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  1. This is a follow-up to my posts of October 19. Now I have 3 of the HTC 5G hubs. I haven't been able to get them better than 3 bars each. So I'm tempted to open one up and attach an external antenna to the antenna connector. According to the FCC filing, there are indeed connectors in there for some frequencies... it just isn't clear if there is one for 2.5 GHz (Band 41) or if it is hard-soldered. Scott
  2. This is a follow-up to my posts of Sept 7 and Sept 20. Well, things haven't worked too well with the Sprint MiFi8000. After a promising start, things degraded quickly and I started to experience the spontaneous reboot problem that Sprint MiFi 8000 and Verizon MiFi 8800L users have reported. Originally I thought that it was related to the signal level -- but in the end I decided it was some thermal issue. The units do get warm... So I sent my 4 MiFi 8000 units back to Sprint. And I was never happy with the Peplink/Pepwave Max On-The-Go (OTG) unit. I had several problems with it and the support folks weren't very supportive. So I bought a second HTC 5G hub (now I have two). Attached is a photo of the two units. I got my old Cradlepoint COR-IBR1700 out of the closet and am presently using its load balancing capability. The 1700 has 5 ethernet ports; 4 of which can be assigned as WAN or LAN and the 5th is set to WAN. So I set those as 1 LAN and 4 WAN ports -- the LAN port ties into my house ethernet, and two of those WAN ports go to the ethernet ports on the back of each HTC 5G hub. But the 1700 seems to be in Round-Robin mode even though I have it set to Device Usage mode (balanced usage) -- well, it clearly isn't doing that. The one on the right is 75.51 GB while the one on the left is 116 MB. At this point I've been very happy with this setup and the internet has worked continually for the past 3 weeks since I brought this system up. No spontaneous reboots (e.g. MiFi 8000), no blank web-interface screens (e.g. Peplink MAX OTG), and no internet dropouts. Scott
  3. Here is what my HTC 5G hub looks like. It doesn't have an external antenna port, so I've oriented it along several polarizations to try to maximize the signal. I also tried the window, but this window doesn't face the cell tower and it has a decorative metal grid on it. So the best I get is 2 to 3 bars (the tiny icon in the upper-right corner of the screen presently showing 2 bars). I would like to tell what that was in real units, but I haven't found it in the menu system yet, no "dBm" in the manual, and googling didn't help either... Scott
  4. From a practical standpoint, Sprint is my only option just because of where the cell towers are located, and what data plans and bandwidth the various wireless companies provide here. My experience, just based on 2-days, is that the HTC 5G hub is much better than the MiFi8000 units. The HTC unit doesn't continually auto-reboot -- what a concept! 🙂 But I will be first in-line to try the new SpaceX systems once they deploy (StarLink). That's how desperate I am. My son's school requires Chromebook; and chromebooks don't work without an internet connection. That was the last straw and initiated my 4-headed hydra system mentioned above (now it is a 5-headed hydra). People who live in town just don't understand: "what do you mean the Internet didn't work?" And I'm not "in the country", I'm just 2 miles outside of city limits. The Internet cliff is very steep... Thanks, Scott
  5. Yes. Cable isn't available here. DSL out here is only 3Mbps. Verizon and T-mobile don't have the data package that I need. Been waiting forever for a "real" Verizon fixed-wireless plan. AT&T doesn't have a signal here. And Sprint's Band41 has the speed that I would like as a streamer. My Sprint HTC 5G hub arrived yesterday. It seems more stable than my existing 4 Sprint MiFi8000 units so I am connecting that to my Peplink Max-OTG ethernet WAN port (the 4 USB ports are used by the 4 MiFi8000 units). Thanks, Scott
