Cradlepoint Firmware 2.5.2 for PHS300/CTR350 Adds Support For U301*, AT&T Lightning, and More

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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

CradlePoint Firmware 2.5.2 for PHS300/CTR350 Adds Support for New Devices and Bug Fixes

PHS300 and U301
Firmware 2.5.2 allows you to use your U301 in a PHS300!

CradlePoint has released Firmware Version 2.5.2 that provides the PHS300 with official support for the new Sprint 3G/4G U301 modem, as well as support for other modems and bug fixes for both the PHS300 and CTR350. 

With its ability to connect to both Sprint's nationwide 3G network and their new super-fast 4G WiMAX network, the U301 has quickly become one of Sprint's hottest devices. U301 users have been eager for Cradlepoint to support it so that they can share their 3G or 4G connection with multiple computers, and now they'll be able to do just that! (note: with this new firmware, the PHS300 is currently the ONLY router that supports the U301. Other Cradlepoint models will support the U301 after future firmware releases)

This latest release of firmware is for both the PHS300 and CTR350, but since the CTR350 is a 3G-only router (and always will be), the 4G devices (like the U301) that this release provides support for will NOT work on the CTR350.

In addition to adding support for the U301, firmware 2.5.2 also adds support for the following devices:
  • Pantech UMW190 for Verizon
  • Pantech UM185 for Cricket
  • Sierra Wireless 305 USB (AKA "Lightning") for AT&T
  • Sierra Wireless 306 USB for AT&T and Telus
  • Ubee PXU1900 for CLEAR (PHS300 only)
  • ZTE MF668 for Rogers
  • Additional newly-added international devices can be viewed in the release notes (PDF) 

This latest firmware version also provides fixes for a few bugs:

  • Blackberry Bold incompatibility issue
  • Blackberry Curve incompatibility issue
  • Blackberry Storm OS 5.0 incompatibility issues
  • Fixes to make WiMAX (4G) connection more reliable (PHS300 only)

Finally, firmware 2.5.2 added a couple new features:

  • "Agressive Modem Reset" causes the router to attempt various reset techniques to attempt to re-establish connection if the modem becomes unresponsive
  • "Connection Verify" causes the router to periodically verify that the modem is still connected to the internet; if it's not, it will reestablish the connection
  • "4G auto-reconnect feature" for PHS300 allows you to configure whether you want to connect to 3G or 4G based on various conditions (PHS300 only)
  • "Make-before-Break" for PHS300 is a nice feature for dual-mode 3G/4G modem users - if you're connected to 3G and 4G becomes available, the router will connect to 4G before breaking the 3G connection (PHS300 only)

For full details on what this firmware release provides, view the release notes (PDF)

For those ordering the PHS300 or CTR350 from, starting 02/26/10, we will automatically include a CD that has the firmware version 2.5.2 on it.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 February 2010 )
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