4G Inside Office Building
I live/work in the middle of a 4G area. I generally have no problems with 4G reception, but as soon as I walk into my office building it drops to 3G. From what I've read I thought 4G was supposed to penetrate buildings as good as or better than 3G. A few questions:
1. Is this a general issue with VZWs 4g coverage?
2. Is it an issue more specific to the TB that others have been experiencing?
3. Or is it a problem with my phone and/or SIM card? My PRL is 15011.
- 05-27-2011, 04:05 PM #2
- 05-27-2011, 04:11 PM #3
- 05-27-2011, 04:15 PM #4
- 05-27-2011, 04:20 PM #5
Bounced RF (and any time RF is not direct line-of-sight it) is a crapshoot. It cannot be predicted or estimated accurately. The only way to determine what works and what doesn't is to test in the specific environment. Totally magic.
Is there a certain signal strength associated with the 4g network? I'm generally around -60 dBm in my office. Walked around my floor and it varied from about -50 to -80, but never flipped to 4g, stayed at 3g the entire time.
- 05-27-2011, 05:08 PM #7
- 05-27-2011, 10:56 PM #8
- 05-28-2011, 12:24 AM #9
- 05-28-2011, 01:23 AM #10
It really is a crapshoot and depends on tower locations and other variables. I work in a high rise and sit by a window and usually have solid 4G service, but when there's bad weather I drop typically drop down to 3G at work, but it doesn't happen to me at home.
- 05-28-2011, 04:54 AM #11
Aside, being too close to a tower can actually have the same effect as being to far away. With LTE they attempt as much as possible to limit the "Umbrella Effect" that can occur with a select few current radio towers, but it still can occur. It is entirely possible that he may be TOO close to the tower if it was on of the rare towers that has that issue.
When testing the "Umbrella Effect" once, some tests noted the signal noise go from being -45 dBm and about five feet closer to the tower the signal noise jumped to -140 dBm, with neither being able to transmit a data packet successfully.
So out of amused curiosity, would you all prefer just to have a signal noise indicator on the notification bar instead of the traditional signal "bars"?
- 05-28-2011, 04:59 AM #12
- 05-28-2011, 06:37 AM #13
Here's a theory, and it's what I experience. I work in an 8 story building, and or company all has VZW. Verizon came out about 5 years ago when we switched to them and installed a tower in or building. We signed up close to 22,000 phones and they wanted to make sure we had full signal everywhere. It works great, but it's a 3G tower.
Now that we have LTE, I get LTE outside, but when I come in it connects to that 3G tower and I only get 3G.
Maybe you have the same situation.
- 05-28-2011, 07:26 AM #14
You probably have repeaters in your office building that dont support the new 4G technology.
I work at JFK airport and when Verizon rolled out 4G, a communications company that handles our Cell/Network had to come in and replace all the indoor repeaters due to 4G in the Area.
- 05-28-2011, 09:59 AM #16
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