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    Which would be a better device for t-mobile network

    Of the following two routers, which would be a better choice for the t-mobile network:

    Cat4 with band 71 support
    LTE Modem Downlink/Uplink Datarate:
    LTE Modem 150Mbps/50Mbps
    B2, B4, B5, B12, B13,
    B14, B66, B71

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    Cat6 without band 71 support
    LTE-A Modem Downlink/Uplink Datarate:
    LTE-A Modem 300Mbps/50Mbps
    B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8 , B12,
    B13, B20, B25, B26, B29, B30, B41

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    Where do you plan to use it?
    Donald Newcomb

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    You really need to call T-Mobile to even see if you will be allowed to have WISP service in your area before you spend your money. My area isn’t open to TM’s WISP yet.

    This is a link to check your home address for availability at your address. https://www.t-mobile.com/isp/eligibi...ACRINA9I116498

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    Thanks, I'm on the waiting list for T-mobile home internet service too.

    Southwest Florida and/or Northwest Michigan.

    I'm looking at a reseller who is selling a hotspot plan. I was apprehensive as I didn't want to get a disguised phone plan or something, but they have good reviews. It's month to month and has a bring your own device option. I'm looking at using a router that has SMA antenna connections.

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    I would always choose B71 when possible. In addition, that modem has B66 which T-Mobile is rolling out more of lately.

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    Thanks - appreciated.

    On the coolsurf test kit hotspot, I'm seeing download speed of 26 mbps, upload speed of 16 to 25 mbps, ping time of 54 to 82 ms to 8.8.8.8 this afternoon, -97 dbm.

    Would there likely be any advantage to paying an additional $350 up front for a router that supports:
    Cat18
    B1, B3, B25(B2), B66(B4), B26(B5/B18/B19), B7, B8, B12(17),
    B13, B14 , B20, B28, B29, B30, B32,
    B71, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42, B43,
    B46, B48

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    A lot of N. Mich's coverage is bands 12 & 71.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    A lot of N. Mich's coverage is bands 12 & 71.
    Makes sense, as B12 and B71 are low-band and reach out better. B4 is not very good for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    A lot of N. Mich's coverage is bands 12 & 71.
    Depends does he consider NW Mich mean MW of the glove part or actual NW Mich as in the UP? Because if he means the UP you definitely needs band 71

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    Also, be aware that T-Mobile will inherent Sprint's contractual requirement to support low-cost, unlimited, unthrottled wireless ISP for non-profits and low-income people.

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    Important thing to note here, cat 6 adds carrier aggregation and 4x4MIMO, cat 4 has no carrier aggregation. This is on VZW, but my parents have a home hotspot that's cat 4 (and only band 4 and 13...), I would say with it sitting on band 4 speedtest through the hotspot gets about 2/3rds the speed of my BB Keyone which is a cat 7 device. But if I'm out of range of band 4, and both were on 13, they would likely get nearly identical speeds.

    If you're running the hotspot in somewhere that does not rely on B71, then the cat 6 modem will probably get you higher speeds. If you're in an area where T-Mo's signals always been decent, then this thing will latch onto twice as many bands and get you more speed.

    If you've got a low T-Mo signal, or travelling, or planning to widely deploy these... get the cat 4, you really want band 71.

    The cat 18, more speed, 5xCA on 5 20mhz channels would get huge speeds for sure. I'd guess T-Mo could have like 100mhz+ running in urban markets, probably not rurally, so this would really depend on the network in your area if it's worth the extra cash or not.

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    Thanks!!!

    According to cellmapper.net, the closest tower that is about 2 miles from me has bands 4*, 12, 66. In the other direction a tower that is about 5 miles has bands 4* and 71.

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    Modem that supports 66 and 71 is the way to go.

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    Agreed 100%. -97dbm at 2 miles to me suggests you're on band 4. Band 66 would get a nice speed boost then (access to a second AWS block instead of just one). Having band 71 to reach that 5 mile away site would be nice in case the 2 mile away site gets knocked out by a storm or something. And, I'm quite sure the 2 mile away site currently doesn't have B71 because it already has low band B12, but I'm sure it'll be getting B71 sooner or later too. That'll give you another nice chunk of spectrum to use.

    CA from the cat6 modem might have gotten some speed boost, except without B71 and B66, it only has 4+12 to work with anyway. I can tell you on VZW, 4+13 (12 and 13 are both a 700mhz block) adds virtually zero speed compared to straight band 4. And I wouldn't want to spend $350 on cat 18, that seems like overkill unless you're in a city with loads of spectrum deployed.

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    Thanks! Appreciated!

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