July Tech Bulletin

As your trusted M2M communications partner, USAT Corp. prioritizes data security for critical WWAN data transmissions on the public networks. Through technical innovation, USAT places enhanced wireless data security within the reach of all clientele, regardless of project size. See information about the way that USAT is reimagining private network implementation below. In other networking news, VZW extends availability of IPv4 static IPs in a new PSA. Also herewith, see important information regarding changes in price structure for both the Cradlepoint and the Sierra Wireless cloud-based device management systems. Info from USAT is below about the roadmap indicating the end-of-the-line for the IBR6XX-LPE models from Cradlepoint. In addition, Digi international, Red Lion, and Multi-Tech, have officially published end-of-life dates on some of their cellular routers/modems—info that is digested at the end of this email.

  • USAT CORP. NEWS—USAT has released a private network with no line/device minimums, no mandatory contractual terms, and in some cases, no set-up fees—and the potential for a 24-hour implementation time. Unlimited IPv4 static IP addresses are available. Read about Express M2M Prime Network service/airtime here. Reply to this email if you would like additional info about why isolating your M2M data transmissions from the public Internet should be part of your security strategy.
  • VERIZON WIRELESS NEWS—Please note: Verizon Wireless issued a new, revised Public Service Announcement that pushed back the date that IPv4 addresses will no longer be available to mid-2018 from the original date that VZW had set of June 30th, 2017. Read the new VZW PSA here.
  • SIERRA WIRELESS AIRLINK NEWS—ALMS is now free-of-charge for clients with under 16 devices registered for this device health monitoring service. Read the additional details about that program here. Want to take advantage of free ALMS, but don’t know where to begin? Reply to this email and we can help you sign into your free account for sub-quantity 16 device users.
  • Sierra Wireless has extended their trade-in program that offers cash incentives for upgrading older Airlink Devices until September 30th. Read the program overview here.
  • CRADLEPOINT NEWS—IMPORTANT—Enterprise Cloud Manager, ECM, has evolved and beginning on July 17th has been rebranded as NetCloud Manager (NCM). When it comes time for service subscription renewal, the Basic service option will remain the same cost. The Prime service option will have an approximate 30% increase in cost. See an explanation for that change here.
  • CRADLEPOINT USERS OF THE POPULAR IBR6XXLPE PRODUCT LINE please note well: although the official EOL date has not yet been published for this line, the published roadmap points to these best-selling models going EOL in 2017. If you are a user of the IBR600LPE or IBR650LPE Cradlepoint router, then the time to proactively manage the model change is now. Contact USAT for a presentation of your options.
  • DIGI INTERNATIONAL NEWS—EOL Announcement-Accessories & Some Transport WR44 models
  • RED LION SIXNET NEWS—EOL Announcement-SN-68XX & RAM68XX
  • MULTI-TECH NEWS—Near EOL Announcement-2G & 3G MultiModem iCell Line

Archive-March 2017-Tech Bulletin-IPv4 Announcement-Cradlepoint And Sierra Wireless-EOL LS300 AT&T

As an active adviser to your wireless communications initiatives, USAT Corp. has information to share:

*IPV4 & IPV6 INFORMATION*
 
VZW recently announced that it will stop issuing new public static IPv4 IP addresses on June 30th 2017. USAT has analyzed how this will affect our critical infrastructure clients and an initial summary is below:

  • If your organization’s communication devices are currently sending data on a Verizon private network, you will not be affected by this change.
  • Any existing IPv4 public static IPs currently in use will continue to operate as usual after June 30th 2017.
  • Any devices activated on the VZW network after June 30th MAY NOT be assigned an IPv4 public static IP address. USAT has received no guarantees that exceptions will be made.

 
IN ADDITION, PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER: that if your organization has reserved IPv4 public static IP blocks but do not have the associated IPs assigned to an active device on the VZW network, it may be in your best interest to activate them before June 30th, or VZW will have the right to reclaim those unused IPs from your organization.
 
Below find two statements from USAT’s key manufacturer partners about IPv6 support for their product lines post-June 30th. In both cases, the news is good:

 
If you have any concerns about a specific wireless gateway/router or if you are questioning whether your application requires a public static IP, please contact your USAT Corp. sales account manager or respond to this email.
 