  6. Update to my update. I posted this review on the Sprint web page, but they deleted it. I gave it 1 Star because of the reboot-cycle issue with the Sprint InSeeGo MiFi 8000 (the Verizon InSeeGo MiFi 8800L has the same problem). I am using the latest firmware on my Sprint MiFi 8000 (firmware version 1S). This has the same reboot problem that others have reported. It also has the same reboot problem that the Verizon MiFi 8800L has; even with firmware 1S. So it appears that InSeeGo is having problems identifying/reproducing the problem. And they aren't able to fix it. I have four of the Sprint MiFi 8000 units, and they all have the same reboot problem. Pulling out the battery, then putting it back in, then doing the Profile Update seems to help for awhile. Although the unit works fine when it works, I can't give more than 1 star to a device that keeps auto-rebooting. I also attached an external antenna to the Sprint MiFi 8000 external antenna ports (the TS9 antenna ports under the two rubber caps on the same side of the unit as the USB connector). But that made the problem worse. I suspect that the unit is rebooting whenever there are signal level issues (either with the internal antenna or the external antenna). And it thinks that rebooting itself will somehow make things better... So the firmware needs to be updated to stop doing that. It seems like a simple fix; or give the user the option. If the unit is in a reboot cycle, we can't access the menu system to adjust anything. So if you have the reboot cycle, try repositioning the unit to get a better signal. Or attach an external antenna (Netgear has a flat panel with two TS9 connectors that made directly to the two ports on the Sprint MiFi 8000) *and* position that external antenna to get a very good signal. The reboot threshold for an external antenna appears to be worse than the reboot threshold for the internal antenna. Since InSeeGo has had many months to fix this problem, I'm going to try one of the HTC 5G units from Sprint to see if that is any better. I am out in the country, 2 km from the Sprint cell tower, so I only get 3 bars. I imagine that folks with 5 bars wouldn't have this problem, so I'm guessing that rebooting is related to signal level. The unit seems to think that rebooting will make things better??? Scott
  7. Update: it has been a couple of weeks now and things are still working fine. The only issue that I ran into is that if the external dual-antenna is attached, and the MiFi 8000 has trouble locking onto a signal, then it keeps rebooting over and over every 30 seconds. I tried re-positioning the antenna but for the time being I've switched back to just using the built-in (internal) antenna. I've lost some signal levels (a bar or two) but will spend more time on the weekend to get better positioning of the antennas for less unit-to-unit interference. I just wish it would allow the removal of the battery. The USB cables are providing power to the units, so I don't need the batteries. But when I take the battery out, it shuts down. It really seems to be designed for the battery in-place whether we want it or not. I haven't looked into what jumpers/loads would be required to fool the battery connector. Scott
  8. Nope, didn't try Calyx. I'm burned out by all of the multi-step hoop jumping that I've gone through over the past several years. I don't want to open the door to Calyx + Magic Box + Mobile Citizen + ... At this point, I have a solution and it seems to be working. It is horribly expensive but it is fast and reliable (and those are taking priority for my household right now). A happy wife and happy children supersedes other issues. Thanks for the pointers, Scott
  9. I am using qty=4 of the 100 GB/month plans. Each MiFi8000 has an individual plan and an individual phone number at $65 each, that comes to $260. So it is a tad more expensive than my existing $240/month for 120 GB. My four MiFi8000 units are load-balanced by the MAX-OTG-U4. So it distributes the load among the four and also (might) make things more reliable. I've been watching the load graphs over the weekend and the MAX-OTG-U4 is doing what it is supposed to. Although there are other features in it (speed aggregation, etc.) I didn't activate any of those features. Quite frankly, 20 Mbps is fine for what I need. I just need a good download speed for video streaming (there's no cable where I am), and a reasonable upload speed for the plethora of security cameras that I have. I share your frustration. In my area, there is no cable, DSL is 3 Mbps, Verizon throttles and severely limits, Tmobile limits, and AT&T coverage is spotty. So I'm stuck with Sprint until something better comes along. I'm just lucky that I am "only" 3 miles away from the Sprint tower. I've seen reports that Sprint is starting to throttle Calyx accounts also -- seems they wised up. At this point, I have