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Friday, 17 March 2017

Peplink LTE-A (LTE ADVANCED) Details

 

 

 

Peplink has just launched a number of new LTE-A embedded cellular routers. These are updated versions of existing devices that support new frequencies across multiple carriers. LTE-A is the next evolution of LTE capable of higher upload and download speeds than standard LTE connections.

Increased Band Support and Carrier Aggregation

LTE-A features greater location diversity, as one modem can now cover more regions. LTE-A also supports newer region and carrier specific bands. These are often much faster than the legacy bands that can become oversaturated from heavy use. In the US, LTE-A enabled models support band 41 (2500 MHz) and band 26 (850 Mhz) for Sprint and band 12 (700 MHz) for T-Mobile.


In addition, LTE-A routers can use Signal Carrier Aggregation (SCA) to simultaneously connect multiple signal channels for up to twice your current connection speed.


Peplink cellular routers feature automatic carrier detection based on the inserted SIM card, so setup and use is as easy as possible. No manual selection of router or modem firmware, no need for a hardware reboot to switch carriers. Better yet, if your router is connected to another site via SpeedFusion Bonding using 2 or more connections, you can seamlessly change carriers without disconnecting users. No more late nights and weekends for simple carrier changes!

Coverage Area

While many LTE-A enabled routers offer greater band support, the coverage is still limited to that of a single provider, so you will still lose reception if you hit a dead spot. With SpeedFusion Bandwidth Bonding, however, you can enjoy uninterrupted service as you move around town, connecting to 3G/4G LTE networks from multiple service carriers.

 

 

 


Learn more about SpeedFusion and its uses in our in depth beginner's guide.


Available now:


Transit with LTE-A (MAX-TST-LTEA-W-T)

Transit Duo with LTE-A (MAX-TST-DUO-LTEA-W-T)

BR1-ENT with LTE-A (MAX-BR1-ENT-LTEA-W-T)

BR1 PRO with LTE-A (MAX-BR1-PRO-LTEA-W-T)

HD4 with LTE-A (MAX-HD4-LTEA-W-T)

HD2 Mini with LTE-A (MAX-HD2-MINI-LTEA-W-T)

HD2 IP67 with LTE-A (MAX-HD2-M-LTEA-W-IP67)

MediaFast HD2 with LTE-A (MAX-HD2-MFA-LTEA-W-T)

MediaFast HD4 with LTE-A (MAX-HD4-MFA-LTEA-W-T)

 

Available soon:

 

Balance 30 with LTE-A (BPL-031-LTE-A-W-T)

HD2 with LTE-A (MAX-HD2-LTE-A-W-T)

 

These new models are in addition to the existing MAX BR1 MINI with LTE-A

 

BR1 Mini with LTE-A (MAX-BR1-MINI-LTEA-W-T)


At this time these devices are NOT certified on Verizon or Sprint.

 

 


 




Last Updated ( Friday, 17 March 2017 )
 
Friday, 10 March 2017

New Peplink LTE Advanced (LTE-A) Models Now Available!

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Peplink has just launched a number of new LTE-A embedded cellular routers. These are updated versions of existing devices that support new frequencies across multiple carriers. LTE-A is the next evolution of LTE capable of higher upload and download speeds than standard LTE connections.

 

Available now:


Transit with LTE-A (MAX-TST-LTEA-W-T)

Transit Duo with LTE-A (MAX-TST-DUO-LTEA-W-T)

BR1-ENT with LTE-A (MAX-BR1-ENT-LTEA-W-T)

BR1 PRO with LTE-A (MAX-BR1-PRO-LTEA-W-T)

HD4 with LTE-A (MAX-HD4-LTEA-W-T)

HD2 Mini with LTE-A (MAX-HD2-MINI-LTEA-W-T)

HD2 IP67 with LTE-A (MAX-HD2-M-LTEA-W-IP67)

MediaFast HD2 with LTE-A (MAX-HD2-MFA-LTEA-W-T)

MediaFast HD4 with LTE-A (MAX-HD4-MFA-LTEA-W-T)

 

Available soon:

 

Balance 30 with LTE-A (BPL-031-LTE-A-W-T)

HD2 with LTE-A (MAX-HD2-LTE-A-W-T)

 

These new models are in addition to the existing MAX BR1 MINI with LTE-A

BR1 Mini with LTE-A (MAX-BR1-MINI-LTEA-W-T)


At this time these devices are NOT certified on Verizon or Sprint yet. This means you can not activate new service on these devices, and 3Gstore nor Peplink will support these models on those carriers.


