Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Microsoft Windows 8 Download & Product Key


Microsoft has released Windows 8 Preview as a free download.  This gives anyone a chance to test the new OS.  Microsoft has obvious warnings on not to install on a live system as there are probably bugs.  The safest way is to use the ISO version and install in a new partition on your existing computer.  Also, if you run VMWare, just install Windows 8 ISO in a new virtual partition.  If you install this on your live system and you need to revert, you will have to resinstall from your recovery or installation media that came with your PC

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Quantum Computing Coming from IBM



Very interesting video on some breakthroughs that IBM is working on.  Should be fascinating in the next 10 - 15 years.


Quantum computing has been a Holy Grail for researchers ever since Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, in 1981, challenged the scientific community to build computers based on quantum mechanics. For decades, the pursuit remained firmly in the theoretical realm. But now IBM scientists believe they're on the cusp of building systems that will take computing to a whole new level.

Hotspot 2.0 for Cellphone WiFi on the go



Cisco has introduced new WiFi Access Point technology at Mobile World Congress called Hotspot 2.0. The specification was written for the Wireless Broadband Alliance, but Google and Samsung plan to put it in Android phones for a trial. The technology will allow you to easily roam from hotspot to hotspot the same way your phone jumps from cell tower to cell tower. Hotspot 2.0 uses a technology called "small cell networks" and works with both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. For mobile users Hotspot 2.0 could be very helpful allowing you to easily jump from a congested cellular network to a faster WiFi hotspot. Cisco indicates that most of their 12 million older access points will qualify for Hotspot 2.0 and your phone will need to support the feature too.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012



Yesterday AT&T mentioned plans to add a service that would allow app developers to pay the carrier for subscriber data usage. This would be useful for app developers that use high bandwidth applications like Netflix, Pandora, Spotify and more, allowing you to use the application without fear of going over your monthly data cap. However, this will likely cause rate increases within subscriptions if the developers choose to take advantage of the service.

Network neutrality advocates may question this move because it would put some app developers at a disadvantage. For instance, if there were two video apps with one counting against your monthly cap, while the other doesn't, which would you use? Of course, the app that doesn't count against your data usage will likely have a higher subscription fee, but the feature could be very appealing for heavy data users.

Let us know what you think on our EVDOForums - Network neutrality out the window?

CradlePoint Releases 3.5 Firmware


CradlePoint yesterday released 3.5 firmware for the following 3G/4G Routers:

Looks like there is additional modem support (including the CradlePoint MC200LE), new modems from India Carriers, Virgin Mobile MC760 and a bunch of new features for MBR1400/CBA400/450, CBR600/650) that include:
  • Internet -> WAN Affinity. You can create policies for mapping traffic from LAN to WAN networks. You can, for example, set all port 80 traffic to go over a wired WAN connection and all port 500 traffic to go out a modem. You can also apply failover rules to WAN connections, so if the WAN connection goes down you can select if the traffic will be blocked or redirected.
  • Network Settings -> WiPipe QoS. A significant number of changes to the QoS system have been made, and the UI has been redesigned. Both Upload and Download bandwidth can be managed. Bandwidth rules can be set to a percentage of the available bandwidth and can also be set to borrow from higher priority rules if they have spare bandwidth.

  • Internet -> Connection Manager has buttons to enable/disable all devices for Load Balance and Enable settings.
     
  • Network Scheduling. Network Settings -> WiFi/Local Networks -> Local Network Editor -> Schedule has been added to allow a user to control when a Network will be available. This is meant for Hotspot administration, but can be used in other situations.

Look for a full review on EVDOinfo.com in the coming days....

Also, for customer comments on this release, see: Cradlepoint Firmware 3.5 [Success/Failure]?

