12-10-2015 06:07 PM
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  1. willanaya's Avatar
    Mine seems fine. At my work, I get -78 to -79, also once I got an 80+ Mbps download from there, but at home, pert near 7 miles away I get a constant -109. With every smartphone I have had, -109 at my house has been the norm and it's never been a problem with my calls.

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    12-07-2015 03:11 PM
  2. Climb14er's Avatar
    Engineer moved my signal from tower to my house to the 700 band from the 2100 AWS to obtain a much stronger and penetrating signal strength. This was where it was prior to all the lower power issues that began to crop up earlier this year when it was moved to 2100 AWS, due to supposedly bandwidth overload on the 700.

    They're continuing to do tests.

    Btw, regarding the dbm signal strength levels as exhibited on the phones, they're not exactly, according to him and the numbers we saw on the computer screen, the REAL final determinant to strong or weak signal reception.

    Yes... they can point to a possible problem. But depending on the band you're on, the dbm numbers might show weak. .. but you're still receiving a good, positive signal.
    12-07-2015 05:48 PM
  3. dpham00's Avatar
    Engineer moved my signal from tower to my house to the 700 band from the 2100 AWS to obtain a much stronger and penetrating signal strength. This was where it was prior to all the lower power issues that began to crop up earlier this year when it was moved to 2100 AWS, due to supposedly bandwidth overload on the 700.

    They're continuing to do tests.

    Btw, regarding the dbm signal strength levels as exhibited on the phones, they're not exactly, according to him and the numbers we saw on the computer screen, the REAL final determinant to strong or weak signal reception.

    Yes... they can point to a possible problem. But depending on the band you're on, the dbm numbers might show weak. .. but you're still receiving a good, positive signal.
    Signal strength is only one aspect. I can get good speeds even at - 114 dbm. Snr is a more important aspect, imo. I am on 20+20MHZ XLTE here.

    Anyone Experience Low Cell Signal Strength With Note 5? (Verizon or...)-uploadfromtaptalk1449533177852.jpg
    12-07-2015 06:07 PM
  4. dpham00's Avatar
    Engineer moved my signal from tower to my house to the 700 band from the 2100 AWS to obtain a much stronger and penetrating signal strength. This was where it was prior to all the lower power issues that began to crop up earlier this year when it was moved to 2100 AWS, due to supposedly bandwidth overload on the 700.

    They're continuing to do tests.

    Btw, regarding the dbm signal strength levels as exhibited on the phones, they're not exactly, according to him and the numbers we saw on the computer screen, the REAL final determinant to strong or weak signal reception.

