Friday, August 29, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Andrei S. For Writing Review of a Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 6.1.0

Congrats to Andrei S. of Gordonsville, Virginia who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 6.1.0 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 Andrei 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!.

All the online reviews about your customer service are deserved and are excellent. I did end up ordering from you guys (the SOHO) as opposed to other retailers despite a slight price difference, primarily because of this. Again, thank you for your prompt and informative replies.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time Warner Nationwide Outage - Could It Have Been Prevented?

Time Warner Cable, one of the largest cable and broadband providers, suffered a nationwide outage on their broadband Internet services this morning at 4:30 a.m. ET. According to the company’s statement, it happened during their routine network maintenance. They said, "An issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services…As of 6 a.m. ET, services were largely restored as updates continue to bring all customers back online."

The website downdetector.com, which tracks reports of outages in real time, posted a map of affected areas, showing a large number of reports in areas ranging from New York to Texas to California. At the peak of the outage the site reported almost 10,000 complaints.

Largely restored unfortunately means there’s still been some issues for some users. Social media is just adding to the negative views the company has been receiving. And why not, when people are having to rely on their smartphones instead? Tweets from TWC customers indicated that their Internet service was still spotty after 7 a.m.

Earlier this year, the American Consumer Satisfaction Index found Time Warner Cable had the lowest satisfaction rate of any big television provider. Comcast received the second-lowest satisfaction rate in that same survey.

If you use a cable/broadband provider you’ve likely experienced some sort of outage or hiccup in your service, but those are typically centralized to certain cities or neighborhoods. For a nationwide outage to happen, it is truly surprising. One would think such a major company has a backup plan in place. For example, using the SpeedFusion VPN capability on Peplink routers, coupled with a SimplyBonding service would ensure 99.99999% uptime. This is mainly because you’re not relying on just 1 or even 2 Internet connections with simple failover capability. You can have 2 or more internet connections that are bonded together and if one goes down, your connected devices and apps will never know there was a failure - even apps that maintain persistent connections.

If you’re a customer of any broadband service and rely on 24/7 uptime, you may seriously want to consider checking out the SimplyBonding service for yourself.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Verizon Says VoLTE is On Its Way!

Verizon Wireless recently announced that it would be launching the much talked about VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) service in the coming weeks. This means customers will soon experience clearer phone calls and even a FaceTime/Skype-like video chat service.

VoLTE is like HD voice service, so it’s like comparing a vinyl record to an MP3. Even the video service has evolved a bit - you’ll be able to make or accept video calls right from the phone section, no having to open a separate app to do so. Even better yet, Verizon doesn’t plan on charging anything extra for these services - your device just has to be capable of supporting it. While video chats will count towards your data usage, HD phone calls will still count as regular calls, just as they do now over the CDMA network.

Until VoLTE, Verizon and other cellular carriers have used circuit-switched networks to transmit voice calls over and customers use the newer IP-based 4G LTE network to access the Internet and other data services. VoLTE service enables wireless operators to use the data network to transmit voice services in the same way they transmit data. In doing so, they are able to offer high quality voice calls, and overall, a more efficient operation because once the old spectrum is freed up, it allows the companies to use it to deploy more high-speed data services.

Naturally, there are some limitations. Both services will only work when calls are placed between two Verizon customers - as long as each one has a VoLTE-capable phone, AND they are within Verizon's LTE coverage area. Users who do have VoLTE capable devices will also have the option to turn this feature ON or OFF. You would think all users would want to try the service if possible, but because it’s so new and may be prone to issues, Verizon wants to give customers the choice.

Unfortunately, no actual date has been released for the launch of the service, nor the devices that will initially support it - BUT, a couple representatives from Verizon did demonstrate the services on an LG G2.

With this update, it’s no surprise that AT&T and T-Mobile have already announced their own VoLTE services. Both Verizon and T-Mobile are planning nationwide launches, but AT&T's service will only be available in a few select markets.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Lori K. For Writing Review of a Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 6.1.0

Congrats to Lori K. of Mc Alpin, Florida who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 6.1.0 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 Lori 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!.

I bought the Surf SOHO as a router to my Sprint Zing. The combination works great even thought the Zing wasn't on the approved list of hotspots. 3GStore support engineers are highly skilled to troubleshoot any network issues and were able to walk me through the setup.


One of the Biggest WiFi Networks to Date!

