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Good news for us

A big ol' Vz tower went up this month and it's less than a quarter mile away. Or 8¾ miles closer than the previously nearest one. I bet my 4G LTE gets a lot more potent as we leave "can you hear me now" mode.

 

All they have to do now is finish running the fiber from down by I-10. Finally... we have viable options Smiley Happy

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Tutor

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That is good news. Thanks.

 

Too bad about your Vz. We can see the towers our phones use but they're so far away, the phone has to be near a window to get tests that peak around15 Mbps. Move away from the window to the other side of the house and it may drop to 1 Mbps. Still much better than what a 3G phone can get which is nothing but 1x.

Tutor

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I definitely have excellent line of sight to the new tower next door.

 

I imagine Cradlepoint will have a nice router available for 5G if and when...

 

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Assistant Professor

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@jezra wrote:

@GW Wow, that is good line of sight. Are there windows in your home that have line of sight with the tower? 


Kinda doubt he'll have to worry about being near a window. At that distance and line of site probably will get a signal using the fillings in his teeth while using the toilet.  Smiley LOL

Tutor

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They're at a fairly steep angle but yes, I can look out the window and see the tower. With a little tree trimming there can be an absolutely clear shot at the antenna array for fixed 5G.

Associate Professor

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I am a bit jelly...

I recently got a new phone because of new job being so far, found out it has tethering, and I have just 1 bar of 4G LTE, get a lousy 4Mbps or so, but the latency is sooo nice.  I actually switch my PC to that via USB Tethering when I want to game, as I don't need high speeds, just low latency.

Tutor

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If you have an android you can use Network Cell Info Lite for free. It's a utility for LTE. It has a gauge for main and neighbor towers, moving map display and lots of nice features. If you're fringy, small differences in phone location can make a huge difference in performance. My samphone tethers just fine with a high quality 30' USB cable. Nice if I need to run my desktop with the phone modem but I just hook it to a laptop that sits in a room facing the towers and connect a HDMI to the home entertainment system. Maybe after the new tower comes online I'll try to figure out a way to make the phone feed my network

 

I get my 10 GB of Vz data from a reseller that doesn't allow hotspotting or tethering so their phones don't offer the capability. I use a program called Klink to turn a phone into a modem so it can feed a laptop when traveling. I bought that for $5 and it works like a champ for tethering while staying stealthy. I've been using it for five years.

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@C0RR0SIVE wrote:

I am a bit jelly...

I recently got a new phone because of new job being so far, found out it has tethering, and I have just 1 bar of 4G LTE, get a lousy 4Mbps or so, but the latency is sooo nice.  I actually switch my PC to that via USB Tethering when I want to game, as I don't need high speeds, just low latency.


I actually found that I get decent speeds with my CDMA Tracfone sometimes where I am.  Ranging from 6-20Mbps.  Not bad for two to three bars.  No tethering, though, and I wouldn't want to do so with how expensive data is with Tracfone.  Still contemplating a phone like yours, though yours is GSM, so I don't know how that would do where I am.  

 

With this said, the other day I was in a store parking lot and was getting five bars.  I tried a speed test and got the following...

 

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Tutor

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Gabe, look at the $5 Klink program I mention above.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.faveset.klink&hl=en

Tethering a Vz Tracfone is basically what it's for. Mine's a straight talk tracfone on Vz. I get 10 GB a month for my $41.25 a month ($495/yr).

 

Nice speed test. The biggest I ever got was 38-something

 

 

Distinguished Professor III

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@GW wrote:

Gabe, look at the $5 Klink program I mention above.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.faveset.klink&hl=en

Tethering a Vz Tracfone is basically what it's for. Mine's a straight talk tracfone on Vz. I get 10 GB a month for my $41.25 a month ($495/yr). 


While that's a great idea and definitely an option, it wouldn't really be a good idea with what I have now.  Right now I only have about 2.5GB of data left, and it's not on a monthly plan.  What I buy will give me, at most,  6GB of data for the entire year, and that's with refiling every 90 days.  I have to look at other providers, like Straight Talk, in order to even begin thinking about tethering, and whether that would even be worth the increased cost.    

 

Right now, I don't have a monthly plan, or even a monthly plan without a contract, due to not using my cell phone very often.  In the nearly four years that I've had a Tracfone I've used it for about an hour of talk time, and only recently started texting due to not having a smart phone until two months ago.  

 

For right now I pay about $180 per year, which gives me 3000 minutes, 4000 texts and 6GB of data.  For another $20 per year it's 3000 minutes, 6000 texts and 8GB of data.  While that would be pitifully inadequate for most people, it's fine for me.  


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