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PJNanook
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Mon, Feb 28, 2022 1:14 AM

Limiting Connections

Is there any way to limit connections to the new Cell Booster?  Not sure I like extending AT&T's network to everyone in my tight neighborhood.  I like the old M-cell way of assigning phone numbers that could access.

Since this is connects to my home network, I don't want to be paying for downloads by others, not to mention possible security issues.  You can't even see who is using your data.  I have a cap on my data from my ISP.  Not a problem for my use including security and work from home but, if anyone can watch videos and such, I will be paying.

Luckily, I did not pay anything for this.  Might just put it back in the box and use WiFi calling.  At least I have more security with that.

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No.  Any At&t phone can connect within range

73blazer

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Unfortunately, there is no way to manage users like on the old 3g one. No idea if they plan to re-introduce that feature.I personally never like that feature of the old because people come over if they had at&t I'd have to go add them, I had a service guy over and he needed to contact his office for some guidance and I had to add him. But we're in the middle of nowhere in the woods, closest next anything is 500+ yards away.

How close are your neighbors?

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PJNanook

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Neighbors are way too close here.  House to house maybe 30 ft.  To my rear is a grocery store maybe 75 yards away through some trees.  At least it is the back of the store.

Neighbor kids could eat my data cap in a hurry.  I need my internet connection for work.  I pay enough for it already.  Don't want to breach the data cap for the benefit of others and AT&T.  Looks like I will be taking this thing down.

There are other ways to add a phone that would be easy.  Something like a pair button on the Comcast modems ought to work.

At least it was free and I got the full value that I paid for it.  The M-Cell is in a box.  If only it would still work.

In this world of high security, I don't get why they would have such a hole except to get "better coverage" of their network for minimal cost to the company.

The wife is a corporate attorney and went to an FBI seminar on data security.  They brought up what they do for kiddie porn.  They find folks sitting in cars parked outside somewhere that has an open network surfing kiddie porn.  If they detect it steaming through your network they break down doors and ask questions later.  Just one example of the risk of an open network.  While that may be a small possibility, I don't think I need that risk when I can just go to WiFi Calling.

I am using my own cable modem and router instead of my ISPs for the same reason.  They have an extra radio that uses your bandwidth to extend their network.

I think I will be taking this down unless they provide a way to secure my network.  Just assumed it would be similar to the M-cell setup.  Zero security is not a good thing these days.

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OttoPylot

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@PJNanook The limit is 8 simultaneous connections for any AT&T phone that meets AT&T's LTE/5G requirements. Data usage will only be counted against the account of the phone that is connected to it, not your account. There is no way for you to know who is connected and there is no way for someone to know that they are connected to your Cell Booster because there is no alpha tag, other than LTE, that indicates the cellular connection.

The chances of someone actually getting into your home network is pretty slim and while the point of someone surfing porn is a possibility, I doubt that the Shiny Black Shoes will coming knocking on your door because your Cell Booster is no different really than connecting to a macrocell (tower). 

If WiFi-C works well for you then you don't need the Cell Booster. I have mine setup because I'm doing some extensive testing for AT&T but when I'm done, I'll go back to using WiFi-C. I too use my own modem and mesh WiFi system as well so WiFi-C is rock solid for us. I just have to give out access to my network to family and friends, which is the drawback of WiFi-C.

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PJNanook

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Thanks for that but still it appears to be less security than before with little upside for me.  Used to have phones without WiFi calling and those have been replaced.  

Security risk (slim or not) with no upside.

Their usage would still go against my data cap from my ISP.  (not AT&T)  Any data would still be routed through my IP address.

Wish they would have spelled that out before I ordered this thing, free or not.  I did waste some time on it.

While it does appear that you literally wrote the book on this thing, the risk reward does not pencil out for my application.

Don't see a benefit here.

It is now offline.

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OttoPylot

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Then just use WiFi-C and call it a day. Deactivate the Cell Booster and sell it on eBay for a profit being as it was free to begin with. Just make sure you deactivate it before selling otherwise the new owner won't be able to register/activate it and will come back to you for a refund.

PJNanook

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Thanks.  I don't think I will bother trying to sell it.  Not worth the time it would take. Will probably sit in the box for a while and then go to recycling unless they bring back security.  Then it might be easier than WiFi Calling.

Learned something at least so, not a total waste of time.  Read your pubs there.  If I really needed it I would probably follow your Cell Booster guide rather than this AT&T solution.  Anyone who visits would have the benefit and zero risk.   So thanks for that.

OttoPylot

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@PJNanook Personally, at this point in time, I still prefer the MicroCell ( I have all of the models in my closet) over the Cell Booster but I'm hoping that there will be some changes made to it with firmware updates and a more robust backend (the Cell Booster app for one thing). My goal, like it was with my MicroCell Tech Guide, is to keep the Cell Booster Guide up-to-date with some useful, real information so if things change, come back and check it out.

PJNanook

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Will do.  I like to keep up on tech.  At least generally so I can find details when I need them.  I too have a mesh net here.  I really just took the cell booster since they offered.  I thought it might be easier.  Most folks are not techies.  Others do not even think about the risk reward equation.  I realize that there is a cost to AT&T for maintaining the M-Cell like security as well. (servers, extra tech support, et al)  The win for them is increased coverage while they keep customers they might otherwise lose in bad signal areas.

The M-Cell with my old phone was great at my old house.  New phone, new house not such a need.  Odd at the old house, the wife had the same model iPhone as I did only about 9 months newer.  She could receive calls and I could not.   At the time, AT&T did not support WiFi Calling on that model phone while others did.  They just chose not to but to their credit, they did give me a free M-Cell and thus did to lose me to Verizon or T-Mobile.

OttoPylot

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@PJNanook The MicroCell (black model) always worked with any AT&T phone that we had, in two different states and in a single or two-story house. In our present home (two-story) the Cell Booster works just fine but it did take a little of moving around to find the sweet spot. We switched to WiFi-C years ago and that has worked perfectly well for any of our iPhones. Setting up the MicroCell for testing purposes was always easy-breezy and took only about 10 minutes to activate. Moving the Cell Booster from room to room and position to position has been easy and trouble-free as well, taking a maximum of about 10 minutes to reach full operational status. Both devices have, and do work as designed but I still prefer the MicroCell, at least at this point in time.

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