1 day == 2 days?
1 day == 2 days?
I’ve been using HE.net‘s TunnelBroker service to ensure the various sites/services I host are available via IPv6. When we moved up to San Francisco, I decided to finally setup our home network with its own tunnel as well. (SCALE’s services hosted over at ActUSA have long IPv6 enabled since 2009~). Currently we tunnel traffic using our trusty old Linksys WRT54G running OpenWRT through HE.net, routes are advertised to the local network using RADVD.
So far things have worked surprisingly well, with a few exceptions for older devices. Here is a quick review of what we have working, and what is still in progress.
Devices supporting IPv6:
Devices not yet working with IPv6:
Helpful IPv6 Resources:
Update 2: Woke up this morning to find things still not working for either phone, along with about automated 35 text messages AND emails telling me to call support. Anyways, spoke with someone new, they once again reactivated the device. After 90+ minutes of waiting, now both phones seem to work. We’ll see how things go over the next few days/weeks. In the mean time Anandtech has an extremely in-depth tear down of the AT&T Microcell device.
Update: 90 minutes became a few hours. Apparently during the activation process if you have a device AT&T has deemed invalid, the Microcell will NEVER complete activation. The lights will blink indefinitely. Upon calling AT&T they informed me their systems have determined my phone was not purchased through them, and therefore they can’t activate the microcell for it. Still waiting to see if Maru’s iPhone 3GS has the same issues, now that I’ve removed my phone from the ACL list.
Since signing up for service with AT&T in November 2010, I have continuously had call quality and service issues. Prior to AT&T the same NexusOne device had worked reliably on TMobile’s network (albeit slow due to only 2G being supported). While not desirable I found ways to make it bearable while living in LA/Santa Monica. However since we moved to San Francisco in April 2011 the service quality has been unusable, especially at home.
For the first two months here AT&T was insistant that all of the world’s problems end, including my coverage issues would end if I 1) Purchased a phone from them that had an AT&T logo on the back and 2) Signed up for contract.
Finally late last week they gave up on trying to up-sell me, and I got a call from someone in customer service department offering me a femtocell (or as AT&T calls it “AT&T 3G Microcell“). These are basically rebranded Cisco devices that provide a small 3G antenna in your home or office, and then route your calls via voice over IP.
The device arrived today and is now online. There are a few limitations that leave a bit to be desired:
All of that being said I’ll still be a slightly happier customer if this works, and I can actually make and receive calls while in my apartment. I still think all devices/carriers should just come with UMA support out of the box so that you can just use wifi to complete calls and relieve the burden on their cel towers. Tmobile supported that on most of the phones I had over the years; but I haven’t seen many Android based phones offer it and as far as I can tell AT&T doesn’t support UMA period.
Anyways, I just went through the setup which was relatively straightforward. Now I have to wait 90~ minutes before I can use it.
Right now I’m still on the 90 minutes of waiting step. I’ll try to remember do a post in a few weeks once its actually online and I have had some experience with it.
In the mean time here are some links to other coverage:
I just got back from OSCON, which was fantastic as always. Its always a great opportunity to learn from some very bright people in the community, as well as to meet with friends, colleagues, and partners in crime. Hopefully I’ll do an event review post at some pointer this weekend.
Today, I am excited to be playing with a new Nexus one thanks to Qualcomm Innovation Center and Rikki Kite. This is going to be my second attempt at replacing my constantly crashing Blackberry with a Android based phone. Last year at OSCON, I came home with a G1 Dev Kit, and while it made a fun phone to hack around on and use while on vacation, I encountered two issues that made it difficult to use day to day.
Other than those I loved the phone. The keyboard was great, it made a great phone for Internet use and apps, but my primary use of a phone at this point is email and calendaring for work. So for anything other than hacking projects, or trips where I wanted to use the data / GPS features I mostly left it sitting on my desk.
So far I’ve been using the Nexus One for about 24 hours. Having come with FroYo (Android 2.2) I was pleasantly surprised to find it included built in support for both Email and Calendar sync via Exchange’s ActiveSync. So far most, if not all, of the issues I had with the G1 have been resolved. The only thing I miss from my Blackberry / Android G1 experience is a real keyboard. I’m mostly fumbling about on the touch screen still.
Things to try out next / Pending Questions:
Hoping I’ll be able to stick with this one!