New York, NY
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Re: February 2011 Sprint 4G WiMax speeds
And here's my speed today:
Keep in mind that at the moment I'm watching Al Jazeera English, which streams at 800k, so my download speed in fact would probably read about 8.4 mbps on Speedtest if Al Jazeera wasn't playing.
Criggs, what modem/phone are you using? are you tethering to your PC or laptop. Wifi or usb?
I'm very happy with these results btw. Anything over 4mbps will do it for me. Too bad this is not consistent with my U1901 usb modem. its still saying i'm in seattle, wash. and its still saying clearwire corp. I move in 2 days, looking foward to seeing what the results will be at my new locale.
New York, NY
I am using a Franklin U600 USB modem connected to my laptop. Frankly, the appeal of the Overdrive has always escaped me. I can build my own ad hoc wireless network, thank you, which, in fact, I have done (I have two laptops).
Since you are moving shortly, I can understand that getting exercised over your current results does not make much sense. Nevertheless, the fact remains that that upload speed is way below spec, and hopefully you will get much better results at your new location.
As for using the New York server or the Seattle server, do you get roughly the same results from both servers? I ask because, as Sprint customers, we are sometimes routed all over the place to equalize the load on the network. I'm not positive, but I think it's in the realm of plausibility that, on occasion, we might find ourselves occasionally accessing the Net through a Sprint entry point rather far from our geographical location. That may not happen often, but that is a possibility, I believe.
much better ping in nyc.
this is just crappy. The location has been the same for me since day 1.
New York, NY
And I actually think that's abnormal too, based on my own experience.
By that I mean that every time I reconnect I'm given a different IP address, with regard to Speedtest servers I'm sometimes routed to New York NY, sometimes to Red Bank NJ, sometimes to Philadelphia PA, sometimes even to Maidstone England, etc. etc. It strikes me as peculiar that you are ALWAYS sent to the same server. Have you noticed whether your IP address also changes every time you connect?
I recently got Sprint 4g with the U1901 USB Modem/dock and I've been having some issues. I've pinpointed the problem, and I was told by Sprint Tech Support that they cannot do anything on their end. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions...
It seems that when I connect to Sprint 4g, it will randomly change the BSID (I'm assuming that's the towers around me) mid connection. I've tried moving it everywhere, facing it in all sorts of directions and I cannot seem to resolve this issue. There is one tower that produces great speeds when I can connect to it (which is often), but minutes later it switches to another tower and my bars will instantly lower from 3~4 to 1~2, my 7~9Mbps DL goes down to .8~1.5Mbps DL.
I was told that there is nothing on their end that can solve this, or cause me to just lock on to the best BSID/tower. Each time it finds a new tower it will usually disconnect itself if I'm using my download bandwidth even remotely above idle.
Thus far I've counted 5~6 towers, and all of them have been less than ideal(rather, I'd have to return the product/service) aside from the great one. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, I'm all ears.
Thanks for reading.
P.S. - I'm building a corner reflector now and I'll see if that helps.
New York, NY
I've been told that I'm SURROUNDED by towers (I'm in midtown Manhattan) and yet it sounds like your experience is quite different from mine.
Don't get me wrong; I do occasionally get disconnected. I normally get disconnected an average of once every two days, though I usually don't have a problem reconnecting immediately. It's not that regular however. The average variation on that average is about plus or minus 40 hours. Essentially I get disconnected once every 14 to 98 hours (98 hours is a little over four days).
But it sounds to me like you're getting disconnected more often than that. And I'm not getting the speed variations you're getting.
What I'm trying to say is that, regardless of what Sprint is telling you, getting repeatedly disconnected and reconnected if surrounded by more than one tower does NOT sound normal to me!
Of course, it just occurred to me that one variable might be your modem. I have a U600; you don't. Perhaps the U600 is better if one has more than one tower in the area. Perhaps you can get them to swap yours with a different modem.
New York, NY
And here are my speeds for today:
omg, this is the first time it has given me a different location than seattle washington. This is also the best results i've ever had. I'm also having the best connection as well. Same ip address tho. I'm moving to the 90's and lexington in manhattan tomorrow. Looking foward to posting my numbers then.
Pointzer, i have the same U1901 modem with the docking bay. I'm very curious as to what your speedtest.net results are. as well as what location your at and how long you've had the modem for.