These new MAX series routers support 4G B1/2100, B2/1900, B3/1800, B4/AWS, B5/850, B7/2600, B8/900GSM, B12/700a, B13/700c, B20/800DD, B25/1900+, B26/850+, B29/700d, B30/2300WCS, B41/TD 250 and 3G WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+: B1/2100, B2/1900, B3/1800, B4/AWS, B5/850, B8/900.

 




Last Updated ( Friday, 10 March 2017 )
 
Thursday, 09 March 2017

Verizon Static IP Changes IPv4 to Persistent Prefix IPv6

 

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Verizon static IP customers just received an email highlighting some major changes to the way new addresses will be assigned. Essentially from June 30th, 2017, static addresses will now be IPv6 only. IPv4 is a 32 bit long internet address, meaning there are a little over 4 billion unique IPs available. While this seems like a lot of addresses, with the recent rise of IoT (internet of things) devices and M2M (machine to machine) communication, the remaining address pool is running out quickly. IPv6 on the other hand uses 128 bit addresses, so that is 340 followed by 36 zeros of possible unique addresses. Below is the information customers are receiving from Verizon.


On June 30, 2017, Verizon will stop issuing new Public Static IPv4 addresses due to a shortage of available addresses. Customers that currently have active Public Static IPv4 addresses will retain those addresses, and Verizon will continue to fully support existing Public Static IPv4 addresses. In order to reserve new IP addresses, your company will need to convert to the Persistent Prefix IPv6 requirements and implement new Verizon-certified IPv6 devices.


Why should you make the move to Persistent Prefix IPv6?


Unlike IPv4, which is limited to a 32-bit prefix, Persistent Prefix IPv6 has 128-bit addressing scheme, which aligns to current international agreements and standards.


Persistent Prefix IPv6 will provide the device with an IP address unique to that device that will remain with that device until the address is relinquished by the user (i.e., when the user moves the device off the Verizon Wireless network).


IPv4-only devices are not compatible with Persistent Prefix IPv6 addresses.


Your business is important to us, and we want to work closely with you to manage any requirements for the new service. Contact your Verizon account representative or call our dedicated business support team at 800.922.0204 to answer questions you have and to start your transition to Persistent Prefix IPv6.

 

A static IPv4 address would have looked like: 166.x.x.x

An IPv6 address looks like this: 2001:0aba:0a0b:012f:0000:0000:0000:0001

We will update this article as more information becomes available. We'll also be adding links to compatible IPv6 cellular routers so those with upgrade needs will have options.

 

 Peplink and Pepwave
 We will fully support IPv6 static IP addresses prior to the announced June 30th date.
 Sierra Wireless
 Implementing the necessary features in ALEOS 4.8.0 (RV50, RV50X, MP70, GX450, ES450) and MGOS 4.1 (MG90) prior to June 30th. Older models will not be supported.
 Cradlepoint  
 Option  Option products currently do not support IPv6. Option is currently exploring support for IPv6 through a firmware upgrade. We expect to have more information soon on when they expect to implement this.
 NetComm  

 




Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 March 2017 )
 
Monday, 27 February 2017

5G Draft Specifications Announced

 

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While not yet finalized, the road to 5G cell networks is being planned out. In a recent report from the International Telecommunications Union, the organization laid out the requirements for future IMT-2020 (read 5G) systems.


Just like current 4G LTE and LTE Advanced networks, 5G calls for connectivity at up to 500mph. This means 5G will be need to be usable not just in stand alone deployments, but also at high speed transport speeds. In an upgrade from 4G, 5G is also expected to have a latency of only 4ms, which is five times lower than the current spec.


Each 5G base station is also to have at minimum 20Gbps download and 10Gbps upload capacity. That speed will be distributed across all the users connected to a cell site, but that is a massive increase to current cell networks where many towers only have 100 Mbps fiber lines as backhaul.


The most important number that people will look at is the real-world speeds they will be able to achieve on their devices. Unfortunately, this is where the draft has some bad news. The 5G spec is only set to provide each user with 100Mbps download and 50Mbps of upload speed. There will of course be areas where the speeds can be significantly greater but it isn’t a guarantee. Of course LTE-A can offer these speeds already but that is in a good environment, and there isn’t any spec that says you have to get those speeds. The spec also calls for instant switching of 5G base stations, but the question is will this offer an uninterrupted connection with session persistence or will encrypted sessions to online banking etc still require a new sign in?


