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Let’s Talk About 5G: How It Works 🤔

In this installment of our Introduction to 5G, we’ll be explaining how this new form of communication functions and how it compares to our existing network.

Let’s Talk About 5G

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

First things first, let’s explain how wireless communication works in the real world. All wireless phones and devices operate along the electromagnetic spectrum. The spectrum is the complete range of all types of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and that radiation is just energy that travels outward in all directions at the speed of light. A lamp, for instance, will trasnmit EMR within a segment of that spectrum (what we see as visible light) and our eyes can interpret that transmission. On the lower end of that spectrum are radio waves which power technologies like AM/FM radio, television broadcasts, WiFi and cellular phones. Radio and micro waves are similar to visible light in that they operate on the same spectrum, just on a lower frequency (30Hz to 300GHz).

Differences: Current and 5G

Bandwidth

Much like our existing 3G/4G infrastructure, 5G is a type network used to transfer data between devices. Each one of these networks operate within a specific range on the electromagnetic spectrum. For decades, we’ve been using the same range for the majority of our devices: 1GHz to 6GHz. As technology progresses, the increasing amount of wireless devices we have are all competing with each other for the same limited bandwidth. The new 5G network is designed to operate within a much larger range above 6GHz all the way up to 100GHz! That’s a substantial increase in the amount of bandwidth in which our devices will now be given for a variety of applications.

Range

Our current 3G/4G signal can travel over longer distances as they operate on a lower frequency which gives them extended range. However, 5G devices will operate on much higher frequencies and those signals can’t travel the distances that lower 3G/4G frequencies can. To work around this, the infrastructure for this new network will require a combination of our existing towers and a much smaller, more condensed grid of “mini” towers every block as these waves aren’t able to penetrate foliage and inclement weather.

Also, most 4G devices were designed to be backwards-compatible with older networks. However, 5G is not meant to be merely an incremental update to existing mobile communication standards. Having said that, your new 5G phone will also still likely work with legacy networks via additional antennas as the transition rolls out.

If you’re having trouble connecting to any of your existing networks, be sure to stop by one of The Fix Hut’s four shops and have one of our technicians check it out. Antennas are usually replaceable, affordable and the turnaround time is quick. Call us if you have any questions!

Worth Noting

There has been much discussion surrounding the potential health hazards regarding the increased exposure to radio/microwaves that 5G will bring. These frequencies for communication have been in use for quite some time, though they’ve never been used on the same scale which we anticipate will be the case with 5G. The arguments for that debate are well beyond the scope of this post, so here are some links to some differing opinions on the matter:

A City Connected By Wireless Communication

Let’s Talk About 5G: An Introduction 📱

5G is coming! And it’s not only going to replace our current existing 4G LTE infrastructure, primarily used by mobile devices. The move to 5G will represent a fundamental shift in the way all of our electronics connect with each other, negating the requirement of hard-wired coaxial and fiber optics for high-speed, low-latency communication.

Let’s Talk About 5G

What network do we have now?

Our current wireless communication networks have predominantly operated within the same 5GHz bandwidth range on the electromagnetic spectrum for decades. That includes your AM/FM Radio, cordless phones (remember those?), bluetooth devices, mobile phones, and both 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi routers which, if you’re sitting at home or work, you’re likely utilizing to have this content delivered to your reading device. We’ve reached a point where there are too many devices competing for the same radio waves and colliding with each other in a traffic jam of sorts.

What is 5G?

While 5G, as you may have guessed, stands for fifth-generation, the changes aren’t merely just a version bump. The implications of this change will be massive! We’re not talking just a speed boost in how fast web pages and YouTube videos load, but also an awareness and focus on location for optimized transfer of data, enhanced security, and reliable, low latency (ultra-responsive) communication. These attributes will enable smart cars, augmented reality, detailed logistics for homes, businesses and agriculture, as well as mission critical data for health and automated appliances at home, work and industry. 5G will enable us to cater to specific aspects of communication depending upon the requirements. We’re only just scratching the surface of the opportunities this level of communication can bring to society.

When do we get to live in the matrix?

We might all have to exercise a bit of patience for this to rollout, so hold your horses. This transition won’t happen as quickly as we’d all like as the infrastructure currently in place must first either be upgraded or completely replaced in order for us to move up to 5G… and it will be costly! You’re more likely to visit our store and get your screen or battery replaced before you start reaping the benefits of 5G in the years ahead. Over the course of the next month, we plan on discussing examples of applications for 5G and what sort of technological innovations we might expect to see in a thoroughly connected world. Stay tuned!

3 Easy Steps to Fix Wet Phones

Does this sound familiar?

You’re texting a friend in the bathroom, your fingers slip, and suddenly…. *plunk* your phone falls into the toilet.

 

Or how about this?

You’re getting out of the car, it’s raining cats and dogs, and *plunk* your phone slips out of your pocket into the gutter.

