Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sierra Wireless TRU-Flow improves 3G / EVDO performance

TRU-Flow LogoSierra Wireless patent-pending technology expanded to EV-DO product line; monitors and adjusts for congestion to ensure the fastest performance possible with or without a VPN

VANCOUVER, March 31 - Sierra Wireless today announced the expansion of the company's patent-pending TRU-Flow(TM) technology to include Sierra Wireless EV-DO products. First launched in the company's HSPA product line in 2007 to address the issue of reduced data transfer speed during simultaneous upload and download, TRU-Flow is the only technology in the world to improve web page load times during uplink congestion even with virtual private network (VPN) enabled.

Sierra Wireless TRU-Flow is designed to address the way real users work over their wireless connections. When a wireless network user attempts to upload and download over the wireless network at the same time, congestion can reduce data throughput, slowing down performance. Sierra Wireless TRU-Flow monitors IP traffic and data throughput to optimize the overall upload and download modem performance. When there is uplink congestion, TRU-Flow technology is theoretically capable of 9 times increase in download throughput. Field tests show an average 100 percent increase in the download throughput performance and an average 100 percent improvement in web page load times even with a VPN enabled and regardless of the mobile operator network.

"TRU-Flow is a great example of the many behind-the-scenes touches Sierra Wireless adds to its products to improve the customer experience," said Jim Kirkpatrick, chief technology officer for Sierra Wireless. "We recognize that our customers have many choices in wireless modems today, and we put considerable effort into ensuring that when they choose a Sierra Wireless product, they receive a better experience in terms of performance and reliability than they can get from an alternative."

Sierra Wireless TRU-Flow will be integrated into upcoming Sierra Wireless EV-DO products, including the AirCard 402 data card, the Sierra Wireless USB 598, and EV-DO embedded modules.

For more information about Sierra Wireless TRU-Flow, including a white paper that provides a more detailed look at the technology, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/tru-flow.aspx

Discuss this technology on EVDOforums.com

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sierra Wireless AirCard 402: 2-in-1 EVDO PC/ExpressCard

Check out our review of the:
Sierra Aircard 402 2-in-1 EVDO Rev-A Modem

Sierra Wireless today introduced the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 402, the first product in the Sierra Wireless AirCard product line to offer 2-in-1 functionality. The AirCard 402 is a PC Card that offers the convenience of switching to the ExpressCard form factor whenever required. By offering both PC and ExpressCard form factors in a single device, Sierra Wireless spares customers the expense of purchasing a new mobile broadband device when they upgrade their notebook computers.

The AirCard 402 data card is designed for EV-DO Rev. A networks, offering high speed data connections of up to 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and up to 1.8 Mbps on the uplink. Through the convenience of Sierra Wireless TRU-Locate(TM), a high performance built-in global positioning system (GPS), users can quickly and accurately establish location for local searches and navigation.

The AirCard 402 data card offers the same lighted graphic treatment that debuted with the Sierra Wireless USB 598, providing high-impact branding opportunities for network operator customers. It is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of this year and we think both Sprint and Verizon will offer the combo-card.

Sierra Wireless will demonstrate the AirCard 402 data card at CTIA Wireless 2009, to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 1 to 3 and we expect to get some shots of it when we meet with them.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cradlepoint MBR1000 Firmware 1.5 adds support for 16 3G devices

CradlePoint has released Firmware Version 1.5 for their MBR1000 router providing official support for sixteen more 3G data modems and handsets, including these popular devices:
  • Alltel's EC168 USB modem
  • AT&T's Quicksilver & MC930D USB modems & Huawei E870 expresscard
  • Cricket's Calcomp A600 USB modem
  • Sprint's 598U , U760 & U300 USB modems (3G only)
  • Rogers ZTE MF636 USB modem
  • Verizon's BlackBerry Storm phone & USB760 USB modem

In addition to support for the new devices, firmware 1.5 implements the following:

  • Load Balancing now includes the Ethernet WAN port
  • Increased Max user limit from 32 to 64
  • OpenDNS now has it own section in the user interface.
  • Modified the modem reset architecture.

