Currently Being ModeratedSep 22, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to AudioSysTech)
When I enabled LTE in the settings on my iPhone 5, it did break the connection to the Microcell, and the upper left display indicator shifted to a poor cellular signal and 4G. At first I thought I was going to have to disable LTE in order to have my Microcell connected to my iPhone 5, however, after about 2-3 minutes the Microcell suddenly connected to myiPhone 5 (with LTE still enabled) and has been connected to the Microcell ever since.
When I turn off wireless in the iPhone 5 settings, the upper left display shows 4G (NOT LTE even though LTE is still enabled in the settings). I don't believe the combination of LTE data transfer and Microcell connected is possible even with LTE enabled in iPhone 5 settings as I don't thinkthe AT&T Microcell supports LTE. I am not sure why anyone would want to use cellular data transfer when they are on wireless and a Microcell.
You should not have to choose between having your Microcell connected or having LTE enabled in iPhone 5 settings. I have not had to do so.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 22, 2012 5:03 PM (in response to TomWheel)
This actually worked! Thanks for the help! http://ordinarygeek.me/2012/09/how-to-reinstate-your-att-microcell-with-iphone-5 /
Currently Being ModeratedSep 24, 2012 7:28 AM (in response to TomWheel)
Call to ATT said to turn off LTE in settings. Plus reset phone and Mcell for good measure. Not sure you will have to go back and forth, as we don't have lte here anyways for awhile.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 24, 2012 6:36 PM (in response to megalaser)
Thanks Megalaser, your a champ, your fix worked perfectly. I had to turn on "airplane mode" for 15 seconds (a quick off then on didn't work), but as soon as I turned off Airplane mode the phone searched for connections and found MCell.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 2:25 PM (in response to TomWheel)
I had to disconnect and reconnect the Microcell to get the iPhone 5 to work with it. Now, it works, but when I come back home it does not automatically reconnect. Somehow I have to get the phone to search the network for it to get reconnected. Either one of these three ways accomplished the reconnect:
1) Airplane mode off and then back on
2) If LTE is on, turn LTE off
3) If LTE is off, turn LTE on
So it can connect whether LTE is on or off, but it doesn't auto-detect or pickup the microcell unless I toggle it to make the phone search for a network.
I did not have this problem with my iPhone 4. It almost always picked up the Microcell without having to mess around with the network settings.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 2:27 PM (in response to boraski)
I realize I should probably read through here, but I visited a friend yesterday and without doing anything at all I looked at my iPhone 5 and I was connected to her Microcell.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 2:40 PM (in response to 1macprincess!)
It's a personal micro cell tower that AT&T has been pushing to improve cellular reception in one's home. They were giving them away with a 2 year contract extension in the fine print.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2012 3:21 PM (in response to boraski)
Well, mine seems to be on the fritz again. Yesterday my Mcell 3G light was blinking red. After rebooting, reactivating, etc. it went to blinking green. Today it finally went to solid green. However, my iPhone will not pick up the Mcell with LTE on even after rebooting and/or flipping airplane mode on. It looks like they may have reverted to the pre-patch firmware.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 5, 2012 11:12 AM (in response to TomWheel)
I noticed the same thing when I went to my mother's home, where I installed a microcell a few years ago. My iPhone 5 gets on with no problem. When I turn-off WiFi, it says it's connected through "M-Cell 4G."
With iPhone 5 and 4S, "4G" means "HSPA+" and not "LTE." HSPA+ is closer to 3G tech, but offers 4G-like speeds. However, the microcell does not support HSPA+. A speed test reveals that the connection through the microcell is SLOWER than 3G and MUCH slower than the WiFi network (the same Internet connection the microcell is using). The microcell is definitely NOT using "4G" in any way.
Because HSPA+ "4G" is really more like 3.5G tech, I bet AT&T has upgraded nearly-all 3G towers to support HSPA+. The iPhone 5 and 4S probably display all 3G AT&T connections as "4G" (and assumes that they all support HSPA+). The iPhone 5 and 4S probably does the same thing for the M-Cell, even though M-Cell does *not* support HSPA+ and actual speeds are slower than 3G.
Hopefully some kind of update for the phone or microcell makes it correctly show "3G" when connected through a microcell that does not support HSPA+.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2013 9:51 AM (in response to TomWheel)
Just adding another data point here.
I've got a new MicroCell as of 3/1/13. It works wonderfully but every so often (every day or so) I notice my phone is not connected to it—perhaps because I've got miserable AT&T service in my house, but there is some service.
Here is what I've learned through experiementation.
1) Turning off LTE does usually force the iPhone 5 to re-connect to the MicroCell. When I toggle LTE back on, I am disconnected BUT, if I'm patient, about a minute or two later, the phone re-connects to the MicroCell again with LTE still turned on.
2) I sometimes (being impatient) toggle airplane mode on/off in conjunction with LTE being on/off and I cannot say for certain whether or not this is effective or whether the process descibed in #1 above is what is working and I'm just getting in the way.
3) Power cycling the MicroCell also has proven effective.
In all three cases, my phone does not INSTANTLY reconnect to the MicroCell. It takes at least 1-2 minutes (but no more than 5) for the phone to find and connect to the MicroCell on its own. I have handoff disabled. I've deactivated/reactived my MicroCell.
On the whole, I'm pretty happy with the thing (since it was free) and have no trouble making clear calls from my dead-zone house.
So if you're in my situation: toggle LTE off, wait for the phone to connect to the MicroCell, toggle LTE back on, and then WAIT A FEW MINUTES and see if the phone reconnects to the MicroCell with LTE on.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 12:06 PM (in response to xzackly)
I just got the Micro Cell and the iPhone 5 simultaneously (6/1/13), and my phone never connects to it automatically, ever.
Other people's 4S will connect, but my 5 won't. Once in a while, if I turn off and on both the microcell and my phone, it sometimes works, but rarely.
Does anyone have a solution to this issue that actually does work with the iPhone 5? The only reason I upgraded was because ATT sent me a microcell, and now it's worthless. I live in a metropolitan city and I have "NO Service" displaying on my phone 90% of the time I'm home.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 22, 2013 11:35 PM (in response to itsninacamille)
You have to reset factory network settings for microcell to work on iphone 5. General/ reset/ reset network settings. I was going to rip my hair out, but finally found this solution on another thread. try it. good luck.