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Wi-Ex TRIO announced

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Wi-Ex have just announced their first tri-band booster to cover 2G, 3G, and 4G. The zBoost TRIO is carrier-specific, with one version for Verizon 4G LTE, one for AT&T 4G LTE, and one for T-Mobile 4G AWS. All 3 kits will cover 2G and 3G on all networks.
Product page: zBoost TRIO for 2G, 3G, and 4G

“There is a need for a tri-band booster because most 4G capable devices drop to 3G while placing a call and use 4G for transmitting data. The zBoost TRIO improves voice and data coverage, solving both choppy voice calls and slow download speeds with one device, making it perfect for your home or office,” says Frank Smith , director of sales and channel strategy at Wi-Ex.

Source: PRNewswire

 

Just announced, Wilson 805165 Tri-band Amplifier for Verizon 4G LTE!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Due to extremely high demand, Wilson Electronics has just announced their very first amplifier to support 4G LTE as well as the standard dual band frequencies, the 805165 tri-band amplifier for Verizon 4G LTE! Currently, there isn’t a single cellular booster system to boost both 4G LTE and 3G data/voice. However, with the 805165 that will soon be remedied. Operating on the standard dual band frequencies that’ll support 3G data and voice for the more popular carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, the 805165 will also massively increase data speeds on Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. The 805165 features a stunning dB gain of 70, which translates to coverage of up to 10,000 sq ft of area with improved wireless signal.

How does it work?

The outside antenna is placed in the area of best signal, collects it and sends it through a cable to the 805165 amplifier. The amplifier then boosts the 4G LTE, 3G and voice signal, and then sends the boosted signal through a cable to the inside antenna. This provides an area of improved signal that can be used by phones and data cards simultaneously.

Compatibility

The Wilson 805165 will cover the following:

  • Voice on all US networks except Nextel (i.e. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-mobile, US Cellular, Cricket, MetroPCS etc)
  • 3G on all US networks except T-mobile and Nextel
  • 4G on Verizon

Technical Specifications

Product Reference 805165 Tri-Band 3G/4G Amplifier
Product Manual Wilson 801865 product manual
Frequency: Verizon 4G LTE 700MHz Band
Uplink: 776-787 MHz
Downlink: 746-757 MHz

US 800/850MHz Band
Uplink: 824-849 MHz
Downlink: 869-894 MHz

US 1900MHz Band
Uplink: 1850-1910 MHz
Downlink: 1930-1990 MHz

Gain: 70dB typical, 77dB maximum
Maximum linear output power: 25.1dBm (downlink), 29.4dBm (uplink)
Impedance 50 Ohm outside and inside
Oscillation Control: 20-70dB Amplifier Automatic Gain Control (AGC)
2db gain steps
Automatic shutdown on overload
Noise Figure (down): 3.5dB Nominal
Isolation: > 90dB
Power Consumption: 6V, 1.5A – 3.0A
Connectors: N/Female
Dimensions: 8.875″ x 6.0″ x 1.5″
Weight: 2.8 lbs

 

 

Top wireless stories of the week ending in 8/31/2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Sprint lights up new LTE markets: Sprint recently announced four new LTE markets, including Baltimore, Gainesville, Manhattan/Junction City, Kan., and Sedalia, Mo.

T-Mobile: We’ll prove shared 1755-1780 MHz band can be auctioned: T-Mobile USA expects that its test of spectrum sharing in the 1755-1780 MHz band will open up frequencies for pairing with the existing AWS-3 band for eventual auction long before all government entities are cleared from the spectrum, according to a company executive.

T-Mobile and MetroPCS unleash data: T-Mobile USA said it will begin offering unlimited data options without speed throttling to consumers beginning Sept 5th, signaling a new pricing war among the nation’s “non-big-two” carriers that could put pressure on margins for those involved.

Verizon gets FCC approval for AWS spectrum deal: Verizon Wireless has gotten the final green light it needs to proceed with its acquisition of spectrum from seven different companies, including four cable companies.

New antenna could vastly increase wireless net capacity: Researchers from Rice University, and Bell Labs, have demonstrated an antenna technology that would enable mobile network operators to increase capacity without adding spectrum.

 

Top wireless stories of the week ending in 8/17/2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Sprint: Ethernet backhaul gives us 20 times more bandwidth: Sprint Nextel’s upgrade of its backhaul network from T1s to Ethernet will create such better efficiency for the company that it will reduce the cost of delivering data, even as consumer demand for data skyrockets. In fact, making the switch to Ethernet backhaul will give Sprint 20 times the bandwidth capacity at a cell site location, said a Sprint executive.

Verizon closer to wrapping LTE blitz as it hits 75% coverage: Verizon Wireless, already the operator with the most LTE customers in the world, is quickly closing in on its goal to replicate its 3G footprint with LTE.

Toll-free data: The technical details, the business model, and the skeptics: During the past six months especially, U.S. wireless carriers have increasingly batted around the concept. The most commonly discussed form of toll-free data would allow users to access a certain kind of content or content from a certain provider without dipping into their monthly bucket of data. In exchange, the content provider–most likely an over-the-top (OTT) player–would pay the carrier directly; strike a revenue-sharing deal with the operator; or form some other business arrangement.

ZTE boast first multi-standard LTE hotspot, USB modem: Chinese telecommunications equipment and mobile devices provider ZTE Corporation is lending a hand in facilitating the adoption of China Mobile’s LTE network with the launch of the world’s first multi-standard USB modem and uFi (hotspot), which support both FD-LTE and TD-LTE networks.

