• One reason iOS is crippled compared to Android is there are no graphica

    From Andy Burnelli@21:1/5 to Unsteadyken on Sun Feb 27 19:40:33 2022
    XPost: misc.phone.mobile.iphone, comp.sys.mac.system

    This post today to the Windows/Android newsgroup clearly shows how iOS is completely and utterly crippled (compared to Android) when it comes to using your phone other than to play childish games, text & make phone calls.

    As for the cellular connectivity audible custom warnings, and as for the Internet connectivity audible custom warnings, please let me and Steve know what is available on iOS as they are also mentioned below.

    I know iOS is crippled on graphical Wi-Fi debugging utilities; but I haven't yet look for audible warnings for iPhone cellsignal lost or Internet lost.

    I don't know if your beloved Mac PCs are similarly crippled, although, being underpinned by Linux, I suspect they're not as outdated as the primitive iOS is.

    === below is just one reference proving that iOS is crippled ===

    Unsteadyken wrote:

    Why bother monitoring?

    Why do I bother monitoring the Internet connection?

    The question came up initially a few days ago when "micky" (who is also here
    on Windows) asked for a free ad-free app that speaks a warning that "your
    cell signal just dropped" and that verbally advises "your cell signal just returned" when his phone in his pocket loses and regains tower connectivity while hiking in the backwoods, where monitoring such things is a safety concern.

    Nobody knew the answer so, being the purposefully helpful kind-hearted resourceful person I am, I dug around and it took even me a few hours to
    find and test a good set of free ad-free gsf-free google-free highly rated often downloaded app combinations which eventually resolved that issue:

    1. You first need to create the text to speech warning alarms/notifications
    2. Then you need to find an app that will test the cellular connectivity
    3. And then that app has to be able to be set to speak your custom warnings

    All using free ad-free apps that _anyone_ can use, as I often tell JP
    Gilliver is a requirement since _all_ my kind-hearted tutorials are always intended to greatly benefit everyone who wants to have the power we have.

    Given Usenet is a team sport where volunteers pitch in where they can,
    Steve, being an EE, kindly tested it inside an aluminum foil Faraday cage.

    With that "lost cellular signal" problem resolved...

    During the hours of testing I did out of the goodness of my heart for micky,
    I found a few "Internet" testing tools, where they would use either the
    Wi-Fi or the Cellular connection (or both, usually settable) as their test.

    Of *those* tools, there were two kinds that I found in my searches:
    A. Those that simply tested "network" connectivity
    B. Those that more deeply probed "Internet" connectivity

    Those that probed for actual Internet connectivity, require a domain.

    As is almost always the case with cross platform Internet connectivity solutions, I figured the Windows users must also have solved this problem.

    Hence, my question to the two groups at large.

    Is your connection so unstable?

    Is my (one?) connection so unstable?

    It is when hiking in the backcountry where signal is often flaky at best.
    *Kids going hiking for three days from point to point in the mountains*
    "USA backcountry hike from Mount Madonna to Loma Prieta involving
    topographic geoPDF quadrangles & iOS/Android GPX tracks & waypoints"

    However, on any platform, knowledge of Internet connectivity is crucial.

    For example, I get my Internet over WISP because I'm so far in the Santa
    Cruz mountain range that there is no infrastructure such as no cable, no
    water, no natural gas lines, no sewage lines, and even a 40-acre zoning so
    that nobody can put more than a single home on 79 acres of land out here.

    They do that to keep the land pristine, of course, but my point is that Internet connectivity is crucial when your WISP AP is 6 miles (10km) away!
    <https://i.postimg.cc/RZmtTPxj/apsixmilesaway.jpg> AP is 6 miles away

    So, to the point of this thread, we run on the radio the default watchdog.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/VvqLKQtQ/wifi.jpg> Typical range is about 10 miles

    Which tells us when the radio has an issue (along with indicator lights).
    <https://i.postimg.cc/yNXw0TZS/antenna02.jpg> Rocket M2 signal strength

    As do the Android (but not iOS) devices using excellent debug utilities.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/NMbNGBnm/wifi01.jpg> Wi-Fi debug channel graphs
    <https://i.postimg.cc/281Hmp7L/wifi02.jpg> This doesn't exist on iOS
    <https://i.postimg.cc/Ls3Dvm2w/wifi03.jpg> But Android has many debuggers