Back in April, there was lots of buzz around Aruba Networks signing a contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The contract was to install WiFi access points for their new Levi's Stadium. Now, there's definite confirmation those rumors were true!

Results came in from the first football game from last Sunday. According to Dan Williams, the vice president of technology for the 49ers, the Levi's stadium WiFi network carried 2.13 terabytes of data with a peak of 24,775 fans on the network simultaneously! They compared those results to numbers gathered from the latest Super Bowl, which totaled approximately 2.5TB of data used across wireless networks - at least in terms of AT&T and Verizon.

Want more info? Just check out the Q&A MSR (Mobile Sports Report) writer Paul Kapustka had with Dan Williams.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sprint, It’s a new day for unlimited data

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 21, 2014 - It's a new day for unlimited data in the wireless industry as Sprint (NYSE: S) announces the best unlimited wireless plan available from a national carrier with the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan. This plan provides consumers unlimited talk, text and data while on America’s Newest Network for just $60 per month, a $20 savings compared to T-Mobile's $80 per month unlimited plan. Simple, easy, affordable – the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan is available to both new and existing Sprint customers starting tomorrow, August 22. To qualify for the plan, customers must purchase their device through Sprint Easy Pay, pay full retail price or bring their own compatible device.

Whether communicating via email or text, socializing via picture-sharing or tweeting, or navigating with GPS, consumers rely on their smartphones for all of their daily needs. Last year U.S. wireless consumers devoured 3.23 trillion MB of data, according to CTIA’s annual survey1, which equates to watching more than 153 billion five minute cat videos on YouTube, or streaming more than 53.8 billion hours of music on Spotify. Meanwhile, millions of American consumers restrict their usage, fearful of data limits with overage charges. With the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan, consumers no longer have to worry about high bills based on how much data they are using. Enjoying daily life with the unlimited support of a smartphone has never been so easy.

“People know Sprint for Unlimited,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “We have long been the leader in offering customers unlimited data and that leadership continues today with our new $60 unlimited plan. Unlimited talk, text and data for $60 is the best unlimited postpaid plan available. And, we’ve listened to our loyal customers; we’re making the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan available to both new and existing customers.”

Sprint’s new everyday price of $60 a month for unlimited saves customers $480 over two years against T-Mobile’s $80 everyday pricing. And, customers can save $120 over two years versus T-Mobile’s promotional price…and they don’t have to jump through T-Mobile’s hoops and recruit their friends.

Just days ago, Sprint declared a new day for data and announced the Sprint Family Share Pack – a new shared-data plan that can give customers double the high-speed data at a lower price than AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Whether consumers prefer to share or have unlimited data, with Sprint, they can find just the plan they need to get the most out of their smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices.

“With the new Sprint Family Share pack and now the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan, Sprint is giving consumers what they want: choice, simplicity and value,” Claure said. The Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan also is an ideal fit for small businesses, enabling their employees to be more productive in more places and providing the ability to stay on top of what matters most.

The Un-Carrier Strikes Another Offer To New Customers AND Existing

Though T-Mobile may not be at the top of the wireless carrier totem pole, they sure are trying to claw their way to the top, at least with customer service. Now that the Sprint merger has been put to the wayside, T-Mobile is reaching out to ALL cellular customers (but mainly Sprint ones) and offering 1 FREE year of unlimited LTE data.

Starting August 29th, whenever an existing T-Mobile Simple Choice customer refers someone from one of the other top 3 carriers, they'll give them and the person they've recruited free unlimited LTE data for 1 year. What if you're already a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer with unlimited data? No problem, they'll credit you $10 each month for 1 year instead.

Naturally, there is a fine print - "Referee and referrer must maintain active service, and be in good standing on account, when credits are processed. Limit one $10 monthly credit or unlimited 4G LTE offer per referrer account. Referrer and referee must both maintain service without plan changes to continue receiving referral benefit." Oh yeah, and you've only got 30 days from the referees activation date to report it to T-Mobile. Referrers will have to go to T-Mobile's website to do this. 

For more details, check out the full news release here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

3GStore Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Vendors and Partners



In the last month, the ALS Association has received more donation money than it did in the entire year of 2013. The vast majority of this burst in donations can be credited to the spreading phenomenon, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

As the donation money continues to “pour” in, 3GStore owner Michael Ginsberg challenged his employees to join the fight and raise awareness for ALS. Thus far, $900 dollars has been donated on behalf of 3Gstore, as the employees have exposed themselves to the dreaded flood of icy terror.

