Testing T-Mobile Home Internet Service

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  1. mschnebly

    mschnebly Well-Known Member

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    T-Mobile is giving me a 30 day free test of their Home Internet Service. After that I can decide to keep it or get something else (Cox is the only other choice). It sounds promising but only using it will tell. I don't have cable TV service, only streaming so I'll be giving it a good workout. They claim 50Mbps. I don't have a lot of details but here is what they say so far. It's worth a free 30 day trial.
    Home Internet Service from T-Mobile

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  2. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Boy, wouldn't that be nice if it became universally available.
     
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  3. smark

    smark Well-Known Member

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    That is there plan for those who they think they can deliver those speeds to. Would help competition at least on the lower end of speeds. If it's consistent it would be fine for streaming and downloading games but would probably be hell to game with (depending on the tame).
     
  4. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    T-Mobile has seemed to do a nice job of upsetting the establishment with pro-consumer options. :)
     
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  5. NashGuy

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    Some first-hand reports from early users indicate that speeds are often well in excess of 50 Mbps. But frankly, even at 50 Mbps, that's plenty good for one 4K HDR stream while a second person in the house is doing something else (streaming in HD, streaming music, web surfing, online gaming, etc.).

    T-Mobile is saying that if their merger with Sprint goes through, they will greatly increase their footprint for home broadband and also greatly increase speeds too as they take advantage of Sprint's 2.5 GHz 5G network to take speeds up well over 100 Mbps.

    One question I have: does the supplied gateway have an ethernet port or must you connect all your clients via wifi?
     
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  6. mschnebly

    mschnebly Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, they told me that the merger is coming and they will move ahead with much more speed. We'll see.
    I'm hoping for Ethernet ports too. I found this and if true it looks promising. Looks like just a power cable so it can be plugged in anywhere and 2 Ethernet ports.

    T-Mobile Home Internet customer shares setup details and photos of router
     
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  7. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I have this service on the free trial and i dont think i will be keeping it. Yes, the receiver does have two ethernet ports. There are two big limitations, they do not offer a static IP (admittedly not an issue for most people) and the receiver can not be put into bridge mode when you want to use your own network. I can see the tower outside my kitchen window (about a half mile away but everything is open in between the house and the tower) but i still cant get over about 25 down. What is interesting is standing right next to it I can get around 50 on my phone. I am lucky that i already have a good fixed wireless provider that gives me a solid 20/4 so i will be sticking with them
     
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  8. mschnebly

    mschnebly Well-Known Member

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    I saw this from a commenter with the service. Is this not true?

    "We just hooked the T-Mo router up to our existing Linksys Velop wireless mesh network and disabled the built-in wireless. Setup took 10 minutes, tops."

    If not then it might be a deal breaker for me.
     
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  9. NashGuy

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    Have you contacted their technical support about this? Something sounds off. No way should any of the phones on T-Mo's network be capable of getting 2X the speeds that their own gateway can get (especially given that the gateway is larger and can therefore integrate a larger antenna than a phone).
     
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  10. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    That will work as long as you dont mind double NATing. You can not turn off the NAT in the T-Mobile router so its output will be a 192.168.1.x address. I didnt check to see if you could at least change the range it assigns, maybe to a 10.1.10.x address.
     
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  11. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I have talked to tech support and they were not much help. I had not done the phone speed test yet but when I did ask about the ridiculous ping times I was getting (200 - 500 ms) he just said that was the nature of cellular. If that is the case why does my phone get pings of 40 - 50 ms?
     
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  12. MichaelCoffin

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    Precious little info on the TMO website. I clicked Check Availability to see if this was even available in my area, gave it my home address and instead of it telling me yes/no it took me to a screen asking for my name/address/email/phone number so they could call me. Really? Why not just tell me if it's available or not?!?!
     
  13. Mikeguy

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    Yeah, irritating, to harvest contact info. I went through it and immediately got a "It's not in your neighborhood yet" webpage.
     
  14. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    This is SOP for me, on the Verizon version of this. I have a fixed antenna mounted, about the size of a loaf of bread, connected to their router. Straight line of sight to the tower, about 3/4 mile away. The wifi signal it puts out consistently returns 6-8, whether it be laptop, ipad, phone wifi, etc. But if I use my phone's LTE, I usually break 15.

    Sometimes when the wifi is especially sluggish (no idea why), I'll put my phone in Hotspot mode, and just tether my laptop to it. Instantly more responsive. And it's using the same pool of data, so no issue there.
     
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    I did the same thing and agree with you.

    I wanted to know if it was available and if their are caps.
     
  16. mbernste

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    Way too slow for me. I currently pay $35 for 940 down and 880 up. With all of the external upload and downloads that I do (mostly NAS backups), 50 would never cut it.
     
  17. mschnebly

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    It's not for everyone that's for sure. We would be lucky to ever hit 20 so I'm willing to give it a try. I really want to believe this tech will be very successful for a large section of people moving into the future. This might put an end to the cable monopolies and better overall prices.
     
  18. mschnebly

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    I was initially told it was by invitation only. I had applied to test it more than 6 mos ago so I was surprised to get their call and invite.
     
  19. johnfasc

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    Question, I have my own Buffalo Router and Arris Surfboard Modem. Would I still be able to use my own Modem equipment? Currently have Spectrum (only game in town) and their modems are huge and not very good, plus you have to rent them.
     
  20. smark

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    Not the stuff you have as this is via cellular service. You may be able to purchase the device when it launches though.
     

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