*SIERRA WIRELESS FIRMWARE—IMPORTANT ACTION REQUIRED—UPGRADE TEMPLATES TO 4.7*
 
It is important to note that all new devices in the GX450, RV50, and ES450 product lines from Sierra Wireless are shipping from the factory with 4.7 pre-loaded. Once a device has 4.7 on it, the device cannot be downgraded to an earlier firmware.  In preparation for new deployments, USAT recommends that all current users of the GX/ES and RV families upgrade an existing unit in their stock to the latest firmware and validate that all of their configurations work with their solutions. 
 
More information about the ALEOS 4.7 firmware update can be viewed here: http://usatcorp.com/key-points-sierra-wireless-aleos-4-7-0-firmware-release/

*SIERRA WIRELESS End Of Sale (EOS) ANNOUNCEMENTS*

 
–All GX400s will EOS on April 30th 2017 with the last ship date set for 12/30/2017.
–The AT&T LS300 will also EOS on April 30th 2017 with the last ship date set for 12/30/2017.
–Please note the VZW LS300 is still actively in production and EOS has not yet been announced.
 
Do not hesitate to contact USAT with specific questions related to your business applications. Remember that we are your partners for all elements of a wireless project—including cabling, antennas and enclosures. Check out the spec sheet for the new log periodic LPDA antenna by Poynting that is making a significant difference in connectivity in fringe locations for clients using 4G only LTE Advanced network devices.

Archive-October 2016-Tech Bulletin–Mirai Advisory And New Wireless Network Products MG90

Our mission is to keep you informed about information key to the success of your organization’s wireless data initiatives. Below you will find an overview of important facts about the Mirai virus. Near the bottom of this email, you will find information about new products that you should be aware of in the wireless data communications space.

Mirai Summary: A new Trojan virus called Mirai is in the news.  Mirai is targeting Linux servers, M2M and IoT devices, including cellular gateways and routers, but mainly cameras and DVRs, running Linux-based firmware, for the purpose of nefariously engaging these systems as part of a large botnet used to stage Denial-of-Service DDoS attacks designed to disrupt access to web properties. (More info: https://safeum.com/blog/2014-mirai-trojan-is-the-next-big-threat-to-iot-devices-and-linux-servers.html) Runaway cellular airtime usage can be a result of infection. In the world of wireless networking, any device that runs on Linux is susceptible. PLEASE NOTE USAT CLIENT BASE: Critical infrastructure clients who are on private networks run a reduced risk of infection.

How Infection Happens: Mirai infects devices via brute-force attacks on the Telnet port, exploiting a “black hat” list of default password credentials, taking advantage of instances where device owners have forgotten to change the built-in default password to a secure password. Critical infrastructure clients who are not on private networks but who have implemented complicated passwords (like what the USAT DevProv+ service facilitates) and instituted other basic security functions like “white lists” and “black lists” are unlikely victims. If you have not or suspect that a user within your organization has not changed the default passwords on the devices attached to your corporate network, then it is important to implement secure passwords now in order to avoid operational ramifications as well as possible financial charges due to data consumption overages.

How To Diffuse Your Risk & Treat Infection: Good news: even if your device is infected, restarting the device and changing the password is an effective treatment. Sierra Wireless, a world leader in the manufacture of cellular gateways was the first to issue a technical bulletin detailing the threat of Mirai to the M2M/IOT ecosystem. Please refer to the steps that they suggest to secure devices here: http://usatcorp.com/action-required-sierra-wireless-technical-bulletin-mirai-trojan/.  The Department of Homeland Security also very recently issued an informative publication on defeating Botnets here https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA16-288A. In addition to the advice issued on the DHS link, best practices dictate that if you are a user of cellular routers and gateways, make sure that devices in your network are running the latest firmware.
Please feel free to respond to this email with additional questions or concerns about the Mirai virus.

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOLLOW:
USAT NEW PRODUCTS—Poynting High-Gain Multi-band Antennas Launched
Poynting high gain directional antennas are now a stocked item at USAT Corp. USAT conducted an extensive search for multi-band high gain antennas, both omni and directional (yagi) that can support the different flavors of LTE used domestically and around the world, and this product line tested out the best. See examples here http://usatcorp.com/usat-corp-will-now-offer-poynting-antennas/. If you have interest in superior high gain antennas, respond to this email, and a specialist will contact you.

CRADLEPOINT NEW PRODUCTS

SIERRA WIRELESS AIRLINK NEW PRODUCTS

DIGI NEW PRODUCTS

As you set budgets for wireless data communication and networking initiatives in 2017 and beyond, please consider USAT Corp. as your consultative partner and engage with us early and often. You can get in touch with me to discuss your upcoming projects, or reach out directly to your USAT account manager.