It is now up to the nominated Vendors and Partners of 3Gstore to step up and accept the challenge as well! The nominated companies include: Cradlepoint, Peplink, Surecall, Wilson Electronics, and Wyless.

See the 3GStore ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video in all its glory below:


And read more about the ALS Ice Bucket movement here.

Introducing SimplyBonding from 3Gstore: the Simplest Internet Connection Bonding Solution

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There’s nothing more annoying than an unreliable or slow internet connection, and to companies whose livelihoods rely on the internet, the problem is more than just irritating: an internet outage or painfully slow connection means lost productivity, sales, and money. Companies in need of a fast, reliable internet connection (which is virtually ALL companies these days!) typically try to avoid these issues either by paying enormous monthly fees for an MPLS line or by using multiple internet connections with a failover or load balancing router. Unfortunately, none of those solutions are ideal. “Failover” routers have the ability to switch over to a secondary connection when one internet connection goes down, but you lose the connection during the switchover (and again when the primary connection comes up again and it switches back), and failover doesn’t help with connection speeds. “Load Balancing” routers split the traffic load amongst multiple internet connections, but they do not aid in reliability or increase speed. Failover and load balancing are useful features, but they are NOT the same as bonding.

SimplyBonding is a hosting service that allows you to bond multiple 3G, 4G, cable, and/or DSL internet connections into one super fast, super reliable, unbreakable connection with minimal equipment. Unlike failover or load balancing, a bonded connection takes multiple internet connections and COMBINES them. The resulting connection is both faster and more reliable: if you have 3 internet connections that are bonded together and one goes down, your connected devices and apps will never know there was a failure - even apps that maintain persistent connections!

The concept of bonding (AKA aggregating) internet connections has been around for years, but it has historically been prohibitively expensive and very complicated to deploy and manage. SimplyBonding solves both of those problems. Unlike other bonding options that require two expensive bonding routers in two locations with access to high-speed internet (one at the location where you need the bonded connection, and another at a secondary location with a high-speed internet connection to bond the connections and send the data back to the primary location via VPN), SimplyBonding eliminates the need for this dual-router setup. SimplyBonding requires just ONE router, which will be configured to connect to our hosted service - WE handle the bonding and VPN for you, and 90% of the setup and configuration is eliminated. With low start-up costs and one flat monthly fee that includes UNLIMITED bandwidth and usage, SimplyBonding is the most affordable and hassle-free way to ensure that your business has the fastest and most reliable internet connection possible.

Watch our video demonstrating SimplyBonding:

The benefits provided by a bonded connection are limitless, but here are just a few of the advantages companies will see from a SimplyBonding connection:
  • 99.99999% uptime, which translates to increased productivity, eliminating lost sales and missed transactions, etc
  • Unbreakable VPN
  • Unbreakable VOIP - never drop a call again, even if one of your connections dies right in the middle of a conversation
  • No need for expensive MPLS connections
  • Reduce network setup and management time
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Costs and Requirements: SimplyBonding requires a SpeedFusion-capable router, a one-time setup fee, and hosting service that can be billed monthly, quarterly, or yearly.
  • Router: You must use a Peplink or Pepwave router that supports SpeedFusion and has the necessary ports/connections for the internet links you'll be bonding (e.g. WAN ports for cable/DSL, USB ports for 3G/4G modems, etc). We will help you select an appropriate router if you don't already have one.
  • Hosting charge: SimplyBonding costs $250 per month, or you can choose to pay quarterly or yearly and save up to $575. All new users can test the service for FREE for 14 days. New users will only pay the setup fee at checkout, and the first service fee will not be charged for 14 days. If you decide to cancel within those 14 days, the service fee will not be charged.
  • Setup fee: There is a one-time non-refundable setup fee of $250 to get your SimplyBonding service provisioned and set up.
To get started, visit 3Gstore.com/simplybonding

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Verizon Leads the Pack Again in RootMetrics' Latest Report


Verizon topped the charts again. This time in network quality, which comes from RootMetrics' 2014 Midyear US National RootScore Report, released just yesterday. T-Mobile has also risen, beating Sprint for third place. According to Bill Moore, CEO for RootMetrics, "Overall the companies are neck and neck. When it comes to reliability, AT&T is getting closer to parity with Verizon."

