How Cradlepoint Simplified Adding To or Upgrading Your Wide Area Network

Cradlepoint Corporate LogoIn the past year Cradlepoint changed their hardware, software, and support choices to single SKU’s designed for mobile, branch, or IoT applications. The bundles include their easy-to-use NetCloud network management software, lifetime hardware warranty, firmware upgrades, and 24×7 support. Pricing is based on 1, 3, or 5 years for predictable fixed budgeting.

Cradlepoint devices support all cellular carriers and are also FirstNet Ready for public-safety agencies. The change to bundled pricing has been a benefit to our customers along with a reduction in overall pricing.

George Mulhern, Cradlepoint CEO explains the change in his video below:

Cradlepoint Solutions Are Designed for Mobile, Branch, and IoT Applications

Mobile solutions include NetCloud Essentials network management software for 1, 3, or 5 years and either a rugged IBR900 or IBR1700 router with 24×7 support. All you need is the proper antenna depending on your application. We have tested most brands and can recommend the best one for your vehicle.

Branch and failover backup bundles include 4G LTE connectivity, Ethernet. and WiFi. The Cradlepoint purpose-built hardware includes the CR4250, AER2200, AER1600, AP22 access points, and ARC CBA850 LTE adapters for failover. NetCloud Branch Solution Packages with your choice of router includes cloud management, along with SD-WAN and SD-Perimeter functionality.

Cradlepoint also has the IBR200 or IBR600 compact routers designed for IoT and M2M applications. NetCloud IoT Packages provide security and Edge computing for kiosks, ATMs, digital signage, remote monitoring, remote sensors and SCADA systems.

Cradlepoint Premier Partner Badge 2018As a Premier Cradlepoint Partner we provide technical support and installation accessories including antennas, cables, and replacement parts. Eligible government agencies can request a Delaware state contract or GSA quote.

If you have questions or need a formal quote, contact our Dover, Delaware office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST or use the form below.

Secure Login Instructions For Magnum AVL Fleet Tracking and Management Reports

Magnum AVL Logo

Our website has been upgraded to improve internet security for our Magnum AVL Fleet Management customers. The upgrade eliminates the Google Chrome Browser non-secure warning, adds encryption, and shows a lock in the browser address bar as shown below.Magnum AVL Login Address URL

To connect to the secure server, enter https://avl.magnumelectronics.com in your browser address bar (or click on the link).. You should connect to the login page with a padlock icon to the left of the url address.

Secure Login with Encryption Enter your login info and save as a bookmark or add to your home screen if using a smartphone. This should save your login info and provide a secure one-click link to your Magnum AVL fleet management account.

Cel-Fi Smart Signal Boosters Improve 3G/4G/LTE Cellular Coverage In Buildings and Vehicles

Cellular Smart Signal Boosters

Cel-Fi by Nextivity is a Carrier approved cellular booster product family designed to improve 3G/4G/LTE voice and data. Basically, they amplify a weak (at least one bar) carrier signal using a donor antenna and distribute it indoors using a server antenna. They are sometimes called BDA’s (Bi-Directional Amplifiers).

Unlike cell boosters in the past, Cel-Fi uses advanced smart technology that minimizes interference and desense.They provide a bigger coverage footprint indoors by amplifying signals up tp 100 dB. Cel-Fi is designed to improve a single Carrier but can be co-located for a second Carrier without degradation.

Cel-Fi smart boosters are simple plug and play solutions with internal antennas, packaged bundles for vehicles or small buildings, and scaleable DAS systems for facilities up to 200,000 sq ft.

Easy Install Cel-Fi Duo+ and Pro for Small Offices Up to 15,000 Sq. Ft.

The Duo+ and Pro products have internal antennas and no cables to connect. All you need is at least one bar of 4G LTE signal. The Duo+ is available for Verizon or T-Mobile and the Pro is designed for AT&T users. This solution is for indoor use only and takes a few minutes for installation.

