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tecknight

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Jun 12, 2010
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Las Vegas
I have been noting that my Nord N10 5G isn't getting any better of a connection than my old 4G phone, so I set out to see which bands I was connecting on and which were actually enabled on the phone.
I have done this in the past on various phones, so I knew there is usually one or more hidden dialogs embedded within a proprietary system app.
Indeed, this is the case on the Nord N10 5G. There are several dialogs that appear to indicate and control which bands are enabled on the phone.
To display these dialogs, you will first need to install an app called QuickShortcutMaker from the Google Play store.
This app will allow you to launch the proprietary dialogs so you can view and/or set the enabled bands on your phone.

Once QuickShortcutMaker is installed, launch it. You will see something like this:

QSM1.jpg


Change the search type to normal search and type rftool in the search text then tap the Search button.
Click on the rftoolkit to expand it.
You should see something like this:
QSM2.png


Now click on the entry with BAND followed by some chinese characters or BandSelect in the URL.
You should see a dialog like this:

QSM3.png


Now tap TRY and the BAND select dialog should launch.

com.oem.rftoolkit.BandSelect.png


I have an NA model (BE86) bought directly from OnePlus and my provider is MetroByTMobile.
As you can see, my phone has NO 5G bands enabled.
Also note that the greyed out bands are not selectable.

I did find some other dialogs that appear useful as well.
This one seems to be T-Mobile specific:

com.example.tmo.Bandmode
com.example.tmo.bandlist.png

When I selected certain combinations of bands on this T-Mobile dialog, I was able to enable some of the greyed out bands on the previous dialog.
I would love to hear what any of you see from these dialogs and what model and provider you have.
I would also love to hear what you think and please post any discoveries regarding successful enabling of other 5G bands.

FYI: These are other Band related dialogs that look interesting.:

RfToolkit
com.oem.rftoolkit.BandSelect
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryGSM
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryLTE
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryCDMA
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryWCDMA
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryTDSCDMA
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryNR5G
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryMMWave

If anyone knows Chinese and can provide a translation for the following dialogs, I would appreciate it.

Some additional dialogs:

LTE.png


MMWAVE.png


TDSCDMA.png


WCDMA.png
 
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tecknight

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Per T-Mobile's website:

Frequencies that can provide 5G:
Band n71 (600 MHz) - Under NR5G
Band n41 (2.5 GHz) - Under NR5G
Band n260 (39 GHz) - Under mmWave
Band n261 (28 GHz) - Under mmWave
T-Mobile's website specifically states:
"One of the ways T-Mobile is rapidly deploying 5G is integrating mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum from Sprint"
This implies that
Band n41 should be available in 5G capable locales, at a minimum.

 
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arda99

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Jan 4, 2011
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Did some test. BE2025 Metropcs.
Same result as OP.
After launching last one from rftoolkit, I think it's QDMTest or sth, go back without touching anything inside it
Cellular service down.
Run Band test again, it displays the correct bands.

Reboot phone and service is back.
 

tecknight

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Jun 12, 2010
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854
Las Vegas
Did some test. BE2025 Metropcs.
Same result as OP.
After launching last one from rftoolkit, I think it's QDMTest or sth, go back without touching anything inside it
Cellular service down.
Run Band test again, it displays the correct bands.

Reboot phone and service is back.
Thanks for the feedback @arda99 !
Yes, I got the same result.
I launched com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryNR5G
I then enabled the 5G N bands.
I then re-launched
com.oem.rftoolkit.BandSelect and the formerly greyed out 5G N bands were now available and checked.
However, my mobile data connection was now disconnected.
Reboot and mobile connection is back up, but 5G bands are once again greyed out.
 

tecknight

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Jun 12, 2010
993
854
Las Vegas
This is strange
I put in line 1 SIM and 5G (T-Mobile) pops up right away
No other work to be done
When I check with *#*#4636#*#*, it shows LTE_NR (SA 5G)
Do you know what 5G band(s) it connected to ?
Cuz my Nord N10 indicated 5G on the data connection icon, but was not connected to any 5G bands.
Run the rftoolkit->Band 信道 to see
 

ninjasinabag

Senior Member
May 28, 2013
861
323
Philadelphia
The band selection I was stuck with after buying the N10 left me with a nifty little bug that would stop me from making calls or sending texts after disconnecting from wifi.

Used the dialer menu to choose a different network combination and it switched me to different bands. Fixed my issue, slowed me down the tiniest bit.
Metro needs a beating.
 

m0lek

Member
Oct 26, 2014
29
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Consider to buy a NA (BE86) N10 5G

@techknight:
I'm considering to buy the NA (BE86) Nord N10 5G for the freedom of updating firmwares from Oneplus.
May I ask that is your BE86 phone connecting to T-Mobile's 5G network?

Anyone with a NA (BE86) that can connect to T-Mobile's 5G network please chime in.
Regards,
 

Jimhackthorn

Member
Jun 19, 2016
16
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I have tried this and can confirm that it does not work when i use the RFtool i lose signal and it does not come back for a while i have to reboot my phone. i think the reason why is my phone is not rooted so the changes i make does not stick if some one has a nord rooted please try it and report if it will work or not on a rooted nord. also you can change the bandwidth from 5HZ to 20HZ and that could get you faster speeds if more bandwidth is enabled that is my theory i cant confirm that since i have no way to make the settings stick. i still owe on my one plus nord if someone does have one rooted please try this and report back on if it works or not. thanks and hope someone could help out there please.
 