The report compares network performance for the entire United States, including the 125 largest metro areas. 5.6 million tests were performed across all 50 states -- that includes covering a span of more than 234,000 miles and 6,400 indoor locations. They conducted tests to measure speed, reliability, call, and text messaging quality, among other metrics.  Carriers are then ranked nationally, but RootMetrics also offers insights into performance based on individual states and local communities.


As you can see in the picture above, Verizon led the pack in overall performance, but also in network reliability, network speed, data and call categories -- this goes for state level as well as urban areas. AT&T, which had previously beat Verizon overall for speed, ranked a close second -- both in terms of speed and reliability -- however, they took first for text messaging.

Moore said the biggest change in rankings came from T-Mobile.  With their LTE network ever growing, T-Mobile performed especially well in urban areas, where its service is concentrated. They topped or tied for speed in 32 of 125 metro markets.


Even though Sprint took 4th this time, Moore said it also saw improvement. He says they're still finding their way through a difficult network upgrade. "Sprint is in transition...They have not yet been able to take full advantage of the new Spark network" Moore said. This is work that has been ongoing for over the past year.  Old infrastructure is being taken out and replaced with new equipment. This should make it easier to leverage the three different frequencies of spectrum it's using to build its 4G LTE network. 

Moore noted that the improvements RootMetrics' testing saw in each carrier, and the dynamic nature of the rankings, shows that things are changing quickly in the US wireless market. This is to be expected, he said, as each of the major carriers has been upgrading their networks and adding capacity with more wireless spectrum. He added that the upgrades are happening much faster than anticipated. Just look at Verizon's deployment of the AWS spectrum (what they're calling XLTE) and T-Mobile's deployment of LTE.  It's basically a contest -- anything you can do, I can do better! "These results show that the industry is constantly changing," Moore said. "Every network goes through a build out phase, where performance is high. Then they get some load on the network and it's not as fast."

New Sprint CEO announces lower pricing

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Recently the new Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said he’d be changing Sprint pricing to make them more competitive on price because their network is behind both Verizon and AT&T’s network. Yesterday they made an announcement stating “It’s a New Day for Data for American Consumers” that will offer double the data at similar or lower prices than AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Sprint will also be giving customers up to $350 towards an ETF if they migrate over to the Sprint network in order to steal subscribers from other wireless carriers. The new Sprint Family Share Pack will allow a family to share up to 20GB of data, unlimited text and voice for $100/mo under a limited time promo. This promo is similar to T-Mobile’s $100/mo plan, but doubles the data giving customers a 20GB total pool instead of 10GB with T-Mobile. Sprint plans to release additional announcements later this week with new improved plans for individuals too.

Monday, August 18, 2014

FCC Extends 2nd Net Neutrality Deadline

The Federal Communications Commission is giving the public more time to reply to concerns about net neutrality.  In relation to the commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (which is in place to develop and promote the commission’s goals for the adoption of broadband and voice services), the announcement came on Friday.  The notice states, “To ensure that members of the public have as much time as was initially anticipated to reply to initial comments in these proceedings, the Bureau today is extending the reply comment deadline by three business days.” This means you now have until September 15th to comment.

The FCC will hold a a series of six roundtable discussions about net neutrality beginning on September 16th, and ending October 7th. A Knight Foundation-commissioned analysis of the first round of comments uncovered that 15 percent of responses were opposed to a so-called “pay-to-play” Internet, suggesting such a system would “harm the diversity of the Internet.” Unfortunately, the report only covered a quarter of the total comments.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Andreas R. For Writing Review of a Remote Power Switch - 1 Outlet - Home Automation and Remote Rebooting (Routers, WebCams, Servers, etc)

Congrats to Andreas R. of Stamford, Connecticut who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Remote Power Switch - 1 Outlet - Home Automation and Remote Rebooting (Routers, WebCams, Servers, etc) 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 Andreas R.\'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 device is okay for its price. Unfortunately there are remarkably few usable products like this in any price range. There are a few big problems with this device that seem like they would be very easy to fix. First and biggest is there is no password protect for the device interface. You can't open up access to it on the public Internet because anybody can just log into it. Also, I don't know what port the iOS app uses but that is not password protected either. So again, no public Internet access to it. Another thing that is very wrong with it, is the iOS app that controls it, does not let you enter a hostname for the device. So you can't do something like setup dynamic DNS to access it on the public Internet, even if it was password protected... Fix these things, and you have a first class little device for very cheap! Too bad because we are an IT consulting firm and could probably use a bunch of these if they revise it.


