Friday, December 30, 2011

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer David F H. For Writing Review of a [800/1900mhz] Wilson SignalBoost DB Pro Amplifier/Repeater Kit with OMNI Antenna - 841262

Congrats to David F H. of Skippers, Virginia who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for [800/1900mhz] Wilson SignalBoost DB Pro Amplifier/Repeater Kit with OMNI Antenna - 841262 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 David F H.\'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 wilson single boost d b pro is perfect for what i needed be fore i in stalled i could not use my cell phone in my house now i get very good service computer card works very well too i would recommend it to any one email me and i will tell u all about my results davidhobbs01@yahoo.com


3Gstore Top Products for 2011



The top 10 list for 2011 3Gstore products is now live here - 3Gstore Top Products for 2011

The Cradlepoint MBR95 took the top honors with the highest overall rating of all products sold on 3Gstore! This is a very popular router for home users looking to create a large WiFi network and offers 4 Ethernet ports for devices without WiFi built in. Congratulations to Cradlepoint on providing the top rated item of 2011. We'd also like to thank all our customers that have provided reviews on your results with the products.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

3Gstore's Top 10 Products of 2011 - Coming 12/30/2011


 Tomorrow we will be publishing our top 10 products of 2011.  This year we are not basing the results on volume sold, but rather more useful stats, such as:
  • Customer Reviews/Scoring
  • Customer Returns
  • Tech Support Issues
So, check back tomorrow for our list and thanks to everyone who left a review for the products they purchased from us.

Cradlepoint Load Balancing vs. Peplink/Pepwave Load Balancing & Bonding

The terms "Load Balancing" and "Bonding" can be thrown around quite a bit and somewhat confusing if you're not familiar with how they work. Cradlepoint routers are compatible with a wide array of 3G/4G modems and higher end models like the CBR400/CBR450/MBR1400 feature "Load Balancing". If your office doesn't have a Cable/DSL connection, or you want as many connections as possible this is a great solution to introduce multiple connections to your network environment.

However, if you demand complete control Peplink/Pepwave 3G/4G Load Balance and Bonding routers emerge as a much more powerful solution offering complete networking control. Entry level models like the Peplink Balance 20 and Balance 30 offer multiple WAN connections and a USB input. High end models like the Pepwave Max 700 give you the ability to Load Balance up to 4 USB modems, 2 WAN connections and a WiFi as WAN connection. In addition to "Load Balancing" the Max 700 also offers the ability to physically bond multiple modems together.

You can find a full comparison of the manufactures "Load Balancing" and "Modem Bonding" here - Click: Comparing Cradlepoint Load Balancing vs. Peplink/Pepwave Load Balancing & Bonding

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Verizon 4G LTE Outage 12/28/2011

 

As first reported by 3Gstore/EVDOinfo.com, Verizon LTE 4G is experiencing outages across the country.  Verizon estimates that this will be fixed by midnight.  3G is still operational, but 4G is down.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Jean P. For Writing Review of a Xtreme Tech XLink BTTN Cellular Bluetooth Gateway

Congrats to Jean P. of Crossville, Tennessee who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Xtreme Tech XLink BTTN Cellular Bluetooth Gateway 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 Jean P.\'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!.

This works as advertised. I put the cell phone close to the Xlink and plug a 6.0 DECT conventional "land line" phone into it. The "land line" phone has a remote hand set placed in another room. I speak on it with no loss of quality.


CradlePoint MBR1400 WiFi Bridge Mode






3Gstore.com moved last week into a larger warehouse (double the space) and we have been setting things up.  We ran into a problem.  A specific location was pretty far away from our main network, BUT needed internet access.  We love eating our own dog food, so we looked for the perfect solution.  We could have used any router that supports WiFi as WAN to grab the 3Gstore wireless network, but that wouldn't work for us, because we have a printer in the remote location and we need everyone to be able to access it.  Luckily, CradlePoint recently came out with a new firmware upgrade that added support for a new feature called "WiFi Bridge Mode" for the MBR1400.  This allows the CradlePoint router to access the other network via WiFI BUT all devices are on the same network - this allows us to printer to any printer from anywhere.

We are putting together a tip sheet on exactly how to make this work and we will make that available to anyone that purchases a MBR1400 from us.