 

Or this oldy-but-a-goldy…

You’re having a blast at the river/lake with your friends, things get a little rowdy, and… *plunk* your phone falls into the water.

 

We here at Fix Hut have heard it all, and although everyone can universally agree what can happen that leads to a phone getting wet…. not that many people seem to know what the best steps are after you’ve pulled your phone from it’s watery grave. Fret not, and follow these three important steps to ensure the best chances of us recovering your phone from it’s water damage.

Step One:

Assume water is in the device, even if it’s a “water proof” or “water resistant” device. Water wicks into small electronics surprisingly fast, and even if the phone doesn’t appear to have water in it, you don’t know what’s going on inside. You’d be surprised how many phones we’ve opened up where the owners have snatched it out in seconds, and it’s soaked on the inside.

Step Two:

Try and turn the device off. Water and electricity do not mix, and the sooner you can prevent power from circulating in your device, the less damage will be done to your phone. Can’t turn it off? Don’t fret…. the next best thing you can do is to let the battery drain naturally. This means not plugging it in. Remember: electricity = bad.

Step Three:

Do not put it in rice. DO NOT PUT IT IN RICE. Putting it in rice is an old wives remedy that is just as ineffective as wrapping your phone in toilet paper, or sticking it in a drawer for a few days. Corrosion happens as soon as the water hits the device, and rice is not going to remove that corrosion and in fact the longer your device is sitting in a bag of rice the more that corrosion is going to spread within the phone. Do yourself a favor, avoid the hassle, and save the rice for a meal. 😀

 

There you have it. Three things that will turn the tide of any water damaged phone. All you have to do now is find the closest Fix Hut to your location and drop off your phone. Using our special water damage service, we meticulously take apart and clean your phone of any and all corrosion. Three passes in a sonic cleaning bath and a battery of tests give your phone the greatest chance of bouncing back from it’s dip.

 

The Fix Hut’s Teal Pumpkin for Trick of Treat Alberta Street!

We’re proud to have our phone and tablet repair shop, The Fix Hut, participate in the second year of Trick of Treat Alberta Street, organized by Alberta Main Street in NE Portland. We will still be open to repair broken iPhone screens, broken glass on iPads, and other devices too while we hand out non-food treats to cool kids in cute costumes. You may notice we’ve painted our pumpkin teal, and it’s not just because it’s our store’s color. It’s because we’re participating again in the Teal Pumpkin Project, creating safe places for kid’s with food allergies to trick or treat as well. Our non-candy treats this year include a fun variety of halloween goodness like tattoos, glow sticks, stickers, and vampire teeth! It’s so much, we hope you stop by to see us later this afternoon or follow along on our Instagram page for The Fix Hut or on Facebook to see all the action! And if you drop your phone in a puddle this Fall, keep in mind we repair water damage too! Happy Halloween, Portland!

Cell Phone Repair In Portland

It sure was a busy summer, but we are proud to now offer 4 locations in Portland for cell phone repair and tablet repair services! Not only did we open our new Milwaukie phone and tablet repair location, but we kicked off the summer by moving our NW Tualatin phone and tablet repair shop from 7010 next door to 7014 SW Nyberg St. in Tualatin. Our new SW Portland shop offers a lot more space and it’s much easier to find, especially thanks to our brand new big light up LED sign! It’s fun to see our original Wired iRepair sign still up to remind us we aren’t tucked down an office hallway anymore, but we sure do prefer our new big THE FIX HUT one! We even have room to keep a fun foosball table up front for you to play while you wait for your repair, and of course we still offer the same cell phone repair services; specializing in iPhones and iPads. This includes broken glass, busted LCD replacements, buttons that aren’t working, battery replacements, water damage and so much more!

Our new cell phone repair store in Tualatin specializes in iPhone and iPad repair

iPhone screen repair and iPad repair shop in SW Portland Tualatin

 

iPad Repair for Broken Glass Here in Portland!

Did you know we work on iPads and other tablets as well as iPhones and smartphones? We can fix cracked glass, broken LCDs, busted buttons, and even often repair water damage. If you’ve broken your iPad, swing by one of our 4 Portland-area shops soon to get it fixed. We are located in NW Portland by the streetcar line by the Pearl, on NE Alberta St., in Tualatin right off the I-5 exit for SW Nyberg, and in downtown Milwaukie at the MAX stop right after the Sellwood neighborhood.

For our most current iPad repair prices, call the shop nearest you or check the “pricing” page on the website. We drop our prices as our part’s costs drop so we can pass the savings on to our customers.

Thanks for supporting local keep being awesome, Portland!

Follow The Fix Hut on Instagram!

We’re excited to announce our new Instagram account for The Fix Hut!

Instagram.com/TheFixHut

The Fix Hut Instagram

We kicked things off with some behind the scenes photos of the team painting our new little mural at the NE store on Alberta St. after hours one night. We’ll be posting photos of iPhone repair, iPad repair, fun promotions, contests, Portland themed goodness, and more! Be sure to follow along for the latest from the Fix Hut family!