Rugged Cel-Fi GO X and GO M Use External Antennas for Buildings and Vehicles

The Cel-Fi GO X and GO M are housed in a NEMA 4 Rated weather resistant enclosure for indoor or outdoor environments. They use external antennas to provide more flexibility and include Carrier Switching. Using the free WAVE app you can reprogram the GO X and GO M for a different Carrier if needed. It can also be changed from vehicle use to building and vice versa.

The Cel-Fi GO Series require more planning for building solutions. Antenna choices, splitters, and cable lengths will factor in the design. As a certified Cel-Fi reseller, our employees receive extensive training in pre-sale design and installation.

We offer Cel-Fi GO M bundles with antennas for moving vehicles. These are optimized for service vans, command vehicles, and RV’s. The kits are complete and optimized for Verizon or AT&T. There is also the Cel-Fi GO RED that boosts AT&T FirstNet Bands 12 and 14.

Cel-Fi Quatra 1000 & Quatra 2000 Scalable DAS In-Building Coverage Solutions

The Cel-Fi Quatra series is an easy-to-deploy, scalable (DAS) distributed antenna system for buildings up to 200,000 sq ft. It operates in off-air mode or can be integrated with carrier small cell equipment and operated in distributed small cell mode, creating a Supercell. The Quatra 1000 supports a single Carrier and the Quatra 2000 supports dual Carriers.

About 80% of all cellular traffic is used indoors or in vehicles. It you have weak in-building or in-vehicle coverage, Cel-Fi by Nextivity is the recommended solution. If you have questions or need a formal quote, contact our Dover, Delaware office at 302-734-9250 during normal business hours.

New MotoX Motorcycle Quick-Transition Kit With Wireless PTT

Police Motorcycle Quick-Transition Radio AccessoryEarPhone Connection, a leader in public-safety audio accessories, has a new low cost headset for motorcycle radio communications. Compatible with hand-held portable 2-way radios, their MotoX kit includes a helmet kit, wireless push-to-talk button for the handlebar, and a unique remote speaker-microphone. The helmet kit works with 3/4 and full-face helmets and includes a noise-cancelling boom microphone.

MotoX Available For Motorola APX, XTS, XPR, and HT750/1250/1550

MotoX-23W Quick-Transition for Motorola XTSThe MotoX-34W is compatible with Motorola APX series, XPR 7000, and XPR 6000 models. The MotoX-23W is designed for XTS series, PR1500, MT1500, and other radios with Cosmo connectors. Special order kits are also available for Motorola HT750/1250/1550, PR860, and Harris M/A-Com 700P, P7100, P7130, P7150, P7170, P7200, P5100, P5130, and P5150.

MotoX Speaker-Mic Includes Embedded Bluetooth and Unique 3.5mm Jack

The unique remote speaker-mic has embedded Bluetooth and pairs with the wireless push-to-talk button that mounts to the handlebar. The mic also has a special 3.5mm jack that connects the audio to helmet speakers and boom mic. When disconnected, it works like a normal speaker-mic.

List of USPS APO Friendly Batteries For Motorola Radios

Magnum Electronics Supplies Batteries for All 2-Way Radio Models

The US Postal Service prohibits shipping bulk Lithium-ion and Lithium-polymer replacement batteries through the mail including to APO/FPO addresses. The rules state only lithium batteries installed in equipment are permitted. FedEx and UPS will accept Lithium batteries if shipped ground. If faster air service is needed there is a dangerous goods fee in addition to the shipping fee.

You may want to consider nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. They are not considered hazardous and provide very good performance. Below is a list of Motorola radios with compatible NiMH batteries.

Motorola P25 and DMR 2-Way Radios

APX 8000, APX 7000, APX 6000, SRX 2200

Motorola APX 8000, APX 7000, APX 6000, SRX 2200 can use the NTN7035. It has a IP67 submersible rugged rating, IMPRES automatic conditioning, and 2000 mAh capacity. It is also FM intrinsically-safe rated.

APX 4000, APX 3000, APX 1000, APX 900

There are no USPS APO friendly batteries for the APX 4000, APX 3000, APX 1000, or APX 900 at this time.

XTS 5000, XTS 3500, and XTS 3000

Motorola XTS 5000, XTS 3500, and XTS 3000 radios have several battery choices listed below that can be shipped to APO addresses.

