Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wilson MobilePro 45db SmarTech III Repeater Kit (460113) Now Available - FCC Approved

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In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes*, which will require cellular amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released a new FCC-approved version of their popular MobilePro amplifier: the MobilePro SmarTech III Repeater Kit (460113). The MobilePro works for 800/1900mhz cellular networks, which includes most voice and 3G providers in the US and includes accessories for use both at home or in a vehicle. The MobilePro can boost the signal for multiple phones/modems at the same time, as long as they are within about 5 feet of the amplifier.

mobilepro installation
The 460113 kit includes both AC and DC power supplies as well as a window mount for the magnetic mount antenna so the kit can be used in a vehicle or at home

Features & Benefits:
  • Installs in minutes
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts voice & 3G data signals for all major North American cell carriers
  • All needed components included in package
  • DIY installation
  • Extends cellular signal range
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices
The new MobilePro is available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $178.99 (MSRP $199.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson MobilePro SmarTech III (460113)

*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

OpenSSL Heartbleed Vulnerability discovered

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On April 7th there was a serious security flaw discovered with OpenSSL and the problem is being called “Heartbleed”. Some major companies have been affected by the security flaw including Google, AWS and Rackspace, which plan to release patches quickly to fix the issue. Any company that uses OpenSSL to terminate SSL connections could find themselves facing issues with Heartbleed. To be proactive to the growing news we’ve received statements from Peplink to inform customers that their routing platforms aren’t affected by the Heartbleed OpenSSL Flaw: 

Peplink/Pepwave Statement: 

“On April 7th, a serious security issue called "Heartbleed" in OpenSSL was made public. We have since reviewed our products and online services for the impact. 

Peplink has verified and confirmed that all of our products are not affected by this vulnerability - including Balance, MAX, FusionHub, AP One/Pro, Surf, Device Connector families. 

As for the online services, they are either unaffected or we have been able to apply mitigation to fully resolve the issue. 

There is no customer action required on your part. 

Thank you for your attention. 

The Peplink Team“

3Gstore.com Statement:

We have ran internal tests to check for the OpenSSL security vulnerability and passed the check. 3Gstore remains PCI Compliant and is unaffacted by the security flaw! When you shop with 3Gstore you can ensure that your data is safe and you'll experience a smooth transaction and speedy delivery of equipment.

Cradlepoint Statement: 

In response to the critical security vulnerability discovered in the OpenSSL cryptography software library (CVE-2014-0160), nicknamed “Heartbleed,” CradlePoint has taken steps to incorporate the OpenSSL version 1.0.1g into its latest firmware and Enterprise Cloud Manager. The purpose of this email is to inform you of the vulnerabilities and the steps necessary to remediate this issue.
If exploited, this vulnerability could allow attackers to monitor all information passed between a user and a web service or decrypt past traffic they’ve collected. More details can be found here: http://heartbleed.com

Affected Products
 
CradlePoint recommends immediately upgrading products to the upcoming firmware versions (available 4/14/14) in order to mitigate this vulnerability. The following are affected products (with firmware versions 4.2.0 and later): 

  • AER 2100
  • ARC MBR1400
  • MBR1400
  • MBR1200B
  • ARC CBA750B
  • CBA750B
  • COR IBR600
  • COR IBR650
  • CBR400
  • CBR450
  • MBR95 

WAN INTERFACES
 
On WAN interfaces routers were only exposed to risk under the following conditions:
1) Remote access is enabled (setting disabled by default)
2) AND remote administration access control is not enabled (setting disabled by default).
 
LAN INTERFACES
 
On LAN interfaces routers were only exposed under the following conditions:
If the network allows Admin Access, which is the default for the Primary LAN. Guest LAN default settings do not allow Admin Access and are not exposed to this vulnerability. Admin Access can be checked using the Network Settings / WiFi / Local Networks tab, listed for each network in the “Access Control” section. 

PLEASE NOTE: Product firmware is still affected by this bug and CradlePoint recommends firmware upgrades for all affected products.

Products Not Affected
  • CBA750 (prior version to CBA750B)
  • CTR35
  • CTR250
  • CTR350
  • CTR500
  • CX111 (Juniper)
  • MBR90
  • MBR800
  • MBR900
  • MBR1000
  • MBR1100
  • MBR1200 (prior version to CBA1200B
  • PHS300
  • PHS2000W 

Firmware Patch Available 4/14/2014
  • 5.1.1 – AER 2100, ARC MBR1400, MBR1400, MBR1200B, ARC CBA750B, CBA750B, COR IBR600, COR IBR650
  • 5.0.4 – MBR95 

Download the latest firmware (new versions available 4/14/14).

