I'm looking at all options for one of my rural clients who currently has VDSL2+ with BT giving 20Mbps/1.1Mbps which most of the time is fine but one of their tenants wants to use VOIP and that upstream just doesn't seem to be working for them. So we're looking at BTnet leased line (unlikely due to extreme cost), FTTPoD (possible depending on line install) and bonded FTTC (should work and not for too much).
But reading the post about 4G IAD has peaked my interest. They've said that 4G is a none starter and certainly my EE 4G even outside is useless but the EE transmitter is 3km away. There is an O2 transmitter 1.5km away and www.opensignal.com
has a little bit of data from O2 at the site showing a strong signal.
I know it's all pie in the sky, but could that O2 transmitter be able to get 3Mbps upstream with an IAD? I know what a big difference being inside makes with mobile. Sat in my house, 0.8km from the EE transmitter and I get 20Mbps/2Mbps with big thick stone walls. Step outside and I get a very impressive 90Mbps/25Mps. One assumes if I had a better antennae as found in an IAD, that you might get even better speeds?
What kind of uplift in speeds do you see with IAD compared to a mobile phone? Or rather is their trick getting reasonable speeds at slightly longer distances.
The MikroTik RBwAPR-2nD&R11e-LTE ([censored] product name of the day award) seems good at <£100. The ZyXEL LTE7410-A214 is a heafty £331 from Broadbandbuyer (although out of stock). Am I comparing apples and oranges here?
Next question is whether both of them could be plugged into the 2nd WAN2 port on a Draytek 2860 router? I assume the answer is yes as it's seems to present just another ethernet connection.
Final hurdle might be a decent business contract with O2. One hasn't a clue how much bandwidth the tenants VOIP would use but we could dedicate a VLAN to just this.