Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Peplink Firmware Version 7 Now Available!
With Firmware 7, everything is better. MAX single cellular routers have a lot of added functionality. Dual-radio devices can now do simultaneous Wi-Fi WAN. The Port-Based VLAN feature is now available for more devices, and out-of-band management is possible for UART enabled devices.
- Enhanced Functionality for Single Cellular Routers: The BR1, BR1 Slim, and MAX Transit are now equipped with SpeedFusion WAN Smoothing, Load Balancing, and High Availability! This makes them much more powerful contenders in the single-cellular market.
- Simultaneous Wi-Fi WAN: For the Surf SOHO MK3 and the MAX Transit, the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios can both operate as Wi-Fi WAN.
- Extended Support for Port-Based VLAN: The Port-Based VLAN feature has been extended to a number of Balance models.
- Out-of-Band Management Support: UART enabled devices can now be used to perform Out-of-Band Management, remotely accessing another device even if it loses connectivity.
- Upgrade for Balance 305: Instead of connecting 2x PepVPN peers by default, the Balance 305 now connects 2x SpeedFusion peers! As always, the number of SpeedFusion peers can be increased to 20 with a license key.
Release nots for Peplink firmware 7 can be found here, and download links are available here. Owners of the new Surf SOHO MK3 will find a new option for WiFi as WAN on the 5Ghz Network as well!
Please note that the following models will NOT be supported by Firmware 7 onwards. Rather, they will be supported by Firmware 6.x maintenance releases as needed:
- Balance 305 HW1
- Balance 380 HW3-5
- Balance 580 HW1
- Balance 710 HW1-2
- Balance 1350 HW1
- MAX BR1 HW1
- MAX On The GO HW1
- Surf SOHO HW1
- BR1 and BR2 IP55 HW1
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 January 2017 )
Thursday, 12 January 2017
The NEW Pepwave Surf SOHO MK3 is BACK IN STOCK at 3Gstore!
Once again the new Pepwave Surf SOHO MK3 is back in stock at 3Gstore! The initial release of the SOHO MK3 was in November of 2016 and the entire shipment was sold out in just over 4 hours! The new shipment is in and every order placed before 3 CST will ship out TODAY (1/12/17) and can be delivered as soon as next day. While this new shipment is much larger than the last one, there are still over 400 people on the notification list, so if you want to guarantee a device we suggest ordering right away. There is a 1 unit per customer order limit as supply vs demand is still limited.
1/12/17 The SOHO MK3 Arrives
Read our full review of the new Surf SOHO MK3!
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 January 2017 )
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
The Wilson Pro 70 Is On Sale At 3Gstore!
The Wilson Pro 70 signal booster kit is Wilson Electronics professional grade amplifier built specifically for the reseller channel. The Wilson Pro 70 Series amplifies weak cellular signals and redistributes them to cover larger indoor spaces with reliable voice and data service - including 4G LTE - inside homes and other buildings where signals blocked by concrete, steel and other materials.
For a limited time (through 1/20/17) the Pro 70 signal booster kits are on sale for just $999! These professional grade kits feature N-type connectors and Wilson 400 coax cable, and include an industry-leading three-year warranty. For professional installations the 50 ohm ultra low loss 400 cable provides maximum signal boost to the cell tower and maximum coverage range indoors. Supporting all major carriers in the US including 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE, the Pro 70 is a powerful tool. The 75 ohm version of this kit is also available. 75 ohm RG6 cable makes installations simpler as the cable is much thinner and less expensive, though it does have higher signal loss than 400 cable.
UPDATE! This is now extended through 1/31/17!
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Last Updated ( Friday, 20 January 2017 )
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
The New Cradlepoint COR IBR900 and IBR950
The new Cradlepoint COR IBR900 and IBR950 are available now at 3Gstore. Designed for the most demanding in-vehicle and M2M applications, the IBR900 series routers offer major advantages over the existing IBR600 and IBR1100 routers.
