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Standard User juzzy25
(member) Tue 17-Mar-15 18:29:39
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EE 4G vs 3 UK 3G on my mobile router....


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Something strange going on with my mobile broadband connection.

I've been running a Huawei B593s-22 Mobile Router with an EE 4G mobile broadband SIM, I get two bars of 4G and website response is pretty slow, sometimes it can't even get to the website and times out, even though speeds stay steady at 24-22MB and this is on and off peak.

For an experiment, I slotted in my old 3 UK PAYG sim (1GB package) with one bar of 3G coverage and the websites respond better, and everything is a lot faster, it's yet to timeout and everything is a lot faster, the speed test comes in at 8MB.

I thought 4G was supposed to have lower latency and offer better performance in lower signal areas, can I anyone help?

Thankfully going back to landline broadband in a couple of weeks.

My postcode is HP9, Beaconsfield.

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Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 17-Mar-15 18:34:21
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Re: EE 4G vs 3 UK 3G on my mobile router....


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Sounds like a fault :-/

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Standard User WWWombat
(knowledge is power) Tue 17-Mar-15 18:41:31
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I found EE dire when at a signal strength that was high 4-bar to low 5-bar, when driven with an external antenna.

Then I discovered that 5-bar wasn't actually that high a strength overall (about 60%, IIRC).

A better way of driving the router meant I could get RSSI figures, and found a spot where I got to 93% instead. Speeds improved somewhat, but the responsivness was improved immensely. At least until 3:30pm, which marked the start of the evening congestion period.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 17-Mar-15 18:44:11
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DNS could be a major issue, did you try different DNS or a VPN solution to try and avoid any transparent proxies e.g. the parental controls system that runs on mobile connections

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Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 17-Mar-15 18:51:47
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Re: EE 4G vs 3 UK 3G on my mobile router....


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In reply to a post by WWWombat:
A better way of driving the router meant I could get RSSI figures


Yes, a dbm figure is comparable, "bars", are generally useless. However on 4G (LTE) you get a different calculation so 4G LTE numbers are not comparable to 3G UMTS.

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Standard User bookey
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 17-Mar-15 20:49:27
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As others have said post your raw signal stats, RSSI etc..
Full postcode would help also.

Paul
Standard User juzzy25
(member) Tue 17-Mar-15 21:47:53
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Thanks for all the insight, I've logged into the router and I can't obtain signal stats from any of the settings menu.

It's a Huawei B593-22

Full Postcode HP9 2HD

EE 4G for now, and Plus Net soon...
Standard User bookey
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 17-Mar-15 21:54:11
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It's in a odd place, I'll fire mine up tomorrow and post how to get the stats.

Paul
Standard User bookey
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 18-Mar-15 12:55:07
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It does appear you are on the cusp of 4G service on a cell located at Beaconsfield RFC, that won't be helping the performance of the service.

Try forcing the unit down to 3G on the EE sim and pointing any antenna towards the train station or toward National Film & Television School.

Paul
Standard User juzzy25
(member) Wed 18-Mar-15 19:00:50
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Beaconsfield RFC is a good couple of miles away, I thought the EE cells at NFTS or railway station were 4G enabled which means they are obviously not.

I've found out the db stats, this is against EE 4G

PLMN: 23430
Service status: Valid service
RSSI (dBm): -81
RSRP (dBm): -107
RSRQ (dB): -6
Roaming: No

When I get sometime I'll post the 3UK stats but I need the SIM in another dongle tonight, this was taken at just before 7pm.

EE 4G for now, and Plus Net soon...
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