Testing with SimpleMobile

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by prideauxx » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:12 pm

Looks like it may not be limited to EC25-AF; EM12-G looks to be hotlined on Simple within hours of use as well.

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by JustJill » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:23 pm

I can confirm this too. The day before BillA posted this I also got suspended on the first attempt to use SimpleMobile on a EC25-AF in a WG 3526. Eventually I got it restored, but that is a one time only thing. The SIM is now working in a phone. I was about to try it in an EP06-A but feel that would be a mistake at this point. Might try doing a USB tether network bridge setup.

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by prideauxx » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:45 am

Situation Report:

First off and this is IMPORTANT if you have not read up on past posts regarding this subject:

It appears SimpleMobile is getting wise to router use, and is suspending/hotlining/blocking SIMS based on a number of criteria. You've been warned.

Backstory: Using a EC25-AF modem in a WG3526, the SIM was suspended after approximately 1 hour of use (not heavy use, some bandwidth tests, about 200MB total). Thankfully, I was using BillA's company to provision the SIM and he handled reactivating the SIM. However, this is a one-time fix; after the second SIM suspension, the account (and SIM) are terminated permanently (i.e.: you are out of $50 US). BillA worked many hours (on his own time) to attempt to isolate the issue and work a fix. In the meantime, my EM12-G kit arrived in the mail (NetSolution.shop on FB). Excited and impatient, I installed the new modem. Thinking the situation was linked specifically to the EC25-AF, I popped the SIM into the WG3526 with the new modem install. The SIM was suspended after approximately 1 hour of use.

After several days of research and test BillA has a solution for the SimpleMobile situation. This solution was tested late last night and into this morning as functional/successful. Though the issue cost me two SIMs and $100 US in activation, working with BillA made this as painless as it possibly could be. I unabashedly and without reservation recommend BillA for provisioning SimpleMobile SIMs for router use (and honestly any other service he provides). BillA is available and overly generous with his time and support. He is also a small business owner--during these tough and precarious times, supporting small businesses is essential to sustaining them and to a larger degree our country. Thank you Bill.

TLDR: BillA has a solution to using SimpleMobile SIMs in routers for broadband Internet access. Please reach out to him for SIM activations and the approach.

Back to ISP details and some interesting aspects about the WG3526, probably out of scope for this channel, but somewhat relevant as well:
  • For my specific location, the stock, tiny omnidirectionals give better signal (attic location of WG3526) than the two Wilson directional antennas used for the AT&T-based MVNO solution (Ubifi.net). CSQ: 25; Signal Strength 80%; RSSI: -63dBm; ECIO: -10 (RSRQ) dB; RSCP: -89 (RSRP) dBm. This was achieved without any specific antenna aiming or orientation (numbers could be better). I may purchase upgraded omnidirectionals and forgo the directional antennas plan. Advice on this is welcome!
  • ISP Bandwidth tests need to be rerun as the WG3526's WiFi offering appears so-so (the end-solution will have the router attached via a dedicated Cat5e cable running to the basement wirecloset for POE and WAN bonding/load balancing/failover). Because of this, the following metrics taken from WiFi connections are suspect (worse than previous direct connection metrics taken with worse cellular signals. 2.4GHz connection was barely above 2Mbps down and 0.2Mbps up with strong connection to the WiFi AP. 5GHz connection was about 15Mbps down and 6Mbps up with decent connection to the WiFi AP. Wired connection with worse cellular connection (Signal Strength 60-70%) was 20Mbps down and 15Mbps up.
  • Something to ponder--Could WiFi radio activation in router cause degradation of cellular connection? WiFi radios are usually deactivated in my setups, as I use a dedicated, intelligent WiFi mesh network for my home/office for easy control of all devices when I need to prioritize data needs for work (remotely shut off Internet access to TV's, phones, tablets, and IOT devices when throughput issues arise)
More to come: Accurate ISP metrics using wired setup; ISP metrics using better antennas; Medium/long term report--does this solution work for the medium/long term?

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by Yipzy » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:15 pm

I highly recommend these omni-directional antennas https://www.amazon.com/Eightwood-Antenn ... B07KY9MNG3 they are comparable to the Cradlepoint big paddle antennas that I have and a little bit better too imo. I have tested about 5 to 6 types of omni-directional antennas and found these to be the best. They outperform the default ones that came with my WG3526 for sure.

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by BillA » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:00 am

Yipzy wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:15 pm
I highly recommend these omni-directional antennas https://www.amazon.com/Eightwood-Antenn ... B07KY9MNG3 they are comparable to the Cradlepoint big paddle antennas that I have and a little bit better too imo. I have tested about 5 to 6 types of omni-directional antennas and found these to be the best. They outperform the default ones that came with my WG3526 for sure.

I have tried a similar set of paddle antennas, and while they are not truly directional, they seem to pull in a better signal after fiddling with the paddle orientation. Course you can always go with BigFu*k antennas too... lol (actually don't get this, it's just a joke!) https://www.amazon.com/Bingfu-Cellular- ... B081BFZLTC
Get Yipzy's suggestion > https://www.amazon.com/Eightwood-Antenn ... B07KY9MNG3

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by Yipzy » Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:38 am

BillA wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:00 am
I have tried a similar set of paddle antennas, and while they are not truly directional, they seem to pull in a better signal after fiddling with the paddle orientation. Course you can always go with BigFu*k antennas too (lol)
https://www.amazon.com/Bingfu-Cellular- ... B081BFZLTC
I would not recommend those. I tested those too and they aren't great at all. They are just bad compare to the ones I recommended. I would rather use the stock ones over those that's how bad they are for me.

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by BillA » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:48 am

Yipzy wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:38 am
I would not recommend those. I tested those too and they aren't great at all. They are just bad compare to the ones I recommended. I would rather use the stock ones over those that's how bad they are for me.

It was just a joke/pun on its weird name (BigFu*k antenna). lol
Sometimes there's a lighter side to the serious subject of mobile routers. ;D

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by bclark » Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:17 pm

Just as an FYI I set up an EM20-G on Saturday with a Simple Mobile Sim and it has been running since. No heavy usage at this point just some speed tests and letting it do its thing. So far it hasnt been killed.

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by Yipzy » Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:51 pm

I just wanted to warn people about my experience with the latter ones since you posted a link to them. People might get the impression of you recommending the cheaper choice with similar performance and then get disappointed after receiving them.

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Re: Testing with SimpleMobile

Post by BillA » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:18 pm

Yipzy wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:51 pm
I just wanted to warn people about my experience with the latter ones since you posted a link to them. People might get the impression of you recommending the cheaper choice with similar performance and then get disappointed after receiving them.

Don't worry I edited the original message and posted "it's just a joke". Life's too short, gotta have some shits and giggles once in a while, ya know. ;D

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