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Cradlepoint Connect Provides New Levels of Cloud Management

How Remote Connect Provides New Levels of Cloud Management

Remote Connect LAN Manager

IT Administrators Can Manage Nearly Any LAN Device Through NetCloud Manager

The scope of things that organizations must connect to their enterprises network continues to expand, with seemingly no end in sight. In response, there are exciting new options for network administrators and IT teams to simply and securely access, manage, and troubleshoot virtually any device — from routers to just about anything that lives on the LAN.

Cradlepoint’s NetCloud Manager Remote Connect allows IT administrators to instantly and securely access devices remotely through the cloud. Remote Connect gives IT administrators a suite of functionality including secure, real-time remote cloud management of both Cradlepoint devices and third-party, LAN-connected devices — allowing them to be cloud managed from a single pane of glass with no additional setup.

Remotely Connect to LAN Devices

Remote Connect LAN Manager allows administrators to connect to nearly any device that can get an IP address on the LAN through Cradlepoint NetCloud Manager (NCM). Essentially, this makes third-party devices that previously were inaccessible now capable of being managed securely through the cloud — without any additional software or hardware.

Until now, management of devices on the LAN — everything from switches and access points to security cameras and digital signs — has been complex, to say the least. IT specialists had to set up a variety of complex routing rules, port forwarding, and more, plus they potentially had to purchase third-party software for each and every device.

Today, the entire process is simpler — in the cloud — through Remote Connect. Once plugged in, a device that lives behind a router on the LAN is accessible from anywhere in the world through NCM’s single pane of glass. That device, with its IP address and host name, immediately appears in the NCM platform; the IT team can make it cloud managed with one click.

The cost savings potential of Remote Connect are vast, as IT managers can avoid purchasing individual cloud management services for the rapidly growing list of devices on their network. They can also avoid on-site IT or truck rolls for troubleshooting, setup, and diagnostics of devices that were previously inaccessible, accept from the LAN.

Advanced Out-of-Band Management (OOBM)

With a traditional network architecture, when wired-line connectivity is down, an IT team cannot manage the primary router. However, if the organization is using a Cradlepoint router for failover LTE connectivity, an IT professional can use advanced OOBM to traverse through a Cradlepoint router and troubleshoot or config any generic primary router remotely (or any device with a serial console port).

Advanced OOBM affords IT staff the same capabilities as if they were sitting next to and plugged into the primary router — regardless of whether the wired line is up or down. Then the IT staff can troubleshoot and determine — if not implement — potential fixes.

The business benefits and ROI of advanced OOBM are substantial, including the ability to troubleshoot and repair the primary router without sending someone to the location. OOBM also eliminates the need to rely on a non-IT, on-site employee to help with troubleshooting and eliminates the monthly POTS (analog) circuit subscription for OOBM.

Robust Real-Time Info & Troubleshooting

Each Cradlepoint router runs the NetCloud Operating System (NetCloud OS), which network administrators now can access remotely via Remote Connect for robust real-time statuses, troubleshooting information, and logs.

Router-level data available through NCM’s Remote Connect GUI is more fine grain, including information such as Connection Manager interface status, VPN tunnel status, router tables, system logs, connected client list, firewall tracking and hit counter, and many more. Also, access is highly secure, with no static IP or open SSH / SSL ports required.

It’s just like local access to each router’s UI — but anytime, from anywhere, through the cloud. Organizations can leverage this service for highly valuable real-time trouble-shooting, with always-available insights into routing tables, which clients are connected, and how much data clients are using.

Router Console Access

Remote Connect allows IT teams to connect remotely to the console of a Cradlepoint router, and recently this feature has undergone some improvements. Now the data available to IT departments through CLI access is more in-depth than ever. Access to more robust real-time analytics is particularly helpful for troubleshooting. Suspected router issues such as slow service or misdirected traffic can be viewed via real-time routing tables. This real-time data stream means IT professionals can provide real-time fixes as well.

Additional Software-Defined Solutions

Many organizations today are looking to not only perform device administration and management remotely, but to actually create an easy, flexible, instant, secure network over commodity Internet from anywhere at any time. NetCloud Engine, Cradlepoint’s Software-Defined Perimeter (SD-P) solution, allows IT teams to instantly create always-on Virtual Cloud Networks over any Internet connection that allows IoT devices, administrators, and resources to have constant communication with each other.

