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Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 2:36 AM

Nokia cell booster (femetocell)

I just received a cell booster from ATT.  Model SS2FII femtocell multi-band soho.  The power LED blinks white and the internet LED blinks orange.  The Nokia manual says I need to open udp port 150, 4500, and 123 but I can’t open these ports without the IP address.  Does this unit have a default IP?  I can’t see it on my network yet my old 3g microcell works just fine using the same network cable.  I don’t know how to get this working and no one from ATT can help.

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24.2K Messages

2 years ago

@jccurtiss The connection to your house may be fiber instead of cable but if that fiber connection goes to an antenna which then broadcasts the signal to the provider that is still considered wireless because the connection from your house to the provider is not cable or fiber all the way.

If true, then your connection is wireless, not land-based, and AT&T does not support those types of connections. It may work but if you have issues, there is nothing that AT&T can do. I'd double check with your provider to see if it is a wired connection all the way from the connection on the side of your house (or where ever it comes in) to the provider's CO (the old DSL term for the phone companies Central Office) or if there is a wireless transmission point somewhere in-between.

Oh, and did you actually get the Cell Booster Guide (because I only had it up for a couple of minutes while I was testing the connection) or did you get the MicroCell Technical Guide?

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11 Messages

2 years ago

Googling Clarity Connect it seems to be a fixed wireless broadband provider.

ACE - Expert

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24.2K Messages

2 years ago

@biblio That was what I found as well. So regardless as to how the connection is coming into the house (cable or fiber) it is still wireless broadband which is not supported. As I said, it may work but will be unreliable and any issue encountered will be up to the user to work out with Clarity because AT&T can't or won't.

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2 years ago

Hi all, just wanted to give you an update on my earlier posts.

A few weeks ago I had replaced my old 3G box with the new Femtocell box that AT&T had so kindly sent out.   Since it just immediately booted up with all white lights I was delighted, thinking this was going to be an easy plug/ play.    Well, no as I could not get my phone to communicate with the new box.  I had been following the posts others were making and thinking that maybe it was a backend provisioning issue like others were having so I would just wait it out and see what happens… Well today I had some time so I took the MAC from the new box and looked it up in my router table and low and behold I found that it had not mapped into the ports that had been opened up for the prior box, so it was effectively firewalled!  No wonder no comms.  The frustration on my part was that I had all white lights on the femtocell from the get-go which gave me the false sense of security that it was communicating ok with its masters back home, so I had neglected to dig any further at the time.

I have Fios and a VZ router so went into firewall settings and set up udp port triggering in & out for 123, 150, and 4500 and deleted the old box settings which no longer applied.

As soon as I enabled this Poof! I had 4 bars on my phone.

Now while Im talking I’ll pass along some very anecdotal info re radiation pattern which I have observed walking around. It **seems** that the major axis of radiation follows the product axis itself, ie lengthwise, in an oval.   I have the device in my attic near the roof which is about 50’ high.  In the house I have 4 bars everywhere.  Outside on the ground I get 3 bars 100’ from the device on either major axis, it falls to 50’ on the minor axis.  Interestingly I can go into my basement and still get 4 bars!   So the pattern appears to be somewhat circular around the flat axis of the device.

Well, good luck to everyone out there and have fun eh?

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10 Messages

2 years ago

Use the MAC address to ID the ip addy the router has given it.   But this may be unnecessary as you may just open up the ud ports on a global basis - not device specific like with ip ports

ACE - Expert

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24.2K Messages

2 years ago

@hollyjoy93  In most cases port forwarding/triggering is not necessary. There is a section in my Tech Guide that covers port forwarding/triggering, the link is in my sig line.

As to VZ, they have always done what they can to cripple or at least make it difficult to use an AT&T femtocell. The reason is that thy offer their own femtocell product for their cellular service which has different connection requirements and are defaulted in their routers.

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32 Messages

2 years ago

@OttoPylot Nice job on the Cell Booster document!!!...I especially liked the iPhone trick to get to the Metrics Dashboard ! I wish Samsung had that...

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24.2K Messages

2 years ago

@Bill46789  I have asked our resident Android expert what he suggests for an equivalent FTM on Android phones or apps that do the same thing. I will be updating the Guide with that info once I get it.

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147 Messages

2 years ago

@Bill46789 settings-> about phone -> status information -> SIM card status

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12 Messages

2 years ago

Well I am trying to set this thing up.....I can't get past looking for location from AT&T  it just goes round and round..  Told you I am in a very difficult area... .  Was waiting for OTTO"s guide.....can't use it if AT&T can't find me. The techs that come out here even have trouble making calls.....Looks like I will not be able to set this up therefor AT&T is violating the FCC regulation that allows me to dial 911.  We are both over 65 and my husband is 100% Disabled/homebound Vietnam Vet.  This is messed up.  The micro cell couldn't find me once through GPS and we were down for days.  Please can you direct me to someone at AT&T that can help or do I need to contact the FCC.

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