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Thursday, 20 November 2014

iBoot Hands On Review

 

Now available at 3Gstore, the iBoot is a powerful way to remotely manage critical systems without the need for expensive truck rolls and service calls. Available in multiple versions to best match your unique installation, the iBoot can fit into any environment where equipment downtime equals lost revenue or productivity.


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(iBoot G2+ Model Pictured)

Design and Build

 

From any direction, the iBoot is a good looking piece of hardware. For end users who will be installing these in ATM machines, digital signs, etc. this isn’t a major concern as it will be hidden from view. However, users who’ll be installing the iBoot in locations where it is visible, there is no reason to try and hide it away. The iBoot looks like a professional device that won’t look out of place next to the high end hardware that it will be powering.

 

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(iBoot G2+ Front)

Fortunately, it doesn’t just stop at good looks. The iBoot is also an exceptionally well built device. Holding the iBoot in hand, it’s obvious that great care went into making a switch that will hold up to the high stress environments that is is designed for. Even aside from the main unit, the included power cables are up to the same standard. Nothing here feels cheap or poorly made. The iBoot can function in temperatures as cold as 32 degrees, up to 122 degrees fahrenheit as well.


Features


Web Browser Power Control - Simple and easy to follow GUI (graphical user interface) that works with any web browser. Doing the setup from a mobile browser on a phone or tablet? The GUI will automatically adjust itself and scale to the proper screen size.

 

 

(Web GUI)

Automatic System Restore - AutoPing (All Models) and Heartbeat (G2+ Only) will detect an equipment outage and cause the iBoot to automatically take action to restore the connected device. Heartbeat provides a much closer look at Windows based systems through an installed service application. The G2+ will talk with that application and attempt to bring the system back online before falling back to a Graceful Shutdown or hard power cycle.

 

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Graceful Shutdown - (G2+ Only) Windows platforms (desktop computers, workstations, servers) can be sent a shutdown or restart command, instead of a hard power cycle. This preserves system data, prevents hardware damage, and allows the device to power back on without user intervention. This is an extremely powerful option for those running windows servers who can not afford downtime.


Expansion Ports - (G2+ Only) Add one or two iBoot-EXP units with their own independent controls and AutoPing. If you aren’t using EXP units, the input/output can be used to general I/O operations or as a manual power control.


 

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(Lower Left, EXP1 and EXP2 Connectors)

UL Listed - This is a MAJOR feature! UL Certifications mean that the iBoot will pass most installation requirements, and it bears the UL logo on each device. The peace of mind knowing that the iBoot that is protecting your valuable equipment is UL listed goes a long way.


USB Port - (G2+ Only) Connectivity for Graceful Shutdown as well as simple serial commands for status and setup.


 

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(AC Input, Ethernet, and USB Connection)
 

Device Management Utility - (Windows Only) The free utility software can automatically scan a network and discover attached iBoot devices. The utility allows users to discover iBoots, set IP addresses, load new firmware, or return a switch to factory defaults.


iBoot Cloud Services - Currently in beta, iBCS allows users with the iBoot G2 and G2+ the ability to manage all of their remote devices from a single web based login.


 

(iBCS Main Screen)

Other features include: dual password protection (admin and user), 10/100 networking, direct TCP and software control, 110/220 VAC operation, and 12 amp switching.


iBoot Models


iBoot G2+ - The high end model which includes all of the features listed above.


iBoot G2 - A basic iBoot that offers everything except for support for the EXP modules and I/O operation, USB access, Graceful Shutdown, and Heartbeat monitoring.


iBoot DC - Same features as the G2 model. This model however has the ability to switch 5 - 48 VDC. This is ideal for a number of DC installations including the control of solar systems, control pumps, and more, up to 5 amps.


iBoot EXP - Only compatible with the G2+, two EXP units can be connected to a single G2+ for independent control and AutoPings. An effective 3 outlets can be controlled from a single IP address and GUI.

