Friday, 27 February 2015
Ruckus ZoneDirector and ZoneFlex Access Points for High Density WiFi
If you have ever
before, you may have noticed the words 'Helping You
across the top of the page. Everything we do, every
product we carry, goes through that simple test. Does it help you stay
connected? When it comes to WiFi coverage and connectivity, we took a
look at a variety of options and recently added the Ruckus Wireless
of ZoneDirector and ZoneFlex Access Points. Why? For the simple answer
of yes, they do help you keep connected, and more.
makes a Ruckus Access Point special? By itself, quite a lot. Depending
on the type of coverage you need there are options for low volume, low
density WiFi APs. The ZoneFlex R300
is an ideal jumping off point. This
802.11n dual band AP can support up to 250 clients, 20+ unique SSIDs
(wireless networks) and 300Mbps of throughput. A power home user or
small office can create a high power, long range, WiFi network very
easily with a device like this. Customize security and splash pages,
throttle speeds per SSID or client, and band steer clients to 2.4 or
5Ghz networks with ease. Power options include an AC adapter, or a PoE
injector can simplify installation letting you place the Ruckus
anywhere, even where an outlet isn't present!
(ZoneFlex R300 Access Point)
many more powerful ZoneFlex APs are available, topping out with the ZoneFlex
. Building on the features of the lower models, this 802.11ac AP provides connectivity for 500+ clients from a
single device. The wireless AC standard means 1300Mbps of throughput can
be delivered to a single compatible client. Ruckus also has a
technology not found in other access points called BeamFlex. Inside
every Ruckus AP are multiple antennas, and the Ruckus tracks all its
connected clients. Based on those clients location and signal strength,
multiple antenna patterns are possible to provide the maximum
connectivity to every single device on the network. In the case of the
R700, 21 internal antennas provide 3000 unique antenna patterns meaning
even the most demanding, high density WiFi situations are covered with
relative ease. Gymnasiums, churches, shopping centers, stadiums, and
more, can all benefit from a ruckus AP.
Helping You Stay
Connected. To improve upon that, 3Gstore also carriers the ZoneDirector
from Ruckus. Every Ruckus AP can work on its own,
without any WLAN controller, and with any router. The ZoneDirector
expands on the already impressive capabilities of the ZoneFlex APs.
Simply connect a ZoneDirector to your existing network, and then connect
your Ruckus APs. The ZoneDirector will automatically manage all of your
APs from a single controller. This means you can deploy a number of APs
at the same time, while making a single master configuration on the
ZoneDirector. Automatically push configuration, updates, gather
statistics on users and bandwidth, and more. There is no need for an IT
team to manage even the largest high density WiFi deployments.
(Ruckus ZoneDirector 1200 WLAN Controller)
ZoneDirector also adds additional functionality such as meshing of APs.
SmartMesh means you can install a Ruckus AP where no ethernet
connectivity is possible. The Ruckus ZoneFlex APs can talk to each other
wirelessly for simple deployments where its impossible or costly to run
an ethernet cable to each AP. Simply install an AP by ethernet, and
install a second AP within its range, and they'll pair up to form a
single constant network. This also allows for seamless roaming between
access points. Large spaces? Connected devices can roam freely between
access points without any interruption in their connectivity thanks to
the ZoneDirector and its powerful client monitoring.
deployment example, say you run a car dealership. You want to provide
secure WiFi to all of your staff as well as a guest WiFi network for any
customers. There is a large central showroom where wireless kiosks are
installed streaming video, many customers will connect their phones and
tablets while waiting, and employee PCs and devices will be used in day
to day operation of the business. There is also a separate area, a body
shop, where mechanics use wireless laptops and tablets to update orders
and information. A back office area where employees need
connectivity. Finally outdoor coverage is
required for both employee and customer connectivity. What could you use to cover all of this, seamlessly,
securely, and without drops or hiccups in performance?
start, the Ruckus ZoneDirector 1200
will be the brains of the
operation. Simply connect this into the main network. Out of the box the
ZoneDirector can support 5 APs simultaneously (with optional licenses
to support up to 75 APs) and 2000 clients. Plenty of capacity for a
growing business, and meets current and future needs.
the main show area, a Ruckus R700
. This will mount on the ceiling or a
wall and provide connectivity for up to 500 clients. More importantly in
this case, the BeamFlex technology and high bandwidth capability means
that everybody in the showroom can have an uninterrupted experience.
Kiosks displaying videos run without interruption, and clients waiting don't
have to suffer through slow speeds (or the inevitably awful shows
running on the TV in the waiting room).
