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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:34 am    Post subject: Tip #23: Staying under 5GB

The 5GB allowance imposed by all the major national carriers is a hot topic for most mobile broadband users - no one wants to go over and get hit with overage charges, but some folks aren't sure how much data they use or how they can make sure they don't go over.

This week's tip offers some easy and effective ways you can make sure you stay under your limit!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:09 pm    Post subject: Share Your Connection with a 3G/4G Router

Our customers often ask a really basic question that we realized we didn't have an article for... What's a cellular router for?

This week's tip answers that question at length!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:20 pm    Post subject: Tip #25: Solve the Cradlepoint + XP/Vista Saved Settings

If you use Windows XP or Vista and a Cradlepoint router, you may have run into a pesky little error message telling you that "The settings saved on this computer do not match the requirements of the network". Luckily, there's an easy fix!

Read Tip #25: Solve the Cradlepoint + Windows XP/Vista Saved Settings Problem
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:46 pm    Post subject: Tip #25: Using Cradlepoint for Cable/DSL/Satellite

Did you know that your Cradlepoint router is not just the best choice for use with mobile broadband, its also a top-notch router for use with common cable, DSL or satellite internet connections?

It's true, and it's easy! By taking advantage of this functionality, you could set your router up to use your cable/DSL/satellite connection primarily and "fail-over" to mobile broadband if your hard-wired service goes down, or simply eliminate the need for two set-ups (one for mobile broadband, one for your hard-wired connection). Even if you don't have cable/DSL/satellite right now, the fact that your Cradlepoint router CAN be used as a router for those types of internet connections makes your router that much more of a wise investment in case you ever do have access to those options!

Read Tip of the Week #26: Using Your Cradlepoint Router for Cable/DSL/Satellite Internet
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:28 am    Post subject: Re: tip #16: Use WiFi and Tether your Verizon MiFi

Maureen wrote:
One of the biggest bummers about the MiFi is that if you tether it directly to a computer, it disables the WiFi. Luckily, there's a workaround!

How to Use WiFi AND Tether Your Verizon MiFi 2200 at the Same Time

This tip works great with the Verizon MiFi. Unfortunately, the tip doesn't work consistently with the Sprint version of the MiFi. You are welcome to try it - you can always revert back to the default settings - but in our tests it didn't work as well as the Verizon version Sad


UPDATE: 11/06/09 After this information was released, Novatel Wireless has corrected this in the configuration file and will no longer be configurable after a Verizon MiFi device has received it’s updates. According to our sources at Novatel Wireless, this oversight could become a potential safety issue in that when plugged into a USB port and running the modified configuration could cause damage to the computer it is operating on.

3GStore does not advise using this “hack” any longer for we will not be held responsible for bodily harm or any damage that may be caused to both your MiFi and computers.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:12 pm    Post subject: Tip #28: Do a Verizon or Sprint "ESN Swap" Online

If you purchase a new Verizon or Sprint phone or modem to replace an existing device and need to swap the service from your old device to your new one, you can do so online! You can always call your provider and request an ESN swap over the phone, but doing so online is quick and easy and ensures that no changes will accidentally be made to your contract or service by an overzealous rep.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:22 pm    Post subject: Tip #29: Locating Cell Towers

Since the inception of our Tip of the Week series back in April, we have been wanting to post a tip that would help users locate the cellular towers serving them. It's a question we hear often: "how do I find out where the tower is?" Many customers are surprised that there is NOT an easy answer to that question! There is no publicly available database, no magical mapping tool - it's not even as simple as asking the provider themselves. Unfortunately, while we would love to offer a simple solution, this Tip of the Week is to help you save time and frustration and explain why locating a cell tower is NOT an easy process...

Read Tip #29: Locating Cell Towers - a "Non-Tip" Tip of the Week
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:26 pm    Post subject: Tip #30: Improve your MiFi's WiFi range w/ Pepwave

The MiFi is uber-popular and very convenient, but as many users are well aware, there are a couple major downsides to it: short WiFi range (about 30 feet) and no ethernet port for connecting devices that don't have WiFi. The new Pepwave Surf Mini easily solves BOTH of those problems!

