07-31-2012 10:25 AM
Advanced Technical Support says the M-Cell "was provisioned correctly and operating within limits"? Nothing they can do.
What a piece of crap that my company had to pay for? Anyone know the number to Verizon?
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07-31-2012 4:59 PM
A little more information on what isn't working, your setup, etc. would be helpful. Verizon, the grass is always greener etc etc
08-01-2012 8:02 AM
For the past 18 month our Microcell worked 99% of the time, but in the last 5 days, the bottom light (3G) flashes quite a bit and is hardly ever solid, therefore the office's 9 iPhones do not have the M-Cell icon. I have de-activated and reactivated 2 separate times to no avail. My IT guy assures me the the Comcast router has not changed recently and our pipe is 40 down and 12 up.
We are a small office in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, CO (1st and Colorado) so it is not like we are in the woods.
As I said before nothing changed on our end, but ATT says it is not their problem.
BTW, 4 Verizon iPhone users in the office and that grass is very, very green!
08-01-2012 11:08 AM
The flasing 3G light usually means that it can't establish a connection (which you already know). That sometimes happens after an upgrade or some sort of maintenance done by AT&T in the middle of the night. AT&T support does not have access to that info (they are usually as much in the dark as the customer is) so they can't tell you anything. Have you tried priority mode (modem -> MicroCell -> router)? If not, power down, reconnect the cables, and reboot and don't move the MicroCell from its window access. Make sure Comcast is not blocking any ports, ipsec passthru in enabled, only one device is doing NAT, etc. You may have to set port forwarding to a static address as well. That shouldn't be necessary but it was the only way I could get a very stable and solid connection even with multiple updates and power outages.
08-01-2012 2:16 PM
Yeah "support" sent me that check list (AT&T 3G MicroCell Firewall and Router Settings for Advanced Installations):
1492 MTU - check (actually 1500, 1492 is for VPN to VPN in our remote office)
DHCP on - check
Port blocking off - check
MAC Address filtering off - check
IPSec Pass-Through is Enabled - check
I wish i could go priority modem but our router and switch is in a data closet, but I don't think the GPS activation will work in there? Please tell me if I am wrong.
You answered my question with your response of: "That sometimes happens after an upgrade or some sort of maintenance done by AT&T in the middle of the night. AT&T support does not have access to that info (they are usually as much in the dark as the customer is) so they can't tell you anything."
The reason why I posted in the first place is to warn people about the risk of an M-Cell (it is not a cure for all that ails you) and more importantly - how poor and frustrating the AT& M-Cell customer service really is.
We can consider this post closed and what good is it to beat a dead horse. Thank you Otto for all your help. I truly do appreciate that you care.
As we all like a somewhat of happy ending: I have had, as well as most of my co-workers with AT&T iPhone, M-Cell most of the day. The "fix": I deactivated and reactivated today for the 3rd time AND moved the M-Cell to a corner office with the least amount of "building" in between the unit and the outside world. Seem to work.
12-09-2016 4:46 PM
An update regarding the Dec. 2, 2016 Microcell disconnect. (Can't find the other thread I posted on, so posting here.) After repeated efforts doing the soft reset and hard reset, and all manner of other resets, including modem/router, I finally went to the AT&T store--I had no bars where I am at all. They weren't able to do anything specifically to solve the problem, but what they did do is show me how to get through the frustrating customer service phone maze and get to someone who could do whatever they do at their end to adjust the settings to reactivate the Microcell. They did say there was some updating going on and would be eliminating 2G phones in favor of 4G, (I hope I'm correct on this, but ask about it yourself).
I was told at the store to call 611; the robot insists on routing the call, told it Microcell problems; It wanted to send me all over the place, I said Agent. If the robot won't cooperate, press 0 and that will take you directly to a tech person. (I didn't have to queue either time I called.) It took a couple of tries, but it's up and running again. Whew...another seven days without phone service. These techs were trying very hard to be helpful.
12-09-2016 6:27 PM
@Isadara - the MicroCell has always been a 3G device. It can be used with any 3G/4G/LTE handset (phone) and the connection is transparent to the end-user. Eliminating 2G phones is a non-issue. Most phones will connect to whatever cellular protocol is available. 2G has nothing to do with the MicroCell.
