07-04-2010 09:39:15 AM
The range of the M-Cell unit installed in my home does not extend far enough to work in my office about 120 feet away. Is it possible to install a second M-Cell unit in the office to provide broader coverage, much as my apple wifi system works with multiple units?
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07-04-2010 11:16:37 AM
Installing a second Microcell is possible within a certain distance of each other. Is it not possible to install the Microcell in the middle of your home so as long as you get a GPS lock.
I have mine installed some 5m away from a window and it gets a fine GPS lock.
07-04-2010 11:48:09 AM
Thanks. Am I right to assume that it's just the same as moving from the Microcell range into a regular AT&T 3G cell; ie dropping any call in progress? That's no problem as long as I can get Microcell coverage in the two locations.
07-04-2010 01:23:45 PM
I also have two Microcells for the reasons you stated. You can see some discussion here:
It works, and is better than nothing, but I sure would like it better if the Microcells would hand off to each other and if a macrocell would hand off to the Microcell.
07-04-2010 01:44:46 PM
Your MC is supposed to hand-off TO a macro cell during a call. In my experience it's successful about half the time.
...Though most of the time I don't want it to hand off unless I'm driving away from my home.
This had been beat to death in many other threads, but I think Microcell performance would be enhanced if you could set some options to prevent hand-off to a macro cell. But, as I previously mentioned, it would work for me if each Microcell was more like a macrocell part of the system. That is, calls in progress could hand off between multiple Microcells or between a macrocell and a Microcell.
If I'm on a call and I walk out to get the mail I'm going to hand off to a macrocell. Then when I walk back in to the house....bye.
The Microcell is not perfect but it's better than nothing. And for the OP's purposes, two should be better than what he has now.
07-05-2010 08:14:03 AM
jefe wrote:...But, as I previously mentioned, it would work for me if each Microcell was more like a macrocell part of the system. That is, calls in progress could hand off between multiple Microcells or between a macrocell and a Microcell....
I'm not sure if you noticed this in my HowardForums reply to you, but the unbranded Cisco version of the 3G MicroCell does allow hand-offs from a macro cell:
• Hand-in and hand-out support with macro network
07-05-2010 08:31:26 AM
^^ Probably can't activate one on AT&T I'd guess it has to be configured for AT&T. ...and it looks like you can only purchase one via Cisco's "local account representative" - which probably excluses end-users.
On the bright side it shows the ability is probably available in the AT&T device. AT&T just has to make it work.
07-05-2010 08:34:00 AM
Ok then. I'm back to hoping at&t is working on allowing handoffs between Microcells, other Microcells, and macrocells. It would make using a Microcell a much better experience for many of us.
07-09-2010 05:29:03 AM
I continue to have dropped calls when my phone nears the M-Cell. Even though I'm supposed to be able to keep calls on the tower, it drops. The same goes for leaving M-Call and going to the tower. Every time, it drops calls. It's almost as frustrating as the "fringe" coverage on the M-Cell. In my living room, my phone will constantly race between M-Cell and 3G. This drops calls and causes poor data coverage. I'm at my wits' end with this thing.
07-09-2010 03:43:32 PM
Well, that makes sense. Don't forget, most of us with Microcells bought them because we have terrible coverage at our location.
In my case, I had zero bars prior to installing my own cell. I walk away from my microcell and the call always drops before I'm in my car.