Verizon Wireless gains regulator approval on spectrum deals: To the surprise of few, Verizon Wireless and a handful of cable operators will need to make changes to their current spectrum deal in order to gain government approval.

 

The right to tether: what the Verizon/FCC settlement means to you

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Last week, the FCC ruled that Verizon Wireless can’t keep its customers from downloading tethering apps, or apps that let you share your phone’s internet connection like a hotspot with other devices. It’s great news, but does it actually affect you, even if you’re not a Verizon Wireless customer? Let’s take a look.

What Happened?

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, you probably know that for a while you couldn’t find tethering apps in Google Play from your phone. Verizon had pressured Google to block access to tethering apps from Verizon Wireless devices, so if you wanted to install them you had to sideload them yourself. When the FCC got word of this (via a complaint filed by Free Press), they started an investigation.

Verizon’s 4G LTE network is built on top of wireless bandwidth that Verizon bought from the government (specifically, the C Block of 700 MHz spectrum) a long time ago. That purchase came with a restriction called the Open Access Rule, which says anyone using it to provide service “shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network.” That means as long as you’re a paying customer and using their equipment, Verizon can’t keep you from spreading the wireless love to your iPad, your laptop, or any other device you own.

Verizon contested the issue at first, but after the better part of a year, they relented, settling on a $1.25 million fine and agreeing to stop blocking tethering apps, among other penalties. So now Verizon customers can download tethering apps with impunity—but there’s more to the story.

I’m On Verizon, What Does This Mean to Me?

If you’re a Verizon customer, this is a bigger deal to you, and the news isn’t all good. Here’s what we mean:

  • You can download any tethering app you want now. Congratulations! Our favorite tethering apps for Android like PDANet. Wireless Tether, and EasyTether are all available on Google Play, and you can tether for free all day long as long as you don’t go over your data cap (unless you have a grandfathered Unlimited plan, more on that in a second.)
  • Customers with non-unlimited plans can tether for free. If you use Android’s built-in tethering or a third-party tethering app like the ones we mentioned, you’re in the clear—just don’t go over your data cap. If you have a new “Share Everything” plan, tethering is rolled into the base price of your plan. The upside is you can use whatever app you want. The downside is you’re essentially still paying for tethering in some fashion, it’s just obfuscated. If you already pay for Verizon’s Mobile Broadband Connect service or use Verizon’s own app to tether, Verizon says the extra bandwidth their $20/mo plan offers is worth paying for, but that’s up to you.
  • Current customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans still have to pay. Unfortunately, if you want to tether with your unlimited plan, you have to either upgrade your plan to one of the new, Share Everything plans (which include tethering), or pony up $20/mo for Verizon’s “Mobile Broadband Connect” service. You can still tether off the books and hope you don’t get caught, but if they catch you, Verizon will either sign you up for Mobile Broadband Connect, put you on a Share Everything plan, or terminate your contract. Sorry.
  • 3G customers can tether for free, too. Even though the ruling applies to the spectrum Verizon purchased for its 4G network, 3G smartphone owners can tether for free too. Verizon doesn’t want the overhead of applying one policy to 4G users and another to 3G users, so they’re making it an across-the-board thing. Grab your favorite app and go!
  • This means nothing for the Verizon iPhone. Sorry iPhone users—even though Verizon’s policy applies to 3G phones, all they have to do is not block tethering apps. The restriction on tethering apps in the iTunes Store is Apple’s decision, not Verizon’s, so until that changes, you’re stuck jailbreaking and finding your own app, either through Cydia, or buying our favoritePDANet.

I’m Not on Verizon, What Does This Mean to Me?

If you heard the news and thought that maybe this meant your carrier will have to make it easy for you to tether, don’t hold your breath. However, there are some upsides:

  • AT&T (and soon, other carriers) now include tethering as part of their wireless plans’ base priceThe folks at ExtremeTech point out that AT&T has already very quietly changed their plans to include tethering in the base price for new customers. Other carriers will likely follow suit, since it gets them out of the business of hunting people down for tethering, and ends thecat and mouse tethering game many of us play, trying to sneak it in without getting caught. Photo by Matthew Berggren.
  • Other carriers will think twice about hiding or removing built-in tethering features. This especially applies to Android devices. Carriers work pretty hard with OEMs to try and obscure Android’s built-in tethering tools, or pre-load Android devices with a carrier’s specific tethering app that prompts you to sign up for an additional charge before you can use your phone as a mobile hotspot, and while they won’t be required to stop, there’s a strong disincentive now for doing it.

The Bottom Line: A Mixed Bag that Represents a Bigger Change

At the end of the day, it may seem like not much has changed, especially for non-Verizon customers—but in a few years, we’ll likely look back on this as a shift in the industry—at least in the United States—away from charging extra for tethering and letting you use your smartphone the way it was designed (and the way smartphone users abroad are happy to tell you they already can). Bonus, as carriers look to buy up more spectrum to meet our growing mobile data needs, they’ll probably all have to comply with the Open Access Rule, too. Granted, even those people who don’t tether will wind up paying for it as part of their plan, but anyone who wants to will be able to, whenever they want to, without extra fees or worrying they’ll get caught.

 

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5933152/the-right-to-tether-what-the-verizonfcc-settlement-means-to-you

 
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