NOTE: The U300 requires a special driver download. If you have a U300 connected to the router you will see a new Modem Driver section in the Tools > Firmware menu. This is where you will load the modem .bin file

Download the Cradlepoint MBR1000 Firmware 1.5 Release Notes to learn more about what this firmware offers, and what other devices it supports.

For those ordering the MBR1000 from 3Gstore.com, starting 03/19/2009, we will automatically include a CD that has the latest firmware. Also, you can Order your MBR1000 with 1.5 Already installed.

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Score a Cradlepoint Router for as Low as $39.99 With Sprint or Verizon Activation

If you've been considering trying EVDO and would like to be able to share the connection with multiple computers, now is the time to order. For a limited time, you can add a Cradlepoint router to your Sprint or Verizon order for as low as $39.99!!

In partnership with Cradlepoint, 3Gstore is now offering all four of the wireless Cradlepoint models at huge discounts when purchased with a Sprint or Verizon activation. As Cradlepoint's #1 customer, we are thrilled to be able to pass along some much-needed savings to our valued customers. The following prices are available to anyone signing up for a Sprint or Verizon 2-year service plan with 3Gstore - EVDO modems and phones/PDAs, too!

Cradlepoint prices with 2-year Sprint or Verizon activation*:

  • MBR1000: $164.99
  • CTR500: $114.99
  • PHS300: $94.99 - also receive a FREE case and car adapter with rebate!
  • CTR350: $39.99 - after $25 mail-in rebate
To take advantage of these awesome prices, simply add the router under "options" on the Verizon or Sprint order forms - the discount will automatically be given! For the CTR350 $25 rebate and PHS300 free accessories, the customer is responsible for sending the appropriate forms to Cradlepoint by the given deadline. All rebate forms are included in the package when you receive your order.

Order Verizon Service | Order Sprint Service

Already have Verizon or Sprint service? 3Gstore offers great deals on the
MBR1000, CTR500, PHS300, and CTR350 everyday!

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*Terms and conditions of this offer:

These prices are only available to customers signing up for a 1- or 2-year Sprint or Verizon service contract (including upgrades) and are for a limited time only. Customers purchasing a data card with no contract are not eligible. Please note that this discounted price is contingent upon the customer maintaining their Sprint or Verizon contract for at least 6 months. If you purchase your router with this discount and choose to cancel your Sprint or Verizon contract before six months have passed, you will be billed for the difference between 3Gstore's regular price and the discounted price you paid. All Cradlepoint routers come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty and 3Gstore offers a 14-day return policy which begins on the day you receive your order (read more here).

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

CradlePoint MBR1100 Announced

Cradlepoint Announces New MBR1100 - 3G/4G/EVDO/HSPA VPN Cellular Router


Cradlepoint will be shipping the MBR1100 in April 2009. This router is based on the popular
MBR1000, but adds support for 4G and secure VPN termination. The MBR1100 is expected to retail for $349.99, a $100 premium over the MBR1000.

As of today, there are only 2 cities that have 4G (Baltimore & Portland), so we don't expect a
huge demand for this new product until the 4G network by Clearwire starts expanding.

See MBR1100 Press Release

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

CTIA 2009

Do you know what the CTIA Wireless show is? Every year, top manufacturers come out to show the latest and greatest in the wireless industry. This year, we will be blogging live from the CTIA show in Las Vegas from April 1 ~ 3, 2009.

Read about the latest and coolest Mobile BroadBand products that are being announced at the CTIA 2009 show. Last year, EVDOinfo.com was one of the first web sites to publish photos of the Sprint Compass 597 along with information about Sprint SmartView for Mac OS X. This year we're hoping to do more of the same, and will be on the lookout for some 4G, too

If you are a manufacturer/carrier and have some cool new products, please email ctia2009@evdoinfo.com with additional information and perhaps we can write about it on our blog during the show.