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Everything posted by Joski1624

  1. The "LTE Plus" coverage in my market, Cleveland, is still way off. It's mostly understated. Cuyahoga County is especially bad. On the flip side, the Eastern part of Mahoning county is overstated in portions east of Youngstown. New B41 has been still showing up from time to time. I found one new live from a site off of Brookpark Rd. Just east of I-71 a couple weeks ago. And the maps and spreadsheet have been continually updated. A vast majority of sites in the Cleveland metro area now have B41, but one would never know that on Sprint's coverage map. http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/6612-cleveland-market-nv-20-spreadsheetmap-and-discussion/
  2. You've got to have some takers by now.
  3. I'm quite pleased at how the Sprint network is performing in the Cleveland Market, but it was a LONG time coming. It has only been within the last month that most sites in the primary IBEZ now have all sectors live with B26. Average signal strength has improved with B26, but most dead zones without B26 still are dead zones with B26. I think it's really a testament to Sprint's network rebuild that B25 LTE worked as well as it did in the absence of B26. Sprint's decision years ago to put the brakes on rural site 8T8R deployment has still left me without B41 even though it came really close, but speeds are still plenty fast enough for me on B25 and 26. I think the rural 8T8R build-out here was a stupid idea despite my happiness to see it deployed. From a spreadsheet manager standpoint, I hate trying to match these (cheaper) B41 mini macros that have been deployed over the last year, but fortunately over 60% of our sites already have 8T8R equipment installed. The last two most recent B41 sites I've found live have been 8T8R, so I'm glad to see that at least both are still being used now. It's my dream that mini macros will cease to be used here in favor of the 8T8R stuff.
  4. Mobile hotspot in Extended LTE

    Years ago when my parents had a mobile broadband router (3G), they somehow managed to rack up a ton of roaming usage one month. I then changed it to home only and they never had another problem. The letter basically says cut it out or your service will be dropped. Fortunately they got a warning first before a letter of termination of service.
  5. The strange thing here is that Cleveland on what I believe is the "typical" B26 EARFCN which is 8763, and I've also been told that 3x3 is here to stay until further notice. Our CDMA Channel is different being at 526. In our secondary IBEZ zone, 1x800 was initially 476 and was changed to 526 when B26 launched.
  6. The Magic Box 6 months later

    I have an inverter that has a built in watt meter, so I plugged my Gen 2 MB in to see what it pulls. It is pretty efficient. When it's fully configured and transmitting B41, it pulls about 10 watts. During setup when B41 is off, it pulls just 3 watts.
  7. Do you know if the carrier size is 3 or 5 MHz? Its 3 MHz in the Cleveland market IBEZ zones. B26 went live here back in the spring. Many sites within 20 miles or so of the Lake have the 0F northerly sector shut off. In some cases only one sector is live at a particular site. The strange thing is that many sites along the lakeshore have 0F active. Maybe it's to test interference to Canada without a potential network interruption if sectors need to be shut off?
  8. Network Vision/LTE - LA Metro Market

    All Sprint small cells found in the Ohio markets have had their Cascade ID posted at the site, so it makes singling it out a lot easier. They've all contained 90XS. For instance, a cascade ID for a small cell found in a Cleveland, OH area suburb is CL90XSB19. Obviously, the LA market prefix is different. Also, the signal is quite strong standing next to those things. I've achieved low -60s RSRP standing roughly 20 feet away from the pole.
  9. Network Vision/LTE - LA Metro Market

    Once upon a time, BSLs we're the actual site coordinates, but now a vast majority use what are called offsets. Triangulation with the BSL coordinates of all sectors is the only way to narrow down the approximate location. Also, BSLs are a CDMA technology feature. Small cells are LTE only. That's where site notes on SCP comes into play.
  10. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    So what EARFCNs have shown up so far? Mine is 39874
  11. The CDMA channel number in the engineering screen should tell you that. Here's a good resource to help figure out the frequency. http://niviuk.free.fr/cdma_band.php
  12. Which is why I am sooo thankful for the database file that you maintain . Adding CDMA site notes were too much of a hassle to add to my personal database file.
  13. Mini macros and small cells share the same GCI pool here. They all are intermixed. All of our small cells have a GCI ending of 01 only. All of them are relay backhaul, so fiber or other backhaul may yield different results if the small cell supports multiple carriers. All our mini macro Gci suffixes have been 31, 32, 33/39, 3A, 3B depending on the carrier.
  14. Motorola Google Nexus 6 Users Thread

