Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CradlePoint 1.4.2 Firmware Adds Support for Verizon's BlackBerry Storm and USB760

Love your new Verizon Blackberry Storm, and wish there was a way to share all that Rev-A speed with multiple computers? 3Gstore.com has the solution: the Cradlepoint MBR1000 and/or CTR500

Thanks to the release of Firmware 1.4.2 the BlackBerry Storm and the USB760 (Verizon's newest USB EVDO modem) are now officially supported by the flagship MBR1000 and uber-portable CTR500 routers.

Verizon USB760 USB EVDO Rev-A modem and the portable Cradlepoint CTR500Verizon USB760 EVDO Rev-A modem & the portable Cradlepoint CTR500

In addition to new device support, a key new feature was enabled that make Cradlepoint's MBR1000 and CTR500 the ONLY cellular 3G routers to enable OpenDNS server functionality while using a device for the Sprint EVDO network.

Other Japanese market devices and additional information can be found in the official Cradlepoint release notes PDF for firmware 1.4.2

For those ordering the CTR500 or MBR1000 from 3Gstore.com, starting 12/23/2008, we will automatically include a CD that has the latest firmware.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sprint 4G U300 Announced

Sprint announced the Sprint 4G U300 today (by Franklin Wireless). This is the first dual mode 3G & 4G device on the market. Currently, 4G is ONLY available in Baltimore. The device will cost $199.99 (on 2 year plan) and the monthly will be $79.99 for EVDO and 4G. It is unclear what the limits will be (most likely 5GB as there is now on mobile broadband).

The device is NOT Mac compatible, which is strange, since all other Franklin devices have been Mac compatible out of the box. Most likely, due to the 4G network - as there is currently no Mac support.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

3Gstore Uses EVDO: What's YOUR Backup Plan?

Have you ever heard the phrase "eating your own dogfood"? It refers to a company actually using the products they sell, like Bill Gates showing faith in Microsoft by running Windows. Here at 3Gstore, we "eat our dog food" all the time. We don't just SELL 3G products - we actually USE them!

Like many companies, we rely on a T1 internet connection for connectivity at our headquarters, and every once in a while the network fails. It happened to us early this morning, and it took several hours for our provider to come out and fix things. This COULD have been a disaster: after all, we rely on the internet for our entire business! All of the order processing is done at this warehouse, and we also use a PBX system for our phones. Without internet, operations would have been extremely limited today.

Thanks to EVDO and Cradlepoint, we didn't miss a beat!!

See, we know that no matter how much you're paying for your wired internet, it is not fail-safe. Outages are inevitable, and anyone that relies on the internet for work or school would be wise to consider a backup plan. In our case, of course, we use EVDO! We have a Sprint U720 modem (with a fixed IP, so that our emails will go out through our mail server with no problems) set up with a Cradlepoint MBR1000 router in the warehouse for this purpose exactly. It is always connected and with the switch of just ONE cable, we can hook up to our main Cisco router and be back online in a matter of 12 seconds.

Left to right: Sprint's Novatel U720 plugged into Cradlepoint MBR1000, network cable, and our main Cisco router

Our T1 provider did eventually solve the problem, but all five computers in our warehouse were able to function perfectly with the U720 for several hours. Orders were processed, emails were answered - business as usual!

Having a solid backup plan is a great idea, especially for an internet-based business like ours - and an EVDO backup is an incredibly affordable option. At $59.99/month, it costs just $720 for a year of EVDO service - getting an extra T1 or business cable line would cost that much or more just for the installation! Add $200 or so for a powerful router like the MBR1000 and you've got an internet connection you can count on for your entire office.

Do you have an EVDO success story like ours? Share it with us at the EVDO Forums!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Novatel MiFi is first "Intelligent Mobile Hotspot"

Novatel's official press release about their "Intelligent Mobile Hotspot" can be found on our site at http://www.EVDOinfo.com/MiFi

Novatel has told us they do not see the MiFi as "just a portable cellular router", providing functionality similar to what a Cradlepoint PHS300 with an attached USB modem would provide.

How so? they say that their MiFi "has an onboard Linux processor capable of hosting software applications and additional content storage capabilities via MicroSD"

The description has us envisioning the functionality of iPhone apps, but without the phone and/or its useful touchscreen LCD interface. Of course, since an iPhone cannot (yet) tether to a computer or turn itself into a WiFi router, the MiFi has its advantages.

The MiFi is reported (on other sites) to be "under $200" at launch and should be available with embedded EVDO (probably for Sprint and/or Verizon) or HSDPA module for AT&T.

We've got ourselves on the list for a review unit and expect one in January, or sooner.

Join our discussion about Novatel's MiFi on EVDOforums.com

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Verizon USB760 Now Shipping from 3Gstore


3Gstore.com now has the Verizon USB760 EVDO Rev A modem in stock and for sale. The price is $49.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate). We do have the correct antenna adapter for the USB760, so all of our antennas work with the USB760.

None of our routers currently work with the USB760. We hope that CradlePoint will continue their past track record of always adding support for new EVDO devices fairly quickly after a new device ships.

Look for our EVDOinfo.com Full Review of the USB760 in the coming days.

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