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David, thanx for the update; here in the Las Vegas/Henderson area we have limited LTE as well

and I use my Tri-Fi daily with Wimax (getting a 55-60 dBm signal in the house consistently); may

I ask why you gave up your tri-fi if your area is still weak with LTE as mine is?

 

Good question. Reception at home is more of consistent baseline for reference. I have wired broadband with no (at least for now) usage caps so mostly carry the Zing (and Tri-Fi and Overdrive and USB sticks before that) in my briefcase.

 

The other piece was the Tri-Fi only worked on the 1900 band, so I couldn't tell what was operational on the other two bands, so I took a risk that I would have decent LTE coverage. I could always swap back to the Tri-Fi (simple call to swap ESNs), but frankly one day is not enough to make that call.

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Has no one found a suitable antenna to use with the Zing?

 

 

Has anyone looked into hacking this thing? Getting it connected via diag mode to QPST/QXDM... writing PRLs etc?

 

Got my hands on one of these and I'd like to unlock the SIM slot. No diag port though :(

 

has to be hiding somewhere...  

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I currently have a dock for my Tri-Fi unit and do plan on getting the Netgear Zing but nowhere is the dock for it available, not at Sprint nor Netgear, nada, zip. aarrgghh

 

[rant mode: ON]

Why do these manufacturers and carriers continue to offer products and either do not have the accessories for it available or none at all.

[Rant mode: OFF]

 

Seems they show it off at their facebook page.

 

TS 

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I currently have a dock for my Tri-Fi unit and do plan on getting the Netgear Zing but nowhere is the dock for it available, not at Sprint nor Netgear, nada, zip. aarrgghh

 

[rant mode: ON]

Why do these manufacturers and carriers continue to offer products and either do not have the accessories for it available or none at all.

[Rant mode: OFF]

 

Seems they show it off at their facebook page.

 

TS 

 

Have you asked Netgear on their Facebook or Twitter when the dock will be available?

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I am into amateur radio and this setup is interesting. I wonder what sort of wideband antenna would exist to even be usable over the 800/1900/2500 bands. I would venture to say such an antenna with these wide ranges wouldn't be very effective at all and maintain SWR. I see it has two antenna ports - perhaps one is for the 800 band and the other one is for the 1900/2500 band?

Try a disc cone... 73 de WC0H

 

 

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Have you asked Netgear on their Facebook or Twitter when the dock will be available?

I did and I just got a reply from their Facebook page that the cradle will be available from Sprint soon.

 

TS

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I did and I just got a reply from their Facebook page that the cradle will be available from Sprint soon.

 

TS

Yay! If I had the extra money per month, I would sure get one.

 

 

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i plan on getting it, but side note, the docks are still huge. The device has gotten slender yet the dock is still the size of Godzilla. 

 

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So can anyone attest to being able to get the MSL Code to view the advanced settings in the Zing whilst in a contract? I would like to prioritize my Bands as well!  :)

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I just called Sprint up and asked the rep for it. They asked why I needed it and I told the rep and they obliged.

If a rep won't give it to you for some inane reason, just hang up and call back or make up some story about how the device isn't connecting properly and you need to reprogram it and they should give you the MSL for that.

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So can anyone attest to being able to get the MSL Code to view the advanced settings in the Zing whilst in a contract? I would like to prioritize my Bands as well!  :)

 

I just called Sprint up and asked the rep for it. They asked why I needed it and I told the rep and they obliged.

 

If a rep went give it to you for some inane reason, just hang up and call back or make up some story about how the device isn't connecting properly and you need to reprogram it and they should give you the MSL for that.

 

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Same here: I called and asked. The associate put me on hold for about a minute, then came back and gave me the MSL.

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Awesome! I will give it a try and post back my results...We all know we love to get into "Restricted Areas" to play! :-D 

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Wow....Very easy....I did the "Chat" Feature on Sprint's website and they gave it to me no questions asked....Once I get the transcript i'll post it here....Just WOW! :-)

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Ok All, I got the unlock code, is there a way to view all frequencies available (that it sees) with the Netgear Zing? Either via the Netgear Manager on the iPad or web admin console? I don't have a sprint phone yet (Waiting for the LG G2...YEAH TRI-BAND LTE!) 

 

Kris

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Chat transcript as Promised:

 

Customer
Customer Name: Kris M.
EMAIL: XXXXX@XXXX.com
Phone Number: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Chat Type: Device / Network
Chat Reason: Would like to have MSL Code for Netgear Zing. Having some trouble with LTE and would like to prioritize Bands.
Passcode: xxxxx
    Sprint: All agents are currently busy, please hold for the next available specialist.     Customer: Hi Glenda! How are you?     Glenda B: I am good , thank you for asking .     Glenda B: May I please have your 6-10 digit numeric PIN to access your account?     Customer: XXXXXX     Glenda B: Than kyou .     Glenda B: The code is XXXXXX     Glenda B: Is there anything else I can assist you with today?     Customer: That should be all...Thanks! :-)     Glenda B: You are wleceom .     Glenda B: Thank you for choosing Sprint - we appreciate your business!

You?ll receive a transcript of our chat within a couple of hours at the email address you provided for this chat session or your sprint.com email address if you signed in prior to chatting.

We hope you?ll give My Sprint a try the next time you need to make account changes. Click:sprint.com/mysprint to learn how to manage your account from your favorite device.     Customer: Thanks!

 

Very nice rep...but has some spelling issues...:-P

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Ok All, I got the unlock code, is there a way to view all frequencies available (that it sees) with the Netgear Zing? Either via the Netgear Manager on the iPad or web admin console? I don't have a sprint phone yet (Waiting for the LG G2...YEAH TRI-BAND LTE!) 

