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Sunday, December 4th, 2016 1:59 AM

Femtocell (small cell) and GPS

I'm planning to get a femtocell (small cell) for my home. Some web pages says these devices have a GPS receiver. I'm planning to install the femtocell in my basement. No chance it will ever get a GPS signal.

 

Will the femtocell work OK without receiving a GPS signal?

 

Thanks.

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7 years ago

Hi there @steve16!

 

I hope that device works well! We are only really able to give advice in relation to our own Microcell.

 

When it comes to that, you do need a GPS lock on activation for it to work properly. Some people have it work without a GPS signal afterwards, but there is a periodic check for GPS that can usually take it offline if it is out of GPS range (say within a basement).

 

I hope that is useful, take care!

 

 

Fiona, AT&T Community Specialist

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7 years ago

FWIW I use an older DPH-151 Microcell at a vacation condo we rent over the winter months. I purchased a external GPS antenna similar to one of these in order for the Microcell to lock on to the GPS signal...

 

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=3g+microcell+gps+antenna&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=153688366270&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9083928359150212978&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9028215&hvtargid=kwd-51659105850&ref=pd_sl_4n54r2zgro_b

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7 years ago

Thanks Fiona and Ace. I'm looking at the AT&T Microcell currently sold in the AT&T cell stores. It would seem that I would have to put it in a window and run an ethernet cable on the floor between it and the wifi router. Not sure if I'm willing to put up with that clutter.

 

Is there a way to wirelessly link it to my wifi router?

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7 years ago

Hello @steve16,

 

It’s great to hear that you may be interested in the MicroCell!

 

The MicroCell does require a clear view of the sky from a window in order to acquire and maintain a GPS lock.

 

A connection via an Ethernet cable to your router or modem is also required. The Internet connection must be hardwired in to ensure that the MicroCell is always running efficiently.

 

I do hope this helps out in making your decision about the MicroCell and have a great day.

 

Portia, AT&T Community Specialist

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