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jonathanm1978

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About jonathanm1978

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    Do you believe in Magic (boxes)...
  • Birthday 12/25/1978

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    SGN9 x2,SGS8, and ZTE stuff
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    Sylacauga, Alabama
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    Computers, building computers/repairing/diagnostics, rooting and rom'ing Android phones, tinkering with random gadgets.

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  1. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Anxious to see this thing in action. I will try to remember to get photos Thursday when I receive it. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  2. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    The back, non screen side towards donor site (tower). As far as the direction of b41, I can receive it around 75ft in all directions(maybe more).
  3. Since I got the 540 (isn't that the 1st generation MB?)... I've had it outside, but under a carport. I already have access to some Rohn tower sections...I just need something more able to withstand the elements. Apparently there is a solution. It should be on the way... I've seen a difference in the upload ability of the MB gold and the 2nd gen. Before I got the gold, I was able to get 12mbps down and 5mbps upload... but with the gold, I can't get hardly any upload at all. I'm hoping this will be solved by the outdoor solution (I'm sure it will be) (Edit) Without the magic box, I get nothing at all. I can put my phone in the same place where I have the MB and I get 1x800 and sometimes b26. Not every time, very odd. The box works, obviously, but how is the weird part. Now that I'll be able to put it in a more outside area, I'm hoping I can get a much better option.
  4. This guy is quick to answer an email. Some on S4GRU might know the fringe that I live in, but for those who dont, I live in an area that has (on the magic box) a signal of around -118 to -115 with an SINR of 3.0 to 5.0 (+).. I sent GJS an email at the email address he listed in the Q&A, and within 10 minutes he personally had replied. He was quick to give me another solution that still falls within the magic box ... I'm not sure if he would want me to disclose the exact details, but I'll now be able to place the MB outside and not have to worry about the elements.
  5. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Another update: I rarely use my desktop but decided to give some further details on what my Gen3 is doing. So far, I'm still seeing a -120/-119 with a +1.3 - +1.9 SINR. It doesn't d/c ...so it's holding steady (Even though we've had about 2 weeks of dreary, rainy days with lots of cloud and fog)... The Gen2 gave around the same (I think about a -118, maybe -117..with a +2.3SINR) and depending on the time of day (and the atmosphere), I could usually get a 15mbps download, 5mbps upload on the gen2. So far, with the Gen3, running reliably at -119, I am only seeing about 5mbps download, and 0.01mbps upload. I use Ookla Speedtest..which has never reported upload speeds correctly that I've seen...usually it jumps at the end of the test ... but both boxes were tested with Ookla. I've tried finding other areas near me...and I run into the issue of yes, it may work with a -112 in one of my out-buildings, but can the B41 penetrate back inside to reach my phones in the house...no. So I can find other areas that might have better signal, but they are going to be in a spot where it does me no good to run the MB ...or I'd have to sit outside to be able to use it. Hoping they tweak the power settings to match at least the gen2... From day 1 or 2 on the Gen2, I had mostly decent speeds. Here's a question for someone with closer ties to MB team...I remember when the Airave tech support team could submit a ticket for a power increase...and they would boost it ..but it had to be requested. They wouldn't just default it to that higher power setting. I wonder if there is such a scenario with the MB? I don't have anyone near me that connects to mine besides me, the wife, and my kids. None of my neighbors have Sprint.. Mostly, the number of users on my MB runs around 4-5 connections.
  6. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    After having it connected solidly for 3 days... the performance isn't quite up to what the gen2 gave me. I still have both... but trying to use the gen3 as much as I can... Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  7. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    I had asked what the latest version of firmware is on the box.
  8. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Unless you can outright own the box, I wouldn't trust Ebay. I don't even know if there is a way to purchase the MB. It has to be provisioned on the account.
  9. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    That's likely going to be the setup that I use. These things work, but it's weird to try and set one up in a fringe area... I'm still running the gen3 setup to get it working. I took it to my fire department where there is really good b25 lte... I let it do the initial setup.. then brought it back home to place it.
  10. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Can someone give the most recent firmware version? Got the new one up and running...sw is 15.16.00.533 (60.9.83.0) Thanks. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  11. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    My gen3 MB was delivered today. Haven't had time to set it up ...I was home long enough to receive the delivery, then had to dip. When I get back from my free steak dinner (reward for completing my certification for hazmat and firefighter)... I'm going to set it up. I already have a gen2... still active on my account. The gen3 will be a spare... I'm trying to find a better spot for my MB... and now I don't lose service while I'm testing different locations. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  12. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    That's my problem also. I wanted an additional MB...but already have 10 lines. I requested to have my old tablet removed back in March..apparently they haven't done that and the tablet is still on my account. I don't even know where it is...so I dont want it..but after asking them to remove that line 3 times...I just haven't called back again and requested it a 4th time. Financial dept was the one that I was transferred to and they told me that the new GEN3 magic box would not work in my area. Even though I have a gen2 right now and it's working, they said the Gen3 has a different "configuration"...that's how she worded it. Called back, got ahold to someone with some sense, and requested just to replace my current MB..not add an additional.
  13. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    I called back and talked with a different person...told them that I knew the MBGold used the same as the Gen2, he placed the order (except as a replacement, not additional). Something about my account having 10 lines already and needing to talk with financial dept in order to have an 11th line added... I don't really care about having 2 if the Gen3 works like the Gen2 does..
  14. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    My order fell through. When I talked to them today, they said that the band that is needed for gen3 in my area isn't available. I told them that my gen 2 works fine but apparently the 3 uses different carrier
  15. jonathanm1978

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    It's 30 right now with a nice breeze of about 10mbps ...or 10mph. I think the wind chill factor is around 26. It's supposed to get up to a high of 46 today.
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