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  1. locust43
    June 13, 2011

    The reason your Atrix showed a “4G” signal is because AT&T doesn’t really offer a “4G” service, they set all their HSPA 14.4 and up phone’s to always display an H+ signal even if the tower is only capable of a UMTS or 3G connection. It’s done mainly to prevent customers from being confused because a normal phone like a european phone over here would bounce between 3G/H/H+ which would confuse us American’s.

    AT&T’s so called 4G, is really just a tiny bit faster version of 3G called HSPA+, which the Atrix isn’t even capable of, it’s an HSPA 14.4 device. The enhanced HSPA signal rides on the same signal bands as their 3G service which is why you would noticed an increased H+ signal.

    When real 4G from AT&T comes a lot (whenever that is), it will be called LTE and it runs on a completely new band called 700mhz and also AWS. Your signal booster wont be compatible with that. But you would have to get a new phone anyways to experience a difference.

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    • admin
      June 13, 2011

      Hi and thank you for your comment,

      Your logic makes sense regarding the benefit of the amplifier. The only thing that I find perplexing is that an AT&T rep told me at a show that their 4G used a different signal band. Clearly, he could have been mistaken, but I carry two phones and noticed a distinct difference in signal quality between my older 3G phone and the Atrix. The rep attributed this to the relatively unused 4G frequencies versus the over saturated 3G network.

      Another point the rep made is that the 4G signal’s frequency better penetrates buildings which he stated would give a better signal too. My experience seems to align with this although I could be mistaken.

      Finally, your point about the network display on the phone makes complete sense. I have never seen the phone show anything related to 3G; it only shows GSM, EDGE or an H. Perhaps H without a plus means 3G? I have no idea, but do find it misleading.

      Thank you again for your comment.

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  2. D. B.
    July 21, 2011

    Was curious to know if you found a problem with the inner antenna. I found that the coverage was not sufficient when past about 20 meters, maybe there is something in my wall which the signal has a problem with for some reason. I was hoping that the amplification would be able to push through the wall to extend the repeaters proximity but I have failed to see this happen. I think I will have to fool around with a better location, but I just don’t want to have to reorganize my own house because I need the coverage to extend that much.

    The reason I decided to purchase the unit is because I saw that there were a lot of reviews on http://www.wifirepeaterreview.com which helped me figure that it wasn’t overpriced compared to a lot of other units, plus I found one refurbished. This isn’t to say that if you go refurbished your getting a bad deal, its just that I wish that maybe the layout of my house would be a little bit more condusive to coming to a solution.

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    • admin
      July 21, 2011

      Hi and thank you for your comment,

      In general, if there is one disappointment with the device, it is the internal signal amplification. I definitely find the internal range to be extremely short. Some say that this depends on the outside signal quality and I have not had an opportunity to thoroughly test this. However, at best, it covers a room and at worse (which is my case), the signal covers the desk only.

      I am not convinced that this is any worse than competing solutions. I believe that you would get longer range from the “different model” I link to in the conclusion. However, this unit would add to cost and installation complexity.

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