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schmidtj

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About schmidtj

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    iPhone X
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    Male
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    Chicagoland
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  • Favorite Quotation
    “Poor planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on mine.”

    ― Bob Carter
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    Technology
  1. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Amazing how my MB will use ANY B41 signal over a B25. I’m in a very marginal B41 area CINR as low as -120 perhaps lower. Once it latched on to a -100 B25 signal but only for a short time when it switched back to the much poorer B41 signal. I got my MB in January and noticed the B41 signal getting progressively worse beginning in March. My guess is the foliage is blocking the signal. Hopefully it can still find a useable signal when the trees are full.
  2. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Does the MB retain it's optimization across power outages (planned or unplanned). If yes, are the settings stored in non-volatile memory or is there a battery backed storage with a time limit before the settings are lost?
  3. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    5G Magic Boxes? Buried in the article https://ubm.io/2jZd3Ch is a mention of a future 5G Magic Box. Would this be a new physical box or just a firmware update? With the 100 of thousands of existing MBs is seems costly to replace them.
  4. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Works very nice for me using call continuity. It’s not volte but better than 1x. I start the call in WiFi and after it connects I drop WiFi and the call transfers to the MB with barely a hiccup. J
  5. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Thanks. Hopefully a new firmware does in fact fix it. J
  6. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Physical Cell ID affinity. I've mapped the PCI's for macro cells in my area and my MB connects to the closest one after a reboot or reset. This seems logical. For some unknown (to me at least) reason last week when I checked the MB and it was connected to different donor which is almost 50% further that the one it had been connected to. I figured the donor was down or maintenance was being performed except my cell phones still connected to the closer one when outside of the range of the MB. The performance of the MB was abysmal while connected to the further donor. I waited several days to see when it would switch back but it didn't. I eventually manually restarted the MB (not reset) and it reconnected to the closer donor cell. I wonder why it would not switch back by itself. It's as if the donor cell needs to be down before the MB will look for a better one. This doesn't make sense. Any explanations? J
  7. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    If I've been disconnected from the MB with my iPhone or iPad for a while (hours) and I reconnect and run a single SpeedTest I initially see speeds in the range of 4down/3up. If i then immediately run a second and subsequent SpeedTest I consistently see speeds in the 15-30down/5up range. If I then disconnect for a period of time and reconnect the pattern repeats. I think the MB is typically not heavily loaded as I rarely see more than one connection which is me. It's as if the MB is maintaining a minimal connection to the host cell when idle and then adds capacity if the load increases. Does this make sense?
  8. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    I've had a MB for about a month now. On two occasions that I've noticed the MB has a SERVICE connection but the LTE is disconnected. Eventually the LTE becomes connected again but what sort of thing(s) would cause LTE to drop if SERVICE is connected with typical signal levels and quality. I haven't restarted the MB for over a week. J
  9. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    What is the difference between “Restart” and “Power Off”. If you don’t actually remove power “Power Off” eventually results in a “Restart”. Thanks, J
  10. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Nothing has changed here. What is a bit weird is occasionally I’ll see 30 mb/s but 99% of the time it’s 5ish mb/s.
  11. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Similar experience here. Good speeds immediately after a reset then slowdown. Was not like this with previous firmware.
  12. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    The ID has never been other than 105. The Frequency has changed depending on the direction the MB is oriented. The Frequency has not changed since I last reset the MB.
  13. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    RSRP 111->114 CINR 1.0->5.0 Here is a snapshot of what they are at the moment. Prior to 440a the values were similar. It's the speeds that have degraded. It's been 2 days since the last reset. Thanks, J
  14. schmidtj

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    When I first got my MB the 3rd week of February I was seeing download speeds int the 10->30mb/s range which was very good. My signal isn't stellar (RSRP 111->114 CINR 1.0->5.0) but it was stable. After the firmware upgrade to 15.15.50.440a my signal levels remained the same but my download speeds dropped dramatically. Now they are in the 2->5mb/s range which is rather poor considering this is what I get on B25 indoors without the MB. Question: Is this drop in speed at all related the the firmware upgrade? The timing leads me to believe it is. I even took the MB outdoors and performed tests at 8 cardinal points on the compass (with a reset each time) and the signal strength/quality improved but the download speeds did not. Any insight appreciated. J
  15. schmidtj

    LTE Calling Plus / Chicago Market

    I can originate or answer a call while on WiFi then turn WiFi off mid-call and the call continues on LTE. I am in Chicagoland. I then need to remember to turn WiFi back on again for the next call.
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