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Yet another datapoint for those who may be testing.(BTW, iTinkeralot, I am definitely going to look into the external antenna - but quite busy at the moment, it may be 2-3 months). I have continued monitoring my unit and doing speed test BECAUSE it switches among cell tower bands.I have traced them ALL to the same tower I mentioned above - hidden by LOTS of trees but theoretically near line of site 0.7+ miles away.What I have found is very interesting:Speed measured with browser on laptop connected via ethernet cable:Primary Secondary Down Upb2 n71 112.3 14.6 177.2 20.2 171.0 17.8 126.6 18.7 174.5 23.1 143.0 15.0 147.7 19.6 124.5 19.5b2 n41 165.9 7.4 265.3 6
Yes, this worked for me also.I was hoping to use the Wifi on the T-Mobile as a “2nd router” - because I have two already to cover the area I am covering - but that is a no go - because it is a one way street - the T-Mobile Wifi device cannot see the old router Wifi (or hardwired) devices. Double NAT and probably other issues too in the S/W.so my config is T-Mobile (ethernet cable) Router1 (ethernet cable) Router2. Router 1 and 2 play nice, T-Mobile just acts like my old modem - and I get the Router1 firewall features too.I have no idea whether there is any firewall of any kind on the T-Mobile other than NAT.
iTinkeralot - Wow - nice. Looks like a place I would like to live.And looks like a place one of my brothers lives in TN.The other two also live outside of small towns. BTW - on lightning - I am a REAL believer in it.Neighbor on one side - lightning hit tree on the other side of the yard next to the other sides fence and exploded bark all the way across the fence in between and into our yard. from about 15 ftup the tree.Houses across in the front and diagonal in the front - lightning hit trees and came in on cable line and from there fried just about every piece of electronics in the house - including garage door opener.Both houses - separate times.We had a big oak tree in the front hit - and one side of it from a split about 20 feet up - just died totally.With that and having 4 different houses no more than 2 houses away have trees fall on them from near tornado winds over the years - I had all trees that might split the house cut down in the last 10 years.A number of other folks have
Actually we have a covered screened porch on the Southside I could put the antenna on the side of the house on the South Side while standing on the roof of that porch. I had been thinking of that after discussing it with my wife. But I was wondering if I would be better off with the yagi versus the panel. Since I now know that I'm getting everything from one particular point.I certainly hear you on the lightning arrestor. I actually have two 12 ft copper ground wires on a 12ft to part on the south side of the house grounding the house wiring. Because I found out that crazy builders had not even grounded the interior grounds. I also use a one shot lightning arrester on my ham antenna. And PHYSICALLY unscrew the coax cable outside when not using it. We have a LOT of lightning here in Atlanta.
New data:Wife got home with ere Galaxy GS9 and I tested with it - turns out - as you said - cellmapper is out of date which is why I could not find the cell towers the T-Mobile CAN was finding.They are ALL on the same physical tower - the 0.7 miles away tower through a TON of heavy woods - but then only Line-of-sight (except for woods) cell tower I have anywhere near.in addition to the 12,66 it says in cellmapper, it has b2, b41 and b71.So that accounts for every connection the can has made from anywhere in the house. and the PCI’s match and the cellmapper cell identifier when I could get a phone to give it to me.Again, to describe my situation - imagine a canyon (Atlanta is hilly), and I live 2/3 way up the canyon - and down the canyon is basically straight west.And I have NO west windows.So the North and Sorth, west corner windows are the best available and where I get the best signal - EVEN in the basement, (which again, surprises the heck out of me). so - if I come to a point of ne