Source: Cradlepoint

Co-Star supply the full range of Cradlepoint Software and 4G LTE & WiFi Routers. For more information please click here

Co-Star Maximise the Performance of a Peplink Wireless Router Installed on a Luxury Yacht

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Wally 148 SaudadeCo-Star a global distributor to the mobile communications industry based in Harrogate UK have helped a luxury super yacht based in Palma Majorca to maximise the performance of a Peplink wireless router used to provide mission critical connectivity whilst at sea by supplying a Panorama MIMO 4G Antenna which has a rugged low profile design suitable for demanding and harsh environments and contains two wideband LTE/Cellular elements and covers frequencies from 698 to 2700MHz.peplink

The Yacht which is manufactured from carbon fiber was impairing the signal internally so Co-Star supplied a ground plane independent antenna mounted externally on the mast of the yacht together with 20 meters of ultra low loss coaxial cable terminated with SMA male connectors to connect the antenna directly to the Pepwave wireless router.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented: “We were approached by the Captain of the Yacht who needed an urgent solution to get the best possible performance from the Pepwave device. We supplied an external antenna because the yacht which is manufactured from carbon fiber and caused interference with the router by hampering the signal when used with the standard internal antennas. The antenna was installed on the ship’s mast so we needed long lengths of cable which is why we went for the ultra low loss coaxial cable designed specifically for cellular and WiFi applications offering unparalled attenuation to minimise any signal loss”

Source: Co-Star

Co-Star to Showcase the latest Cradlepoint Wireless Technology at Coach & Bus Live

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Co-Star will be showcasing the latest Cradlepoint wireless technology at the Coach & Bus live exhibition which starts on the 30th of September.

  • WIFI HOTSPOT FOR PASSENGER CONNECTIVITY
  • REAL-TIME LOCATION TRACKING
  • ELECTRONIC & MOBILE TICKETING1100-hero-img (1)
  • POINT OF SALE
  • CCTV MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT
  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE

Co-Star will be showcasing the latest Cradlepoint wireless technology at the Coach & Bus live exhibition which starts on the 30th of September.

Public transport organisations are rapidly expanding their on-the-road technology in order to deliver improved efficiencies and to expand customer service capabilities. From passenger WiFi, to improved scheduling notifications, connectivity is a key enabler of this. Offering simple installation and integration with existing network infrastructure, 3G/4G solutions can deliver superfast, reliable and secure connectivity anywhere – a perfect solution for mobile applications.

WiFi Hotspot for Passenger Connectivity

From commuter to tourist services, public transport organisations now look to deliver advanced technological services across the board to improve their customers’ experience – with the most in-demand of these services being passenger WiFi. A 3G/4G cellular networking solution provides the perfect answer to this requirement.
Delivering powerful WiFi passenger hotspots both in and around the vehicle, Westbase solutions can also incorporate content filtering, portal sign in, and other security measures to protect both you and your passengers.

Real-time Location Tracking

Many Co-Star solutions feature active GPS and easily integrate with other 3rd party hardware and software to provide the connectivity required to help track the fleet’s movement, delivering real-time information about its whereabouts. This can be used to enhance vehicular security and to provide real-time passenger information, so that customers remain informed about expected arrival and departure times, including up-to-date information on any delays.

Electronic and Mobile Ticketing

Improving the ease with which passengers can book and carry their travel tickets, electronic and mobile ticketing is a fast growing trend across public transport but requires a reliable scanning solution which can check that the customer’s ticketis valid. By implementing a cellular solution the connection required to instantly check ticket information is easily established – both for contactless or paper-based tickets.

Point of Sale (PoS)

Many public transport operators, from trains to taxis, now accept credit card payment and between this and the shift to centralised back-office payment systems, a connection between the vehicle’s PoS equipment and the core network is essential.
A 3G/4G mobility solution provides the connectivity required anywhere, anytime.

CCTV Monitoring and Management

Public transport vehicles now frequently feature in-vehicle CCTV equipment to improve passenger and driver safety. They also use it for factual verification in potential insurance disputes where a road traffic accident or personal injury has occurred.
Using a 3G/4G networking solution, transport companies can:
Electively retrieve footage over cellular
Instantly access and retrieve incident footage from in-vehicle CCTV equipment, perfect for critical situations where footage needs to be accessed quickly or when the vehicle is prevented from returning to depot.
Daily retrieval of footage using WiFi
A mobile connectivity solution can also continue to support daily retrieval of footage over WiFi as WAN when the vehicle returns to depot – helping to reduce data costs.