eliminated finger-pointing; for any problem it is Sprint's fault since it is their contract, their tower, and their branded hardware. Ever since my Clear (WiMax) was eliminated it has been a continual mish-mash and has been a continual headache. I can take a headache; but when my wife or sons constantly say "Daddy, fix the Internet" it really digs... As soon as something comes along that is reliable and cheaper, I'll jump. Living in the "country" means that I'm not on any company's front-burner. So right now I have internet, it works, and speeds are reasonable; but yes, it is horribly expensive. So I can bide my time waiting for SpaceX's satellite-based system that should work BETTER in the country since there is less multi-path interference and clutter. For those gentle readers who are confused, note that I'm paying $260/month for 400GB/month unthrottled. So any hardware costs are ignorable... When forced to abandon Clear's WiMax several years ago, then I had cycled through 3 passive 18dBi 6-foot long 2.5 GHz Yagi high-gain antennas, a Netgear modem, several routers, two Cradlepoint COR-IBR900's, one Cradlepoint COR-IBR1700, and a dozen SIM cards. At that point, enough was enough. Thanks, Scott
  10. Ingenium pointed me to this thread. I just finished configuring my 4-headed system for the Sprint network using the new Sprint Inseego/Novatel MiFi8000. Attached is a photo showing the configuration. Router: qty=1: Pepwave MAX-OTG-U4 (Max On-The-Go with FOUR active USB ports). Note that the "MAX-OTG" and "MAX-OTG-U1" just have 1 active port. The MAX-OTG-U4 Supports 4 USB WAN ports, 1 ethernet LAN port, 1 ethernet WAN port, and WiFi connections. Bought from 5Gstore.com Modem: qty=4: Sprint Inseego/Novatel MiFi8000 (a sister unit of the Verizon MiFi8800L). The MiFi8000 supports Sprint's bands (e.g. Band 41, etc.). Sprint has a sale right now. $2.50 per month for 24 months (i.e. $60). Bought directly from Sprint. Arrived with everything configured -- plug and play. No dinking around with SIM cards that don't fit, aren't the right format, or aren't recognized. Antennas: qty=4: Netgear AirCard MIMO Antenna. Bought from Amazon (B00DN3J03O). Quite frankly, the only reason why I got this was because it had the dual TS9 connectors and the cable is 50cm long. I previously tried some TS9 to SMA adapters, but wasn't happy with how that worked. Since I was paying $240/month for Sprint's old 120GB per month grandfathered plan, the plan for these 400GB is 4*$65 = $260/month. Yes, it is horribly expensive, but I live out in the country and have had continual problems since Sprint bought Clear and disassembled WiMax. Waiting for Verizon, waiting for SpaceX's satellite cluster. waiting for the continuous promises of fixed wireless, etc. and I'm tired of continually jumping through hoops. These companies could make a killing here in the country if they would just try... And I'm not in the "country"; I'm 2 miles outside of city limits. Even the pizza delivery people come out to me. But no cable, and DSL tops out at 3Mbps here. So I'm stuck with wireless. Pros: The Pepwave MAX-OTG-U4 works fine with the MiFi8000. Even though the MiFi8000 isn't in Pepwave's compatibility list, it was just plug-and-go for me. Speeds for a single MiFi8000 are 20 Mbps using a modest flat panel antenna. I'm not getting dramatically more signal-strength bars than without, but it does allow me to stuff the units in a drawer and stack the units up willy-nilly. The antennas will mount on a wall with a picture in front of them. The USB cable from the MAX-OTG-U4 powers the MiFi8000 units. It doesn't have any problems driving all 4 of them. The MiFi8000 has TS9 connectors. I would have preferred SMA, but the TS9's seem to work OK with this flat panel. Cons: The battery has to stay in even though the MiFi8000 is on the USB cable. If I take the battery out, it complains then shuts down. Since it is going to be powered 24.7, this is probably going to eat the batteries and these unused batteries will need to be replaced periodically... Thanks, Scott
