Arcadyan KVD21 Gateway vs. Nokia

  • 17 March 2022
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Anybody out there who can share if its worth to switch to the Arcadyan gateway ?? I still have the Nokia gateway 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts 


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I’ve had the Arcadyan for a day now and had the Nokia for 2 weeks before this. I’d say no so far. Nokia was much faster although the Arcadyan shows Excellent signal vs the very good I had with the Nokia. I’m disappointed so far.

I’ve had the Arcadyan for a day now and had the Nokia for 2 weeks before this. I’d say no so far. Nokia was much faster although the Arcadyan shows Excellent signal vs the very good I had with the Nokia. I’m disappointed so far.

I just installed mine, and the tech at tmobile told me that the Nokia is much better and stable, if she can be honest. My download speed with nokia hovers up to 400 while the Arcdyan never went to 98. Its been one day and will observed for another day or so, I am also tryin get more info form other user to see. As of now this is not much of an upgrade. 

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I had both and currently have the Arcadyan. I did get different performance but I can’t simply say one is better than the other because it all depends on what towers and bands each gateway connects. In my case, primary band was either B2 or B66 while secondary was N41 or N71. On the Nokia I got more B66 and more N71. On Arcadyan I got more B2 and more N41. But here is what my performance is under different bands:

B2 versus B66 - B2 has slightly higher download but B66 has 2-3X faster upload.

N41 versus N71 - N41 has 3-4X higher download speed

The best combination is B66 and N41 which neither Nokia or Arcadyan holds for more than a few hours. I decided to keep the Arcadyan for me because it is far more consistent holding B2 and N41 for up to a week and when it does change to N71, it’s still pretty good and usually switches back to N41 within a couple hours. Nokia on the other hand was like rolling the dice everyday but when everything was perfect, yes it did edge out Arcadyan by 5-10%.

My signal showed Nokia at 3 bars and Arcadyan at 4 bars from the same spot. However, when you look at the cell metrics, the difference was much smaller but even metric is higher on Arcadyan.

Lastly, in a given day the Nokia for me would vary from about 100 mbps to 400 mbps download. Arcadyan shows much more narrow band of 250 mbps to 350 mbps. Both would occasionally hit 420ish but not for long.

Best thing to do is try it out and keep the one that best suits your needs. I don’t upload much so I can live without B66 band so I much prefer the predictability of the Arcadyan.

 

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I used the Arcadyan gateway for about 2 weeks but am switching to the Nokia because while the Arcadyan appears to get a stronger internet signal the download time for the Nokia seems to be faster. Also, my Roku TV was not able to see the 5ghz WiFi frequency from the Arcadyan bit can see it from the Nokia. I believe this has something to do with the channel that the Arcadyan automatically assigns. Being able to use the 5ghz frequency allows for a much better resolution on my Roku TV. T-Mobile’s 5G home internet has made it possible for me to finally give up being forced to use Comcast/xfinity as they were the only internet service available to me.   

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Interesting comments above.   I tried the Nokia, but couldn’t get a good signal (1-2 bars).  My next door neighbor has the Arcadyn system and has 3-4 bars and pretty decent upload/download speeds.   Called the home internet tech support to see if I could get an Arcadyn system to see if it would work better.   After 5 minutes of not getting my question answered by someone I could barely understand, I gave up and hung up.   

I used the Nokia model for about 5 months.  The signal strength varied wildly but was workable for me --- although the unit seemed to have problems displaying notification-messages.  I received an Arcadyan replacement model about 4 weeks ago.  The Arcadyan MAY be slightly slower… perhaps 10% to 20% but that is only my gut-feeling.  My SPEEDTEST measurements are affected by far too many variables.  At any rate despite the Arcadyan speed-variations, it is essentially “workable”.  

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Interesting comments above.   I tried the Nokia, but couldn’t get a good signal (1-2 bars).  My next door neighbor has the Arcadyn system and has 3-4 bars and pretty decent upload/download speeds.   Called the home internet tech support to see if I could get an Arcadyn system to see if it would work better.   After 5 minutes of not getting my question answered by someone I could barely understand, I gave up and hung up.   

Unfortunately I think you get a lot of variation on support calls. If you tried to use reason and logic, try again playing dumb.

Say something like “I went to the TMO store to get help with my home internet because my video is all broken. The guy at the store said something about I have the trashcan and I should get the black box, Arca, cicada. or something like that but it’s a black box. He said it has better ping, bytes, gps, thermo and some other stuff I don’t know anything about so I’m calling to do what he said to do. When will I get this black box?”

If they try asking you questions, just say “yeah I spoke with the guy for over an hour and he sure sounded like he knew what he was doing but this all I can remember so when can I get this black box so I can watch video again?”

I know this isn’t being totally honest, but I’ve found that trying to sound like I’m smarter than a support rep rarely gives me equal or better service then just playing dumb and say “WOW I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!” a few times. It does wonders.

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