Sierra Wireless AirCard Watcher App


Sierra Wireless has released a free App for iPhone and Android that allows you to manage your Sierra Mobile Hotspot, which include:
  • AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G (AirCard 754S)
  • Rogers LTE Rocket™ Mobile Hotspot (AirCard 754S)
  • Telstra Ultimate ® Mobile WiFi (AirCard 753S)
  • BigPond Ultimate WiFi (AirCard 753S)

More info at:

AirCard Watcher™ - The App for Mobile Hotspots (AT&T Elevate 4G)

Monday, February 27, 2012

What's on my Home Screen - Michael Ginsberg


I think it is always kind of interesting to see what is on someone's first screen of their smartphone.  You know the apps that they use all the time.  I don't care what is on page 2 or greater.  Also, I don't care about the default apps that everyone uses, so this will just point out the apps that you may not have heard of.

So, here are the apps that I use everyday:

Producteev

A To Do List / Project Manager that we use at 3Gstore.com to keep track of things that need to get done.  Producteev also has an application, is available via web and syncs perfectly between all your devices.

R-U-ON

A tool that will alert you if your server/application/router goes down.  A little plat on words "Are You On?".

Google Voice

I forward my office line to a Google Voice number, so that anyone that leaves me a phone message will automatically have the message transcribed and emailed to me.  Pretty cool to read a phone message vs. having to listen to it

Line2

A few years ago, I carried a BlackBerry and iPhone.  I gave up on the BlackBerry, BUT didn't want to give up the phone number.  So, this app allowed me to port the BlackBerry number and now I have a 2nd Line on my iPhone.

mCamView

This allows CloudCams to work - so I can keep an eye on the cameras at work and home.

Do you want to share your home screen with everyone?  Go ahead and share and we will publish yours!  Send your screen shot and article describing to homescreen[at]3Gstore(dot)com. 

The Circular Firing Squad: How lawyers are choking off innovation




All the titans of the mobile industry are fighting for a foothold in a business where whoever gets their first wins. But then someone, probably Steve Jobs, came upon a brilliant idea, a way to put a giant boulder in front of their competition on the superhighway of innovation, patents.  Soon you needed to have approval from at least 70,000 patents before you could even draw up an idea for a smartphone. The downside of this is it seems to be slowly killing innovation. When Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were getting started it was the Wild West.  People could steal from and for almost anyone because no one but a handful full of pasty white men knew what it all did.  So you could smash together three unrelated items, and then you had something that was actually useful.  But that is no longer possible.



Innovation cannot be crowded with litigation. The guy building the app that’s going to change the way we do business may never change our lives because he doesn’t have a big company behind him. Instead, he is going to end up bleeding shoeless in a gutter because the Apple Genius thugs came after him with baseball bats.  Their crisp white shirts and skinny black ties spattered with his tears and blood.

This is a sad trend that shows no signs of slowing despite the fact that it seems to be crushing these companies under its own weight. Kodak, once a fairly well known camera company, is one of the main suing apparatuses that have filed for chapter 11 while still spending millions on litigation against anyone with a camera on their phone. But one hopes that this is a bit of a wakeup call.  Because these patents not only put a chokehold on others but they also keep an industry from truly innovating for fear that they will be sued to the fillings in their teeth.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Erik F. For Writing Review of a Wilson Outdoor Weatherproof Directional Panel Antenna - 301157 (Cables Sold Separately)

Congrats to Erik F. of Tyaskin, Maryland who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Wilson Outdoor Weatherproof Directional Panel Antenna - 301157 (Cables Sold Separately) 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 Erik F.\'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!.

Well built and works as advertised. My Verizon 3G RSSI went from about -100 to -84...huge difference in connection stability and somewhat faster speeds, too (0.10 Mbps to about 0.50 Mbps). Still clinging to the edge of mobile broadband civilization, but when 4G rolls out around here the unit (and I) will be ready for 700mhz. Great customer service as always.



Cradlepoint MBR1200B

cradlepoint mbr1200b
Cradlepoint has announced that a new router will be joining their lineup this Spring, the MBR1200B. The MBR1200B will be replacing the popular MBR1200 , which has reached "end of life."

