Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster

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After complaining about my 4G/LTE signal strength, T-Mobile sent me,  
this two-piece CELL-Fi signal booster cellular signal extender
called a "T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster":
http://i62.tinypic.com/243kndw.jpg

Following the printed instructions, I set the "window unit" in an upstairs  
window, and it got LTE and two bars; and then I put the "coverage unit"  
as far away as I could, and it got a number of "9" (whatever that is supposed  
to mean).
http://i59.tinypic.com/md39c1.jpg

My main question is whether this will work if I take it with me when I travel,  
or if it only works where I live (T-Mobile said they "set it up" for where I  
live, but that might just be for 911 purposes?). They also say I have to tell
them if I move it, which implies that it will work anywhere. Does it?

My secondary question is whether I'm now feeding all my neighbors off of  
this Cell-Fi signal, if they're also on T-Mobile, and if that's a good or
bad thing. (If it were my WiFi router, that would be a bad thing.)

My tertiary question is what the "9" literally means on the re-transmitter?
The T-Mobile instructions say you want as large a number as possible, and,  
it further says that smaller apartments might end up with smaller numbers,  
but it doesn't say WHAT that "9" is supposed to be indicating.

Since I didn't ask for this unit (all I wanted was better signal), can you
tell me some of the implications (good or bad) of using it at my home?

Re: Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster
On 2015.02.16 00:52 , Bob Pack wrote:
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It may be a 911 issue, or it may be that they've set it up to work with  
a specific cell station near your house.

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Could be.  But as long as you get good bandwidth it doesn't matter.

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Probably a dumbed down quality of signal scale.  0 bad. 9 best.  (or 10  
best, or whatever).

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Power consumption and yet another ugly widget in the house.

--  
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  determined by what remains after your
  bad habits are subtracted from your good ones."
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Re: Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster
On Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:43:55 -0500, Alan Browne wrote:

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That's why I had asked.
a) Is T-Mobile locking the Cell-Fi device to a specific tower?
b) Or, do they warn not to move it just because of the 911 location?

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I was just wondering if the Cell-Fi (Cel-Fi?) repeater was helping the  
neighbors, or not. Does anyone know if Cell-Fi extenders only work for
my phone line, or if they work for everyone in the vicinity?

I wonder what the range is. I guess I could test it by going outside
and walking the perimeter, with and without the Cel-Fi powered up.
  
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Actually, it can't be that, because the instructions say to get as
far away as possible, where the number will be larger.

So, it's not signal strength most likely. It's more likely some measure
of DISTANCE, which, I guess, turns into COVERAGE.

But, it would be best not to guess and find someone technically
knowledgeable in this (I'm not, and it's hard to get expert tech
support at T-Mobile as you can imagine).

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I'm wondering if there are any security holes that I'm unaware of.


Re: Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster
On 2015.02.16 16:02 , Bob Pack wrote:
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Call them and ask.  Search.  Good luck!

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Call them and ask.  Search.  Good luck!

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We await your test report.

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So it's still a quality scale.  Not to belabour it but some receivers  
don't receive well when the power received is too high.  That's why they  
want you further away.  The high number is help you get far away enough.

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Perhaps.  I  think it's more akin to making sure the receiver is not  
swamped.

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Why do you need such detail?  It is interesting to be sure - but how  
will that help you?

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Shouldn't be.  From your phone to the tower, content (voice, data) is  
encrypted (and v-v).  This thing is just passing the signal between the  
phone and the nearest tower.

Call them and ask.  Search.  Good luck!

--  
"Your net worth to the world is usually
  determined by what remains after your
  bad habits are subtracted from your good ones."
                                   Benjamin Franklin

Re: Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster
On Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:58:53 -0500, Alan Browne wrote:

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I had thought that I wasn't the only one here who has any experience
with these things, as these are very basic questions.

BTW, think about your suggestion.

Do you realize how many hours (days maybe?) you'd spend on the phone
with T-Mobile trying to get anyone who actually even understands the  
question, let alone who can give you an answer?

It would be almost impossible, in my opinion, given the support level
of T-Mobile that I am experienced with getting, to even get to the  
3rd level of technical support, which is the *only* level that will
even understand the questions.

They'll just say they don't know the answer, which will be true.

You have a far (far far far) higher opinion of the support available
by dialing 611 than I do.

If *you* don't know the answer, that's fine (as I don't know the answer
either). But, someone MUST know the answers.


Re: Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster
On 2/16/2015 7:07 PM, Bob Pack wrote:
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How about asking in https://support.t-mobile.com/community/community/ too?
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But they don?t necessarily read here.
  


Re: Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster
On 2015.02.16 22:07 , Bob Pack wrote:
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No they are not.  You're asking about things that are between the phone  
and the cell station.  These are not things that people commonly have or  
use.

We don't have the specs (there's a hint: look at the model numbers on  
the widgets and go looking for the specs or product sheets).

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They ain't scrambling to say, now are they?

You want to know these things.  You seek them out.  But don't be  
disappointed when you don't conveniently have your answers plopped in  
your lap.

--  
"Your net worth to the world is usually
  determined by what remains after your
  bad habits are subtracted from your good ones."
                                   Benjamin Franklin

Re: Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster
On Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:35:40 -0500, Alan Browne wrote:

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This is true. Very true. In fact, you're basically the only one with
the guts to say what you thought of the issue.

So, I appreciate that conversation, and, I agree. Nobody really knows
how these things work so they won't be able to answer my questions.

I'll learn the answers, over time, but, it won't be coming from here,
so, as you suggested, I'll try other avenues.

Thanks!


Re: Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster
On 2015.02.17 16:10 , Bob Pack wrote:
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As I said, try looking up the spec from the models of the widgets you have.


--  
"Your net worth to the world is usually
  determined by what remains after your
  bad habits are subtracted from your good ones."
                                   Benjamin Franklin

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.. or, indeed, the OP could *tell us* what the specs and model numbers  
of the widgets are. Someone here may be familiar with the equipment  
under a different guise (it's a fair bet that T-Mobile are just  
rebadging some generic piece of kit from our friends in China) ... but  
you can't expect everyone reading here to know which bit of tech are  
being shipped by T-Mobile ... possibly in another country.

Cheers,
 Daniel.
  
In the UK, where AFAIK T-Mobile don't supply such kit.



Re: Questions about the free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot 4G LTE Signal Booster
On Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:02:36 +0000 (UTC), Bob Pack wrote:
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Well, the NSA would never consider installing an eavesdropping kit in a  
voice communications device - would they?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/16/us-usa-cyberspying-idUSKBN0LK1QV20150216

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/17/kaspersky_labs_equation_group/


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