Sierra Wireless Statement:  
 
This bulletin provides information about the impact of CVE-2014-01601 on AirLink gateways.
 
AirLink gateways running ALEOS are not affected by the issue described in CVE-2014-0160. Known as 'Heartbleed'.
Update: You can use this website to check any server to see if they were inpacted by Heartbleed - http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

3Gstore Contact Info - Having Trouble Reaching Us?

UPDATE 4/9/14 2:38PM CST: Our transition is complete and all problems have been resolved. Thanks for your patience!


We are in the process of upgrading our phone system, and during the transition our toll-free number (866-3GSTORE or 866-347-8673) may be unavailable. If you're unable to reach us via our toll-free line, please call us at our local number: 847-462-4004. This number will connect you directly to the main 3Gstore menu, just like the toll-free number. 

As always, you are also welcome to email us (sales at 3Gstore.com or support at 3Gstore.com) or live chat with us on our website!


The transition to our upgraded phone system will be completed shortly and there will be no further issues with the toll-free number.

We look forward to providing you with excellent customer service and technical support!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Sprint to shut down WiMAX network by end of 2015

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Sprint was the first official carrier to launch 4G service but opted to go with WiMAX instead of LTE. Unfortunately for Sprint WiMAX ultimately failed due to poor in building coverage and LTE on lower frequency bands took preference by the majority of consumers. Recently Sprint filed a 10G form with the Securities and Exchange Commission stating they’ll shut down 4G WiMAX by the end of 2015. “As a result of the Clearwire Acquisition, we expect to continue to migrate from Clearwire’s wireless broadband technology to LTE technology through the deployment of Network Vision utilizing the 2.5GHz spectrum acquired,” Sprint said in the paperwork, also mentioning they’ll be shutting down 4,300 cell sites that won’t be needed after the switch to 4G LTE. 

DynDNS Free Service Shutdown

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Dyn, Inc has offered DynDNS for several years and announced on Monday that their free dynamic DNS service will be disabled on May 7th, 2014. Newer customers won’t notice a change because DynDNS has been charging new customers for dynamic hosting for the last year, but grandfathered older customers that had previously signed up for free accounts. Below is a copy of the notice that is going out to long time customers still getting free DynDNS service: 

“Subject: Important info about the future of your Dyn account 

To our Dyn free hostname users: 

For the last 15 years, all of us at Dyn have taken pride in offering you and millions of others a free version of our Dynamic DNS Pro product. What was originally a product built for a small group of users has blossomed into an exciting technology used around the world. 

That is why with mixed emotions we are notifying you that in 30 days, we will be ending our free hostname program. This change in the business will allow us to invest in our customer support teams, Internet infrastructure, and platform security so that we can continue to strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience for our paying customers. 

We would like to invite you to upgrade to VIP status for less than $20 -- a 25% discount good for any package of Remote Access (formerly DynDNS Pro). By doing so, you'll have access to customer support, additional hostnames, and more. 

Here's how you get this done in two easy steps:
- Login to account.dyn.com.
- Click here to add Remote Access to your cart at the 25% off VIP rate. The discount will be applied upon checkout. 

We thank you for your usage of Dyn through the years, and hope to continue to support you through Dyn Remote Access or other products for years to come. Visit our FAQ page or this blog post for more information.” 

DynDNS was one of the most popular services for 3G mobile customers to route to IP Camera systems with a Dynamic public facing IP. Now that most customers have switched to 4G LTE dynamic hosting simply didn’t work because of the private (10.) range assigned to wireless devices. Still, for customers on older 3G accounts this means they’ll need to start spending money on DynDNS to continue using it, or look at a free alternative like noip.com for their routing needs.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer John I. J. For Writing Review of a Cellphone-Mate 65db Adjustable Gain Wireless Amplifier- CM-EFLEX-65 [800/1900mhz]

Congrats to John I. J. of Grand Bay, Alabama who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cellphone-Mate 65db Adjustable Gain Wireless Amplifier- CM-EFLEX-65 [800/1900mhz] at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like John I. J.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

Works great! My son says the only thing bad about it is that "it works so good his phone can not decide to go through his cell connection or WiFi!" LOL!


