Verizon Wireless Network Extender not working quite as well with Droid

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  1. aaf709

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    Right. I called the Customer Rep about that and he said that with the Droid it won't. It was the clearest call I had made on a cell too.

    Press #48 and you should get an voice repeatedly saying that you're under Network coverage.
     
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    I have read that if you receive a weak signal from an external tower sometimes the NE will try to pass the phone off to that tower even though the signal is weaker. I use mine in a location where i have no signal from an external tower and my droid always has 4 bars.
     
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    I have a crazy issue with my NE and Droid. I'm using the 2.1 Alarm and it displays Celsius, which is not a big deal, however, I live in eastern PA near Harrisburg. However, when I am under the NE at home, it says I'm in Washington, PA for the weather. I selected "Use My Location" in the setup. I am 250 miles from Washington, PA which is south of Pittsburgh. My area code is 724, which is a Pittsburgh area code, but does anyone know why the NE has me placed there and not where I really am located at? As soon as I leave my house it knows where I'm really at. This also affects Beautiful Widgets at home with the NE too.
     
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    Figured id update the thread after todays session with verizon.

    No rhyme or reason why bars don't show properly when not on a call, rep couldn't explain either.

    Verizon alleges NO DATA via NE. It supports talk or text only. This also means no location services (or odd behaviour like putting you two states away).

    Also, if your network is on a 10.x.x.x IP configuration then the network extender WILL NOT WORK. It did for me for a while but kept needing a power cycle.

    After changing my network to 192.x.x.x and putting the extender on a DMZ it works flawleslly.

    Have this thing dialed in finally, just gotta remember to come within 15 feet of it when I get home. Also remember that when you DO register onto it any call you might be on will drop.

    NE > 3g = flawless
    3g > NE = dropped call
     
  5. Matth3w

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    I had the cable people come out today to see if they could improve the consistency of the download speeds so the NE would work again. No dice.
     
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    This happened to me as well. It gave weather for a location 12 miles away, same with restaurant locations. I believe it's because the internet hub that the NE is connected to is located there. That's why there's a GPS on the NE, otherwise if you called 911 on your cell at home it would show you somewhere else. Once you leave home (and the NE) it goes back to normal.
     
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    I will probably call tech support about it tonight, but mine is about 250 miles from my place to Washington, PA...really strange.
     
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    Well the NE has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with Data services. Only voice. The network extender uses VOIP to work. It does not in any way shape or form improve ANY data sending or receiving. My guess is, it's defaulting to Washington when it can't get a data signal inside your house. Does it have an option to set a physical backup location?

    For example, the Beautiful Widgets app you pick a city to default to when you can't get a gps signal or something.
     
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    Mine will list me in a town 7 miles away. Not really much of an issue.
     
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    You would think..........more bars better signal ? How do they expect us to guauge that this is actually working , if you have the same number of bars after you have spent your 250 dollars and installed this thing ? If I see no increase in bars that tells me that the extender is worthless then.
     
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    ^^ It doesn't show more bars when the phone is sitting idle. When you get on the phone, it goes to 4 bars. It works as advertised, not worthless.
     
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    If you hear the tone and you never get a dropped call, when you did before, it's not worthless.
     
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