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Dreamsend

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Ready for 5G ?
« on: May 06, 2017, 03:07:04 PM »
It's coming. I understand the equipment is about the size of a public supply electric power transformer -- doesn't need more huge towers. 

Article below just verifies it's existence but doesn't explain much.
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/02/03/indianapolis-test-market-ts-new-5g-network/97398376/

And gee, I just bought my VERY FIRST smart phone last week on Verizon 4G LTE.  Samsung Galaxy S7.  Found out upon researching yesterday  that Samsung abandoned HDMI cable to TV with the S6 model.  I'm so confused about how my communications and entertainment are gonna work in the RV, I can't even form intelligent questions to ask. :-[
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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 03:20:44 PM »
Most pages load almost instantly on my Chromebook on 4G and video streams to my TV just fine so I could care less about 5G.
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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2017, 03:27:35 PM »

And gee, I just bought my VERY FIRST smart phone last week on Verizon 4G LTE.  Samsung Galaxy S7.  Found out upon researching yesterday  that Samsung abandoned HDMI cable to TV with the S6 model.  I'm so confused about how my communications and entertainment are gonna work in the RV, I can't even form intelligent questions to ask. :-[

Your S7 has Miracast built in and so do many smart TVs.  Miracast was designed to mirror smartphone and PC displays onto a TV.  On your S7 Miracast is called Smart View and the button for it is on the "notification shade" that pulls down from the top of the screen when you drag your finger down it.
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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2017, 06:19:04 PM »
In spite of all the hype, there is not yet a complete, finalized 5G standard, from all I see in the tech world. And there are no 5G phones. So, unless I'm totally misunderstanding all the stuff on the tech sites out there, AT&T's 5G is really just them starting to put in some equipment that will be needed when 5G rolls out for real. For example, read this IndyStar article from early February and this NetworkWorld article from mid-April.
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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2017, 07:02:40 PM »
Still carrying a flip phone here.
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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2017, 08:00:22 PM »
In addition, most of that spectrum T-Mobile won at auction that they plan to use for 5G will take several years for the affected TV stations to transition away from it or shut down.
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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2017, 07:31:12 AM »
I'll be surprised if we see wide spread 5g in less than five years. We probably won't notice much difference anyway. The primary advantage of 5g is that it uses that valuable sprectrum mor efficiently.

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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2017, 10:01:35 AM »
My 4G LTE streams perfectly when I have good Verizon coverage. Unfortunately their unlimited data plan drops to 3G after 10GB of data usage. Makes streaming Netflix a little problematic. May go back to my 24GB plan.
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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2017, 11:13:58 AM »
First... Why do Cell companies put their antennas at the top of tall things?

BECAUSE HEIGHT IS MIGHT

5G, 6G, 210 G, won't change that.. You eithe put up a relatively few TALL towers which can see for miles and miles.. Or a whole lot (Relatively) short "towers" that can see perhaps one  city block if you are lucky.

Second. HDMI to TV..  Samsung did not abandoned it with the S-6 they just chanced how you do it.. Chrome Cast.
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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2017, 08:20:37 PM »
My 4G LTE streams perfectly when I have good Verizon coverage. Unfortunately their unlimited data plan drops to 3G after 10GB of data usage. Makes streaming Netflix a little problematic. May go back to my 24GB plan.

I'm currently about 2/3 through a movie I'm streaming from Amazon. As a test, I'm streaming it on my unlimited 3g only flashed Verizon Jetpack, with zero buffering so far...

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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2017, 11:07:25 PM »
I stream Netflix on 3G with a Novatel USB modem usually every night. But John is correct. The single biggest improvement to my streaming in the RV was when I added a push up antenna to my cell antenna. Just getting up above  the noise from all the other rigs in a park made a huge difference. 

I saw where T Mobile purchased about 60% of the new 600 mhz bandwidth recently. They plan to roll out 5G on it, but it is going to take a while. 
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Re: Ready for 5G ?
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2017, 06:22:13 AM »
I might add on my Height is Might comment.. IN some big cities with lots of high rise buildings (Say NYC) you'd need to be in orbit to get decent range.. So they put up hundreds of what they call "Micro-cells"  And yes, these are good for about a city block, or one side of it..

Hotels often have Microcells inside the building as well.

T-Moblie (And I assume others) Sell microcells, about 100 bucks.. Plug 'em in to your Wi-Fi (Cable or Fiber-optic) Router and you get 4-G coverage for just a couple hundred feet
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