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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Customer Review of the Cel-Fi DUO+ for Verizon LTE

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Introducing the Cel-Fi DUO+ for Verizon LTE. The Cel-Fi does away with all the complicated setup, issues, and installation costs of typical signal boosters. No mounting antennas to the roof, running cables through walls and ceilings, and no unsightly panel or dome antennas on the walls and in the ceilings of your home or office. Instead the Cel-Fi DUO+ is comprised of just two pieces of hardware, a Network Unit (NU) and a Coverage Unit (CU). Installation is as simple as placing the NU in a window where the Verizon signal is the strongest and connecting it to power. The CU is then placed elsewhere in the home or office and connected to power. The NU picks up and amplifies the Verizon LTE signal, wirelessly sends the signal to the CU, and the CU pushes out an amplified cellular signal for any devices in range. It is that simple!


The Cel-Fi DUO+ for Verizon has been a big hit since its release a few weeks ago, and we just have to share this glowing customer review! Read our full hands on review of the Cel-Fi DUO+ for more information and videos demonstrating the capabilities of this powerful signal booster.


Date Added: 07/21/2016

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 backhaul.

 

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 devices 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.

The Cel-Fi DUO+ is available now at 3Gstore!




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 July 2016 )
 
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

CradlePoint & SoftBank Partner on SDN

 

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SoftBank Corp, and Cradlepoint Inc., the global leader in cloud-based network solutions for connecting people, places and things over wired and wireless broadband announced a partnership today and the commercial availability of WhiteCloud OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud (“OneLayer”), a cloud-based WAN service that utilizes Cradlepoint’s SDN and network service virtualization technology.

Enterprise ICT environments are embracing mobile, cloud and IoT technologies to drive business agility and transformation. This evolution requires always-on connectivity over the public Internet for distributed people, places and things, but with the visibility, security and control of a private network. OneLayer is a cloud-based overlay service that runs on the Cradlepoint NetCloud platform and utilizes its SDN/NFV technology. Unlike traditional site-to-site network solutions, OneLayer enables secure connectivity to corporate computing resources and public cloud applications from anywhere and any device with end-to-end policy control.

By installing client software on each device, OneLayer provides remote users with secure WAN connectivity over the Internet and a seamless office LAN experience. With OneLayer, a customer can build a secure overlay network in minutes without the complicated site-by-site configuration of traditional networks—dramatically reducing WAN cost and complexity. All policy control is simple to setup through a cloud-based administration console, and can be applied on a user, device and application basis. Additionally, OneLayer works over any network operator’s infrastructure, so it can be deployed globally—making it ideal for large-scale M2M/IoT deployments. If a customer is already using a private network service like IP-VPN, SoftBank can deliver OneLayer in a hybrid solution with policy mapping that ensures flexible and scalable ICT environments.

“We share a history of innovation and leadership in our respective markets, so SoftBank is the ideal partner to collaborate with to bring the benefits of SDN/NFV technology to customers as a carrier service,” said George Mulhern, Chief Executive Officer of Cradlepoint.

About OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud

Capabilities:

  • Building a global WAN in the cloud without hardware
  • Control access to specific business and cloud applications by user and device
  • Protection against rogue devices with device-based network access control (NAC)
  • Contain security treats using micro-segmentation by user, device and application
  • Extend Active Directory to remote users anywhere
  • Easy to set security policy because identify all devices by e-mail address or host name
  • OneLayer Pricing:

 




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 July 2016 )
 
Monday, 25 July 2016

Verizon 2G Shutdown by late 2019

 

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In a recent interview by FierceWireless, Verizon confirmed it is planning to shut down its 2G networks by the end of 2019. Verizon also stated that it would be working with any customers still using this technology and may leave its 2G services running into 2020 if more time was required.

Verizon isn't the first carrier to announce a 2G 'Sunset' as it has been called in the cellular industry. AT&T announced the shutdown of its own 2G network in 2017. AT&T released a FAQ for its business customers stating that some markets may be shut down earlier than the 2017 target date.

Verizons 3G plans, though not official, are very apparent. With more than 90% of Verizon customers on their LTE network, they are beginning to reuse their 3G network for LTE as well. Verizons 1900Mhz frequency is being reused for 3G on newer devices currently to help supplement their existing LTE network. With the push for VoLTE (voice over LTE) Verizon is ensuring most of its users are moved away from their legacy networks. Read more about how to enable VoLTE here.




Last Updated ( Monday, 25 July 2016 )
 
Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Peplink SpeedFusion - Information and Getting Started

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? Contact the experts at 3Gstore and we’ll come up with with a solution for your business's unique needs.


What is SpeedFusion?

SpeedFusion is Peplinks patented technology that powers enterprise grade VPNs. By tapping into the bandwidth of up to 13 low-cost cable, DSL, cellular, and other links, SpeedFusion turns your multiple connections into a single bonded connection.


