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AirLive Multi-Functional 3G router (Part 2) February 22, 2010

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I am back.  For those who are unaware, it is the period of Chinese New Year here in Taiwan and we were having a nice little week long vacation.  During the holidays, I traveled to the countryside and visited a friend’s who own a farm.

This is also the perfect opportunity for me to test out the power of AirLive latest creation – the Air3G.  Now for those who are following my last blog entry, I did mention that one of the main feature of Air3G is it 1 Watt high power radio.  But for most of us who live in the city, we can’t really appreciate the full power of 1 Watt due to the limited space we are living in (unless you are living in Buckingham Palace).

9X CoverageWhile out at the countryside, I have the first hand opportunity to witness just how far AirLive Air3G can transmit.  First we hook up the Air3G to the ADSL line and place the Air3G close to an open window.  Next I took my MacBook and travel to the farthest end of the farm, which in my estimation is about 800 meter away from Air3G.  The next thing to do, obviously is to try and connect my MacBook to Air3G and amazingly, I can still managed to achieve about 70% signal strength.  I am pretty sure that I can still get a signal at 1 kilometer, but unfortunately I ran out of space to test that.  This may not sound very interesting but think of what it can do if you are sharing your Internet Connection with your neighbors or to use it in a hotspot environment.

But wouldn’t it be troublesome if every time you change your SSID password and you will need to inform everyone whom you are sharing with?  This is even more unimaginable if you are using it as a hotspot device.  That will bring us to Air3G next feature – Hotspot Authentication.  Air3G is by no means a full-fledged hotspot device but it does allow you to create a username/password for up to 40 users.  This is enough for you to share your connection with surrounding people or to use it as a small simple hotspot device (for example, using in as a hotspot for a café).


Well, it is really hard to appreciate Air3G through words and text.  You’ll need to try it out to fully experience the power it can unleash.

Till next time…

Author: William Ko
Email: marketing@airlive.com


It’s Finally here… AirLive Multi-Functional 3G router (Part 1) February 8, 2010

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“To go with 3G or not to go with 3G”, that is the questions I had been asked a lot lately by friends, customers and just about everyone I know.  Many of them are thinking of switching to 3G Internet services at their home.

Well, we will need to realize that 3G Internet is no longer use only on the road.  Using 3G Internet at home has its advantages.  Firstly, 3G connections are improving, bringing them close to the performance of some ADSL services.  Secondly, you do not need to place your router close to the ADSL (or cable) socket – you can place it anywhere that will provide the best coverage.  When you are out, simply bring along your 3G modem and you can carry your Internet with you.  You do not need 2 subscriptions.  And for those areas with unstable ADSL connections, 3G acts as a perfect back up to your Internet connection.

The downside to a 3G connection is that you only get 1 SIM card (and a modem), thus you are not able to share your connection.

Which is why AirLive Air3G is such a highly anticipated product.  Not only does it allow you to share your 3G with Single Stream 802.11n coverage, it is also a high power router and a hotspot authentication device.  Basically you get 3 devices for the price of a normal router.

AirLive Air3G

This week, we will take a look at one of the function – 3G/WAN backup.  As mentioned, 3G Internet is a perfect backup to your ADSL (or cable) connection.  Admittedly, most 3G routers allow you to choose WAN or 3G services but most of the routers currently in the market require you to do the switch manually.

AirLive Air3G smart backup system (well, I did wrote about smarter strategies, read it here) lets you do that without the need of your interventions.  For a start, you can set your primary (or preferred) connection to be either WAN (ADSL or cable) or 3G connection.  When your primary connection is down, Air3G will automatically switch to your secondary connection.  But wait, that is not all.

Now, the smart thing to do when implementing a backup connection is not to go on an “Unlimited plan”.  You only want to pay for what you used.  You want to use as little of your secondary connection as possible and switch back to your primary connection when the service resume.  Unfortunately, as far as I know, all the 3G routers currently in the market require you to do the switching manually.  AirLive Air3G is the first 3G router in the market that provides automatic connection recovery.  Air3G will automatically switch back to your primary connection when the service is resumed and all these processes are done in the background without you even notice it.

