Airave users?

I am looking for any feedabck if you have ting and Airave.

Looking for experience with:

Range

Setup / Settings

My main concern is that I will get it and be disappointed with the range.  Online research implies that they can be adjusted for their output power.  Has anyone had any experience with that while with ting?

My house is long ranch, with the old metal lathe in the walls under the plaster.  I need the phone to work on both ends of the house, and preferably outside in the yard. 

I currently get no bars in the house, unless in one good spot (2 bars sometimes).  Outside not much better, only get 2 bars.  Out of 6 bars, BTW.

I'd appreciate any feedback!

Mike

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  • Andrew: How about a deactivated Sprint Airave from eBay? Still a candidate for bringing over to Ting?

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  • As long as it was a Sprint Airave it should work.

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  • Does Sprint's Airave location restriction still apply? I am in Sprint coverage, but not Airave approved.

    :(

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  • Yes Bruce, sadly the same geographic restrictions would apply.

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  • Thanks, Rob

    Since Andrew did not qualify his answer, I was hoping the restriction was lifted.

    When I first mentioned the restriction to Scott Allan, he said he did not know why there was a restriction, but it must involve lawyers.

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  • I was able to bring my used (from eBay) Airave over.  Took a day to activate, then easy hookup.

    Now I have good signal out as far as front and back yards.  2 bars before, if I was lucky.

    One happy Tinger now!

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  • Amrish,

    Thanks for the message, I have just contacted Sprint and unfortunately they on longer support the device to which you have inquired. They only support the 2.5 models as of right now. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    • Jeff
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  • Was the above comment from Ting in response to trying to activate a pre V2.5 Airave?  With the "they" being Sprint?

    Not accepting any AIrave other than a V2.5 is something that needs to be communicated - if true.

     

    BTW: My V1.0 Airave is still working through Sprint (not Ting).  So Sprint does support them natively.

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  • Agreed. The airwave I have was supported by Sprint 2 days ago (person who gave it to me, moved to Verizon).

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  • It seems that Sprint is going to be shutting down access to Airave devices that are not made by Airvana, though it looks like v2.0 Airvana devices should work after all. Essentially, as long as the MAC address begins with 0005B (and fall within the Airvana 2.x category), it should be able to be brought to Ting.

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  • Ah, this is all starting to make sense now. I had a support ticket open inquiring which versions were supported and was told the model number had to begin with 0005B, which didn't make sense. Now that I know it's the MAC address, that clears things up.

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  • no Samsung Airaves? that's really  too bad, as they are the most reliable. The original Airvana (2.0?) was pretty buggy... really screwed up texting... The 2.5 is much better but still drops calls, at least in our setup.

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  • @Daniel, I'm sorry to say that Sprint is slowly shutting down all the towers that provided access for the Samsung models and replacing them with the updated Airvana towers. Hopefully more updates will mean better reception across the board!

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  • Katie:  Sprint may be shutting off something that allows the Samsung Airaves to operate - but is has nothing to do with a "tower" as most people would understand the word "tower" when speaking about cell phone service.  The Airave (Samsung or Airvana) is considered a micro-tower that uses the customer's internet connection for the backhaul to Sprint's network. 

    As Daniel points out, the Airvana Airaves have a reputation of being less reliable than the early Samsung version. 

    That being said, I have a Samsung Airave that is still active on my Sprint account (it is the only thing on the account) and I have not received anything from Sprint telling me that I have to make a change or that they are going to cut my Samsung Airave off.  I have posted on SprintUsers asking about this and no one there has responded about this end-of-life situation for the Samsung Airave either. 

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  • @Michael, they're starting by not allowing new activations of Samsung Airaves. I'm not sure of their plan for the earlier version Airaves' networks - whether they'll be shutting down currently active Samsung Airaves, providing replacements, or the like - but every time I have asked Sprint about adding a Samsung Airave they have told me no.

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  • Well that is too bad for us.  My Samsung Airave has been working great since I got it.  The 1x data never mattered because I have WIFI at home anyway.  People have had more issues with the newer Airaves - those seem to be hit-and-miss.

    If I hear something from Sprint about my Airave I will pass it along.

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  • I had bought my first Airave on ebay (didn't know I could probably talk Sprint out of one) and when it died, I went through troubleshooting with them, and after concluding it was itself the problem, they offered me a new Airvana for free.  They told me if we ever left Sprint, I'd have to return it.  So of course we're now with Ting, and my old Sprint account showed no phones, but did show the Airvana.  When we took the lines off, there was a positive balance of about $8 somehow, but there was some niggling charge being levied.  Eventually the credit ran out and I got a bill from them.  So I called up and said basically I wasn't paying anything, and the rep agreed.  But I did ask if I was supposed to do something with the Airvana.  I'd already bought one from Ting and had it operating.  They sent me an oversized padded envelope to return it.  Voila! - no Airave on the account, no charges.  I had thought about bringing it to Ting and re-selling it, but now I'm fairly convinced it would have been flagged and it wouldn't have worked.

    Both the Sprint Airvana and the Ting Airvana supported both Sprint and Ting phones.  The data capability of an Airave/Airvana is only important for phones that don't have wifi, since you usually have wifi near an Airave.  My daughter's Samsung Exclaim did great with the Airvana (teen doing MMS!), though we're all now on phones with wifi.

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  • Got an email today from Sprint that they are shutting off the 1.0 Samsung Airave on 8/1/13.

    So now I have to buy one. 

    Anyone get the refurb offered here?  It is about $50 more than Airvana Airaves that are available on eBay.  Is the Ting refurb the 2.0 or 2.5?  How is it working for you?

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