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New Hawking HD45X WiFi Repeater now available!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Featuring the brand new Hawking HD45X WiFi repeater/range extender, now available here at RepeaterStore! The Hi-Gain Dual-Band Wireless-N Range Extender repeats wireless signals from any access point or router with 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz signal from an existing network. Compatible with 802.11a/ b/g/n networks, the HD45X is an ideal solution to upgrade and improve your wireless experience.  It’s an essential component to accommodate the growing demand for high-definition content, like streaming high definition contents, online gaming, etc. The HD45X doubles the size of your Wi-Fi network at up to 450Mbps, 3X faster than standard Wireless-N Range Extender in the Market.


The 2.4GHz is the most commonly used wireless bandwidth. It also has a limited number of bandwidth for multiple activities, such as sending emails, video chatting, streaming movies, playing games, etc. In addition, the same 2.4GHz frequency is also shared between different devices (i.e. laptops, tablets, smartphones, TV, gaming consoles, and other common household devices like microwaves and cordless phones). This causes interference and major backlog with your online activities. The Dual-Band technology provides maximum flexibility for your Dual-Band compatible devices to connect to the popular 2.4GHz frequency and also off-load traffic to a faster less-crowded 5.0GHz frequency.

While the 5.0GHz runs at a higher throughput rate, its wireless strength is limited.  The HD45X increases the signal strength and provides doubles the wireless distance for you dual-band network. As a result, it provides a stronger and more solid wireless connection to improve overall performance, such as improving the data transfer speed and reducing lag while streaming or downloading multimedia content (video, music, etc.).  Seamless Roaming is a unique feature that mirrors existing network settings for ultimate mobility with all your Wi-Fi devices.

In addition, Hawking Dual-Band Wireless-N Range Extender promotes data speeds of up to 300Mbps for 2.4GHz frequencies and 450Mbps for 5.0GHz frequencies. This means users can have more bandwidth and transfer more files in less time.


The HD45X combines Dual-Band technology with removable external antennas to upgrade your overall wireless experience.

Head on over to our product page to see the product details and installation manual.


Sprint’s final deadline for Nextel shutdown is June 30th, 2013

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Sprint has revealed that it’s aiming to axe the Nextel platform in its entirety by June 30th, 2013. The company has already moved well ahead of schedule in deactivating 9,600 iDEN sites — a third of its network. The company admitted that it’s battling with Verizon Wireless to coax former Nextel users onto its service, but hopes that since it’s got a shiny new Direct Connect platform, the Now Network will be able to keep hold of far more of thjem than it has done so far.

So, if you’re currently a Nextel/iDEN user on the Push-To-Talk network and have poor signal, head on over to our dual band repeater kit page and take a look a dual band amplifier!


AT&T raises red flag over shared spectrum plan

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

AT&T Mobility as well as industry trade group CTIA were quick to express their reservations about a recommendation from the President’s Council of Advisors on Policy and Technology that commercial entities learn to share spectrum with the federal government rather than expect exclusive access.

PCAST’s nearly 200-page report urged the Secretary of Commerce to immediately identify 1000 MHz that could be opened up for fresh wireless users, but it also recommended that the spectrum be used to implement a new architecture that would “create the first shared-use spectrum superhighways.”

The advisory council wants the White House to issue a memorandum stating it is the policy of the U.S. government to share underutilized federal spectrum to the maximum extent possible.

PCAST justified its recommendations by declaring that clearing and reallocation of federal spectrum for exclusive use is not a sustainable basis for spectrum policy due to high cost, length of time to implement and disruption to the federal government’s mission. Further, the council said the fragmented partitioning of spectrum “leads to inefficiency, artificial scarcity and constraints” on current and future federal and non-federal users.

Spectrum sharing “would provide the basis for economic and social benefits,” said the council.

PCAST’s recommendations raised red flags for incumbent mobile industry players, however. On AT&T’s Public Policy Blog, Joan Marsh, the operator’s vice president of federal regulatory, expressed concern about PCAST’s statement that “the norm for spectrum use should be sharing, not exclusivity.” The council’s report failed to recognize the benefits of exclusive-use licenses, which enabled “creation of the mobile Internet and all of the ensuing innovation, investment and job creation that followed,” she said.

“While we should be considering all options to meet the country’s spectrum goals, including the sharing of federal spectrum with government users, it is imperative that we clear and reallocate government spectrum where practical,” said Marsh.

Marsh said AT&T is encouraged by PCAST’s interest in exploring ways to free up underutilized government spectrum for mobile Internet use. The 1000 MHz that PCAST wants made available for expanded use is twice as much as President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to identify for commercial use in a 2010 memorandum promoting the expansion of mobile broadband opportunities.

In a statement that echoed AT&T’s, Chris Guttman-McCabe, CTIA vice president of regulatory affairs, said “the gold standard” for deployment of ubiquitous mobile broadband networks is cleared spectrum.