 


Final Thoughts


With multiple models, there is an iBoot configuration for every situation. Do you have a router/modem that you need to reboot if it locks up? The iBoot G2s AutoPing is a perfect match. What if there are multiple workstations that need to be online 24/7? The G2+ and EXP unit and their Graceful Shutdown feature makes it easy. Controlling a solar system or other DC device? The iBoot DC will do the job.


The simple web GUI and easy to understand setup mean an iBoot can be quickly deployed without any special training or advanced knowledge of the hardware.


The iBoot will pay for itself the first time it is used in most cases, and then save money every time after that. Almost all service calls or truck rolls solve hardware issues with simple reboots, and the iBoot makes that easy. In our testing the iBoot has proven to be an exceptionally stable, well made, and highly configurable remote power switch.


For more information on the iBoot and to see how it can work in your installation, contact the experts at 3Gstore.

 

The iBoot is Now Available at 3Gstore!




Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 )
 
Thursday, 20 November 2014

iBoot Cloud Setup Guide


iBoot cloud setup guide. Use to setup your iBoot with the IBCS server to centrally manage all your iBoots from a single login.

Pages: 4

Download iBoot Cloud Setup Guide (only available for 3Gstore customers who have purchased one of the products below)

Products:

Dataprobe iBoot-DC Network Power Switch, Dataprobe Expansion Unit for iBoot-G2+, Dataprobe iBoot-G2 Network Power Switch, Dataprobe iBoot-G2+ Advanced Network Power Switch



 
Thursday, 20 November 2014

T-Mobile network ranks # 1 in Boston

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Bellevue, Washington – November 20, 2014 – On the heels of recent LTE upgrades in Philadelphia and Connecticut, T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) today announced that Wideband LTE has landed in Boston, MA. Already the fastest, T-Mobile has made mobile speeds even faster around Beantown by upgrading its LTE network to Wideband LTE, bringing up to a 50% increase in mobile speeds to LTE customers. In addition to Boston, customers in surrounding areas – including Springfield, Worcester as well as Providence and Warwick, RI – are all experiencing super-fast download speeds, making access to their favorite content seem almost instantaneous. Already in November, T-Mobile customers in the greater Boston area have observed download speeds as high as 94 Mbps.

Wideband LTE doubles the bandwidth and increases the capacity of T-Mobile’s LTE network to help deliver faster peak speeds. It is like adding more lanes to a freeway for all LTE customers to speed along in. With T-Mobile’s Wideband LTE, customers can download a full 90 minute HD movie to their phone or tablet in three and half minutes or a whole album in just nine seconds with theoretical peak download speeds of 110 Mbps. 

With the average download speed in the Boston area clocking in at 24.1 Mbps, T-Mobile customers are seeing speeds faster than AT&T, one and a half times faster than Verizon and two and half times faster than Sprint.

“Our T-Mobile customers in Boston are going to love the speed boost that Wideband LTE is bringing to their lives,” said Tom Ellefson, Vice President – Engineering, T-Mobile. “Whether posting to Instagram at a Celtics game, downloading the latest movie, checking in to Boston Harbor on Facebook or online shopping, every one of our T-Mobile LTE customers can immediately take advantage of this network upgrade on their mobile device or tablet.” 

Boston is just the latest area to get a speed boost, as the Un-carrier™ continues to expand coverage and enhance performance of its 4G LTE network. Wideband LTE has already been rolled out in the following areas:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Greater Bay Area, CA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Boise, ID
  • Columbus, OH
  • Connecticut
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Upstate New York Area



Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 )
 
Wednesday, 19 November 2014

AT&T increases Mobile Share value customers from 10GB to 15GB of data for free

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DALLAS, Nov. 17, 2014 — Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 18 and for a limited time, AT&T Mobile Share Value customers can now get 15GB of truly sharable data for the price of 10GB ($100 a month for the plan charge plus device access charges).

