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Standard User trumpet272
(learned) Mon 09-Feb-15 21:04:34
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4G Hardware DIY


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Hi

As I finally reach wits end with satellite and Fibre won't reach, I've been pleased to notice that Vodafone have extended their 4G network and I can pick up a consistent and stable signal. Currently I use tethering from my iPhone to computer. This means hanging it out of the window, but at least it works.

I'm looking for a more permanent solution, so am I right in thinking I can use an external antenna:

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/products/15383-solwi...

run through the wall into this:

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/products/16012-d-lin...

put the highest data sim I can find, and then plug into my switch/WAP's as normal?

Or is it not as simple as all that!

Many thanks...

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Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 09-Feb-15 21:08:45
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In reply to a post by trumpet272:
Or is it not as simple as all that!

Nearly! I'm not sure that DLink box has a connector for an external antenna. I think the 4G/LTE antenna must be inside the box, as on the pictures on Amazon.co.uk there is only a slot for the SIM card.

I would check Vodafone, O2 and EE to see which gives you best speeds in your area, get Prepay data SIMs from each network first before signing any contract.

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Standard User 8skellerns
(experienced) Mon 09-Feb-15 22:34:21
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Yagi Antenna

Router

I have this setup, can get 60mb down, 40mb up with EE 4G


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Standard User trumpet272
(learned) Mon 09-Feb-15 22:43:40
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Many thanks indeed. I get 25ish down and 3-4 up which is like Utopia compared to what I've been used to.

Any recommendations for 4G routers/antenna much appreciated, there seem to be literally thousands.

Alternatively, vodafone are suggesting I up my current mobile contract by £12pm to give me a 20gb allowance - and 'share' this allowance across devices. this will include a http://www.vodafone.com/content/dam/group/devices/do...
Any views on this idea? I currently use 7 Cisco WAP's just to get coverage around the house so I doubt an R215 will cover it?No doubt they will need charging etc...

Cheers for your help.
Standard User trumpet272
(learned) Mon 09-Feb-15 23:11:44
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Thank you - I'll give them a go! Is there much data lost over the cable between the two? I presume this needs to be as short as possible?

Whats strange is that the nearest mast is apparently due East of my house and yet I get my signal on a west facing exterior wall... Perhaps I am picking up another mast with better coverage?
Standard User bookey
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 09-Feb-15 23:26:21
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PM me a postcode and I'll see where your serving EE cell sites are.

Paul
Standard User 8skellerns
(experienced) Tue 10-Feb-15 00:07:35
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I have a 10m cable between the 2, and it gives my router a full 5 bars of 4G, but it is mounted on a pole on the end of my house (standard tv aerial pole and mount will do) My mast is approx 2 miles away, and I got no 4G signal at all (just 3g) with the routers built in antenna before I bought that yagi antenna.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 10-Feb-15 09:58:34
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So long as decent low loss cable is used then a few metres should be no major problem, but shorter is better.

The Huawei B593s which has 2 x SMA connectors for external antenna has been popular.

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Standard User sfo32
(learned) Tue 10-Feb-15 11:12:08
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Yes, I noticed there was a 35dbi "flat" antenna with dual TS9 connectors for £30 on Amazon. Connected to a router with the appropriate antenna ports, this might be even better than the older router with the 18dbi yagi.

If only I had some spare cash right now - I'd love to play with these to do a real comparison. My old fashioned engineering sense tells me a yagi should be better, and to ignore quoted dbi figures. But the dual antenna connector business seems to be rather interesting and worth investigating, even if I don't actually know the purpose. Hopefully it has a real benefit and isn't a marketing gimmick.
Standard User bookey
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 10-Feb-15 12:23:55
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In the B593 it provides support for DC-HSPA.

Paul
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