First, these are the first LTE routers in the world to offer Wave 2 gigabit WiFi! This means massive throughput speeds for local devices. For transportation, a bus delivering local content to connected devices will be able to do so at the highest speeds possible.
The fast quad-core processor found in the IBR900 series lets the router achieve near gigabit performance on both ethernet and WiFi, and takes full advantage of LTE advanced networks.
The IBR900 also supports the Extensibility dock allowing for a second modem to be connected for failover and load balancing. The MC400 modem that fits this addon can be found in various forms including a Band 14 FirstNet option. The full Extensibility platform from Cradlepoint is also supported which includes a router SDK, Enterprise Cloud Manager API, and a developer portal.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 January 2017 )
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Peplink and Pepwave SpeedFusion vs Typical Failover Routers
There are many companies that offer various types of internet backup hardware, each targeted at a different type of application ranging from M2M deployments to the distributed enterprise. The big buzz word you will hear surrounding discussions about backup internet connectivity is failover. In a nutshell, failover is the act of your router switching over from a primary to a backup connection.
Every business owner knows the importance or internet connectivity. Without internet access there would be no access to email or cloud connected apps and services, PoS terminals couldn’t process credit card transactions, VoIP phone systems would go dark, and lost productivity is also money down the drain. More and more businesses are implementing backup internet connections to increase uptime, but there are some very important things to consider before deciding exactly what your failover solution should look like.
First, let’s discuss the benefits of a failover router. The most obvious benefit is you have a backup connection if the primary internet connection goes offline. Every business has experienced an internet outage of some kind and there is no such thing as a perfect internet connection. An ISP can offer business vs residential internet connections, but there is no guarantee of 100% uptime. Dedicated fiber lines aren’t perfect either and while these are less prone to issues, there is inevitable downtime and the monthly costs of these connections can be in the hundreds to thousands of dollars per month. When, not if, an internet connection drops, failover is there to switch to a second connection. Failover is also automatic. This means that during an outage, the impact of the event is reduced without requiring manual intervention to reconnect on the backup. At this point in the conversation, many businesses will say “Great, where do I sign!” This isn’t the whole story about failover though. There are downsides to failover that need to be addressed.
The big downside to a standard failover router is when the primary connection fails and the backup comes online, ALL of the current sessions on the router are dropped! For a business using VoIP phones, every single active phone call will be cut off as the router switches connections. Imagine a being on the phone with an important customer (and let’s be honest, all customers are important customers!) and suddenly the phone call cuts out and ends. Now multiply that by every phone in the business and consider the impact this could have. Sure, your failover router will reconnect in a short time and you can redial the customer, hopefully, or they can call back in but what impression are you making when your business can’t even have a reliable phone call? It isn’t just phones though. Cloud connected applications that require a login of any type would also be disconnected during a failover event. Signed into an e-mail account? You’ll be back to the login screen when the backup connection comes online. Logged into online banking? Same story. Connected to a customer database, or trying to submit an order, in the middle of downloading a file? All of these things would be dropped in the event of a failover and have to be reconnected and restarted when the backup connection comes online. A single drop of an internet connection, even if it is just temporary, affects almost every aspect of a modern business.
Failover is great, but businesses that require an always an always on internet connection to function will never see 100% uptime this way. Pushing for the elusive “four nines of WAN uptime” is possible but unlikely as well. There will be outages, failover routers need at least a few seconds to switch connections in a best case, and what good is %99.99 uptime if switching to a backup is like hitting reset on the business as every internet activity is interrupted and has to be restarted?
Load balancing routers have the same issue. Running multiple active internet connections at one time is a great way to increase overall network bandwidth, but when one of those connections fails, all the users and activity that was balanced to that connection drop as the router has to then balance the restarted activity to the other connections. Failover and load balancing routers suffer the same major issues and again can never provide 100% uptime.