(ZoneFlex R700 Access Point)
the body shop, a Ruckus R500
. This provides the coverage and capacity to
allow every wireless device access to the main network securely and
without any lag or connectivity issues. No guest network is needed here,
and installation and setup is simple thanks to the automatic
configuration from the ZoneDirector.
For the back office
area, the R300
. Most devices here are connected by ethernet into the
main network, but for employee laptops and tablets, reliable WiFi is
again a must.
Finally, the ZoneFlex T300
outdoors to provide connectivity across the lot so customers and
employees can seamlessly browse inventory online and talk to systems
installed on the main network. With a rugged outdoor enclosure this connectivity is available year round, regardless of the heat or cold.
(ZoneFlex T300 Outdoor Access Point)
Not only can the Ruckus provide all the benefits above and more, it can save money over alternative solutions. Other companies charge a yearly licensing fee, typically of a few hundred dollars, per EACH AP! With a Ruckus AP there is no yearly fee requirement. The ZoneDirector is a simple requirement of a service plan to manage all the APs. This saves money while also providing 24/7 365 technical support. So if you do end up in a situation where support is needed, it is always available. You can also save money by ensuring your employees (and customers) have constant, reliable connectivity. Nothing is worse than losing money for something that is as simple as a WiFi connection, and with Ruckus you can set it and forget it, and let the hardware do the work.
more information on the Ruckus Wireless ZoneDirector and ZoneFlex,
contact the experts at 3Gstore . We'll evaluate your existing hardware,
discuss current and future needs, and create a customized solution to
fit your specific situation.
Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2015 )
Friday, 27 February 2015
Cyber Attacks Target Routers with Default Credentials
and How to Change Yours
A recent wave of cyber attacks have been launched with one primary characteristic in common: they are targeting individual home routers. This kind of attack is possible because the majority of routers have uniform login credentials which can be found simply by googling the brand and model of your router.
Once the attacker is inside the router, they have complete control. These specific attacks are predicated around changing the router’s Domain Name System (DNS) servers. DNS servers are the system that directs all of your internet traffic to the proper IP addresses. For example, using a common DNS server, if you type in google.com it will know what IP address to bring you to, thereby displaying the information you are requesting.
The primary goal of the attack is to change the default DNS servers to malicious ones. When using malicious DNS servers, the attackers can send innocent users to any website they please when the URL google.com is entered. For their purposes these sites will be dangerous and will lead to many more vulnerabilities in your security and personal information.
According to PCworld.com, the initial attack to gain access to the router is typically facilitated through a phishing email. If the phishing email is successful in influencing the victim to click its link, and the user’s router is vulnerable to cross-site request forgery (CSRF), then the router takeover can begin.
Changing Your Router’s Credentials
An extremely simple and effective measure to take against these kinds of attacks is to simply change the default login credentials of your router. To do this, you must first be able to access the router’s administration page. All routers will have a default local IP address that is used to access these administration settings. To find this address, perform a google search for the default IP of the router’s brand and model. As an example, the default IP address of the Pepwave Surf SOHO is 192.168.50.1.
Typing in this address will bring you to the administration login page. This is where you will enter the default credentials for your router. These are usually either freely available to find online, or listed somewhere on the body of the device. For the SOHO, the default username is “admin” and the default password is also “admin”. Some devices, such as Cradlepoint routers, will have unique passwords specific to the MAC address of the device. Although this is more secure, it is still a good idea to make your password something customized.
Once inside the router, there is usually a page with administration settings where you will see the ability to change the administration password. For the Surf SOHO, this can be found under System -- Admin Security. Once your credentials are changed, make sure to save and apply the settings before logging out of the administration interface.
It can be difficult to stay on top of constantly changing cyber attacks. However, simply changing security credentials is a practice that is always helpful. One last piece of advice: while you’re in the administration interface, change your WiFi password! It will prevent the hassle of looking up your 30 digit alpha-numeric sequence each time you set up a new device.
Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2015 )
Thursday, 26 February 2015
weBoost Announces U.S. Retail Availability of New Cellular Signal Boosters
ST. GEORGE, Utah, Feb 25, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- weBoost, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of cellular signal boosters, formerly known as Wilson Electronics, announces the company’s new consumer product solutions are now available for purchase from weBoost U.S. retail partners.
weBoost’s new Life and Work product lines include signal boosters designed for use inside homes, apartments and other buildings, as well as in cars, trucks, boats and RVs. weBoost signal boosters address a common customer condition – weak cellular signal and inadequate service coverage indoors and in vehicles.
According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of U.S. cell phone users experience signal problems at least occasionally. Almost one-third (32 percent) say they encounter signal problems at least a few times a week or more frequently.
weBoost products work by collecting available cell signals, amplifying them and distributing them inside a vehicle or building for use by cellular devices. The results for cellular device users include fewer missed calls and lost connections, stronger and more reliable signals, extended range, faster downloads and improved battery life.