The MBR1200B will be nearly identical to the MBR1200 and offer many of the same features, but it will operate on the new NetBSD platform. Below are some of the key features we can expect from the MBR1200B:

  • Improved VPN, remote management and troubleshooting (versus MBR1200)
  • Data usage management and alerts
  • Improved internal Wi-Fi (versus MBR1200)
  • Wi-Fi Dual SSIDs and Wi-Fi-as-WAN
  • Completely redesigned interface for usability with status widgets and summary console
  • 2 USB ports, 1 ExpressCard slot
  • 5 ethernet ports (configurable for up to 2 WAN or up to 5 LAN)
  • MSRP $249.99

The MBR1200B will be available in March or April of this year. If you'd like to be contacted when it's available, sign up here: Cradlepoint MBR1200B Notification List

Peplink Balance / Pepwave MAX Firmware 5.3.12 and 5.4 Beta Available Now



Peplink has released Balance & Pepwave MAX Firmware 5.3.12 for production use. Firmware 5.4 Beta is also available for testing and evaluation of upcoming features. We encourage all partners to try out Firmware 5.3.12 on Balance units, and we welcome your feedback on Firmware 5.4 Beta.

Peplink Balance / Pepwave MAX Firmware 5.3.12 Highlights
Firmware 5.3.12 offers a number of enhancements, including:

  • General stability improvements

  • VPN performance improvements

  • Bug fixes

  • Download Balance Firmware 5.3.12


  • Peplink Balance / Pepwave MAX Firmware 5.4 Beta Highlights
    Intended for testing and evaluation only, Firmware 5.4 Beta adds a variety of exciting new improvements for the Balance and the MAX:

  • Layer 2 site-to-site VPN

  • Video Bonding

  • HTTP health check

  • More new features

  • Download Balance Firmware 5.4 Beta


  • Upgrade Your Firmware Today

    Take advantage of the latest and greatest Peplink engineering with Firmware 5.3.12 today. And don't forget to take 5.4 Beta for a test drive - we'd love to hear any questions or comments as we prepare 5.4 Beta for final release.

    Click: View All Peplink/Pepwave Products

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    CradlePoint 1200B ye bye bye.


    If you are a fan of the CradlePoint MBR1200 build (the last 3G/4G Router that is still based on the older MIPS operating system instead of the newer BSD platform - like the CTR35, MBR95, MBR1400, CBR, COR and ARC products are), we have some bad news for you....

    The CradlePoint MBR1200 build (as you know it), is no longer being manufactured from CradlePoint and has been discontinued/end of life/EOL.  Soon our inventory will run dry and be gone.  We wish we could tell you that we have 430 in stock, but we only have a few.

    A great alternative to the MBR1200 is either the MBR95 or the MBR1400

    WiFI Access Point Comparison



    With more devices becoming WiFi enabled it's more important than ever to have a quality WiFi network throughout your home or office. This can sometimes be easier said than done with larger homes or offices, but Access Points make it possible to redistribute WiFi off your existing wired network. The first step in selecting the correct Access Point for your application is identifying what type of WiFi category you fit into. Outlined below are popular WiFi categories and should help you determine which WiFi Access Point is right for you.

    WiFi Categories:

    • Access Point - Designed to extend an existing WiFi network while preserving the DHCP range of your primary network. This means you can use an access point to extend an existing WiFi network and preserve file sharing. Access points do not feature WAW (WiFi as WAN) and require a stand alone router to give them Internet access.

    • WiFi as WAN - This feature allows you to connect to an existing WiFi network and repeat a brand new WiFi network. This does not bridge a network together, which means you won't be able to access files on a computer connected to the main network. This feature is useful if you have a larger home/office or multiple buildings that you need to provide WiFi to another area, but aren't concerned with file sharing between the locations.

    • Mesh Network - Mesh networks are typically found in larger scale deployments for cities, parks or businesses that want to maintain a single seamless WiFi network. This allows you to see a single SSID and have your device seamlessly transition between access points as you continue to travel. For Mesh network deployments 3Gstore recommends using star network topology by placing the primary router in the center and extend the mesh connectors outward.


    After you've determined exactly which category you fit in, you can use our "Which WiFi Access Point is best for me?" guide to identify which Access Point is the best fit for you. The guide will go over all the major details on each Access Point including the mW (milliwatt) output rating of each Access Point. Now, if you don't know what a milliwatt is, or why it's important when choosing an Access Point don't worry we will break it down.