T-Mobile offers top 4G LTE speeds according to RootMetric Study

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Recently OpenSignal released a study to test the latest LTE speeds by carriers and T-Mobile has taken the lead as the fastest network available. Previously T-Mobile complained to RootMetric stating their study was out of date and the report didn’t show the results after their latest network upgrades. The OpenSignal study confirms that RootMetric’s report was out of date and shows that T-Mobile has the fastest LTE average speeds at 11.5Mbps. This doesn’t change the fact that Verizon and AT&T still have larger LTE footprints, but carriers like T-Mobile are upping the ante by giving customers faster speed and trying to improve coverage across the country. The OpenSignal report was generated from real world data across 103,025 users that use their Android and iOS speed test apps to get overall speed averages.
Want T-Mobile 4G LTE? Get a Rocket 3.0 USB Modem

Thursday, April 03, 2014

FireChat App Lets Users Chat WITHOUT an Internet Connection

FireChat is an iPhone app that has been designed for anonymous hyperlocal communication. What makes it so unlike any other messaging platform is that it does not require an Internet connection or even a cellular signal to work.

FireChat takes advantage of the Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7. This feature allows developers to connect devices to each other using Bluetooth, WiFi, and peer-to-peer connections. Users must be within a maximum of 100 feet of another to use the 'Nearby' feature, but they can also connect with other users around their countries via the Internet in the 'Everyone' chat room.

The app works best when users are within 30 feet of each other. However, the more people using it within close range of one another, the larger and more robust the network becomes. So, while you are of course limited by distance, you'll still be able to chat with your friends or family while camping, or in a crowded concert - no more need to rely on overloaded cell towers. "You may be connected to a person by Bluetooth or WiFi that is less than 30 feet away from you, but chatting with others that are outside that radius because of the network created by all the connections combined," said Jim McGregor, principal at Tirias Research. "The advantage is that you don't worry about cellular or Internet connectivity, but you are limited by distance and the number of people that are logged into the application at the time." This type of connectivity is also called a "mesh network," where all the devices in a network relay data to the others. "We thought that FireChat would provide a great example of what's possible with P2P mesh networks," stated Christophe Daligault, head of sales and marketing at FireChat developer Open Garden. "This demonstrates that you don't need the Internet for everything."

FireChat users not only can chat, but share photos with either one person or a group. No need to log into using Facebook or your email. Just create a unique username. The app was created with privacy in mind as well so you don't even need a password! "Many apps provide great person-to-person communications," Daligault noted. "At the same time, there are growing concerns for privacy and perhaps general Facebook fatigue. So this seems like the best way to bring a new way to communicate to the iPhone."Open Garden also assures users that the app has very little effect on battery life. 

According to Daligault, the app is quickly growing with popularity with around 1.4 sign-ups per second. "FireChat seems to keep on exploding in countries when it hits the sweet spot in terms of density," he said. "It has reached the top 10 amongst social networking apps in more than 80 countries, ahead of Facebook and WhatsApp. Right now it is No. 1 in Spain, for example."

While the developers eventually plan on adding more features, they are currently focusing on removing bugs and getting the word out on how the app works. For now, the app is limited to the iPhone, but they're working on an iPad app, and those interested in an Android version can sign up to be notified.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wilson SmarTech III DT 60db Repeater Kit (463105) Now Available - FCC Approved

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In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes*, which will require cellular amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released a new FCC-approved version of their popular DT (desktop) amplifier kit: the SmarTech III DT 60db Repeater Kit (463105). With 60db gain, the new DT is able to provide boosted voice and 3G signal to a slightly larger area than the original model - up to 1,000 square feet. Like the original model, the 463105 utilizes RG6 cabling, which makes it a popular choice for users who prefer to use standard RG6 cabling instead of the thicker LMR400 cabling used by most amplifier kits.
amplifier with adjustable gain controls for each band
above: the DT amplifier with adjustable gain controls
below: the kit includes all necessary components
 
dt packaging
Features & Benefits:
  • Stronger cell signal indoors
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts voice and 3G for all major North American cell carriers
  • All needed components included in package
  • DIY installation
 
installation diagram
installation diagram (not to scale. representative graphic only - appearance of actual components may vary) 
 
The new DT is available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $268.99 (MSRP $299.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson SmarTech III DT 60db Repeater Kit (463105).

*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Dale K. For Writing Review of a CradlePoint MBR1200B 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 5.0.0

Congrats to Dale K. of Mt Juliet, Tennessee who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for CradlePoint MBR1200B 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 5.0.0 at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Dale K.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

The MBR1200B was a breeze to set up and configure. We got a Verizon USB, plugged it and everything just started working! It's fast, has lots of options for control and the users love it.