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pnyxxpress

join:2008-11-20
Valles Mines, MO
reply to TonyKZ1

Re: Big River Broadband Now Available in eastern Missouri

Sorry all. I have been out of the loop for awhile. My tower is online now but I have been hesitant to jump on board so early in the game. My tower is less than a mile and half away and I can see the lights on top of the tower in winter time. But I was informed I am on the outer limits of the coverage area and may need an external antenna.. They will install it free of charge for an additional $5 a month.... Wait that's not free...?? Lets squeeze every penny out of me that you possibly can.

The range on the towers don't seem to be that great so I can understand why so many will still be left without service even when a nearby tower comes online.

I met my new neighbor a couple of weeks ago. He just happens to be a the local ATT engineer. He told me they just finished installing some data only matrixes on the local tower and ATT may have 4G in my area by first quarter of 2013.

It would be nice to have more than one choice so I can do a battle for performance before locking myself into another contract that I my regret in 6 months.

I have also been reading everything I can find on Big Rivers website. They do claim some pretty good peak download and upload performances but 2 paragraph below the peak performance they mention the average which isn't much better than 3G.

I wish we could get a moderator to make us a topic thread on the dslreports website. I think this will be a hot topic in the upcoming months. I would like to hear some real world performance reports.


TonyKZ1

join:2010-04-08
Marble Hill, MO
Yea, I would also like to hear from people that's already using it. I'm going to go talk with them (BRT) this afternoon, if I can get off work a little early. The only new Tower that I've seen is on hwy 34 between Marble Hill and Burfordville, I'm not sure if that's close enough or not as I live off of B Highway a couple of miles from Marble Hill. Does Big River have a forum or use anything other than Facebook, I wonder? It's kinda odd about the short range I've heard about, most other 4G systems have "from I've read and heard before anyhow" have around a 10 mile radius depending on the terrain, but I might be confused too...
Tony


TonyKZ1

join:2010-04-08
Marble Hill, MO
Well, after talking with them yesterday afternoon and again today at lunchtime. They've only got one tower close to Marble Hill currently on country road 402. That new one on Hwy 34 isn't theirs from what they said. Until their new towers come online, coverage in my area is spotty so it might work or not. I thought I'd go ahead try it and I went for the internet bundled with the local telephone service. So I guess we'll see how it goes. Wish me luck

Gartok

join:2012-07-27
Glenallen, MO
Good luck, Tony! Please keep us posted on your experience with it here.

So that new tower by the pipeline isn't even Big River's?


TonyKZ1

join:2010-04-08
Marble Hill, MO
Well, so far so good. We lost signal over the last weekend but usually cycling power on the modem/router fixed it. Basically while I'm only 2 miles from the tower, I've got some trees and hills in the way. Their tech support seems to be pretty good for the most part, they basically recommended me to get the modem/router as high as possible in the house or buy an external antenna (or they can install one and lease it to you).

Be sure to throughly explain where you are located at, preferably with them using google earth or some such mapping program or a physical map since Bollinger County still doesn't have the 911 addressing scheme yet which makes physically locating your house difficult. I even gave them the lat/long of where I was at, and they still had me inside Marble Hill, instead of where I actually live at. Oh well, I finally walked them (via google earth over the phone) their t/s from Marble Hill City to out where I lived at.

It's been working pretty good I guess, I did a speed test saturday and got 2.5Mbs down, while it's not the 5Mbs that's promised, it's a huge site better than wannabe 56k dialup that we could only get 45kps with. I just cancelled my dialup account this morning, so here's hoping that it continues to work and only get better..
Tony

pnyxxpress

join:2008-11-20
Valles Mines, MO
Run some test during peak hours and see how it does. Late afternoon ealry evening. Use www.pingtest.net. That will measure latency and jitter. All the good stuff. Thanks Good Luck


TonyKZ1

join:2010-04-08
Marble Hill, MO
Sigh.. Well I'm back on dialup again. The 4G LTE from Big River didn't work out. It'd be working fine, we'd be on the web/ reading email/ whatever and the signal btn the modem/router and the tower would drop and go away. Sometimes it didn't come back for hours. They're only suggestion was to have them install an expensive outside antenna for an additional $5 a month. I tried to do the pingtests and they wouldn't complete, the site said they were being blocked or something.. Also sometimes while I would be browsing the web I would notice the wireless signal on my computer start dropping down to one bar, it was still working but a lot slower, and then maybe a little while later, it would start rising back up to the 4-5 bars it was before. So well, it was fun while it lasted but just not reliable enough for me at the moment.

pnyxxpress

join:2008-11-20
Valles Mines, MO
That's not what I was hoping to hear but I somehow expected this to be the case. It sounds like it is more than just signal strength. Sorry it didn't work out.


TonyKZ1

join:2010-04-08
Marble Hill, MO
Yea, I was kinda disappointed too. I was really hoping it would work out as we've on dialup for so many many years. I had even cancelled my dialup acct, I had to reactivate it this morning after I turned the modem/router back into Big River which wasn't a big deal fortunately. They also refunded the money that I paid when I got the service.
Tony