What can SpeedFusion be used for?

SpeedFusion has three technologies designed to address specific problems.


SpeedFusion Hot Failover


In the event of a WAN disconnection, Hot failover will 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.


A traditional failover or load balancing router would lose all of the network traffic on the internet connection that fails dropping calls with our customers, interfering with our ability to ship products, and preventing us from running our business. Thanks to SpeedFusion Hot Failover, if an internet connection fails, no customer or employee is even aware there was an outage. 3Gstore holds quarterly ‘fire drills’ where we’ll purposely disconnect our primary connection to ensure our systems all function in the event of a real outage.


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.


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.

SpeedFusion Bandwidth Bonding is also a simple 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!


What makes SpeedFusion different from Load Balancing?



Load balancing allows a single router to have multiple active internet connections, however load balancing has its limitations. First, load balancing doesn’t allow a single user to take advantage of the speeds of multiple connections. If you have three 10Mbps DSL lines, all a single user would ever see is 10Mbps. If the internet connection that user is being balanced to drops, that user would lose connectivity completely while the router fails them over to another available connection. VoIP phones would be disconnected, web sessions would sign out, and any downloads in progress would be dropped. Load balancing provides more bandwidth across an entire network, but does NOT combine the speeds of multiple connections or allow for session persistent unbreakable internet connectivity. Only SpeedFusion can provide this!



For some users session persistence is not required and failover between multiple links of a load balancing router is enough. Peplink provides 7 incredibly powerful load balancing algorithms and customizable rules that put you in complete control of network data priorities. Just set your traffic priorities, including VoIP and custom application traffic with a few clicks and let Peplink take care of the load-balancing and optimization details. Peplink load balancing routers support PepVPN instead of SpeedFusion. PepVPN allows a simple VPN connection to other Peplink routers, although without the benefits of SpeedFusion. Branch offices that don’t require SpeedFusion performance can still connect up to a SpeedFusion capable router at the headquarters and still participate in the larger mesh network for remote connectivity.


What is required to create SpeedFusion Connections?


In order to create a SpeedFusion connection you’ll need a minimum of two pieces of Peplink technology with SpeedFusion capabilities. This typically consists of a primary unit, installed at a headquarters or data center location with access to a high speed internet connection, and a second unit that is mobile (in the case of cellular bonding) or installed at a remote or branch office. A SpeedFusion VPN tunnel is created between the two locations, and using the powerful outbound policy settings on the Peplink router, all or specific traffic is routed over the bonded connection.



Lets use the diagram above to show how SpeedFusion can make VoIP calls unbreakable for a business. The headquarters location has a Balance 710 router installed. Each branch office for the business located across the country gets a Balance router with SpeedFusion capability, spec’d based on the office size and throughput requirements. The remote office routers are easily set up to route all VoIP traffic over the SpeedFusion connection to the main headquarters router. Because each remote office has at least two internet connections, if one connection was to fail, VoIP traffic would seamlessly continue on the second internet connection uninterrupted!


This sounds great, but is SpeedFusion easy to set up?


Yes! SpeedFusion setup takes minutes, compared to the time and effort it takes to configure a typical VPN between multiple sites. The Peplink user interface is graphical with easy to understand options. Helpful icons provide more information where it is needed without making deployment a burden.



SpeedFusion deployments are even easier when leveraging InControl 2, Peplinks cloud based management tool. InControl 2 can automate SpeedFusion deployments for hundreds of sites simultaneously in just a few minutes meaning you don’t have to configure each router individually! InControl 2 is free for the first year with every Peplink router, included with the extended warranty, or a low yearly cost per device.


SpeedFusion and InControl 2 are part of a larger concept called SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network), a revolutionary way to approach the simplification of branch office networking and assure optimal application performance by using centrally controlled and managed WAN virtualization. SD-WAN is WAN virtualization, which allows for intelligent, secure, and centrally managed and monitored connectivity. Read more about SD-WAN here.


VPN Feature Comparison



What if I want to take advantage of SpeedFusion but don’t have a second location for a second router?


3Gstore has created SimplyBonding for exactly those situations. SimplyBonding uses Speedfusion technology to bond multiple 3G, 4G, DSL, or cable connections into one fast/reliable/unbreakable connection. Utilizing Speedfusion typically requires a Peplink router on both ends of the connection - one at the location where you need the bonded connection, and another at another location with a high-speed internet connection to bond the connections and send the data back to the primary location via VPN. SimplyBonding eliminates the need for this dual-router setup. SimplyBonding requires just ONE router, which will be configured to connect to our hosted service - WE handle the bonding and VPN for you!


SpeedFusion Considerations


SpeedFusion Bonding does have limitations that are important to understand before considering a deployment. First, you must have enough bandwidth at the headquarters site, to support the total bandwidth of the remote site(s).