  1. Motorola NNTN4437 – 1700 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, FM, Ruggedized
  2. Motorola NNTN4436 – 1700 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, FM
  3. Motorola NNTN4435 – 1800 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH
  4. Motorola PMNN4093 – 3000 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH
  5. Power Products BP8299MHUC – 3800 mAh, NiMH
  6. Power Products BP8299MHXT – 2700 mAh, NiMH
  7. Power Products BP8299MH – 2000 mAh, NiMH

XTS 2500, XTS 1500, MT1500, PR1500

Below are NiMH battery choices for the XTS 2500, XTS 1500, MT1500, and PR1500:

  1. Motorola NNTN6263 – 2000 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, FM, Ruggedized
  2. Motorola NTN9857 – 2000 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, FM, IP54
  3. Motorola NTN9858 – 2100 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, IP54
  4. Power Products BP9858MHIC – 2500 mAh, Smart, NiMH

MOTOTRBO XPR 3000, XPR 7000 Series

There are no batteries that can be shipped through the USPS at this time for any XPR 3000 or 7000 series radios.

We carry batteries for other Motorola models and most radio brands. If you need help identifying a battery for your radio contact our office and we will recommend a replacement.

Coverage Testing For Delaware New Construction and SB79 Compliance

State of Delaware Senate Bill 79 Requires Building Interior Test

A State of Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security regulation requires all new construction projects over 25,000 square feet be tested for in-building communications. The purpose of the SB79 test is to determine if newly constructed buildings have been Grid Acceptance Test In Progressdesigned so that emergency personnel can transmit and receive with portable 2-way radios and the State’s 800 MHz network. The facility owner must have the building tested prior to requesting a certificate of occupancy. The building must have the windows and doors installed before the test can be started.

Magnum Electronics is an approved vendor and has technical staff certified to perform the required scope of work quickly as defined in Appendix A by the Delaware Division of Communications. We are located in Dover and a member of the Delaware Chapter of the Association of Builders and Contractors. To request a quote, call us at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm or use the form below.

FIN ULTRA AMBI Ear Tip Provides All Day Comfort For 2-Way Radio Users

New Design From Earphone Connection Can Be Used In Either EarAcoustic Tube Comfort Ear Tip

Two-way radio users who use an audio accessory with an acoustic tube will benefit from a new ear tip from Earphone Connection. The FIN ULTRA AMBI is an improved design released at this year’s IWCE in Orlando.

It is constructed with soft semi-translucent extra soft Silicone for all day comfort. It can be worn in either ear and the open skeleton design improves ambient listening. The FIN ULTRA AMBI is available in small, medium, and large. It can be ordered in clear or black. The original FIN ULTRA is still available at a lower price but must be used with the left or right ear only.

Comfortable Ear Tip for Acoustic Tube

Earphone Connection is a leading manufacturer of two-way radio audio accessories including the Hawk used by many law enforcement agencies. For additional information about EPC and other Tactical Ear Gadget products visit our website or call our office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST.

Motorola Super Batteries For MOTOTRBO XPR 7000e, 3000e Radios

XPR 300e XPR 7000e DMR Radios

Up to 28 Hours With New Low Voltage IMPRES Technology

Motorola BatwingsRadio users who need maximum talk time will benefit from Motorola’s new low voltage IMPRES technology. The MOTOTRBO enhanced models (XPR 3300e, XPR 3500e, XPR 7350e, XPR 7550e, XPR 7580e) will provide up to 28 hours on a single battery charge. The new batteries are similar in size and use IMPRES chargers.

MOTOTRBO Low Voltage IMPRES Battery ChoicesLow Voltage MOTOTRBO Battery

The PMNN4493 is the best choice if you have either XPR 3000e or XPR 7000e and a mix of the older “non-e” models. New enhanced radios are rated at 28 hours in digital mode or 21 hours if still on analog. The battery is compatible with legacy models but at a reduced rating of 18 hours in digital and 13.5 hours when using analog.