    What is a milliwatt?

    The Milliwatt output is one of the easiest ways to determine approximately how much power your WiFi router or repeater has. A Milliwatt is equal to one thousandth (10−3) of a watt. This means that there are 1,000 "milliwatts" in 1 "Watt," and the FCC regulates WiFi output power to a maximum of 1 Watt (1000mW) in the U.S.

    To put this in perspective, lets take two typical 802.11n capable routers, one with 100mW of output power, and the other with 200mW of output power. The unit that offers 200mW is twice as powerful, which means you'll get nearly double the WiFi range as the 100mW WiFi router. Not all manufactures will give you the rating in milliwatts and you may see a reference to dBM instead.

    Below if a quick reference chart for Pepwave, Cradlepoint and WiFi Ranger that lists the WiFi mW output power. For a more in depth look visit "Which WiFi Access Point is best for me?"

    Pepwave Access Point mW Ratings:



    * Powerboost may exceed local regulatory limits

    Not sure which model is right for you visit - Which WiFi Accress point is best for me?

    Cradlepoint Access Point mW Ratings:



    Not sure which model is right for you visit - Which WiFi Accress point is best for me?

    WiFi Ranger Access Point mW Ratings:





    Read More - Click: Which WiFi Access Point is best for me?



    Wednesday, February 22, 2012



    This week we bring a new 3Gstore testimonials and Mrs. Cruz really nails what we are all about.  I want to personally thank Mrs Cruz for letting us know about her experiences and I want to thank Matt, Maureen, Valerie and Vanessa for doing what they do every day.

    So, according to Mrs. Cruz we are telling all future customers there is only one place to call.


    Here you go...

    How Suite It Is-Microsoft Office coming to the IPad






    There have been rumblings, bumblings, and all together grumblings about Microsoft Office Suite for the IPad. This would be the melding of two worlds that kind of hate each other but two worlds that also can’t seem to survive alone. They need each other like peanut butter needs chocolate. Would they survive apart? Yes, but people are more interested when they are together.  But this starts an interesting sea change for both Apple and Microsoft. These two rivals, it seems, are beginning to realize that they will never completely overtake the other. While Apple has been ahead of the pack in most things, people overall it seems are not ready to give up the accessibility of Windows.
                This product sounds like it will be available sometime next year, or if we are lucky later this year. But the powers that be are planning on having it available so it can follow closely on the heels of Windows 8 roll-out. This way if Windows 8 tanks, Microsoft Office Suite will help them recoup some of their costs.  But Microsoft is hoping Windows 8  will finally give them more of a foothold. But without realizing it this may also be a nail in the coffin of the laptop.  Now there is no need to take your laptop to bed,  when you have your sleek IPad snuggled up next you. 
            But this will also make a bit of a moment for IPad as well. Now it's just seen as a fun thing to have that helps you work. But with the promise of Microsoft Office Suite now it can be your primary work thing.  This will help it grow in a market that is not only lucrative but doesn't shy away from buying in bulk.  Companies buying their entire marketing staff IPads doesn't even crack the petty cash.  It all depends on how Apple and Microsoft work together to get this done quickly and for a competitive price.  If they drag their feet, which they have a tendency to do, you may get your flying car before you get Microsoft Office Suite on your IPad.

    LightSquared Cuts Staff by 45 percent


    If you have been following the saga of LightSquared, another blow was announced -- they will be cutting their staff by 45 percent.  First the FCC denied them a license, then they defaulted on a loan.  It doesn't look very good for LightSquared or for any of the companies that signed up to distribute their satellite based LTE signal.  All because their satellite based LTE signal interfered with GPS signals (Don't think military or consumers would like it too much if GPS stopped working)

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    What is the Future?- The rise of internet TV


     
    The last vision Steve Jobs had for Apple was the idea for Apple TV. Apple TV is a box the size of coaster that plugs into your TV and gives you all the options of TV without the hassle of cable companies, commercials, and a light rain ruining your satellite signal. According to Nielsen the number of people who use only their free TV stations and have internet streaming on their TV’s is up almost 30%. Netflix is now creating their own shows, the first being Lilyhammer, a show about mobster who is relocated to Norway as part of the witness protection program. Sure it sounds like hoot, but is it the kind of thing that will knock HBO off its perch? Not so much.

