When we started Shoot It Live 2008, there were no battery powered 3G routers available on the Nordic market. In the US there were several devices on the market with the Mi-Fi from Verizon getting the most attention. We tried many different 3G routers, which we ordered online from US, and many smart phones with different router software installed. But no router or solution lived up to our very high demand of simplicity. That was until we got in contact with Cradlepoint and started to test their PHS-300 router.

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We started to promote and resell Cradlepoint PHS-300 routers to our customers and later on the Cradlepoint CTR-500 equipped with a Tekkeon external battery. The CTR-500 has a Ethernet port, which is great on locations with a lot of wireless signals, and the Tekkeon battery as it get you more than 5.5 hour of juice.

Shoot It Live is often used on locations were there’s no open Wi-Fi network available. And often were there is a press wi-fi network available on places such as sport arenas or TV studios there’s very often problems with the connection. The 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi signals can easily get shaky and especially on locations with many wireless signals – which usually is the case on big, broadcasted sports events. That’s why a press photographer that needs to live publish photos can’t rely on those connections all the time.

Another problem connecting to these press wi-fi network is that they usually are open (no encryption) and redirect a user to a web page to login. The problem is that the cameras don’t have a built in browser, which makes it impossible to use services like that. We hope this will change when the camera manufactures implement support for WISPr XML so devices without a browser still let’s the user enter login and password.

As many other in the industry we hope that the next generation of wi-fi transmitters from the camera manufactures will hold a sim card slot.When we started Shoot It Live 2008, there were no battery powered 3G routers available on the Nordic market. In the US there were several devices on the market with the Mi-Fi from Verizon getting the most attention. We tried many different 3G routers, which we ordered online from US, and many smart phones with different router software installed. But no router or solution lived up to our very high demand of simplicity. That was until we got in contact with Cradlepoint and started to test their PHS-300 router.