Low Voltage UL TIA Intrinsically-Safe Batteries for MOTOTRBO Radios

Low voltage intrinsically-safe batteries are only available for the new enhanced radios and are not interchangeable. Talk time is slightly reduced but still rated for 26+ hours in digital mode. Below are the correct model numbers for each radio:

Low Voltage Battery With Vibrating Silent Alert Belt Clip

Motorola introduced a unique vibrating belt clip that works with the low voltage battery and activates during a call alert. It can be ordered with the clip as a kit or separately and can be used with either the XPR 7000e or the XPR 3000e. Following are the model numbers and links to order:

Custom Upfitting Services Include Emergency Lighting and Cabinets

Magnum Electronics LogoCustom installations and vehicle upfitting for public-safety/commercial customers has been a growing segment of our technical service offerings.

We have formal agreements with emergency warning lighting, mobile video, rugged computer, LTE router, GPS fleet management, cabinet, and other manufacturers supporting mobile workers. We hold State of Delaware contracts for equipment and installation services along with the required insurance coverage. Below is a Chevy Tahoe our ETA certified upfit technicians completed recently.

We also provide amber safety warning lights for construction and public works vehicles. Our Acari Drill-Free mounts can be used to mount beacons, work lights, and antennas easily without holes.

To speak with our service team and request a quote call our office at 302-734-9250 during normal business hours. Located in Dover, we are an easy drive from anywhere in Delaware and most of the Delmarva peninsula.

Choosing Plantronics Headsets – Wired, Bluetooth, or DECT 6.0?

Unified communications, noisy work areas, and the need for collaboration has increased the need for headsets. There are many types available and we found “one style does not fit all” in most organizations. Wireless headsets have become popular and allow workers to maintain communications when not at their desk. Today’s headsets also provide powerful analytics and require firmware upgrades for best performance.

plantronics authorised-partner-badgePlantronics has been a leader in headset comfort for over 50 years and offers wired or wireless headsets for all market segments. Recently, eight of our employees earned sales and technical certifications at Plantronics University for improved customer support.

Magnum Electronics is approved for all Plantronics certifications including unified communications (UC), contact centers (CC), and small & medium business (SMB). We can help select the best headset solution and support large deployments with Plantronics Hub or Manager Pro cloud-based software.

Plantronics Wired Headsets Are Reliable in High RF AreasCorded Headband Binaural Headset

Direct-connect headsets are still the best solution for areas with high radio-frequency interference. They are powered by the connected device and don’t need a battery charger. Choose binaural (dual ear) or monaural (single ear) depending on noise environment and user preference.

The Plantronics Blackwire 5200 series have USB-A, USB-C, or 3.5mm connector plugs. The EncorePro series and SupraPlus models are also popular wired models and are used on many Motorola dispatch consoles.

Plantronics Wireless Bluetooth Headset Choices

Bluetooth Headset Case Smartphone LaptopWireless Bluetooth headsets are the most popular for mobile workers. They easily connect to smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. The Plantronics Voyager 5200 UC has superior noise-cancellation and advanced sensor technology. Conference calls, webinars, and important conversations can be taken in the vehicle or on the move.

Bluetooth 4.1 Binaural HeadsetPlantronics offers headsets with a BT300 Class 2 Bluetooth adapter (up to 30 ft range) and a BT600 Class 1 adapter with up to 98 ft range. Other popular Bluetooth models include Legend UC, Legend CS, Focus UC, M70, and Marque 2.

Bluetooth frequencies share the same band as WiFi so interference could cause problems if operating close to an access point.

Wireless DECT 6.0 Headsets for Maximum Distance from DeskphoneWireless DECT 6.0 Headset

The recommended Plantronics wireless headsets for use in facilities with dense WiFi and strong interference are the Savi 700 series, Savi 440, or CS520. They utilize DECT 6.0 frequencies that don’t interfere with WiFi. DECT 6.0 also provides better range than Bluetooth by allowing you to roam up to 350 feet from the base/charger. The Savi 700 and 400 series also have Bluetooth for easy connectivity to a computer.

For a formal quote contact our Dover, Delaware office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm or use the form below.