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

Is It True That Verizon Wireless Has Run Out Of IPv4 Static IP Addresses As Of June 30th, 2017?

There has been so much FUD lately about whether or not Verizon Wireless has run out of IPv4 Static IP Addresses. The root of the problem is that Verizon Wireless issued a formal, published statement on March 8th, 2017 letting their clientele and partners know that Verizon would stop issuing any new IPv4 Static IP addresses on June 30th, 2017 due to lack of availability. See that announcement here.

Since many businesses and government agencies that use the Verizon Wireless network for M2M communications absolutely require IPv4 Static IP Addresses and cannot make the move to IPv6 addressing, this came as a shocking wake up call–even though since the early 2000s networking professionals have wrung their hands about the fact that the addresses are finite and would some day run out. So is June 30th IPv4 Static IP Armageddon for users of the nation’s top network? The answer is “no.”

Since the March 8th announcement, several Verizon Wireless sources have confirmed that large blocks of IPv4 Static IP addresses have been located, and are available. That said, like any finite resource, how long they last is directly related to how quickly they are consumed. Go figure. The end is nigh, although the exact date is now unclear to anyone, I believe.

What is the antidote to this problem? A Private Network is. Verizon Wireless and other top-tier carriers are absolutely shepherding their clientele to the security of Private Networks–which also have enough IPv4 Static IP Addresses for today and the future. In addition, innovative, client-centric companies–like mine–have also invested in ways to ensure that their clients do not lose sleep at night about the IPv4 Static IP address crisis. At USAT Corp., we do that by ensuring that ANY client large or small, has access to a Private Network without all the expense, time investment, long deployment schedules and technical expertise that has historically kept the barriers to entry very high. Read about how we do that, here. On a different front, there are also emerging software defined networking options that are very interesting and worth reading up on as they bring networking into a “GUI in the Cloud.”  In closing, savvy members of the M2M/IOT ecosystem that use the public carriers networks for data transmissions AND require IPv4 Static IP Addresses have been gifted a little more time to plan on what their next move will be. Time to buckle down and do the research and make some proactive decisions.