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Not Good, it still requires a GPS signal to work


Apr 7, 2010, 10:37 AM
If you don't get a good signal because you are in a building with poor sprint coverage this device is useless unless you can get a GPS signal, which you can't unless you are near a window with a good view of the sky!

So you cant use the old or the new Airave in basements or in buildings that don't have a good view of the sky (like many apartments etc.

They really need a device that can operate free of GPS signals. They need to get location and timing from the network not GPS so they work!!!!

Apr 7, 2010, 1:34 PM
But the whole point of the device is to boost coverage in weak/dead spots by using a wired internet connection. If it could establish position from the network (requires 3 towers, I believe), then you probably wouldn't need the thing in the first place.
Philip Berne

Apr 7, 2010, 5:26 PM
This is a good point. I've always heard that one reason the GPS sensor is there is to detect whether you're in the U.S. Otherwise, you could take the Airave to Europe, plug it in and use your Sprint service over IP, just as if you were still at home.

Apr 8, 2010, 3:29 AM
The GPS serves two tasks:

1. Detects if unit it being used in an authorized coverage area.
2. Pinpoints E-911 emergency calls.

So yes, GPS is needed. Also, cell towers have some sort of GPS technology built in them too or at least preprogramed in them so the GPS in cell phones can interact with location accuracy. Someone who has experience with tower engineering may want to elaborate on this.

As for GPS sensors, some if not all come with a detatchable GPS receiver with extention cable. That way you can put the device in the middle of the room and still have a way to get the GPS receiver close to a window. I have a Verizon Network Extender in the middle of my living room and don't even have to put the sensor in the window. It d...

Apr 8, 2010, 1:42 AM
...Most American homes come equipped with windows. If I needed one of those things, I'd put it near a window, not downstairs in the basement.

Apr 8, 2010, 1:47 AM
If you are living somewhere where you have no windows, lack of cell phone signal is the least of your worries.

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