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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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2 years ago

Ooh, late breaking news.  Just after I said that the LTE light only flashed for 3-4 seconds, I received a phone call and I noticed the LTE light began flashing a few seconds into the call and remained flashing for the duration of the call and almost a minute after.  The tag remained "AT&T" the entire time, so that doesn't seem to be a way to tell what my phone is connecting to.  So maybe this is working as expected?  If it isn't restricting the device to my phones only that's a bit of a concern though.

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2 years ago

@biblio I didn't call it a MicroCell. That is the old femtocell. I haven't change the title of the Tech Guide yet because I need to replace it with one that is specific for the Cell Booster, and that is still a work in process. Trust me, I've been working with AT&T and its MicroCell for years and probably have more on-hands experience with it that all of Support.

The manual you linked to is correct, even tho that was the manual that came with the units when they were going thru the FCC testing around 2017. It should be the same as the one that is currently shipping.

@Nemesis_Prime Glad you are getting it to work. I've got some messaged from AT&T so hopefully they are getting the launch issues worked out and will have some answers for me.

Stay tuned.

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2 years ago

@OttoPylot You keep saying Cell Booster.  It isn't a Cell Booster.  It is a Femtocell...  A booster amplifies a cell tower's signal, a femtocell generates a small low power cell in your home.

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2 years ago

@biblio Hello? Cell Booster is what AT&T is calling it. That was a marketing decision by AT&T to call it that because most folks haven't a clue what a femtocell is but do have a working understanding of the term "cell booster". I am keeping to AT&T's  naming convention for both the Cell Booster and the Cell Booster Pro to stay consistent. I would suggest you read my MicroCell Technical Guide and my Cellular Booster Guide, both of which are linked in my sig line. I have a very good understanding, probably more so that most of Support and AT&T in general of the differences.

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2 years ago

@OttoPylot Maybe you should add this to your signature:

*Cell Booster is the branding AT&T chose for their Femtocell device.  Not my doing.

And you could put the * after every use of the term Cell Booster and Cell Booster Pro.  Or you could put Cell Booster in italics ( Cell Booster ) or in quotes ( "Cell Booster" ).

@biblio OttoPylot is the acknowledged expert on Femtocells in this community.  He's not using that name because he likes it.

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2 years ago

@JefferMC That's a good idea! I should be submitting the updated Guide for review next week and once it's posted, I'll have to change the link and that would be a good time to insert that comment there. I do have a comment in the Introduction section of the Guide about the name so hopefully folks who read the Guide will understand the why's and wherefore's of AT&T's misleading name and not get so hung up on it.

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2 years ago

Thanks to all for the good info and clarifying commentary.   Hopefully we will get whatever support updates are required shortly to make this puppy bark.   I anxiously await….

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2 years ago

@hollyjoy93 Patience Grasshopper, patience 😉.

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2 years ago

@JefferMC Excellent suggestion.  Apologies @OttoPylot it hadn't sunk in that AT&T itself was deliberately misusing terminology.  I wonder what they call real cell boosters?  It pays to call things my their proper names, but as you say it seems that was a marketing decision.  In networking a modem, CSU/DSU, switch, repeater, bridge, hub, router, etc. all mean different things.  AT&T probably calls them "magic network boxes with blinky lights". :-)

Excellent doc, btw.

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2 years ago

@biblio All is good. AT&T did in fact offer a Cellular Booster to businesses a few years back but it didn't go over very well. Too expensive and too problematic. I wish AT&T had've used a different name as well but who knows what goes on the minds of the marketing and brand labeling folks.

I do like the "magic network boxes with blinky lights" tho. I think that's more descriptive than the "cell booster" misnomer.

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