New Sprint CEO plans to compete on price

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New Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has announced they plan to compete against Verizon and AT&T on pricing and we should soon see aggressive pricing updates from Sprint. Previously under Dan Hesse’s leadership he was reluctant to compete on pricing, but the new CEO see’s it differently. Claure even said when you’ve got a great network you don’t have to compete on pricing, but when you don’t have a great network price is something you have to consider. Their network is behind both Verizon and AT&T so that’s really the only option for them until they can complete their Sprint Spark plan and launch better coverage throughout the country. You can expect to see announcements as early as next week as Sprint changes their pricing structures, which should be interesting to see how both Verizon and AT&T respond.

Don't Get Caught Off Guard - Support for Windows 7 Will End in 2020!

Okay, so you've still got about 5 years to continue using Microsoft's most widely used OS, but that time can creep up on you! After all, even though there was news released about the ending of Windows XP support, some were still surprised! So, it’s never too early, especially for businesses, to start planning their move off of the now 5yr old OS. 

It would be in users' best interest to start planning migration to Windows 8 or 8.1 immediately. However, with Windows Threshold (Windows 9) scheduled for release next spring, you may consider holding out to upgrade then.  Of course, by that time, there may also be a 2nd update for Windows 8.1 as well - also expected by next spring.

We've heard reports that the vast majority of Win32 applications that run on Windows 7 should run on Windows 8 and beyond, but enterprises in some regulated industries may be restricted to using software that still uses formal ISV support.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Verizon to launch VoLTE by the end of 2014

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Recently Verizon CFO Fran Shammo told Wall Street investors at a conference on Tuesday that they’ll be offering voice calls over LTE by the end of the year. By moving voice to the 4G LTE networks they can improve efficiency and offer higher quality audio and features like cloud-based video address books. Users will still be able to use the older legacy 3G network as a backup too, if 4G LTE coverage isn’t available at a specific location. Before going live Verizon wants to have their 4G rolled out through the country and currently sits at about 97% market coverage with LTE service. In addition to improved voice quality 4G chips are cheaper too, which could bring down the cost of smartphones when VoLTE is finally released.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Sprint CEO hinting at job cuts

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Sprint recently announced that Marcelo Claure will replace Dan Hesse as the new CEO of Sprint. With the change the new CEO will be holding a company wide meeting on Thursday to discuss his plans to refresh the Sprint brand and improve the company. According to Bloomberg, Claure’s main goal will be to cut costs. This means they’ll start to get more aggressive competing against carriers like T-Mobile who have recently turned the wireless industry upside down with aggressive plans that undercut larger carriers like Verizon and AT&T substantially. Several of the analysts at Bloomberg also believe that Claure will also cut operational costs by letting go some of Sprint’s 36,000 employees.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer David C. For Writing Review of a Millenicom One-Time Activation Fee

Congrats to David C. of Montreal, Quebec who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Millenicom One-Time Activation Fee 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 C.\'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!.

Seems like Millenicom is the best option out there right now for the price. Their service is really bad tho. They can take up to 3 business days to get back to you. I'm not talking about 3GStore service here (which is top notch). So far, I haven't had a chance to use the data since the Pantech that came with the service will not get any service. Be ready to spend an extra 500+$ to get a booster to get some decent reception. This become to be quite an expensive setup for internet access. Especially since free (or cheap) Wifi is getting more and more available through out the Country.


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Cradlepoint Secure Threat Management for Branch Office Networks

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CradlePoint, the global leader in 4G LTE wireless networking solutions for distributed enterprises, today announced CradlePoint Secure Threat Management, an Intrusion Prevention Solution (IPS) integrated with its cloud network management solution, Enterprise Cloud Manager. CradlePoint Secure Threat Management leverage's Trend Micro's proven IPS solution.

CradlePoint Enterprise Cloud Manager's integration of Trend Micro's deep packet inspection engine and IPS signature sets, used in conjunction with the CradlePoint AER 2100, provides protection within a centralized and actionable platform. The combination of solutions improves network security, protects data, and increases security visibility with real-time threat alerts. The addition of intrusion prevention allows organizations to achieve a more secure and PCI 3.0 compliant network.