“We believe that staying connected, whether at home, at work, or on the road, is more important to people now than ever,” said Bob Van Buskirk, president and CEO of weBoost. “At weBoost, our mission is to bring strong, reliable cellular signals inside vehicles and indoors where they may not otherwise reach, allowing cellular customers to stay connected with family, friends and business associates.”
weBoost products are universal boosters – they work with all cellular devices and all U.S. cellular carriers, including today’s advanced high-speed voice and data services. The company’s product solutions support multiple simultaneous connections across U.S. cellular carriers.
weBoost products now available include:
- Home 4G – boosts cellular signals in one to two rooms of a home or workspace (Home 3G also available)
- Connect 4G – with power to boost signals throughout an entire home
- Drive 4G-S – boosts signals for a single user in a vehicle
- Drive 4G-M – a signal boost for multiple users/devices inside a vehicle (Drive 3G-M also available)
Signal boosters are sold as complete kits with all needed components and parts included, and come in a wide range of specifications and prices.
weBoost signal boosters are certified by the Federal Communications Commission to meet the latest FCC standards for cellular signal boosters.
About weBoost, LLC
weBoost, and its parent company, Wilson Electronics, LLC, are leaders in the wireless communications industry, and have designed and manufactured cellular signal boosters, antennas and related components for more than 20 years. Each booster is designed to significantly improve cellular coverage in a variety of ways, including in a workplace or in a vehicle. All weBoost products are designed and tested in the U.S.A. to meet specific global industry guidelines.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Trakdot Luggage Tracker Customer Review
Every day 3Gstore customers write reviews on our products and experiences they have with them. Every once in a while we read a customer review that we can't help but share with everybody. Chris M. left a review for the Trakdot Luggage Tracker that blew us away, and we're ecstatic that he had this when it was needed most!
"During all the
snow in NYC my luggage wound up on a different plane than me to Houston.
I landed in Houston knowing my luggage had gone to Charlotte, NC. I
live 2 hours from the airport. I filed a baggage claim and was about to
walk away from them, knowing it would be at least the next day before I
saw my luggage. As I was walking out my Trakdots (Scout 1 and 2)
reported in to me via text and email that they had just arrived at the
same airport. I went back to baggage claim and we found out my luggage
was at another terminal, so I went there and collected it at baggage
claim. If I hadn't had my Trakdot scouts working for me I wouldn't have
gotten my suitcases until maybe the next day, and I do shows with props I
keep in my cases and needed those desperately! Trakdot gave me not only
peace of mind knowing where my luggage was, but saved me and baggage
claim a rather long and drawn out delivery process! Thanks Trakdot! I
talk about you on facebook all the time and I believe some of my friends
have bought Trakdots for themselves due to my posts!
Date Added: 02/25/2015 by Chris M. (Silsbee, TX)"
The Trakdot is a small, battery powered device you place into your luggage when traveling by air. The Trakdot senses the takeoff from the plane, and goes to sleep until it feels the deceleration and plane landing. Upon landing, the Trakdot wakes up and connects to a cellular network and sends out its location to you by e-mail or notification in a mobile app. The Trakdot tells you the time, its battery remaining, and what airport it is located in. This way if you and your luggage are separated in different airports, or in the case of Chris M, misinformed by the airline, you'll know exactly how to locate it. Going one step further, the Bluetooth feature of the mobile app lets you locate your Trackdot as it comes physically nearby like when its coming down the baggage claim. Just stand out of the way, wait for the app to let you know your luggage is coming, and that is it. No more fighting the mob for a spot at the claim!
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 )
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Cradlepoint Firmware 5.3 Security Patch Notification
Cradlepoint just sent out a notification to customers regarding new firmware that includes a security patch. Per their new firmware policy, this update will be available to all users running 5.3.0 firmware (even if you do not have Enterprise Cloud Manager or CradleCare)
Here's a copy of their notification:
What is it?
Cradlepoint is issuing a security patch included in firmware 5.3.4
Are my devices affected?
If you are running firmware versions 5.3.0 - 5.3.3 and have the HTTP Proxy Content Filtering feature enabled, please follow the mitigation steps below.
- All firmware prior to 5.3.0 is NOT affected.
- The Cradlepoint MBR95, CTR35, CBR400, CBR450 and all Series 1 and 2 devices are not affected
Mitigation Steps: What actions do I take?
Customers running firmware 5.3.0 - 5.3.3 have three options:
Upgrading to New Firmware
At Cradlepoint, protecting your network is our first priority.