(Consider The Speeds On Both Sides of Your SpeedFusion Connection)


Ex. You have a headquarters location with 50Mbps download, and 10Mbps upload speed. Your remote site has three 10/5 connections. 5 + 5 + 5 = 15 Mbps - 15% = 12.75 Mbps maximum upload speed. The headquarters only has 10 Mbps of upload speed available, so that is your upload capacity for the remote site. You still have the benefits of bonding for reliability, session persistence, and speed, you just can’t use the full capacity of the remote site links due to the bottleneck on the headquarters router connection.


Cellular users should note that bonded cellular connections suffer from "flow control" of TCP traffic at the carrier level, and 3Gstore cannot guarantee that bonding multiple cellular connections will result in faster speeds (however, the other benefits of SpeedFusion bonding remain, such as unbreakable VPN, session persistence, and 100% uptime as long as you have 1 healthy WAN). Cellular users must also consider tower capacity if bonding multiple connections from a single carrier. For the best results, we recommend bonding no more than two of the same carriers connections together, favoring bonding multiple networks together instead to ensure the highest availability of bandwidth.


What if I need support or have more questions?



3Gstore provides one year of technical support by phone on every purchase. We also have an extensive online support portal which includes manufacturer user manuals and documentation, along with 3Gstore created tip-sheets that go over specific features and troubleshooting. We have multiple Peplink Certified Engineers on staff who can help you with every step of your SpeedFusion solution from concept to deployment, and assist with any questions you may have before and after the sale. Contact 3Gstore for more information.






 
Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Peplink Firmware Version 6.3.2 Released

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Peplink has released firmware version 6.3.2 today for their SOHO, Balance, and MAX series routers. 6.3.2 went through a few beta cycles before release, and some long requested features have been added.

  • LAN as WAN: With a software license, you can convert up to 3 LAN ports into WAN ports as the situation requires. This feature is available on the MAX HD4 and the Balance One.
  • Improved Content Filtering: We have added the “Audio and Video” category, as well as the option to redirect blocked surfers to a customizable page.
  • Local AP Scheduling: The Surf SOHO, MAX BR1, and MAX On-The-Go can now schedule on-off times for their router’s built-in AP.
  • PepVPN Port Forwarding: Designate ports for each of their LAN clients while running NAT Mode on PepVPN. This ensures that remote devices will be able to reach each LAN client individually.

The full firmware release notes are available here, and you can download firmware 6.3.2 here. To find out if a Peplink deployment is right for you, contact the experts at 3Gstore.




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 July 2016 )
 
Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Get Up to a $100 Bill Credit When you Purchase and Activate a New Sierra Wireless 4G Router

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Verizon has a new promotion running through December 31, 2016 where you can receive up to a $100 bill credit with the purchase of a new Sierra Wireless AirLink LTE device. This is a great opportunity to get a one of four different Sierra AirLink models and a few bucks back on the cellular service you’ll need for the device.

 

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ES450 - Ideal for business continuity and LTE backup with Out Of Band Management.


RV50 - Extremely low power LTE Gateway. Perfect for industrial applications where power is a concern, and conditions demand a rugged M2M device.


GX450 - Industry standard router for in-vehicle LTE. Public Safety, Field Services, and Transportation.


MP70 - The latest in high performance with long range WiFi. Ideal for transit and public safety vehicles that need constant LTE and wireless connectivity.


Contact the experts at 3Gstore to discuss your deployment, and we’ll help determine the solution that fits your unique needs.



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Verizon Wireless Reps - Did you know that 3Gstore has a Carrier Rep Registration program? Let 3Gstore handle your customers Cradlepoint, Peplink, Sierra, Novatel, or Option orders and we’ll automatically notify you of the device info when an order ships! This lets you and your customers leverage the top tier customer service and support that 3Gstore has to offer, while ensuring you don’t miss out on device activations! After signing up you’ll get a custom URL to provide to your customers. When somebody checks out using that URL you’ll get an email with the customer information and the product ordered. Once the item ships, you’ll get another email with the full customer details, along with the device IMEI and SIM number if the customer also ordered a SIM from 3Gstore. If the customer didn’t order a SIM, you’ll have the details so you can set up service and send that out. Simply visit 3Gstore.com/rep to sign up!

 




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 July 2016 )
 
Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Peplink has IPO - Continues Growth in SDWAN Field 

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Peplink today had an IPO on the Honk Kong stock market.  This step will allow Peplink to continue their rapid growth.  Peplink has seen a tremendous growth worldwide and especially in the US.  Look for a big push in the emerging SD-WAN market, along with iOT, OOBM (out of band management) along with SpeedFusion/FusionHub which allows aggregation of multiple internet connections into one reliable, unbreakable fast connection.  #PeplinkIPO
 
 
 
 
 
 



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 July 2016 )
 

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