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I have been noting that my Nord N10 5G isn't getting any better of a connection than my old 4G phone, so I set out to see which bands I was connecting on and which were actually enabled on the phone.
I have done this in the past on various phones, so I knew there is usually one or more hidden dialogs embedded within a proprietary system app.
Indeed, this is the case on the Nord N10 5G. There are several dialogs that appear to indicate and control which bands are enabled on the phone.
To display these dialogs, you will first need to install an app called QuickShortcutMaker from the Google Play store.
This app will allow you to launch the proprietary dialogs so you can view and/or set the enabled bands on your phone.

Once QuickShortcutMaker is installed, launch it. You will see something like this:

View attachment 5198083

Change the search type to normal search and type rftool in the search text then tap the Search button.
Click on the rftoolkit to expand it.
You should see something like this:
View attachment 5198085

Now click on the entry with BAND followed by some chinese characters or BandSelect in the URL.
You should see a dialog like this:

View attachment 5198087

Now tap TRY and the BAND select dialog should launch.

View attachment 5198091

I have an NA model (BE86) bought directly from OnePlus and my provider is MetroByTMobile.
As you can see, my phone has NO 5G bands enabled.
Also note that the greyed out bands are not selectable.

I did find some other dialogs that appear useful as well.
This one seems to be T-Mobile specific:

com.example.tmo.Bandmode
View attachment 5198099
When I selected certain combinations of bands on this T-Mobile dialog, I was able to enable some of the greyed out bands on the previous dialog.
I would love to hear what any of you see from these dialogs and what model and provider you have.
I would also love to hear what you think and please post any discoveries regarding successful enabling of other 5G bands.

FYI: These are other Band related dialogs that look interesting.:

RfToolkit
com.oem.rftoolkit.BandSelect
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryGSM
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryLTE
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryCDMA
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryWCDMA
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryTDSCDMA
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryNR5G
com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryMMWave

If anyone knows Chinese and can provide a translation for the following dialogs, I would appreciate it.

Some additional dialogs:

The North American version does have 5G, but none of the US bands, only the rest of the world's bands.
 

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    天线 means antenna
    信道 means communication channel
    上行 is upload
    下行 is download
    will translate more when i get home
    3
    B41 is 4G LTE band, n41 is 5G band.
    The app shows no 5G bands at all which is impossible.
    3
    Did some test. BE2025 Metropcs.
    Same result as OP.
    After launching last one from rftoolkit, I think it's QDMTest or sth, go back without touching anything inside it
    Cellular service down.
    Run Band test again, it displays the correct bands.

    Reboot phone and service is back.
    2
    Per T-Mobile's website:

    Frequencies that can provide 5G:
    Band n71 (600 MHz) - Under NR5G
    Band n41 (2.5 GHz) - Under NR5G
    Band n260 (39 GHz) - Under mmWave
    Band n261 (28 GHz) - Under mmWave
    T-Mobile's website specifically states:
    "One of the ways T-Mobile is rapidly deploying 5G is integrating mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum from Sprint"
    This implies that
    Band n41 should be available in 5G capable locales, at a minimum.

    1
    I have been noting that my Nord N10 5G isn't getting any better of a connection than my old 4G phone, so I set out to see which bands I was connecting on and which were actually enabled on the phone.
    I have done this in the past on various phones, so I knew there is usually one or more hidden dialogs embedded within a proprietary system app.
    Indeed, this is the case on the Nord N10 5G. There are several dialogs that appear to indicate and control which bands are enabled on the phone.
    To display these dialogs, you will first need to install an app called QuickShortcutMaker from the Google Play store.
    This app will allow you to launch the proprietary dialogs so you can view and/or set the enabled bands on your phone.

    Once QuickShortcutMaker is installed, launch it. You will see something like this:

    QSM1.jpg


    Change the search type to normal search and type rftool in the search text then tap the Search button.
    Click on the rftoolkit to expand it.
    You should see something like this:
    QSM2.png


    Now click on the entry with BAND followed by some chinese characters or BandSelect in the URL.
    You should see a dialog like this:

    QSM3.png


    Now tap TRY and the BAND select dialog should launch.

    com.oem.rftoolkit.BandSelect.png


    I have an NA model (BE86) bought directly from OnePlus and my provider is MetroByTMobile.
    As you can see, my phone has NO 5G bands enabled.
    Also note that the greyed out bands are not selectable.

    I did find some other dialogs that appear useful as well.
    This one seems to be T-Mobile specific:

    com.example.tmo.Bandmode
    com.example.tmo.bandlist.png

    When I selected certain combinations of bands on this T-Mobile dialog, I was able to enable some of the greyed out bands on the previous dialog.
    I would love to hear what any of you see from these dialogs and what model and provider you have.
    I would also love to hear what you think and please post any discoveries regarding successful enabling of other 5G bands.

    FYI: These are other Band related dialogs that look interesting.:

    RfToolkit
    com.oem.rftoolkit.BandSelect
    com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryGSM
    com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryLTE
    com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryCDMA
    com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryWCDMA
    com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryTDSCDMA
    com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryNR5G
    com.oem.rftoolkit.FactoryMMWave

    If anyone knows Chinese and can provide a translation for the following dialogs, I would appreciate it.

    Some additional dialogs:

    LTE.png


    MMWAVE.png


    TDSCDMA.png


    WCDMA.png