As part of Cradlepoint's new firmware policy, Cradlepoint is releasing a Security Patch in firmware 5.3.4 to all affected customers through Enterprise Cloud Manager, via the firmware update options in the router user interface and via the Cradlepoint Connect Portal.
For more information contact your Cradlepoint Support Representative at +1.855.813.3385 (8am to 8pm EST), or email email@example.com
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2015 )
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
IP Switch Script Control Tutorial
Note: This article assumes you have working knowledge of the basic functions of the IP switch. For more basic information see here.
*The following information applies ONLY to the two outlet version.
Aside from it’s standard methods of control (using the web GUI and Google Talk) the two outlet Remote Power Switch also offers a more advanced option for experienced users. The IP switch has built in HTTP script commands that can be used in a wide variety of scenarios for manually or automatically controlling the unit.
These script commands can be used for simply sending a command by HTTP URL over your network, but that is not their main draw. Programmers will be able to use them in combination with other applications to automate the Switch to its fullest potential.
You have a security camera monitoring your vacation home. When the camera senses movement, it sends the proper script command to the Remote Power Switch to turn on Outlet 1, which controls the lights. This is a great way to increase the security of your vacation home without needing to be actively involved.
When you turn the lights off in your basement, a script command is sent to both outlets on your Remote Power Switch to turn off the TV and radio.
The possibilities of what this can be used for are vast. Take a moment to think of what you might use this feature for.
If the concept of writing scripts is overwhelming for you, I’ll attempt to break it down step-by-step. Let’s start with simply formulating an HTTP URL command to reset Outlet 1 on our switch here at the 3Gstore warehouse. I have set up the switch locally at the IP address 192.168.1.14. The following command will allow me to manually reset my router which is plugged into outlet one on the switch:
Let’s take a closer look at each segment of the command to understand exactly what information is being sent.
This is the local address of my IP switch. Starting with this address directs where to send the command. On your network, your switch will most likely be at a different address, so be sure to check this using the Utility software or by accessing your router’s client list.
This segment uses a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) that allows us to establish control over the switch. The user=____ and passwd=_____ will be unique to your personal login information when accessing the Web GUI of your switch. It is important to make sure these are entered correctly. The username and password can be changed by accessing the Web GUI and clicking on the “Account” tab.
Here we are identifying which outlet we are controlling, and what we wish to do with that outlet. In our scenario, we have selected outlet=1, from a list of 3 options.
0: Both outlets
1: Outlet 1
2: Outlet 2
Command=3 tells the outlet to simply reset. However, there are 6 total commands that can be used by implementing the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
0: Power off
1: Power on
2: Power toggle
3: Power reset
4: UIS on
5: UIS off
*UIS is a feature that allows the switch to automatically reset when an internet connection is lost.
Think back to how your IP switch is being used, and try to put together a
HTTP command that would do what you are looking for in your
Although it is the case in our scenario, the script commands do not require the user to be on the same local network as the Switch. By configuring port forwarding through your router, you can use these same commands remotely by adding the proper port to the IP address section.
If you’re looking for even more control over your IP switch, there are also XML commands available for use. For more information on the functionality of the switch, contact the experts at 3Gstore!
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 February 2015 )
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Cradlepoint Licenses - What's Available?
Cradlepoint offers licenses such as CradeCare - for technical support and firmware updates; Enterprise Cloud Manager (ECM) - for network management, and firmware; and Extended Enterprise License - to enable additional features on specific router models. It is important to know the model of your Cradlepoint (and hardware version, if applicable) when purchasing a license so that you can also confirm the license supports the features you require.
Here are some examples:
- Enterprise Cloud Manager: ONLY available for MBR1400, CBA750B, MBR1200B, IBR600, IBR650, AER 2100, CBR400, and CBR450 routers.
NOTE: CradleCare and ECM can be added on their own if you only need one or the other, or you can select a bundle that includes both at a discounted price.
- Extended Enterprise License: ONLY available for MBR1400, ARC MBR1400, IBR600, IBR650, and AER 2100 routers. Also, certain features like OpenVPN (SSL VPN) only apply to AER 2100 and ARC MBR1400v2 (hardware version 2) models. WPA2 Enterprise Authentication for WiFi as WAN is another feature that only applies to the ARC MBR1400v2.
- Zscaler Internet Security: Built into ALL Cradlepoint routers EXCEPT the MBR95. Though it comes with these routers, it requires a license to activate it AND firmware 5.3.0 or above.
- Multi-Carrier Support:
All Multi-Band embedded router models (i.e. COR, ARC, AER) allow users
to switch from one carrier to another. This requires firmware version
For more details on Cradlepoint licenses and options, visit 3Gstore.com or give us a call!
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 February 2015 )