    The final security patch for my Nexus 5 was like this (Dec 2016, I believe). It says up to date. I tried manually applying the update and it didn't work. The latest security patch still shown is November.
  15. I wish a SCP beta thread would be considered. I'm not really interested in digging through 30+ replies to something I'm not a part of.
  16. With Toledo now keeping track of network upgrades now, it's been found that many areas of the market now have a 10x10 MHz carrier for B25, and even some areas that have an additional 5x5 carrier for capacity. B26 has pretty much gone marketwide now too. blkkatana would probably have a better idea of what's around Lima. Not sure how well VZW is fairing in the unlimited game, but AT&T seems to be suffering terribly in parts of Northeast Ohio from my observation. I use an AT&T sim mostly for testing purposes. Lately, I've had to push the device to HSPA just to have uninterrupted music streaming. I'm very glad I've got Sprint now to be honest.
  17. Current Sprint PRLs

    Data roaming on vzw hasn't worked in my area for years; only voice calls work. Fortunately, I rarely roam now, but vzw data roaming does work when I travel to other regions. Whenever I get EVDO while getting a 1x roaming signal, it ends up being Sprint anyway when I check the EVDO engineering screen.
  18. Throwback Thursday S4GRU style

    Now there must be MOAR!! Ain't nobody got time for a lousy 3G forever site finally getting fired up with only 1900 LTE these days except for the die hards like myself
  19. Network Vision/LTE - Cleveland/NE Ohio Market

    Ah yes, I know what you mean. B26 coverage at some sites is downright awful right now. I was in range (line of sight, literally) of the site in Parkman yesterday. I had one device on 800 (hydro icon - my best performer) and one on 1900 (Nexus 5 - best performer). I was consistently getting a 10-20 dB weaker on 800. I've been keeping my hydro on 800 at home, and I've noticed a vast improvement in 2 weeks. These were grabbed from roughly the same spot a few minutes ago. I'm only a 1/2 mile from the site. Granted it doesn't account for antenna placement between devices, nor the margin of error in placement, but on average the signal is about 15-20 dB stronger here on 800, and so far the only site where I've found that 800 outreaches 1900. Too bad only one sector is active at my home site. So, there is hope. Just some patience is needed.
  20. Network Vision/LTE - Cleveland/NE Ohio Market

    Here are some general stats of our user finds for our market. We still have 11 GMOs left. The rest are way off the beaten path, so nobody has recorded them. 1x800 444/627 Sites Confirmed - 70.81% Band 25 602/627 Sites Confirmed - 96.01% Band 26 132/627 Sites Confirmed - 21.05% Band 41 (8T8R) 363/627 Sites Confirmed - 57.89% Band 41 Mini Macro (formerly Clearwire) 101/155 Sites Confirmed - 65.16%
  21. Network Vision/LTE - Cleveland/NE Ohio Market

    B26 has been lighting up market wide. That's what's been happening 128 129 132 so far have been found. There's much more out there that hasn't yet been found.
  22. My fear is that another spectrum auction will happen again in another decade once wireless providers have determined that they need more spectrum. Though I'm personally not thrilled with a sizeable chunk of UHF television spectrum being pulled from broadcasters again, I am hopeful that a repack this time around will be more efficient now that analog is not a factor. My question for broadcasters is how they are going to roll out ATSC 3.0
  23. The app is called network signal guru and it does require root permissions. The center frequency is the same for both the 5x5 and 3x3 carriers, so it seems to be measuring bandwidth in some way, shape or form. It makes me wonder why stock android engineering screens don't show LTE carrier bandwidth if the radio has the capability. Samsung devices have been the gold standard for BW measurement, and I've already seen a 3 MHz bandwidth LTE 800 carrier in the engineering screens.
  24. To my knowledge, there's only 10 sites in the Cleveland market that even have 5x5MHz of 800 LTE. The rest are close enough, or within one of the IBEZ contours to be 3x3 only. Dkyeager was the first one to point out to me that a 5x5 B26 carrier is currently not feasible here because of the current CDMA voice carrier channel assignment, which is 526. The signals would overlap and interfere with each other.
  25. And this is from a 3x3 carrier. I'm trying to enjoy it while I have the chance ????