So what is a business owner to do? Typical failover and load balancing router manufacturers would have you believe their option is the best and there isn’t an alternative. This is where Peplink steps up to the plate and knocks it out of the park. While Peplink does have failover and load balancing routers for installations where connectivity isn’t critical, it is their SpeedFusion technology that is changing the way that businesses look at uptime. By utilizing SpeedFusion, 100% uptime is a reality. If a primary internet connection fails, there is a seamless uninterrupted transition to the backup connection, regardless of the application! Let’s go back to the previous example of that important customer phone call. Remember a failover router switching between connections would cause that phone call to completely drop. Now make that same phone call using a Peplink router with SpeedFusion, and when the primary connection fails, nobody even knows there was an outage! The phone call seamlessly continues on the backup connection without interruption. PoS terminals stay online and can process credit cards, phone calls continue, downloads or uploads in progress aren’t lost, you aren’t signed out of websites, and the list goes on. Peplink SpeedFusion is a true always on internet solution, and not just a bandaid on a broken network.
SpeedFusion has different levels depending on the application and can scale dynamically as a businesses needs grow.
SpeedFusion Hot Failover
HotFailover will automatically transfer your traffic to another connection while maintaining session persistence. For example, if a WAN connection breaks during a video conference, the video conference can still continue without having to hang up or call again.
3Gstore utilizes SpeedFusion Hot Failover in our day to day operations at our warehouse. Our primary internet connections is a wired Comcast connection, and we use Verizon LTE as our backup connection. We’ve created a SpeedFusion Hot Failover connection and run all of our traffic through that connection. All of our data flows over the wired connection first so we don’t use any unnecessary cellular data, but the instant that the wired connection fails, Hot Failover seamlessly switches all of our traffic to the LTE connection.
SpeedFusion WAN Smoothing
WAN Smoothing utilizes intelligent algorithms to fill in connectivity gaps, trading bandwidth for greater connection resiliency. WAN Smoothing minimizes latency and reduces the impact of packet loss. This is useful for times when you need connection reliability and responsiveness more than speed, such as VoIP or video conferencing applications.
WAN Smoothing uses two or more internet connections simultaneously for the purpose of increasing reliability and consistency of a connection. If you can’t afford dropped packets or need minimal latency for applications such as live streaming audio/video, WAN Smoothing makes that possible.
SpeedFusion Bandwidth Bonding
Bandwidth bonding combines data at the packet level, enabling you to combine the speed of up to 13 connections. This is useful for situations where bandwidth is scarce, such as at a remote site or in a moving vehicle. This technology also enables branch offices to connect to the head office at greater connection speeds.
If you are opening a branch office in a location where internet connectivity is slow or unreliable, Bandwidth Bonding can save the day. By bonding the speeds of multiple DSL lines, offices can experience increased reliability by utilizing multiple connections at once, and aggregate the bandwidth of multiple connections into one faster pipe.
When you look at other failover options vs SpeedFusion, there really is no comparison. Sounds good? SpeedFusion offers even more benefits than just session persistence and 100% uptime. SpeedFusion is also a powerful VPN technology to connect branch offices and headquarters. You can replace expensive VPN hardware appliances and costly licences with SpeedFusion as well. SpeedFusion Bandwidth Bonding is also a simple and scalable way to save money over high cost MPLS or fiber lines. Instead of paying for a direct fiber connection which can be thousands of dollars to install, and hundreds of dollars monthly for a slow connection, you can run multiple commodity DSL or cable connections and bond them. You’ll save money over the MPLS or fiber line, increase reliability by having multiple connections active, and end up with more bandwidth than those lines can provide!
We've created the video below showing a SpeedFusion enabled router vs a typical failover router. Think about how your business is affected everytime the internet drops.
As Peplink experts, 3Gstore receives questions everyday about SpeedFusion. What is it? How does it work? How can it help my business? We’ve put this information all in one place to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about this exciting technology.