Unfortunately, going to an AT&T Corporate store with MicroCell issues is an exercise in futility. They haven't a clue as to how to troubleshoot a MicroCell.
It's been a long week with the major outage, so why don't you either repeat your problem here or just pm me.
12-09-2016 8:07 PM
12-10-2016 9:52 AM
@Isadara - "pm" is private message. If you click on my name next to my avatar you'll see a box at the bottom that says Send PM. That's a private message of sorts that only the two of us can read. At the top of this page you'll see a little enevlope. If there is a red number on it, it means you have a message. Click on it and you'll get to your "mailbox".
When a MicroCell is first registered and activated, it needs to be at the primary location where the account holder lives, and that's determined by the GPS Location check and verification. The account must be a post paid account. The phone number used must be the account holder's number. If you're not the account holder, you can still use the MicroCell as long as your AT&T phone is on the Approved Users List in, which case it doesn't matter whether your account is post paid or pre paid. After that, the MicroCell can be physically moved to another location, like to a summer home, and used. All you need to do is change the address of the physical location. The primary phone number, the one used to originally register/activate the MicroCell should not be changed as well as any phone number on the Approved Users List. However, to change the address you need access to account holders myAT&T MicroCell page.
Sometimes, as it appears in your case, the account holder doesn't have to have the MicroCell physically located at his/her location for the Initial Registration/Activation, as long as the phone number used to register the MicroCell is a post paid AT&T account. However, if you have an outage or anything else that requires a hard reset, or even a soft reset (power cycle) that process may get confused and that's why the MicroCell will look for the GPS coordinates that correspond to the mailing address of the account holder. It's certainly not a fool-proof system by any means. Now, if your address is a rural one, a route number, po box, what ever, that really complicates the situation because the MicroCell won't be able to find the correct address in the locational database based on the received GPS coordinates. GPS verification will fail and you will get a flashing red 3G light. The GPS verification is probably one of the more common issues I see and one that is difficult to really explain or fix. The GPS coordinates are an FCC requirement for E911, not AT&T's. Sometimes Support can do what is called a GPS Bypass which is manually entering in the GPS coordinates, and that will work, for a period of time. But as soon as the MicroCell is reset for any reason (power cycle, hard reset, power outage, AT&T maintenance), the MicroCell will perform the GPS location check/verification again and the problem will re-surface.
The AT&T Corporate stores usually offer very little help because they are there to sell phones and services and as such have very little knowledge on how the MicroCell works or even how to troubleshoot one properly.
It sounds like you were one of the affected individuals during the recent power outage and once your MicroCell came back up, the GPS issues occurred. So, I'm not quite sure but are you up and running now with no problems?
12-10-2016 11:53 AM
12-10-2016 12:08 PM
@Isadara - hmmm, you should be able to click on my name, pull up some basic profile info on me and see the Send PM button. Are you using a computer or your phone to access the Forums? If you're using a computer, try a different browser.
The "black hole" is interesting. The local tower is only used by the MicroCell for Initial Activation and ocassional GPS checks during maintenance. It is not used by the MicroCell to send cellular calls. I can seen how the radar could affect cellular calls but not the MicroCell, unless the radar is stong enough to interfere with phone when it attempts to connect to the MicroCell. But, if you are up and running, that doesn't seem likely so it probably was the "confusion" with the physical address.
12-11-2016 12:10 PM
12-11-2016 1:32 PM
This is most odd. I can click on your name next to the generic avatar and see your basic profile and Send PM. Which browser are you using to access the Forum? If your computer is having issues that's nothing we can help you with because it could be your computer or the ISP.
12-11-2016 3:05 PM
12-11-2016 3:20 PM
Try accessing the Forum directly via Chrome: http://forums.att.com/t5/3G-MicroCell/bd-p/3gmicrocell
I use either FireFox or Safari. Even IE works with the above address. Something is not setup correctly. Personally I steer clear of Chrome because of security and config issues. Could be me. What OS are you running?
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