    But these opening salvos can’t help but feel like the future. Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video, are available on any new Blu-ray player, DVD player, and TV. And content is not as much of an issue that threatened to make them nothing more than another Betamax. Netflix just signed a huge deal with the Weinstein Company, (which makes all the films you’ve never seen but heard about around Oscar time) to give them their content before anyone else. Even the evil dwarves that run ComCast have decided they must start a streaming channel as well.

    And while before studios and channels didn’t want to give up content to the internet they have had to or else lose out to a growing market (see: profitable) completely. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t like pulling teeth. We are still a long way away from the complete domination from mainstream internet TV. While people are using illegal programs to watch their shows, licensing and intellectual property is keeping internet TV from becoming a waterfall of delicious TV content.

    Internet TV has inevitability to it that I’m sure terrifies the guys behind their giant desks smoking a giant cigar. It is completely designed for this niche generation. Everything must be molded to my particular taste otherwise I simply won’t buy it. We no longer live in a society where what is available nearby is what you get. Internet TV lets you watch that Swedish soap opera and your local football game. That is something that people will pay for. And if people are willing to pay for it, companies will spring up to make it available. And those that hold onto their cable boxes for dear life will watch as they are left in the dust.

    Customer Service isn't Rocket Science

     
    Hello, my name is Michael Ginsberg and I am president of 3Gstore.com.

    I just don’t get 98% of the companies out there that directly interacts with customers.  Most of them don’t know how to talk/treat/interact with customers.  It really isn’t that hard but most just don’t get it.    Here are the rules to follow for any company that deals with customers.


    Don’t talk down to customers


    There are many ways these days that a company can interact with their customers via the web, social media, traditional advertising, phone and email.  It is really important to be able to quickly understand your customer’s needs and then tell them what will work AND what will not work.  It is more important to be honest with your customers, even if it doesn’t lead to the sale.



    Exceed your customer’s expectations


    For first time customers, this is probably the easiest one to hit.  Many customers are used to being let down.  They are used to broken promises about if something will work or when something will ship.  By exceeding your customer expectations they will be impressed and then they will come back over and over again - because they will remember how you didn’t let them down their first time.  You have to have the right means of communications in place so that you communicate correct information with your customers and this helps considerably.



    Give your employees power to make a difference


    When customers have issues, it is important to give the first line of defense the ability to resolve any issue they may have.    Even if this doesn’t happen that often, it will.  There will be issues that are outside of your control.  FedEx will miss a delivery.  The manufacturer will have a dead product.  Your shipping department could ship the wrong product.   When things go wrong, looking at cost and profit doesn’t always make sense - but go back to exceeding your customer’s expectations and everything will be fine.  I remember 2 years ago, we shipped a $13 cable to a customer via FedEx Saturday delivery because of a mistake that we made.  It costs us $40 to ship that $13 cable.  If we based that decision on profit/loss we would never have shipped it.  BUT for winning a customer for life and doing the right thing...it was the only thing to do.



    Find passionate employees that care


    This is probably the most important part of customer service.  As the president of 3Gstore.com, 99% of the time when a customer wants to “speak to a manager” or “speak to the owner”, it is usually to praise an employee about an experience that they just had.  Many of these customers are shocked to find someone on the other end of the phone who listens and cares.  

    Part of the success in the area is “thinking differently”.  For example, our sales people are not paid on commission, their job is to have happy customers.  We don’t push what we have in stock or what the salesperson makes the most money, each employee wants the customer to be blown away with our service, shipping, support and ease of finding a solution to you problem.  Also, when you do need to call our tech support department, you will find you speak to US based English speaking people that KNOW the product you have.  In fact, we use all of the products we sell to run our business.