 

Kris

 

Not that I know of and that would be a good feature to have. You should suggest that to Netgear. I set the default band 25 as the last priority and Band 26 first with band 41 as the middle priority. It's been a moot point as all there is here is some Band 25 LTE. However, if and when I see a dramatic shift in coverage or speed I'll be ready to check and see if I'm picking up Band 26 or Band 41.

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Not that I know of and that would be a good feature to have. You should suggest that to Netgear. I set the default band 25 as the last priority and Band 26 first with band 41 as the middle priority. It's been a moot point as all there is here is some Band 25 LTE. However, if and when I see a dramatic shift in coverage or speed I'll be ready to check and see if I'm picking up Band 26 or Band 41.

I did the same thing after I got the MSL code from Sprint. I'm most excited to see the 800MHz LTE when it rolls out. Especially with building penetration compared to the 1900 let alone 2600 frequencies. Will definitely have to recommend that to Netgear...would be a useful feature!

 

 

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Thanks Rawvega.  Searching and searching to find dock.  Read this thread before you posted too. Thanks.

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You're welcome! :)

 

My very unscientific observations indicate that the dock gives my Zing up to @ -10 dBm improvement.

 

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I see people posting that they are frustrated by Sprint requirements to sign up for 2 year contracts to get onto their network. May I suggest checking into a company a friend suggested to me. Check out the BYOD Plan on the URL: http://millenicom.com/plans/

 

I was looking for information on devices to use with this plan when I found this website. I have not yet purchased a device (leaning toward the Netgear Zing) and started using the service so I cannot vouch for it. My friend uses the $69.99 Hotspot plan which uses the Verizon network.

 

I was told by the salesman that the BYOD plan uses the Sprint network and allows up to 50 Gb/month for $79.99. To quote the page:

 

BYOD Plan
  • Bring Your Own Device
  • Unlimited data
  • 3G, 4G, LTE

The Millenicom BYOD mobile broadband account is a no contract service that allows for nationwide coverage using the clients own mobile broadband device. There is a one-time set up fee of $49.99 to activate the account.

The BYOD service is for personal and family use and is not to be used for commercial purposes or as a public WiFi or broadcast to multi-dwelling units or any other extraordinary circumstance. Usage over 50 gigabytes in one month will alert our investigative team.

Devices usable with this plan: Customer must own a non-active mobile broadband device of the appropriate upstream carrier (email service@millenicom.com for clarification). We highly recommend you contact us before signing up for this type of account to ensure your device is compatible.

 

:)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)

 

I hope this info is helpful to someone  

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I see people posting that they are frustrated by Sprint requirements to sign up for 2 year contracts to get onto their network. May I suggest checking into a company a friend suggested to me. Check out the BYOD Plan on the URL: http://millenicom.com/plans/

...

 

:)

 

I hope this info is helpful to someone  

 

 

I just received this by email this evening:

 

Dear XXX,

 

Sprint has discontinued service to our gateway provider, unfortunately

that means we can no longer provide the Unlimited or BYOD Plan to you.

 

We anticipate your plan to be discontinued by Sprint by the end of this

month. We can offer a couple options for you available through October 31, 2013.

 

1.  Continue your service through the BMI.net Unlimited/BYOD Plan. They

have agreed to honor your service through the end of this month at no

charge with an ongoing monthly service fee of $79.99.

2.  Switch your service to the Millenicom 20GB Hotspot Plan. We will

provide a Novatel MiFi 4620LE with activation and shipping free of charge.

 

 

 

What now?

Any ideas on where mobile broadband is going would be appreciated.

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Ok all...so question here....or maybe scenario....

 

I would like to set my Netgear Zing up in my vehicle. I would like to permanently mount an antenna on it that I could hook up to it easily an disconnect easily. I basically want to be a rolling hotspot. Now I found this antenna...

 

http://www.wpsantennas.com/PCTMBPTSM-RPSM-PCTEL-Multi-Band-Cell-PCS-WiFi-Permanent-Mount-Multi-Band-1.aspx

 

Doesn't have the right connectors, but I can adapt that no problem. The antenna gives one feed for "voice" (low bands 800/1900) and one for data (wifi/WiMAX) and a GPS connection. Which antenna ports on the zing would I hook this to? Or am I just SOL on my dream of an external vehicle antenna?

 

Any help or insight is appreciated....thanks!,

 

Kris

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Ok all...so question here....or maybe scenario....

 

I would like to set my Netgear Zing up in my vehicle. I would like to permanently mount an antenna on it that I could hook up to it easily an disconnect easily. I basically want to be a rolling hotspot. Now I found this antenna...

 

http://www.wpsantennas.com/PCTMBPTSM-RPSM-PCTEL-Multi-Band-Cell-PCS-WiFi-Permanent-Mount-Multi-Band-1.aspx

 

Doesn't have the right connectors, but I can adapt that no problem. The antenna gives one feed for "voice" (low bands 800/1900) and one for data (wifi/WiMAX) and a GPS connection. Which antenna ports on the zing would I hook this to? Or am I just SOL on my dream of an external vehicle antenna?

 

Any help or insight is appreciated....thanks!,

 

Kris

Kris,

 

Did you ever get this working. I see some on Amazon 

Side note, I took apart my previous Sierra Hotspot dock and attached the antennas connectors to the Zing and the signal got about -10 dBm improvement. So I just ordered the official dock for work, but I can't see myself getting a second one to put it in the car. 

 

TS

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