CradlePoint's introduction of IPS allows customers to create a layered security solution that is applicable to their unique business and existing infrastructure," said Kent Woodruff, chief security officer at CradlePoint. "Our introduction of Advanced Threat Management resonates with many of our customers as they look to maintain security and compliance of branch office networks. CradlePoint's use of IPS allows customers to move towards PCI Compliance 3.0 and ensures that they are proactive in network security and compliance management."

Today's branch office is vulnerable as it struggles with the proliferation of mobile devices and WiFi networks, the lack of support for legacy networks as well as limited to no onsite IT support services. CradlePoint found that of 1,300 breaches that attacked a distributed enterprise in 2013, 91% of the incidents originated externally. These incidents took just minutes to compromise and weeks to discover. The introduction of CradlePoint's Threat Management solution is one component that stifles the attacks. IPS is backed with the industry's leading Deep Pack Inspection (DPI) engine. This allows customers to protect against both server-side and client-side vulnerabilities, matching signatures from Trend Micro's continually updated database of known threats, identifying anomaly traffic and introducing malware protection. Trend Micro IPS threat information is automatically updated to the CradlePoint branch router via Enterprise Cloud Manager.

"Trend Micro's One-Pass Deep Pack Inspection Engine supports the industry's most up to date threat analysis database and network application intelligence simultaneously," said Dr. Terence Liu, VP of Trend's Networking Threats Defense Technology Group. "Customers of CradlePoint will be shielded by the next-generation intrusion prevention technology, identifying and blocking threats in real-time, and alerting security managers for quicker action; and with greater network visibility along with management control."

Expansion of the Enterprise Cloud Management Platform opens the door for increased applications that can be both developed and supported based on the customer's unique market and specific needs. CradlePoint's Enterprise Cloud Manager provides a single platform that network administrators can create best-of-breed security solutions under a single management console. This hybrid approach appeals to a broad set of distributed customers as they create a layered approach to security that is scalable, intelligent and provides maximum protection.

Large Cradlepoint deployment? Request a formal quote

Monday, August 04, 2014

FCC Tries to Ban the Sprint / T-Mobile Auction Partnership

If you hadn’t already heard, Sprint and T-Mobile have been working on a potential partnership for next year’s airwave auction - a precursor to an official merger, executives have reportedly hoped. However, the FCC has now stepped in to try and stop it from happening. In a blog post on Friday, Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the FCC would bar auction deals between these two nationwide wireless companies as an attempt to make sure that they aren’t stacking the deck against smaller companies.

“Our goal is to promote the participation of as many parties as possible in the auction,” Roger Sherman, head of the commission’s wireless telecommunications bureau, wrote. “If two of the largest companies are able to bid as one combined entity in the auction, their combined resources may have the effect of suppressing meaningful competition," he added. "Therefore, the item tentatively concludes that joint bidding arrangements between nationwide providers should not be allowed.”

Surprisingly, this isn’t the only hurdle the possible merger could face. Just last week, the French telecom company Iliad made a $15 billion bid for a controlling stake in T-Mobile - something that would completely negate any merger with Sprint. In addition to banning coordination between nationwide companies, the FCC’s new proposal also tries to nail down rules for how companies of different sizes should be allowed to compete in the auction. The goal, Sherman wrote, is to “provide innovative, smaller companies the opportunity to build wireless businesses that can spur additional investment and bring more choices to consumers.”

Friday, August 01, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Bryan R. For Writing Review of a Wilson DT4G 60db 5-Band SmarTech III Desktop Repeater Kit - 460101 [700/800/1900/1700/2100mhz]

Congrats to Bryan R. of Grove City, Pennsylvania who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Wilson DT4G 60db 5-Band SmarTech III Desktop Repeater Kit - 460101 [700/800/1900/1700/2100mhz] 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 Bryan R.\'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!.

Cost more than I wanted to pay, BUT works as advertised.


Obama Passes Law to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

Today’s a great day for America because President Obama signed a bill that will allow us to unlock our cell phones LEGALLY! Now, your phone just has to be capable of being unlocked, and no longer under contract. Finally, no more having to buy a new phone just because you want to switch carriers. So, that iPhone you spent half your paycheck on, and so desperately rely on, can even be transferred to an overseas carrier. There’s got to be a downside, right? Of course! The new law is only a temporary measure and is only valid until 2015.