We live in a fairly spotty service area, and reception only worsens inside our house, so when Sprint sent us an Airave 2.5+ it seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately, we've got only one DSL jack in our household, and it is smack dab in the middle of our house such that even with the extender, there is no way to get the GPS antenna close enough to a window to get a signal. SO, I figured I could try hooking it up to my DD-WRT wireless bridge; long story (on which I elaborate below) short, I can't seem to get it to function properly. Is there anyone out there that successfully uses this (or a similar setup)? If so, any insight you could offer?
I have used the following documents as close references:
As such, I should report that intially, upon simply plugging the Airave into the wireless bridge and letting it power up, I got all four green lights and could verify that I was in range of Airave service from my phone; that being said, every time I tried to make a call, it would either drop instantly, or I would get a message telling me my call could not be completed at the time. (My wife also reported that she received some strange message that effectively said she couldn't call my phone when it was in Airave range). After doing some research, I figured perhaps it was a router / port forwarding issue, and then:
1. First, changed the Airave IP to a static address within the IP range of both my router / modem (it's a combo) and the wireless bridge, and disabled DHCP.
2. Tried forwarding the ports from the wireless bridge to the Airave; no dice (GPS was only green light).
3. Tried forwarding the ports from the router / modem directly to the Airave; no dice (GPS was only green light).
4. Tried forwarding the ports from the router / modem to the wireless bridge; no dice (GPS was only green light).
5. Tried forwarding the ports from the router / modem to the wireless bridge AND from the wireless bridge to the Airave; no dice (GPS was only green light).
In all of these scenarios, IPSec passthrough was enabled on the bridge, and from what I can tell on the router / modem as well; I believe I may have tried some other things that currently escape me. Interestingly, even after a hard reset, I can no longer get all four lights on the Airave to light up... any insight that ANYONE may be able to offer would be very much appreciated. If more information is needed, please let me know and I'd be happy to provide it.
I did indeed speak with Airave Support before making this post. Their suggestion, which I assume you are alluding to, was to purchase an extender for the GPS antenna. The problem is, with the (acknowledgedly backwards) way our home is set-up and the location of our only DSL jack, we'd have to run the antenna across the floor or ceiling, and though cell service in the home is indeed something we'd like, the aforementioned options simply aren't practical. Such is why I was really hoping that someone out there with a bit more technical knowledge than I is making the wireless bridge set-up work… it seems like it should be possible in theory, no? I imagine I will be getting a letter from Sprint soon asking me to return the Airave, which I'll probably have no choice but to do, but I figured I'd give it one last shot with the forum post. Once again, if anyone has any insight or suggestions, I would be very much obliged to hear them.
We are in West St. Paul, Zip 55118, with nearest cross streets being Cherokee and Emerson Aves.
We are using Galaxy S3s, with preferred network mode LTE / CDMA.
Thank you for your help; please let me know if you need any additional information.
So is the recommendation (and really only thing I can do) is wait until those upgrades are completed? If so, will Sprint let me hang onto the Airave for that long (without charging me)? Your continued assistance is very much appreciated.