Digital Signage

Public transport is the ideal advertising location and by installing a digital signage solution operators can further monetise their routes, while improving customer experience by also using the signs to provide information and entertainment.
A mobile connection enables remote control of the digital signage solution, for example hardware updates and content delivery, and can also support the use of location-based advertising.

Cradlepoint
The Cradlepoint COR IBR1100 is a fully-ruggedised, compact 4G router, designed specifically for in-vehicle connectivity. It also features active GPS and has ignition sensing technology.
Offering the latest 802.11ac WiFi it can connect up to 128 devices at high speeds and offers an increased WiFi footprint.
Also in the COR series, the COR IBR600 is a semi-ruggedised, compact 4G router which can connect up to 64 devices.

Please visit Co-Star (stand number C25) at the Coach & Bus Live exhibition for more information on the latest Mobile Communication Technologies.

 

Co-Star supply Cradlepoint AER3100 4G LTE Networking Platform

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Co-Star have added the latest Cradlepoint AER3100 4G LTE Networking Platform to our range of Wireless Routers.

The Cradlepoint AER3100 is an all-in-one networking solution that combines routing, multi-WAN support (wired + 4G wireless), dual modems, advanced security (UTM), private network support, and high performance WiFi in a platform that can be deployed, managed, and optimized via the cloud.

Administrators can extend best-in-breed management and security applications to remote branches with a solution that is customizable and lowers the total cost of ownership in a single deployment.

The Key features of the Cradlepoint AER3100 Advanced Edge Router include:

* Integrated 4G LTE (with 3G failover)
* Dual integrated modem option
* Dual SIM slot in each modem
* Support for active GPS WiFi as WAN
* Failover/Failback
* Load Balancing
* Advance Modem Failure Check
* WAN Port Speed Control
* WAN/LAN Affinity
* IP Passthrough

For more information on the Cradlepoint AER3100 click here>

About Co-Star

Co-Star are a global distributor to the Mobile Communications Industry supplying a range of specialist networking & communications products for critical network coverage including; Antennas, Wireless Routers, RF Cable Assemblies and other related products.

Co-Star makes life easier for M2M installation engineers with latest RF crimp tool

ht336g-bCo-Star, the global distributor to the mobile communications industry has designed a must-have crimping tool for Communication engineers who install Mobile Data equipment on site.

Field engineers who install mobile communications & M2M equipment often have to transport an array of tools to carryout installations and testing of wireless routers, antennas and cables and are sometimes required to work in remote areas. To make life a bit easier, Co-Star has designed a two in one RF crimping tool that is capable of crimping both RG174 and RG58 coaxial connectors including: BNC, FAKRA, FME, Mini UHF, N type, TNC, SMA & SMB.

The tool is especially useful when crimping RG58 SMA &  FAKRA connectors as you would normally have to use two separate crimping tools. The Co-Star HT.336G tool combines both and allows you to crimp the gold centre pin and the barrel with just one crimping tool.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star said: ” We developed the RG174/RG58 crimp tool to make life easier for communication engineers working on site. It means that that they only have to carry one set of tools instead of two for terminating antennas and making cable assemblies. Most of the  latest 4G wireless routers have either SMA or SMA reverse polarity RF connectors so when installing an antenna to optimise the routers performance you need to terminate them with the relevant SMA connector, that’s where our HT.226G is particularly useful as the engineer can carry out both crimping functions with just one tool.

“We recently supplied a large volume of the tools to a large utilities company who were installing remote monitoring equipment across the UK and needed to make up cable assemblies to connect antennas to 4G wireless routers on site. The engineers were able to produce the cable assemblies quicker and the company made a huge saving on tooling costs”.

The HT.336G has a ratchet mechanism that will not release until sufficient pressure has been applied ensuring a consistent professional crimp every time. The ergonomic handles  make the tool comfortable and very easy to use on a daily basis.

  • Crimps both RG174 & RG58 RF connectors – Two tools in one.
  • Will crimp both the gold centre pin and the barrel  on SMA & FAKRA RG58 connectors.

For more information click here

About Co-Star
Co-Star are a UK based Global distributor to the mobile communications industry. Their product range includes: 4G Antennas, Wireless Routers, RF Cable Assemblies, RF Connectors & Adaptors and installation tools. Source: Tim Cosgrove. Co-Star