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Old 05-28-2018, 04:42 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a really good connection to the internet? If so, what are you using?
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Does anyone have a really good connection to the internet? If so, what are you using?
Yes. Verizon Jetpack AC791L mobile hotspot:



connected to an AntennaPlus AP-CC-M-SCSC-WH roof-mounted MiMo antenna:



You can't beat a good outdoor MiMo LTE antenna setup. Stay away from "Cell Boosters" such as the WeBoost line of products. Although many will swear by them, they do not really work under typical conditions.
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Good source of info is at...

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com
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I use the WeBoost 4G-X and am happy with it.

I've never used a MiMo antenna so cannot compare the two.
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I carry both a WeBoost and a MIMO antenna that can be attached to our AT&T Nighthawk mobile hotspot that is under a now discontinued unlimited data plan for stand alone mobile hotspots.

As a full timer there is an advantage to having both Verizon and AT&T available to get the best chance of coverage. We have Verizon on two phones and two tablets. We have AT&T on a phone (transferred our old home number to it when we sold our house) and the mobile hotspot. There is unlimited data on the Verizon devices except when using them as a hotspot. Unlimited data on both AT&T devices but there is the potential for throttling if on a congested cell tower.

The general strategy is to only use the WeBoost or MIMO in the case where we are not getting good coverage without it. First step is to connect the MIMO to the Nighthawk and if that works connect the rest of the devices to the wi-fi from the Nighthawk. We also have an Apple TV connected to the Nighthawk Wi-Fi that can use the unlimited data for DirectTV Now and HBO Go which are pretty cheap with the AT&T plan and Netflix and Amazon Prime. If the MIMO doesnít get us going then we try the WeBoost to see if we can get a decent signal with the booster.

I expect a more expensive external MIMO antenna might be better but I use this Netgear MIMO antenna that you attach to a window which is cheap and has worked well...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Some random comments:

1) HBO Go is "free for life" if you have an AT&T unlimited data plan. It is a hassle to set up sometimes, but once it is working, it is great and seems to continue working.

2) A good rooftop MiMo antenna will be significantly better than a window one and vastly better (and cheaper) than a WeBoost under similar conditions. I won't get into why (or why people thing WeBoosts are good when they are not) except to say: "Bars" on your phone show signal, but performance is determined by signal-to-noise ratios. WeBoosts amplify both signal and noise.

3) The MiMo antenna I referenced above is pretty good and costs $100.

4) Your smart phone almost certainly has a feature that lets it send and receive calls using WiFi if there is no cell service. Therefore, if (for example) you have an AT&T hotspot that has a signal but a Verizon cellphone with no service, the Verizon phone will be able to send and receive calls normally, even though it is getting WiFi via the AT&T network. Of course, the converse is also true. This is important to understand when thinking this through.

5) Don't forget that you can swap SIM cards (at least among GSM devices, and sometimes beyond) to move service to a preferred device depending on local conditions.

6) There is a family of really good and inexpensive WiFi antenna/routers called UniFi (used to be called Ubiquiti):
https://www.ubnt.com
You can put one of these on your roof and vastly improve your reception of campground WiFi. There are both directional and omnidirectional versions. They are very good. That said, they will not make your campground's crappy network any faster. I have one, but never end up using it.

7) If you want nice, seamless networking inside your van, you should consider a dedicated router. I use a Pepwave Surf SoHo (although there are cheaper alternatives). We use both wired ethernet and WiFi. The SoHo can also tether via USB to your mobile hotspot and automatically select from it or other Internet sources. Very slick, although a bit complex to set up.

8 ) One downside of using a MiMo antenna with your mobile hotspot is that the tiny little coax connectors are pretty fragile usually. This is bad if you frequently connect and disconnect the device. To get around this, I designed a cradle specifically for the Jetpack AC791L and 3-D printed it. I can just slide the Jetpack in and out and everything connects nicely.

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If anyone wants to print their own, I am sharing the model for personal use. If you want one, just PM me.
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I use my phone as a hotspot.
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Avanti,

Thanks for the info...

AT&T offers DirectTV Now for $15 a month with the unlimited plan I have, I think it is, and HBO Go for free with the DirectTV Now subscription. Not too hard to set up but they donít make it real easy...

The MIMO antenna you have seems to have been replaced by a newer model but not too many places seem to carry it. They seem to carry the versions that include GPS and Wi-Fi antennas in addition to the cell antenna. Price seems to be about $140 for the cell only version and I may get one to try it out. So far, the window mount NetGear has worked fine. Technomadia keeps evaluating MIMO antennas and the NetGear seems to perform better than many more expensive models.

At some point I will probably add a router connected to the Nighthawk but at the moment I am not using anything that would require it. We donít travel many places where there will be wi-fi so I am not too interested in a long range wi-fi booster/antenna. I was a software engineer before I retired so I have the expertise to handle configuring all the network stuff I could ever possibly use but at this point that sounds like work and I will probably just get something off the shelf that requires minimal configuration...

Again, thanks for the info...
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The MIMO antenna you have seems to have been replaced by a newer model but not too many places seem to carry it.
You can purchase it directly from AntennasPlus. They will build you any permutation you want with whatever cable length you specify. They are great. Give them a call.
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You can purchase it directly from AntennasPlus. They will build you any permutation you want with whatever cable length you specify. They are great. Give them a call.
Looks like they have been taken over by Airgain, I will give them a call to see if they still sell direct...
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