Jump to content

speedingcheetah

S4GRU Member
  • Content count

    30
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

4 Neutral

About speedingcheetah

  • Rank
    Member Level: Digital

Profile Information

  • Phones/Devices
    Pixel XL
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Here for...
    Networking
  1. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Age of the building doesn't necessarily matter. Its the building materials that does. Metal and stucco constitution is well known for being RF signal blockers. In some circumstances, they act as a Faraday Cage. (My grandparent's home was built in 1864...had thin walls and poor insulation. Gets any cell signal fine.) Anywho...U must not have any towers close by that have a stronger signal than the MB then...is my guess. Like I said, my phone sees a stronger signal from another tower and switches to it. There is no way to force it to stay on the MB signal (perhaps there is via root, but I am not going to root). Also, i had it setup for about 2 months....and "1" is the only number "Users" it ever reported. which was me. So now one around me has Sprint i guess. At least i had some fun giving it a try. It also made a nice "nightlight" and clock for my living room.
  2. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    My complex is 3 floors and about 400 feet long (so says Google Maps scale). It was built in 1974 and is all concrete, metal, and stucco(so has metal mesh all around the outer walls. I am in a 3rd floor comer unit with the MB set set on the far back north facing wall where it gets full B41 signal and i get very good speeds in my unit.. The locations i would hope the MB would reach are only halfway down the complex(to the South facing East/West), on the first floor. However, when i go down to first floor, unless i am directly below my unit on the second floor, or up to 2 units down the hall from it in either direction, my phone will connect to a B25 tower that reports a stronger overall signal and will get very slow speeds. With the exception of the North side of the complex, it will connect to the B41 tower that the MB is connected to and will get good speeds. In the end, its a neat "toy" but their rateing of 30,000 feet range is crap. Maybe that is open air point to point measurement. Or its the construction materials of my complex that are severely hurting the range.
  3. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    well...sure. They gotta have some plan to try and get their network to the level of the other major networks. I've tested them all in my area, sure, Sprint has its places where is very strong and good speed, but 7 out of 10 times, when i am in a spot where i want to stream video, or just decide to check the data speeds at the location...its terrible. I end up having to move a bit to see if i can get better speed to stream smoothly. When i tested Tmobile and VZW, every place i tried was great. The idea of these micro cell towers they call "Magic Box" is good for business and retail stores, malls etc. Places where others will be in and out and may not take the time to switch to the free wifi that may be also be at the same location. But home use, why wouldn't u just use your own home wifi? (Unless u have very bad ISP with slower than Sprint speeds. Even then u have a tether cap so u can't really use Sprint LTE as your home ISP.) A buddy of mine asked his boss at Starbucks about getting a M.B for the store....but he was like "why...we have free wifi that is much faster?". I contacted Sprint via tech support chat to inquire about the MB....not expecting to be offered one, but they did. Had it for a while now. Tested it heavily for the first few weeks, now, it sits unplugged. Why would i use the Sprint LTE at my home when my home has Fiber speeds via wifi. I was hoping it would have the range to cover my entire apartment complex, mainly down in the lobby/mailroom and party room and exercise room, where there is no wifi. But it doesn't even come close to that. My home wifi reaches 2x as far as the MB LTE signal. I tired to ask for the return kit, but had no success the 2 times i called. and the chat is always closed when i have the time to use it. EDIT: Also in the news, Sprint and Tmobile are in preliminary merger talks.....again.
  4. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    tlhIngan Hop Dunmo' Hol puS English Hol. (Klingon is far better language than English) I also was editing my post when u replied.
  5. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Ur kinda hard to understand with ur paragraph long one sentence posts. but i think i get what ur saying. (not native English i assume) Ur at a good signal location already if ur phone is getting good speeds without the MB. The purpose of the MB is for fringe locations with poor data speed to get better speeds..
  6. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Well...i and several others I have chatted with (who live in other states) have never seen anything above 9megs upload. Where as, all other carriers, get 40-100 upload easy in same locations. Again, how does one check to see if they are on a 5x5 or 10x10? I see signal check pro sometimes say like B25 with a little 3 next to it? but its only when i am on B41 do i get any good speeds at all here.
