Friday, 23 January 2015
This new Google cellular
service, codenamed 'Nova' is just one of two major Google stories this
week. Google also just invested $1 Billion dollars into
SpaceX, to assist in building a satellite data service.
Google Rumored to Offer Cellular Service Plans
If you are still looking at Google as just a search
engine, its time for a wake up call. Aside from an excellent search with
the well known search site, Google also owns: Google Books, Google
Finance, Google News, Blogger, Picasa, Feed Burner, Dart, reCAPTCHA,
Google Maps, YouTube, and the list goes on. Seriously, check out this
page for a complete list
What is the next field that
Google is going to expand into? Rumor has it, it is going to be cellular
service. The Information reports that Google will be selling mobile
phone plans directly to end users. The service will supposedly run on
Sprint and T-Mobile networks, giving the carrier a wide reach.
Essentially Google will be purchasing access to the carriers and
functioning as an MVNO, or Mobile Virtual Network Operator. Similar
companies include Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and Freedom Pop.
Google is not going to be building its own new network with thousands
of new cellular towers, instead its going to be reselling access to
existing networks. The large question is, what type of pricing and plans
will be offered? While Sprint and T-Mobile do have large coverage
areas, currently their two networks are incompatible with each other
since they run at different frequencies. How Google plans to run
multiple carriers in the background isn't yet known, if they do use
both, vs just one or the other.
Last Updated ( Friday, 23 January 2015 )
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Updated Peplink Balance 710 and 1350 Now Available
The Peplink Balance line of routers are enterprise grade, Multi-WAN solutions. With a feature set and hardware expandable to meet the needs of the power home user or small office, up to the largest businesses and multi-site environments, there is nowhere a Balance router can't be deployed.
The Balance 710 and 1350 are on the higher end of the spectrum with 7 and 13 GbE WAN ports respectively. This allows large companies to deploy and load balance between multiple low cost commodity internet connections, instead of spending thousands of dollars on expensive MPLS or Fiber lines. Supporting 500-5000 users, this high end hardware and its multiple simultaneous internet connections can deliver bandwidth to even the most demanding environments.
With SpeedFusion Bonding, Balance users can also create unbreakable VPNs between other offices as well as combine the bandwidth of multiple internet connections for a single seamless connection. Even as connections drop and come back online, and VPN traffic will be left intact. Large file transfers or VoIP calls won't drop in the event of an outage.
The updated Balance 710 and 1350 hardware now features 3 GbE LAN ports instead of just 1 like older hardware. This means you can easily connect multiple managed or unmanaged switches directly to the Balance, run a wireless access point direct, or simplify high availability deployments. High Availability, or HA Mode, is essentially hardware failover. There is no use in running a massive network with 7+ internet connections if a single piece of hardware can bring down the entire network. HA Mode lets you run a master and slave Balance, and if one fails, locks up, or powers down, the second will immediately take the responsibility of running the network leaving end users with almost no downtime. Even though Peplink routers are known for their excellent reliability and uptime, external factors like power surges or physical damage from water can criple a network for days. What is the cost of losing business? Check out our video on HA mode below, demonstrated with two Balance 380s.
For more information on how you can use the Peplink Balance to bring seamless conectivity to the home or office, contact the experts at 3Gstore or check out all Peplink hardware at 3Gstore.com
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 January 2015 )
Monday, 19 January 2015
FCC Approves Faster In Flight WiFi for Gogo
A few airlines have already signed
up to try this newly approved tech, including United Airlines. United
will be trialing the new 2Ku on five premium flights between New York,
LA, and San Francisco.
Gogo is an established provider of in flight WiFi services,
spanning multiple airlines and covering a majority of the US. Their
existing WiFi services are built around an air to ground system, built
around existing cellular networks. This means when planes move into
territory with poor coverage and speed, everybody using the Gogo service
on board will suffer.
This newly approved system dubbed 2ku is
built around satellite technology and can sustain significantly faster
speeds than their cellular system. Peak speeds of up to 70Mbps are
expected, and as this satellite technology progresses the speeds could
meet or exceed 100Mbps.
Gogo has stated their new antenna
system is only 4.5 inches tall with a negligible effect on the aircraft,
while also lowering the cost of in flight WiFi, and simultaneously
improving the bandwidth.
Last Updated ( Monday, 19 January 2015 )
Friday, 16 January 2015
SureCall Adds Fusion7, EZBoost Kits
SureCall is welcoming in the New Year in a big way by introducing two new concepts (3 products) that add a lot of variety to their signal booster line. The first is called the Fusion7 which is possibly the most versatile SureCall product to date. The Fusion7 expands upon the success of the Fusion5, a 5-band cellular booster, by adding the ability to boost WiFi and HDTV signals.
This will be a great solution for those looking to cover their home in as much overall connectivity as possible. It takes the 5-band cellular boosting power of the Fusion 5, and adds the ability to boost HDTV and WiFi signals. Some may be wondering “How can you boost HDTV?” This can be very useful for people in range of locally aired HDTV stations. The kit will also include a WiFi Router used to boost and extend WiFi signal throughout the home.
