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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / ASUS AC1900 (RT-AC68U)
« Last post by scuzzy on Today at 03:51 PM »
For sometime I've been using an ASUS RT-N66R (Dark Knight) router. It gets the job done, but the signal is very weak on the far edge of my bedroom, and is nonexistent in some areas of the basement. I still have a T-Mobile provided ASUS TM-AC1900 CellSpot router, which is essentially an ASUS AC1900 router with T-Mo's firmware installed. It worked very well for some time, but something changed with my ISP and it no longer recognizes the T-Mo branded router. Anymore it's just a big brick.

Newegg has a Black Friday Preview special going on today, and I nabbed a retail ASUS AC1900 (RT-AC68U) for $99.99 using Code EMCEEEU42. I just placed the order a little while ago and it should arrive in the next week or so. This router supports AiMesh, which connects ASUS routers to create a mesh WiFi signal within the home. At a later date I'll pick up another AiMesh enabled router to mate with this one. Unfortunately, Newegg is only allowing one router at the sale price. For now, if the new router covers my house as well as the TM-AC1900 did, it will be an improvement.

Here's the AiMesh description provided by ASUS: "AiMesh is an innovative new router feature that connects multiple ASUS routers to create a whole-home WiFi network. Itís a powerful and flexible way to solve your WiFi problems that also makes the most of your existing hardware: you can mix different ASUS router models, so when you upgrade thereís no need to throw away your old router ó you can use it to expand your AiMesh network."
The Poast Office / Re: Microsoft Update
« Last post by scuzzy on Today at 10:51 AM »
It's odd that an update would do that. I use my own photo set for the background, so I have not noticed any change. Not to mention that before using photos for wallpaper, I always kept my background a solid black.

While my laptop has been behaving over the last week, updates to Windows 7 have given me plenty of heartache over the years.
The Poast Office / Re: Microsoft Update
« Last post by Bill on Today at 10:23 AM »
Windows 10 is not the only O/S with update problems.  I did an update earlier and it changed the desktop color from a dark blue to solid black.  I successfully uninstalled and colors returned to normal.
The Poast Office / Microsoft Update
« Last post by scuzzy on Today at 09:55 AM »
This sums up my feelings about Microsoft Update perfectly:
Video of the Moment / Baby Boomers Tribute
« Last post by scuzzy on Today at 09:14 AM »
Since I grew up near the Los Angeles area, I found this rather enjoyable. As a preteen listening on a transistor radio, and eventually as a teen in my 1965 Mustang, 93 KHJ was my station of choice:

Baby Boomers Tribute "The Echoes Of My Mind"
Electronics / Re: T-mo plans
« Last post by Bill on Nov 12, 2018, 08:18 AM »
Yes, I think you're right. I have an almost new ASUS router that puts out a very consistent and strong signal.  My Moto uses it for wi-fi.  I also have a VZ signal booster which doesn't work as well.  I have the phone on the desk and it is showing 3 of 5 bars of cell signal and max wi-fi.
The VZ signal booster is on the window sill behind me.

I hadn't planned on ordering anything until I have the 6T in the house. 
If George's signal survey is correct I should be OK.
Electronics / Re: T-mo plans
« Last post by scuzzy on Nov 11, 2018, 04:43 PM »
Good deal. I should probably do a T-Mo CellSpot signal booster for my home. Just beware that T-Mobile was silly in naming 2 separate products a CellSpot. One is the T-Mobile CellSpot router, and the other is the T-Mobile CellSpot signal booster. When ordering, make sure you are very clear on exactly which product you want.

I would suggest you get what works best for your needs, but here's something to consider. The signal booster does exactly that, and your T-Mobile phone will still take advantage of your home's WiFi for making calls. This will also allow you to get maximum data from your smartphone, independent of your router. For that reason alone, the signal booster is likely your best option.

I do not profess to be an expert, so please feel free to get other opinions.

If you go with T-Mo, you may just want to get your phone in hand and see if you even have a need for a boosted signal. Or you can always take advantage of the wireless router offer to replace whatever you have now.

How-To Geek has some excellent advice to consider in reference to the router: Think Twice About Getting a Microcell... After I read this article, I'd probably stick with the signal booster instead.
Electronics / Re: T-mo plans
« Last post by Bill on Nov 11, 2018, 04:00 PM »
Pushing must have helped.  He did a drive by and from one end of the street to the other. Signal ran 2 to 5 bars, certainly enough to combine with a T-mo cell spot for inside signal.  So now it's just a  matter of waiting for the escape from VZ but the plan is finished.
Come on 6T......
Electronics / Re: T-mo plans
« Last post by Bill on Nov 11, 2018, 11:17 AM »
No test yet, but I was there for dinner last night and pushed him a little.  They are on the 55 plus plan and are quite happy with the service and their coverage.
Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: Samsung Tab S4 Tablet
« Last post by Bill on Nov 11, 2018, 11:14 AM »
Doesn't make a lot of sense to me to buy older technology.  If you consider long enough you could get the S-5!
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