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  • Scrumhalf
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    Yeah, I'm going to keep it for at least a month or so and see how things go. If it is as fast or faster than Spectrum, I'll switch.

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  • Bouncer
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    Originally posted by Scrumhalf View Post
    OK, retested systematically.

    Cylinder has 3 bars.

    Right next to cylinder:

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    About 20 feet away, no walls:

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    About 15 feet away through 1 wall:

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    About 25 feet away through 2 walls:

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    So, not bad overall. I'll do the same tests again multiple times a day with the same device (Samsung Galaxy S10) and see how it goes.
    yea and one thing to think about. go back and look at my speed tests when i first for the service. they are pretty much the same as yours. but as time went on speeds got quicker and quicker over the next few months. so keep that in mind. i'm not sure why or how but it happened.

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  • Scrumhalf
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    OK, retested systematically.

    Cylinder has 3 bars.

    Right next to cylinder:

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    About 20 feet away, no walls:

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    About 15 feet away through 1 wall:

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    About 25 feet away through 2 walls:

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    So, not bad overall. I'll do the same tests again multiple times a day with the same device (Samsung Galaxy S10) and see how it goes.

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  • Bouncer
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    Originally posted by Scrumhalf View Post
    Just had the cylinder delivered. Set it up and running in 10 min. Getting 3 bars in my location. Speed is ok, about 200 Mbps down and 9Mbps up. Not getting the speeds you are getting, Bouncer.

    I am just using the built-in router for now. Did you get a speed bump when you plugged in your own router, or just fewer issues with DNS errors?

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    Nah router didn't increase speeds only fixed the dns.

    Test it again late night or early morning. If your speed is much faster than you know it's simply a tower handling a ton of traffic during peek hours causing the slow down.

    If it's still the same it's just your location.

    Neither problem has a fix unfortunately. It's just luck of location and tower.

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  • Scrumhalf
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    Just had the cylinder delivered. Set it up and running in 10 min. Getting 3 bars in my location. Speed is ok, about 200 Mbps down and 9Mbps up. Not getting the speeds you are getting, Bouncer.

    I am just using the built-in router for now. Did you get a speed bump when you plugged in your own router, or just fewer issues with DNS errors?

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  • Bouncer
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    Originally posted by Scrumhalf View Post
    Just placed an order for T-Mobile 5G internet. They say the equipment is backordered until September, but they gave me the $50 price. I'll try it out for a while to see if I get good speeds here in Pasadena. If not, I'll return it.
    yea the router/modem is on back order because of the chip inside.

    if you have any issues at all let me know. for example, if you find that certain websites don't load or certain apps are acting odd. this is a DNS issue that effects some on tmobile. even things like gmail can be wonky with DNS issues. very easily fixed by using your own router. simply plug your own router ($30-$50 bucks on amazon) plug into the silver tmobile unit and all issues will be fixed.

    that's the main issue i've seen with people other than people that live in a shitty location in terms of the 5G tower nearest them. when it comes to that you will either have great speeds or you wont. there is no fix for that. it's not even about "Pasadena coverage", it literally comes down to your exact location and where and what form of 5G the tower you will connect to is using. you can have someone in Pasadena getting 750mbps down and someone else in Pasadena getting 7.5mbps down. lol. you will know right away. that's the good thing. you have nothing to lose. your speeds will either be epic or they won't.

    my speeds have been basically locked for the last month or so now. doesn't change regardless of time of day. 350mbps down/ 20mbps down. sometimes it goes closer to 500mbps but it spends most of it's time at 350ish.

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  • Scrumhalf
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    Just placed an order for T-Mobile 5G internet. They say the equipment is backordered until September, but they gave me the $50 price. I'll try it out for a while to see if I get good speeds here in Pasadena. If not, I'll return it.

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  • TrapsBrah
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    I’ll send you my emf meter to try and record it. I turn off the WiFi at my house when I’m sleeping and don’t use a spring mattress more electromagnetic conduction and don’t sleep with your phone next to your head. It’s fast but why dude good for the price sure.

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  • Bouncer
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    Never had an internet service where speeds incrementally get faster every month. Scrum. I'm now officially double your speed for $60 flat fee per month. Beat that sucka!

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  • Bouncer
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    Getting incrementally quicker. Upload isn't all that impressive but download is sick.

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  • Bouncer
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    Sunday afternoon test. Service remains perfect. No drops or disconnects.

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  • Bouncer
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    Originally posted by Scrumhalf View Post
    Well, that's badass, I've got to say. T-Mobile has definitely been expanding aggressively their 5G coverage. The have been using Sprint spectrum to do so. That's their selling point - that they have the best 5G network around and will continue to expand to maintain that.

    I want to see some real competition on pricing. It almost seems like the three companies have colluded on pricing. There are some small differences but if you have a 4-line plan, for example, the differences are not that great. I am paying $160 or so per month for 4 lines. I need to determine if there are cheaper options but my wife is dead set against change. She's from the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school. Her phone is her lifeline to her siblings who are scattered across the country.
    yea. i understand her point. same with the home internet thing. right now the t-mobile home internet thing is in infant stages and while I have been lucky with great coverage it seems very hit or miss. seems like people either have blazing speeds or they are stuck on some dogshit tower with garbage speeds.

    you can always give it a test run. keep your current internet. order the tmobile 5g home internet and give it a test run. if your coverage is great and you have no issues then great. if not just cancel the service. that's exactly what I did. i wasn't going to cancel my old internet until i absolutely knew the new service was rock solid at all times of day and night.

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  • Scrumhalf
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    Well, that's badass, I've got to say. T-Mobile has definitely been expanding aggressively their 5G coverage. The have been using Sprint spectrum to do so. That's their selling point - that they have the best 5G network around and will continue to expand to maintain that.

    I want to see some real competition on pricing. It almost seems like the three companies have colluded on pricing. There are some small differences but if you have a 4-line plan, for example, the differences are not that great. I am paying $160 or so per month for 4 lines. I need to determine if there are cheaper options but my wife is dead set against change. She's from the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school. Her phone is her lifeline to her siblings who are scattered across the country.

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  • Bouncer
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    Getting quicker. I don't know if it's country wide or just a Northern Cali thing but I'm seeing T-Mobile stores pop up everywhere. I don't see ATT or Verizon stores nearly as much as I used to. Has me wondering if they are adding more coverage/upgrading more towers around here. The T-Mobile router was averaging 3/4 bars when I got it a month ago. I haven't touched it. It's now locked at 5 bars signal.

    Test i did yesterday around lunch time.

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  • Bouncer
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    Originally posted by Scrumhalf View Post
    Good stuff, looks like the 5G service is excellent for you.

    Here's mine on Spectrum. I used Google's m-Lab for the test. The numbers are very consistent with other test methods.

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    Here's my result using the main speedtest app that everyone uses. (Not M-Lab). It uses a closer test server but you can see the speed is a lot faster using them rather then M-Lab which I tend to trust more.

    So for me M-Lab is the slowest but I tend to trust it more. Not sure which to believe. All the other speed test sites put me closer to 350mbps down. M-Lab always has me around 250mbps but the server is in San Fran so it's a bit further away.

    First world conflicted problems...



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