Do you need to know more or want to discuss if a SpeedFusion deployment is right for you? Are you ready to replace your standard failover router with something that provides a truly seamless internet connection to your business? Contact the experts at 3Gstore and we’ll come up with with a solution for your business's unique needs.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 January 2017 )
Friday, 06 January 2017
2016 Top Products at 3Gstore 2016 has drawn to a close, and it’s time for our annual round-up of the top products at 3Gstore!
The scoring of these products comes from a combination of their popularity as well as the number of customer reviews they received and the average rating customers gave the product.
If you ordered any of these products (or any others!) from 3Gstore, don’t forget that you can log in at 3Gstore.com and write a review of your own. You’ll help other customers interested in the product and you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly restaurant.com drawing (every month we randomly select one customer review — good or bad — and the writer gets a $25 restaurant.com gift code!).
Without further ado, here are the Top 10 3Gstore Products of 2016:
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Allows you to remotely monitor and reboot your equipment
“Very easy to install. Tested it twice and it does just what it is advertised to do. My cable hangs fairly often and always a pain to turn it off for a minute. Particularly if we are out of town. Last couple trips my remote access went away until we got back. Since I access email by remote control this is a real pain. Very glad to find this product.!"
“Absolute life savers. We bought one to try on a location 4hrs away. It payed for it self the next day. We just got an order of 30 in because we want them at every location we rely on having remote access to.”
“I installed this unit several months ago and it has worked perfectly, rebooting my system remotely on several occasions. Highly recommend the Remote Power Switch, because it sequentially powers up the modem and then waits a minute before powering up the router.”
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Allows you to remotely monitor and reboot your equipment
| “Using this to reset my internet connection while away from home. Have a second unit to reset my outdoor weather station internet connection which seems to need help every once in a while." |
"The ezOutlet remote power switch is terrific. It solved the problem of remote servers requiring occasional power cycles when conditions force them into a hibernated state. The ezOutlet regularly pings the server on the local area network, so when it loses the ping, it cycles the power. It's a life-saver, because I don't have to physically be at the remote site to power cycle computer servers anymore. The ezOutlet does it automatically or I can do it from my phone or computer. I got the single outlet, because I needed the Android phone app (which works perfectly). Also, the 3G Store's technical help was terrific! I'd highly recommend them."
"Easy to install. The 3 LEDs make it very easy to setup. The Android app makes this a winner."
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Affordable, full-featured small business router with embedded 3G/4G modem
| “Have several now and they have been rock solid. Constantly move them around for temporary internet access and they have held up well. Incontrol management makes remote setup of the unit for site conditions easy. Emails can be setup based on data used, built in VPN server. Everything we needed, all around great units." |
“I am definitely not a computer whiz. The Peplink system was extremely easy to set up and get working. I am very happy with the results, and the internet speed is much faster than my Verizon jetpack. I live in a "dead zone" and the jetpack was just eating up my bandwidth every month. With the Peplink, my problems are gone. Somewhat pricey, but well worth it to me, in terms of frustration and it made my computer work like it should. Thanks to 3g store!”
"Fantastic piece of hardware!! Wi-Fi coverage is almost unbelievable and no more router/usb reboots! Put this in my parent's 5000+ sq ft country home 3 wks ago and literally have not touched it since. Could not be more pleased. Highest recommendation!"
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Travel router for USB modems and WiFi as WAN
| “I bought this router for my boat it was simple to set up. I liked it so much I bought another one for my condo. even if you're not techy you can set this router up. No running wires or Antennas. Use the attached suction cups to attach to a window.” |
“One of the best, if not the best Wi-Fi router around. Setup and use is easy."
"It does everything as advertised. I set it up for our RV and now the whole family does not have to deal with networks and passwords to get on the Internet. I'm also happy with the extended range capabilities...i recommend this little jewel."
"This by far is the best Wi-Fi router on the market. I have had other routers on my boat for years and it's so complicated to get them set up when you go to a different marina. This one was so simple like 123 and the Wi-Fi router is working on top of that the 3G store give free support for one year. The pep wave on the go is also very inexpensive so thats another plus."
