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Haven't been to RIT since '11 but wanted to mention that while I'd expect decent coverage in town, going outside of town you may hit dead zones.
I had T-Mobile all through college, switched to Verizon for several years, and then switched back. I switched away from Verizon because I disagree with their business policies regarding Android devices. Actually I went from Verizon to Sprint but I only lasted like 2 months.
This isn't nearly as big of a problem today as it was before. Years ago losing data meant your current Google Navigation trip would stop updating, now it caches things better and I know in the past you could even manually cache road areas you knew you'd need frequently.
I traveled between RIT and Pittsburgh (hometown) which is why I mention it. I'd drop phonecalls in certain locations, though it was very brief. Currently I drive from Pittsburgh to Virginia about once a month and there is a spot where I lose all signal for several minutes where nothing is really around. (Also lots of valleys and hills. Much harder on signal strength)
So just keep this in mind for your needs. Personally I advocate T-Mobile, but if you're going to be frequently outside populated areas then you may encounter issues. If you anticipate that any Co-Ops or job opportunities that you might get may have you traveling to job sites away from cities (as some engineering positions will do) then that may be an issue in the future.
Btw, currently on 22.2 GB of usage after 20 days into this month. Hitting 40GB+ is not uncommon for me for a month. I don't get throttled. I watch twitch on my phone at High setting, very pleasant. Also if you need tethering (since tethering is capped on T-Mobile) then check out this app on android. It requires root but it can give you unlimited tethering. Dev does a great job keeping things updated and tells you what phone settings to change to get around the cap.
It is de-prioritized after 32gb. I notice absolutely no difference in speeds after 32gb, I'm sure this is because i'm not competing with many other users in my area.
I use this app on the phone to create a hotspot, I then wirelessly bridge it to pfSense.
Wifi tether router ([link]) has options to use vpn and change ttl. Has anyone used this app? How can we be sure it's changing the ttl?
Sprint blocks the built-in wifi tethering in Android. I used an older version of PDANet for a long time until that stopped working, now I use Wifi Tether Router.
I use my Note 4 as a WiFi hot spot at my client site. The batter life is terrible and the phone heats where I feel like I had been playing an intense 3D game. I could call it "very warm."
Looking into the reasons for this is that the hotspot software assumes that it needs to have maximum coverage even though my phone is like 2 feet away. There are ways to adjust the db gain in software, but this highly depends on the hotspot software.
I personally use WiFi Tether Router from the Play Store and it works great. Occassionally, I have to reboot the phone after using it as a hotspot because it gets stuck in hotspot mode and will not function as a normal WiFi client.
Other than that, I use PdaNET with USB tethering. This masks the network hops so that the carrier doesn't know that you're tethering. It also offers WiFi tethering, but does not have the signal output control that WiFI Tether Router has.
Both are worth the price.
Anecdotally speaking, we have a T-Mobile 4G hotspot and also my T-Mobile Note 4, when I use the WiFi tethering with my Note 4, I can handle up to 5 clients with no issues. The hotspot on the other hand (and this might be because its hardware limitations) struggles with 4 clients. Speeds on both are practically the same @ ~20Mbits/5Mbits down/up.
From a cost perspective, the hotspot is cheaper since the device itself is cheaper, but our data plan is the same price regardless of the device.
I have a camper where I use a noncarrier cheap Xperia X compact with a $25 unlimited cricket line for my two TVs there. If you buy a noncarrier phone the wifi hotspot feature native to android will not be locked out and replaced with a carrier pay to use option. Further the sony xperia x compact is cheap, decent enough specs, smart fast charging, and easy to root. The root part is important if you want to hide that you are using the hotspot feature of your phone with out paying extra for it using the wifi tether router app ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.snclab.wifitetherrouter&hl=en_US ). The aforementioned app will make all your wifi hotspot traffic look like regular cellular traffic. So for 25 a month and a cheap cell phone I am streaming HD at my camper, and cricket is at&t so the coverage is good most places I go.
When I had my Note 4 rooted on Sprint I found this app to work
The creator keeps up with the app to make sure it keeps working
I have in the past, had success with WiFi Tether Router, and it's still being updated and reports say that it works with T-Mobile. It's not free unfortunately.
I'd still highly recommend looking into getting CM regardless. The performance difference and smoothness alone is worth it. And if anything goes wrong, you can always restore the stock firmware, and you won't void your warranty.
You probably have T-Mobile. The best thing to use is Wifi Tether Router. T-Mobile sees that you are using the data from your phone as a hotspot and that takes the data from the 4GB allotment. With Wifi Tether Router it will mark the traffic as coming from your phone and not from a computer.
I used this on rooted nexus 6 (Sprint). It works.
WiFi Tether Router is was what I used with my G2 it worked pretty well, but required root.
I use this app to bypass sprint’s hotspot restrictions- works great so far.
Found this app, I'll see if it works [link]
I've had luck with WIFI Tether Router. [link]
It costs money but the creator keeps up and troubleshoots for you via email
Well, what I used is the same one /u/Glorious320x240rezSC mentioned, [link] . It was a bit finicky to get working properly, but once it did it worked fine. I did notice though, I had to shutoff/disable my firewall in order for it to work. Although I wasn't on lollipop.
All you really need to do, is find a tether app that let's you change the mac and setup the ssid/no encryption point. This one might, it claims to work with lollipop. It's paid, but you now have a 2 hour window to return an app. So could give it a shot.
Sorry man, all the help I can give.
I tried using the "tether_dun_required=0" hack on my Nexus but I must've made a mistake cuz my phone went full retard. After flashing the nandroid I downloaded the WiFi Tether Router app with great success. If you're on T-Mobile just make sure to change your APN to IPv4 as mentioned in the description. [link]