    Yes... they can point to a possible problem. But depending on the band you're on, the dbm numbers might show weak. .. but you're still receiving a good, positive signal.
    2100mhz aws is an acceptable nomenclature. However previously in a previous post ,you mentioned 2100 frequency without mentioning aws. And 2100mhz lte is typically used to reference band 1 lte. It might not be wrong, but it can be confusing to some reading it.
    12-07-2015 06:14 PM
  5. dpham00's Avatar
    Anyone Experience Low Cell Signal Strength With Note 5? (Verizon or...)-uploadfromtaptalk1449534411752.jpg
    12-07-2015 06:26 PM
  6. bkc46's Avatar
    Soooo depressed. Waited a long time for the note 5 and purchased on black Friday w/VZ. Also selected a S6 and iphone 6s. Only the iphone has reception at the house. The note is 1x and the s6 drops 4 out of 10 calls. VZ restarted etc., and stated Samsungs antenna's are weak compared to Apple and suggested I return the phones. Called Samsung-they recommend new SIM cards. Based on this forum's experience, that sounds like a fool's errand. LOVE the pen, divided screen, amoled glass and totally deflated after waiting so long for a phone that met my needs. Would like to return to ATT-even though they are bandits, but I am stuck for two years now.
    12-08-2015 01:21 AM
  7. dpham00's Avatar
    Soooo depressed. Waited a long time for the note 5 and purchased on black Friday w/VZ. Also selected a S6 and iphone 6s. Only the iphone has reception at the house. The note is 1x and the s6 drops 4 out of 10 calls. VZ restarted etc., and stated Samsungs antenna's are weak compared to Apple and suggested I return the phones. Called Samsung-they recommend new SIM cards. Based on this forum's experience, that sounds like a fool's errand. LOVE the pen, divided screen, amoled glass and totally deflated after waiting so long for a phone that met my needs. Would like to return to ATT-even though they are bandits, but I am stuck for two years now.
    If you bought the devices on black Friday then you have until January 15, 2016 to return the devices and not get stuck with a 2 year contract.
    12-08-2015 07:49 AM
  8. dswatson83's Avatar
    Anyone having any luck? I am getting horrible building penetration on the Note 5. I find it unwilling to go to 3g very often which my Note 3 used to do more of. I wonder if the advanced calling using LTE now is forcing the phone to stay on LTE or something. It's been horrible for me. I'm half way between sending this out for repair or waiting for the update with Wifi calling and hopefully a bug fix. Every so often, this thing will just not connect to a network and I have to restart the phone for it to connect. It's really weird but is more than just a weak signal. When I go to my battery info and tap on Cell Standby, I will often see no network connection of up to 10% of the time! Once it disconnects, it just will not reconnect unless I restart or maybe once I get in a perfect signal area for a long period of time. Really frustrating because I will not be receiving calls/texts and will have no idea until I look at the phone and realize it's not connecting at all.
    12-09-2015 09:25 AM
  9. burwil's Avatar
    I find it best to be on no contact. My first Note 5 on TMobile was consistently in the -100s and worse. Then I switched to AT&T and its in the -80s. I don't think the antenna is worse than most other smartphones except Moto. My old HTC Rezound was even better. With everything getting slimmer I wonder if the antennas are being compromised.
    12-09-2015 10:24 AM
  10. dpham00's Avatar
    I find it best to be on no contact. My first Note 5 on TMobile was consistently in the -100s and worse. Then I switched to AT&T and its in the -80s. I don't think the antenna is worse than most other smartphones except Moto. My old HTC Rezound was even better. With everything getting slimmer I wonder if the antennas are being compromised.
    I would love to go no contract, so you can switch easily whenever there are problems unfortunately no contract is so much more expensive for my uses,compared to my Verizon plan.
    12-09-2015 10:42 AM
  11. burwil's Avatar
    I once had Verizon for the longest time. Then with the Note 3 it failed me. Or something happened in the network system where I was getting very little or no data signal. The app store usually didn't work. I could never confirm for sure what the problem was but it wasn't clear to me it was the phone. The best they could do was give me an S5 but it had only 16 gig. The Note 3 replacement they told me would probably have the same data issue. I had several months left on contract and bit the bullet and paid the early termination fee. And life got much better.
    12-09-2015 11:09 AM
  12. Climb14er's Avatar
    Engineer emailed me yesterday (because dropped audio again on Volte) and asked me to DISABLE Volte and use only for now CDMA. He's trying to take out and possibly isolate the variable (s). So far today, all long duration calls from the house/office, went well and no dropped outgoing audio.

    Running on 700 MHZ seems to be producing a stronger signal from the tower. I can talk for duration from basement office w/o the dropped outgoing audio.

    Downside to disabling Volte, cannot use the Internet while on the phone on CDMA.

    There's a good possibility two things are going on to cause the dropping of outgoing audio...

    The first is Volte with the Note 5. This is being reviewed closely as Verizon is banking on this for the future with the phones designed to utilize it.

    And second... as I first specuIated...

    The Note 5 has difficulty with a low power RF signal... and this is exacerbated when using Volte.

    The current replacement Note 5 is FAR superior with RF signal than the first one I got and returned.

    Moving from 2100 AWS to 700 MHz, has improved the quality of the call.
    12-09-2015 06:14 PM
  13. Climb14er's Avatar
    Just found out...

    NON VOLTE. .. CDMA calls are running on 800 MHz.

    Data is now running (for me) on 700MHz.

    The engineer just shared a ton of info with me regarding VZ wifi calling which is now being released in some areas of the country.

    I think for now... VZ should get their Volte you-know-what together. .. first!

    Wifi will be better for areas of very low RF strength, rural areas and where folks use network extenders.
    12-10-2015 06:07 PM
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