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Easy-to-use, feature-rich 3G/4G router for home and travel
| “I bought this hoping it would deliver as had been promised. And it did. It picks up the signal from our hotspot and projects it through our home and 300' outside of our home to my pole barn. Set up was easy and we were using it within ten minutes of opening the box." |
“Excellent router! Powerful/adustable signal, dual band with 802.11ac support, and total control over my home wifi - I could not be more pleased with it! The folks at 3GStore were also super fast at processing and delivering my order!”
"This router has strong transmission range - no need for network extenders anymore and it tethers with many USB modems or wireless hotspots. It has fallback capability so if the USB connection fails, it can switch to Ethernet, or wifi over WAN, with selectable priority. Configuration is secure and easy from the moment it comes out of the box. Supports strong wifi security, includes 3 hi-gain antennas, and the firmware is versatile. Easily the most capable prosumer router I've ever used."
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Powerful home/small office router with load balancing and WiFi-as-WAN
| “This unit has worked flawlessly for my family. Even though it's more expensive than other brands, it has functioned better than another one I had that was incompatible with my air card. I found that setup wasn't that difficult and I'm not that techno inclined. Glad I made the purchase.” |
“Works perfect with Verizon USB Modem U620L. We use it a backup system for our business credit card machine.”
"This is being used with remote security DVR system. Set up was intuitive and very easy. Works very well and connects to DVR system. The router provides a lot of needed information to what is connected such as how strong the signals are, in this case a sierra air card. Much improved from the MBR 75. In addition to the product, I must also compliment the 3 G Store on their excellent technical help and quick response to my questions for without good people, there is no good product."
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powerful, easy-to-install booster for AT&T
“I have truly experienced a plug and play with my new Cel-Fi unit, and unexpected pleasure. The registering and the instructions were so simple, and with a bit of dancing, the thing was set up in no time. As I work for a large telecommunication company, we have even used these solutions in some of our stores!! In my temporary spot, my house mates are impressed with the work ability of this solution and considering to switch to my solution for their mobile phones which don't work in the house! I will probably leave it behind and get the newest version of this solution when I get to my round house in 2017. Thank you for a super simple, light, and straightforward solution that folks with the minimal coverage can improve their interior coverage.”
“Device working fine in our office, our IT guy was pleased on how easy it was to setup. Everyone in the office is now enjoying a strong signal. Life is Good"
"Before the booster I had 1 failing bar, now I get 3 continuous bars, it has improved the signal in my house consistently."
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powerful, easy-to-install booster for Verizon LTE
“I've used several competitors solutions...Just bought the Cel-fi Duo+ for Verizon 2 weeks ago and it is the first signal boosting product to genuinely meet my expectations. I went from 1 bar to a solid 3 bars now on the phone, data speeds jumped to between 6-10mbps both down and uploading from 3down/0.3up before the booster and calls no longer breakup...So yeah, the results were good. The real kicker is the install was great. There basically is no install compared to the work needed for the other boosting options. You plug the antenna box into a power outlet where the signal is strongest (I have mine sitting on the window sill). Then you go towards the other end of the structure and plug in the amplifier box. No co-ax from an outside antenna. No co-ax between the 2 units. Just 2 boxes that plug in. There's an easy to read LCD that tells you closer or farther and a signal number that goes up or down to help with placement. Soooo much easier. Getting ready to buy another one of these for my office. Coverage area is great, definitely no issues anywhere in my 2400sq ft home. ”read more reviews
“Cel Fi performs exactly as advertised. I have customers who have been waiting for this solution for a while. The area I support from a technical perspective is Health Care. Hospitals have always been notorious for poor in building coverage. DAS is very expensive and network extenders require a GPS fix and back haul. The Cell fi performed as good and better than I had anticipated. First test out of the box was at home and in my basement where there was no 4G coverage ever, within 5 minutes of unpacking the 2 boxes and plugging them in I had over 8 Mbps down and 1.7 Mbps up. Next day, I visited a customer (hospital) with a common issue. We were unable to get a GPS fix as the location was too far from a window or GPS signal to get the network extender to activate. Again, in record time (this is simple to set up and takes literally minutes to work) the room was filled with notification sounds of text messages coming in to Mobile phones for the very first time. They were ecstatic. The network security resource reported that no rogue devises popped up on his diagnostic tool and he cleared the device for purchase.