  11. Sprint seems to be onto Calyx and some users are reporting throttling... https://www.reddit.com/r/Calyx/comments/9l0x16/is_sprint_throttlingdeprioritizing_calyx_users/ For me, I've been jumping through hoops for too long. At this point, I will pay through the nose. If there is a problem, then it is a Sprint device, with a Sprint logo and a Sprint SIM card, talking to a Sprint tower, so there isn't any finger pointing. I've gone through 5 modems in the past several years since Clear (WiMax) was bought by Sprint. And climbed up on the roof more times than I care to remember diddling with my large passive high-gain antennas. I would have jumped ship to Verizon long ago but their limits are way too small for me -- and Sprint's (Clear's) 2.5 GHz band (B41) just has so much potential... I'll post in the hardware thread that you mentioned once my 4-headed hydra is operational. Thanks for the heads up. Scott
  12. Since I'm out in the country and 5G won't be coming to me any time soon, I'm trying to upgrade my existing 4G LTE system. I bought one of the new Sprint MiFi 8000 units (made by InSeeGo / Novatel). This unit is similar to the Verizon MiFi 8800L; but the Sprint version includes Sprint bands such as Band 41. So far, so good. Then I purchased a small flat panel antenna with TS9 connectors (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DN3J03O). The MiFi 8000 and MiFi 8800L have TS9 coax connectors under the little rubber covers. So now SpeedTest is showing 56 Mbps. I have never ever gotten anywhere near this speed with any of my other configurations, so I'm very happy! The largest plan from Sprint for the MiFi 8000 is the 100GB/month plan. So I bought 4 of them. Yes I know it is silly, but the cost for my existing 120GB grandfathered plan in July was $600 (due to the overage charges). Ouch. So 400GB/month here I come... Now for the tricky bit. I know that I need to do load balancing across the 4 plans. So I could either go with a USB based system (such as the Peplink MAX-OTG-U4) or an ethernet based system (such as the Peplink Balance One). I already tried a simple USB to ethernet dongle from C2G but that didn't work. It seems that a WiFi router that supported WISP (such as TP-Link 3020 or 3040) would be a possible solution, but I don't really want that many antennas sitting on the table... At this point I am stuck and would appreciate some advice. How to tie my four MiFi 8000 units into my existing Cat6 gigabit wired ethernet house. Thanks, Scott
  13. My service is through Sprint (not a third party on the Sprint network). Setting my Cradlepoint COR-IBR1700 as follows; reported by speedtest.net: MTU=1500, 100Mbps, half-duplex: 30 Mbps MTU=1500, 100Mbps, full-duplex: 2 Mbps MTU=1438, 100Mbps, half-duplex: 28 Mbps MTU=1438, 100Mbps, full-duplex: 3 Mbps MTU=792, 100Mbps, half-duplex: 27 Mbps MTU=792 100Mbps, full-duplex: 2 Mbps fast.com produces consistent numbers. TCPoptimizer liked 792 the best, so I tried that also. The values from 30 to 27 Mbps are probably just traffic related, so I see those as the same. It is the dramatic difference between half-duplex and full-duplex that is my concern. Thanks, Scott
  14. I've made a discovery about my home's network setup and would appreciate some advice. Using my new Cradlepoint COR-IBR1700 for connection to the internet via a cellular connection, the local ethernet port on the IBR1700 can be set. The factory default has it on AUTO, which it reports running at 10Mbps. That speed was horrible. My house is wired for gigabit and all of my switches are gigabit. So I manually set the IBR1700 to 1000, which also necessitated full-duplex (since there is no such thing as 1000 half-duplex). That speed was also horrible also. So then I set the IBR1700's ethernet port to 100 half-duplex, and now I get 30 Mbps from speedtest.net and fast.com Changing to 100 full-duplex drops back down to 1 Mbps. So clearly, my Sprint connection to the IBR1700 doesn't like full-duplex at any speed. Note that I'm not changing the setting from the IBR1700 to Sprint (I don't seem to have access to that), I'm changing the connection from the IBR1700 wired ethernet connector to the rest of my home. I think that most cell radios are half-duplex (I'm on Sprint's 4G LTE here in Patterson). I'm just surprised that there isn't a big recommendation somewhere that says to run at half-duplex when connecting to cell. Can anyone confirm or deny? This was a big surprise to me; but I'm pleased with the 30x speedup between half-duplex and full-duplex. Thanks, Scott
  15. Verizon has a map of their 5G pole-mounted locations in Sacramento. The map that I have attached comes from here: https://sacramentocityexpress.com/2018/09/12/worlds-first-commercial-5g-internet-service-arrives-in-sacramento-oct-1/ Scott
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