  7. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    o. whoops. now that makes sense. anyway..how do u tell what the #x# is? I have signal check pro app and it doest say anything like that. i was also told by others on other places that Sprint is hard capped at 10meg upload period. forget the term they said it was. but i guess they are testing faster access in certain locations?
  8. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    i tested via my phone before getting a MB and discovered something similar in my medium sized apartment unit....all my windows (which face one direction) get worse signal and speeds than one back wall of my living room. So i have the MB on a bookcase against my back wall. And it works fine through the walls and not against a window as they say. Speeds are greatly increased. However, in your case, it seems that the MB isnt suited for your location. I have to question your speed tests. U sure u were on LTE and not WiFi? Sprint never has anything more than like 9megs up...anywhere, network wide! It just how they work. Now if u are getting 70 megs down on LTE with no MB, then ur in a damn good place already and a MB is not needed nor can it obtain those speeds even under the best conditions.
  9. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    The new Sprint Magic Ball is here:http://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-magic-ball.htm
  10. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Well, the 4 different agents i spoke to (after nearly 30 min on hold) keep thinking i was returning a device (phone). And when i gave them the MB serial, they said it was invalid and kept asking for make and model of the device. Anyway, i can't receive mail at the moment...need label via email so i can print it out. (the way it should be done anyway. why snail mail shipping labels these days. i have never had Amazon, ebay, or NewEgg ever send me a physical return label)
  11. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Seems i just don't have any luck trying to get a return label for the MB. I called both numbers that are listed in the MB screen. They were no help. Also, the packing slip that came with the MB says there may be a $45 restocking fee for returned devices.
  12. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    I was curious about that too. The shut down option (the only option i see) results in the a CMD message that is like Shutting down for restart. wait for black screen. then after that message screen, it goes all digitized fade out of white slowly. then if u wait a minute, it reboots it itself. So there is no actual shutdown.
  13. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Has anyone measured or had any EMI or RF effects from having the MB in their home? I have been having frequent headaches and some harder time sleeping the last several weeks. Thought it was just the on coming of Spring. But I have had the Mb unplugged the last 2 days and night, no headaches and sleep better. Maybe I am just over sensitive to such things?
  14. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Yea. I'll do that. I recently tried Republic Wireless on my spare Nexus 5X. they are a Tmobile MVNO. Far better speeds almost everywhere than Sprint. And especially in my home, where I have to have Sprint's Magic Box inorder to get anything more than a few megs download off their LTE. (though i use my wifi at home of course). A few places i frequent, Sprint LTE is far to slow to stream vids. Unless my usage drastically changes, and i really need Unlimited plan come end of July...ill moving to R.W. Its $15 base plan and $5 per GB. So $60 a month would be 9GB. I can add data as i need. Cheaper than Google Project Fi (even with their refund feature). Also, R.W., unlike Sprint, fully supports WiFi Calling, VOLTE, and Visual Voicemail on Nexus/Pixel devices.
  15. speedingcheetah

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Sorry...should have prefaced my question better. I was just asking for the future. My free 1yr plan expires end of this coming July. I plan on porting out of Sprint at that time to a much cheaper Republic Wireless for my service....that is, if i still do not need Unlimited at that time. (in between jobs at the moment). I was told if u change carriers, u close your account and have to return the MB. Sprint LTE is poor with out it (max 3megs down 0.5 up), however, Republic Wireless uses tmobile and that natively (no repeater box) i get 60 megs down 40 up easy. Also wish to port out for a few months, if just only for the ability to come back in as "a new customer" should Sprint still offer the promotion of Free 1yr in the future or something like it. 45 days off Sprint is what I am told is minimum time to be considered a new customer. The sticker on usb power bank gives me the impression that is mine to keep. " Here is your FREE USB power bank.....use for MB setup...last line....Use as a portable charge for your devices."
×