1. socha818's Avatar
    Hey, every now then when I look at my phone there is a "little house" icon above the reception and the the right of the wifi connection. Does anyone know what it means? Look at the picture attached.

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    08-20-2013 06:11 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Looks like it's part of the cell signal indicator. Maybe it means your home cell network, as opposed to roaming? When I searched for notification icons for you phone, the only modification I found for the cell signal indicator was an "R" that indicates roaming.
    08-20-2013 07:26 PM
  3. MBSMD's Avatar
    Hey, every now then when I look at my phone there is a "little house" icon above the reception and the the right of the wifi connection. Does anyone know what it means? Look at the picture attached.

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    Is it always there or just some times? Do you use a microcell/femtocell device at home? Perhaps it's an indicator you're using the femtocell.

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    08-20-2013 09:13 PM
  4. mikestorm's Avatar
    A) The icon is letting you know that your signal is being boosted by a repeater. Repeaters are found in larger buildings where normal cell signal is weak.

    B) Your house has a tractor beam, specifically designed to pull down cell satellites in orbit to be closer to your house as they pass overhead to maximize your signal.

    You decide which explanation is the right one.
    08-21-2013 07:32 AM
  5. fdisker's Avatar
    Kindly relay instructions on the construction of the tractor beam. I've always wanted one but have been too lazy to build it. Cell signal is pretty good in my area so I won't be using it to capture satellites but I would like to begin capturing police and/or military drones. They're just cool and I want one.

    On a side note, I think it's super cool of samsung to have built in the capability to detect tractor beams. Definitely increases the coolness factor of the S4.
    08-21-2013 12:33 PM
  6. mikestorm's Avatar
    To accomplish the setup the OP has you need:

    1) a house
    2) a ladder
    3) a tractor beam
    4) duct tape
    5) beer

    Use the ladder to get to the roof. Place the tractor beam on the roof. Duct tape the tractor beam to roof. Climb down ladder. Drink beer.
    DO NOT DRINK THE BEER WHILE YOU ARE STILL ON THE ROOF. I can't stress that step enough.
    08-21-2013 01:03 PM
  7. socha818's Avatar
    Haha, well this is just happening occasionally when I am at home. I live in a 35 year old town home. Not too many people young nor smart enough around here to pull off anything like that. But cool none the less.
    As for the Tractor Beam, yeahhhhh, Mike, why did you tell them all my secrets. BTW, it was safe to have the beer on the ladder though and not on the roof.
    08-21-2013 06:50 PM
  8. socha818's Avatar
    nope, nothing. Only thing is, I am hooked up to my home wifi router, that is it.
    08-21-2013 06:51 PM
  9. fatboy97's Avatar
    nope, nothing. Only thing is, I am hooked up to my home wifi router, that is it.
    I've never seen that symbol on mine.... is the home wifi router yours, or is it something from Verizon? Only reason I'm asking is because I recent heard about something on Sprint where they supply a booster device for areas with poor reception to help with the 911 system... not that I've heard about any from Verizon, but just checking to see what type of home equipment you might have.
    08-22-2013 07:03 AM
  10. mikestorm's Avatar
    OP, one of your neighbors might have this.

    Your neighbor can set this up for either managed access (just phones he specifically lists) or open access (any VZW customer who happens by can benefit). Just a thought.
    08-22-2013 07:13 AM
  11. jettie1767's Avatar
    Does anyone know what that diamond icon with the )))) means? I've not seen any explanation on the user guide on what that symbol means.
    08-22-2013 01:38 PM
  12. mikestorm's Avatar
    Does anyone know what that diamond icon with the )))) means? I've not seen any explanation on the user guide on what that symbol means.
    Its the E911 icon.
    08-22-2013 02:07 PM
  13. fatboy97's Avatar
    Does anyone know what that diamond icon with the )))) means? I've not seen any explanation on the user guide on what that symbol means.
    It's the Location services.
    08-22-2013 02:08 PM
  14. David Cox Accountant's Avatar
    It is signal boost and enables you to make and receive calls through your broadband.
    Would be interested to know which model phone you are using. I have it on Galazy Mini2 GT S6500
    10-06-2013 07:39 AM
  15. STSVA's Avatar
    It is signal boost and enables you to make and receive calls through your broadband.
    Would be interested to know which model phone you are using. I have it on Galazy Mini2 GT S6500
    The OP was posting about a Verizon Galaxy S4.
    10-07-2013 08:49 AM
  16. Ivieg8's Avatar
    i got this too on my s3, and my gfs s3. small home with )))) above. i could see it being a repeater, but my signal is super weak... which maybe thats why a neighbor has it...

    i actually ended up flashing aokp to mine and theres no icon now. in fact now i just get R or 0... anyone know if AOKP doesnt support repeaters??? is that even possible?
    12-17-2013 04:13 PM
  17. Shaitoon's Avatar
    It's for a network extender, either Verizon's or another brand.
    03-27-2014 04:50 AM
  18. troshs's Avatar
    I would love to have the OP'S weather though. Can't build a tractor beam too comfortably in the cold....
    Edited due to auto correct.
    Posted via Android Central App
    03-30-2014 02:08 PM
  19. Travis Scheuermann's Avatar
    Dwight Schrute?
    08-15-2015 12:26 AM

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