We’re Still Wired iRepair, But We Have a New Fixed Up Name!

Don’t you worry, your favorite iPhone repair shop is still here in Portland! We’re the same owners, we’ve just taken on a fresh new name and an updated look. Welcome to The Fix Hut! You can still bring us your toddler-smashed iPads, broken glass smartphones, and water damaged devices with the same confidence in quality of care.

Wired iRepair Logo and Cars

Why the change?

Back in 2009, when we decided to open our first store front, the space was a coffee shop on Burnside. The landlords accepted us, but with the stipulations that we remain a coffee shop and we keep the named “Wired”. We developed a concept in which we would serve coffee while you waited for your repairs to be done, and thus the coffee-cup resemblance of our logo. The name Wired iRepair was born, but as it turned out, we switched gears and opened in the ActiveSpace building on NW Lovejoy St. instead. We already had our name and logo, so we ran with it.

Wired iRepair

Fast forward 7 years and today we have two additional shops in town, none of which serve coffee, and our own parents never get our name right. “How are things at iWired going?” they’ll ask and we’ll cringe. Also, we’ve accepted that we’re better at repairing iPhones then brewing a perfect espresso, so the logo needed to go.

The Fix Hut is our fresh name and we’re kicking off some new ideas for ways to make your experience an even better one. Swing by one of the shops or connect with us on Facebook to see all the new things we’re working on to serve our community better. Thank you for all your support, PDX. Keep Being Awesome!

The Fix Hut iPhone repair Portland logo

Win Back 1/2 Your Repair Cost With The “Give Me A Break!” Contest!

It’s broken and we’re here to fix it, but how did it happen? After years of hearing stories ranging from hilarious to pitiful, from unbelievable to mundane, it seems a shame to keep it all to ourselves. Introducing the “Give Me A Break” contest!

Here’s your chance to share what happened to YOU. And if our customers think you deserve a break, we will refund you half the bill from your device repair!

It’s simple: we will collect stories submitted by our customers about what brought them in to see us and then share those stories on our Facebook page. Then, voting will begin and we will let the fine people of Portland and beyond be the judge of who deserves a break!

To Participate:

Email TheFixHut@gmail.com your short story AND a photo. Title your email “Give Me A Break!” The photo can be of your broken device, your shiny, like-new fixed one, a selfie in one of our shops, your cute new kitten, whatever you want. We will post an album of photos with the stories attached and notify you to let you that voting has begun. Please limit story to reasonable length. Whoever clocks in the highest number of “likes” by the end of the voting period will be declared winner and issued a 50% refund on their single device repair!

May the best break win!

Keep being awesome, PDX!

Eligibility: The contest will run every month and is only eligible for the repair cost of one device. To be eligible, you must have had your device fixed in one of our shops in the past 30 days in any of our 3 stores.

Voting: Voting will be based purely on the number of “Likes” associated with your story’s image on our page Facebook.com/TheFixHut. All of the previous month’s entries will be posted together, so there will be no advantage given to some stories having additional “face time”. The voting period will last one week before the winner is announced.

Refund Payment:  If you the contest, you will receive half of your repair cost back as a refund. If you paid with a credit card, you will be credited back to your card and if you paid cash you will receive a check from us in the mail. We will confirm address and payment method after the contest closes.

 

Besides My Broken iPhone Screen, What Repair Services Are Available?

iPhone repair Portland OR iPad fix hut

We offer a huge variety of repairs at all of our Portland locations, specializing in the Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and even the classic iPhone 3G and iPhone 3Gs. We also work on iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and the original iPad. We also enjoy working on iPods, other Apple devices, Android, Samsung, other smart phone models, and tablets. We handle these on a case-by-case basis, so swing by a shop or give us a call for more info.

  • Broken Glass – If you have cracked the front glass, busted the LCD below it, or have problems with the touch screen, this is something we specialize in.
  • Water Damage – Whether you’re blaming a powder day, a river day, or a laundry day, The Fix Hut can save the day with our liquid damage services.
  • Battery – Is your charge just not what it used to be? We can replace that too.
  • Home Button – When there is only one big button on the face of your phone, it’s nice for it to work properly!
  • Buttons – Power buttons, volume buttons, vibrate buttons… well, it’s actually more like a vibrate switch. Sometimes they stop working. We can fix them.
  • Camera – Is your camera out of film again? Or are all the photos fuzzy? We can get you back to capturing those moments!

For questions, directions, current pricing, iDevice advice, or some jammin’ reggae, feel free to call any of our shops.  You don’t need an appointment; we handle customers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you want to see how busy the shop is before you walk in, feel free to call.

NW Portland, the Pearl/Nob Hill: 503- 317-9977

SW Portland, Tualatin: 503-442-8593

NE Alberta : 502-442-2885