Read more at: CradlePoint MBR1400 WiFi Bridge Mode

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

CradlePoint MBR1400s Help NORAD Santa Tracker


 More than 1,200 Santa tracking volunteers at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base will use CradlePoint MBR1400 routers to connect to Verizon’s high-speed 4G LTE network. As volunteers in the call center access the Internet to track Santa, answer emails, update social media, and download apps, the CradlePoint MBR1400s will be used to load balance connectivity across different networks to maximize response times and throughput. Verizon has been providing the toll-free hotline since 2002. In 2010, more than 80,000 calls and 12,000 emails were answered from more than 200 countries.

Read more about CradlePoint Helping to Track Santa

WiFi to Ethernet

Many people with Ethernet only devices (gaming systems, DVRs, PBXs, printers, webcams) have an issue when needing to hookup these devices to their existing WiFi networks.  Rather than running a 20 or 100 foot Ethernet cable to these Ethernet only devices, we recommend trying one of the Pepwave Surf products. This includes the Pepwave Surf Mini, Pepwave Surf On-The-Go, and the Pepwave Surf 400. Converting WiFi into Ethernet is only one of the many features of these products.

Here at 3Gstore.com we like to use and test the products we offer. Here is an example: We just moved into a larger warehouse and needed to setup an area where walk-in customers can call a sales or tech person.  We didn’t want to run a 50 foot Ethernet cable, so we opted to use a Pepwave Surf On The Go to get the job done, see video below.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Nexaira Closes Doors

It looks likes Nexaira Wireless, developers of 3G/4G Wireless routers has gone out of business.  Their phones stopped working last month and now their web site has been shutdown.  Nexaira made the Business Class II (BC2) 3G/4G router, along with the SOHO and HANA routers.

3Gstore stopped selling Nexaira last month - there are still many resellers that are selling Nexaira routers.

I am sure that CradlePoint is happy about this news :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

AT&T Ends T-Mobile Acquisition Bid


AT&T has ended its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom amid antitrust concerns.  AT&T pulled its Federal Communications Commission application last month after the regulator came out in opposition to the merger and prepared to call for a potentially nasty public hearing.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Juan S. For Writing Review of a Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.3.0

Congrats to Juan S. of San Antonio, Texas who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.3.0 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 Juan S.\'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!.

This is a great router. Setup was easy. If you are using a 4G LTE modem with the router use an usb extension cable the performance is much better.


Does you phone have Carrier IQ Installed?



Carrier IQ has been at the forefront of some serious privacy concerns after a Youtube video by Trevor Eckhart showed how plain text "https" displayed on the device. Carrier IQ has stated that their software is deployed in a variety of phones to help the carriers improve the end user experience.

If you're concerned that your phone may have Carrier IQ installed checkout this list - AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC Explain Carrier IQ Implementations

Thursday, December 15, 2011

How much bandwidth does gaming use?

Video showing Modern Warfare 3 in game data usage:




Watch in Youtube - Gaming Bandwidth Usage and MW3 - Monitored by Pepwave Routing Hardware

There is a common misconception that 'gaming' uses a ton of bandwidth and users like 3G/4G wireless customers can't game because of bandwidth constraints. If you watch the video above using Pepwave's bandwidth monitoring features you'll find that some games don't use much data at all!

In our tests with MW3 we found the game used approximately 30MB per hour, which translates into the following for tiered wireless customers:

5GB account = 170 hours @ 30MB/hr
10GB account = 340 hours @ 30MB/hr

For reference you can find out more about data usage here - "What does 5GB Get Me?"

For more information about gaming visit - "Can I play the PS3/360/Wii with 3G or 4G?"

Verizon 4G Launches LTE in 11 New Markets



Verizon Wireless announced today they've launched eleven more LTE markets bringing their total to close to 200 active 4G Markets. The latest launch includes the following markets: Dover, Del.; Lafayette, Ind.; Fitchburg/Leominster, Mass.; Duluth, The Rochester Area and St. Cloud, Minn.; Manchester/Nashua, N.H.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Findlay/Tiffin and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio; and Indiana, Pa. Also announced was the Galaxy Nexus, which will be available for $300 if you sign a new two year contract. Customers on Verizon's 4G LTE network typically see speeds of 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up making it one of the fastest wireless services available.



