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I don't know if many of you have even heard of clearwire, but maybe you can help me out.

I just got a Clearwire 4G USB modem. It sucks. I get decent speeds and pings FINALLY, but I just randomly drop signal and it just stops working 100% until I unplug it, and plug it back in. Can be anywhere from 1 minute, to a few hours between drops. I'm suspecting I have poor signal in my garage, as my old 3G modem did the same thing until I moved it.

The problem though, is this one is USB, and has no signal lights, so I don't even know what my signal is. Otherwise I would just go get a USB extension, and move the thing outside.

Anyways, any suggestions on what I can do to make this thing work properly, would be appreciated. I'd like to play a game .
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Is this one of those small USB Modems for laptops?

Well, if you drop signal randomly, it could be due to numerous things.

One of the towers in your area providing you your service could be malfunctioning, the drivers may not be quite what they should be, obviously the poor signal may be due to an abundance of trees or something interfering with the signal. Does the modem come with any software to check it? Can you log into your modem with 192.168.100.100 or something similar?
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post #3 of 8
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Is this one of those small USB Modems for laptops?

Well, if you drop signal randomly, it could be due to numerous things.

One of the towers in your area providing you your service could be malfunctioning, the drivers may not be quite what they should be, obviously the poor signal may be due to an abundance of trees or something interfering with the signal. Does the modem come with any software to check it? Can you log into your modem with 192.168.100.100 or something similar?
Yes, its one of those rediculous small USB modems for laptops. A friend added it to his account so I can have internet access.

I already know that I have poor coverage based on my old 3G modem that I was using before (regular modem).

But what's weird about this one, the software that I am forced to install, shows I have perfect signal 99% of the time. It just randomly disconnects, even with a full signal.

EDIT:
And no there is no logging into the modem whatsoever. I've already tried, it requires a user name and password, that I don't have access to (only Clearwire reps can do it evidentally).
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Do a bit of googling, you will find the username and password posted somewhere. Or, just ask them so you can check your signal directly from the modem since the software isn't doing anything.

What is the make/model number of the modem?
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Do a bit of googling, you will find the username and password posted somewhere. Or, just ask them so you can check your signal directly from the modem since the software isn't doing anything.

What is the make/model number of the modem?
It's a "Clear 4G Mobile USB". Looks just like this.
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Srry if this is a double post....

But will something like this work for me? This is a modem, not a router, so I don't know if it would work or not.

YouTube- Increase your wireless signal strength with a soda can
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There wouldn't be any hurt to try it... but, I am not sure. In theory, if might if you could have the wireless signal boost/go upwards.

Really not sure.
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Quote:
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There wouldn't be any hurt to try it... but, I am not sure. In theory, if might if you could have the wireless signal boost/go upwards.

Really not sure.
Well, just so long as the boost keeps it from dropping signal, then that's all I need. I typically sit at 14/15 or 15/15 signal (according to the software). It's just when it randomly drops for no apparent reason .

EDIT:
I'll try it out, and see what happens .

EDIT:
Well, I now have a Mt. Dew Cantenna, along with a 3ft USB extension (forgot I had it). So far so good. Has only been about a minute though....so we'll see.
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