We would like to see this 100Mbps number increase for the sake of businesses who’ll be relying on 5G instead of fiber, so we’ll see what happens when the spec is finalized later this year. Download the full ITU report here.

 




Last Updated ( Monday, 27 February 2017 )
 
Thursday, 23 February 2017

The FCC Approves LTE-U Devices

 

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The FCC has announced their approval of LTE-U, the U standing for the unlicensed spectrum this network will operate in. As carriers are battling it out to deliver the most reliable, and fastest networks, LTE-U is a big change to the way that current cellular networks function.


Utilizing unlicensed parts of the 5Ghz frequency band, the same area where WiFi networks operate, LTE-U will be able to deliver high a bandwidth to devices while improving network congestion. Both the WiFi and LTE industry have tested LTE-U and determined that there will be no interference between the two technologies, with LTE-U ramping down in more WiFi congested areas. T-Mobile will be the first carrier to deploy compatible devices with a target of spring 2017.


“Un-carrier is now deploying LTE-U technology in its LTE network, following today’s FCC certification of equipment from strategic partners Ericsson and Nokia. This move paves the way for the Un-carrier to introduce new network capabilities and devices for consumers this spring… LTE-U constantly seeks the least utilized channels to maximize efficiency and performance for everyone. As demand on the Wi-Fi network increases, LTE-U backs off, and as Wi-Fi demand wanes, customers can tap into that unused capacity for LTE.”


LTE-U support has also been announced by Verizon, though they do not have a target date yet. It is also important to note that LTE-U base stations are the only devices that have been approved so far, no phones have been released with support for this new band at this time.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 February 2017 )
 
Wednesday, 22 February 2017

3Gstore.com named American Express Card Member Favorite for 2017

 

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3Gstore is  happy to announce that they have been named a 2017 Card Member Favorite. We see a lot of customers and thanks to American Express® Card Members—who continue to choose us again and again—our business has been recognized for being a preferred location to purchase 3G/4G products and services. We’re proud of being a favorite so come find out why!

Thanks,

3Gstore.com

2017 American Express Card Member Favorite

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

USB Tethering with Peplink and Pepwave Routers

 

Routers like the Pepwave Surf SOHO and Balance One support various forms of internet connectivity. The SOHO has a wired WAN port (cable modem, satellite, point to point ISP), WiFi as WAN (using an existing wireless network as an internet connection for the router), as well as a USB port for cellular modems. The Balance One supports two wired WAN connections and a USB port. All of these options could be primary internet connections or backup connections. Routers like the SOHO and Balance One give the power home user or small business a simple and cost effective way to stay connected in the event of an internet outage.


Did you know... the USB ports on Peplink and Pepwave routers aren't just for USB data cards? You can USB tether many mobile hotspots and most Android phones as a primary or backup internet connection! With a cell phone in every pocket in the home or office, and the recent availability of unlimited and lower cost data plans, it is the perfect time to use that data for more than just Facebook and Words with Friends. By connecting a mobile hotspot or Android phone to the USB ports on Peplink and Pepwave routers, it takes just seconds to get a backup connection in place. The advantage to using a router like the SOHO that can handle multiple connections is that in the event of a backup the network doesn’t change. Phones, printers, network storage, are all still accessible just like normal.


The other advantage of USB tethering is many providers do NOT count this against your mobile hotspot allowance. Sprint for example offers unlimited data plans, but limits mobile hotspot usage to 10GB without paying a hefty per GB overage fee. 10GB isn’t a lot in a home or office when a wired connection goes offline. USB tethering though doesn’t count towards that 10GB, and is still unlimited! Check with your provider and plan for more details as not all options are created equally.



There is a downside to USB tethering, and that is you need to have a phone plugged in at all times for the quickest failover, otherwise you have to plug a phone in as needed. If you aren’t on site and the internet fails, you’ll still be offline. USB tethering isnt perfect either. At the end of the day consumer hotspots and phones are exactly that, consumer devices. They may overheat, disconnect, or require hands on in order to keep working. For a business that requires an always on, 100% reliable primary or backup cellular connection, embedded routers are the best option. The new Pepwave MAX BR1 Mini has a built in cellular modem. Simply insert an active SIM card into the router and you’ll have a cellular connection designed to run 24/7. This is also a ruggedized device for use in M2M environments like ATM machines, POS terminals, and digital signage, where a tethered phone is simply not an option.


For more information on the Surf SOHO or Balance One , or to find out if a Peplink deployment is right for you, contact the experts at 3Gstore or visit 3Gstore.com

 




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 February 2017 )
 

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