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Standard User elred
(newbie) Thu 15-Mar-12 21:35:53
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USB Modems and Universal Antenna Connector


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For the last 2 years I have been stuck with a GPRS (max 60kbits/s) signal (Movistar)in a stone house in Galicia Spain. To maximise the signal and stabilise it I added an external panel antenna with universal coupler for the dongle (OvationMC950D). This at least provided a stable signal. Very slow but in line with the pace of life here!!
I now have an unlocked Alcatel X220L and a new provider using the Orange Network. I have at worst EDGE but 95% of the time 3G/HSPA albeit only 1/2 bars. However when I attach the universal coupling/antenna there is no improvement - if anything the signal strength appears less!. It's a Panorama panel antenna and coupling speced for 2100MHz. Not sure what the problem is? Are the wrap around universal couplings truly "universal"? If I take my laptop outside the house I can see 4/5 bars of signal on HSPA. Advice greatly appreciated.
Anonymous
(Unregistered)Thu 15-Mar-12 23:29:59
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Re: USB Modems and Universal Antenna Connector


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Stick your dongle on a window facing the right direction, works for me...
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Standard User elred
(newbie) Fri 16-Mar-12 09:48:33
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Re: USB Modems and Universal Antenna Connector


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Thanks- already done that and it does improve the signal a bit. It would be nice to know though why my existing set up which worked with GPRS does not make any improvement on HSPA.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 16-Mar-12 10:39:31
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Re: USB Modems and Universal Antenna Connector


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Maybe the frequency is different, or you need to experiment with different antenna positioning.

If its dry you can hang the USB dongle outside the window, or place in a plastic box to protect from elements.

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Standard User elred
(newbie) Fri 16-Mar-12 11:00:15
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Re: USB Modems and Universal Antenna Connector


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Thanks. I have already taken the laptop plus new dongle outside the house and tried different positions/directions. Strange thing was that reception was better without the universal connector wrapped aroung the dongle. I have checked with Panorama and they confirm the antenna and connector are sutable for 1710-2170MHz range which is the HSPA signal I get from Orange. Is it possible that the Alcatel dongle does not recognise the connection?
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