Thursday, 27 October 2016

3Gstore Is Experiencing Phone Issues

We apologize for the inconvenience, but 3Gstore's phones appear to be down for the moment. We are working quickly to resolve the problem and will update this when the phones are back up. We're still available by chat and email (see: if you need us!  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 October 2016 )
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Internet of Things Devices and Their Security Vulnerabilities


CNET has a been an informative outlet for just about anything having to do with consumer level technology. Recently, we came across an article CNET wrote about how IP cameras and other Internet of Things devices can easily be hacked and wanted to share that. This past Friday, October 21st, a distributed denial of service attack, or DDoS, was performed against Dyn. Dyn is a company that manages website domains and routes Internet traffic. A DDoS attack is an attempt to overwhelm a website with so much traffic that it affects its normal service and can eventually take it down. This is exactly what happened on Friday and it affected many websites such as Twitter, Netflix, and Reddit.

The truth of the matter is that no company can be totally invulnerable to such attacks. This is why it is so important to protect your network as much as possible, including changing default passwords on your Internet connected devices and making sure your network’s firewall settings are secure. In this case, hackers used something called Mirai Malware (something that also recently affected Sierra Wireless products). Thankfully, we have not experienced or heard of any issues with the other products we carry, including our CloudCams . The attack on Dyn occurred for the first time early morning and another came mid-afternoon. By Friday evening however, Dyn reported that they had resolved the issue.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 October 2016 )
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

First 5G Modem Announced

Qualcomm, a leading provider in cellular enabled modems for use in mobile devices, has just announced its first 5G modem. Dubbed the Snapdragon X50, Qualcomm states the modem can operate at speeds up to 5Gbps. Although the 5G standard hasn't been established yet, Qualcomm is forging ahead hoping to push the industry towards a standard.

"The Snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and OEMs reach the cellular network and device testing phase," said Qualcomm exec veep Cristiano Amon. "Utilising our long history of LTE and Wi-Fi leadership, we are thrilled to deliver a product that will help play a critical role in bringing 5G devices and networks to reality. This shows that we’re not just talking about 5G, we’re truly committed to it.”

This new Qualcomm modem will function in the 28GHz range, also known as millimetre wave. These extremely high frequencies will allow for significant data transfer speeds, but the major sacrifice here is signal penetration. At 28Ghz, even a screen door will be enough to block the 5G signal. In these scenarios the modem would drop back to the LTE network which operates at 700Mhz, or millimetre wave base stations will need to be deployed within line of sight of most devices. Qualcomm has created a graphic that goes over a suggested deployment. Read their full release here.


While the prospect of 5Gbps cellular is interesting, it does raise a big question. What will happen to our data caps? With the ability to use an entire months worth of data within just seconds, carriers will have to devise new ways to monitor and charge for data usage. Fortunately, 5G isn't going to be a reality until at least 2020, so we have a few years to figure it out.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 October 2016 )
Monday, 17 October 2016

Sierra Wireless Mirai Malware Information


Last week, ICS-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Response Team) warned about a new type of malware attack on cellular enabled gateways and routers from Sierra Wireless. This malware, nicknamed 'Mirai' can control devices when default passwords are not changed on Sierra Wireless devices that are accessible to the public internet. These reported infections succeed by connecting to ACEmanager, the Sierra web GUI for configuration, and use the default password.

The following devices are vulnerable to the Mirai malware.

LS300, GX400, GX/ES440, GX/ES450, and the RV50.

Sierra Wireless has confirmed the attacks and has posted a bulletin on its news site that provides more information and instructions on how to protect yourself from Mirai.

While many celllular enabled devics are not accessible on the public internet, those that are and are using default passwords should be the first that are updated. The good news is this malware resides in the devices memory, and therefore once the Sierra is rebooted, it will be wiped clean. Even if you have remote access to the device, remotely rebooting and changing the password will clear the infection.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 October 2016 )
Friday, 07 October 2016

Comcast Data Caps In More Markets Today

After trial runs of various data limits across the US, Comcast is now rolling out its data caps to more markets. Comcast is referring to this as a data plan, not a cap, but the end result is the same. Users who go over the data limits of their plan will be subject to additional charges, or users can opt to pay extra for unlimited data every month.

This isn't a surprising move as Comcast has always had data limits in place, though never enforced. The good news is the data plan provides significantly more data usage than most households will touch in a month. With 1 terabyte of data, Comcast says that more than 99% of customers will not use this in any given month, and thats easy to believe. 1 TB of data is like streaming HD video for more than 12 hours a day, every day of the month. Comcast has created an animation that shows just how much 1 TB really is.

While Comcast states that 99% of people won't touch 1 TB in a month, it certainly isn't impossible. In my home, we are a streaming only family. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and YouTube, make up our TV options. Because of this our data usage is going to be much higher, and with 4 people streaming at any given point, its not hard to use a high amount of data.


As you can see, I've successfully broke the 1 TB limit this year, though only 1 time in the last 9 months. For me paying the one time fee for going over that limit would still be less expensive than paying for unlimited data with Comcast. This data reporting is from a Peplink router, which offers data monitoring tools monthly, daily, hourly, and by device.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 October 2016 )
Thursday, 06 October 2016

New Cradlepoint AER & MC400 Cat4 Products Announced!


Cradlepoint has announced 4 new products today: the AER1600LP4, AER1650LP4, MC400LP4, and the MC400L2. The MC400L2 specifically, supports Band 14 LTE via FirstNet, which is a frequency used strictly for public safety.

Like the COR IBR600/650B that Cradlepoint released back in August, these new products support an embedded Cat4 cellular modem with automatic carrier selection based on the detected SIM card. The most important thing to note about these modems is that they do NOT support Sprint, Verizon 3G, Canadian carriers, nor any GPS functionality. Being a Cat4 modem also means they are capable of 150/50Mbps modem speeds vs 100/50Mbps on Cat3 devices.

These products should be available soon, but until we have a confirmed date, you may use our sign up sheet (at each product page) and we’ll notify you once they can be ordered!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 October 2016 )
Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Novatel Wireless Enters Into Agreement To Sell Its Mobile Broadband (MiFi®) Business For $50,000,000


SAN DIEGO, Sept. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ:MIFI), a leading global provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has entered into an agreement with T.C.L. Industries Holdings, a Hong Kong company ("TCL"), whereby Novatel Wireless will sell to TCL its mobile broadband business (including its MiFi® branded hotspots and USB modem product lines) for a cash payment of US $50,000,000 payable at closing.  The closing of the transaction is subject to the receipt of various regulatory authority approvals, as well as the approval of Novatel Wireless's stockholders and convertible noteholders.  The closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2017.

"The sale of Novatel Wireless's mobile broadband business to TCL is the most transformative event in Novatel Wireless's history, and punctuates our period of metamorphosis," said Sue Swenson, Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Novatel Wireless.  Ms. Swenson added, "Upon the closing of the transaction with TCL, Novatel Wireless will no longer sell any products it sold at the beginning of 2015.  We will have transitioned the company from a hardware-only business with approximately 80% of revenues tied to one customer into a predominantly SaaS, services and solutions business with thousands of customers generating recurring revenues. Going forward, we will deepen our focus on our recurring revenue IoT solutions such as our Ctrack telematics solutions, including fleet management and asset tracking & monitoring, and our Feeney Wireless ("FW") business connectivity solutions, such as our recently launched Ignite offering.

Editor Note:  Kind of shocking that a company would value older/dead technology (MiFi & USB modems) worth 50 million. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 September 2016 )

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