Friday, December 26, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer John A. For Writing Review of a Wilson Sleek 4G Universal SmarTech III Cell Phone/Hotspot Cradle Signal Booster - 460107 [700/800/1900/1700/2100mhz]

Congrats to John A. of Littleton, Colorado who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Wilson Sleek 4G Universal SmarTech III Cell Phone/Hotspot Cradle Signal Booster - 460107 [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 John A.\'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 signal booster brought up our data signal from almost unusable to moderately good. We are very happy with it. It is a good solution since we don't have a very good Verizon signal where we are.


Sony Playstation Network Still Down Due to Hackers

If you haven’t already heard, or been experiencing it yourself, Sony’s PlayStation Network is still down as of a few minutes ago. Their engineering team continues to deal with the aftermath of a hacking group called “Lizard Squad”, who also crashed Microsoft’s Xbox Live at the same time. Microsoft has gotten Xbox Live back up already and given the events of the 2011 PlayStation network hack, it’s a surprise that Sony is still down. At least this time no user account information seems to have been leaked due to the attack.

Neither Microsoft, nor Sony has provided an explanation for the network disruptions. It has been linked to a high-profile breach at Sony Pictures due to North Korea’s opposition to the film “The Interview.” However, other than the fact that the FBI has identified North Korea to be the culprit, there has been no direct correlation to the film.

The attacks originated on Christmas Day - an even bigger surprise to those who received new consoles as gifts. Users typically have to update their consoles with the company’s online network before even being able to use the console.

Lizard Squad has posted a few comments on their Twitter account about the hack - even as far back as August when they essentially promised an attack on Christmas Day. According to an encrypted online conversation posted on the website WinBeta, the group hacked the networks “just for laughs.” However, they later commented that they were trying to show how vulnerable the companies were. Going on to say they were “forcing the companies upgrade their security as a result.”

The reason they decided to stop the attacks - which they described as a “distributed denial of service attack” on the companies - was due to a response from Kim Dotcom, a New-Zealand based entrepreneur. Dotcom runs an encryption and secure data storage service he calls MegaPrivacy. He offered Lizard Squad vouchers for his service (valued at $99 each) if they ceased the attacks. No further comments have been seen.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Google & Microsoft Urge the FCC to Deny WiFi Blocking Plan to Marriott Hotels

Back in October, the FCC had fined Marriott Hotels for deliberately blocking customers’ personal WiFi hotspots. Now, the company is actually requesting permission from the government to do the same thing they were previously doing illegally. In August, Marriott, along with their business partner Ryman Hospitality Properties and trade group the American Hotel and Lodging Association, sent a petition to the FCC. In the petition, they asked them to “declare that the operator of a Wi-Fi network does not violate U.S. law by using FCC-authorized equipment to monitor and mitigate threats to the security and reliability of its network,” even when taking action causes interference to mobile devices.

Prior to this past Friday, the FCC had opened the hotel’s petition up for the public to comment on. It’s no surprise, that tech giants like Google, Microsoft and CTIA all urged against the FCC approving their petition. However, due mainly to security and privacy reasons, Marriott feels that some hotspot blocking is justified as long as they aren’t using illegal equipment like signal jammers.

As of now, the FCC is still in the process of making a decision on the matter.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer James C. For Writing Review of a Peplink Balance 30 with Embedded AT&T/Canada 3G/4G Modem

Congrats to James C. of North York, Ontario who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Peplink Balance 30 with Embedded AT&T/Canada 3G/4G Modem 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 James 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!.

Simply works. I need a seamless internet connection for my business and this router does the job for me. I had hard time to configure properly with my old dual wan router, but this peplink is really easy to understand and setup. If you need a reliable dual WAN router, this is it. One thing i don't like is that all the ethernet and WAN ports are located on the front face. not easy to manage all the thernet cable neat. Overall, i give 4 / 5 on the router.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sierra Wireless DMZ


The DMZ is used to direct unsolicited inbound traffic to a specific LAN device such as a computer running a web server or other internal application. The DMZ with public mode is particularly useful for certain services like VPN, NetMeeting, and streaming video where the remote server may require a WAN connection to the LAN device rather than being NAT by the router. In public mode unsolicited traffic to hosts in the DMZ is permitted by default.

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Download Sierra Wireless DMZ (only available for 3Gstore customers who have purchased one of the products below)

Products:

Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G - NO WIFI, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G DC No WIFI, Sierra Wireless AirLink LS300 w/ Verizon 3G, Sierra Wireless AirLink LS 300 w/ Sprint 3G, Sierra Wireless AirLink LS300 w/ Global 3G GSM, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ AT&T 3G/4G - NO WIFI, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ AT&T 3G/4G, Sierra Wireless AirLink ES440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Sierra Wireless AirLink ES440 w/ AT&T 3G/4G

Sierra Wireless Port Forwarding


Port forwarding is when you command your network router to identify and redirect a packet to a specific device

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Download Sierra Wireless Port Forwarding (only available for 3Gstore customers who have purchased one of the products below)

Products:

Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G - NO WIFI, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G DC No WIFI, Sierra Wireless AirLink LS300 w/ Verizon 3G, Sierra Wireless AirLink LS300 w/ Sprint 3G, Sierra Wireless AirLink LS300 w/ Global 3G GSM, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ AT&T 3G/4G - NO WIFI, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ AT&T 3G/4G, Sierra Wireless AirLink ES440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Sierra Wireless AirLink ES440 w/ AT&T 3G/4G

Sierra Wireless IP Pass through


IP Pass-Through mode, simply stated, disables the Routing and LAN functions and provides the WAN address directly to the attached network client.