4G Cellular Modems For US Cellular–Sierra Wireless AirLink GX450 & ES450

For many years, users of the US Cellular network lacked options when it came to selecting a cellular 3G/4G modem, gateway or router for wireless data acquisition and remote monitoring applications. For organizations that were using the US Cellular network, the lack of “certified” devices was a potential barrier to launching M2M or mobility projects using a public network backbone. Well, the wait is over. For those clients who have been looking for a reliable US Cellular cell modem option for in-vehicle usage or for SCADA, distribution automation or other types of industrial automation, the wait is over. US Cellular has certified the Sierra Wireless AirLink GX450 and the ES450 for use on the US Cellular network as of July 15th, 2015 and the devices are available and shipping now. See them both below.

Tech Note: Required configuration is North America Generic and ALEOS 4.4.1 or later is required.

Sierra Wireless Airlink GX440 End-Of-Life

It is official: Sierra Wireless will cease production of the AirLink GX440 in that not too distant future. The Sierra Wireless GX440 is sunsetting at the end of 2015. Last buy for the GX440  will be Dec. 31st, 2015. Last shipment will be June 30,  2016. Why the six month differential between last buy and last shipment? Because Sierra Wireless is most likely going to allow phased purchase orders is our interpretation. The replacement product for the GX440 is the GX450. The time to start planning for your company’s migration to the GX450 is now. For a summary description of the differences between the GX440 and the GX450, visit this link. 

Sierra Wireless GX450–Warranty Length Flexibility A Good Thing

Although the new Sierra Wireless AirLink GX450 was known to be in the works for some time, the Sierra Wireless product team packed in some surprises when they released it. For instance, a month in advance, It was common knowledge that the new unit would support AWS/XLTE. It was also a well known fact that the GX450 would support, come Q3 2015, carrier delineation by software (when the ALEOS upgrade that will make it possible is released). What a boon to all! One GX450, in a few months, will be able to be either VZW, Sprint or AT&T. Telecom managers everywhere are rejoicing at this prospect! However, no one knew about the big surprise: the fact that Sierra Wireless was releasing the GX450 device with a 3 year warranty instead of a 5 year warranty. The option to buy a full 5 year uplift exists, but the standard warranty term is now 3 years.

“Wait a minute! Doesn’t Sierra Wireless AirLink stand behind their product any more?” some readers may be asking. Well that was my first impulse as well, until I looked carefully at the price-points. The price for the GX450 WITH the full 5 year warranty is the same as the GX440 with the 5 year warranty. The price for the GX450 with the 3 year warranty is $100 less than the GX440. Now this makes sense. While many critical infrastructure clients expect a 5-7 year lifecycle out of their cellular gateways, some clientele in the M2M space who are more attuned to “speeds and feeds” than the SCADA crowd, cycle their units in 2-3 years. So Sierra Wireless AirLink is making a play for that demographic. That only makes sense as IOT and a whole new world of applications for cellular gateways emerges on the horizon.

Check out the specifications for the new, Verizon Wireless LTE/XLTE Sierra Wireless GX450 (part number 1102326) here.

 

Sierra Wireless GX440 Part Number List & Feature/Specification Summary

Below find a parts list that includes a features and functionality summary on each model of the Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440.

Important Tips & Notes On The GX440:

  • The GX440 ships without antennas.
  • The GX440 ships without a SIM card. It takes a MINI sized SIM, not a MICRO size SIM.
  • As of this writing, the GX440 does not have a model designed to run on the Sprint network, but that is on the roadmap.
  • The AC adapter version of the GX440 is a world-wide adapter that ships with a kit with many interchangeable heads designed to work with multiple outlet styles.

GX440 Verizon Models

Cellular Modem GX440 Part Numbers Power Assembly GX440 Xcard Slot 4G/3G WWAN Ethernet Port Serial Port GPS
Verizon GX440 1101413  AC Power Empty LTE/EVDO 1 1 Y
Verizon GX440 1101414 DC Power Empty LTE/EVDO 1 1 Y
Verizon GX440 1101530  AC Power WIFI Module LTE/EVDO 1 1 Y
Verizon GX440 1101531 DC Power WIFI Module LTE/EVDO 1 1 Y
Verizon GX440 1101729 DC Power I/O Module LTE/EVDO 1 2 Y
Verizon GX440 1101816 AC Power I/O Module LTE/EVDO 1 2 Y
Verizon GX440 1101728 AC Power Ethernet Module LTE/EVDO 2 1 Y
Verizon GX440 1102024 DC Power Ethernet Module LTE/EVDO 2 1 Y

