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Re: Airave: Get Great Sprint Reception in Your Home
Originally Posted by flyer8493
FWIW, mine has been unplugged since December (possibly Thanksgiving, I forget) and I haven't gotten any warnings or extra charges whatsoever. I also got mine totally for free and I've even swapped phones since then (EVO LTE to a Nexus 5 bought at Play store, but I did have to call them to activate it and the Airave was never mentioned).
Why have I had it unplugged for so long? Well, we were doing some home renovations and it was in the way, not to mention our DSL had been acting up a lot making the Airave borderline useless. Plus LTE and general voice coverage had actually improved a lot around here towards the second half of last year, so the Airave wasn't quite as essential anymore.
I still don't get a strong signal towards the back end of the house tho, and it seems at least one of the nearby towers has been flaky (I noticed quick because our DSL still sucks so I've been using LTE a lot in the house)... So I've been meaning to hook it back up. Using the Airave for voice calls works fine even with mediocre DSL speeds (<2mbps).
I wanted to connect it at the other end of the house tho (where I have a Gigabit switch that patches back to the main router), rather than the central location it was at before, and I wanted to put a UPS there while I was at it but I just haven't gotten around to it. If I have any trouble re - activating it I'll let ya know, I don't really expect any though.
I haven't moved, tho I did change phones and routers but I doubt that matters. BTW, I've had it hooked up before and after my router in the past and it didn't make any difference for me; i.e. DSL modem > Airave > WRT54GS router VS modem > router > Airave. The way it'll go soon will be DSL modem (hopefully fiber soon) > ASUS RT-AC68U router > 5-port Netgear Gigabit switch > Airave... My desktop will be on the same switch.