    So, I guess I let the cat out of the bag and every company out there will now get it and have extremely happy customers and be recognized by StellaService.  But that is very unlikely to happen.  Too many companies are focused on numbers (sales quotas, call volume, stock price, etc.) instead of being focused on the most important part of any business, the customer.



    Michael Ginsberg
    President
    3Gstore.com

    Friday, February 17, 2012

    Congrats to 3Gstore Customer gregory l. For Writing Review of a Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.2.4

    Congrats to gregory l. of marlborough, Connecticut who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.2.4 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 gregory l.\'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!.

    Price is right. I have also owned an MBR1400. MBR95 offers WiFi as WAN that allows a smartphone or other personal hotspot to support network in a pinch. When I first deployed the MBR95 I had significant problems maintaining DHCP leases using the 3.2.4 firmware. Because DHCP leases were not being maintained, reservations of leases and port forwarding were ineffective. I couldn't reliably reach servers from inside or outside the LAN. Took a bit of work to isolate the problem. I replaced a switch thinking I had a hardware problem. No success. Upgraded firmware to 3.4.1 and the DHCP lease issue appears to have been resolved. Returned the old switch to service. All good now.


    4G LTE Amplifier / Signal Booster


    Until now the only 4G LTE amplifiers that were available were large building repeaters like the 70dB Wilson LTE amplifier and the Cellphone-Mate Surecall 4G LTE amplifier. These solutions are great for users looking to provide boosted LTE connectivity for multiple devices, but are a bit overkill for users only looking to boost reception to one wireless modem. Thankfully after a long wait Cellphone-Mate has finally unveiled the new CM700V Direct Connect 4G LTE amplifier designed specifically for Verizon 4G LTE (700MHZ).

    Related Links:

    3Gstore Testimonial of the Day



    We get a lot of 3Gstore testimonials and this one really stood out as it illustrates not only the after sales support, but the before sales as well.  I gave Mike in Texas a call after receiving this today to say thank you.  He was blown away by the answers he got in our chat (Thanks Maureen) and after he got the equipment, he had a tech question that was answered quickly (Thanks Matt).

    For your listening pleasure...






    Was planning on only doing one, but we got this one in a few minutes later (Thanks Victor):



    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    Verizon Expands 4G LTE Coverage



    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation's fastest 4G network, is expanding its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) in four markets and launching the service in one new market on Feb. 16. Following the launches on Feb. 16, more than 200 million people in 196 markets across the United States can take advantage of the blazingly fast speeds offered by Verizon's 4G LTE network with a wide variety of 4G LTE devices, including the DROID 4 by Motorola and the DROID RAZR(TM) MAXX(TM) by Motorola.

    More Details - Click: Verizon Expands 4G LTE Coverage in Four Markets and Launches One New Market



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    Wednesday, February 15, 2012



    According to Cisco's Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast mobile devices will outgrow the human population in 2012. At the current rate of growth there will be over 10 billion devices throughout the world by 2016. Smartphone data usage is also predicted to go up 78 percent over the next five years and should overtake laptop data usage by 2014.

    The reason for the increase in data is primarily video use accounting for two-thirds of traffic, and study's predict 4G will be responsible for 36 percent of Internet traffic, up from 6 percent currently. In 2011 global network speeds grew to 315kbps, up from 189kbps in 2010 and the average smartphone network connection speed grew to 1344kbps, up from 968kbps in 2010.

    Read more facts here - Click: Mobile Network facts for 2011

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    CradlePoint drops PC Card Support in MBR1200



    CradlePoint recently changed the packaging on the CradlePoint MBR1200 and apparently that is not all they changed.  CradlePoint has dropped the PCMCIA (PC Card) slot from the MBR1200.  While this isn’t a big deal to many customers, for those that use older/legacy PCMCIA cards, this could be a huge deal, as the MBR1200 is the last CradlePoint router to support PCMCIA/PC Cards and some customers require this support.

    Read more at:  CradlePoint MBR1200 Quietly Drops PCMCIA/PC Card Slot

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Congrats to 3Gstore Customer robert g. For Writing Review of a 4800mAh Extended Battery & Cover for 3G/4G Samsung SCH–LC11 - Lasts up to 3x Longer than Standard Battery!

