Microcell Review

Over the past two years the carrier debate has really heated up. AT&T has been dangling its waning iPhone exclusivity while Verizon has poked fun at the former's 3G coverage. As the number of smartphones and other data heavy devices on cellular networks increases, carriers will have to find new ways to manage the load. Simply upgrading the network is an obvious but expensive option. Large corporations and businesses often have cell repeater nodes on their campuses (picocells), something not feasible for normal users at home. There's another option however: the femtocell. Acting as an in-home cellular node, a femtocell uses your broadband internet connection to route cell traffic. The idea is you get great performance since the access node is in your...

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