    Even extending to a variety of cellular signal strength debugging tools.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/tJwN7TNZ/wifi04.jpg> Wi-Fi & Cellular debugging

    Given we all have dozens of acres of land, our pools, stables, barns, sheds, and even our driveway gates are far from the house, so inside our homes we typically have redundant routers that can handle switching multiple WISPs.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/7L910XNy/wifi05.jpg> Peplink Balance 30 router

    This is a photo of just _some_ of my home access points.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/XJChDCPr/spare-access-points.jpg> My home Wi-Fi APs

    Where you'll note we also have cellular radio repeaters as shown here:
    <https://i.postimg.cc/XJChDCPr/spare-access-points.jpg> My home Wi-Fi APs

    In addition, alignment of our antennas is critical for good connections:
    <https://i.postimg.cc/tCxLW2ZN/align01.jpg> Align Mikrotik radio antenna
    <https://i.postimg.cc/sfkHW6WG/align.jpg> Align Ubiquiti radio antenna

    We are usually radio savvy in the mountains, just as we get good at water
    pump technology and horses and four wheel drive repairs and septic systems
    such that we often run tests on the spectrum inside and outside of wi-fi.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/FRqR6DSq/android-wifi-analyzer.jpg> Wi-Fi analysis
    <https://i.postimg.cc/GpCG1H3G/airviewneedsjava.jpg> Spectrum analysis
    <https://i.postimg.cc/25v3FT6S/debug-on-android.jpg> Many Wi-Fi debug apps

    Nonetheless, we're old men who do just fine with what we have at hand.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/Gh22Sb2N/desktop.jpg> Desktop in shed with MikroTik

    Where, like farmers do with old tractors, we learn to repurpose WISP CPE
    <https://i.postimg.cc/DfQJq437/mikrotikrouter.jpg> WISP router transceiver

    Which, even when bought new, cost about the same as crappy consumer routers
    <https://i.postimg.cc/DfQJq437/mikrotikrouter.jpg> Parts costs ~$150

    Yet, for the same price, we can connect to a home AP hundreds of feet away
    <https://i.postimg.cc/yx4CgWYt/mikrotik-router-config.jpg> MikroTik -40dBm

    For example, the barn desktop doesn't have a Wi-Fi card so out the Ethernet port is connected a wireless wi-fi pseudobridge courtesy of MikroTik.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/Gh22Sb2N/desktop.jpg> Desktop MikroTik pseudobridge

    With distances to the barn being a hundred yards from the home router, you begin to think about how to assemble a network out of available spare parts.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/6QJqK6Cj/desktop02.jpg> Desktop MikroTik WISP radios

    Not desktops, but the laptops at the pool also require long range equipment.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/D0vfqM3p/horns.jpg> Horns extend laptop Wi-Fi range

    Where in the pool shed, we keep a spare linksys router & horn extender.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/25NdBZ7f/horn-to-router.jpg> Laptop horn to router

    Sometimes requiring a dish to throw the laptop signal a few hundred yards.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/Hs0NWSKr/laptopnanobeam.jpg> Laptop to dish antenna

    Which, over time, gets extended even further with the addition of a switch.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/JhyCRT69/horn-to-switch.jpg> Laptop horn to switch

    And, with that switch, we can then add another more powerful access point.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/Bv0wZbDh/pbe-m2-400-802-11-wifi-setting.jpg> AP

    Although sometimes we set them up as a repeater instead of as an AP alone.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/htQ469sQ/pbe-m2-400-ap-station.jpg> AP or Repeater

    If not just as a basic bridge to bridge the computer to the SOHO router.
    <https://i.postimg.cc/gcBWpxnV/pbe-m2-400-bridge-router.jpg> Bridge

    But often the horn alone has enough transmit power & receiver sensitivity:
    <https://i.postimg.cc/vT0Krpfc/laptop-nanobeam-horn.jpg> Laptop to horn

    The point being that with all these radios and these distances, we kind of
    do sort of get a disconnect on our desktop computers every once in a while (even with radios connected to them capable of going over 10 miles LOS).
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