Came home from holiday to find a telegraph pole opposite our house had been knocked over somehow, ripped up cable everywhere and of course, no internet access via the Orange broadband router. This happened about 10 days ago and still no sign of a repair guy and no idea when it might get repaired either, colud be weeks/months?!
Anyway, got one of those Airbox 4G mini routers and that’s providing some connectivity, it’s flaky though, needs rebooting a couple of times daily at least and has limited data available, 150gb or 200gb maybe, can’t remember but it won’t last long here. In any event, it’s not ideal. It does get a good download speed of about 20mb (sometimes) so that’s promising. It’s coming from a dedicated Orange cell mast about 6kms away.
There is a second mast in the opposite direction about the sme distance away which handles SFR, Free and Bouygues traffic, I would like to connect to this one if I can as those providers have better mobile data plans available, some unlimited (I suppose that would get shaped at some point but fair enough).
I should point out that we have not been able to use mobiles in the house or outside it since we moved here 11 years ago, there just isn’t enough power I suppose.
I’m goint to Buoygues this afternoon to get one of their 4g packages so that I can test it. Obviously I don’t need their router but I can’t see from their website that they do the sim card alone. Seems like a good deal to me anyway at 33 a month if it is still unlimited.
How do you get on with that yagi for boosting 4G router performance?
I ask as everything I learned in 20 years of cellular telecoms would lead me to believe that yagi’s aren’t great as transmitting elements and you’d have to ensure it was mounted to match the vertical polarisation of the base station’s Tx antennae.
Correct. Additionally, each provider will have had different planning and optimisation teams setting up and tweaking their networks, so it’s very unlikely that all them have their transmitting element pointed in exactly the same direction.
even so, that’s still 10 x what you were getting.
I’ll be so interested in your results with the new kit. I’m getting ~20Mb consistently but I’m sure I can improve on that with my 4G SIM and the new setup. Fantastic news! So pleased.