airave?

I have Verizon service now, and at my house I do not have any reception here(cell dead zone) so I use one of their fem-to-cells. I was under the impression that the airave acted the same way. The Verizon one does not need any cell reception to work, it gets it through the internet (my understanding anyway). The airave I have learned from ting tech support has to have at least one bar to work. Kinda killed my hopes and dreams of saving $150 month on service. I hope this helps somewhat for others in my situation.

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  • Thanks for the reply Michael Hughes.  The GPS antenna for the Airave is located next to the Verizon GPS antenna so there should be no problem there. I've checked on the Sprint website to see if coverage via Airave is available at my address,  it is, according to the website.  I have just moved the Airave antenna farther from the Verizon antenna to see if that works (thinking there could be a confusion between two atenna in the same place).  Now, one is at one window and the other is located about 3 feet from the other.  Thanks again for the response.  I'll update after a while, giving the Airave time to locate the GPS signal.

     

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  • @Gary

    My Airave, when I was with Sprint was placed in a room in the basement (home office) and even in the window the GPS antenna did not get a good enough look at the sky. Since the antenna wire was reasonably long and thin, I simply fed the line outside, attached the receiver to a convenient spot, and closed the window. The weatherstripping easily accommodated the thin wire. From then on I did't have any problems with location.

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  • Ok, here's another question (probably should have asked this one first).  Still trying to get the Airave to recognize and lock on a GPS signal, BUT, I don't currently have a cell phone active.  What I'm trying to do is .  I'm trying to test if Airave will work BEFORE I actually activate a phone on Ting.  I thought, that if the Airave could locate a GPS signal and lock on it, I would go ahead and activate the phone that I purchased from them (Ting).  So the question remains, do I have to actually have an active Ting - Sprint phone before this thing will work?  

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  • @Gary

    Find a friend with a Sprint phone and invite them over. The Airave needs to have an active account with Sprint or Ting. When I moved from Sprint to Ting, our Sprint Airave immediately stopped working. The instant we cancelled service the Airave no longer worked. It should show that a GPS signal is locked though.     

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  • To make it clearer, the Airave needs to activated on an active account with Ting or Sprint. There doesn't need to be any phones active on Ting or Sprint but the account needs to be active.   

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  • @ Gary:

    You will not need to have an active Ting/Sprint phone in the area of the Airave in order for it to have the indicator lights on it be solid green.  If you bought the Airave from Ting it will be eligible to be activated on your Ting account.

    I moved my four lines to Ting and my Sprint Airave still works - I have had no actual phones lines on my Sprint account for over seven weeks.  I am being invoiced about $7 a month for it and I pay Sprint for it.  I am not the only one in this situation.  The reason I still pay Sprint is that it will take nearly three years to offset the cost of a Ting Airave - a lot can happen in three years.  Now if they will let me BYOD my Airave . . . .

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  • Thanks all, I still think I'm screwed because I don't have all lights solid green yet.  It's been over 1 hour and I still have one light blinking red ( MOBILE) and one solid red (GPS).  I'll wait longer, but it doesn't appear that a GPS signal will lock.  Still confused because the Verizon Cell Extender works great.  To be clear, I have a phone here and ready to activate on Ting, but I won't do it unless I get that stupid GPS light to lock onto a signal.

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  • @ Gary:

    You may want to try this as a last ditch effort:  If the connector on the GPS wire is the same for both the Airave and the Verizon Cell Extender and the GPS antenna on the Verizon unit does not have any other electical connection, try using the wire and GPS antenna from your Verizon unit on your Airave.  Do not try this if there is a power cord directly connected to the Verizon unit's GPS antenna.

    Just a suggestion to see if the Airave's GPS wire and/or antenna is defective.

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  • @Gary

    Is the Airave registered  / active / purchased from Ting? Sprint? 

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  • Michael Hughes, good idea, but the GPS connectors are different on each device, can't swap lines.

    Zarthan South, the Airave was purchased from Ting.  It's not registered (at least I didn't do it) since the Mobile light is flashing RED and the GPS light is solid RED, does it have to be registered to get a signal???

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  • You can also use the device without the external antenna if I remember. Although it might be cold outside you can plug the unit into an outside outlet?   

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  • It can take some time for the Airave to acknowledge the GPS. Just from memory it can take many many minutes for the device to fully complete startup. Just leave it alone for a while.

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  • A solid red for the GPS indicates it isn't able to get GPS or lock. Try the device outside. I don't know whether it can startup without Internet connectivity but I will take mine out for a walk and try.

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  • Ok, I think I've won this battle!  I took the Airave to a different area of my house, plugged it in and ran the GPS antenna line out the door to my deck.  No connection to my wifi router or any network device, just the GPS and Power.  It found a GPS signal in minutes!  I quickly unplugged it, grapped the GPS antenna and ran it back to the original room with my network, plugged everything in, placed the antenna where I started with it, and viola!!  All green lights.  So, FIRST, thanks for everyone's help and comments, and SECONDLY, I've activated the Ting phone I purchased, and the number porting is in progress.  I should have everything working in a day or so, or whenever the number porting completes.  How long will that take I wonder :)  Anyway, thanks to all who responded to my questions today.  I appreciate it.  If this all goes well, I'm going to dump Verizon with the two smart phones I have and bring everything to Ting.

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  • @Gary

    Great news. Congrats and welcome to Ting.

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  • Glad you got it to work :)

    It might help to do a reset on the airave (the reset button is on the back, use a pin to hold it in for 30 seconds) that will reset it to the default settings and clear the configuration

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  • @Gary,

    Just finished catching up on this thread.

    Congratulations!  Persistence pays off.

    Welcome to the Ting family!

    Cheers... 

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