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CradlePoint Firmware 3.4.1 Released


CradlePoint has released firmware 3.4.1 for the CTR35, MBR95, MBR1400, CBR400, CBR450.  It adds support for a few new modems:

  • Franklin S600C for Sprint USA
  • LG AD600 (AT&T USBConnet Adrenaline) AT&T USA
  • Huawei E368 (AT&T USBConnect Force 4G) AT&T USA
  • Huawei E372 / Telus Canada
  • Novatel MC950D / Rogers Canada
  • Novatel U547 (4G Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick) Bell Mobility Canada
  • Sierra Wireless AirCard 319U / Telus Canada
New features added in this release:
  • Additional modem information added to the login page so a user doesn't have to log into the router to get modem signal strength and connected status.
  • Added a WiFi Channel scan option. The router will scan for the least-used channel (during boot or any time a WiFi setting is changed) and will select it. You can also set the router to re-scan on a periodic basis.
  • (IBR600/650) SNMP elements to control and check status of the connector GPIOs.
  • HTTPS support for DynDNS has been added.
For the latest success and failures of this firmware, see:


CradlePoint Firmware 3.4.1 Success/Failure

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Tj K. For Writing Review of a [800/1900mhz] Wilson SignalBoost DB Pro Amplifier/Repeater Kit with YAGI Antenna - 841263

Congrats to Tj K. of Maplefalls, Washington who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for [800/1900mhz] Wilson SignalBoost DB Pro Amplifier/Repeater Kit with YAGI Antenna - 841263 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 Tj 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!.

works very well. Phone works better inside now then it does out side.


Waterproof your iPhone



Have you heard of  Liquipel?  They claim that they can waterproof your iPhone (iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 3GS and a few Android Phones) so that the device can be submerged in water without a case and still work (without even triggering the water sensor).  Pretty amazing.  We are going to be putting them to the test and getting one of our iPhones treated with Liquipel and we will report back on how well it works.

Checkout the Liquipel site for videos and more info

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Open Letter to Tim Cook of Apple about my experiences with the iPhone 4S Battery Life

Open Letter to Tim Cook of Apple about my experiences with the iPhone 4S Battery Life

 
 
December 8, 2011

Mr Cook,

I have owned Apple products since the Apple ][ and have owned just about every Apple product since then.  Everyone in my family owns an iPhone 4 and Mac.  I have been an Apple stock holder since the stock was $22.  I love Apple.

I upgraded to the iPhone 4S from iPhone 4 the day I was able to place a pre-order and I got the 64GB/Black/AT&T iPhone 4S on launch day.

I have never been so disappointed in an Apple product, the battery life is horrible on this device (ie BatteryGate).  I am on my 2nd 4S, I have tried everything suggested multiple times and made my smartphone into a dumb phone by disabling everything.  Still getting horrible battery life. Still wasting a ton of time trying all the fixes that don't work. Yesterday, I was trending around 25% - 30% an hour.  I am going on a business trip 2nd week in January and a vacation in March and very concerned I have to bring something that I can use all day.  It really saddens me that Apple hasn't fixed this or communicated with its customers.

My NDA prevents me from talking about unreleased stuff - but lets say that fixes coming - don't seem to fix either.

I have wasted so much time on trying to get this to work, I am close to throwing in the towel - is there any hope for my iPhone 4S??

Michael Ginsberg
President, 3Gstore.com

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

CradlePoint MBR95 Review

The CradlePoint MBR95 is currently the #3 highest rated item at 3Gstore.com and it is slowly inching it's way up to the 1 spot.  Currently, there are 71 customer review for the MBR95.  The MBR95 has one of our lowest return rates for a CradlePoint product - so something must be going right.  More info at:

CradlePoint MBR95 Reviews


3Gstore Customer Spotlight


We are starting a new series called "3Gstore.com Customer Spotlight" where we feature one of our customers and how they are using their 3Gstore products and services .  If you have a killer success story, please let us know.  If selected, the following will happen:

  • We will write about you (free publicity)
  • We will give you some sort of Gift Certificate to say thank you
  • You agree to be interviewed / asked additional questions to complete our Spotlight.
To be considered, just fill out the 3Gstore.com Customer Spotlight Form.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Remote Power Switch


One of 3Gstore's highest customer rated item is the Remote Power Switch which automatically power cycles frozen routers, servers, or webcams.  Besides automatically doing the power off and on on frozen routers, there is the ability to log in remotely to flip a switch on or off.  The Remote Power Switch sells for $99.99 and does the same job that devices that cost 3 times as much.  Be sure to read the reviews of the Remote Power Switch to see why customers give it a 5 star rating