 

GX440 AT&T Models

Sierra Wireless Cellular Modem GX440 Part Numbers Power Assembly GX440 Xcard Slot 4G/3G WWAN Ethernet Port Serial Port GPS
AT&T GX440 1101689 AC Power Empty LTE/HSPA+ 1 1 Y
AT&T GX440 1101688 DC Power Empty LTE/HSPA+ 1 1 Y
AT&T GX440 1101690 AC Power WIFI Module LTE/HSPA+ 1 1 Y
AT&T GX440 1101691 DC Power WIFI Module LTE/HSPA+ 1 1 Y
AT&T GX440 1101809 DC Power I/O Module LTE/HSPA+ 1 2 Y
AT&T GX440 1101880 AC Power I/O Module LTE/HSPA+ 1 2 Y
AT&T GX440 1101960 AC Power Ethernet Module LTE/HSPA+ 2 1 Y
AT&T GX440 1101810 DC Power Ethernet Module LTE/HSPA+ 2 1 Y

 

CalAmp Vanguard 3000 Is One Modem That Works On Multiple Carrier Networks

Supply chain managers are constantly looking for innovative ways to do more with less. In the cellular space one sticking point for enterprise procurement strategies is the fact that for most product cellular modem/gateway/router product lines, there is not an option to buy a single device and have it operate on all three major carrier networks (Sprint, Verizon & AT&T).

Today I’d like to write about one cellular modem that can, indeed, be used for all three carrier networks. The single device that is compatible with all three public carrier networks is the CalAmp Vanguard 3000.

HOW IT WORKS

The CalAmp Vanguard 3000 uses a Qualcomm GOBI radio module that is software delineated as to which carriers networks it will use. The cellular carrier can be selected any time after purchase. What this means is that the end-user can select which carrier (Sprint, VZW, or AT&T) that will be the network associated with the device. Although, the Vanguard 3000 can, in practice, be activated with live data plans for all three major US carriers, the most common scenario is that the device is provisioned for one carrier only at the time of deployment.

WHY THIS MATTERS

There are only two part numbers for the Vanguard 3000. There are not separate part number variants for every carrier and carrier combination. The adaptability of the CalAmp Vanguard 3000 makes for an easier-to-manage supply chain since only one part needs to be warehoused. This type of flexibility has other benefits. If corporate telecommunication contracts undergo a major change–for example, one carrier is supplanted by another on a corporate level–there is no need to buy all new cellular modems. The Vanguard 3000 can be provisioned for a different carrier and does not need to be replaced.

3G ONLY TODAY

Today the CalAmp Vanguard 3000 is available only for 3G networks. This is more than sufficient for many remote data acquisition applications but is not appropriate for high-bandwidth applications like video monitoring. To learn more about the CalAmp Vanguard 3000, in both its iterations (140-7230-110 and the 140-7230-000), click here.

Comparing The New Raven XT V2229T Versus The Old Raven XT V2227

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Form factor is identical

Form factor is identical

The first shipments of the new Sierra Wireless AirLink Raven XT have arrived. At this time, I’d like to save a lot of instrumentation and control specialists a lot of worry by sharing a product comparison photo. Since many clients are OEMs that designed their instrumentation cabinets around the footprint of the AirLink Raven XT, the photograph above verifies the same form factor has been utilized on both the legacy V2227 and G2263 as well as the V2229T. I am also happy to confirm that the same AC and DC power adapter can be used, as well as the same mounting bracket. In summary, it is possible to pull out a failed Raven XT from your existing assembly and replace it with the new V2229T as long as the antenna you deployed contains spectrum for 3G.

Sierra Wireless Raven XT Has New Part Number-V2229T

As a follow-up to the blog posting about the Raven XT in February, it is worth noting that Sierra Wireless has re-released the Raven XT for Verizon Wireless (VZW) in 2014. Shipping of the new unit will begin in April 2014. Sierra Wireless had run out of components to continue making the Raven XT V2227, but has released the new version with a current EVDO Rev A module. In order to indicate the module change, Sierra Wireless has released a new part number for this Raven XT. The new part number for the AirLink Raven XT for Verizon Wireless is V2229T-VD for DC Power and V2229T-VA for AC Power. Sierra Wireless has committed to producing this new version of the Raven XT for the year of 2014. The Sierra Wireless Raven XT is in stock and available here. Remember that the Raven XT is serial only. Unless your business application requires the very low power-draw that makes the Raven XT appealing, the LS300 packs more bang for the buck with both a GPS and an Ethernet port.