Read Tip #30: Improve Your MiFi's WiFi Range + add Ethernet Capability With Pepwave Surf
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:28 pm    Post subject: Tip #31: WaW for Cradlepoint Routers

We've been discussing the many uses of the new Pepwave Surf Mini for a couple weeks now, and one of the most popular uses for it is "WiFi as WAN". As versatile as the Cradlepoint mobile broadband routers are, they all lack a feature that many of 3GStore.com's RV customers have repeatedly asked us for -- the ability to receive campground WiFi to use as an internet source.

Read Tip #31: Use Campground WiFi as the Internet source for Cradlepoint Routers
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:29 pm    Post subject: Tip #32: Linking Two Cradlepoint Routers (WDS)

EVDOinfo typically posts one hot tip each week in the Tip of the Week series, but we are posting a bonus tip today because of the enormous popularity of the current Buy a Cradlepoint MBR1000, Receive a FREE CTR350 promotion. That promo is a great value no matter how you plan to use the routers, but this tip will show you how you can really get the MOST out of your free CTR350 by using the two routers together to maximize your WiFi range!

Read Tip #32: Linking Two Cradlepoint Routers (WDS)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:37 pm    Post subject: Tip #33: Pepwave improves commercial wifi network use

We've been discussing the many uses of the new Pepwave Surf Mini for a couple weeks now, and here is yet another great use for it!

For folks using commercial WiFi networks (for example, the ones AT&T and Verizon offer their DSL customers), the Pepwave Surf Mini comes in very handy. It simplifies the task of switching from one hotspot to another without having to change network settings on each piece of equipment that requires internet access, and gives you the added bonus of being able to connect from further away (the receiving antenna on the Surf Mini is much stronger than the ones built in to laptops/phones/etc).

Read Tip #33: Connect Multiple Devices to Commercial WiFi w/ Pepwave Surf Mini
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:48 am    Post subject: Re: Tip #20: Which EVDO Device is Best for Cradlepoint Route

Maureen wrote:
Cradlepoint routers have a lot of great features, but the features don't work with ALL modems. If you plan to use your Sprint or Verizon device with a Cradlepoint router, you'll want to check to see that it is BRAG(Bars, RSSI, Activation, GPS)-compatible.

Not to "BRAG", but this tip is great! (pun 100% intended)

Read Tip #20: Which EVDO Device is Best for Cradlepoint Routers?

UPDATE: 12/22/09 -- there is now another piece of very useful information that Cradlepoint web admin can display about certain router connections: "Service Display" will tell you if your modem is connected to a high speed or slow speed network.

So now, our BRAG coding system is our BRAGS coding system.

Check out the screenshot below showing the modem is connected to high speed EVDO network:



right now, only modern sierra wireless modems seem capable of displaying network coverage info.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:16 pm    Post subject: Tip 34: DON'T Update/Upgrade your Equipment Unecessarily!

The recent compatibility problems blackberry users experienced after they upgraded their phone's software (after updating their Blackberry to the latest version of firmware, they found that it was no longer compatible with their Cradlepoint router) prompted this very important tip: you do NOT need to install every software/firmware update to your device!

Read Tip #34: DON'T Upgrade Your Equipment Unnecessarily!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:24 pm    Post subject: Tip #35: Power Cycle Your 3G/4G Router

For users who find themselves having to manually re-set their router on a regular basis, our suggestion is that they put their 3G/4G router on a digital timer that is set to cycle power on a pre-defined schedule, completely rebooting the router without the need for human intervention.

Read Tip #35: Power Cycle your 3G/4G Router
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject: tip #36: View RSSI in your Cradlepoint Router

In years past, customers who used their mobile broadband modems in routers would need to use their mobile broadband modem directly in their computer and run their carrier's connection manager software in order to view their RSSI, but beginning in the fall of 2008 Cradlepoint routers began to display RSSI within the web admin for some modems. Starting with firmware 1.3.1 for the CTR500 and MBR1000, and firmware 2.2 for the CTR350 and PHS300, Cradlepoint routers will display signal strength as RSSI for many popular modems, making a "site survey" much easier for folks who use their mobile broadband modems in a router!

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