Air3G WAN/3G application

Next issue we will look at the other 2 important aspects of AirLive Air3G –
1 watt high power router and hotspot authentication mode.

Author: William Ko
Email: marketing@airlive.com

Smarter Strategies for the New Year February 1, 2010

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, the technology news of the week is Apple’s announcement of iPad, which was touted as a smart tablet.  SMART – that is our blog topic for the week.

At the start of the year, we were thinking, what is our vision for 2010? How can we improve customer overall satisfactions?  The answer?

Smarter Strategies for the New Era.

After a couple of years of recession, many countries are starting to undergo economic recovery, but the effect of the recession is there for us to see.  Companies will change their way to do business.  No more wasteful spending, every dollars must bring in the maximum return on investment (ROI).

So how will AirLive ensure our customer will continue to have the cutting edge when marketing our products?  First stop, smarter products.

We had been talking about going green lately but having a green product is more then having new chipsets that consume less power.  The firmware must be intelligent enough to know when to increase the power when in demand or using the least energy when the machine is in idle mode.

And our Polling function for our outdoor Access Points have built-in intelligent that will automatically determine the distance of the clients for maximum transmission efficiency.  And should one of the machine failed, Lock-to-AP will automatically search for the next available machine, thus maintaining a smooth connection.

And what about our latest 3G routers with WAN failed-over?  Sure, most 3G routers is able switch to WAN when the 3G connection fails (or vice-versa) but AirLive 3G router will know the connection recover and switch to your preferred connection the instant they become available.  Now that is a smart router.

While many companies emphasis on smarter products, we at AirLive like to think differently.  Not only do we have smarter products, we only provide smarter marketing services so that our customer can promote AirLive product at greater efficiency.

For a start, we decided to tear up our product catalog (not literally, of course).  Rather than having all the products in one big catalog, we split them up into 4 different product lines.

You and your customers can now focus on the product lines that they are really interested in.  And in order for AirLive customers to have instance access to our catalog at any time, they are now available as an interactive online version.

Click here to view the Home/SOHO Online Product Catalog

Click here to view the Enterprise Online Product Catalog

Click here to view the WISP Online Product Catalog

Click here to view the Surveillance Online Product Catalog

Well, we have more new products and services coming your way.  A little sneak preview for our loyal readers – very soon, instead of you having you visiting us at our trade show, we will be bringing the trade show to you right in the comfort of your home.  For the latest updates and information, stay tuned to this blog space.

Contact: William Ko
Email: marketing@airlive.com

AirLive: What’s in store for 2010? January 22, 2010

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2009 had been significant for the networking industry. 802.11n was finally ratified, economy was recovering and more countries are de-licensing the 5GHz spectrum.  So what does 2010 holds for AirLive?

For a start, we have a new technology blog where we will share our concepts, ideas, product information and case studies with you. This is also the year where AirLive turns green with more online activities as we do our part to reduce carbon footprint, preserve resources and most importantly, bringing information timely to you at the comfort of your home.

Technologies and products wise, there will also be major changes.  Smartphone’s like iPhone and Blackberry are pushing the price of 3G Internet connection down.  We see this as a business opportunity for 3G routers as users begin to look for way to share their 3G Internet connection.

For outdoor wireless connectivity, you can expect the demand for high power wireless products such as our very own AirMax5 continue to grow.  High power wireless device allows a longer and wider coverage and this will reduce operator’s installation cost.

Another area where we can expect to see major changes is in the area of Networking Surveillance.  H.264 is now the mainstream video compression technique, together with new megapixel lens and more unique functions, this year might just be the year where IP Cameras will pose a major challenge to traditional CCTV cameras.

Well, it looks like we will have an exciting year ahead, so stay tune to this blog for more discussion as we integrate life with technologies.

Contact: William Ko
Email: marketing@airlive.com