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Standard User Ancient_Mariner
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 28-Mar-18 00:03:13
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Re: EE's 4G broadband via external antenna


[re: robnicholson] [link to this post]
 
That aerial does have a small gain, so should be fine. As I see it, the advantage of an omni-directional aerial is that should your intended 4G mast go off air, you may be OK with another 4G mast in a different direction. Whereas a directional aerial would have to be swung around to point to another 4G mast.

Mounting the aerial up in the clear should help too. At the turn of the century when I was still at sea, I found that a simple Omni directional magnetic base car phone aerial enabled much better phone and email data from within my cabin - this by putting the aerial as close to the window glass as possible.

However, don't extend the two coax feeders or you will loose more in the coax than you gain by good clear positioning. So in other words the 4G router has to be mounted close to the aerial.

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(newbie) Wed 28-Mar-18 06:28:45
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(newbie) Wed 28-Mar-18 06:30:19
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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 28-Mar-18 11:07:09
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Re: EE's 4G broadband via external antenna


[re: Ancient_Mariner] [link to this post]
 
Yeap keep the wiring as short as possible

Ideal world the router would be in the mast itself to reduce signal loss due to cable length and be powered by power over ethernet

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Standard User RobertoS
(elder) Wed 28-Mar-18 11:11:32
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Re: EE's 4G broadband via external antenna


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Wouldn’t just the modem suffice in the antenna assembly?

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 28-Mar-18 14:16:42
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Just modem would suffice, but usually 4G modems are the router too.

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Standard User RobertoS
(elder) Wed 28-Mar-18 15:05:14
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Ta.

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Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 28-Mar-18 19:11:52
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Re: EE's 4G broadband via external antenna


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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
Just modem would suffice, but usually 4G modems are the router too.

Or you suffer the USB overhead problem, with a "USB modem".

Generally in networking, avoiding USB is the no 1 maxim. There is too much software to make USB work. I've not yet seen a 4G modem that is not built into a router (aka, does NAT/NAPT).

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Standard User robnicholson
(regular) Wed 04-Apr-18 10:26:38
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In reply to a post by Ancient_Mariner:
Whereas a directional aerial would have to be swung around to point to another 4G mast.

However, don't extend the two coax feeders or you will loose more in the coax than you gain by good clear positioning. So in other words the 4G router has to be mounted close to the aerial.

Cheers!


Thanks for the reply. There are other EE 4G masts in the area so this would be useful. We're still not 100% sure which mast we're picking up as OpenSignal and wandering around the field points towards somewhere where there isn't a mast. But my client will grab 20-30Mbps as they are getting <2Mbps at the moment via ADSL. Upstream on ADSL is horrible... reminds me of dial-up modem days.

Fortunately their office is up the in the roof space with a handy skylight where the attenna could be mounted a few metres away. We're going to try it first without the antenna.
Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 04-Apr-18 15:52:00
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If you have an Android phone, try Cell Mapper. If you set it to log, and drive around the fields (where you can) it will attempt to plot the actual location of the masts. You can also see if any are found on www.cellmapper.net

Its a lot better than the guesses OpenSignal does.

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