In addition to the staggering functionality of the booster, it comes with an excellent 3-Year manufacturer’s warranty.
Fusion7 Basics seen at SureCall.com:
-First 7-Band Signal Booster in the Industry
-FCC approved for use with all major U.S. carriers
-Highest 4G data rate in the Industry
-Best in Industry 3-Year Warranty
One of the biggest hassles of traditional repeater kits is the need to cleanly run a long cable through a home from the external antenna to the amplifier. SureCall’s new EZBoost 3G and 4G versions will be quite appealing to those looking to cut down on the number of cables in their setup.
The EZBoost 3G and 4G require close to no installation. Simply place the amplifier with built in antenna in a window, and run a cable to the appropriate location for the inside antenna. This makes it much easier for the kit to be moved around the home and adjusted at will. The EZBoost kits are both expected to cover around 6,000 square feet, which is right in line with other SureCall amplifiers.
EZBoost 4G Basics:
-Simple Plug and Play Operation
-Highest 4G data rate in the industry
-Independently reconfigurable for each band
-Quality metal construction, durable and resilient
-Best in Industry 3-year warranty.
EZBoost 3G Basics:
-Plug and Play
-Built-in outside antenna
-Low cost solution
-Supports all 2G and 3G standards
-Independently reconfigurable for each band
-Industry best 3-year warranty
The Fusion7 , EZBoost 3G and EZBoost 4G will all be available from 3Gstore this Spring! You can visit the product pages now and sign up to be notified the moment they become available. Pricing is subject to change.
Friday, 16 January 2015
Verizon, Turn, and the Zombie Cookie
It may only be January, but its never too early for a good horror story.
Back in November of 2014, EVDOinfo posted an article about how Verizon
is tracking user data across all of their mobile devices. A "Unique
Identifier Header" is being attached to all traffic that passes through
the Verizon network. What at first appears as harmless, just a random
string of text and numbers, is really a way that Verizon can track users
and their usage habits, and in turn use and sell that data to advertising companies for better marketing profiles and targeted advertisements.
Today, Pro Publica is reporting a new "Zombie Cookie" which
can not be deleted, and is there for the sole purpose of tracking users
and their habits on smart phones and tablets. An online advertising
company named Turn, which is a major player in this space hired by
Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and more, have figured out a way to use this
Verizon tracking data for their own purposes to track users.
has devised a way to use this Unique Identifier Header, aka Zombie
Cookie, to then re-spawn tracking cookies that end users have deleted.
That is right! If you have picked up a cookie from a Turn advertisement,
even if you delete that tracking cookie, it can be brought back by
means of this Verizon tracking cookie.
Verizon has said to
Turn that it is looking into its use of these cookies, but its not ready
to pass judgement on their methods at this point. For the full release
from Pro Publica, click here . AT&T previously used a similar system,
but they announced they would stop using this method as of late
November last year.
Last Updated ( Friday, 16 January 2015 )
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Marriott Drops WiFi Blocking Plan
Back in October of 2014, EVDOinfo reported Marriott hotels had been fined by the FCC for blocking their customers personal WiFi networks. Any customers using their own WiFi access points, including mobile hotspots from phones and MiFi devices, could be blocked.
The FCC discovered that Marriott employees were interfering with these personal networks and were using a WiFi monitoring system to block these networks. The chain then proceeded to charge guests to access the hotels WiFi. A $600,000 fine followed since WiFi devices operate within unlicensed airwaves, which means anybody can use them and its illegal to block any rival networks.
Wednesday, after much public outrage, Marriott has dropped its efforts to block personal WiFi devices. In their statement, Marriott said it "will not block guests from using their personal WiFi devices at any of our managed hotels."
However, Wednesday night, the same day of the chains statements, Marriott stated they still want the FCC to consider allowing them to block WiFi of competing devices. While they lost the battle of blocking WiFi now, the war will continue as they try to legally achieve the same results.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 January 2015 )
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Cradlepoint Releases Zscaler Support
Yesterday at the 2015 NRF Conference (National Retail Federation), Cradlepoint has announced the availability of the long awaited Zscaler Internet Security integration. Developed as a joint program between Cradlepoint and Zscaler, this advanced protection monitors data breaches, ensures PCI compliance, and helps remote offices by running a single threat management solution. Built into enterprise routers like the MBR1200, MBR1400, AER 2100, and COR IBR, this is both a rapidly deployed, and easily managed, threat protection solution.
Integration within Cradlepoint Firmware
Some of the Zscaler integration highlights include:
URL Filtering - filter against 90 categories, 30 super categories, and 6 classes.
Cloud Application Control - create global policies for email, streaming, and social/IM
Safe Search - enforce Google safe search policy via the Zscaler console
Intuitive Dashboard - Instant insights into any malicious activity and browsing trends
Enterprise Cloud Manager Integration
For more information on all Cradlepoint routers, visit 3Gstore.com
For a 30 day free trial, head over to Cradlepoints Zscaler page.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 January 2015 )