“Cleared spectrum and an exclusive-use approach has enabled the U.S. wireless industry to invest hundreds of billions of dollars, deploying world-leading mobile broadband networks and resulting in tremendous economic benefits for U.S. consumers and businesses. Not surprisingly, that is the very same approach that has been used by the countries that we compete with in the global marketplace, who have brought hundreds of megahertz of cleared spectrum to market in recent years,” said Guttman-McCabe.

Many politicians are likely to join with the mobile industry to oppose the use of shared spectrum, because that would mean billions of dollars raised from auctioning exclusive spectrum rights would be lost in the future. But PCAST’s recommendations fall right in line with suggestions from other entities, such as the World Bank, whose recent report on mobile adoption pushes governments to “focus on expansion of network coverage rather than on spectrum proceeds.”

The PCAST report suggested numerous methods to accomplish sharing, including geographic sharing where federal spectrum may be available for commercial use in one location but not another. Secondary usage that automatically switches off when a primary federal user enters the spectrum was also mentioned.

The advisory council’s members include tech luminaries such as Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft. Google and Microsoft are both part of the Wireless Innovation Alliance, which includes think tanks, consumer groups, and education organizations as well as white-space players Aviacomm, Carlson Wireless and Spectrum Bridge. Not surprisingly, WIA applauded the PCAST report.

“Unused capacity on federal bands can be shared utilizing new technologies, such as geolocation databases, that guarantee federal users have access to spectrum when it is needed for critical public services while ensuring private users access to the frequencies when it is not needed by government users,” said WIA.

The group singled out for praise a PCAST suggestion that the TV White Space database approach to shared spectrum “holds immediate promise for opening the underutilized 3550-3650 MHz band for unlicensed devices.” WIA encouraged the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to make implementation of this plan a priority.

PCAST’s report is not the first time the concept of spectrum sharing has been broached in the United States. For example, NTIA found in late March that 95 MHz of spectrum currently in federal hands, the 1755-1850 MHz band, could be repurposed for commercial use, and the agency recommended then that sharing the airwaves might be a way to get the spectrum into the wireless market.

Marsh at AT&T noted the company fully supports NTIA’s effort to determine which government bands can be cleared for commercial use.


For more:
- see the PCAST report (PDF)
- see this Bloomberg article
- see this GigaOM article
- see this AT&T blog post
- see this CTIA release
- see this Wireless Innovation Alliance release


Top wireless stories of the week ending in 7/20/2012

Friday, July 20th, 2012

AT&T Mobility rolls out shared data plans: Just weeks after Verizon Wireless rolled out its controversial shared data plans, rival and fast follower AT&T Mobility said it will have similar offerings beginning in late August.

Sprint: Clearwire’s LTE will ‘pinpoint’ high-traffic areas: Sprint Nextel’s Iyad Tarazi said the company’s work with Clearwire on LTE will be more efficient and targered than its work with Clearwire on mobile WiMAX.

HLR-driven outages causing network headaches: Recent mobile service interruptions might be a sign of things to come as networks succumb to traffic overloads that disrupt signaling, or they might just reflect the intricacies that can sometimes trip up engineers conducting network tweaks and upgrades.

Rumor: Sprint’s LTE launch perfectly timed for iPhone 5 debut: Sprint Nextel drastically trails the two largest U.S. mobile operators in terms of LTE coverage, but Sprint’s LTE launch, combined with its marketing promise of unlimited data service for smartphones, may have it sitting in the catbird seat over the longer term.


T-Mobile drops ‘America’s Largest 4G Network’ claim

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

T-Mobile USA has discontinued its “America’s Largest 4G Network” tagline after using it for the past 18 months.

“With the breadth of T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network well established, we recently moved to a network claim that reflects the network’s performance and reliability, particularly with the $4 billion investment we’re making and recent accolades like the PC Magazine Fastest Mobile Networks Test, which showed T-Mobile’s 4G network to be very competitive with current LTE networks,” wrote T-Mobile spokesperson Danielle Hopcus in response to questions from Fierce Wireless. “T-Mobile became the first nationwide 4G network and began using ‘America’s Largest 4G Network’ in marketing more than 18 months ago. Since that time, competitors have worked to catch up as we’ve continued to expand and strengthen our 4G network. We don’t care to believe these last few POPs, and the numbers are constantly changing.”

FierceWireless reported in April that T-Mobile’s claim of owning the nation’s largest 4G network was becoming increasingly dubious based on its rivals’ network rollouts. For example, T-Mobile’s claim was based on coverage of 215 million people with HSPA+ network technology–but AT&T Mobility  recently announced it covered 250 million people with its “4G” network (which spans HSPA+ and LTE technologies).

Hopcus said T-Mobile ended its “America’s Largest 4G Network” claim on July 10, when it launched a new advertising effort highlighting the number of towers T-Mobile operates across the country (35,000). AT&T still claims that its network is “the nation’s largest 4G network.” Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless on its website claims it offers “America’s fastest 4G network” and that it provides “more 4G LTE coverage than all other networks combined.”

Read moreT-Mobile drops ‘America’s Largest 4G Network’ claim – FierceWireless http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/t-mobile-drops-americas-largest-4g-network-claim/2012-07-18#ixzz216rCyYz8

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