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Download Sierra Wireless IP Pass through (only available for 3Gstore customers who have purchased one of the products below)

Products:

Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G - NO WIFI, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G DC No WIFI, Sierra Wireless AirLink LS300 w/ Verizon 3G, Sierra Wireless AirLink LS300 w/ Sprint 3G, Sierra Wireless AirLink LS300 w/ Global 3G GSM, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ AT&T 3G/4G - NO WIFI, Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 w/ AT&T 3G/4G, Sierra Wireless AirLink ES440 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Sierra Wireless AirLink ES440 w/ AT&T 3G/4G

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pepwave Max OTG - Getting Started Tip Sheet


This tip sheet walks you through the initial setup of your Pepwave Max on the Go. We'll show you how to set up your WAN connections, as well as adjust WiFi settings.

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Download Pepwave Max OTG - Getting Started Tip Sheet (only available for 3Gstore customers who have purchased one of the products below)

Products:

Pepwave Max On-The-Go, Pepwave Max On-The-Go with Load Balancing, Pepwave Max On-The-Go with Load Balancing & Speedfusion

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Peplink InControl 2 Required Firewall Updates

Peplink's InControl 2 is an online, cloud based, management utility for Peplink routers and access points. InControl lets individual users or IT departments easily manage their Peplink deployments from a single user interface. InControl lets users push firmware and configuration updates, update access points, manage and track bandwidth across multiple sites, and perform fleet management on GPS enable devices.

Today Peplink has announced their InControl platform will be expanding with a new range of IP addresses. These IP's are how Peplink routers and access points can talk to InControl for updates and remote management. If you are using a Peplink as a standalone router with no firewall, there is nothing you have to do. However, if you are using your Peplink with an active firewall or behind another firewall, you must allow the following IP addresses and ports through.

Existing server IP addresses: 
  • 54.213.17.185 
  • 54.218.62.163 
Additional server IP addresses: 
  • 54.201.63.99 
  • 54.69.133.25 
  • 54.174.153.41 
  • 54.174.232.241 
  • 54.169.188.216 
  • 54.169.190.249 
Outgoing ports: 
  • UDP port 5246  
  • TCP port 443 
For more information on InControl 2, check out the video introduction below. To see how Peplink can help your home or business run more efficiently, visit 3Gstore.com or contact the experts at 3Gstore. To view all Peplink/Pepwave hardware, click here!

Friday, December 12, 2014

iBoot - Getting Started Tip Sheet


This tip sheet walks you through the first time setup of your iBoot Power Switch.

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Download iBoot - Getting Started Tip Sheet (only available for 3Gstore customers who have purchased one of the products below)

Products:

Dataprobe iBoot-DC Network Power Switch, Dataprobe Expansion Unit for iBoot-G2+, Dataprobe iBoot-G2 Network Power Switch, Dataprobe iBoot-G2+ Advanced Network Power Switch

Friday, December 05, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Blane S. For Writing Review of a 3Gstore IP Switch - 2 Outlet - US - Latest Firmware

Congrats to Blane S. of Happy Valley, Oregon who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for 3Gstore IP Switch - 2 Outlet - US - Latest Firmware 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 Blane 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!.

The people at 3G are awesome. I had trouble setting up the device for an unusual application. A quick call to customer support and they had the device up and running, doing what I needed it to do, in no time at all. I will definitely buy from them again.


Verizon Will Support 3G until 2019

Yesterday, we posted news that Verizon was starting to kill off their 3G networks. This comes 4 years after 4G was initially launched. According to Verizon’s vice president of network operations, Mike Haberman, they are using the PCS bands and repurposing them for their third LTE network. It will be deployed it in 10 markets to start.

“In Manhattan, PCS is up with LTE. It puts us in even a better situation, because you’ve got another 10×10 block out there right now,” Haberman said. Unfortunately Haberman didn’t say what other cities are included in this upgrade, but so far it has also been discovered in Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio.

The change comes mainly because of the decreased usage on the 3G network. Most customers are upgrading to new devices that support 4G and, let’s face it, 3G will eventually become unused anyway. In fact, most manufacturers like Apple are only making 4G devices now.

For those of you still stuck with 3G as your only option - don’t be too discouraged. Verizon knows this and certainly won’t shut it down completely just yet. Haberman said they are committed to support 3G EV-DO until at least December 31, 2019.

Monday, December 01, 2014

FedEx Crashes Under Cyber Monday Load


FedEx Webservices API has been crashing under heavy Cyber Monday traffic - knocking out many ecommerce web sites on the busiest online sales day of the year.  3Gstore noticed customers complaints around 1pm CST and we confirmed the issue.  FedEx normally takes 5 seconds or so to return the shipping rates to display to the online shopper while they are checking out.  Those times jumped to 8 minutes or more - causing many shoppers to abort.  Luckily at 3Gstore, we use both FedEx and UPS.  UPS didn't have the problem - so instead of displaying both rates, we are now only displaying UPS rates - so we don't disappoint our customers (and lose sales).