My final check for the week was at an airport for Emergency Services Flight for Life where signal issues persisted, again, a significant improvement in speed test results and coverage. The only issue was the inability to pass signal through a Physical Firewall separating the Hanger from the dispatch offices where cinder block and whatever else was used in the building construction. It was not a deal breaker, just needed 2 sets of boxes for each area on either side of the brick fire wall.
Affordable, childs play to install, and it works great. I enthusiastically endorse and recommend giving this a try where not having coverage. Is not an option. Thanks to my friends and solid resources at 3G store for Cell Fi and all they do every day."
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outdoor omnidirectional antenna for virtually all networks
“I installed about 5 feet above my roof and my reception is 2x better”
“We installed the antenna yesterday and it worked flawlessly. Good tech support, very happy with your company."
"We live in a motorhome and travel to many fringe signal areas. This antenna allows me to maintain a connection to Verizon through my USB modem. Signal strength went from marginal to good."
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Plug and play point-to-point system to link WiFi up to 1 mile
“I have a farm and needed internet at a location 1,300 feet away from my house. I seem to be getting the same speeds at the receiving end of the bridge kit as I do at my modem. Setup was as easy as could be expected.”
“I recently bought this product. I am extending my network from my main house to our guest house which is approximately 600ft. I installed the product in less than five minutes and it is working great. Actually, it took my longer to cut open the box, and unwrap everything than the installation. The only thing you need is a good pair of eyes to see the antennas. It is a line of site device. You do not have to be perfectly on target but close. It would help to have two people to install (one at each bridge). I have been working in the networking industry (3Com, Cisco) since 1987 and this is the easiest product to install that I have ever experienced."
"I purchased the invisible ethernet bridge from the 3 G store and love love love it. I swear a monkey could setup and install this kit. And it does exactly what it should. I have wifi at my house and needed Internet access at my shop (about 1000' away). I installed the kit (super easy) and BAM!!!! Internet at my barn. I can stream movies, download, upload, whatever I want to do just as if I was inside my house with my wifi. I was a little worried how it would do in snow and cold and rain weather, ect. So far I have encountered all the weather conditions and haven't lost a bit of signal or had any issues. I know it's a little more costly than some other bridge kits online, but with this product coming preconfigured, and the wonderful customer service from the 3 G store, it's a much better buy. I would buy it over and over again and recommend to anyone. They say it will send a signal alot further than what I'm using it for as well. It's a great product!!!!"
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Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2017 )
Thursday, 05 January 2017
3Gstore.com is proud to announce that we now support Apple Pay for checkout. Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay for your purchases via iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. If you are a Mac or iOS device user with Apple Wallet set up, there is no easier way to pay! Watch the video below to see how it works:
- Safari Browser (iOS or Mac)
- Credit Card must be activated in Wallet
- If using a Mac without Touchbar, it needs to have Handoff enabled and be paired with your iPhone/iPad (some older Macs don’t support Handoff)
How it works:
From a Mac: Select ApplePay at checkout. After submitting your order you will be asked to put your finger/thumb on your iPhone or iPad to authorize the purchase (your iPhone/iPad must be near your Mac). After authenticating yourself with your fingerprint, your order will be submitted (takes 10-12 seconds).
From a new MacBook Pro with Touchbar: Select ApplePay at checkout. You will be asked to press your finger on the touchbar to authenticate yourself and complete your purchase.
From an iPhone/iPad: Select ApplePay at checkout. You will be asked to immediately authenticate yourself and complete your purchase.
For full details on Apple Pay, visit Apple's support page.