Itinkeralot,Thanks for the reply.I am in a NW suberb of Atlanta - outside the I285 perimeter.I have looked into the MIMO antennas and getting into the box - yeah - as a ham that was irresistible to avoid looking into.But currently - it seems - I am fine with 50M+ down and 10+ up. I am not a gamer or streamer - and I have an advanced antenna (necessary) in the attic for TV and MythTV as my VCR - the same box running Xubuntu Linux has been at it for 11 years now … and has only required that I replaced the external video decoder box (because the first one failed).Never had cable … I DO appreciate pushing me to cell mapper - had not looked into it yet.Interesting results:Nearest 5G tower - 3 miles to West. I have no west window.All the 5G towers are basically next to I75. Which handles a TRMENDOUS amount of traffic - 11+ lanes EACH DIRECTION when it hits I 285. Ridiculous. There is a CLUSTER of 3 tower at a park nearby 0.7 miles.BUT there is a hill between us. A direct line to tower f
Hey timsw, et. al.,(I you want to skip my intro - go down to “=====”)I’ll join the club of reporting here.First, I have been programming since 1968 - my have things changed.Also, I am a ham radio guy - “extra class” (3 rd level license).I also have a brother who was 30 years a Verizon network guy last number of years in VOIP.I thought I knew something - until I met this device ...I have lived in a house in a reception “hole” for ever. Things good up the street in one direction, good down the street in another direction - just not at my house.I got t-mobile in 1998 (actually it one of the companies it acquired later).I have lived with having to go outside or to the top of my 3 story house to make a call.Finally I got a t-mobile “cell spot” which was a total savior. I good finally be in any place in the house and it worked.But my internet has always been AT&T - dialup, then DSL, then U-Verse. ALWAYS lousy - but my only other choice was more expensive and super unreliable Comcast.So
Answering my own questions and figuring out where the long delay as I moved the unit.Ooops - no where specified as to what DFS is or what channels it is. With some research, I found out.It is 52-64 and 100-140.Explicative !!! That is why those are the only channels not covered up with other APs ...That is shared with RADAR band - AND every 30 minutes or when powering up - it checks to make sure no radar is using it locally - which take a long time - 30 seconds or more. So - don’t use those if you don’t wish to lose connection every so often for 30 seconds.this probably explains what a number of people have encountered with loosing connections.I happen to live 6 miles from an air force base … what’s the bet that I have interference on those ??I am surprised that it allowed it to be live at all - unless that base does not used those frequencies.(But that still does not keep it from checking on powerup or every 30 minutes).Back to the drawing board ….
Ok, learned something.The part of the app that sets the channel is quite buggy.I was able to makethe location of the 5G high band work this way:First - the way to configure I accidentally found is to choose a different SSID (9) in the lower part of the page.The UI seems to indicate that only the things BELOW that are settable and governable by the SSID you set.BUT NO - when you change the SSID to 9 - you won’t see it unless you are totally frustrated as I was - the channel above that NOW allows you to set that value.It seems that most of the values MUST be set to the same for high and low (and the manual mentions that) but some apparently can be different.So I was able to get to the 100-144 bands.BUT - NOT QUITE SO SEASY.When you change it and hit save changes nothing happens.You wait, and still nothing happens.You hit save again and repeat 3 or 4 times nothing happens.BUT IF YOU GO BACK to the SSID5 settings, and hit save, magically the SSID9 changes happen.=======Different topic - pe
Ok, tmo_mike_c - that link (at least now) has less information that the sparse manual.I have been for 2 days trying ot properly configure this on my network and locate the unit in an optimal location. The BEST I have is 2 bars of 5. But I do now seem to have 80+ download and 18+ upload - which way beats my UVerse 11 download and 1.2 upload.So I am mostly happy - BUT having issue with configurations as others on this forum. This seems to have been WAY DUMBED DOWN and features either left out or blocked.For example, the PDF manual speaks of setting the high 5Ghz band channel - and gives the range.DOES NOT EXIST on my unit - there is not even a drop down - only for low.The high apparently gets picked on its own - and it is SMACK DAB in the middle of 10 other channels from my neighbors - on exactly the same channels/width.And MY signal is 50% of 4 of theirs when I go up to 3rd floor.(I am in a house that is 30 foot+ from neighbors left and right - and across roads front and back.)I am usi