    Congrats to robert g. of palmerton, Pennsylvania who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for 4800mAh Extended Battery & Cover for 3G/4G Samsung SCH–LC11 - Lasts up to 3x Longer than Standard Battery! 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 robert g.\'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!.

    Makes hotspot ten times better. No more dropping out and quicker turn on time.


    Enabling Multiple SSIDs on a CradlePont MBR1400


    Attention 3Gstore customers who have a CradlePoint MBR1400.  We now have a tip sheet that steps you through adding up to 4 SSIDs to your CradlePoint MBR1400.  Just email our support department and we will email you the tip sheet.  Starting next week, we will include this on the 3Gstore.com Support CD, which is included FREE with every router purchased from 3Gstore.com


    Peplink Balance Interface Demo


    So you have heard a lot about the Peplink Balance routers lately and you want to kick the tires?  You can give yourself a demo of the Peplink routers admin interface right now.  This is a simulated Peplink router - you are not going to mess up anything.  The demo is a Peplink Balance 380, but even the Peplink Balance 20 routers share the same interface (just not all the options).

    Peplink Balance Web Admin Demo

    Thursday, February 09, 2012

    Bandwidth Monitoring with Peplink Routers

    Everyone knows that you have a 5GB or 10GB limit on your 3G or 4G connection and you can have hefty overage charges if you go over your monthly limit.  Did you know that cable companies have a monthly limit (250GB) and if you go over you can risk getting your account cancelled.

    If you have a Peplink Balance router, it is very easy to monitor your usage and even see who is using the most data.  By staying on top of this you will eliminate overage charges or worse having your ISP cancel your account because you used too much data.


    Wednesday, February 08, 2012

    Pepwave AP One

    The Pepwave AP One is an enterprise grade solution to provide WLAN connectivity for your office or home. If you demand complete control over your network environment pairing the AP One with a Peplink Balance router gives you complete control over your network environment. You can setup features like site-to-site VPN's to a Peplink Balance (210+), adjust WiFi output and offer multiple SSID's with controllable bandwidth.

    Read our complete Pepwave AP One Review (including video).

    New Networking Products at 3Gstore: Gigabit 10/100/1000 Ethernet Switches and Powerline Adapter

    3Gstore is excited to announce the addition of some new networking gear now available at 3Gstore.com!

    The 200Mbps Mini Powerline Ethernet Adapter (above) is an incredibly useful tool that allows you to use AC power in place of ethernet cables to connect ethernet-capable equipment to your home network. Each Powerline kit comes with 2 Powerline adapters and 2 ethernet cables. One adapter plugs into your router and the other one into your other ethernet-enabled device (you can keep adding more Powerline devices - sold separately - for multiple devices). There are a myriad of uses for the Powerline - here are some of our favorite ways to use the Powerline:

    • set up your office/computers/devices away from your cable modem/router (no need to be in the same room as your router!)
    • connect your XBox/Playstation/Wii for online gaming without the need for WiFi or long ethernet cables
    • add a networkable printer anywhere there is a power outlet
    • connect a VOIP/PBX phone to your network without needing to be near the router
    • operate at faster speeds than WiFi (be sure to add a gigabit switch for optimum performance!)
    • WebCams / CloudCams - keep them up reliably without WiFi
    • avoid the interference issues that can plague WiFi (baby monitors, microwave ovens, cordless phones and more can interfere and degrade WiFi signal)
    • increase the speed to your DVR/Tivo (versus WiFi) and watch your recorded programs much quicker

    In addition to the Powerline, 3Gstore is also now stocking gigabit 10/100/1000 ethernet switches. If you've been using 10 megabit or 100 megabit ethernet switches, it's time to give your network a speed boost by upgrading to a gigabit-speed switch! A 10/100/1000 switch will allow you to transfer files within your local network at MUCH faster speeds. 5-port and 8-port desktop models and a rack-mountable 16-port (above) switch are now available.

