Need 4G/LTE/GSM hotspot that works with Ting.
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I have a remote site that needs internet access. I'm thinking of using a hotspot or usb modem (I don't need phone functions). My unlocked AT&T S5 works great with Ting (better than AT&T!!!), but only in 4G. There's no 3G signal at all out there whatsoever.

I've tried an Sierra Overdrive Pro (purchased from Ting some time back) that claims 4G support, but the devices page in Ting shows only CDMA (3G) support.

I've also tried a Sierra Wireless Aircard 250U bought on ebay, and it has the same problem (CDMA only support from Ting).

Does anyone have any ideas?

I'm tempted to purchase Ting's cheapest smart phone that supports 4G/GSM and hopefully it has a hotspot function. Is that an option?

Thanks, tom.c

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  • Some devices on Ting CDMA (Sprint) support 4G LTE even though that is a GSM technology.
    Are you wanting a device to work on Ting CDMA (Sprint) or Ting GSM (T-Mobile)?

    The Sierra Overdrive Pro and the 250U support 4G WiMax, not the newer 4G LTE.
    I believe WiMax is being discontinued later this year.

    There is a Ting CDMA (Sprint) LTE HotSpot at https://ting.com/shop/Netgear-Zing

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  • I thought CDMA was 3G, and 3G doesn't work at my location. From your response, and tinkering w/ my Overdrive and 250U, I believe that WiMax isn't available in my area either. My Samsung S5 works fine, and I suspect it's using 4G LTE.
    That means I need a HotSpot/USB modem that supports 4G LTE. The one you indicated, looks like might works, but for $160 it's a bit pricey. I really don't want to make a big investment in something and find it doesn't work after all.

    There are some $20-50ish usb modem's on ebay that claim 4G LTE. Something I can afford to toss if it doesn't work.
    Oh, I should also mention that I'm running Linux on an embedded controller all powered by batteries and solar panels. A hotspot w/ wifi would guarantee compatibility w/ the os, but is a bit of overkill for what I'm up to.

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  • I guess you have good Sprint & T-Mobile coverage, so you do not care if it is GSM or CDMA then? f that is the case, a used T-Mobile hotspot with a Ting SIM should be your best choice.

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  • Yes, I do care if it's CDMA or GSM. I only get 4G here, and CDMA is a 3G. I've been looking for 4G/LTE (new and improved GSM).

    I tried googleing for a 4G/LTE modem, then entered it's imei number into ting's byod imei checker, I don't get 4G anything supported by ting. It's also really hard to find the imei number for a modem online (people don't post'em often).

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  • sigh
    Yes, CDMA technology only extends to 3G. The US CDMA carriers, Sprint, Verizon & others, have deployed GSM based LTE on their networks to provide 4G data ans, in some cases, voice over LTE.

    T-Mobile device has the best compatibility with Ting GSM and do not need to be unlocked. There should be no need to get the imei number if it is clean. i.e. not blacklisted due to being lost or stolen.

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  • Ah, that's a big clue that may help me out! I'll take a look for T-mobile 4G/LTE modems.

    This is for a remote weather station, that I've already spent too much $$ on. I have to use a cellular amp and a tall tower with a directional antenna to get signal (one reason I only get 4G LTE), solar panels, batteries, charger controllers, a raspberrypi-like computer... all for a hobby that my gf complains I spend too much money on. Hmph.

    Thanks for all your help,

    tom

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  • Oh, damn you :) :)

    I already bought a device elsewhere, but this likes a better deal.

    Argh. I might get this one too, just to check it out!

    Thanks!

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