, it connected right away. Some other routers require you to flash the firmware manually when switching carriers which is a complicated process, so the RV50 was a welcome change. Overall we were impressed with the device and its performance, and we are happy to add it to 3Gstore.
Sierra Wireless Launches Industry's Lowest-Power LTE Industrial Gateway
AirLink® Raven RV50 gateway provides mission-critical LTE communication and remotemonitoring for industrial IoT applications, including utilities, oil and gas, and infrastructure
VANCOUVER, Canada-- Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) today announced the launch of the AirLink® Raven RV50 gateway-the LTE successor to the market's most widely deployed cellular gateway solution for energy and industrial applications, the AirLink® Raven X.
The AirLink® Raven RV50 offers a truly rugged design and the lowest power consumption of any LTE industrial gateway, providing reliable connectivity for the most demanding remote applications, even when solar panels are the only available source of power.
"The Raven RV50 is an ideal migration path for customers to cost-effectively upgrade to LTE technology for their industrial IoT applications, while providing additional functionality to enable new solutions such as remote video surveillance," said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. "The RV50 consumes the same low level of power as our 2G and 3G Raven gateways, so it can be installed directly into existing infrastructure without the need to increase capacity."
Industrial infrastructure is often unmanned, remote, and critical to business operations. To ensure safety, security, and uninterrupted operation, a remote monitoring and control system is essential for applications such as SCADA, on pipelines and in power distribution, and intelligent traffic management systems. The AirLink Management Service (ALMS)-a cloud management solution ranked "best-in-class" by ABI Research-provides remote device management for the RV50, as well as alerting and monitoring of key variables such as signal strength, location, temperature and voltage.
Offering intelligence at the edge, the Raven RV50 includes the ALEOS Application Framework (AAF), a powerful embedded programming environment for on-board data gathering, real-time data processing and alert generation. The application framework also enables the delivery of critical real-time data and information, reliably and securely over LTE networks, to the Sierra Wireless IoT Acceleration Platform or to other software applications and operational systems.
The AirLink Raven RV50 is the first product of its kind to offer SIM-based network operator switching - just insert the SIM into the gateway and it automatically configures the new network settings. The RV50 ships as a single product variant that works on all major North American networks, simplifying the ordering and inventory process, and providing unmatched flexibility in managing deployments. Customers can take advantage of the best network coverage in remote areas without increasing complexity.
Monday, 16 November 2015
1 Outlet Remote Power Switch Upgrade
The 1 Outlet Remote Power Switch has received a new firmware update over the weekend, adding some additional functionality and ease of use to the already powerful device.
The Single Outlet IP Switch is designed to automatically check if a network connection is online. Should the internet connection go down, the outlet is designed to automatically power-cycle connected equipment like a modem or router. Users can also remotely turn on/off/reset the outlet via the Android/iOS App or the User Interface (web browser) or schedule timed on/off/resets.
The latest firmware update, EZS.5a19 brings a quick bug fix of the device list on the mobile application not always displaying right on the first startup. More importantly a new option of ‘Reset Until Online’ has been added to the switch settings. This means that in the event of an internet outage, a connected modem/router will be rebooted indefinitely until the connection comes back online. This is key for those who have the power switch installed in remote locations, and their ISP is down for many days. Also updated are some of the help menus within the mobile application.
iOS app users are getting a major new feature. This is available on iOS only for iOS8 and iOS9 devices. Automatic credential backup of paired switches to iCloud Storage means that when the app is deleted or you upgrade to a new phone, there is no need to pair outlets again. iCloud simply returns the paired outlets automatically. To install the latest firmware on your switch, update your iOS or Android applications in the iTunes or Google Play store. You can then follow the in app instructions or follow our video walkthrough of the switch and upgrade process below.
Verizon Introduces TravelPass for International Travel
If you're a Verizon Wireless subscriber, traveling internationally just got a little easier. Verizon has announced their TravelPass program, which allows users to use their phone or other device in 65+ countries at the full speed of Verizon's local roaming partner at the location. It costs just $2 per device per 24 hours in Canada and Mexico or $10 in 65 other countries. Of course, only devices that are global-capable will work internationally, and you must have a qualifying plan. Grandfathered unlimited plans do NOT qualify, unfortunately - if you want to use any international services you'll have to switch to a current plan first.
Activating TravelPass is easy: you can simply make the change in your account online or in the app, and there's no charge to turn it on. When you arrive in a partner country, you'll receive a text message reminding you of the service, but there's still no charge until you actually make a phone call, send a text, or use data in some way - at that point the $2 or $10 charge will take place and your 24 hours will begin. You can use as many minutes, data, and texts as your plan supports. Ocassional travelers will likely love TravelPass as it elminates the need to source local short term pre-paid options everywhere you go!
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