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RobWNY wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

The problem with almost all "hotspot" devices is that they have very poor internal antennas. When you are camping, it is typically not close to a cell tower so you have a weaker signal. Some of the aftermarket hotspots (cell phone data to WiFi converter) do have external antennas and they make a big difference.

Typically, you just swap the SIM card.

How far away from a cell tower would an external antenna be useful in typical situations?


The newer hotspots have EXCELLENT internal antennas. AT&T's current flagship model, the NightHawk has quad MIMO internal antennas and performs great.

Location, location, location. If you are in an area with a strong AT&T signal, the Nighthawk is fantastic. If you're in an area with a weak AT&T signal . . . not so much.

The same applies for all carriers. It's important now, more than ever, to have an up to date hotspot device. Older technology just doesn't perform as well.

Verizon's flagship is the 8800L and does well also. It's sad that Verizon is still pawning off their old Ellipsis Jetpack (MHS900L) on uninformed customers.

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RobWNY wrote:

Big Katuna wrote:

I use OTR (ATT service) with a Velocity 2 puck and it works great.
I bought a month and let it lapsed and it took them a day to restart it but oh well.

When I reupped I learned that OTR is raising its rates soon.

ATT 4G is not as fast (5-10 gbs) as my Verizon iPhone 4LTE 15-25gbs but V throttles the data rate often.

I would buy it again.

I might add that I also use a Weboost RV cell amp that greatly enhances reliability and speed.

Do you know how much the rate increase? Because you reupped before the increase are you grandfathered in or will you pay more also?


The agent I was chatrooming with didn’t know. If you signup for auto renew, you are grandfathered in. I bought two months as we are on the road into Sept.
When we get home I’ll let it expire as I don’t need it at home. Uverse is cheaper.


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I didn’t care about an external antenna on the puck as I have a Weboost RV amp.

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Thanks Everyone. I didn't mean to highjack the thread.

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vermilye wrote:

I'd suspect the hotspot. I use a Mobley, and if I have AT&T coverage, it never shuts down or reboots.


Ditto.


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AT&T mobley excellent coverage


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RobWNY wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

The problem with almost all "hotspot" devices is that they have very poor internal antennas. When you are camping, it is typically not close to a cell tower so you have a weaker signal. Some of the aftermarket hotspots (cell phone data to WiFi converter) do have external antennas and they make a big difference.

Typically, you just swap the SIM card.

How far away from a cell tower would an external antenna be useful in typical situations?


I have the Nether MIMO external antenna. It does help a little. Not as much as I had expected.


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Posted: 08/13/19 03:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

vjstangelo wrote:

vermilye wrote:

I'd suspect the hotspot. I use a Mobley, and if I have AT&T coverage, it never shuts down or reboots.


Ditto.


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PNW_Steve wrote:


I have the Nether MIMO external antenna. It does help a little. Not as much as I had expected.


The Netgear external antenna will not enhance a good signal, you will see the best performance enhancement when the cellular signal is weak. Remember also that it is directional, so the window you place it in can make a difference. Always run speedtests to determine true performance . . . bars don't matter much anymore, especially when there is MIMO communication on both ends.

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