With 15GB of truly sharable data, customers are able to do all of this each month:

  • Stream 160 hours of music and 30 hours of video
  • Surf the web for 300 hours
  • 1,000 posts with photos on social media
  • Download 100 mobile apps and send/receive 10,000 emails

The promotional 15GB Mobile Share Value plan at the 10GB price is available to new and existing AT&T consumer and business customers and includes domestic unlimited talk and text, and the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network. Customers can easily take advantage of this new offer by visiting att.com and our current AT&T customers can also select the new plan via their myAT&T app.




 
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Verizon Wireless changes ETF policy

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Recently Verizon Wireless quietly made some changes to their ETF (Early termination fee) policy that will make it harder to get out of your wireless contract. For the last few years Verizon’s ETF was $350 and went down $10 each month you completed within your two year contract. Verizon is no longer pro-rating the first 8 months of your 2/yr contract, so if you want to switch to a new carrier 6 months in you’ll need to pay the full $350 instead of getting a $60 reduction for the 6 months you’ve completed of your 2 year contract. Only users that have signed a 2/yr agreement with Verizon after November 14th, 2014 will be impacted by the new ETF change. Existing customers under a 2/yr agreement that signed before 11/14 will still have a pro-rated ETF in the event they decide to switch wireless providers.




 
Monday, 17 November 2014

AT&T Announces It Will No Longer Attach Tracking Codes to Online Data

 

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A few weeks ago, EVDOinfo reported Verizon and AT&T were both attaching strings of text and numbers to all online activity that came from their customers handsets. Verizon called this a UID (unique identifier header) while AT&T called it their 'Relevant Advertising' system. The purpose was to track users behaviors and then sell this data to advertisers, so they could better target advertisements to end users.

Today AT&T said it was going to terminate the program due to so much negative press and negative user feedback. You can now use your AT&T phone while connected to cellular networks without AT&T attaching this information or tracking your usage.

Verizon has yet to announce any type of halt to their program, so those with Verizon phones that do not want to be tracked will have to connect to WiFi, or a VPN to encapsulate traffic where it can not be modified by the carrier.

For the original EVDOinfo article, click here.




Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2014 )
 
Friday, 14 November 2014

3Gstore Now Carries SureCall AT&T Direct Connect Amplifier

 

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Just over two weeks following the release of the Verizon Direct Connect Amplifier, 3Gstore is expanding its variety of in-line amplifiers by adding the AT&T Direct Connect Amplifier . Also known as the SC-SoloAI-15, this device will help provide a boost to those of us on the other side of the 700Mhz frequency, who have been out of luck since the FCC rule changes earlier this year.

In looks the AT&T version is identical to it’s Verizon counterpart. It includes a 6” magnet mount antenna (9.75 foot cable) which is ideal for mobile use, but the device can also be used in any home or business location with a mounted external antenna. Additionally, the kit provides an SMA/Male to FME/Male adapter, two variants of six foot cables for different connection options, an AC power supply, and a mounting kit.

In certain locations there is nothing more effective in increasing signal than a direct connect amplifier. Contact the experts at 3Gstore.com to see if the SureCall AT&T LTE Direct Connect Amplifier is right for you!

 

Specifications:

  • Frequency Range: Uplink: 728-746 Mhz / Downlink: 698-716 Mhz
  • Standards Supported: LTE
  • Gain: 15dB Max Output
  • Power: 1 watt EIRP
  • Impedance: 50ohms
  • Noise Figure: Maximum 5 dB
  • VSWR: Less than 2:1
  • AC Power Transformer: 110VAC,60Hz IN/6V
  • RF Connectors: SMA/Female (SMA to FME adapters included)
  • Power Consumption: <9W
  • Dimensions: 4⅞” x 2¾” x 2”
  • Weight: 1lb 13oz
  • FCC ID: RSNM2M-A



Last Updated ( Friday, 14 November 2014 )
 

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