    Peplink Balance WLAN Controller for Pepwave AP One



    Enterprise grade Peplink products starting with the Peplink Balance 380 now feature a WLAN controller. This allows you to easily control and manage multiple Pepwave AP One access points throughout your office. Having this feature built directly into the Balance routers gives you a single location you can visit to manage and find tune up to 500 AP ones. The video below shows you exactly how the WLAN Controller works:

    How to Configure WLAN Controller:



    Watch in YouTube - How to Configure WLAN Controller

    Continue reading about the WLAN controller on EVDOInfo.com - Peplink Balance WLAN Controller for Pepwave AP One

    Tuesday, February 07, 2012

    CradlePoint ARC MBR1400 & ARC CBA750



    CradlePoint has recently begun shipping a new 3G/4G integrated solution called the ARC MBR1400LE (PN MBR1400LE-VZ) and ARC CBA750LE (PN CBA750LE-VZ) .  CradlePoint has taken their most powerful 3G/4G Router and added an integrated modem cap that supports 4G LTE (and 3G too).  The advantages of this type of solution are that CradePoint controls the whole internet connection, there are no modem drivers and/or firmware upgrades to deal with.  In fact, when you plug in the 3G/4G Modem cap, the MBR1400 automatically connects, you do not have to do anything.

    Continue Reading about CradlePoint ARC @ EVDOinfo.com

    Download 419GB over 3G in a Week and Win


    MegaFon, a Russian carrier wanted to prove how robust their 3G network was so they had a pretty unique contest.  Download the most data and the winner gets a $5K holiday vacation.  The winner of the contest consumed 419GB of 3G data in one week.  Check out the whole story at:

    ttp://tnw.co/yJSq1d

    Can you imagine Sprint, Verizon or AT&T doing something like this here?  LOL

    Monday, February 06, 2012

    Pepwave AP One Mini


    Pepwave ships AP One Mini which is an powerful, yet inexpensive WiFi Access Point.  The AP One Mini is a tiny form factor with many of the features of the more powerful Pepwave AP One.

    The Pepwave AP One Mini comes equipped with a full set of enterprise features and will work instantly with your Peplink Balance. It’s the best choice for adding reliable WLAN to your network.

    The Pepwave AP One Mini will allow you to also easily extend WiFi in your larger home, small or larger office building.  The AP One Mini also support InControl (the free remote management service that allows you to remotely monitor and configure your Pepwave product).

    Friday, February 03, 2012

    Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Mark L. For Writing Review of a Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.2.4

    Congrats to Mark L. of Alpha, New Jersey who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.2.4 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 Mark L.\'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 router works perfect for my needs. I have it in my RV. I have a PepWave Surf connected to it for outside Wi-Fi connection. When no Wi-Fi is available or it fails, it falls back flawlessly to my LTE card.


    Qualcomm Chipset Powers First Successful VoIP-over-LTE Call

    While Verizon, AT&T, and MetroPCS are all in the process of deploying 4G LTE networks for data, they are still using their 3G technologies to handle voice calls. Qualcomm has now successfully completed test calls over LTE using their MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 chipset, meaning a future of an all-LTE network that can handle both voice and data is one step closer! Below is Qualcomm's press release:

    SAN DIEGO – February 02, 2012 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that the Company, working with Ericsson, has successfully completed the first voice call handover from an LTE mobile network to a WCDMA network using Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC). An important technology required for voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) support, SRVCC is a 3GPP specified feature that enables continuity of service by seamlessly switching to a WCDMA network when a consumer on a VoLTE call leaves the LTE network's coverage area. This milestone occurred on December 23, 2011 with an Ericsson network using a handset which incorporated Qualcomm's Snapdragon™ S4 MSM8960 3G/LTE multimode processor. A demonstration will be available at Qualcomm's booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 27 – March 1, 2012.

    Read the full press release

    FedEx Free Notification



    FedEx offers a pretty cool new feature for those that have inbound packages and do not want to wait all day long.  If you have an inbound package that requires your signature (or COD), FedEx will text you the day before with an ETA, so you will know when the package will be delivered.

    More info at FedEx Free Notification